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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,892 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,892
Reviews: 3,121
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,907
Gots: 1,488 | 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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Photo of bahumutx
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance:Pours a dark golden color with about a one finger white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, Pine and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Starts with hops right up front but not overwhelming. Much like the smell there is grapefruit and pine. It ends with a malt sweetness which balances out the hops well. The hops do linger on the tongue but are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: TI think I could have a few of these in a sitting. The hops are well balanced with malt sweetness.

Yet another great beer from Bells Brewing. This is an excellent DIPA which is strong with hop flavor yet well balanced.

bahumutx, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of surlysober
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FOURTH TRIAL: This is a great beer for any hop-lover, although I have to admit that it's tasted a bit different each time I've had it. This time it was great, other times it's a bit too sweet for my taste. It pours a golden yellow with very little head (there is a good bit of lacing though). The aroma is slightly peachy with a lot of nice, clean hoppy citrus. The taste is similar, but there's a definite warming and you can taste the alcohol (not in a bad way). This beer is less malty that some of the recent DIPAs I've had, but the little malt flavor it does have is a nice caramel. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and it leaves a nice sticky bitterness on the back of the tongue. Overall, a great Double IPA.

surlysober, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Release

From a 12oz brown bottle, Bell's Batch number 8278 Poured a semi-traslucent coppery hued orange with a quickly dissipating bone-white head of foam that leaves moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is primarily grassy and floral hop notes, sweet grapefruit and citrus notes, caramel malt undertones. Taste is very much of the same, big hoppiness right up front, juicy grapefruit, practically seamless transition into the malty backbone. Seems sweeter than the 2006 release, less brutal hoppiness overall. Leaves a slightly drying lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied brew with lower levels of carbonation, washes down the gullet smooth and easy. Suprisingly well balanced, I had a few of these from last year's introductory batch and they seemed hoppier than this. Ovearall an outstanding IIPA at any rate.

2006 Release

Poured a slightly hazed coppery golden color with a full finger of bone white head that slowly fell back to a sticky lacing that coats the glass. Smell is grapefruity citrus, huge hoppy punch of hop resins and piney hops, also a big malty sweet backbone holding all of these huge aromas together. This beer is as hoppy as they come. Taste is much more of the same, starts sweet and of caramel maltiness before quickly becoming the grapefruity and citrusy flavors that lead onwards into the hoppy depths of this beast. Gargantuan hoppiness delivered with a bitterness and drying aftertaste to match. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with milder carbonation, slick and viscous brew. Drinkability is outstanding considering the 106 IBU's and 9.3% abv, staggering stats like that would make many beers undrinkable, yet Bell's has made this one enjoyable in a big way. The alcohol is hardly noticeable past the hoppiness, great bittering hop bite. Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Truly a hop-monster in the flesh, try this beer if you can get a hold of it. Highly recommend, will seek out again.

danielocean03, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is piny, with a slight resinous hint. There is also a huge amount of citrus/grapefruit that come through at the end. The beer has a nice dark gold colour with a nice centimeter head. The flavour of the beer is immense; there is a huge bitterness with a great citrus/grapefruit flavour. The fruity flavours are balanced with a sweetness that comes from the honey. These flavours come through initially, but the end of the beer flavours is quite spicy/resiny. There is a great balance between the flavours.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a IIPA, but the beer is okay in the drinkability aspect. Since the mouthfeel is a bit thin, the beer is a bit too watery, which takes away from the awesome flavour of the beer.

swizzlenuts, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of jstassi
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the 4 Winds Market in Pensacola, FL

Consumed 3/11/2010, reviewed from notes

Appearance: Very bright golden orange, very small white head with very little lacing down the glass.

Smell: Tons of grapefruit notes, hoppy also. Hence the name I reckon! A sweet smell is also present, probably all the honey they use.

Taste: Very sweet at first, almost too sweet. Then the sweetness dissipates with a strong hop 'slam' (yeah I went there) Pretty well balanced, though the sweetness might be a bit much for some.

Mouth feel: Left a stickiness to my mouth, pretty heavily carbonated also.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for being a 10% ABV beer. You'd probably only want 1 or 2 of these at a time due to the sticky feeling and high ABV.

Overall: A pretty good IPA, worthy of the title HopSlam. If I had one complaint it would be the sweetness. Other then that I look forward to getting my hands on some more soon!

jstassi, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of DrewOSU
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, served in a tulip, purchased at Belmont Party Source in Dayton, OH. Batch 8913, bottled 1/12/2009. Fresh!!

