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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,266 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,266
Hads: 11,678
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 2,423
Gots: 2,662 | FT: 63
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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Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My glass is glowing with shades of delicious copper-deep orange, and woody browns. Head isn't very large but there is already lace reaching to the top of my glass, not to mention the big yummy bubbles. Aroma is packed full of sweet candy orange-tangerine, creamy peaches, apricots, sweet berries/soft aromatic flowers....dank. Taste is a pile of happy hoppy. Mmmmm. Candy-like, not cloying, fresh and fruity with just the right amount of bitterness. Malts have a presence but the hops are certainly at the front. Nice smooth, grainy/resiny texture are quite nice. Drinkable indeed.

Overall this is a good solid delightfully hoppy beer. (637 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got 2 bottles of HopSlam in a trade with Tilley4, thanks Jason!

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, orange/copper color with a small white head that fell to a thin layer, leaving some small bits of lacing.

S - total hop aroma, citrus and pine scents.

T - excellent tasting brew, the hops are all around from start to finish, just the right amount of malts, perfectly balanced flavor.

M - medium bodied with a light, clean carbonation feel.

D - a beer drinking experience like no other.

Final Note: my taste buds are numb and I'm a happy camper. (563 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Bell's brewery has got some stuff going on. I've come on late to most of their beers, but so far it's been hit after hit after hit.

Pours a surprisingly pale amber .. almost as much yellow as orange. Big white foam head settled down quickly to a thin crust. Superb mouthfeel: oily, viscous, and perfect. Smells like grapefruit and a hint of pine; no real malt or tropical fruit in the smell.

Taste is abundantly rich with grapefruity and piney hops, some caramel malt sweetness, and something a bit more tropically sweet. Just an absolutely superb DIPA. (560 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

Pours clouded amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of - well - plenty of hops - Pacific NW hops dominate - a plethora of citrus/grapefruit with resiny pine and some tea-leaf. A touch of caramel indicates that this is going to be a super-hoppy beer with some balance. This is what an Imp. IPA should smell like!

The taste holds true to the smell with alcohol mixing in. Bitterness tackles the palate with just a hint of rounding caramelish malt. Alcohol interferes just slightly - if it were even a tad bit tamer - this would be a perfect "5" in my book. As it is, though, I'm far from complaining about. This is just loaded with hops, but with a nod from the malt to keep things together.

Medium-bodied with alcohol sharpness, it could be a bit chewier/fuller, but, again, no complaints. It holds up just fine, though alcohol washes out some of the aftertaste.

This puckering brew is bold and daring. The alcohol makes itself known, but still holds up on drinkability for the sheer pleasure of it all. A hop-head's delight! (1,068 characters)

Photo of dondeez21
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I traveled nearly 200 miles round trip for a case of this beer. Overall I feel the trip was worth every second. Hopslam has an aroma that is compared to none. IT packs a nice punch but at the same time it has an equal hop/malt profile. One sip is not enough. Enjoy!!! (267 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally caved in and bought some. I actually broke my promise not to buy anymore beer for awhile until I bought this one. The big sign at the liquor store saying Yes, we have hopslam was too much for me.

A - Really a beautiful beer to look at as it sits in my goose island tlip glass. Color is a clear golden orange that has a nice sheen to it that makes it rather attractive to look at. When i first poured i, it has a huge foamy, fluffy head that made this beer rather beautiful but have to take away a half of a point because it faded away kinda quick and did not leave the kind of lacing that I expected.

S - Smell is a lot of the bitter hops which i found rather surprising. Also thought the fruity aspect tended more towards the grapefruit line of fruit also with a bit of lemon in there as well. There iis also a slight mixture of sweeter mango flavors as well which is typical given a DIPA and its big malt background.

T - now this is one heck of a beer. it is a nice mixture of sweet and hops but on the whole the hops dominate. The mango, sweet fruit flavors are there but they are more of a compliment to keep the hops from being overpowering. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste in the mouth that just lingers and you can feel it just attacking your taste buds. will definitely need to refresh before drinking something else especially if I want to really taste it. Have to say they also do a very good job at hiding the alcohol in this one as you can't even taste it's existence.

MF - a nice mixture of carbonation and cloying sweetness that mixes in well with the flavor profile of the beer. it is not to thick for this type of beer and I hope how the carbonation goes well with the hoppy flavor of this one and just like how the hop flavor sticks around so does the carbonation. After drinking one is left with a slight tingly feeling in the mouth.

