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 CaptainIPA
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with freshness code: 8285.
Label illustration depicts dude flat on back after being slammed by giant hop mass. Nice visual metaphor.

Pours a light copper with a thin, creamy, egg-shell colored head. Minimal carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Initial nose of pineapple and lots of it, followed by notes of spruce, honey and cinnamon bread.

Starts off sweet - citrus, honey and brown sugar, moves on to a well-balanced amalgam of piney hops and malt. As it warms, Hopslam becomes bitter, yet never biting. Finishes dry and, at 10% Alc., somewhat hot.

Sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Very hard to believe this clocks in at 106 IBUs. Extremely drinkable for such a high ABV. Not all that sessionable, but worthy of slamming two.

Three Floyd's take note. This is what Dreadnaught should aspire to be.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange, not quite clear. Big off-white head. Leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S - huge blast of sweet mango, very tropical

T - powerful mix of hop flavour, bitterness, maltiness, and alcohol. More mango goodness, but also lots of grapefruit. Aftertaste is incredible, hop flavour lingers forever.

M - somewhat sticky, but by the time you swallow, the bitterness and drying alcohol have more than cleansed your palette. Overall body is med-light. Alcohol is smooth, but it's tough to mask 10%, so it's pretty warm.

D - flavours and aromas are oustanding, and incredibly easy to drink

The few Bell's beers I have managed to sample have all been absolutely top notch, and this is no exception. This has everything that I'm looking for in a big IPA. Not much more to say, except believe the hype!

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

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Photo of drlumps62
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber color. Appears cloudy orange in the glass. Good retention. Exceptional lacing. Smelled predictably heavy of hops. Tastes bready, piney. Alcohol cleaverly hidden within. This brew is right in my wheelhouse, so I am slightly partisan to what it offers. That being said, I have been courted by a few brews that promised what this one does and they didn't deliver. This one does. I love it.

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

A : Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a good white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S : Lots of hops in the smell. Some honey an dfloral notes.

T : Lots of hop flavor but not too overpowering. Some good honey and citrusy flavors in it also.

M : Real smooth. Good carbonation

D : It's 9.3% ABV? I can't believe that. I didn't taste it at all. Awesome beer and really drinkable.

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

Pours a beautiful clear rich amber color with 1/2 inch of thick foamy eggshell colored head with nice retention and great lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, grapes, and oranges. Tastes of grass mixed with sweet honey with a light biscuit backbone and a finish of grapefruit, orange peel, and a juniper tasting dryness, definitely a slam of hops. Medium in body with good carbonation and semi-syrupy but still smooth and sweet with a sticky dry bitter finish. Very easy to drink and extremely pleasant for a hop lover with an appropriate name. A little high in ABV to session, but it'd be well worth dealing with the aftermath the next day.

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Photo of drxandy
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a standard pint glass from 12oz
poured a beautiful hazey golden color kinda thick and resiny

smells like a hop bomb! loads of hop oils blowing up your nose, citrus peel and honey

tastes like bitter hops, citrus, sweeter edge honey/caramel malt, the alcohol heat has died down a bit from the bottle i had earlier in the year, blended nicely but the hop smack has faded a little too - still drinking great though, tastes like it's in its prime.

mouthfeel felt oily and coated my mouth with lucious hops, bitter and crisp

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy orange/brown color with a thin white head.

S - Hoppy and sweet. There is also a floral characterisic. Fantastic hop aroma.

T - Very hoppy, but not overbearing. There is a nice malty sweetness (honey) that helps balance the hop flavors. Excellent blend of the two tastes - and the alcohol bite is refreshing.

M - Medium to full bodied. Could stand to be a little heavier, but it still is enough to support the flavors.

D - Delicious - can't say much more.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Hopslam Ale (12oz. bottle): Thanks to saucya or aksorak for this! Poured from bottle into pint glass. Golden color with a small head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sweet citrus hops, with a little resin and sweet malt underneath. A little tropical fruit too. Very nice smell. Taste hits you with bitter, resiny, hops at first, then a little citrus and bready malts. This beer has a medium body and is lively in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly high if you're into the style, which I increasingly am. Overall I'm pretty into this beer. Exactly what I was looking for today.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle from batch 8277, bottled on January 9, 2008. Decanted into a pint glass.

Pours a clear honey yellow with a thick white head. Great retention - fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Bready and honey smell up front. Some leafy and citrus-y hints following. Overall, it reminds me of mead, which makes sense given the "ale brewed with honey" on the label.

Taste is really quite dynamic for something that's marketed as a being some tricked-out hop experience. This really doesn't compare to other DIPA's I've tried. But this isn't bad - the honey really balances the flavors. There's some pretty heavy hop flavors, but the bread, yeast, and honey makes the taste travel well.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected. Feels like a mead. I like it.

I was really surprised by this beer. I expected just another over-hopped double IPA, but got something pretty dynamic instead. One of the best Bell's offerings I've tasted. I will definitely keep coming back to this one.

