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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,765
Reviews: 3,114
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,854
Gots: 1,451 | 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 NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz. bottle poured into a room-temp pint glass. The bottling date is 1/23/13.

A- Bright golden-orange color with a 1-plus finger head that thins quickly to a film leaving lots of lacing. It's not hazy, yet not quite clean and clear, ethier. Slow and steady bubbles. Its less than stellar looks fall into the "don't judge a book by its cover" catagory.

S- A refreshing change from the standard DIPA grapefruit/lemon citrus nose, this beer smells of pineapple, fresh flowers, and honey sweets. It's not too sweet, more candied via a touch of sweetness. The mild aromas develope as the beer temp drops, I like that.

T-Tropical fruit flavors, some malt, and a guest appearance by a bit of grapefruit. And there's no denying the honey.

M- The honey is the key for me, bringing the flavors together, coating the membranes, and making for a silky-smooth drinkable 10% abv DIPA. There's a touch of hop bite, too!

O- This brew is balanced. Clearly, for me, the result is greater than sum of its parts.

02-03-2013 19:54:44 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of rawthar


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Big-bubbled white headiness over a typical IPA colored body, with a very active carbonation profile. A universe of motion inside.

S- The name is no exaggeration. Every dimension of hops makes an appearance here: Grassiness, citrus, pine, florals, dry bitters all combine to form a powerful, rubbery assault. You can smell this one coming from a mile away.

T- This may be the one hop bomb whose flavor trumps its smell. For all its intense hoppiness, this is neither overly dry nor bitter, even if the malts disappear into the background. Not sure when this batch was bottled, but I imagine this is not what you would call fresh. Can't wait til next year to catch this beer at its peak.

M- The typical IPA liquid-turns-to-foam magic trick.

D- I love you man, but one is enough in all but the most extreme conditions.

05-08-2010 02:09:25 | More by rawthar
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

deep gold on this guy coming our of the firkin. a bit of haze mars the viewing pleasure but the froth up there is tight and NICE

this particular beverage smells like superfresh hops. hmmm...who let them in there? grapefruit. sweetness from malts and sweetness from hops, too (i just love that hops have their own sweetness!). you know, the bitterness in this guy is restrained (what IIPA sports a restrained bitterness? i guess it's all relative) so the massive flavor can shine through. i mean, really...this tastes like someone managed to liquify fresh hops and fill this here glass with said elixir

suuuper sweet--mostly from hop. too much for some, i imagine. but not me!

04-07-2010 00:15:02 | More by bruachan
Photo of rootbeerman


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Batch #10101

A: pours clear golden. Head is about a half finger thick, does leave some lacing around the glass.
S: putting nose to glass is almost not needed to pick out the grapefruit hop. Upon smelling the glass, honey, more grapefruit, and just a touch of pine.
T: hoppy and bitter punch. Hops are again grapefruit and lightly piny and a bit grassy. Honey sweetness with a little bit of malt as well.
M: thick yet clean and decent carbonation.
O: the only thing that will put this on my top dipa list is avalibilaty, otherwise its an amazing ipa.

04-07-2011 08:26:14 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Served from the bottle dated 12/29/11 into a snifter

A- Poured a beautiful hazy honey color with very small head, lots of alcohol legs and some lace.

S- Big tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, sweet malty aroma, and honey, smell the alcohol some

T- Tropical fruit, apricot, orange citrus, very astringent hop presence, pine, spicy earthy notes, malty presence, and honey shows up in the flavor more than I remember from last year. This beer starts off with a wonderful juicy sweet hop presence then you get some pine, earthy, and spice notes but is aggressively bitter on the finish

M- Soft mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied, high prickly carbonation. Alcohol presence is there through some very nice warming Mouthfeel is almost the consistency of honey.

O- A very interesting DIPA that seems to be bigger than every DIPA in bitterness and alcohol on the taste/mouthfeel. The aftertaste after drinking this beer is amazing even better than drinking it.

01-19-2012 02:40:17 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of beerbiatchMD


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass, bottle date 1/26/12. Thanks jegross2 for the bottle!

