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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,494 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,494
Reviews: 3,402
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,318
Gots: 2,546 | FT: 75
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: 11,494 | Reviews: 3,402
Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of NCMatt
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roughly 3oz pour at a beer festival. It was good, hoppy, and everything that should be expected from a double IPA, however I don't think it quite lives up to the hype. It's nothing extraordinarily special. Is it a good beer? Yes, undeniably so, but is this something I would take off work early to snag a few bottles of? Probably not.

Photo of ARoman
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*transferred from previous notes 1/21/2014*
On tap into a tulip. It has an strong, although not quite overwhelming, grapefruit-citrus aroma with some resin and floral spiciness and a mellow lemon and grass background notes. It’s a slightly hazy, orange-gold beer with a very light foamy head that leaves an average lacing along the inside of the glass. The taste is medium-heavy bitter with maybe some light citrus sweet, but the bitter definitely dominates (would you ever guess that from the name?). It’s a medium-full body beer with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Even though the malt doesn’t readily present itself in the nose, or even in the tongue for that matter, it subtly presents in the fact that this beer is very smooth drinking for such a hop forward recipe. It’s beautifully balanced and leaves a mild hop and floral aftertaste that’s surprising clean - it doesn’t linger very long and, while it is present, doesn’t feel like it coating my mouth.

Photo of frankie818
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have a lot of "favorite" beers. But this one tops the list. I would be a happy man if I could drink this every day.

Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/10/15, so roughly 3.5 months old.

Not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping for (but that's to be expected with the age). On top of that, it was very sweet. I would love to try one fresh to see the difference.

All in all, still a good beer. Overall, with 3.5 months of age, it's a solid B-.

Photo of Drel
3.54/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really excited to try this one but unfortunately the bitterness overtakes the honey for me. I feel that the flavors didn't really mesh as well as I hoped. Obviously I'm in the minority here, just my opinion on this one.

Photo of JstickBrewing
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

About 3 months old prob have better review

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

Awesome. One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Love the big hop hit and subtle sweet honey follow-up. Crap...only 2 left from this year's batch :(

Photo of Gear54
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. Simply amazing. If your into DIPA and hop bombs this is a must buy when it's out.

Photo of Robbyrocks
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

You don't want it to end!

Photo of chaseG
3.04/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Overhyped, plain and simple. At around $20 a sixpack in the RVA area, I was disappointed.

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

Definitely a tasty and unique IPA, but only good fresh from my experience.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer just hard to get even in Michigan

Photo of donnierickles
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love getting this beer when it comes around. Perfect subtle honey taste.

Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Way overrated and nowhere near the hype. Had 2 of my 6 pack and gave the other 4 away to friends. To each their own. But there are much better beers at a much better price point imho.

Photo of bgold86
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely overrated, was tame and meh with the sweetness, so much hype and it was just meh, you're better off with a knee deep simtra..

Photo of G_Z_a
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice.

Been about 7 years since I last had one. While it wasn't the hop bomb I remembered, it tasted just as good. That's not to say it isn't hoppy, but after 7 years of drinking really hoppy beers it didn't hit me quite the same way.

Photo of Jarnol21
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Couldn't get a whole lot on the smell but the hop taste was certainly there deceiving me. What an amazing beer for a 10% IPA I can't wait to get more of this next year. The honey makes this beer brilliant!

Photo of Mambajahamba
3.1/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer if you want to get drunk, not if you want to enjoy getting drunk

Photo of antman27
3.49/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try hopslam but was not blown away ..Think there is why to much Hype I wont go nuts seeking it out next year

Photo of IPA1978
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh... seemed overly sweet. Good but there are better.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,494 ratings.