Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,259 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,259
Hads: 11,634
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 2,393
Gots: 2,633 | FT: 62
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 treedoctor5002
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two thoughts:Nectar of the Gods and Grapefruit Juice from heaven. That is what this beer is like. I love the total package. Very artfully crafted. The hops are HUGE! But, they're hidden behind a masterfully built malt base. Lots of citrus, pine and honey flavors going on here. What a great combination. A hopheads dream? I think so! The finest beer that I've tasted so far to date. (382 characters)

Photo of Budlum
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a huge, foamy white head of about two inches in a pint glass. Head rentention is excellent throughout the entire glass. The body is a very hazy amber color with a ton of what I assume are hop particles floating around.

The smells is all delicious hops. The aromas start sharp and bitter but soon open up with a pleasant sweetness. The smell is strong with citrus, pineapple and pine sap throughout.

A brief rush of honey flavored sweetness gaces the tongue before an atomic bomb of hop flavors hit. The hop flavors are very sharp and bite at the tongue with a hot pepper feel. The hops do include a very balanced, earthy flavor where most of this style goes overboard. The finish is very long with lingering hop bitterness. This beer is definitely not for the rookie.

The mouthfeel is slightly buttery but leans more towars a syrup-like feel. Carbonation would be greatly appreciated and add a very unique feel for this beer.

Drinkability is good. The explosion of hop flavors is enjoyable and easy enough to drink quickly but I still think one of these per session would be enough. I just wish I could've found this closer to its release. (1,182 characters)

Photo of jmalex
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a single bottle of this and brought it home only to find it was just half full. After swapping it back at the store, I brought a full one back to drink and review.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. A small collar and a few patches of lace last until the end. A great deal of suspended sediment is seen floating all throughout the glass.

SMELL: Surprisingly not too intense. The nose is full of a sweet floral hop aroma. Not much else is detectable. Somewhat underwhelming for a double IPA.

TASTE: Wow! The taste, on the other hand, is very intense and complex, yet amazingly not overbearing. It starts out with a nice malt presence, but piny, citrusy, and floral hops quickly begin to dominate. Amazing hopiness! These flavors last through the entire taste and even intensify and become more pronounced until it's gone. The aftertaste is very clean and leaves no offensive flavors behind.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and goes down easy. Medium to light bodied and pretty much spot on.

DRINKABILITY: Exceptional. I should've gotten a 6 pack, because I'd definitely have another. And at 9.3% ABV, this beer can definitely be considered "dangerously drinkable".

This beer surprised me a lot. I expected a thick, malty, over-the-top beer like I'm used to with double IPA's. But instead I got a balanced, flavorful, and easy drinking beer that I'll be seeking out again. Thankfully I have all 12 ounces to enjoy tonight. (1,491 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reflecting on the $12 price for a sixer ($2 bucks a bottle), this really is not an overpriced brew. This puppy is loaded with a quality taste, and packs an alcohol punch.

Hazy amber orange pour with a creamy, thick, and lacey ivory head. Aromas chock full of pine, grapefruit, and floral citrus. Very sharp and crisp hopsicle goodness in every sip. Lots of dead yeasty solders at the bottom - they were tasty.

The dryness surprised me, expected more oils in the texture. The old age Beamster cheese from Amsterdam paired like a champ with this one. (554 characters)

Photo of david131
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of this beer, and for good reason. This has quickly become one of my top beers and it never disappoints.

A- Quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. Trying to decant this beer leaving the sediment in would be almost pointless due to the immense amount of floaties. The beer is luminiscent, almost seeming to glow a little bit. Beautiful orange and coppery looking with a perfect thin head that leaves lacing down the entire glass.

S- The best smelling beer I have ever encountered. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Sweet, but not too much. Good malt backing. This is not just hopwater. Much like the Two Hearted, I wish this came in an air freshener.

T- Wow. Just like the smell, but a little bit more kick in the end. Very complex. One of those beers you just want to keep in your mouth for awhile before swallowing it. The beer improves greatly as it gets closer to room temperature.

M- Very creamy and smooth, until the end where the bitterness of the hops makes its presence. There is a little bit of kick to it, but not like you would expect from a typical DIPA. A little dry in the finish, but nothing feels out of place.

