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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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3,305 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,305
Hads: 11,957
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 2,584
Gots: 2,884 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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: 3,305 | Hads: 11,957
Photo of brundo4
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drawn from a firkin at Macniven's, on 2/25/10. Served in a tulip. Reviewed from tasting notes.

A- Similar to bottled Hopslam. Golden with amber and red highlights. Almost no head, just a slight ring of lacing that is sticky as all hell.

S- Hopslam on steroids! So intense. Heavy hops, grapefruit, citrus, some honey and malty sweetness.

T- Good God. It's like UBER Hopslam. Almost as if it was mixed with fresh grapefruit, lemon and orange juice. So flavorful and intense. Fairly sweet but with enough hops to strike a near perfect balance. Almost with it was just a tad more bitter, but damn near on point nonetheless.

M- Just enough carbonation. Fairly syrupy but not too much. Really just pleasant, like a tongue massage.

D- This was so unbelievably good, but I don't think I could handle anymore than the three I had. But, if you can keep it going, I suggest doing so on into infinity.

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Photo of Schwarz04
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale light tint of orange/amber. A bit cloudy, slight carbonation. Little lasting head, some spotty lacing as well.

Smell: Very very hoppy grassy and floral smelling. Slight citrus notes, orange comes through the strongest...

Taste: Quite hoppy and bitter. Grassy and floral notes are by far dominant. Very faint citus notes also come through..

Mouthfeel: An enhanced bitterness accompanied by a mild dryness afterward...

Drinkability: Very very drinkable considering its 10% abv . Not any kind of session beer but could easily drink two or three.

Highly recommend...

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Photo of SiRCRX
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep Gold, with a beautiful fluffy off-white head, and excellent lacing.
S- Hops! pungent grapefruit and pineapple, mango and tropical fruit, crisp and clean.
T- Hops, topical fruits, pineapple and grapefruit, with faint delicate biscuit type malts. No citrus rind here!
M- This is where Hopslam, slam dunks it. Moderate body, with a slightly slick initial feel, followed by a quaff-able bitter and dry finish.
Far too easy to drink @ 10%ABV

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Photo of Pillowhead
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into wine glass :).

Smells of grapefruit and other citrus. Very pleasing to the nose.

Appearance was clear gold in color.

Taste - Very smooth at first and a slight tingle going down the pipe. Tastes of grapefruit and honey on the tongue. Although high in alcohol, you wouldn't notice at first. Once you get into the more than one, you'll definitely feel this beer.

One of the finest beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First thing that hits me is the smell. extremely grassy/earth tone with light citrus notes.
Nice head of foam, a couple fingers thick.
Smooth complexity yet full of flavor.
Grassy earth toned hop bitterness in the taste. also some light floral and grapefruit notes.
Great drinkability. wonderfully balanced hop flavor profile.

Get this beer, you won't regret it.

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Photo of Brewmeist
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 12oz glass from tap.

A- golden in color. Good lacing and a few micro bubbles which indicates some quality. Small head that quickly vanished.

S- alcoholic, with notes of honey and almost citrusy. Pleasant yet boozy.

T- it's definitely a big beer, floral hoppiness and presence of honey. Lingering taste but I wouldn't call it a true pallette destroyer. Being seasonal and scarce makes it all the fresher.

M- medium bodied, clean finish, has several different areas going for it.

D- drinkable to an extent, definitely a good sipper. Delicious and will definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of southsider
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fresh from the bottle into a pint glass.

A-Bright orangy gold color with smokey whisps throughout the glass.The head poured huge,soapy and off-white before settling down with moderate sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruity,apricoty and malty sweet. Fairly pungent.

T- HUGE grapefruit citrusy alcoholic and bitter opening. Fruitier hops than a Dreadnaught with a little less hop bitterness. Malty and honey sweet background with a peachy, fruit finish.

M-Medium body,moderately carbonated and alcoholic.

D-This is a great DIPA that while not the bitterest I've had (FFF-Arctic Panzed Wolf comes to mind) is a very fruity hop bomb. One-a-day is plenty for me and I am looking forward to doing a side by side with Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. I don't remember past hopslams to have such a raw alcohol component to them.

Final note- BOOM!

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Photo of ajcobb24
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer was a medium tan and fairly opaque. Not much head on the pour. At most you would get a finger of head with an aggressive pour. Not very viscous and no stickage to the sides of the glass as you swirled it.

Smell - Heavy citrus notes. Grapefruit was most prevalent with orange and floral notes coming in a distant second. Quite a sweet smelling beer as well.

