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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,363 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,363
Reviews: 3,151
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,155
Gots: 1,677 | FT: 42
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

Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute FAVORITE IPA ever! The aroma has a strong grapefruit character, as does the taste, there is a nice refreshing citrus quality along with a slight pine taste and it's all topped off by a huge hoppy taste.

It also has a perfect malt background and there is no taste of alcohol even with the high ABV. Amazing. It's especially phenomenal on tap.

Photo of Burgy77
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: No head when poured into a very clean glass. Golden in color with light lacing left behind. Smell/

Aroma: Crisp, clean citrus. Much more of a mild hoppy smell than I expected. I wish it hit the nose more. Slight astringent smell towards the end of the glass (after a slight swirl).

Taste: High level of hops that stick a minute or so after you take a drink. Hops are very floral and citrus flavored. Almost no alcohol to the taste (very surprised for 10% ABV).

Mouthfeel/ Palate: Very smooth no bite to the alcohol, slightly thick (in a good way). Overall: Very nice beer with a clean crisp taste. Nice to drink and great smell to boot!

Serving type: Bottle poured into a Tulip on 2/15/2012. Bottled on 1/23/2012.

Photo of Synergy87
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at Discount Liquor Waukesha with a bottle date of 2/9/12 (5 days old @_@). Unpasteurized, unfiltered, brewed with honey.

A - Pours a nice 2 finger head, nice lacing, hazy dark gold color

S - pine, tropical, citrusy fruits

T - Pine first, followed by pineapple and tangerine, finishes dry with grapefruit flavors. There is a sweetness in there but its subtle and I cant say its honey even though I know thats probably what I am tasting.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth and incredibly balanced

O - I am shocked the hype on this was well deserved. I would say this tastes like a cross between Lupulin Maximus and Double Trouble. Very complex for the style as there are alot of flavors here for an IIPA and not your typical pineapple and grapefruit. Loving the lacing, aroma, and smooth mouth feel. This may be the best beer I have ever had.

Photo of Daktyls
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with minimal lacing around the outside edge of the glass. Translucent enough to see bubbles rising up from the bottom and coming to a rest at a small patch of bubbles in the middle of the brew.

S: Piney hops are immediately present from about a foot away, light amounts of honey and some citrus as well.

T: With a nose like this, I was actually expecting significantly more hop taste than is actually present. That being said, the flavor profile is dominated by citrusy hops and slight amounts of honey. Some alcohol is also present on the finish.

M: Medium amount of carbonation with a medium-light body.

O: Overall a solid beer. Again, the flavor profile was a little lighter than I was expecting, but relative to the style, this beer is impeccable.

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Sava’s in Ann Arbor. Served in pint glass. Aroma has traces of both the sweet honey and the in-your-face pine citrus hops. Elements of grapefruit and a hint of cat pee (citra?). Clear amber color, with a small head. Looks like candy. Beautiful golden orange pour and perfectly clear. Big head and punches you with the aroma as it pours (have also had bottled). Taste follows the aroma perfectly. Grapefruit, pine, zesty citrus, and some sweet honey. Nice bitterness up front with a punch of hops going down as well. Lingering honey citrus pine on the palate. Very drinkable, despite the 10% alcohol. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. A must try for anyone who fancies themselves a hop head. I look for this one every winter. Wish it were year round. Out of the bottle this is excellent, but on draft this thing hits a whole new level. I find a bit more of the mellow honey sweetness on draft and more floral aromatics--but excellent both ways.

Photo of SoCalStout
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Tulip at Toronado SD on 2/12/2012
Given to me by one of the Beertenders so I dont know the bottling date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, honey color with a nice thin head and great lacing.

Smell: Tons of citrus hops. The most up front for me is grapefruit and orange, but also quite a bit of piney aromas and a slight sweetness of honey in there too.

Taste: Citrusy, and pine hops dominate this one with some sweetness coming from the honey. Just a bit of malt to keep the beer nice and balanced. I say this is one of my favorite DIPA's, but I may be biased since the brewery name is the same as my last name. Definitely not overrated. A must try.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and close to being full bodied. The malt profile is definitely giving this a creamy texture. This beer is a great DIPA that doesn't dominate in the boozy category. Highly drinkable.

Overall: The smell beats out the taste for me, but this is definitely among the smoothest, tastiest ones I have had. Glad to have finally gotten to try this beer and looking forward to my next one. If only I could get it easier out here.

