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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,857
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,893
Gots: 1,482 | 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 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
Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Deep golden color.

About 2 fingers of thick head, that dissipated to about 1/4 inch in the matter of about 2 minutes. However, it left a good coating of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Very fragrant. Floral with the scent of apricots.

The taste is of aggressive, flowery hops. Finishes with a good bit of bitterness. I can definitely taste the high alcohol content, but alcohol is not overly predominant.

Mouthfeel is tricky on this one. The beer has a medium body, but the bitterness from the hops coats my mouth to the point where this beer gives the perception of being much heavier than it really is. Taking another sip actually seems to clean the palate.

Overall, a very pleasant beer. I've read much about Hopslam, but have not yet had the opportunity to try it. Now that I have, I can say the reviews are correct. This is a great beer and one I'm looking forward to having again.

Florida9, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppymeal and limesmut for this beast.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a burnt oragne hue with a fluffy white head that dies down a bit after pour. Stickiness is here and there, not a whole lot but it's present. Dirty, oily, citrus hops beat the crap outta my nose...but I love it. I also detect a stale bread scent in there as well, maybe this comes from the tiny bit of malt in this brew. Taste is not what I expected at all. Yeah the hops are there, but it's not that bitter at all. The malt displays itself quite well in the taste, very bready. A pale tasting malt, but perfect for this style. Hops seem to switch to a pine taste, but very pleasant. This is one complex tasting beer! Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy with little carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the alcohol is quite hidden. Wow, love this one. Definitely do what you can to get this beer. Bell's amazes again.

BeerTruth, May 19, 2007
Photo of mwagner1018
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden bronze/brushed brass color, with soft slow floating large carbonation rising up through glass after pour. Nice 2 1/2 fingers of creamy white head, gradually lays down as a pleasant pillow on the beer...leaves significant lacing on glass.

S- Floral bouquet of fresh hops, honey, lemon grass, melon, white grape, really interesting and complex nose on this beer.

T- Smooth creamy and rich, with a slight alcohol finish, honey, grassy sharpness, with an acidic bite at the end, sits right on the back of your jaw, really nice. The depth is pretty impressive hits nice up front with honey, smooth through with malt and drying bittter hops, finishes strong with an alcohol warmth.

M- Crisp carbonation, creamy and smooth, full bodied, with a slight alcohol residue, and medium bitter finish.

D- Wow...this beer is far too drinkable for a 10% ABV Double IPA. I just keep drinking it...very very pleasant. Interesting for sure, unique, creative, balanced with hops, honey, malt...a couple of these are perfect, but I could probably drink them all night, when the ABV would catch up to me pretty quickly and I would act a fool.

mwagner1018, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of dnichols
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to abankovich for a great trade. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a light orange colored body with a slight half finger white head that didn't linger long but left a spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S: It had a dominant aroma of floral hops including pine and citrus (grapefruit and pineapples). There were other ripe white fruits present (white grapes, pears) and some recessive malty aromas.

T: I love a glass of thick, tart and tangy fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for breakfast. This brew reminded me of grapefruit juice. It was tart and tangy without loosing its thick malt base. Well balanced and complex with hints of sweet citruses including oranges and tangerines. The alcohol is very well hidden until it provides a warm clean finish to a high powered brew.

M: It was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth with a warm and clean finish. Nice complexity and wonderful balance.

D: I am not a huge IPA fan but this beer is a great Imperial IPA. I could easily have two or three before returning to styles I prefer taking later into the night.

dnichols, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of hops202
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass.

First look is a light amber color with some haze. Smells very inviting with with floral honey and a citrus mix - I am going to say clementine and tangelo. Taste is very sweet - very prevalent organic raw honey. Still very tasty. Apparently this years release is not up to par when compared to previous years but I still think it is a great beer!

hops202, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jlh8643
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pub pint. A one finger vanilla cream head with bits of hop suspended in it. Fine carbonation, not a lot but its there. Very piney with a bunch of citrus. Slick citrus hops coat the tongue with a bite in the middle to back. Moderately sweet body with a long hop finish. Worth trying but not top of the heap.

jlh8643, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8277
Courtesy of drunkmonk. Thanks Joel for my Bell's fix.

Appearance - Golden amber. White head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Fresh ruby red grapefruit, pine, and carmel.

Taste - As it smells, but stronger. Bold grapefruit balanced perfectly with a solid malt backbone. ABV hidden extremely well.

Mouth feel - Creamy and medium. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - Fantastic! Smooth and balanced. Another great one from Bell's!

DavidEddie, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple bottles of this at Thomas Liquors in St. Paul.