A: orangey gold with a half finger off white head that recedes, leaves good lacing.

S: first smell is citrus zest and bready yeast together. I get lots of tropical fruits and some sweet character. Hops predominate.

T: bitter sweet up front with hints of citrus, pepper, hops, finishes refreshingly bitter.

M: crisp, clean medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: a very good IPA, is fairly fresh but would love to try this a bit fresher. Certainly a must have. I look forward to trying it again.

03-02-2012 05:14:32 | More by beerbiatchMD
Photo of 321jeff


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Single bottle from batch 10127 brought back by Michael, thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with copper hues... or maybe it's copper with golden hues... either way it looks nice with a finger worth of soapy white head that fades leaving LOTS of sticky lacing.

Aroma is loaded with sticky smelling pine resin and some notes of citrus and honey. Smells good, but not the best I've ever smelled.

Taste is much more interesting and unique. The sweet honey really does a lot to balance out and offset the hops. I've only had Hopslam once before, but I don't remember the honey being quite so prominent. There's also tons of piney resinous hops but surprisingly, it's not all that bitter.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and sticky with moderate carbonation. Very highly drinkable and unique with all the honey. I doubt I could burn through a whole case of this by myself before the hops fade out, but it's nice to have a couple bottles and I'll seek it out again next year.

01-26-2011 02:31:31 | More by 321jeff
Photo of jimmah120


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz bottle pkgd 1/10/12

Pours cloudy orange-amber with some uneven sediment. Frothy 1-2cm of head. The honey is apparant in the nose, as well as plenty of herbal, grassy, citrusy, hop notes. Smells delicious. The taste is a symphony of sweet honey, and bitter hops, with a good showing of malt as well. The alcohol is hidden very well, only showing up a bit as it warms.

The only problem here is the sweetness being over-bearing, and not being big on sweet beer, it knocks this down a notch for me. That and it's very expensive at ~$20 a 6-pack. Still, it is extremely tasty, and something I would try again, but not a favorite.

03-10-2012 23:33:00 | More by jimmah120
Photo of deepsouth


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

this beer poured a cloudy golden amber with no head.

the taste is BIG hps, citrusy, apricot & honey.

the taste is very sweet and hoppy at the same time.

the body of the beer is medium with low to medium carbonation.

this is a very drinkable beer, but at 10% it would be hard to kill a bunch of them.

07-23-2008 14:49:29 | More by deepsouth
Photo of mgeraci


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

This was a good one to add to the list of tried. Definitely a must for anyone wanting to explore IPAs and DIPAs. Very overwhelming flavor and I would not recommend to the faint of heart or stomach. This is a very strong beer and one to be aware of such beforehand. Nonetheless a worthy beer and one for any real connoisseur to try. Good luck!

01-31-2012 01:09:53 | More by mgeraci
Photo of CTAID


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

It's that time of year again. It's the time of year to abandon my resolutions into being a more responsible individual and get mad crazy drunk off of some Hopslam.

Pours amber gold, thin head. Smells like every IPA should smell. Goodness, the citrus, the beautiful citrus grapefruit marvel the smell is. I could just smell it and feel like I'm getting stoned. Not that I condone that sort of thing.

Tastes like a strong IPA. Not much else to say here - the hops are strong with this one, and it has a heat factor that becomes less present the more I drink. But it's a strong IPA done so gloriously right. Really my only issue with the beer - I feel like I'm getting drunk too quickly. Getting drunk too quickly is not an issue, but feeling like it is. I could use a little bit less alcohol taste. Or maybe I just have fond memories of this beer when I had lesser taste buds? Whatever. Carbonation is well done. Overall a fantastic beer that I will get more of before the month is through and I'll look forward to spending nearly $20 on a six pack next year too. Thanks, Bells, for making a top notch beer that can be obtained in ways other than by waiting in line at the brewery or threatening to kill the family of a bottle shop owner.

01-16-2012 15:22:55 | More by CTAID
Photo of BeerRun13


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

First pour produced a slightly hazy golden tone, while the second pour really clouded things up. A creamy and thick off white head stuck around and left some decent wavy lacing.
Resiny piney and sharp citrus hops. Some toasty malt hints.
Pine and orange citrus flavors combine niceley. Combined with a pleasing maltiness. Pleasant and bittering finish.
Good malty body and nice carbonation.
Another very drinkable DIPA in what seams to be a string of good ones.

