Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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Reviews: 3,259
Hads: 11,634
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 2,393
Gots: 2,632 | 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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Reviews: 3,259 | Hads: 11,634
Photo of jmasher85
3.62/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I drank this one a while ago so I don't recall enough to give a thorough review. All I know is that this beer, while great for what it is, isn't quite my cup of...beer. Hoppy as hell, yeah, but more bitter than I like. Like, almost aggressively bitter. Don't get me wrong, judging this objectively, they created a genuine hopslam and if I were ever in the mood for an IPA that was that intense, it would hit the spot, but I prefer my hops more spicey, citrusy, floral, and less tongue-shredding. There's some honey in there which gives a nice malty balance when it's needed, but it's too little, too late. I'll buy it next year, but maybe just a single bottle rather than a whole $20 sixer. (696 characters)

Photo of Critter1594
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (171 characters)

Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. Bottled in Jan 2015. Aroma is wonderful in those beer picking up the hints of honey. The aroma is outdone w/the taste though. This is such a smooth beer with the infused honey. This is also a potent beer at 10% ABV. I drink a couple of these and I'm feeling good :) (296 characters)

Photo of DavidGD
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers hands down. The hops come through but don't completely over power your pallet. The honey really adds a wonderful sweetness and along with the malt rounds the beer out very nicely. If you're looking for a well balanced imperial IPA this is a great one, if you're looking to be overwhelmed by hops this isn't for you. I'd drink this any day over Heady Topper. (383 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roughly 3oz pour at a beer festival. It was good, hoppy, and everything that should be expected from a double IPA, however I don't think it quite lives up to the hype. It's nothing extraordinarily special. Is it a good beer? Yes, undeniably so, but is this something I would take off work early to snag a few bottles of? Probably not. (334 characters)

Photo of ARoman
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*transferred from previous notes 1/21/2014*
On tap into a tulip. It has an strong, although not quite overwhelming, grapefruit-citrus aroma with some resin and floral spiciness and a mellow lemon and grass background notes. It’s a slightly hazy, orange-gold beer with a very light foamy head that leaves an average lacing along the inside of the glass. The taste is medium-heavy bitter with maybe some light citrus sweet, but the bitter definitely dominates (would you ever guess that from the name?). It’s a medium-full body beer with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Even though the malt doesn’t readily present itself in the nose, or even in the tongue for that matter, it subtly presents in the fact that this beer is very smooth drinking for such a hop forward recipe. It’s beautifully balanced and leaves a mild hop and floral aftertaste that’s surprising clean - it doesn’t linger very long and, while it is present, doesn’t feel like it coating my mouth. (977 characters)

Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/10/15, so roughly 3.5 months old.

Not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping for (but that's to be expected with the age). On top of that, it was very sweet. I would love to try one fresh to see the difference.

All in all, still a good beer. Overall, with 3.5 months of age, it's a solid B-. (298 characters)

Photo of Drel
3.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really excited to try this one but unfortunately the bitterness overtakes the honey for me. I feel that the flavors didn't really mesh as well as I hoped. Obviously I'm in the minority here, just my opinion on this one. (219 characters)

Photo of Smelly
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Love the big hop hit and subtle sweet honey follow-up. Crap...only 2 left from this year's batch :( (152 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/9/15 and consumed on 1/27/15.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear golden orange color with thick creamy 3 fingers of just off white head; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Hop forward but just by a bit; Big citrus and tropical fruit notes with an underlying sweet aroma of bready and toffee malts with honey and sugar.
Taste = 4.0 Big malty backbone with candied sugar and bready and toffee malts and some honey in the middle of the taste. Balanced by citrus notes on the backend and a big bitter finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to high carbonation with a medium to full body. Lightly syrupy but smooth and a bit of fizz no the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.25 Easy drinking big DIPA, great balance.
Overall = 4.2625 (747 characters)

Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Way overrated and nowhere near the hype. Had 2 of my 6 pack and gave the other 4 away to friends. To each their own. But there are much better beers at a much better price point imho. (183 characters)

Photo of G_Z_a
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice.

Been about 7 years since I last had one. While it wasn't the hop bomb I remembered, it tasted just as good. That's not to say it isn't hoppy, but after 7 years of drinking really hoppy beers it didn't hit me quite the same way. (256 characters)

Photo of Jarnol21
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Couldn't get a whole lot on the smell but the hop taste was certainly there deceiving me. What an amazing beer for a 10% IPA I can't wait to get more of this next year. The honey makes this beer brilliant! (207 characters)

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are an IPA lover or Hops lover in general, this beer is an absolute MUST HAVE. I love IPA's and Hoppy beers in general and this one is the strongest I've ever had in that regard. But what makes this beer a 5 out of 5 for me is the addition of the honey flavor ... It is the icing on the cake and it's what really makes this beer DELICIOUS! (346 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Hopslam was awesome. Had a bottle that was 6 days old. Super hop aroma with a touch of honey to finish.

2 months later found another bottle in the cellar, sad to say it is much different. My fault though. Much maltier and way less hop aroma. Do not sit on this beer. (279 characters)

Photo of Hophead777
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited time only and I couldn't drink enough to satisfy my needs! Love this double IPA. I wish I could have this year round. But I understand the availability of the outstanding Simcoe Hops! (191 characters)

Photo of cjelden
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (150 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of snaxcat
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of musicsherlock
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of weaselface89
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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 (152 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold draft pour with off white head into 10oz snifter; great lacing. Sweet honey glazed biscuits and some floral hop notes. Malt balances well with hops to hide alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and honey tongue coating. Genius in a bottle. (232 characters)

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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