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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

9,758 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,758
Reviews: 3,114
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,852
Gots: 1,449 | FT: 42
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:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a hazy copper to orange with a pillow-like white head containing extremely dense carbonation bubbles, leaving a faint lacing in its path which clings to the glass.

The primary aroma is that of grass or piney hops but also some citrus hints such as grapefruit, and just a touch of toasted malt to follow.

What a great & well-balanced palate consisting of the same grassy hops, honey, and citrus fruit or melon, like a combination of grapefruit and honeydew, but very faint, just enough of the sweetness to offset the hop bitterness.

Medium in body with a slightly aggressive carbonation character, but also a bit dry.

Excellent brew, and the abv is absolutely hidden in the palate characteristics of this well-balanced "ale". I now understand what all the hype is about, and if I wasn't a Pennsylvania native, I may say its better than NN.

Thanks to my sister in Charlotte for this one.

05-09-2009 00:43:10 | More by CHADMC3
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Andrew (orfeu) your the man giving this beer to me I thought I was gonna have to wait until May when Iam back home to try to get my hands on this.Poures a hazed peachy color with a tight well formed sticky white head,holy cow fresh hop aromas citrus fruit with underlying pine it really wakes up the sences thats for sure just amazing.Oh man just hop goodness here resiny but bright and flavorful citric fruitiness combined with pine/resin dryness just great hop balance....malt nowhere to be found but thats fine with me.Liquid gold here for a hophead its bright and flavorful with awesome hop complexity,again thanks alot Andrew this kicks serious arss.

02-25-2007 02:37:24 | More by oberon
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%

12oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber-gold color. Lots and lots of bubbles! Small head that leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as it goes down.

Smell: A very definitive grapefruit smell to this one! A little bit of the Pine-sol smell to it as well. If I just bought a 6 pack of floor cleaner, someone's gonna hear about it.

Taste: Now that honey taste comes out of NOWHERE. Definitely hoppy, but not HOPPY, if you will. This is much more mellow than, say, New Glarus' IIPA. It doesn't punch me in the mouth quite as much as I was expecting, especially given that it's a double IPA like the NG. Still really nice, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smoove. Very smoove. Crisp. Clean. Scores great points here.

Overall: If this turns out to be Pine-sol... it was definitely a very delicious beverage. I'm glad I got a 6 pack of this stuff. Although... it is just too drinkable...!

01-28-2014 00:48:36 | More by don1481
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mojohawk21

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-19-2014 01:51:41 | More by mojohawk21
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BrbnBarlAgdBil

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +9.1%

One of my favorite beers. The thing that has always stood out to me about this beer is the hints of honey. It is such an easy drinking beer, but the taste and layers of flavor are so complex that by the time you start to put it together, you take another sip and realize that there are even more layers. One of my top beers!

03-12-2013 03:53:22 | More by BrbnBarlAgdBil
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.9%

05-01-2012 17:23:53 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

This is simply a review of my first impressions. I must revisit after several more pints.

First pint out of the barrel at Maduro ($3 a pint!), pours medium straw orange and quite hazed. Good head.

Juicy.

Simply one of the most juicy beers in terms of both aroma and flavor that I have had.

Strong quantities of grapefruit and pine sap are present throughout.

Fantastically drinkable. ABV is completely covered.

Bone dry yet silky texture.

11-13-2006 19:09:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
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pbsmooth

New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-14-2011 19:30:41 | More by pbsmooth
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-16-2013 13:43:18 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%

Had on tap at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI, also many times out of the bottle. Pours a golden, light-amber with a moderate amount of haze to it, micro particles sift through the brew upon which a two-finger, creamy, light beige head rests and leaves nice amounts of fuzz on the glass. The aroma of this beer hits your nose mid-pour. Up close, things begin to get magical. Humongous citrus aromas; grapefruit, pineapples, tangerines, lemon zest - a wild, sweet, fruity explosion crowds your nostrils. Mild resinous, pine, and hop aromas make their way in as well - after all, this is HOPslam. The nose is absolutely brilliant and does nothing but get you excited to finally bring this one to your lips.

Take one sip - BOOM. MF'ing hop slammed. The hop bill is one of the finest and most robust out there, and you'll realize that when you finally gulp this sweet nectar. Piney, oily, resinous and slightly dank hops will seize your palate and engulf your taste buds immediately. This bitterness here is certainly dominant, but in the best way possible. After some time, some more floral and perfume-like aromas and tastes emerge, just icing on the already delicious hop cake. The heavy hop flavors are much more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma, which is to be expected. The citrus is not to be forgotten, either - it resides just under the thick layer of hoppy goodness; more pineapples, grapefruits, orange and lemon zest... Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Not picking up much malt, if any at all. But at this point - who cares? This beer wasn't made for the malt. There's enough to give it some kind of a backbone, but that's about it. Any other non-pale malts were probably in very small quantity and just for the color. This beer is about the HOPS, anyways, and any malt distraction would do nothing but make me angry. The end of the sip and a touch of the aftertaste contains an extra dollop of sweetness - could this be from the honey, perhaps? It's hard to pick any actual "honey" flavors amidst the hop assault, but the sweetness of Hopslam doesn't go unnoticed and gets more vibrant as the beer gets warmer. Definitely a subtle, unobtrusive addition that sets Hopslam apart from other DIPAs even more so. The mouth is wet, slick, and on the thicker side, though not as lumpy as you may expect a 10% ABV beer to be. Carbonation is spot on, letting the flavors pop without being abrasive.