D- Amazing. 9+%? This beer has ruined me for other DIPA's. Nothing else stands up anymore. (1,278 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to putting my review into the system.

a - amber color, good deal of haze/sediment, two-to-three finger white head with decent retentino and great lacing

s - lots of tropical/citrus fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, some piney hops as well, only slight hint of alcohol

t - big hop flavor up front with sweet pineapple and grapefuit, not one dimensional as there is a slight malt backbone, but the hops are on showcase here, finish is big, long, and bitter, not much evidence of alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty dry finish from all the IBUs

d - if not for the higher abv, this would be supremely drinkable, you don't really notice the alcohol until you get up after drinking a few

This brew lived up to all the hype for me, and more. I didn't expect it to be as drinkable as it was, and while hops are the main character, this definitely isn't a one trick pony. While this isn't quite on the level of Dreadnaught, it certainly is one of the top DIPAs I have tried. (1,011 characters)

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

Hazy, cloudy orangey sunset body, slowly drifting carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of various assorted sized bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Incredibly inviting enticing aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, pine trees, and oranges. A beer you can sniff without picking it up.

A good solid chewy malt blockhouse, something forgotten in some DIPAs, gets the taste buds started. Quickly though, its juicy hops exploding all around. Bitter, bracing, cleansing, fruity, tingly - just about everything you could ask for, all melded into a solidly constructed though naturally unbalanced beer.

Mouthfeel is just fine - big but not too thick, it rolls through nicely.

Drinkability is good as it gets. Beer's gone way too fast.

An exception DIPA - malt, tons of hops, and the alcohol never intrudes...until maybe later. Highly recommended. No regrets buying this by the case. (873 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a copper color with a large, foamy white head. Leaves lacing.

S - Smells of grapefruit, some honey, pine and bubblegum sweetness. There is a mild caramel nose, too.

T - Big hoppy bitterness but not puckering because the honey mellows things out. It has a great grapefruit taste from the hops and some sweet caramel maltiness to accompany it.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied DIPA that is SO easy to drink..

D - An amazing beer. I've never had a beer with such a strong hop preence matched by a strong sweet presence until now. (554 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky copper color with a huge three-finger off-white bubbly head. Sticky, foamy lacing is left on the glass. Smell is amazing... I can smell it from two feet away. Definitely all hops, mostly citrus (grapefruit) and slightly of pine. The taste is similar to the nose, obviously mostly hops. I have to disagree with those who say the alcohol isn't noticeable. Don't get me wrong, it is a great tasting beer for 9.3%, but it is noticeable. The mouthfeel is actually quite a bit lighter than I had anticipated and has a creamy consistency. This is a wonderful beer by Bell's and aside from the fact that it does have a substantial ABV, it is a very drinkable beer. (714 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass. A hazy, coppery-orange with a small head which quickly fades.

The aroma hits you right away with lots of floral hops and grapefruit.

Hops, more hops, and grapefruit are wonderfully balanced.

Carbonated to the point of almost being fizzy.

What a great beer. Very easy to enjoy. The alcohol is hardly noticed in this one, so be careful. (367 characters)

Photo of adammills
3.42/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass to find a body copper in color and cloudy. It is capped with a two finger head that had some staying power. It leaves chunks of foam on the sides of the glass as you drink. The aroma is outrageous, truly amazing. At first it was all strawberry to me, then some mango and other citrusy notes. Complex and wonderful in aroma. It is a great tasting beer! A citrusy sweetness backed with solid bittering hops. A tad acidic in its bitterness in the end. It is well carbonated and smooth in the mouth. There may be the slightest alcohol warming going on at the end, but I tend to think that it is the spiciness from the hops. Very drinkable, very crisp. Amazing the way the 9% is hidden, very. Excellent beer.

Edit 2/5/09

A: Deep golden to copper. 3/4 inch off white head with fine bubbles that form a rather rocky cap.

S: Grapefruit, sweet almost strawberry, with a touch of grassyness that is appropriate to style. Classic American hop aroma, excellent.

