Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,590
Reviews: 3,419
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,371
Gots: 2,611 | 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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Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours nice gold color, with moderate head and little lacing.

S: Very floral hops with pine and bread.

T: Liquid gold in your mouth. Citrusy sweet and piney.

M: Rich and creamy but finishes dry. Has the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: I look forward to this beer coming out every year. The price point is a little high but definetly top 3 of overall IPA's. It's a big beer at 10% but drinks much lighter.

Photo of Critter1594
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: who cares. It is a double IPA it should be cloudy
Smell: heavy hop
Taste: dirty with hops
Feel: appropriate

Awesome beer. Dirty with hops as a double IPA should be.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! I absolutely love this beer! Without a doubt the best IPA I've had. I can't wait until it hits Iowa City, if indeed it does (it's supposed to). Many thanks to my roommate, Dave (Hoptongue) for bringing this back home from his most recent beer excursion. Even though he probably isn't reading this... douche.

Anyways... The beer pours to a nice clear golden yellow color, only a slight haze to it. Nice pillowy white head with a spotty lace. Carbonation is moderate, as is head retention.

I can smell the hops in this beer from a mile away. That being said, there is plenty of malt to bring it back to balance without being overly sticky and sweet, such as something like Goose Island IIPA. A boatload of centennial, plus maybe amarillo or one or more of the newer high alpha strains such as simcoe. In any case, it has a huge grapefruit, orange, and tangerine aroma. Quite floral as well. Plenty of specialty malt behind it. Caramel, aromatic and pale. A bit bready. Even a hint of lemon zest. Reminds me of Two Hearted on crack, acid, and speed, and probably some other drugs I've never heard of.

The taste is every bit as satisfying. Has the same elements of the nose, but it is neither too sweet and sticky nor too bitter. Just the P-E-R-F-E-C-T balance. It's almost like drinking a carbonated Naked/Odwalla juice, but much dryer and thinner, and definitely more crisp. The aftertaste lingers forever with the perfect hop flavor.

The body is quite thick, though fairly dry and crisp. The carbonation is gentle on the palate, however. If this beer is really 9.3% it doesn't even come close to drinking like it. More like 6% in terms of drinkability. I could easily put down a six pack of this in a night, but it would be quite expensive, and I'm sure the alcohol would eventually catch up with me despite it seeming so easy to drink. I can't possibly put in to words how much I love this beer, so I'll keep it at that. If you can get some, then do so.

(batch # 7775)

Photo of HankSpencer
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer but doesn't quite live up to all the hype.

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One word.....Amazing! A hop heads dream......this is a treat!

Photo of jfrank85
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried for the first time last night with a friend with similar beer tastes as myself. Figured id buy into all of the so called "hype" and try it out and im very glad i did! Out of the bottle it is a very clear tan straw color with a full head that slithers down to a thin line that leaves ample lacing down the glass, nothing too outstanding here, very common for this type of beer. This is where it gets exciting, this beer smells phonomenal! Catty whiffs mixed with tropical fruit and fresh cut grass that can be smelled from across the room. Now on to the taste portion of our trip. Fresh cut grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit makes your mouth water for more! Very crisp and refreshing, slight sweetness from the honey is found but malts are pushed back and hops take the stage. 10% is lost in traslation of bitterness, leaving the drinker to sip not because of its boozy nature but because it is so hopped up. Great beer well worth the "hype"!

Photo of DannyG24
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Wish it was brewed year round!!

Photo of Mike-Dean
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a 6-pack of this from local Safeway; cases were just stacked on the floor between the fish and dairy coolers. The beer poured a very nice, brilliant copper hue with slight haze. Smell is a nice blend of citrus with no hint of the alcohol bite; slight hop presence. Mouthfeel is wonderful, full impression. The taste is an interesting transition from citrus, to malty, honey, then to Vidalia onion, and finally to lingering blend of honey and hop bitterness. I think this might be the fullest spectrum of flavors across one beer that I have encountered to date. You certainly don't sense the 10% that will hit you full steam about 3/4 of the way through the glass. I love me some DFH 120 minute IPA, but for the price, I think this is the winner.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two and a half fingers of billowing head that dissipated ever so slowly, leaving in its wake a foamy lace. The beer itself was a transparent deep amber and burnt-orange.

S: Could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. There was a big floral bouquet that had a sweetness to it. Also in the mix were an array of citrus fruit smells; grapefruit, lemon, orange.

T: Lipsmacking good. Very smooth transition of flavor with a bit of a sweet introduction, immediately followed by a strong but pleasing hop presence. Honestly, although the hops are huge in this beer, I didn't find it as much of a "biting, bitter, tongue bruiser" as advertised on the label. And because of that, I think the beer's flavor is all the better for it. It doesn't go way over the top with hops, and fades nicely leaving that sweet, lingering, and somewhat bitter but refreshing aftertaste.

M: Well carbonated for a creamy and silky mouthfeel. A nice body to this that makes it enjoyably thick.

D: Due to the well-managed hop presence, this one can easily be enjoyed in succession, I think.. especially for any hop-heads out there. Also, the refreshing aspect keeps you wanting more, as it won't blow you out of the frame with bitterness, despite its 106 IBU rating.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one for a while, but I just cracked it open.