D - really one of the better DIPAs I've ever had and especially drinkable given the price for the style. Definitely a beer worth 14 bucks a six pack and like having one of this style in a small bottle since I don't have to think hard about whether I want to drink a whole bomber or not. Really a beer I would reach more over and over again and thinking maybe I should have bought a whole case if I didn't have so much beer already. If you can find some definitely worth picking up a sixer and enjoying it as soon as possible so that you get the full hop profile. (2,427 characters)

Photo of association330
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a orange-golden color with a light-golden, two-finger head that fades to a cap and leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pine. A little alcohol, which is to be expected given the 10% ABV.

T - Grapefruit, with a bit of a pine finish. Given the name, I was expecting an extremely bitter hops profile, but it is incredibly well-balanced with just the right level on the finish. Alcoholic burn is well-hidden, and you are left with only a nice warming effect.

M - Oily and moderate. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - ABV is high, so I knocked off half a point, but these are so perfectly balanced, I could easily drink a few of them.

Probably the best IPA/DIPA I've had the pleasure of trying. (748 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not sure of all the hype when I was luckily able to try this on tap. This definitely did not dissapoint.

A: Poured ruby orange (low lit bar) with perfect hazy white head. Lacing was very apparent after each sip.

S: Very fruity/pine scent up front, sweet honey and fruit cake like aroma to follow.

T: This guy hit the spot..then so did the next, then the third. Starts off with a the hoppy fruit and dissapates into the yummy sweet but not too sweet fruit cake in the smell. Ends with the honey and malts balanced with the pine/fruit.

M: This was bar none the best mouthfeel of an IPA I have ever experienced...atleast that I can remember to this point. Very oily and thick in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation so as not to induce a large belch after each sip but not flat, just perfect.

D: Top notch. I was exposed to many differnt options of amazing beer on tap and could not leave this one. After two on an empty stomach getting thrown back fast, maybe it's too drinkable. (1,001 characters)

Photo of ShiftyCapone
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've often walked right past this beer at my local beer store. For some reason I blindly thought that this beer wouldn't really be worth a try. Well, was I pleasantly surprised when I had a chance to sample this beer on tap at Ashley's in Westland.

After ordering a Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, the waitress suggested we try a Bell's Hopslam. Being someone who wouldn't imagine passing up a chance at a free beer sample, I politely agreed.

This beer has a fairly cloudy golden-yellow look to it. Head was minimal to non-existant. Aroma was very strong and hop flavors were very well pronounced. Ended up finishing off 4 pints of this and didn't regret it one bit. Each sip was as good as the last. And with a 10% abv, I sure was glad I had a DD...

*note* Have not tried this beer out of a bottle yet. (802 characters)

Photo of chrismilner20
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods on PST in DC. From at 12oz bottle into my trusty Goulden Draak tulip.
A - Poured bright amber with1/4" finger of white head that quickly fades. Good lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma. Citrus/grapefruit aromas are dominant. Some spruce at the end also.very nice clean smell

T - Citrus hop flavors are the showcase. There is some pine with a slight sweetness,like honey I guess. Wonderful hop flavor. Big flavor with no overpowering bitterness of other DIPAs.
M -Very thick almost oily from the hops. Good body with a nice alcohol warmth.

D - One of the best DIPA I have ever had. Pretty high abv at 10% but hidden very well. I would get this one again (675 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous copper color with a huge yellowish head.

You get a great hoppiness in the nose that really showcases a bitter grapefruit aroma. Nice sweet caramel as well.

Taste is incredible. Huge hop flavor, with a big grapefruity citrus taking the lead. Also a nice caramel sweetness. Only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is great for such high alcohol. Alcohol is hidden well, flavors are great and mouthfeel just bumps it that much further. An incredibly drinkable double IPA. (537 characters)

Photo of elmore
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a single from a Wild Oats Market. Labeled at 10% ABV. Poured a golden orange into a tulip. A 1 finger off-white head with great retention. Carbonation is moderately active. Decent amount of thick lace left on the glass.

Smells of piney, citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness.

Great hops profile. Not nearly as bitter as I expected (for 109 IBU). Hops impart a primarily citrus taste. Definitely grapefruit. A clean aftertaste - bitterness stays around, but doesn't linger excessively. Malt is subdued, but slightly sweet. Bottle claims it is brewed with honey, but I don't specifically taste this, but there definitely is a sweetness.

Somewhat thick with oily hops presence. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol not apparent in the taste. Doesn't have the usual warming effect of a 10% ABV brew IMO.

Great DIPA. Will probably pick up a 6 pack of this. (865 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean, golden/amber pour with a rich and foamy pale orange head.