T: Clean hop bitterness is the initial driving force. Following that is what seems to me to be a sweetness that is not quite cloying, but gets in the way of the hop showcase. Citrusy hop flavor coats the mouth. Hop resins coat the mouth.

M: Medium light body, alcohol is present it helps to balance the beer. Another balancing agent is the resinous hops. Appropriate moderate carbonation levels.

D: This beers only drawback is that the impression of too much residual sugar dings this beer in its drinkablity. (1,502 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a semi-cloudy orange with some floaties. Fingers worth of white head that leaves just faint lacing. Those particles stay suspended until I drink them...only a few have settled on the bottom.

Aroma of fresh citrus hops only gets better as it warms up. I'm picking up some fruits I have never really noticed in hoppy beers like pineapple and papaya. It reminds me of tropical fruit salad.

This is a DIPA all the way. No cloying sweetness as some others have. Just enough malt to barely notice it in the background. Nicely bitter but not "squint you eyes and pucker up" bitter. I find all the fruits I noticed in the aroma making an appearance in the flavor. Citrus stand hops are present from beginning to end.

Very smooth and easy to drink for a DIPA. The abv , although it's over 9%, isn't noticeable and that's impressive. Larry did one hell of a job on this one. Now, can we get him to make this one a bit more frequently? (944 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Radiant ripe tangerine with a sparse cloud of fine particulates and a few larger flakes that I hope are hop leaves (the beer murks up considerably with the final pour). The tight-bubbled cap is ivory in color with a faint orange tint picked up from the beer beneath. While there's nothing spectacular about the appearance, it's definitely solid.

The nose is amazing! How in the world does Bell's create beer that smells like hop juice? The aroma is one of the brightest and most purely citric that I've ever experienced in a beer of this style. In addition to orange and grapefruit, pineapple and other assorted tropical fruits burst out of the glass. I'm betting that Amarillo and/or Simcoe are members of the hop bill, along with one or more of the C-hops.

HopSlam is a DIPA as DIPAs were meant to be. In other words, it's a jacked-up, hopped to the gills, high-ABV IPA. There's no caramel malt to contend with and no way to confuse what's in my glass with an American barleywine. I knew Larry wouldn't let us hopheads down. As Two Hearted has proved for years, the man knows his way around a hop cone.

Where to start? The sugar cookie-like pale malt backbone is just big enough and no bigger. It provides a firmness and a solidity that is barely able to withstand the lupulin assault. I think fresh Two Hearted is more witheringly hoppy, but it's a close call. Even so, the 106 IBUs are easy to believe. How can a beer this powerful be this mellow?

Whatever the hop bill consists of, I approve in a big way. I tried my best to determine which varieties are used, to no avail. I don't care if Mr. Bell wants to keep the specific ingredients a secret, as long as he continues to brew this hop nectar; year-round would be preferable. Bitter orange zest, white grapefruit pith, pineapple... they're all still present and accounted for. I haven't had a more drinkable DIPA in a very long time.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as full or as viscous as one might expect for an ale that weighs in at nearly 10%. It's amazingly velvety smooth, though, and I think I prefer it just as it is. In fact, the mouthfeel is one of the biggest reasons why the beer is so damn downable. It's hard to believe that 10 of the 12 ounces have disappeared so far.

HopSlam is a grand slam of a DIPA. It may not be the biggest, the hoppiest, or the most bitter version that I've ever let flood my taste buds, but it's one of the most drinkable. Anyone who considers hops to be the soul of beer, as I do, owes it to himself to seek this one out. I am in awe. (2,535 characters)

Photo of kajerm
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted from what may be my last bottle of hopslam ever while watching the playoff game, brewing a batch of hazelnut brown, and tasting with friends. I'm deeply grateful my friend was willing to sacrifice two bottles of hopslam for the tasting-- bell's is becoming precious here in illinois...

pours a semi-opaque orange-brown with an unremarkable head. it looks nice but it smells nicer, pounding your face in with hops-- in a good way. I couldn't pick out individual aromas because the whole place smelled like beer, but I was definitely impressed with the unique tropical, fruity hop selection-- it's nice to smell (and taste) something besides Cascade.

flavor is outstanding; this is the American Double IPA style done right, and it ties with Goose Island's Imperial IPA for the best I've ever tasted. it's bitter as hell, of course, but not wincingly so and larry bell has managed to bring out more subtle flavors from the hops than pure alpha acids. fruity hops dominate, but you knew what you were buying when you read the label, right?

it has a nice light mouthfeel which, along with the neatly-balanced fruit and bitterness serves to hide the alcohol and make this beer a certifiable public health risk at 9%ABV.

fantastic beer, I'm thrilled it's become a seasonal.

