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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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Photo of Beermeister69
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the pinnacle of the hop cone ! Starts with big flavor hops citrus pines intertwined like dancing leprechauns ! Warms you slowly easing you into your hoppy place . This is a great beer !
Dare I say best !!

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Photo of Mikerri6
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is very good. The truth is is too clear and too malty for me. I have acquired a taste for cloudy, unfiltered beers like tree house and tired hands and I feel like these beers are behind the curve a little.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Someone sent this to me from Ohio and drinking it was a great experience. I poured it into a goblet from a can.

(L) The color is hazy orange-golden and it had a two inch thick white head.

(A) The aroma was sweet grapefruit, dankness, and perhaps honey.

(T) The taste is grapefruit, mango, and distinct honey that make a very tasty sweet-bitter experience.

(F) There’s no hint of the alcohol and it is dank and juicy. This is one of the best Imperial IPAs I’ve ever had.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly orange hint of golden yellow with a magnificent off white head that settles to a thin foam on top of the beer and leaves plenty of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma hits you first: floral and citrusy, with grapefruit and pine and orange marmalade and some jammy berries. Flavor is grapefruit and mango and pine, all topped with heaping amounts of honey and hawaiian rolls. The sweetness of this DIPA is surprising. There's a decent amount of bitterness, but nothing like a typical west coast IPA; similarly this beer lacks the juiciness of the new 'New England' style IPAs. Instead, it strikes out on its own path. Onward.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 from a can to a tulip glass
L - This pours a hazy orange yellow with a thick white head
S - I get mostly sweet grapefruit and lemons
T - The taste is lemons and grapefruit with a sweet finish. I could really detect the honey aftertaste a minute or more after the sip.
F - medium body and slightly chewy
O - There is definitely a lot going on in this beer. It's a little overly sweet. I would have like this to be a little more crisp.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 51°F from a 12oz can (packaged in 20Jan16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 05Apr16.
LOOK: 3 fingers worth of dense, off-white foam is formed after pouring. Within 20 seconds, the foam head becomes rocky and poruous. At 3 minutes, the head has refused to shrink completely, only dwindling down to two fingers. Honey orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a plethora of small and medium-sized bubbles ascending to the top to support the undying head. Lacing is high in quantity and thick with a few areas being very thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of white bread, mangos, peaches, apricots, and papayas elegantly entangle with mild honey and caramel aromas along with subtle aromas of earthy and piney hops. Hints of alcohol are also present.
TASTE: Mild white bread, honey, and caramel flavors first enter onto the palate. I'm incredibly surprised that the initial flavors aren't stronger as the smell would have told me. Mild flavors of mango, peach, papaya, and apricot and subtle bitter hops flavors immediately trail the initial flavors as honey grows slightly stronger. Mild piney hop and subtle earthy hop flavors close out the flavors as all previous ones push on.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/27/16
12oz can into tulip
L- Hazy burnt orange, huge foam head slowly dissipates, leaves lacing
S- has a citrus nose, I don't think i'm exaggerating to say slight honey aroma as well
T- this beer is real complex , seems like malt hops & honey all woven together beautifully, with the slightest kiss of alcohol warmth
F- medium bodied, nicely carbonated, so drinkable for 10% abv i gulped half of it down
O- At first i was like ok but wow what a beer, what a job by Bell's. a sessionable 10%abv double IPA with great taste, too bad i only have one

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has 2 left, figured I would drink and rate it. Poured into a snifter, can version.

Look is copper to darker orange, clear with a sizeable head. Lacing is prominent.

Smells is slightly dank, hoppy, hint of honey.

Tastes good, not great. The hoppy bitterness is there, but the honey gives it character, but not as enjoyable as it used to be.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly bitter.

Overall it's a good DIPA. It gets a lot of grief as hypeslam but some of it is rightly given. It's easier to find now, and the beer isn't as good as it was 3-4 years ago. Not sure what they changed. I do like the canned version better than the bottle. This brew is way better on draft.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- deep yellowish orange, hazy. Thin white head, heavy lacing.

S- tropical fruit and grassy hops.

T- great balance of bitter hops and sweetness of the honey. Hints of tropical fruit.

F- heavier malt character than any IPA I've had.

O- great beer. Wish it was out there more than a few weeks a year.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everyone knows how this beer looks, smells, tastes, feels, etc. I find the most amazing thing about this beer is it's balance. I have waited until I finished my 15th six pack of this years release to make my opinions know. Yes. I am a beer snob and hoarder. I enjoy following a nice double imperial stout with a Hopslam. 10% ABV.....?? You would never know it it goes down so smooth. My only wish is that Bells would make this a year round beer to take away the hype of trying to find it every January and February.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a murky yellow-orange with some sediment floaters. 1 inch white head with good retention.
S: Wow! Amazing tropical and citrus fruit hop aromas. Passion fruit, grapefruit, orange, mango, and a hint of key lime. Smells juicy. Phenomenal.
T: Follows the aroma with that wonderful amalgamation of hop notes--mango, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit, and key lime. Dry cracker malt in the background. With warming, the honey note emerges.
M: Juicy tropical sweetness. Medium body (the ABV is extremely well hidden). Moderately dry and bitter throughout. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: It is hard to live up to the hype, but Hopslam certainly does. My hat is off to you Bell's! Tremendously drinkable brew (which rarely happens at 10%).

