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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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8,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 8800
Reviews: 3088
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%

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 Sandbarunner

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AS far as an over hyped IPA goes this is the tops.

Everyone wants it and no owns has it. That is retarded. This beer is available. Bell's just chooses to limit how it comes out. Good for them, bag for all of us.

This is a good IOA. Two Hearted with a good finish. Then add in that the Honey really finished the deal.

Great Beer!

IOver hyped...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 04:26:06 | More by Sandbarunner
Photo of Kramerwtmf


4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer came to me a few months ago and I finished all six relatively soon after. It was a slightly sweet dipa with the honey noticeable in the front end of each sip. It was very strong at 10% and a little boozy but I really enjoyed it. I wish it was easier to get because I would buy it often.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:08:53 | More by Kramerwtmf
Photo of pinyin

New York

3.49/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Difficult to find in New York, even after the fact that Bell's just got distribution rights no less than two months ago within the state of New york.

A lot of fanfare surrounding Hopslam and being a fan of Bell's, IPA's and DIPA's I had to try it.

This is a 10% ABV ale so before drinking it I figured it would be very harsh, but I was wrong. It goes down quite smoothly for a 10%. Almost too smooth. You get the impression that Bell's took their time and engineered this ale with the most refined of brewing processes.

Look and smell were fairly average.

Taste is refined and smooth, more like a hoppy dark ale, and not much IPA bitterness.

It says on the bottle that there is honey added, which I normally do not like (much prefer rock sugar). I honestly couldn't taste any notes of honey.

Overall this is worth trying but not worth the $19.99 per six pack price that I had to pay at my local supermarket.

Certainly a good ale, but nothing special in my book, and the alcohol by volume is really high for an ale of this type.

I would much prefer a Victory Dirtwolf or Stone Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 16:25:31 | More by pinyin
Photo of Circles413


5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about, Hopslam that hasn't been said before? This beer is amazing!!! I've tried; 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 & I must say that 2014 is the best! It has a huge mouth feel without all the bitterness. The hops are huge, the citrus flavor is there & it's a huge DIPA!!! I LOVE the Oracle but Hopslam is hands down one of, if not the BEST DIPA's out there!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 06:59:40 | More by Circles413
Photo of BurdockBoy


4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Beautiful clear orange amber with about 2" of white head with nice lacing.
S: sweet hops. Faint citrus.
T: Not what I was expecting. I'm used to west coast hoppy beers which aren't as sweet, but I really liked it. Complex, but not too overbearing.
M: very crisp. Not overly carbonated, but still some kick.
O: I really like this beer. Unfortunately I can't find it here in Oregon, but was glad for the trade. I'm still a little taken a back by the sweetness, but the more I drink of it the more I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:21:32 | More by BurdockBoy
Photo of sorryifyoudont

South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I know this review is in spring but for a winter seasonal, sue me. Wonderful pour with a frothy head bubbles throughout. Golden amber tint to the pour. Smell is a bit of citrus but you can't avoid tears from the hoppiness(good thing). Taste almost mimics the smell extremely hoppy finish with a citrus undertone. Sits on the tounge well. Overall a great beer and I am glad it lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:22:35 | More by sorryifyoudont
Photo of mabermud


4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is beer is sweet,tasty, not heavy, but a bit complex. The style is very different from West Coast style IPAs. It isn't too dark or overpowering, very drinkable, yet strong. I am going to be trading for more of this most excellent beer. It's too bad I cannot go to the corner store to pick up more of this beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:47:29 | More by mabermud
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance; straw/ golden, medium carbonation, very thick, sticky white head that retains well.

smell; tropical fruit notes, hint of citrus, honey, alcohol.

taste; very strong alcohol, sweet, fruity taste as well, the honey is definitely there.

mouthfeel; full body, strong carbonation.

overall; not bad but alcohal is very overpowering, and definitely not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 05:53:17 | More by SteveB24
Photo of RoninVP


4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Raging Bitch", & "Aprihop". Each have their place and Bell's Hopslam stood out as a the best of the group. The group all agreed that isn't wasn't so wild an IPA that most IPA drinkers couldn't handle it. I'm happy knowing that I can stock the fridge with this (when I can find it) and everyone will be happy!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 17:55:44 | More by RoninVP
Photo of NuckleDragger


4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very sexy yellowish/orange color with a meringue like head that hangs around for a while.