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

Bottle. Batch 8277. Pours a sparkling murky cloudy pinkish amber. Lots of head, and a crazy amount of lacing. Aroma is spectacular; grapefruits and citrus out the ass. Hoppy as hell, incredibly vacuous and worthy of its own praise. Crazy good. Flavor is delectable: spicy hops and pleasant citrus interwoven with honey and ginger. Thick and syrupy, but with a nice watery and easy finish. Way too drinkable at 10%, but I feel overall it's not as striking of an IPA as Bells own Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice burnt orange with a light white head that disappated quickly leavign a lace arounf my glass.

Aroma is sweet, dank, citrusy, guave like with hints of acetone.

Taste is slightlty bitter, some notes of solvent. Nothing amazingly overpowering as I might have expected with this beer. I get some hints of honey, and residula sweetness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied. I gues the sugar and honey make this one of them IIPA's of the non-chewy variety.

Drinkability- Amazingly drinkable for a 10% beer. I could easily polish a coiuple of these off. It certainly is a sneaky beer, doesn't taste like the abv reports.
Carefull with this one.

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

Got this as a gift from thickerfreakness. Thanks Charles! I appreciate it.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It pours a hazy transparent copper orange. It produced a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin spotty crown. A swirl of the snifter brought the head right back. It had much better head retention after the glass was swirled. It left behind a minimal bit of lacing.

Smell - Man this smells pretty damn good. It smells very sweet, with notes of heavy caramel mixed with honey. No DIPA would be complete without a heavy does of hops, and this beer is no exception. The hop notes bring about lots of fruit scents - orange, pineapple, a slight hint of grapefruit, and tangerine. It also has a nice bitter pine scent as well.

Taste - What a tasty beer. The beer opens with the flavors of grapefruit and pine which then meld with the honey and caramel component in the middle. The end of the flavor is awesome. Orange and tangerine citrus finish the flavor with the pine making a small appearance but then makes it presence felt in a lingering bitter aftertaste. Yummy.

Mouthfeel - It is medium bodied. It is very smooth and creamy. The carbonation level is fairly moderate. I would have liked a little more carbonation to keep the beer feeling lively.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. I thought Bell's did an awesome job with Two Hearted, and they did an equally impressive job with this one. It is very easy drinking, and at 9.3% ABV it is also pretty dangerous - the ABV is hidden extremely well.

Thanks again Charles - I am cracking open my Dreadnaught next!

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Photo of 0110x011
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy coppery-orange with a full 3-finger head that just won't quit. Sticky lacing everywhere. I can smell the hops without even sticking my nose in the glass. Smell is heavenly. A veritable bouquet of every smell that makes a DIPA good. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grass, flowers, you name it its in here somewhere. I could keep my face in this glass for hours! The flavor is more on the earthy side of the hop spectrum, with a bit of tangerine & caramel showing through. The expected hoppy-bitter finish was more of a kick in the face than I was hoping for, which throws the balance for me, but nevertheless, this is one of the best examples of a DIPA that i've found. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet soft and creamy. A pleasure to drink, and a must for any hophead!

Thanks to Tilley4 for the pleasure!

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Photo of SQNfan
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It was burnt orange in color and poured a 1/4" white head of fine bubbles. Aromas of herb/floral hops followed by light citrus. These flavors continued into the mouth along with some honey. The palate was dense but didn't come off as heavy leading into a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Well done and especially enjoyable for people who enjoy the herbal side of hops.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wcudwight for this one!

Hopslam is deep gold. Slightly hazy. The head is big, thick, creamy, and sticky. Wonderful looking DIPA.

All hops in the aroma. Very inviting citrus and tropical fruits; mainly orange and pineapple. No denying what this hoppy delight is all about!

On to the taste and feel, no surprises here: this one's a big and crisp brew, intensely hoppy, and surprisingly smooth. Noticable grapefruit. There's a bit of alcohol towards the end and in exhale. Good tart aftertaste. I was looking for a sweeter counter-balance to the hops; nevertheless, this is a fine beer and worthy of high acclaim.

Highly drinkable for such a bomb. No problems there.

No doubt, Hopslam delivers! I'd love to see how it holds up in a blind tasting as one with a sweeter malt profile might win out (for me at least).

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another amazing beer from the Midwest! Bells is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers.

A- Pours a light orange color with a small head. The head does stick to the side when the glass is tilted.
S- Can you say Hops? Your nose obviously knows what is getting into before you even taste this beer. There is an overwhelming smell of hops with a slight citrus aroma.
T- A little bitter up front, but to be expected with the ABV. After the initial hop taste it becomes creamy and smooth. But leaves a dry aftertaste making you want more.
M- Very light for the ABV with a fair amount of carbonation.
D-WATCH OUT, YOU CAN GET INTO TROUBLE WITH THIS BEER. It goes down so easy you don't even realize the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of jp62099
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy David for providing me with this bottle brought down from NC. One of those beers that is definately a transending experience. The smell is a mix of citrus, but not overwelming like some DIPAs. The taste is one of the most balanced I have ever had, of course it is very hoppy, but so smooth. The transition from one complex flavor to another is seamless, with not one element overpowering another. The alc is so hidden, you could definately get in trouble if you had a few.
I have only one problem with this beer, and that is that it is not available here yet.

