Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#155
Reviews:
3,611
Ratings:
13,416
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Yessir, the HopSlam is another pretty beer. Amber-apricot color with a nice creamy-looking head which, surprisingly, doesn't last too long. Minimal lace on the glass. The aroma here is phenomenal. It's like a piney citrus explosion in my nose, and I can't get enough of it. Truly a delicious scent. Reminds me of the 120 Minute in a way. Large and in charge. More beers should smell like this. The taste is great too. Fresh and hoppy, with pine, grapefruit, and pepper flavors. Noticeable alcohol presence here as well. Quite tasty indeed. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness all down the back of the mouth and throat. Nicely done. I'm not surprised that it's over 9% ABV, but I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is noticeable, as I said, but not overwhelming. This would pair nicely with a spicy Thai or Indian dish, and might even match up well with a strong blue cheese like Stilton. Another good beer from Bell's.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopslam (dig the name) pours a beautiful bright golden apricot color with a tight, creamy, yellow tinted lid. The smell is tons of fruit and that's it. Gotta love it. Tangerines and oranges, pineapples and grapefruits all make a statement as they swirl together in the nose, and sweep through onto the palate. Fruits balance with the soft sweetness of animal crackers, and leave the flavor with a solid bitterness. Fantasticly full body with oily smoothness and creamy carbonation. Believe the hype. This is one awesome IIPA

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was extremely excited to try this beer despite it being past its peak freshness. I poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It's a beautiful orange hue that is nicely transparent with a two finger white head.

Big hoppy aromas of all sort, citrus, piney, earthy followed by the honey and some caramel in the background. I can only imagine how aromatic this would be when fresh.

The citrus hops are the most dominant of all the flavors with grapefruit leading the way. While drinking this i continued to have the sense that I was eating a ruby red grapefruit. It was still quite well balanced between the sweetness and the hoppiness. There is some burning alcohol flavors but they are not unpleasant.

In terms of drinkability I could easily put back a few of these despite the high abv.

Overall, this beer tended to be on the citrus side but i felt that made it quite a refreshing DIPA.

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4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Sunset orange with gold and copper hues. Small head that quickly dwindles to a bubbly white film.

S - Freshly squeezed grapefruit, mango and peach. Slight caramel malt and honey notes. Outstanding aroma.

T - Enormous, bitter grapefruit and mango in the foreground. The hop bite and bitterness is very intense. A solid caramel malt backbone brings in some sweetness in an effort to tame the explosiveness of the hops. Complex citrus and honey notes show up followed by a long bitter finish.

M - Crisp, smooth, medium body. Dry finish with warming alcohol.

O - As a huge fan of Two Hearted Ale, I've been anxious to get my hands on a Hopslam. I've been rewarded. The complexity of this beer is stunning. One of the best IPA's around.

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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with good foam and lacing. The smell is so nice, loaded with hops, sweet honey, pine, citrus. The taste is very very smooth, this is an IPA that I can really get into, very smooth hops and even pine bite, just a really well balance beer with nothing over the top all just working perfectly. I have to say this is one of my favorite IPA so far, just smooth and well balanced. The finish is mild and clean, very pleasing tastes and leaves you wanting another sip. Very nice beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,416 ratings