Photo of Hasser82
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of nmbr0ne
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 12oz bottle. Bottled on Jan 26, 2012.

Appearance: Clear, amber body. Finger-thick, white head that dissipates to a mediocre amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of patterns on the top of the beer.

Smell: Citrusy. A mixture of grapefruits, tangerines, and oranges. Piney. It's definitely a hop slam. A tinge of honey as well, but faintly.

Taste: Hops are dominant at the beginning of the sip. Still very citrusy flavors that finally succumb to a sweeter middle. It's balanced out though. Not too sweet. The finish is a combination of a hint of bitterness, that doesn't linger that much, and booze.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Decently carbonated. A little slick. I would say medium-bodied.

Overall: One of my favorite DIPA's. Happy I finally get to review it. Definitely my favorite IPA that I can easily get in Florida when it is released.

Photo of jwmarcum
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sneefcity
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of eeggles
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of qcbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of 12owls
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of icecoldphatty
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of shockrocker65
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a translucent orange amber color with a finger cap of off white head. Very retention with lacing covering the sides of the glass.

S- huge citrus peel hop aromas with floral and spicy woody notes. Resiny hemp like characteristics flesh out in the middle. Slight fermented dry honey and biscuity malt on the finish.

T- leafy spicy hop flavor with a bright bitterness hit the palate at first. Citrusy lemon zest and grapefruit peel are there in the middle with notes of resin and hop oil. Finishes very dry with a kiss of honey,biscuity malt and a touch of alcohol warmth.

MF- pretty average slick mouthfeel.

D- good drinkability.

Photo of andrewhicks237
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Boonedoggle
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Swim424
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into palm glass

A-pours a bright orange, not much head. very clear. good amount of bubbles.

S-hops! good amount of malt. sort of fruity pine smell. really crisp. can't wait to try.

T-wow this is delicious. lots of tasty hops balanced perfectly with a fruity sweet malt. malty hoppiness through out finishing with a strong hop bite.

MF-medium body with perfect carbonation. great aftertaste.

O-this is possibly the bestb IPA i have had. absolutely delicious.

Photo of amcmaho1
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to GabrielM for this beer. Cheers again Gabe!

Bottled 1/9/12
Poured into snifter

Appearance: Pours a nice honey golden, with a bright white head. Very little head retention, though there is some nice lacing. Really clear beer, with a rich color.

Smell: I know this is a notorious hop-bomb, but I'm not necessarily getting the hops on the nose like I wish I was. I really do get a slight bit of vienna sausages and garlic (do they use simcoe in this?). Other than those aromas, which strangely enough I'm enjoying, there are some piney and resinous hop notes. I'm wondering if this was a bit fresher, if the more clean hop aromas were more prominent. There's some definite malt sweetness, and some slight earthy/possibly honey balancing out the hops.

Taste: I may have been missing some of the other hops on the nose, but they really come through in the taste. Nice assertive bitterness alongside some sweeter flavors...and some definite alcohol. This is a huge DIPA, and I have to say that I personally feel that it tastes vastly better than it smells (I'd love to try a 2 day old bottle though haha).

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty aggressive beer. The beer feels pretty thick and syrupy, it's dry, and it pretty much kills your palate...I think it's supposed to do all of these things though haha.

Overall: I certainly appreciate trying this beer, but I can't say that I really fell in love with it like everyone else. It's a stellar DIPA and certainly worthy of it's hype, but I personally prefer a more fruity/citrusy hop profile on a DIPA. Regardless, I'd seek this out again...maybe offer up my whole cellar for a fresh bottle (enter sarcasm)

Photo of MattyG85
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass.
Bottled on 1/10/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy looking golden amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: A big aroma of ripe citrus fruits. Lots of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, and some hints of peach and passion fruit. Also some piney and floral hops behind the tropical citrus. Solid base of bready caramel malts in the background with a good hint of honey. Very juicy and nice.

Taste: As great as the aroma leads. Big blast of tropical citrus hops up front with big notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach. Also some pine resin among the citrus. Hop bitterness is strong but not overpowering. Midway emerges a nice balancing sweetness from some bready malts. Good hints of caramel and honey. Outstanding taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat sticky and chewy. Very smooth for such a big ale. Alcohol is barely noticed at all. Finish is pretty drying.

Overall: An incredible Double IPA and one of the best beers in the world. The bitter hops and sweet malts play off each other perfectly.

Photo of jasinviso
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,363 ratings.