S: A lot of citrus hops, predominantly grapefruit. Sweet aromas, like other soft fruits or floral scents.

T: A huge hops flavour, a lot of evergreen taste that doesn't come out so much in the smell. Citrus notes, and a dash of sweetness, presumably from the honey comes through.

M & D: Thick and slick... quite an oily consistency that leaves its residue like a thin film before slipping into a clean finish. Makes it very easy to drink, but the alcohol is amazingly well hidden, so restraint needs to be exercised to avoid getting clobbered by it. Respect it, and it will treat you very well. (667 characters)

Photo of Monsone
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice amber with a finger of white head that quickly fades. Good lacing.

S - Big hop scents. Citrus/grapefruit aromas are dominant. Some pine also. Fairly one dimensional, but very nice regardless.

T - Citrus hop flavors are the showcase. There is some pine with a nice sweetness, from the honey I would guess. Wonderful hop flavor. Big flavor withouth the overpowering bitterness of other DIPAs. Good malt backbone but the highlight is the hops.

M - Sticky/oily from the big hops. Good body with a nice alcohol warmth.

D - The most drikable DIPA I have ever had. Big alcohol which is hard to even detect, so you couldn't have too many.

Overall, this is one of the best DIPAs I have had. Strong and flavorful, while still maintaining drinkabilty. Great beer. Will seek out again. $15 a six does hurt a touch though. (833 characters)

Photo of enfield249
3.64/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium orange, with some suspended particulate mater. Medium ring of white foam around the edge of glass.

S - Lots of floral hops, some tropical fruit smells. Very nice and full smelling.

T - Some of the floral flavor up front, fades to bitterness down the middle of the tongue, and leaves some strong bitterness on the way out.

M - Nice and smooth, like a marble at first, then some sharpness from the carbonation. A little bit of puckering.

D - A very good double IPA, but I wouldn't want to drink this all the time, as it is a bit much. Nice once in a while however. (578 characters)

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

On tap at grumpy's.

Pours a beautiful and complex peachy hue into a pint glass.

An amazing bouquet of scents--incredibly fruity and floral. Citrusy, grapefruit most of all. Fresh flowers and the faintest wiff of sweet pine. One of the more complex and refreshing aromas of any beer, or scotch, I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Brilliant taste, once again the citrus comes to the forefront, and delightfully so. Grapefruit, even the subtle medicinal taste of airborne grapefruit cold dissolvable tablets. Only the faintest taste of alcohol.

Enchanting mouthfeel, a medium-light body with a subtle firm dryness and bitterness to it.

Incredibly drinkable, especially for a 9.3 percent brew. The alcohol is an afterthought: the taste, mouthfeel and resfreshing experience beckon for more. Truly an exceptional Imperial IPA and another fine effort from the folks at Bells. (883 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Bells. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a medium white head. Average head retention / good lacing. Smell is awesome. Floral hops and citrusy. Taste is great. This is the hophead's version of balanced: piney hops, citrusy hops and floral hops. None of the flavors are over the top and there is no hint of the alcohol (the bottle says 10%).

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp - no harshness and the bitterness is well within the hophead range. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength. The effect would be the only drawback to having a few.

I will be getting more of next year's version!!! (621 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Burnt orange with great clarity and an off-white one-inch head. Solid head retention.

Smell - Honey-like sweetness mixed with pungent, boozy tropical fruit and citrus.

Taste and mouthfeel - Very balanced and actually fairly sweet, especially compared to the West Coast IPAs I'm used to. Medium-bodied. I wouldn't have thought to add honey to an IPA, but it actually works wonderfully; the subtle sweetness of the honey blends perfectly with the grapefruit-like bitterness from the hops. Bittering hops appear more in the finish, coating the palate but not entirely overpowering the malt. A hint of alcohol is present as well, reminding me that this is strong stuff.

Notes - I find it very hard to fault this beer in any way. Exceptional stuff. (759 characters)

Photo of EliteDigger
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly one of my favorite DIPA's and it's about time I got around to reviewing it....
A-Pours a pleasant golden-orange color with a fine creamy eggshell-white colored head.
S-Amazing smell to this beer with hints of pineapple, apricot, brown sugar and grapefruit.
T-Faint notes of buttery brown sugar and honey-caramel that are quickly and absolutely crushed by a wave of pineapple, pine resin, mango, apricot and a finishing assault of dry grapefruit pith.
M-Nicely carbonated with a medium body that coats the mouth but isn't too thick.
D-When something is this delicious, it's all too easy to drink a couple but with this ABV you'd pay the price...
A great seasonal DIPA that I eagerly look forward to every year. Worth the wait!! (732 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide mouth mug to maximize the scent. Appearance is a nice honey color with a soft head that fades quickly leaving some delicate lacing on the edge of the glass.

