Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,587 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,587
Reviews: 3,419
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,369
Gots: 2,608 | FT: 62
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: 11,587 | Reviews: 3,419
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.

Photo of Dumsboa09
2.74/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Personally not hoppy enough to justify it being so sought after

Photo of Mnmich7662
2.95/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way too hoppy for my liking

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

This has to be a got to get when its out, I buy it and drink it..no holding this one.

Photo of mickyge
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice kick taste of honey and citrus

Photo of Grupatre
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First dipa. Very grape fruity

Photo of Brandon_beer
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit boozy but the honey helps balance that out, has sort of a toffee, caramel hint to it on top of the citrus, piney you expect in a IPA

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply one of my favorite beers.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle packaged on 01/11/15 poured into a snifter. A perfectly balanced DIPA, glad I finally got my hands on a bottle.

Photo of Flatsskipper
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best APA I've had. Great flavor with a nice finish.

Photo of Furlinator
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of caramel, toffee and vanilla on the nose (aside from the standard IPA pine and citrus). Far maltier than I expected. Balanced. Very impressive.

Photo of JanusMax
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Wow the flavor just delicious.

Photo of sliprk314
3.57/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For all of the hype this beer gets, I do not get it. I have had a lot of great beers from Bell's but imo I would pass.

Photo of Bisco42
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Too boozy for my liking. Not well balanced.

Photo of KMachHops
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amazing head and amber.
Smell: Sweet like caramel.
Taste: That honey is really coming through.
Feel: It's oily and wants to be boozy but that honey balances it out.
Overall: I like it but knowing it's 10% abv, I wouldn't want to drink too much in one sitting.

Photo of snaxcat
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big mango and dank/sticky pine resin notes, fresh/wet grass, honey aftertaste. Medium/full body with very little alcohol taste considering the 10% abv. Great balance, leaves nothing desired.

Photo of Bakeryboy1
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't get the hype. Think the field has passed this one.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am rating this partially as an experiment. I have 2 bottles: One bottled 1/17/14, and one bottled 1/18/15. I'll note the differences here, and give the 2015 (fresh) a rating.


Both Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: No real color or head retention difference between the two.

S (old): Mostly crystal malt aromas. A stiff malty smell.
S (fresh): More tropical fruit.

The new beer is a lot brighter. The old beer tastes more like a barleywine, without any fresh hop character. More of the sweet grain in the old beer.

M: Since the new beer finishes a little brighter, it feels a little less heavy. The hop balance is key there.

Overall both beers are still pretty good, though the old beer does seem a little less interesting, and maybe a little less bitter, the old beer is still pretty tasty.

Photo of musicsherlock
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

smells nice, makes my mouth water. hops of course, apricots and papaya w biscuity back

creamy 1.5 inch head, off white and lingering. Soapy.

Orange w continuous effervescence.

smooth taste, interesting, complex. surprisingly good balance of malts and hops. nice alcohol presence.

feels creamy, low noticeable carbonation

Overall great beer. Nice event beer, one to sit and enjoy.

Photo of weaselface89
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good beer. has a nice sweet smell with a good off white head. tastes pretty damn good with a slight alcohol presence in the aftertaste. well worth a try

Photo of Nolo
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All im goin to say. It blew my mind.

Photo of kudsak
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always good! Nice aroma, good body, a bit bitter, not overly malty.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Warm orange golden. Reminiscent of apple jelly. Head did not last.

S: Hop oil. Hop oil. Hop oil. Oh, sweet hop oil.

M: Has a rough feel with medium body and carb level.

T: Good, strong floral hops. Grape and passion fruits. Pineapple. Biscuit. Lavender honey. It's well above decent as far is DIPAs are concerned, but it doesn't sing to me in the same ways others have.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,587 ratings.