Looks pretty solid w/ the pour. Reasonable head that dwindles down to a lacy finish. Oranish/amber color. Lively carbonation. The aroma is what stands out immediately. Excellent hop profile w/ tangerine, grapefruit, and even some melon-like profiles. Very inviting, very appetizing. The taste is awesome as well. I feel like I'm hit over the head w/ hops. This beer is bitter, but not too bitter. The aroma and flavoring hops seem to predominate. Very citrusy and fruity flavors here. I'm amazed at what this little flower can do. My only problem is the lack of malts. THey are there, but just not as present as I would like. The mouthfeel is nice, but a little thinner than I would expect for a DIPA.

Overall, an outstanding beer. It's positives are the strong aromas and fabulous hoppy flavors. The negatives are the lack of a strong malty profile and the slightly thin body. Ultimately, this is an excellent DIPA and I will be drinking it again and again.

brewdoc75, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of bertram
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insanely intense hop aroma hits as soon as you open the bottle. Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. The overload of hops give this brew a very earthy, almost citrus smell and taste. Good carbonation and definitely a beer a hop head will love.

bertram, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of travis224
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #10127. Got in a trade from Schriebeers. Thanks man! I guess this is about two months old so not ideal. Pours a really nice amber color with a small white head. Pine, pineapple and honey on the nose. Definitely a lot of hops and not much malt. The taste is exceptional. Hops, hops and more hops. The honey really shines through and is pretty drinkable for 10% ABV. I would really love to try this fresh. On the other hand I wonder what it would taste like with a few years on it. A great beer!

travis224, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high expectations, as I love Bells two hearted...

Citrus, and grapefruit with strong underlying hop characteristics. Alcohol Is present in the finish but not overwhelming. This beer lives up to expectation.

It pours a golden amber and has decent head retention.

Floral hoppy character on the nose, with some spice coming through as well.

Overall this is a great buy, try it now!

flannelman808, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - a beautiful shade of orangish auburn with some bright hues and a big fluffy white head. Looks fairly innocent although it pours a bit viscous.

Aroma - hops, hops galo re. Along with a boat load of sticky, resiny hops there is a good amount of sweet malt aroma. Its a bit skunky and syrupy as well. Its smells big.

Taste - my tongue is numbed and my stomach is warmed. Hopslam does both simultaneously. Big chewy hop flavors combine extremely well with a ton of malt sweetness which boosts that ABV to double digits. Plenty of citrus bitterness and astringent hop flavors to satisfy even the most staunch of hopheads.

Overall - a behemoth of an IPA that probably should leave you satisfied after one but more than likely pushes you to have another. There is a lot of hype that is for sure but it definitely delivers what it promises. The fact that a beer of this strength is as smooth and balanced as it is really makes this a standout offering from Bell's.

Would I buy more of it? - yes. This is a great beer and satisfies my hop fix just fine.

indiapaleale, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to review this bad boy for a while now...finally got the chance.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear, golden color. Head foams up nice, about two finger widths. Settles slowly with some nice lacing left behind.

Smell: Hoppy, just a bit of pine, nice! Not overwhelming either...it actually has a slight bit of sweetness to it.

Taste: Smooth and hoppy. I was expecting more of a hoppy punch at the end, but it is actually finishes off nicely. Bitter but not overwhelming, with just a little bit of pine. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was okay. I was expecting a little more carbonation and a heavier feel to it. Regardless, it was smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable if you like hops (which I do). High ABV makes this less of a session brew and more of a one-timer, atleast for me. Still, I will definitely be drinking more of these in the future.

krisandajt, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of ASymon13
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a thick copper, just like most doube IPA's, with a nice off-white head. The head is solid at first but dissipates relatively quick with minimal lacing.

The smell is very reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale, only there are added pine notes to go with the floral style. Centennial hops still appear to to be the dry-hop of choice here, according to the smell alone.

Hops are everywhere in the taste. Flowers are in the opening, and also rise in the closing, with some pine and a dash of citrus in the middle. Very nice, the malt definitely takes a back seat as expected.

It is medium to full bodied, and due to the strength of it, it is not the most drinkable, but that is expected with the style. The carbonation is low, probably due to the strength of it.
Overall, it is an awesome DIPA. It lives up to the style beautifully, and will always give me the blast of hops I often crave. Too bad it is only brewed once a year.

ASymon13, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber color with a large frothy white head that was lasting with excellent lacing.

Heavy complex sour citrus aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation.

Medium to heavy sour citrus bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy orange/amber color with a medium thick cream-colored head that dissipates slowly. Thick coating of lace on the entire glass. Huge grapefruity hops in the nose, along with a touch of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with a rich hoppy character that is full of zesty citrus and some pine. The alcolhol is well-hidden but you can tell it is there. Some sweet malt and fruit flavors are underneath as well. The finish is nicely bitter and lasting, retaining the citrusy hops feel. Not one of the "punch you in the face" IIPAs but very good in its own right.