The smell to me is nothing short of exceptional. It is of sweet citrus grapefruits, glorious hops and even a little honey. The honey might be all in my head because I accidently read on the bottle that it is ale with honey. Once seen its hard for me to not think about it.

Taste is amazing. It starts out like the best grapefruit I've ever had and quickly moves into lovely malts and a super hop finish. A nice above average bitterness that totally makes this beer. Mouthfeel is a smooth and silky with that honey rearing its head again. Tastes like there is just enough to smooth out the bitterness in from the hops. I can compare it to grandma adding some sugar to her spaghetti sauce thus cutting the bitterness.

This is now my new favorite beer. So sad I only have three from a trade and none to buy. They will not last long in this house. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- looks pretty solid, light amber color with lots of bubbles, sticky white head on top, kept low by a gentle pour in a big glass

S- pretty decent piney hops strong, little citrus

T- has a pretty light malt flavor, nice and smooth, tinge of the honey i guess, then the hops, very resiny, citrus and pacific hoppy

M- pretty light body for a 9.3 %'er. pretty high carbonation

d- solid ale, ill still take furious when i can but this is very good (447 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Green label showing a guy crushed to the floor by three hop cones. Pry off cap. Back label claims 10% ABV.
Honey copper golden body with moderate carbonation. Light tan creamy head with small to large bubbles interspersed. Good retention and lace.
Fresh honey sweet hop scent. Pine tree and newly cut grass. Incredibly good smell.
The flavor is reminiscent of dipping a cluster of hop cones in a jar of honey and sticking it in your mouth. Absolutely great taste, intense without being too much. Very sweet and very hoppy with great balance.
Mellow and smooth especially considering the hop presence. Good coating and slick on the tongue. Some residual sugars.
So drinkable. The ABV is not detectable in the smell or flavor. This beer reminds me of the Nugget Nectar.

-Oelergud (809 characters)

Photo of JToad
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive finally gotten around to reviewing HopSlam, one of my absolute favorites.

A: It pours a nice rich golden color, with a fairly larger head than most other Imperial IPA's that Ive had.

S: Immediate hop blast right through your senses. Will wake you up if you are have asleep thats for sure.

T: Very bitter, but in a good way. Doesnt seem as sweet as DFH 90 Min. After a few bottles, it seems to destroy your palate, here the next morning I still don't have much left on the old tongue. Slight notes of grapefruit and honey hit the back of your tongue.

M: See Above

D: For 10% ABV, its highly drinkable. However as I said above, the hops overload prevents this from being more than two pints or bottles at a time.

One of my favorite releases. The first time I had it was on draft, but this review was from this years release in a bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Im a hophead, so I am a tad biased. Very well done for a DIPA, so you match this up with Two-Hearted and Bell's could go toe to toe with Dogfish Head for my favorite IPAs. (1,048 characters)

Photo of budducci
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured out a nice dark tan in color. The head was about 1.5 cm and made up of fine bubbles. It disappeared after a couple of minutes.

This beer really lives up to the Bells reputation. The taste is exceptional and it goes down smooth. There aren't a lot of bubbles, but what there are tickles the tongue. It's flavor is of course hoppy (is that a word?) and a little like pine with an aftertaste similar to grapefruit. It's hard to taste the high amount of alcohol in this (478 characters)

Photo of shertz
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from fellow BA phnphilly. Bottle say 10%, site says 9.3%. Not a big deal when you get that high I guess. Hear lots about this brew and love DIPA's so am quite excited to try this bad boy. Poured into a Snifter. Oh, cool label BTW.

A- About 1 finger-head, and about 10 SRM. Some small bubble floating around. Head goes away quickly.

S- Piney and Citrus hops big time! Smells like I'm sitting in the woods near a Pine tree. Exceptional!

T- Sweet, citrus, piney and finishes with some heat. Certainly warms the body on this raw/rainy night. Pine gets a little stronger as it warms. Just down right tasty!

M- Thick and full bodied. Mild carbonation gets lost in its warmth.

D- No doubt about it, this is a big beer. I put this up there with Double Simcoe, Pliney, and Hop Wallop. Perfect for a winter release. I love this brew and might have to drive and get a case. For $44/case, it's a great deal. Get some!
shertz (934 characters)

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 3,266 ratings.