S: Tropical fruits, pine, honey, and something else sweet that I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Sweet up front and mid palate. Very juicy. The bitterness kicks in on the after taste. For such a high ABV it is extremely easy to drink. Lovely.

M: Just a little carbonation on the mouth feel. It's not necessarily thick, it's just juicy.

O: A terrific beer. Very sweet and decent bitterness. Not as bitter as the 100+ IBU beers out there but great none-the-less. It's like kissing your 8th grade crush for the first time. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 11:05:57 | More by NuckleDragger
Photo of GregA135


4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first sipped this beer, I thought "What's the big deal about this beer?" It could of been my palate from drinking other beers, but when I took another sip and let it sit in mouth for a bit... thats when I really tasted the beer.

Smelled of honey, grapefruit, and orange

Hops really came out after letting it sit for a little bit on my tongue

Definitely give this one a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:57:44 | More by GregA135
Photo of Mo_fro


4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Has a clear dark orange color with a white fluffy two finger head that dissolves quickly. The head leaves chunky lacing all the way around the class

S- Huge pineapple and honey notes accompanied by fresh grass. It also has a slight smell of alcohol

T- Has a big bitter bite in the beginning which is smoothed by the honey and then followed by a nice sweet and fruity finish.

M- has a crisp medium mouth feel with sharp carbonation

O- overall a very enjoyable beer. It’s well balanced and provides great flavors, no part of it is more overpowering than the other. Definitely something to seek out if you have not tried it.


Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:59:45 | More by Mo_fro
Photo of Lunch


1.95/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

This shit is like a goddamn IBM commercial as it is fucking baffling to me. What just happened? It’s like when you watch someone struggle to back into parking spot for no reason…I get that you desire that quick getaway if you’re robbing a goddamn bank, but you’re most likely just headed into Target to procure some fucking Easy Mac and a side of stretch pants…I mean leggings. For someone apparently so concerned about time management why do your actions reflect the complete opposite?

Let’s backtrack to some time in 2007. I knew nothing about hops from a standpoint that the shit fades in both aroma and flavor with time and other factors. I knew nothing about beer releases or seasonal beer schedules. Like a goddamn idiot (when this situation is viewed from the perspective of someone that is “in the know”) I call up a store that carries Bell’s and ask foolishly about if they have Hopslam. Luckily for my ego (when also viewed from a more “knowledgeable” perspective) the motherfucker working there knew even less than I did. Shockingly they did not have it.

Fast-Forward a couple years and finally I was able to get a six-pack of this shit and I was a little hard to say the least. I brought the shit to a fellow cockman’s abode and opened that bitch. Immediately I was brought back to a time when I first discovered free pornography on the Internet…I wanted to tell everyone about it, but selfishly I wanted it all for myself. The smell was fucking amazing. Tropical fruit up the ass. Taste was nearly as perfect. This is really the beer that got me into DIPAs in the first place. Over the years I would try to seek the shit out and most of the time I was able to track down at least a bottle. I would be lying if the experience ever lived up to my first, but beer can be like crack in that way.

Now bring thineself to early 2014. I’m all ready and lubed up for this shit as I’ve got my fucking Hopslam glass and I’m wearing my fucking Hopslam t-shirt and the room has been rented in full for the next hour. I open the goddamn bottle (that still has one of the best labels of all time) and I’m ready to take every crooked inch of hops that this beer has to offer…

Wait a fucking second…where in the fuck are the hops? I’m only smelling sweet malt and alcohol. Something must be wrong here so another bottle is then opened and it too greets me with the same bullshit. It does appear a bit dark in the glass compared to memory, but hopefully the taste will be redeeming. I take a sip. Quickly I think of all of the assholes that back into parking spots in an effort to increase efficiency. Bell’s decided to name this beer “Hopslam” and as such I am rather confused...but we must dig further. We see that also contained within this beer is “[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.” First of all I will never disrespect a good dollop, but I will question its usage. Wait…so you brew a beer to showcase the beauty of what hops can do, but you then add in a whole bunch of shit that takes away from exactly that…seems rather illogical. In the mind of what type of person does adding a fucking “generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey” equate to keeping the “balance in check” in a fucking DIPA that claims to be "[a] biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale"?

Like those foolish people that will adamantly defend their flawed parking technique, there will be those that equally defend the concept of balance in DIPAs. Everyone is certainly entitled to his or her opinion…as long as they know that they’re wrong.

