Hopslam

Michigan
United States
Hopslam Bell's Beer Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
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.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
70
Hops: 
Simcoe, six other Pacific Northwest varietals
Malts: 
Two-Row, Caramel
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

When you hear the words "Hop Slam" the immediate expectation is of a brew with an overwhelming and one-dimensional hop character assault on the senses. In fact, while there is solid hop presence in this beer, it offers much more – delivering a well-crafted and delicious overall package.  

Dank hop character is the dominant aspect of the aroma, but citrus and piney notes are also evident and deliver a nice aromatic complexity to this somewhat hazy, golden-colored brew with a fair off-white fine bubble head. There is also a light background of malt aroma with a touch of sweetness – this sweetness might be accentuated by the alcohol presence (it is a 10% ABV brew!) or by the added honey. The flavor packs a solid hit of bitterness along with piney, citrusy and dank hop characters. The moderate base malt backbone balances out the hop expression quite well. A clean alcohol note is also very evident and warming upon the swallow. The brew has a solid, medium body with a slightly sweet but not cloying finish. The aftertaste delivers a lingering marriage of hop and malt flavor and is dry enough to prepare the palate for the next flavorful sip.  

Overall, this is a very impressive, well-balanced and extremely drinkable Double IPA.