A - Pours a nice clear golden color with a one finger off white head. The head does not leave that much lacing but it does have good retention. A good amount of carbonation is also coming to the top.

S - You can smell this one right when you pour it out of the bottle. It mostly smells of pine hops, but when given a bit of time to settle, the citrus hops add a perfect balance.

T - There is a reason why they call this Hopslam. There are some great pine and citrus hops that make a perfect balance. There are some great fruit notes such as pear, lemon and orange but the one that sticks out is pineapple. Incredible.

M - Great balance for a DIPA. While the ABV is high, the mouthfeel lets the flavors dominate and you don't even notice the alcohol.

O - If you want a great DIPA your going to have to wait next winter, but it's well worth it.

Photo of Beerking721
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, the Hopslam is released each year in January and acts to give many something to look forward to in the dead of winter/post holiday period.

A = A rich off/dark amber color with a substantial head upon pouring that settles down nicely as drinking begans. The viscosity level hypes your anticipation that something great is about to be enjoyed.

S = This style of IPA is all "west coast." The nose offers ripe, rich grapefruit that becomes the beer's signature.

T = Requesite high alcohol content blends smoothly into the recessed folds of grapefruit and citrus. This is a bold, hoppy brew that provides an enjoyable taste and long finish without burning your tastebuds off with extreme bitterness.

M = Richness abounds with substantial essence of oily goodness. The high alcohol warms the throat.

D = A destination beer meaning that it's best enjoyed in your favorite easy chair. One leaves you good (and wanting more), two beers and most people should be satisfied. Remember the high ABV because this one can slip by you quickly. If you finish the 6-pack, it will result in a great night - bad morning.

Photo of HiAIPA
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My my what have we here. I have been seeking this out as I am an extreme hophead, and this met every expectation and more. In fact, the only two IPAs to date that I enjoyed better by memory were Hop Stoopid at the EBF last year, and Shorts anniversary ale grapefruit version.

Enjoyed with tacos. Poured with an enormous head that disappated to minimal lacing. Insanely floral aromas of pine, citrus, bicsuit, grapefruit and honey syrup. The tongue is assailed with bitter grapefruit and hop, hemp oil goodness with the touch of honey sugar kicking in. The mouthfeel is oily yet light at the same time. The 10% is hidden well here, extremely drinkable, extremely good, wowsa!! HopSlam is everything right with Humulus Lupulis. This is not a basher type DIPA, more finesse here which is exactly what I look for in this style.

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottled January 10. (Better than last year.)

Photo of jtd1969
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Golden color with excellent lacing and good carbination

S- Sweet floral hops with some bread

T- Grapefruit, pineapple, bread smooth and buttery

M- Medium bodied, smooth, a tad boozy on the back end

O- What an incredible beer! Really good DIPA! The balance between malt and hops are so good!

Photo of TTAmod
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh (12/29/11) 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark gold with a luscious white head that has great retention for such a strong beer. Nice lacing, as well.

S: Smells really tropical and sweet. Fruits are grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, and orange. Really succulent. I could smell this all day long.

T: The taste is also very tropical. The grapefruit and orange are immediately upfront. A bit of pine follows that. Finish is raw floral hops, ripe fruit, and orange rind. Alcohol gives a little kiss at the end, but definitely doesn't taste like 10%. Malt base is fairly strong and sufficiently balances out the hops and alcohol.

This beer really shows the diversity of hops. Every hop taste from fruit to flowers to bitterness makes an appearance. Definitely a complex DIPA.

M: Really nice for an IPA. Smooth, oily, slick, creamy, but still a bit prickly.

Mouthfeel is perfect for coating the mouth in those great, raw hop flavors.

O: Definitely a top-tier DIPA. I'd say it lives up to the hype. The hop flavors are complex and refreshing, yet it's still well balanced by malt sweetness.

Cheers! =)

Photo of BeerNut402
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The initial smell of this beer was amazing! This is my first time tasting this beer so this should be quite the experience. Just the bottle artwork alone made the anticipation hard to bare.

Appearance - Golden and amber in color. Clear appearance with a straight down pour it gave me about a inch of head.

Smell - One of the best smelling beers I have ever had the honor to smell. It had the normal floral smell of a normal IPA but had an extra sweet smell which I would attribute to the honey.

Taste - BAAAM!!! this beer definitely Slams the palate with a floral sweet hoppy taste. The combination of sweetness and hops was impressive to say the least.

Mouth - Not nearly as light as it appears to be by looking at it. The mouth is full and almost expansive

Overall - Just like the bro's put I too have been HopSlammed ! This beer was a perfect combination of Bold yet Smooth, Hoppy yet Floral. I think its safe to say that I am in love...

Photo of greengorilla
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a restaurant, poured into a pilesner glass from a bottle. It is an orangy amber color with a nice white head.

The smell and taste are awesome. There is all kinds of citris and hops in the aroma and the taste. It is like an explosion of citris and bitterness at the same time, and I like it.

The mouthfeel is quite good. I can't believe how drinkable this strong abv beer is.

