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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

3,266 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,266
Hads: 11,681
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 2,428
Gots: 2,666 | FT: 65
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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Reviews: 3,266 | Hads: 11,681
Photo of snaxcat
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big mango and dank/sticky pine resin notes, fresh/wet grass, honey aftertaste. Medium/full body with very little alcohol taste considering the 10% abv. Great balance, leaves nothing desired. (190 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am rating this partially as an experiment. I have 2 bottles: One bottled 1/17/14, and one bottled 1/18/15. I'll note the differences here, and give the 2015 (fresh) a rating.


Both Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: No real color or head retention difference between the two.

S (old): Mostly crystal malt aromas. A stiff malty smell.
S (fresh): More tropical fruit.

The new beer is a lot brighter. The old beer tastes more like a barleywine, without any fresh hop character. More of the sweet grain in the old beer.

M: Since the new beer finishes a little brighter, it feels a little less heavy. The hop balance is key there.

Overall both beers are still pretty good, though the old beer does seem a little less interesting, and maybe a little less bitter, the old beer is still pretty tasty. (805 characters)

Photo of musicsherlock
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

smells nice, makes my mouth water. hops of course, apricots and papaya w biscuity back

creamy 1.5 inch head, off white and lingering. Soapy.

Orange w continuous effervescence.

smooth taste, interesting, complex. surprisingly good balance of malts and hops. nice alcohol presence.

feels creamy, low noticeable carbonation

Overall great beer. Nice event beer, one to sit and enjoy. (384 characters)

Photo of weaselface89
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good beer. has a nice sweet smell with a good off white head. tastes pretty damn good with a slight alcohol presence in the aftertaste. well worth a try (152 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Warm orange golden. Reminiscent of apple jelly. Head did not last.

S: Hop oil. Hop oil. Hop oil. Oh, sweet hop oil.

M: Has a rough feel with medium body and carb level.

T: Good, strong floral hops. Grape and passion fruits. Pineapple. Biscuit. Lavender honey. It's well above decent as far is DIPAs are concerned, but it doesn't sing to me in the same ways others have. (375 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold draft pour with off white head into 10oz snifter; great lacing. Sweet honey glazed biscuits and some floral hop notes. Malt balances well with hops to hide alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and honey tongue coating. Genius in a bottle. (232 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nearly transparent yellow/gold color(might be some chill haze) with a white foamy head with good retention
S-lots of citrus, some pine, floral notes throughout, malt in the background
T-lots of orange citrus up front mixed with some pine, followed by more orange and the floral notes following through, sweet malt/honey in the finish with a bit of lingering bitterness
M-medium bodied, average carbonation, some alcohol warmth in the finish
O-a very easy drinking beer considering the abv. Excellent balance between the hops and malt profile, while creating nice transitions between the flavors. well crafted brew (623 characters)

Photo of DeliciousDetroiter
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it from a firkin first and from a traditional tap next. The review is from the tap. Having the two really made me appreciate it a little more. The first few, on other occasions, I felt as though I was trying to like it more than I actually did like it. Tonight is the first time I understood the hype. (307 characters)

Photo of Rebulu
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells incredible. Tastes very good. All the rage? Nah, but worth a try. Huge citrus and floral nose that stays with initial sip. Sweeter than most, but not overwhelming. (170 characters)

Photo of I_imbibe
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We were only able to get 1 case of slam in at the shop, and after setting my sixer aside the other 3 were sold before hitting the shelf. First time for me from the bottle, but it tastes just as fresh and pine-citrusy as draft. I love the mouthfeel, really into the carbonation and tight bubbles. Astounding dipa! (312 characters)

Photo of upton7418
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Dog fish head IPA glass. bottled 2-2-15

A: orangey gold, clear with a small head that dissipates to almost nothing. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: resiny, and sweet.

T: more malts come through than expected. Bitterness started and then changes into the malty sweetness. Piney aftertaste that doesn't really linger.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.

O: good beer, that was not quite what I expected from a beer with the name HopSLAM. I expected a beer that was overpoweringly Hoppy that made my tastebuds melt. I didn't expect much malt to come through in this beer. The beer came through with a good hoppiness in the beginning with a strong maltiness at the end. After you swallow there the happiness returns, only in the aftertaste. It is def a pretty beer with the alcohol hidden well in the flavors. I am happy I stumbled upon this in the store but I would not go out of my way to hunt it down. Would definitely like to try it right out of the tap and a little more fresh to see if there is a bigger difference. (1,070 characters)

Photo of sjantiflow
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up in a trade and its my first one ever. Poured into a nonic with a pale, orange color. As it warms I get a boozy, piney and citrusy aroma. The taste is spectacular. Bursting with hops and fresh citrus, some grapefruit notes. The addition of honey is more like an after-thought, but lends a nice balanced sweetness. As it warms on the palate the alcohol comes through and leaves a pleasant mouthfeel. Its slightly carbonated and dry. Overall, it's a wonderful DIPA. Hopslam lives up to the hype. (512 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a darker orange and golden color. Smells like sweet citrus. Taste the honey for sure. Nice and thick mouthfeel. Super hoppy. Delicious. Lucky to have had this one the last two years. Another world class beer from Bell's. (226 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange with lacing. Faint and pine citrus on the nose with noticeable honey. Sticky sweet. Good malt flavor. Will want to try again with a fresher bottle. Think it was missing some of the intended hop punch. (214 characters)

