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  • on 01.26.2012
  • at 11:54 AM
  • by Shane

Review: Bell’s Hopslam Ale1

fact sheet

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Serving: Bottle
  • Volume: 12 oz
  • ABV: 10.00%

Bell’s Hopslam Ale is one of those beers I look forward to its release each year. After getting word a semi-local distributor received cases, I promptly drove 50 minutes one way to acquire one. Bottled on 1/9/2012, these are extremely fresh and hopefully tasting just like I remember last year: hoppy, bitter, citrusy and sweet.

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle, Hopslam is slightly hazy and bright golden/orange in color. It’s topped with a moderate white head, and fantastic lacing and retention – patchy in the middle with thick bubbles along the outside. Opening up the nose are aromas of juicy citrus, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine needles and honey. There’s a very nice earthy bitterness to it, with a slight sweet note towards the back that I attribute from the honey.

In the taste, a wash of bitter hop oils, pineapple and astringent grapefruit notes start off. Through the mid-palate the pink grapefruit intensifies, and trails off with a sweet honey and caramel malt flavor. It’s so complex, delicious and dangerously drinkable at 10% ABV. The body is medium to full with ample carbonation. Lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue give this a smooth and almost silky texture, finishing with a bit of alcohol heat in the chest.

Well, honestly this beer is simply awesome. There’s plenty of citrus and fruit character, backed by a great amount of sweet honey and malt. It’s big, bitter, citrusy and sticky – perfect for an Imperial IPA in my book.


out of 100

Title photo from: Flickr

Shane Holland is the Editor-in-Chief for Passion Beer.

He is a self-proclaimed craft beer geek and an all around lovable dork. He loves homebrewing, everything Philadelphia, traveling and enjoying the pleasures of life.

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  1. Dave Walker Sr says:

    Very well said Shane!!! I had Hopslam for the first time last year and as you said, I was anxiously awaiting its arrival again this year. The way the honey pacified the Hoppy bitter is just amazing. I had a friend of mine try it alongside a Founders Double Trouble and he was just in LOVE with the Hopslam!!! Not that he didn’t enjoy the DT but he just loved the frontend hop and the backend honey that just says THIS IS A FANTASTIC CONCOCTION ENJOY ME!!!!

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