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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,266 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 3,266
Hads: 11,678
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 2,425
Gots: 2,661 | 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 ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, batch 7690

A slightly cloudy golden color. Little bits of yeast floating. Thick white head, over an inch thick that settles to leave a prominent lace.

Big time grapefruit, pineapple, and pine needles.

Very heavy grapefruit, pineapple flavor. Big and bold hop presence. Waves and waves of juicy tropical fruit. Some dry pine needles in the finish, but really just uppercuts of hops with each sip.

Medium feel, smooth but with chewy hops. Enjoyable.

The 9% is not to be taken lightly. This is easily drinkable, but the abv can sneak up on you.

A very well-crafted dipa that really introduced me to the big boys of the style. (656 characters)

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

This beer pours out an attractive apricot-straw color that is likely cloudy from all of the hop resins. It was covered with about a half-inch of white head, that left belgian lace all the way down the glass.

This beer has a wonderful hop nose with intense scents of lemon and grapefruit. The taste is an excellent example of a double IPA with a strong malt backbone holding up under strong bitterness. There is a strong lemon and grapefruit taste mixed in with caramel and a bready, buttermilk biscuit flavor.

The mouthfeel is definitely full with a bitter finish.

This beer is pretty drinkable - even with the strong bitterness. It might be hard to drink more than two though. (686 characters)

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

Aroma - Huge sharp citrus hops jump right out of the glass. Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, very well established hop character. Well done, very pleasant and meets all the marks for an Imperial IPA

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, pale coppery hue, makes a faint offwhite persistent head.

Flavor - American hops are dominant with citrus fruity hop esters. Bitterness is assertive yet balanced. Malt character is subdued, yet strong enough to not be completely drowned out by the hop intensity. Clean, dry finish with a long lasting pleasant hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied, mildly astringent, medium-high carbonation. Smooth alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall Impression - This is a well crafted imperial IPA. The malty backbone is appropriately overshadowed by intense citrusy hop character. This is crisp, well attenuated and refreshing. Nicely done! (880 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7690, poured to a standard pint.

A: Frothy/pillowy 1-1/2 finger head of off-white cream. Cloudy/hazy, funk-filled yellow-orange colored ale.

S: Big, heady sweet malt aroma, followed by loads of citrusy/spicy hops. A wonderfully sweet & completely appetizing smell...

T: Yes, loads of piney & citrusy hops, but with ample sweet barley/grain malty sweetness. Oh man, so well balanced - a juicy citrus burst of oranges & grapefruit wrapped within a caramel malt blanket. Really wonderful.

M: Has some syrupy sweetness and a little bit of stickiness, but a full & carbonated mouthfeel, minimal clinging hop bitterness, and overall a rounded fullness. Overall, this is rich, full and somewhat viscous.

D; Fantastic brew overall. This is a Double IPA I could come back to again & again. Highly recommended!

Received this fine brew from zrrbrrt, another followed from sman262. Thanks to both of you! (917 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I've drank so much of this stuff!
Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a golden amber color with a slight 1/2 inch head. Plenty of suspended "flakies" in the glass. Plenty of very good lacing is left on the glass.
Smell is of citrus hops and just a tad of piney hops.
Taste is incredibly juicy. A refreshing taste that has plenty of hop presence. It's just a tad bitter, but it's so juicy that it's balanced well.
This is a very easy drinking beer. You don't even notice the alcohol at all. This is a highly sessionable beer. As I've drank many of these on several occasions.
This is another great beer from Bells. This is worth seeking out. Especially at it's price point, it's an easy choice. (754 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with white head and modest amount of carbonation. Smell is a burst (or slam) of hops and as expected the taste follows suit. Lots of pine is noticable at first. Very resinous mouthfeel, almost sticky. Finished with grapefruit bitterness and some burn from the ABV hops combination. Not what i would call highly drinkable but certainly fits the bill for a DIPA. (380 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy 18 karat gold color, with a thin one finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a bit of lacing. Looks innocent, and doesn't prepare you at all for the...

Aroma, which is massively hoppy, dominated by huge citrus scented hops, a bit of piney hops, and more citrusy hops. It smells so hoppy that you can almost sense the bitterness in your nose.

Flavor here is again, purely hoppy. This brew tastes almost devoid of malt, although you know it's there from the 9.3%. Hops are the showcase, somewhat piney up front, and then pure grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Once you've swallowed, the grapefruit sears the tip of your tongue, and lasts for a LONG time. Mouthfeel is creamy, and fairly light, with medium carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.... you don't sense that 9.3% until the last few sips of the glass.

Another solid beer from Bell's. This reminds me of a more grapefuity version of Ruination. Personally, for a DIPA, I'd like to have a little more crystal malt flavor/body, but this is just fine the way it is. I'll be buying this again, assuming that I can still find it around town. Highly recommended. (1,154 characters)

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)

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