A: Poured a darkish orange to a very light amber color. ¼ inch head on initial pour, disappearing quickly to almost non existent. A small amount of watery, thin, white lacing that does not stick very long. Glass is totally clear of lacing after finishing.

S: A very pale nose with loud citrus notes. Subtle pine and slightly sour fruit qualities as well.

T: Initial malt taste, followed by a "slam" of dry accented pine, hoppiness. The aftertaste is all oily, bitter hops on the tongue and roof of the mouth. There was a lighter alcohol presence than I expected for being a 10% APV, however you can definitely detect it in the aftertaste. The alcohol seems very balanced or just overpowered by the immense hop taste.

MF: Medium body, very wet and slightly oily.

D: With the big hops and the high APV, there is no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting. However, the bottle I did have was excellent from start to finish.

I first had Hopslam on tap at Dilly Deli in Marimont, OH last year, but I was excited to sit down and actually analyze it deeper this time around. I found this beer to be surprisingly easy to drink, but a total pallet killer all the same. It has taken me a while to do this review as new things come to me each time I take a drink. This is a very complex beer for a "hop bomb".

DrewOSU, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Swimsum
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with DoesntMatter46, thanks again Mark. Bottled on 1/4/2011 so just under three weeks old. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours out a hazy golden color. A half finger head emerges from the liquid that is white in color. Texture is frothy and settles to a very thin foam and mostly a ring around the glass. Held to the light it is a very bright golden color yet still hazy. Some foam is left on the sides of the wall but the lacing isn't thick by any standards.

As expected it is very hoppy. Nice herbal hop aroma springs right up the nose. There is also some nice citrus notes that comes though as well. It isn't dominated one way or another for which hop aroma stands out more.

Same as the smell. Huge hop presence in this one. For the taste it is bit more herbal hop. A bit of citrus flavor comes out as the beer is swallowed and this is followed up by some alcohol. There really isn't any malt taste to this to balance this and that is just fine with me. I love IPAs and DIPAs that are very hop forward. As expected there is a hop bitterness that lingers in the mouth after the beer is swallowed.

Medium bodied that is a bit toward the heavier side but it isn't as syrupy as some other DIPAs that I've had before. I really like this. Carbonation is pretty low. Even though there is some alcohol present in the taste, it really doesn't detract from the experience at all.

Well this is a pretty damn drinkable beer. I really enjoyed it being a hop forward beer and am really glad I got to try it again (I had it two years ago or so and don't remember it at all). Is it worth all the hype? That can only be answered by the individual drinker. For me, I really enjoyed it and would seek it out again next year.

Swimsum, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of shivtim
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy golden color with red hints and a thin, dense white head. Nose is west coast floral hops, with dense syrupy honey. Taste is surprisingly malty, then the hops kick in and linger over dark honeycomb and bitter citrus. Slight alcohol on the end balances and mingles with the lingering hops. Mouthfeel is foamy and smooth. Good drinkability except for the ABV.

shivtim, May 13, 2008
Photo of aficionado
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber body with no head but lots of sticky icky lacing.

Smells kind of like Sauvignon Blanc, but very weak. A little cat pee and grapefruit with some orange rind.

Piney, sharp, citrusy, bold, impressive. Very unique flavor. Points for uniqueness, but not PtE beats it flavorwise. Nice and dry, but has a juicy sweetness to it at the same time.

High carbonation. Probably the silkiest body in a DIPA I've ever encountered.

Very smooth for what it is. Tastes like they found a way to utilize all of the flavor from the hops without the harsh bitterness. This is one to be appreciated. You can sense after one sip that one of these will give you a nice buzz.

aficionado, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden-amber with moderate head. Pretty.

S- Sweet citrusy hops. Lemons, orange, grapefruit. Smells delicious, light, crisp, clean.

T- Grapefruit, sweet, finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. Not nearly as shocking or harsh as other DIPAs I've had. Just a hint of malt in there. Very good. Hardly any alcohol.

M- Creamier than I thought it would be, still smooth and clean. Slightly prickly from the hops and alcohol--refreshing almost.

D- Couldn't drink a ton of these with the high ABV, but definitely could have more than one.

This is great. Bells puts out some good brews, that's for sure.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of McDiddyPop
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it finally happened. I cracked open my first HopSlam..

I had a 12oz bottle poured into my nifty Dogfish Head glass.

It poured a rich golden copper color with a thick massive head that slowly dwindled into a quarter-inch ring of foam with lacing all over the glass. It was a bit cloudy as well.