RERATE: OK, so I managed to score another bottle-- thanks, Capone's. Unremarkable head? What the ass was I thinking?! This beer is gorgeous, great big soap bubbles and killer lacing on top of a glorious cloudy orange. By far the best DIPA I've tasted to date. (1,550 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a heavily clouded, dark orange-amber color with a small white head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is an understated, grapefruit-hop smell. There is a small amount of sweet lemon that lends a light, airy texture to the aroma.

Flavor is definitely based on a grapefruit hop taste. A nice, stinging bite of bitterness expands in the aftertaste also. Other than that, though, this beer is not over the top. It is well balanced, and quite enjoyable.

Mouthful is slightly over-carbonated, but crisp, cold and refreshing. Only a slight amount of stickiness and thickness from the hops. Impossible to guess the high ABV, it seems completely masked.

Drinkability is high for such a highly hopped, high ABV beer. It also doesn't make your tongue feel stripped-wax from the grapefruit hops either, like many others showcasing this style do.

Although this is an enjoyable beer, I'm not sure it's worth the premium price. I could just as easily enjoy Lake Louie's Kiss the Lips for less money, or pay even more to enjoy the ultimate IPA in Goose Island's Imperial IPA. Your mileage may vary, however, since I usually don't seek out over-hopped beers. This is a great beer, and I wouldn't turn one down. (1,210 characters)

Photo of jackorain
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro 12 oz bottle to a goblet.

A- Lovely golden yellow amber color. Floaties from bottle conditioning (nice). off white head fairly long lasting, disappated to an nice 1/8 inch of foam and ring in about five minutes to while I let it warm up to quaffing temperature.

S-Grapefruit hops-awsome. Malt biscuit and carmel. lemon hops, pine hops, there is a sweetness in the aroma as well, kind of like when you making simple syrup. Alcohol esters carry more grapefruit citrus.

T-Big citrus hops, piney hops, earthy hops but grapfruit rules. Biscuit malt and carmel malt. Some sugary sweetness but not overpowring. This beer is wonderfully balanced.

M- I could drink his all night but somebody would have to carry me home.

This may be the bet beer I've reviewed yet. just fantastic. Right in my wheelhouse. Bell's can brew, baby. (845 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy apricot color with a nice cream colored thumb sized head that does impart some lace on my glass.

Aroma is hops right away mostly west coast citrus bursting thru, floral that is probably more so the sweet caramel malts I smell under the hops then floral hops. Also hints of pine appear after the pour settles some. After yeast is dumped some earthiness appears in the aroma.

Taste is nice carbonation hitting with plenty of bitterness and hop oil mixed in for instant Humulus Lupulus fix. Sweet malts are also noted from the start and last thru out until the finish trying to balance the hops but not quite getting there. Nice I2PA decent malt backdrop for loads of hops one of the better ones I have had but then again hard for me to knock a big IPA as I love hops. What one would expect form Bell's a great brew, now why can't I buy this in NC. Finish with yeast is lingering hops bitterness along with nice dry dirt and sweet hints of malt.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium might be a touch more seems that lots of carbonation to aide the hop bite on my tongue but not fizzy.

Drinkability is good hell great wishing I could have bought a couple of sixers in Asheville, come on Larry whats the use of Dist. to NC if you don't ship the good shit. Thanks go to merlin48 for yet another great treat thanks again Sam. (1,341 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this big sucker in bottle at UJ's on the Manatawny a few weeks back. The beer poured a yellowish color, a bit cloudy with a thick white head. The beer has a big citrus, hoppy aroma that is very pleasing to the nose. There is a nice earthy, hoppy bite to the taste that really takes hold of your tongue but there is also a nice balance of sweetness in this that makes the overall mouthful very enjoyable and smooth. nice carbonation and body. (447 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color, with a nice fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces. Tiny particles of yeast is in suspension.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. It has a mild citrus aroma as well. This beer also smells sort of sweet. It has a slight malty aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Loads of grassy hops up front. Some citrus flavor, grapefruit and lemon. As with the aroma, this beer is rather sweet.