Dogbrick, May 11, 2007
Photo of Samalamahamdam
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a new one for me. I hadn't had a distributed beer from a cask before. The nose had a very fresh floral hop aroma. The color was a nice gold to amber with a slight haze. The taste was mild bitterness huge grapefruit and smooth finish. It is a great lounge/den beer when you have time to just sit back and enjoy the glass. Velvet Grapefruit....

Samalamahamdam, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of greenjeff4141
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice orange/golden color, like the color of brandy. Had a nice white head which retained good lacing at first but subsides as the beer settles.

The first smell I got was hops, then citrus and pineapple ,and the taste was the same. The first flavor is the citrusy hops, then a little sweetness and then the alcohol. Although it's a strong 10% the alcohol blends right in and the beer is quite deceiving in this respect. Lastly the hop bitterness lingers, but in a good way. The feel in the mouth is oily and the carbonation is quite noticeable but not overbearing. All in all a great balance of all the flavors. I've been drinking a lot of IPAs lately and this one lives up to its reputation. I think I like the Stone IPA a bit better though, however this one is definitely in a class above the rest.

greenjeff4141, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1-6-12

A- Pours a lighter golden hue. Slightly hazy. Smaller, frothy head that stays a little while and laces well.

S- Pretty big on the citrus hops notes. Some floral hop scent in there. Sweetness is there, and fairly prominently under the hops.

T- Starts off with a slap to palate in the hops department. Definitely delivers on its name. Bitterness persists throughout, but then gives way a little bit to slight malty sweetness. The honey claim on the label is for sure present. Finishes pretty clean with a little lingering hops bitterness.

M- The weight was perfect for the style in my opinion. Fair amount of carbonation, but not so much as to detract from the silky smooth malt profile. The malt hops contrast is really brought out by the weight on the palate.

Overall, it didn't knock my socks off, but was definitely very good. I'm not a big IPA/DIPA guy, but I enjoy trying them, and this one mixed a good ratio of malt to hops. The underlying sweetness adds to the experience.

boilermakerbrew, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of craytonic
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-orange, nice head.

Smell: hops, citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange, etc), and clover

Taste: Nice sharp citrus hops up front, then sweet finish. I get lots of citrus and straw - lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, etc. After the swallow you can taste and feel the honey.

Mouthheel: Medium-body, more than I expected. You can feel the honey

Drinkability: Tasty and enjoyable, I try to get some every year


Tried fresh 2-12-09

Similar, with less complexity, more bitterness, less fruit and honey. Graded down accordinly.

craytonic, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, if slightly overhyped, DIPA

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple and somewhat cartoonish front label design with the illustration of a person literally slammed under hops over a green color palette. Back label includes a minimal, and rhetorical narrative, and cellaring ability. Shows bell batch number (9471, which as per their website is bottled on December 21, 2009). Notes Alc. by Vol. (10%) Served into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a good head, medium retention, and some lacing with a nice surface memory.

S - Very rich and complex hoppy nose. Citrus, grapefruit, resin, pineapple... But scent of good ripe melon emerges too. Might be the hops coated with the honey, but can´t help to get out of certain type of ripe toad type melon.

T - Taste follows the nose with rich hoppy sweetness, grapefruit, pine, pineapple but above all a final lingering touch of... melon. No honey as such but this melon thing feels like the honey touching the hops. A bit weird but very nice.

M - "Tongue bruiser" like the label suggest this isn't by far, at least not on this incarnation. Medium body, even medium to light at times, but working pretty well with a rather smooth, even creamy feel, and a small finishing bite.

D - Works very well, the alcohol is very well integrated and barely noticeable. In fact rather given the ABV one may need to be reminded of it. Overall a very pleasing one.

Notes: It's not half as assertive or spectacular as the hype would have one believe. But it is a pretty tasty and delicate hoppy brew nevertheless. And even if a tad overpriced, it is rather nice to have around, and remains very recommendable.

Daniellobo, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Dulliwhig
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a Troegs Nugget Nectar pint glass (can anyone say heresy!) Poured a hazy brownish-orange, with a finger thick slightly off-white head. The bubbles are fine and aesthetically pleasing. I found myself leaning the glass over to watch the bubbles separate and form small islands of lacing. There is obviously something wrong with me...

S - Smells like a pine tree with grapefruit ornaments - freshness abounds and the smell is voluminous. I would love to have this as a car air freshener.

T - Sweet grapefruit and pine bitterness finish, alcohol warmth reminds you this beer is 10%! Crisp, refreshing and lingering. I was expecting more hoppiness from the name, but while hop levels are not overwhelming, they are certainly adequate.

M - Slightly thick above average body, crisp carbonation envelopes your mouth.

D - Drinkability is good, I could drink a few of these without a hesitation, but I am having trouble finishing this review after just one!

Dulliwhig, Jan 28, 2009
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,857 ratings.