Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,591 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,591
Reviews: 3,419
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,371
Gots: 2,612 | FT: 63
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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.
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Ratings: 11,591 | Reviews: 3,419
Photo of TedStrosser
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was expecting it to be much better

Photo of krh
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer when fresh. Like the hops/honey combo. Expected more hops, but still happy with it. Worth tasting every year.

Photo of 666threesixes666
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer, well worth the wait, however they do vary year by year. last year's hopslams were very alcohol flavored, the previous year hopslams were 5 across the board, and worth the absurd price. this last year's hopslams were a bit too alcohol flavored, and not crazy hopped enough.

Photo of funkydrumma
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet honey notes balance out the massive hops nicely. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Daddymlarf
3.46/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as i was expecting

Photo of MichaelC1974
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is amazing! One of my personal favorites. Too bad it is so hard to get.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange, hardly any lasting head, spots of lace.

S: Orange rind, biscuit, honey.

T: Orange juice, mild pine resin, bitter herbs, good note of sweet honey. The finish alternates between the sweet and the bitter. No detection of the super high ABV, for the better.

M: It has a syrup/oily quality to it, not much in the way of carbonation, yet still easy to drink.

O: A good beer, surprised at the actual lack of variety of hoppy flavors and the balance between bitterness and sweetness as opposed to straightforward bitterness, although my bottle was 4 months old. I'll try it again with a fresher bottle, but for the moment it's a great IPA, nothing more.

Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a solid layer and leaves thick lacing.

S: Bright citrus, fruity notes, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Pine, citrus, grapefruit and a little orange, floral, fruity peach notes, a little honey, caramel malt sweetness, and a some alcohol.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth, but also a little warmth.

O: By the time I could get my hands on this bottle it was less than fresh, but I gotta say, it held up well. Maybe a bit too much alcohol comes though, but still good stuff. I can tel that when fresh it can be something really special and hopefully will get a chance to retry it in more optimal conditions.

Photo of Cmitch9
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing hop flavor with a slight honey taste on the back-end. Smell can be slightly off, but flavor and feel are on point. Probably the best Double IPA you can get. Limited release makes it all the more special. My father in-law sends me a 6 pack or two every year, he lives nearby where its brewed, and it is always a treat.

Photo of jmasher85
3.62/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I drank this one a while ago so I don't recall enough to give a thorough review. All I know is that this beer, while great for what it is, isn't quite my cup of...beer. Hoppy as hell, yeah, but more bitter than I like. Like, almost aggressively bitter. Don't get me wrong, judging this objectively, they created a genuine hopslam and if I were ever in the mood for an IPA that was that intense, it would hit the spot, but I prefer my hops more spicey, citrusy, floral, and less tongue-shredding. There's some honey in there which gives a nice malty balance when it's needed, but it's too little, too late. I'll buy it next year, but maybe just a single bottle rather than a whole $20 sixer.

Photo of elgato31
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great tasting beer. You don't even taste all the hops so it mellows it out. very good

Photo of siliconalchemy
3.33/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Overrated Honey Bomb AKA MALTslam

Photo of jws7968
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, I was not impressed with the first sip. After that it improved significantly.

Photo of stevenrmartinez
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 version. At the time it was the best beer I'd ever had.

Photo of DanaC277
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great summer DIPA, grapefruit notes and flavor, great alcohol finish

Photo of Critter1594
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: who cares. It is a double IPA it should be cloudy
Smell: heavy hop
Taste: dirty with hops
Feel: appropriate

Awesome beer. Dirty with hops as a double IPA should be.

Photo of Kylo76
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems like this beer is getting a little worse every year. Still a good beer but not how i remember previous years.

Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. Bottled in Jan 2015. Aroma is wonderful in those beer picking up the hints of honey. The aroma is outdone w/the taste though. This is such a smooth beer with the infused honey. This is also a potent beer at 10% ABV. I drink a couple of these and I'm feeling good :)

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a good brew. Wishing it had more sticky icky, hop reisen to it. Noticing a shift between yearly product. A slight lack of consistency.

Photo of Vondy08
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lives up to the hype. If u can find it try it. Took me 2 years to find it.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not as impressed as I was hoping for. Hype for this was not what it delivered.

Photo of rbjorkman
2.93/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- citrus smell
- very hoppy
- sweet at first
- bitter aftertaste

Photo of NavyGoat
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad that I tried Hopslam!! Great feel and look; the taste is excellent !!

Photo of SchmidtHaus
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap on May 2nd. Not as fresh as I would like. Still excellent beer.

Photo of DavidGD
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers hands down. The hops come through but don't completely over power your pallet. The honey really adds a wonderful sweetness and along with the malt rounds the beer out very nicely. If you're looking for a well balanced imperial IPA this is a great one, if you're looking to be overwhelmed by hops this isn't for you. I'd drink this any day over Heady Topper.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,591 ratings.