Taste - Wow. I thought Quadrupels were my favorite beer. The bottle describes the taste as "bitter and biting"; thank God that wasn't true. This could not have been more smooth and pleasant. Heavy grapefruit and orange notes with some retro-nasal breathing. Overall one of the best tastes I have had. Went down dry and leaving you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy at all. Medium-bodied with some substance. Not much carbonation to speak of. This is so smooth you could chug it (but I wouldn't because it needs to be savored).

Overall - Very, very good beer. Love the citrus notes in the beer. A lot of care went into brewing this. Probably the top 2 of all of the beers I have had.

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Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy orange/yellow, looks amazing

S- smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit, and mango

T- amazingly clean Imperial IPA taste! Citrus and grapefruit are coming through the most, with some mango hints, and of course the hops. For an IPA, it also has a great sweet maltyness as well, which is very nice. Too many strong IPA's have no flavor and only a ton of bitter hops in your face. This is a simple, clean, somewhat sweet amazing IPA. It's nothing complicated, but SOOO good. And I'm not even a hop head. And you can't taste the alcohol, but it WILL hit you by the end of the first glass. Has a champagne type buzz, it's lovely.

M- feels pretty good, not too thin or thick

O- definitely a top flight beer and it deserves it's kudos as one of the Best beers in the land. Everyone should try this beer. It's nothing complex or mercurial, every bottle is the same... DELICIOUS! Double Trouble from Founders is somewhat similar but WAY more hoppy and in your face grapefruit. You could definitely drink more than one of these in a session. One of my top 10 beers so far in my journey!

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Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

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Photo of TheKlevin
3.47/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've never understood the hype, it's an okay Double IPA, but the honey ruins it for me. It adds an almost unnatural sweetness and really turns me off from the beer.

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Photo of cedricwarner
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can smell 'em from across the table, those lovely hops. The aroma is rich, almost sexual, grapefruit and musk, honey sweetness. The taste is more of the same, but with the citrus bite really coming through on the front of the palate, and the honey notes lingering on. Lick your lips a couple of seconds after a sip, and I swear it's just like like you've been in the honey jar.

Good lord. I can't think of a more exceptional display of hops as the centerpiece of American craft brewing.

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Photo of Teke0611
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 8907, tasted from a bottle at almost 4 months old in sam adams 'perfect' glassware.

popped the top, and smelled the bottle cap before pouring - potent.

a- cloudy. large head at the beginning and reverse cascade after a generous pour down the middle of the glass. large and pillowey bubbles that fade away quickly, like most ipas.

s- stick your head in a bag of wet hop pellets lately? you can tell it's not a week old, but is showing age. it has a sweetness there, like an odell's ipa times two.

t- at 4 months, the hops have faded in my bottle beneath the body of the beer. when i had it at 3 months, they were much brighter and crisper. last year when i had this, i was floored and might have given it a 6. :) i'll rate it on the previous tastings.

m- think and lingering malts. not much bitterness left. it's a tough beer at this age, since the hops are out of the picture and i had it at a temperature perhaps a little warmer than ideal.

d- a month ago; great, if you ignore the alcohol content. now; i've changed my mind and am not pleased. reminds me of an old maharaja.

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Photo of Samichlaus
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from StormKing47, thanks Josh!
12oz. bottle poured into Allagash Flute. From notes.

A: Pours a beautiful amber with a thick white two-finger head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Peaches, honey and hoppy spiciness.

T: Spicy and piney hops. Honey and sweet malts. Sticky, hoppy, sweet finish with a warming alcohol.

M: Thick, sticky and smooth body. Finishes wet, sticky and warm.

D: Very quaffable brew. Loved this one and wish I had more!

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Photo of jfrank85
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
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"!

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Photo of tgdigital
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer really blew me away. For a 10% beer it is exceptionally drinkable (to the point of getting yourself in trouble very easily).

Pours a nice light amber color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The nose is sharp citrus with a sweet smell (probably from the addition of honey). The taste is fantastic with loads of grapefruit up front finished with a slightly sweet honey flavor. Mouthfeel is nice without too much carbonation, seems just right for the style.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Gently poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, I learned from the last Hopslam to pour slow. Nice foamy white head, the beer is a straw colored gold with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom and after a few drinks some nice lacing.

S- Big grapefruit and pine scents very nice spring like aromas.

T- Lots of citrus, lots of carbonation bitter on the tongue some pepper taste and a dry finish.

MF-You can really feel all the hops, zesty dry feel throughout the mouth but very refreshing. They aren't kidding when they say a tongue bruiser of a beer.

D-Great hoppy beer, very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden so it would have to be a very short session.

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Photo of badmoon
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Nice amber/orange color. I got about one finger of head but nice lacing remained.