This beer is full bodied and aggressive. It goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a sweet grassy aftertaste. Carbonation is right on.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and aggressive. However, it is great, and I could probably put down more than a few.

Overall: Thanks go out to ggaughan for hooking me up with this winner. I really enjoyed every drop of this beer. I wish I had access to this and other Bell's beers. (930 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed deep orange color with a thick white head and sheets of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is a wonderful boquet of hops. There is a little pine in there, some citrusy grapefruit, tangerine, and lime, along with some fresh peaches, and a faint toffee smell in there. Taste is more of the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than you would expect from an IIPA but still good. Drinkability is great, no sign of the alcohol and this definitely goes down easy. Definitely a great beer and I will pick up more of this. (539 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks oakbluff for hooking me up with this beauty!

Pours a hazed golden, thin white head forms, settles to a ring around the glass, nice lacing. Smell is massive pine, tons of citrus, floral, every hop smell imaginable, they must use a boatload, grapefruit acidity, no malt in my nose, excellent. Taste is a grapefruit truck, almost puckering with hops, lots of citrus and pine, again almost no malt, slight graininess, not a lot of depth the the hops certainly slam you good. Balanced in the sense the IBU's match the malt, not overdone in that sense but hopped to hell and back. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol warmth. Not bad at all, thanks Scott! (682 characters)

Photo of bigbubba
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a nice amber. Even with a careful pour there are floaties by the hundreds. Also no head, but probably because of my timid pour. The smell of hops is amazing. The floral and grapefruity aromas are delicious. The taste is also delicious. Aromatic citrusy hops give way to drying bitter hops. And your taste buds are officially fried. The only thing to do is have another. But be careful, as I learned the first time I bought this. It is way too easy to drink considering the alcohol level. (500 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Sly Fox pint glass.
A - Cloudy, hazy orange with a good two fingers of dense off - white head that leaves a nice lacing with each sip.
S - Great aromas of hops, grapefruit, oranges, more hops, more piney, oily hops.
T - The first thing that I notice is the fantastic balance this beer has. Then the gigantic hop flavor kicks in but the malts are right alongside it. Pleasantly bitter and sweet from the malts at the same time.
M - Medium both in body and carbonation, slightly chewy, which I love.
D - High ABV limits drinking this all night, but two at a time seems just about perfect. (627 characters)

Photo of KingG
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from mac300. Thanks, man!
Right when i heard Bell's (one of my favorite breweries) was going to do a DIPA i had to set up a trade.

Poured into a Rogue pint glass

Appearance is good. Dark orange color with haziness. Small amount of yeast on the bottom of the glass. Barely any head or lacing.

Smell is very good. Citrus hops and semi-sweet tangarine. Images of walking through a field of hops and citrus fruits come to mind.

Taste is very good. Same as the smell but much more intense. The hop bill is extremely well done in this DIPA. Bittering and citrus hops are everywhere here. The malts give off a great semi-sweet after-taste. Well balanced yet the hops dominate, which is how a DIPA should be, imo.

Mouthfeel is very good. This beer dances over the tongue and cheeks like a thing of beauty. Carbonation is almost perfect.

Drinkability is very good, as well. I can kill at least 3 bottles in one sitting.

Overall: An amazing beer from an amazing brewery. Right up there with some of the best West Coast DIPA's. Highly recommended. (1,078 characters)

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

A- Cloudy amber with minimal head which disappears quickly leaving a minor lace around the edges.

S- Sweet citrus with piney hops

T- Holy sh!t this is what I want in a DIPA, hops that tear my tastebuds out and body slam them. Its been a while since I've had an IPA that could do that, thought I had grown some sort of tolerance, guess thats not so.

M- Oily with almost no carbonation.

D- I could make this my everyday beer, but I might be limited to 2. Really this is an amazing beer which I wish was available in my area. (536 characters)

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 3,259 ratings.