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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 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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Photo of NoZeFace
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really lovely beer. This may be the the IPA for non-IPA drinkers. A hint of bitterness, a hint of sweetness, amazing floral aroma. I am glad to have this...easily on the list to have again

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Business trip took to me to Chicago. I took myself to Binnys.

Can poured into stein

Clear honey amber with a dense frothy off white two finger foam cap

The aroma is felt when pouring. Pine, grapefruit, floral....nice

Hops on the back and the side of the tongue. Taste lingers without biting.

Smooth almost creamy with no bite but I feel the alcohol

Great beer, I can see what all of the fuss is about. Very good trip.

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Photo of FBarber
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft.

Poured a nice orange-ish color with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell was a nice bouquet of tropical fruits, floral notes and pine with undertones of perhaps mango? Very fragrant, just a bit hard to discern individual aromas.

Taste followed the nose with a nice array of tropical fruits initially before giving way to a piney, sappy bitterness on the finish. Prominent malt backbone to this beer provided flavors of caramel malts with a slight honey sweetness. Personally this is a one or two and done kind of DIPA for me. Lots of hop character really taxed my palate pretty quick. Not a knock on this beer, just not one I can drink a lot of.

Feel was nice, bit of thickness from the honey and malts, but not overly so.

Oerall a really nice DIPA. Not my personal favorite, but I can see why so many people swear by it.

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Photo of Ross_Bend_Brewing
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This seasonal beer has a warm alcohol taste and mild hop flavor. The hop bitterness rises up to meet the sweet honey and malt however the beer doesn't dry out enough for my preference. Excellent head and lacing. Very clean and crisp. At 10 ABV you want to pace yourself with this one!

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

Light straw color with an off-white frothy head that sticks around the whole time. Lacing slides along the sides of the glass and the aroma of sweet hops rise up. Pine and floral make up the nose with slight citrus and sweet honey making itself known in the taste. Solid bitterness cut by the honey offer up a smooth DIPA that hits the spot and the head!

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Photo of cambabeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All the talk about this, really excited to have found it on tap at my local bar here in Gainesville. $8 for a snifter later, and here we are. This beer is exactly what it says, a "slam" of hops. This beer is so crazy packed with hops, piney, and floral. The alcohol is warming toward the middle, boozey. Sweet like honey toward the end. Really good.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and aromatic. But this is no fruit bomb, it's all pine and resin with a dash of honey to cushion the hop slam. Dark gold color and a nice viscous mouthfeel with bitterness all around the edge of the tongue that lasts a good 30 seconds.

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Photo of Torps
2.89/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 5l mini keg dated 1/28/16 from deciccos in Ardsley.

Wow. Extremely underwhelming. Pours a nice honey amber with decent lacing. Three finger head. Smells almost like wet caulk or paint. Some fruit.. Apricot? Boozy Boozy. Barely picking up any hops and this is only about a month old. I know the hops are there because the bitterness is fully apparent in the aftertaste. I guess this is malt forward.. Sweet.. Can taste the honey. All I can wonder is if I got a dud... Smooth syrupy mouth feel.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich orange/light brown with a nice white foamy head.

The smell is orange, honey, earth.

The taste is honey, earthy hops, oranges, grapefruit.

The mouth feel is smooth like honey, medium carbonation.

Overall very tasty, the smell was a bit bland but the taste and mouthfeel are excellent.

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Photo of rbenitez25
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA. Packs the punch of a double but without the overwhelming bitterness. Well balanced with a very pleasant nose. Fantastic hoppy taste in the front end.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a mostly clear deep gold with a hint of copper, with a nice lasting white head. Good foam retention and great lacing.

S: Definitely on the richer, maltier side for the style. Some delicate floral hops, caramel malt and a mild metallic character. Also a nice resinous citrus hop character. Overall the aroma seems a bit muted.

T: Sweet and a bit boozy, with lots of floral and piney hops. Lots of caramel, grapefruit rind, wood sap, a bit of that honey and some of the metallic taste that often comes with it. Despite the sweetness, it’s a pretty clean flavor profile with a bitter, semi-sweet, moderately boozy finish. Definitely a malt-driven DIPA.

F: Medium-full and chewy, with medium carbonation, a bit of alcoholic warmth and a slick, resinous mouthfeel.

Thoughts: This is a big DIPA – not the most drinkable for the style but there’s plenty of flavor. It’s a classic though I can’t say it’s ever been my favorite. Worth a try if you haven't had it.

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

I patiently await this release every year around my birthday. Sooo good.

It was released in cans this year which is excellent IMO.

The hops in this beer really take it to 11,
and the dose of honey helps mellow out the slightalcohol taste in a high ABV DIPA.

Drink it FRESH you crazy hop heads! You can't cellar everything...

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

Big but balanced (as opposed to Big Butt Balanced: totally different--if not equally cool--condition.)
Hops, sweetness, malt, ABV: win.
Please don't compare to unrepentant hop-bombs, as they're a different animal with different purpose.

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Photo of bft1
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on a 6pck this weekend. Lots of reviews so I won't say too much. This beer gets a lot of hype but lives up to it. Absolutely great stuff. Just as good as last year's in my opinion. Just wish it was a little easier on the wallet and waistline!

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.34/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz draft poured into a Budweiser pint glass of all things.

This is the first review I've written and unfortunately it's not going to be a favorable one. I saw this beer briefly in stock but ended up opting not getting it and regretted it since. Local bar ended up having it on draft, it was expensive but I decide what the hell since I had heard good things about Bells annual release and thought I had missed out. Not sure if it's just this year, but this is what I was served:

Appearance: Beautiful golden, opaque glass of beer with an almost peache colored head that remained about a millimeter thick.

Smell: Very fruity, pleasant aroma. No real sense of the alcohol from the smell, fairly mild with hints of peach and mango.

Taste: Alcohol. Alcohol. Alcohol. A quick bit of sweetness as the syrup hits and then you get the sensation that you just downed a shot of liqour. Not what I was expecting at all. Finishes off with some bitterness from the hops but doesn't even approach IPA let alone DIPA like this is supposedly styled as. I can't get a feel for what this beer is going for, let alone what style this should be. If I had to guess this should be more of a strong ale than anything else. Syrup, alcohol, tinge of bitterness.

Feel: Full bodied beer, mild carbonation, overall goes down extremely well.

Overall: They definitely tried to make something different here, but it is honestly one of my less favorite things that i've tried. Would be interested in comparing this to a previous release to see if this is a new direction or if this is what Hopslam is supposed to be. Try it if you can find it for a decent price, would highly advise against spending $8 on it at a bar.

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