S: Unbelievable nose on this one! Hints of pineapple and other fruits. I've never smelled anything quite like this.

T: If you love hops, and I mean LOVE hops, this is the beer for you! This is one of the most complex brews I've ever tasted. Very well balanced.

M: This is a little on the sweet side but just barely. There is a slight hint of alcohol at the finish but nothing to worry about. Nothing unusual for this style.

D: It would be very easy to pound several of these very quickly but at this price, they are strictly a treat for me. And yes, it's that good.

Overall: This may be my favorite beer right now, overtaking Surly Coffee Bender. Hopslam is drying up around my area so I may have to find a sixer to hide away for a rainy day. Excellent!

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Photo of n811
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a sixer of this year's release. Poured into a pint glass, revealing a nice, mellow head and a beautiful light amber color.

The smell of this beer is absolutely out of this world - strong grapefruit and apricot citrusy is up front, with a subtle hint of hoppy piney-ness. Spectacular!

Taste is what I've been waiting for. This beer is so well balanced contrary to the smell. One might expect it to have a super bitter taste given the way it smells (plus the name), but this beer is all about major amounts of hops but enough malt and hops to make things very well balanced. I can't really think up the right words to describe it, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. The top of Bells' lineup in my opinion.

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Photo of EJNibs
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful fine, amber-honey tone, hints of red with a syrupy, small head.

S: Spicy citrus with almost a brass tone to the smell and a nice floral undercurrent.

T: Rather intense hop bitterness--but not as intense as A LOT of DIPAs--up front, then a nice smooth sweetness from the honey, then a great floral hop flavor at the end, without too much bitterness. Wonderful.

M: Smoother and softer than I expected for the style, for a 10% beer it's amazingly delicate. There is certainly a lot of warming from the alcohol, but it doesn't really hurt it that much.

D: Amazingly, DANGEROUSLY drinkable for a DIPA this strong.

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Photo of GlassFreeek
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Tulip Glass. Bottles on 12/29/11

A: Awesome, bright, golden orange in color. Very tight white, two finger head. Creamy looking head, almost stout like. Impressive!

S: What can I say, it smells awesome, sweet, fruity, floral hops dominate this one. Right in-between a west coast and east coast but better! Pineapple and grapefruit are most prominent.

T: Insanely smooth, insanely drinkable, insanely tasty! A sweeter hop profile dominates taste, slight grapefruit, and not much malt, which I tend to like in my DIPA's. I barely taste any alcohol in this.

MF: Creamy and smooth, medium bodies, and INSANELY drinkable. This is seriously slammable/sessionable. No problem taking down multiple bottles if you want. A must find for anyone who can locate it.

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Photo of sogrady
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better IPAs available. Hoppy as all get out, as the description notes, but near perfectly balanced by the honey. The result is a clean drinking, aggressively hopped IPA with strong citrus notes and an underlying but non-cloying sweetness.

The appearance was the only thing less than exceptional about the beer. My only regret is that their general distribution stops well short of Maine. I would buy a lot of this.

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Photo of thebierbrewery
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Hopslam served from a 120z bottle

A- Slight haze, good head retention, strong yellow/ever so slight orange color.

S- Hop explosion, Columbus, Citra, Simcoe, slightly Summit, probably with all the rest of the C hops, and some unknowns.

T- Nice malt backbone and warming niceness. Very balanced, not overly bitter. Definitely Columbus in the flavor. Nice resin hoppiness that lingers just enough to let you know you're drinking something special

M- Full body as a result of maltiness and resiny hops. Medium carbonation.

D- For being high alcohol, very drinkable. This will get you in trouble because the alcohol is deceiving.

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Photo of Hopalong29
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a while for this one. After the pour into a tall pint footed glass.... WOW!!! Huge piney citrus aroma, love it already.
Golden orange in color with nice 1/2 in. head and lacing which it retains throughout the glass.
Nice carbonation that adds to mouthfeel.
Great citrus flavor, honey seems to keep bitterness somewhat in check.
Be careful with enjoying too many.... don't want to be HOPSLAMMED!
Bell's knows what they are doing with IPA's.
Highly recommend.

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Photo of chrisbues
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/29/11. Purchased from Bottles 101 in Kent,OH.

A: Beautiful orange, small white head.

S: Fruity, with honey hints.

T: Not overpowering. The honey really comes through I think. Very complex.

M: Not too thick, but you can feel the honey. Slightly bitter finish.

O: One of the better DIPA's I had. Lives up to the hype. At my local store, nearly everyone was purchasing this today. I can see why. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,305 ratings.