Hopslam is, simply put, one of the best DIPAs in the world. A fantastic hop profile that gives off an orgasmic aroma and a wonderfully complex yet drinkable flavor profile. Despite the 10% ABV, the alcohol does nothing more than provide a teeny, tiny bit of warmth. One of the most drinkable DIPAs you'll ever find. If you're looking for a hop explosion, look no further - get yourself some HOPSLAM.

09-25-2012 03:25:56 | More by tectactoe
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-03-2014 17:27:02 | More by Hoppin_mad
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ricke

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a rather murky orange color with a medium-sized head that leaves some lacings. The color of the beer is surprisingly reminiscent of exotic fruit juice...

...and so is the smell. This is almost ridiculous, so much hops and exotic fruit aromas. Grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, you name it. Some notes of pine-needles and a honey-like smoothness that seems to blend everything together and round everything off to a fantastic hoppy juicy whole. This is one of the most impressive aromas I've ever come across in a beer.

And the flavor is no disappointment either. I could easily describe this simply as hop juice. Grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, all kinds of exotic fruits come together in a beautiful combination that is really reminiscent of tropical fruit juice or nectar. The sweet and fresh malty backbone that isn't as "caramelly" as most malt profiles in Double IPAs are, really adds to this. Perhaps a note of nettles and tobacco. The finish is smooth with a prominent bitterness (again, much more restrained than most Double IPAs), pine-needle hops, grass and more juicy hops.

It's rather full-bodied and very smooth for the style, but still dry enough in the finish. This one drinks dangerously easy.

This is one of the coolest beers I've had the pleasure to drink. Can't think of anything that taste like it. I mean, it's actually hop juice.

02-09-2010 09:47:23 | More by ricke
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-10-2012 17:05:14 | More by DavyJones
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a brilliant ruby-gold with a 1-finger head into an over-sized wine glass. Has a crisp, clean look to it. Happy carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass show this beer is alive! Very nice amoeba-like lacing.

S: Fresh floral and grapefruit-citrus bouquet fills the nose. There are some sweeter pineapple hints, along with a good dose of honey and just a whiff of alcohol. I could smell this beer all day long.

T: Wonderful balance between hop bitterness and the malt/honey sweetness. Very impressive for a beer this heavily hopped with a high abv. The citrus flavors are just delicious and the finish is a nice, dry hop-honey.

M: Like the label says, a tongue bruiser! But in a "I'll bruise your tongue but then French kiss the hell out of it to make it feel better" kind of way. The lovely hop and malt balance really spreads over the palate for a refreshing and complex feel.

D: For a 10%, big hopped beer, too good! So delicious and well-balanced that I could enjoy several if I didn't have self-restraint.

02-07-2010 22:02:06 | More by TCHopCraver
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-25-2014 13:36:18 | More by OhioBobcat
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MadScientist

New York

4/5  rDev -10.9%

03-02-2014 23:18:00 | More by MadScientist
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-03-2012 03:28:23 | More by Zakk
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Steve0244

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-06-2012 21:51:15 | More by Steve0244
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-18-2013 15:48:57 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +8%

Bottled 12-30-09

Pours golden with some orangey hues and a thick, white crown and webby lacing.

Fresh, vibrant grapefruit, dank hop oils, lemongrass.

Very crisp and clean on the palate with orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus. I imagine simcoe hops play a big role in the taste. There's a certain sweetness, possibly from the honey, that really sets it apart. Supremely balanced for the strength, not as astringent as a lot of other DIPAs making it extremely drinkable.

It's really friendly and original, making it my favorite of all time. Newman, you magnificent bastard!

01-16-2010 23:44:03 | More by brownbeer
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npala86

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

03-03-2014 16:47:19 | More by npala86
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bluesoul

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Batch 8907, which according to their site was packaged 1/6/09. So still nice and fresh!

A - Poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy honey color with two fingers of foamy off-white head.

S - Smells like a big fat peach to me. I'm rather sure this wasn't the intention but it's a delicious smell. Not noticing much hoppiness in the nose.

T - Not as hop-dominated as I expected, there's quite a bit going on and it has a surprising amount of balance. The honeyed hops are quite unique, unlike anything else I've had. The progression in the mouth as you stop to taste it seems to be sweet citrus, then dry bitter hops then an alcohol burning. The balance shifts towards sweetness at about 50F, and then tilts back towards hops closer to room temp.

M - Has a nice fizzy carbonation, one of the first things I noticed on tasting. Aftertaste is hops and booze; what were you expecting? Not too heavy for what it is, it goes down quite smooth.

D/O - This beer seems to be at it's most drinkable slightly below room temperature. It's a DIPA, if you're tossing down a sixer in one sitting something's gone terribly wrong. Hop heads are understandably thrilled with the beer, and craft lovers should at least be able to respect it. It's well enough off the beaten path, and in a good way, that it's worth searching out.

01-28-2009 02:45:21 | More by bluesoul
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.9%

03-07-2014 05:47:09 | More by Schlais
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adamleeeck


5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-13-2013 21:34:12 | More by adamleeeck
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured orangey/caramel color with good white head that laced the glass for the whole 12 oz. Smelled of fruit hop grapefruit, orange citrus, and some sweet scents. Tasted great. With plenty of hop citrus and astringency and a balanced sweetness that was not bready or biscuity but very balanced. Where is the alcohol? Good feel in the mouth-slightly coating and a good level of carbonation. Very enjoyable beer. I don't tend to enjoy this style because it isn't balanced enough, but this one jas all of the right flavors. Thanks to Tilley4 for this treat. One of my favorite DIPAs out there

04-15-2008 15:45:29 | More by hopsleeroy
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,758 ratings.