12-29-2006 23:46:38 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of Veristic


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle Date 1/10/12, poured into a Hertog Jan snifter, consumed on 1/31/12.

A- Beautiful burnt-orange color with red-amber hues. Very thin white head dissipates almost instantly to not much more than a tiny crown. Sips & swirls create only a minimal amount of spotty short-term lacing. Excellent clarity. Color & clarity attempt to make up for the lacking head.

S- Big fruity hop aroma, more tropical than citrus. Light piney hops. All balanced by a big residual malt & honey sweetness. Very complex and pleasing aroma. Only a tiny amount of alcohol detected, becomes more evident near the very end of the glass as it has warmed to near room temperature. Aroma also becomes sweeter as it warms and the hop aroma fades.

T- Initially sweet, then comes the rush of juicy hops and bitterness. I'm sure the IBUs are off the charts on this beer but the persistent sweetness restrains the bitterness to something completely manageable. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness and some light pale malt and honey sweetness. Also get a little bit of some lingering citrusy hops in the finish. An amazingly complex flavor with every aspect melding extremely well. The hop flavor is even harder to pin-point than the hop aroma although I do get a little more pine off the flavor than the aroma. Only slightly boozy.

M- Medium carbonation, medium-full bodied, slightly heavy on the palate but not overbearing.

O- Fantastic beer, but as a DIPA named "Hopslam" I would expect a less "balanced" beer. The back of the bottle reads: "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale." This is a bit of a stretch. Don't get me wrong, this is a BIG hoppy beer but the amount of residual malt & honey sweetness definitely detracts from the huge complex bitter hop profile. At 10%, this beer goes down with some ease, it would be real easy to get carried away with a few of these. Big up Bell's for creating this masterpiece!

05-11-2012 05:43:07 | More by Veristic
Photo of chaz01


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

On draught, served in a pint glass two days after it's release.

A: lite amber, golden color, nice frothy white head leaves plenty of lacing.

S: citrusy, grapefruit aroma, very intense.

T: More citrusy and grapefruit with just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. This beer always reminds me of a fresh glass of grapefruit juice.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Surprisingly, not a lot in the finish - but perhaps that leaves you wanting more quickly. My pint went quickly, wanting another.

D: The 10% is not even noticable. Beer goes down smooth and easy. One of my alltime favorites and this year doesn't disappoint.

01-14-2011 02:45:41 | More by chaz01
Photo of cvfish


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a decent amount of lace on the side of the glass

S - The nose of the beer was a little underwhelming than what I expected from a "Hopslam," but the honey, citrus, and pine mixture was quite pleasing

T - The taste of this beer was quite good, a good caramel malt with a good mix of grapefruits and honey in the middle and finished with a burst of bittering hops on the finish

M - This beer had a medium body along with a decent amount of carbonation

D - This is quite a DIPA, very tasty and drinkable, but beware of the ABV kick, you will not taste it at all, but this a great beer and another winner from Bell's

02-24-2009 01:45:35 | More by cvfish
Photo of BMan1113VR


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Many bottles over the years, here are my notes from two different batches:
Bottle marked 8277. Pours with a small white head covering a hazy orange body. Some good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops (mainly orange), and a large caramel back bone. Taste is very malty (drinking a winter bottle in the summer). and some slightly orange hops in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel lively bubbles. Would not age too well.

Batch 8907. Pours with a huge, fluffy off-white head with tight bubbles. Clear golden body underneath with a few particles. Great lace and retention. Aroma is quite strong and room filling. Pungent with pine, melon and honey. Alcohol and caramel on closer inspection. Dank C-hops. Taste is big and hoppy with orange and citrus bitterness up front and through the mid palate. Finishing with lingering notes of honey, caramel and floral hops. Silky mouthfeel. Really good!

09-09-2010 21:44:48 | More by BMan1113VR
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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks to my buddy Jimmy2282 for this one.