"With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?"...I don't know...one should reasonably expect to be slammed by some fucking hops. After all...that is why I rented this goddamn motel room for the next hour.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 21:29:27 | More by Lunch
Photo of Franziskaner


4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber in color with a fairly hazy profile. A quarter inch thick off white head caps off the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is an intense aroma of citrus hops with notes off mango,passion fruit and pineapple. The mouth is very sticky and dry. There's an intense rush of citrus hops that doesn't let up. The light malt backbone does keep things from getting out of hand. The fade still has an intense citrus hop burn.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 16:59:42 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Da314man


3.59/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expectation failed to become reality. I've heard over the years it has gone down hill. With a name like Hopslam I expect to be slapped in the face with hops. It was very mediocre in that department. I got 2 bottles through trades. 1 FRESH and 1 aged a year. The aged one was more pleasant to drink as a complex 10% beer. The FRESH one was just not worth what I heard they sell for upwards of $20 a six pack (or more). Too many better beers out there to waste that kind of money.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:30:40 | More by Da314man
Photo of schris


4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It had been a while since I had Hopslam - probably five or six years. Living in Chicago now, it was easily accessible, so I have sampled it many times this (2014) season. First off, I am not sure whether it's a difference in this year's batch, or whether my palate has changed, but this beer does not strike me as deserving of its name. "Slam" isn't the word that comes to mind - more like a big wet kiss. The nose is boozy and dripping with fruit and honey. The hops are present in the mix, but this beer is extraordinarily well-balanced, and has a sweetness to each element - nose, body, and finish - that really appeals to me.

I have had it from the bottle, from a snifter, a pint glass, a tulip glass, and I would drink it out of a paper cup if I had to. It pours a misty golden color, with a minimal head that quickly dwindles to a faint spiderweb. Smelling brings some hops, but again, a touch of sweet honey to smooth it out. Just the right amount of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is like a light syrup. It tastes magical, the Platonic ideal of a honey-brewed IPA, imperial or otherwise. But that sweet touch really distinguishes it, making it incomparable, to my mind, with some of the other great imperial pales I've had - Heady Topper, Abrasive, Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf. Highly recommended, but drink it fresh to keep as much of the hop presence as you can - if you're out of market and thinking about trading for it in 2014, do it now.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:12:35 | More by schris
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Date: 3/23/14. Bottled on 1/17/14.
Pours a pure orange, with dissipating white head but bubbles remain sitting at the surface, like a 10.0 ABV should.

For a beer so big in numbers and its namesake, the aroma doesn't quite match the bill. It has a well balanced smell of grapefruit and some pine... But not the dankness of hops that I expected. As I further read the bottle only now do I see that the beer is brewed with honey. I wouldn't have pointed it out without reading it, but maybe that is the reason the hop smell is leveled off some.

Hopslam's taste is well rounded, but that wasn't what I was expecting. The alleged honey that I didn't really smell has come out to cut the hoppy character that I thought this beer would have. Anyway, this beer is still quite enjoyable. The finish is fantastic and so is the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:54:43 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of Seanem44


4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep amber-orange. A little bit cloudy. One finger off-white head.

S: Very nice with a citrus aroma. Not too overwhelming though.

T: A nice a citrus taste at first that then yields to a bitter hoppy taste. Left a lingering taste of alcohol.

M: Very mild on my palate until swallowed. At that point the full flavored come forth. Goes down fairly smooth.

O: I've been holding off on this review. After all the rave reviews for Hopslam, I wanted to have some other good IPAs in between my first bottle and my review. To be fair, it was bottled in January and I got lucky, picking up a six pack that had hidden in the storage of Wegmans in early March. Probably not the freshest it could be. There are many good IPAs out there. Hopslam is no doubt one of them. However, there is a lot of hype around this beer. So much so that I feel Hypeslam is an appropriate name. I don't think it justifies the $20 price tag for a six-pack. Not when you can pick up many other IPAs of just as good quality for $11. Again, Hopslam is very good. But not for the price. Maybe if I got it on tap or closer to the source i'd feel different. Bell's Two-Hearted is almost as good, half the price and readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:54:05 | More by Seanem44
Photo of pkalix


4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

another awesome one today! thank you Mike!
pours a golden, honey-like color with little carbonation but a beautiful creamy opaque head. I love the way this brew looks!
aroma is of honey first, and actually, that is all I get... some other stuff, but not an overpowering aroma of anything. I see others remarking on the hop, but this one is stamped 12/20/2013 so maybe it's endured a bit on the long journey.... but I hear Bell will begin distributing here in SoCal (san diego) in May!!!! just need to drive to get it....
taste is honey (amazing!) with some slight hop bitterness. very easy to drink (this is 10% ?!?)... some bready malt to it at the finish.... definitely NOT west coast double imperial ipa, but very very good. again, another first for me!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:23:45 | More by pkalix
Photo of rawfish


3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth pour nets a one finger head of tight white bubbles. Amber in color with great clarity and lacing that renews with each turn of the glass. Head retention was minimal, I could have been more vigorous with the pour.