The smell was at first all hoppy bitterness, finished off by the sweet smell of malt and honey and a slight hint of the alcohol.

It was bitter from the start with a sweet finish. As I got closer to the end, the 10% alcohol became more apparent. This beer is delicious.

I will definitely be buying more of this soon. As I have a newly-realized love for hops, this ranks high on my list.

McDiddyPop, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, with a towering rocky head that leaves ample lacing.

Aroma is fresh citrus hops, floral and bright. Malt is lighter roast and the balance is nice. Hop aroma is strong, but not overpowering. Boozey aromas eminate.

Flavor is sweet malt with fresh hops in the middle finishing slightly bitter and dry with a nice malt roll. Hops are grapefruit and floral and go beautifully with this particular malt roast. Biscuity and bready with a soda cracker like pop. light booze hit on the finish, but very well disguised.

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy with the malt giving a nice body.

Drinkability is dangerously high for a beer with this ABV.

(2010 batch)

This year it's pineapple! Sweeter than last batch, I swear I'm chewing a hop cone and pineapple at the same time.

(2011 batch)

This is a very astringent version, less pineapple but more than the first I tried. The alcohol and hops don't play as well together this year.

wheatyweiss, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Onslow
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had at the first ever in history Stumelagram Tasting !! .. what a treat, time to ring that Bell .... funny, it IS very biting ... has a nice abv ... lots of floral/citrus aromas .. tastes fresh, like an apple of hops.... mellow and tasty as it warms a bit ... lots of tasty hops flavours.. good stuff

Onslow, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright light gold with a small mostly white head. Smells only of thick citrusy hops that is reminiscent of a west coast hop bomb. First sip is all grapefruit. It is thick and strong with the flavor of Indian River grapefruit upfront and dominating. A bitter finish compliments well as the mouth puckering hop quality is so very loved.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light cloudy orange with 2 fingers of white head and sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Citrus, pine and grapefruit hops along with a touch of sweet caramel in the background.

T - A big dose of piney, citrus and floral hops. Sweet caramel malt is noticeable in the background but the hops drown it out. Some sweetness from the honey.

M - Medium and nicely carbonated with a dry hoppy finish.

D - Another tasty offering from Bell's. The abv is well hidden.

brewcrew76, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of kawilliams81
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Dark golden, a little cloudy. 2 finger white head with some small white blotches that remain on glass.

S- Sweet malts, bitter citrus, and yes some honey.

T- Sweet honey malts, some citrus, a good amount of bitter citrus peels.

M- Medium body, higher carbonation. You can tell this is a 10% beer but the alcohol is not overbearing by any means.

O- Very good dipa. One of the best dipa's out there. Love the sweetness the beer gets from the honey and the balance of the bitter citrus hops.

kawilliams81, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's HopSlam pours dark orange with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's no mistaking the aroma, it's hops, citrus, especially grapefruit stand out. The flavor is the same, all hops all the time. Citrusy and once again grapefruit like. A hopheads delight. Recommended.

Drew966, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of southsider
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fresh from the bottle into a pint glass.

A-Bright orangy gold color with smokey whisps throughout the glass.The head poured huge,soapy and off-white before settling down with moderate sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruity,apricoty and malty sweet. Fairly pungent.

T- HUGE grapefruit citrusy alcoholic and bitter opening. Fruitier hops than a Dreadnaught with a little less hop bitterness. Malty and honey sweet background with a peachy, fruit finish.

M-Medium body,moderately carbonated and alcoholic.

D-This is a great DIPA that while not the bitterest I've had (FFF-Arctic Panzed Wolf comes to mind) is a very fruity hop bomb. One-a-day is plenty for me and I am looking forward to doing a side by side with Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. I don't remember past hopslams to have such a raw alcohol component to them.

Final note- BOOM!

southsider, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of SerieDNo3
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass

A: Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger and a half of fluffy white foam. Medium to heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Muted hop aromas with some honey-sweetness. Smells like candy made of hops.

T: The sweetness is rather pronounced here. The hop flavors are present in abundance, but with none of the bitterness I would expect from a DIPA. Tastes of honey and juniper.

M: Somewhat syrupy, with the right amount of carbonation. Could use some more in the way of bittering hops to enhance the crispness.

D: Hides the alcohol very well, and goes down very smoothly. Not as crisp as I normally like from a DIPA, but oddly enough, it works in this case. Probably the most easy drinking DIPA I have ever had. I feel like I could drink several of these before realizing the potentially ruinous effect of all the alcohol.