A: Single fingered, soapy white head that displayed ok retention settling to a thin soapy film atop the beer while leaving very little lacing behind. It has a slightly cloudy orange and slightly amber body that is a real beauty to look at. Just wish the head could have been better.

S: Lots of pine with some biscuity malts to tone down the punch of floral hops. Lovely honey notes poke through on the backend with a fair amount of citrus.

T: Talk about a lot of flavor. Floral pine with potent hops are the breakout flavors. Citrus and honey make up the middle, but aren't too strong to overshadow the bitterness once the hops return and dominate the backend.

M: Medium bodied, slightly under carbonated, but by no means unpleasant.

O: A great beer from a brewery I wish I had easier access to. I have recently heard that Bell's is planning to expand distribution to Texas, but I'm not holding my breath.

02-07-2012 23:33:50 | More by tjkinate
Photo of mgp2675

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Lucky enough to get a 6-pack of this, ridiculously expensive though at $25

A- orange shade to it, much more than most other DIPAs I've had...somewhat cloudy also, consistent lacing

S- hops, lemon zest, orange, honey...really nice blend of flavors

T- hoppy as I expected, but the orange and honey work so well together and really stand out...aftertaste is very citrusy

M- I like the amount of carbonation it has, but it is a little on the flat side compared to the other DIPAs I've had...this isn't a bad thing though, I think the mouthfeel is perfect, very drinkable

O- I didn't realize the hype that came along with this beer, and I only wanted to try it cause I enjoyed Two Hearted...it is really good, though I think I preferred Pliny and obviously Heady. I wish this was brewed more often cause it really is an enjoyable beer...if you have a chance to get some I highly recommend giving it a try

02-03-2012 02:13:27 | More by mgp2675
Photo of eagles22


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance: beautiful golden orange body with white fluffy head, also nice lacing

Smell: citrus up front as in pineapples, grapefruit,oranges and peaches and very little earthy malts.

Taste: bitter citrus blast! grapefuit hits your first than some nice sweet peaches and pinapples and than alittle bit of honey,malts and toffee.

Mouthfeel:medium body..very smooth and nice carbonation

Drinkability: very high for 10% alittle too high

I had this batch 10115(january 11,2011) several times, as in just a week old and the honey in this brew was way too sweet for my liking, but as for today(february 6,2011) the sweetness of the honey seems to be fading and the hop presence and bitterness is the highlight of this brew!!

02-06-2011 21:35:53 | More by eagles22
Photo of bbeane


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Poured into my favorite snifter... a light somewhat fizzy 1/4 inch head appears and disappears leaving some spotted lacing. Beer is light amber color and slightly cloudy

S- At first, has a mellow citrus nectar aroma. After some swirls of the glass a bitter skunkiness combines with the citrusy honey smell... delicious

T- At first sip, wasn't getting a lot of the honey... but as the beer warms a pleasant yet subtle honey flavor accompanies the awesome bitter hop flavor... superb!

M- Light medium body with light medium carbonation

D- I wish I had been able to get more. Wasn't expensive, but would have been worth every penny had it been more


01-22-2010 02:12:25 | More by bbeane
Photo of KYGunner


4.29/5  rDev -4.5%

Gorgeous honey orange yellow coloring; almost glowing in the glass. Bright white head that was thick in parts but very bubbly with tremendous lacing.

Quaint piney tones, there's a bit of sweetness in the nose. A touch lemony there are some vague citrus notes.

With a name like Hopslam I expected to be beat over the head with intense pine and earthy flavors but instead I find a nice tempered hop flavor. Simply sweet it's not easy to find the honey but its fruity on the tongue.

With an ABV at 10 percent, there no alcohol bite but a pleasant warmth in the chest. Very smooth and easy this is a pleasant hoppy ale.

01-26-2013 23:25:45 | More by KYGunner
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.29/5  rDev -4.5%

A friend picked this one up for me on a strong recommendation from my beer guru. Excellent appearance, not to thin, with a great head that clings. Smell is also outstanding. Not as much punch to the nose as some IPAs but other than that perfect. Very good taste but a little to much bitter hanging on for my taste. Surprised me when I looked up the ABV, did not seem near that strong, much easier to drink then that which gives it big bonus points overall. Overall an excellent beer that I will want to try again.