Copious amounts of bready malt and honey match the bright pine and grapefruit pith hops. Alcohol rises from the glass as well, preparing you for the slam.

Thick malt base is bready with toffee and honey soaked sweetness. Pine and dark citrus creeps out of the malt shadow evolving to a more floral quality late in the drink. Alcohol provides more of a body slam than bitterness. Finishes with a sweet honey malt with tingling pine.

Average DIPA body with appropriate carbonation. Does a good job of drying despite the quantity and sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is very present but at least the bitterness is not overdone.

Beer geek legend, glad I got to finally try this one. The craft movement really has done a number on what is needed to make a beer shine out from the pack. Hopslam is a well integrated hop, booze and malt bomb with limited outstanding qualities. This is a classic and despite craft evolution it will continue to impress through reputation and respect.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:59:08 | More by rawfish
Photo of Stevotex


3.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a six pack in trade.
Immediately chilled for 30 minutes as soon as I opened the box.

Poured in a pint glass after supper of baked mahi mahi.

Appearance: poured a nice thick fluffy head of 4 inches, topped off gently to reach a two finger layer of foam, fairly clear light amber. Beautiful look.

Smell: nice but subtle aroma. No particularly identifiable trait.

Taste: mildly bitter, but also sweet. Rather boozy. Sweetest bitter hoppy beer I've ever had. Most noticeably floral honey taste with a touch of caramel. Tiny bit of pine in the finish.

Mouthful: medium body. Smoothly flow over the tongue. Healthy fizz of carbonation, but actually kind of sticky.

Overall: enjoyable. Not a blockbuster. Smooth and tasty.

I'm thrilled with receiving Hop Slam in my first out of state trade.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:24:26 | More by Stevotex
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A beautiful misty copper-orange body lurking beneath a jam-packed white foam. As you drink down this hoppy concoction layer upon layer of ringed lace is left behind. During this journey, a steady trickle of minuscule bubbles make their way to the surface.

Smell: I get the honey from the get go followed by floral aromas, stone fruits - dark plum, nectarine, a punch of citrusy-fruit hops. The malt waifs around and mingles with these scents.

Taste: Pretty close to the nose with the addition of a bigger citrus sweetness followed by more malt and the trademark hop kick to the mouth. Bitterness lingers for a while before fading.

Mouthfeel: With the aroma and flavors, I would expect this to have a bit heavier feel than it did. Nice bodied; medium at the most. Well carbonated.

Overall: I love the smell of this DIPA. Ranks up there with the best I've had. Definitely a beer all DIPA lovers need to have once in their lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:34:55 | More by darthvohn
Photo of RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade, and glad I got the chance. An excellent beer overall. For me, Not the most attractive on the nose, but not unpleasant. Honey and a little citrus. Not much bitterness which would have been nice to offset the sweetness. An original tasting beer, so I score it highly in taste for originality. The 10% alcohol is mostly masked, although sometimes I feel it tastes vaguely of a fruity cocktail. One to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:17:56 | More by RobbDogg
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 01/21/14

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange amber with a slight off-white finger width head. Good retention results in a fair layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Scent hits on citrus pith and a touch of honey backed by a strong bready aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Profile is similar, but drinks stronger than the nose would have you believe. Orange peel and a touch of grapefruit upfront and throughout. Underlying honey sweetness and fair bready notes. Finishes with a light pith bitterness and a faint, long lingering honey sensation.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. 10% ABV? Hard to believe, but this buzz tells me otherwise. Utterly drinkable for such a monster brew.

Overall - Didn't quite live up to the hype for me, but it is still a hell of a beer. The flavor is pretty good, I'm just not head over heels in love with it. Too much honey, maybe. Really didn't bruise my tongue as the bottle suggested, but then again my lupulin threshold is pretty high these days. Stupid drinkable. I could probably knock back 3 of these without trying and get into trouble. Good thing it ain't from 'round these here parts!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:33:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 8,800 ratings.