SerieDNo3, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of joshuacavett
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared this with brandoneast after a few other beers :) Poured from a bottle into tulip glasses. Beautiful hops smell, almost sour smelling. Carbonation was not as good as most Imperial IPA's to me. Bottle was about three weeks old which could have made a difference.

This is my second time to have this beer and I enjoyed it much more this time than the previous (I was rather inexperienced with IPA's on the first go round).

At the very end of the beer, we put sour gumballs into the beer which took away a lot of the smell but made it taste slightly better.

joshuacavett, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of mklinger
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a fairly thin white head that did leave very nice lacing behind.

Aroma has a good amount of orange to it with a little grapefruit. Some malty richness with just a little sweetness. This was a pretty fresh bottle, but the aroma, while nice, doesn't hold up to some of the other legendary DIPAs.

Taste is more powerfully hoppy. A lot of grapefruit, a little orange, some piney resins. Great hop flavor! Just enough malt for balance -- but still nicely malty with some melonoidin complexity.

Mouthfeel is perfect for a DIPA -- not too syrupy/thick, not too thin. Well carbonated, too. Overall, this is a very good DIPA, just not the most exceptional example I've tasted.

mklinger, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-01-06 in Columbia, PA in a growler from The Fridge 30 minutes ago.

A - Pretty clear, honey gold with a 1-finger white head and minor lacing into a nonic glass.

S - Honey, mango, pineapple, hop floral. A very inviting, soft and elegant smell. Doesn't flare your nostrils like a Heady-Topper but it is engaging.

T - Honey and tropical sweetness, crushed hop cone oils, citrus, light toast, floral hops, orange, pineapple, light astringent, citrus zest bitterness. The alcohol is evident but well-integrated and supportive. The aftertaste lasts-and-lasts with citrus bitterness, hop oils and some honey and citrus flesh sweetness and a light touch of malt to even things out a bit. Just a fabulous flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Smooth, resinous and lightly prickly.

O - There's a reason this has such a high rating. It's not in your face like some, it's not the most fragrant, but the balance, softness, mouthfeel and fabulous flavor put it way up there in my ratings.

Tucquan, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of proc
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy? Yes. Overly hoppy in a sprain your tongue kind of way? No.

This one pours out to a good-looking copperish color in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of pine and citrus. The taste is solid as a rock, with the citrus aroma carrying over to the flavor profile. Traces of grapefruit, orange and lemon are present that give way to a very, easy to swallow finish. Its hard to believe the ABV of this is 9.3%. Its hidden very well.

proc, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of guityler83
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A finger+ head of bright white head formed with the appearance of soap bubbles, fine ones on the bottom and larger mixed sized resting on top. The beer is a woody dark orange color with great clarity, no sediment, just a consistint stream of bubbles rising to the top.

S: Big complex hop aroma with lots of depth going on. Kiwi and guava fruits with tree sap and over rippened grapefruit to name a few. A touch of honey like aroma coming through, no real malt nose detected.

T: Pungent tropical fruit bitterness, ripe with the guava, mango and grapefruit flavors. Slight oniony character towards the middle. The sweetness of the honey comes through but melds well with the fruit flavors from the hops. A big burst of more hops seems to evolve at the end with the pine and tree sap flavors. Balance is on the hop side (of course..). Maybe a hint of boozyness but overall very drinkable.

M: A moderately big body on this bad boy for an IIPA. Carbonation is middle of the road, perfect for the style. A little alcohol warming can be felt after a few sips. Relatively clean finish but some lingering hop oils cover the tongue keeping you wanting more.

O: A pungent complexly hoppy IIPA, drink it fresh and its a great beer. I don't understand the folks that age this... its an IPA those hops are going to drop out in a flash. Drink it!

guityler83, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of drumrboy22
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EliteDigger for this tasty brew. This has been on my radar for a while. Poured from a 120z. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer pours an orange, copper color with a small white, bubbly head. Very soft carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet for a DIPA, but also immense floral and citrus hops. Traces of honey are hidden in the background.

Taste starts out with a big, bitter hop bite, moves to a sweet malt, lemon and honey flavor and finally leaves you with a long, bitter and citrus finish. Quite nice and complex.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. This is probably an easy drinker for most hopheads. Maybe too easy, considering it weighs in at 10%. Check this one out. It's another winner from Bell's.

drumrboy22, Mar 09, 2008
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,892 ratings.