03-20-2014 02:14:57 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.29/5  rDev -4.5%

Finally getting to try this legendary DIPA from Bell's. Will be fun to how it stacks up to some of my favorites in the style. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 12/27/13 and poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau.

Appearance - Pour yields a massive three-finger head of creamy parchment colored microbubbles. As it rests, a few bubbles grow and burst, leaving some pocking throughout the foam. As it begins to dissipate, it leaves pronounced, thick streamers of suds down the sides of the glass, as well as a one finger perma-head atop the body, fueled by a rush of effervescent carbonation rising up from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass. The body is a rich blend of oranges and ambers, with some lighter golden highlights in places. Slightly cloudy from the unfiltered nature of the beer. A beautiful beer in its entirety.

Smell - I'm a little surprised it's not more aromatic, but with a little bit of coaxing (and warming), I start to pick up notes of citrus and clementine, but more of a tropical presence, with notes of mango and papaya. In addition to the big fruitiness, there is a subtle earthiness, and a gentle sweetness of honey. I can't help but wonder if the delay in delivery to the KC market and passage of a month since bottling has taken a bit of the brightness off the aroma that I've read about in so many other reviews. Either way, it's quite good smelling.

Taste - Here, the citrus and tropical fruit notes are at the forefront, with orange zest, fresh mango and passion fruit, as well as a pleasant malty sweetness. The use of honey really serves to smooth out the taste and does an amazing job of mellowing the 10% abv. The aftertaste is pleasantly cloying, lingering with a creamy bitterness that doesn't overpower. Like with the aroma, there is a hint of earthiness that serves to balance the massive fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and heavily carbonated, with a semisweet finish that lingers on the palate. A little bit of chewiness complements the otherwise juicy characteristics of this beer. Far too easy to drink for such a strong beer.

Overall, a really wonderful take on the style that makes it quite clear why this is such a popular beer. One of the more balanced DIPAs I've had and the use of honey makes for a uniqueness that you don't get in other beers of the same style. I'll certainly make a point to see this out on a yearly basis, and I might sit on one bottle just out of curiosity to how well it holds up over time. I think it may have jumped to the front of the line for me in terms of offerings from Bell's. Just an outstanding DIPA from the Midwest that certainly represents itself well compared to the heavy-hitters from the Northeast and Southwest.

01-28-2014 06:52:04 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours dark gold with a small head and a moderate amount of lace. A small cream colored ring remains around the top of the beer. Good clarity. Lovely aroma; pungent hoppiness; resinous, slightly oniony; some citrus and pine qualities.

Has a slightly tongue scathing bitterness to the flavor; again very resinous, with grass, pine, citrus, and onion characteristics, and a surprisingly dry finish after hearing much about this beer's honeyed taste; I found there was little in the way of sweetness at all, really. After the swallow the bitterness lingers a bit but recedes enough so as not to be obnoxious or overbearing; you are left with the sense of a powerful beer, both in terms of hops and alcohol, although the latter is well masked during drinking.

Medium body and carbonation, almost light for this style. This is a top notch DIPA, sure, but not perhaps in the class of the other heavy hitters of the genre; lacks the intricacy of Heady Topper and the refinement of Pliny, to cite two examples. But still dusts the vast majority of the competition.

01-12-2013 01:50:31 | More by tobelerone
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New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -4.5%

A - Rich burnt orange, cloudy, less than an "1 foamy head.

S - Fresh buds, with citrus, deep lingering and pleasant.

T - Rich, hooppy, grapefruit, long finish on the top of the pallett.

M - full, coating, good carbonation.

O - Not quite Pliny and somewhere just below Heady Topper. Outstanding non the less. Will seek some out to keep around.

Tasted side by side w/ Pliny & Heady Topper. 2/16/2012

Tasted side by side w/ Abrasive & Zombie Dust 2/12/2014

02-17-2012 16:59:01 | More by BrokenStones
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,765 ratings.