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Photo of Foxman
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy lemony iced tea golden orange. A finger-plus of frothy slightly off-white head settles to bubbly islets. Mountainscapes of lacing scale the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is sweet and buttressed by honey, and grants caramel, berry, and vanilla. The hops are resplendent with orange, lemon, grapefruit, and resiny pine. The alcohol feels cool on the nose like ether.

Upon tasting, the hops take an assertive lead, swirling mandarin orange, lemon cream, and dusty dry grapefruit. Crisp pine carries on in a sly lubricated fashion as well. Underlying honey sweetness intros a toasted malt caramel note. The hops push again with an evergreen essence that spruces up a snaky warm waft of alcohol, pun intended. Residual grain sweetness bespeaks baked bread and berry jam but a dry lingering bitterness characterizes the finish. It balances like a gymnast, blends like an artist's masterpiece, and outright excels.

Medium bodied, the malt is creamy, and oily slick hops are sticky and smooth all at once.

The hops live up famously to the "slam" appellation, but the balance is an impressive accomplishment, as it could easily slide too heavily toward the hops, yet it never does. The top-notch grain bill, both in blend and quality, is an awesome asset as well. The ABV is less an obstacle than a warming plus, and it drinks like a sweet hop-bomb should...that is, it eats just the right amount enamel from your teeth while reminding you of the malt in play. No surprise, everything they say about this one is true, and I'm thrilled, because I still have five more to savor.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA times 2. Man does it ring home with a heavy hop hand and a creamy Finish. And it is another reason why Bell's is the rockingest micro in the middle of America.

A beautiful head upon a light amber color with the slightest of haze.

WOW the whiff of hops is amazing. Wow again.

This is a creamy IPA. I like that. smoothness is really well balanced with the hoppitude.

Alcoholic, but nice. Beautifully refreshing on a Friday night at home after the kids go to bed.

Drinkability. YES.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych for the opportunity to try this.

A: Slightly cloudy orange color. One finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Super bitter nose and some sweetness. Can pick up hints of honey as well as flowers and other citrus notes.

T: Really bitter up front . Then it goes right into a powerful hop blast with notes of grapefruit. Sweetness finishes this one off.

M: Very creamy. I am loving these creamy IPAs as of late and this is no exception.

D: Really good beer. Im I could get this on the regular I most definately would. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of Avryle
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange in color with a minimal cream-colored head.

S- Hoppy & sweet- not malty sweet though, more like orange blossoms

T- Bitter, citrus hops up front with a honey sweetness at the end, finishing with boozy-fumes down the throat

M- Creamy, medium bodied. Possibly a little too carbonated, but the creaminess is very pleasant.

D- The heavy bitterness in the taste detracts from the overall drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice copper color with little to no head. What head was present was off white. No lacing present. The aroma was pine forest! The taste was again a "hop slam" to the face with a nice hint of sweet. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and carbonation was little. Overall a little too hoppy for me but still a great beer!

2nd review for Hopslam 2009:

Appearance: Pours a nice golden amber with an interesting head. It wasn't fluffy but rather rocky or even scaly? Yeah I know but it did look like scales.

Smell: Wonderfully piney aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Like the nose this one is very hoppy with hints of grass, grapefruit, pine and pepper. Not overly sweet which I expected because of the honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very hoppy brew with nice balance. Not sure I could drink this all the time though.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orangey/caramel color with good white head that laced the glass for the whole 12 oz. Smelled of fruit hop grapefruit, orange citrus, and some sweet scents. Tasted great. With plenty of hop citrus and astringency and a balanced sweetness that was not bready or biscuity but very balanced. Where is the alcohol? Good feel in the mouth-slightly coating and a good level of carbonation. Very enjoyable beer. I don't tend to enjoy this style because it isn't balanced enough, but this one jas all of the right flavors. Thanks to Tilley4 for this treat. One of my favorite DIPAs out there

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy Crap in a pita! A bold beast that is absolutely outstanding! The color was not what I was expecting. A little bit more orange and murky than what I'm used to, but not offsetting in any way. Smells like someone juiced a grapefruit on a pine tree. Taste is pretty dry with a bitter following. Overall, an oustanding beer that really hits the spot.

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Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to sholland119 for sharing this one! 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy coppery orange with a dense white head that shows exceptional retention for beer of this ABV. The slightest swirl of the glass brings the head back quickly.

S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Despite the hop dominance, there is a hint of sweet maltiness underneath.

T: Starts off with a hoppy bitterness with major grapefruit and orange overtones with a slight pine bite. But that gives way to pleasant sweetness before the crisp fruity hop finish takes over. Very nice and extremely well balanced for having such a hop profile.

M: Crisp but sill coats your mouth in a prickly hoppy goodness.

D: I was extremely impressed with the beer. I would definitely put it in the top few DIPAs I've tasted. This would be a staple in fridge if I had easier access to it.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.