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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

11,461 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,461
Reviews: 3,393
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,309
Gots: 2,528 | 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: 11,461 | Reviews: 3,393
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.

Photo of shelt11
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This year's Hopslam is great!

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are an IPA lover or Hops lover in general, this beer is an absolute MUST HAVE. I love IPA's and Hoppy beers in general and this one is the strongest I've ever had in that regard. But what makes this beer a 5 out of 5 for me is the addition of the honey flavor ... It is the icing on the cake and it's what really makes this beer DELICIOUS!

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

Perfect hoppy beer that will slam you.

Photo of hardysf
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Hopslam was awesome. Had a bottle that was 6 days old. Super hop aroma with a touch of honey to finish.

2 months later found another bottle in the cellar, sad to say it is much different. My fault though. Much maltier and way less hop aroma. Do not sit on this beer.

Photo of Hophead777
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited time only and I couldn't drink enough to satisfy my needs! Love this double IPA. I wish I could have this year round. But I understand the availability of the outstanding Simcoe Hops!

Photo of Awolter
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Prominent honey taste. Not terribly bitter, but has a citrus bite. Well balanced, delicious.

Photo of laketang
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Honey came in right at the end ,just right.

Photo of cjelden
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly was worried the hype would kill this beer. But it's a beautiful beer to taste. 10 minutes after pouring the bubbles are still rising. The aroma is very nice and fresh. It tastes so balanced and feels oh so crisp. An amazing IPA.

Photo of Stevecoop86
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full IPA flavor with light bitterness yet smooth and pleasant aftertaste.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,461 ratings.