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. It's great to have a local, in person, trader. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus. Taste is piney, resin, light malts, medium bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but I was expecting to be blown away. I have had better DIPA's.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slightly cloudy / hazy. light orange and gold colors. pretty sexy pillowy offwhite head.
Aroma: First off, I certainly get a hit of some of that honey its brewed with. Then I get a remarkable mixture of semi sweet bready malts mixed with an array of citrusy hop smells. HONEY BREAD?
People claim this thing explodes with grapefruit action but I get more orange soda scents and like a tangerine or sweet sweet cutie type thing.
Taste: It's pretty good. Not mind blowingly tasty but it's quite tasty and drinkable for a ten percenter. you get just a tad of the alcohol heat. I mean there is some malt but its brewed in a way that makes that overly malty and alcohol sweetness from ruining the beer or creating off notes. I dont get much pine, i dont get much dank, i dont get crazy grassy or green matter type action that many west coast IPAs have.
I guess its balanced and delicate.
Mouthfeel: medium ish? carbonation is lively enough to keep it interesting throughout. semi oily and not so resinous at all.

Overall: I wish i couldve had a fresher can. This shits like 4 months old i believe and has encountered temperature shifts. still a good beer. cant wait to have a fresh can or a nice glass on draft.

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Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 15th January 2016 (at least as best as I can tell since the dating machine misprinted onto the lip of the bottom of the can). Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy copper orange colour with an one finger off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Crisp candied orange and caramel with some light tropical pineapple, apricot and pine.

Taste: Its quite a sweet DIPA but that should have been expected with ale brewed with honey. I get a quick hit of bitterness to start before it turns sweet with caramel, honey, pineapple and orange. The finish is bitter again with grapefruit mixed in with some honey.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, but maybe my expectations were too high and it was perhaps just a bit too sweet for me. Having said that, the 10% is completely hidden and it goes down easy.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Potency thy name is hopslam. A little bit of hops, a little bit of malt, and a lot of alcohol. I'd prefer it if the ABV was toned down a bit to let everything else stand out more, but as is it's still a nice imperial IPA.

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Photo of scaryjarbro
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been a California red wine guy for the last 8 years, and have started getting into beer again after 20+ years over the last 2 years or so. Fittingly, I've trended towards Imperial Stouts and everything bourbon-barrel aged. Significant amount of hops has been a bit too extreme for my palate. I've trended towards more & more hops lately, and the most forward-jumping progress has been what I tasted in Hopslam, which is appropriately named. I was struck by the balance of the beer, which despite it's overwhelming hops punch allowed me to at no point being overcome by the bitterness.

This is as close to perfect an Imperial IPA as I've had and ranks as one of my top 10 beers of any variety. It's also single-handedly opened up my palate to greater hops in other ales. Spectacular beer, and I'm at a 99 rating for it. Kudos to Bells for this genius product!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2 months ago, poured in snifter. Pretty clear golden orange appearance. Finger white head that doesn't go away with great lacing. Smell is pretty intense orange zest, honey, and overall very citrusy. Taste matches the smell, but a little more malt foward. Hoppy resin comes through with a hint of citrus. Quite boozy, but ethanol doesn't dominate. Overall a pretty big beer and doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's great to see a Michigan beer on the top charts. This is a very solid beer, but not the best of the best. It doesn't have the flavor profile of a TreeHouse brew, or the complexity of a HT or Hill Farmstead, but a super alternative. Definitely worth trying. I would agree with the BROS' rating of 94 on this one.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 10-6-15. Boston shaker. At 16 bit video arcade.

A: pours a golden orange with five fingers barely off-white head, little visible carb, outstanding lacing and very good retention of a thin off-white cap. Beautiful beer.

S: malty, vague citrus and resin, pine and honey. Really it smells like it tastes, a very sweet hoppy beer. This was an old can. I'll need to get my hands on a fresh one next year, and re-review.

T: very sweet arrival, malty mid palate with loads of pine and citrus, then here come the hops rounding out the back end, with a solid and lingering bitterness. Quite boozy, though alcohol is detectable, it never overpowers or becomes unpleasant.

M: thick, syrupy, slick, quite modest carbonation.

O: glad I tried it, I like it; if readily available, might make it a regular DIPA. I love Bell's dearly, but this just does not live up to the hype.

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Photo of EMH73
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy, deep amber in color with a well retained one and a half inch head and excellent lacing. Smell is floral,citrus fruits, and honey. Taste is that of ruby red grapefruit, mild hops, honey and a slight bitterness. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap when down in Nashville. Pours a hazy orange hue with a cream-colored head. It left behind a few rings of lacing. The aromas have a nice honey scent with some floral, pine and lemon. The taste follows suit with grapefruit, blood orange, melon, citrus, caramel, and honey. The beer is really smooth and finishes clean. Overall this is a great beer and worth seeking out if you have not tried it yet. Cheers!

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is orange citrus, pine, and honey. Taste mimics the smell fairly closely - citrus, pine, orange blossom, nice malt backbone, and the sweetness from the honey cuts the hop bitterness well. Slightly boozy with a syrupy or oily mouthfeel. I don't think it's worth the trouble that some people go through to get it, but definitely one of the better double IPAs I've had.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. A 10% alcohol - double IPA where the boozy alcohol taste is no where to be found. I get a lot of fruity flavors although the can says honey on it. This has tremendous flavors with a mild bitter after taste. Dangerously drinkable which has you wanting more.

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Photo of fx20736
3.29/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack of cans from Consumer's Beverages in Kenmore NY, Feb 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Opaque apricot, thick white head head, nice lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit; guavas in syrup?

Taste: Bittersweet, like Orange Marmalade

Feel: a little syrupy

Overall: too sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of jradar
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Billowy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Sweet candied citrus smell with slight hop undertones; not as effervescent as most IPAs this gravity. Warm alcohol burn with grapefruit, orange, and sweet honey flavor that gives way to a boozy aftertaste on the swallow. The feel is where Hopslam truly excels though; medium-light oily slick mouth feel that is exceptionally smooth and refreshing.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,437 ratings.