This is a great beer.

Photo of HomeBrewJake
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Beautiful crystal clear copper. I poured it pretty conservatively so there wasn't a great deal of head. Nice lacing.

Aroma - Loads of ripe citrus fruits, resin and pine as well. Also got a hint of sweetness on the back end from the honey.

Taste - Follows the aroma almost identically. Sticky citrus and pine. Very light malts and a very light hint of semi sweet honey. Probably the most pleasantly tasting bitter beer I've ever had.

Feel - Fairly carbonated and sticky.

Photo of Beast35
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow where do I start with this beer?

Poured into a DFH snifter, 2 fingers of head

Smell-citrus hops (grapefruit and blood orange, maybe some tangerine)

Taste-Damn! So deceiving! At the tip of the tongue it is so velvety. You can taste the honey. Then the hops bitch slap you into submission. Can i get an IV of this?

Mouthfeel- smoooth

Drinkability-10%? Really? Excuse me while i drink six and pass out

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Clear golden body with two fingers of fluffy white head. Steady stream of bubbles rising in the glass. Left some lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is a bouquet of hops. Notes of citrus, pine, florals and a surprise: pineapple. Maybe the faintest caramel malt presence.

T: Just as I expected; full of hops. Pretty bitter with a mild honey sweetness. Also has a noticible alcohol presence.

M: Medium to full body. Smoothe.

D: Very enjoyable. Although full of hops, it never became overly bitter. I liked the unique hint of honey that offset the hops. There is a definite alsohol presence, but never overwhelming. I would have given the drinkability a five if not for the 10% alcohol content that started to creep up on me.

Photo of alexgash
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to get my grubby hands on this! Slight haze in a brassy orange body. Tight finger of dirty, off-white head. Nose is pure liquid hop flowers. It seriously smells like a freshly opened package of Simcoe/Centennial/??? flowers. Since I love this smell, I am in heaven right now. But, there's also a solid sugar honey malt background, along with some fruity alcohol. Bitter, acidic, hopslaught up front. Assaultive, but delicious. Hop burn stays, as sugary, tropical fruit malt swells and provides a hint of balance. The hint gets shrugged off by a dry, resinous, ganja-infused, bitter finish. My tongue is "bruised" but happy. Medium-body, with a mouth-lacquering feel. Dry finish. This stuff is good and worth the wait!

Photo of BeerStine
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8908. Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden copper with medium/heavy carbonation and an off white fluffy head. Smells of citrusy goodness. Lots of fruity hops. It also has a very unique nose-stinging chemical like hop aroma that hits me as pull the beer away from my nose. Maybe it's the dankness of the hops coming through. Whatever this smell is, the other DIPAs I've tried don't have it. The taste is like putting marijuana and citrus fruits together in a blender and serving it as a drink. The dankness of the beer is very pronounced. It definitely has a good deal of malts too and balances well. After my first sip my saliva became much more viscous due to the balancing malts. Mild/medium bittering aftertaste. Mouth feel is medium light with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkablity is remarkable for a 10% ABV beer. This would absolutely be in my IPA rotation if I could get this year-round.

Photo of pdoran10
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the beer pours a golden color with a small amount of head. Looks fresh and great already. The smell is very strong and floral. Smells very complex right off the bat. I get floral with a hint of citrus and malt. Definitely one of the strongest most complex smells i have gotten from an IPA. The taste is amazing! It is floral with a hint of citrus at first and finishes with a touch of malt and honey backbone, very well balanced. I don't usually like much malt in my IPAs, but this is done right! Mouthfeel is fine for and DIPA a bit thicker than a normal IPA, as to be expected. Drinkability is surprisingly great for a 10% DIPA, only downfall is that it tastes so good, that you want more, but the ABV prohibits you from drinking too much.

Photo of barnzy78
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Usually I carefully decant Bell's products, but not this one. Poured a cloudy but bright amber color with a rocky, off-white head with good retention and a nice lacing. Huge floral hop and pine aroma coupled with grapefruit and some tropical mango and pineapple. Mouth-feel is thick and juicy, some carbonation that allows the flavors to cover the entire palate. Juicy ripened pineapple and grapefruit explode on the first sip, it's sweet like fresh honey, but the bitter piny hop finish is fantastically balanced with the malty sweetness. Alcohol is well concealed. This is an amazing ale. Always a favorite of mine.

Photo of 05Harley
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 9501 (12/09)

Purchased through West lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $17.49/6-pack

Appearance: It pours a hazy golden color with fines in suspension. After a few minutes the head disappears to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Hops! Hops! Hops! So damn good. Pine and citrus round it out.

Taste: WOW! This beer is amazing. Bitter (but not overwhelming) with a slite taste of honey which is just enough to balance out the massive burn one would expect from a hop bomb. Grapefruit coming through in the backround. Alcohol is well hidden at 10%.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Goes down smooth with a thin body and leaves a slite bitter after taste.

Drinkability: Oh yeah!! My problem is I didn't buy enough of it. I'm kicking myself in the ass for not biting the bullet. Do yourself a favor and stock up. Good job Bell"s!!

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,590 ratings.