Photo of adapt313
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks like summer. Always a nice treet when hopslam comes out to break up the snowy months but I've always kind of wished bell's would switch around hopslam and oracle on the release schedule. Smells like pine, peaches, citrus, and honey. Tastes of fresh floral hops, stone fuits, pine, and honey. Drinks incredibly balanced and smooth and there is just of malty honey sweetness to balance out the bold hop profile but not get sticky sweet or syrupy. Crisp, refreshing, and super drinkable for a 10% hopbomb. (523 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/20/2015. Sampled and reviewed on March 3, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a nice goldenrod/dark yellow color with barely any head at all. Minimal lacing. Low/moderate carbonation. Smells of hops, pine, and sweet fruit (grapefruit, apples, oranges, mango). Light bodied, and very lively on the palate. Very smooth for 10%. Initial taste is bitter hops with hints of pine, citrus, and orange peel. Settles into a mild, tart sweetness, then another kick of hops and bitterness on the back end.

A great DIPA. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Not the best I've had, but far from the worst. I'd probably pick up a 6 pack if I could find one. (698 characters)

Photo of labattblueribbon
3.41/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unfortuately i've had this beer on two different occasions, one incredibly fresh, one not so much, both disappointed. This beer just hasn't had the the flavor to stack up against other great DIPAS. Very drinkable though. (222 characters)

Photo of Marko84
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Never poured into a glass so idk about look. Who cares about look anyway. This is just some immaculate...erm...stuff. Last year I held this in very regard, challenging the best of the best. Made it a point to secure a case this time. I've never had it's like. Call it a double ipa or whatever, the sweetness of honey makes this beer shine. February is a great time for those of us who look for non-winter-warmers, and hopslam is just that. Can't wait til july to have one outside. A question I always ask to beer folks is...'if you were on death row, and got to pick your last meal and the beer to go along with it, what would that beer be?' KBS, heady, etc. are the typical responses. Give me Hopslam. It is my #1. (715 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, orange color pours with three fingers of head into a tulip glass. Nose bursts with pineapple, tangerine, honey, and pine. Taste is sweet citrus and honey up front with a bitter hoppy backbone and boozey finish. Mouth feel is sticky sweet syrup. I really enjoy the sweet, malty fruit character of this one, but I lose that a bit on the finish. As it warms the carbonation fades and the malt starts to overpower the hops. Getting more candied sugar and warm booziness. Its lacking a little in hop bitterness, but a really nice sweet IPA. (542 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass, gives a finger of head that settles quickly to a small cap and lots o' lacing. Gives a golden-orange glow, little carbonation. Floral grapefruit and tangerine, some sweetness (maybe the honey), malty. No hint of booziness. The wife, who hates IPAs, takes the first sips and is liking it. No piney flavor for her (what she hates) and some booze on the taste, readily apparent it's 10%.
For me, I have sweet citrus upfront, definite booze bite on the end. Warms as it goes down. Oily mouthfeel, thick and delicious.
This is my second year with Hopslam. I didn't take notes last year and I wish I did. If I remember, I'll have to come back and edit with an update to see if the experience is the same next year.
For now, I'll just say this is one of my favorite DIPAs. (803 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on this.
Looks great, a murky golden hue. Unfiltered? I should check.
Intriguing scent. I don't want to say I smell the honey, but there's an odd sweetness that is not familar to me. Smells more barleywine-ish than DIPA-ish. Mouthfeel is its strongest quality. Dense and oily. Feels big. Taste is a bit of a puzzle for me. Not typical for a DIPA. Piney hops on the opening but a great deal on honeyed sweetness on the end. I really like it but feel like it gravitates toward an American style barleywine, which isn't a criticism. Overall, I can see why this gets so much hype, it's a great beer, but perhaps not as mindblowing as you would be led to expect. (682 characters)

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

A: orangey gold, clear

S: resiny, dank, alcohol, little citrusy

T: malty, smooth bitterness, citrus like after taste

M: medium thickness

O: good beer, good version of a classic IPA (186 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with little head. Suprisingly malty at the nose. Very piney and resiny with a nice balance of bitterness and sweet. A+. (156 characters)

Photo of sgameroz
2.3/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bitter without body. Piney without character. Underwhelming to be nice. Can't judge fairly being from SoCal with everything else we have access to, but you can tell t's an attempt at being something it aspires to be. Hopslam is overhyped and glorified Stone IPA...maybe even closer to a Sierra Nevada pale ale. (310 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Charlie for the bottle!

2015 vintage

Pours a big, froth head, with tiny, crystallic bubbles in it, while the beer has a clean, darker amber, orange color.

The aromas contain a big load of tropical hops, featuring peach, mango and blood orange, which are utmost juicy and ripe. This gets balanced by bready, slightly biscuity malts, accentuating a zingy, glazed lemon peak on top of the distinct fruitiness. The nose is very rich and intriguing, as it is bursting with mellow, luscious tropical fruits, very well compounded.

Taste begins with crisp lime among bready malts, while the beer drinks very smooth. A vivid kiwi prickling gets added to the taste, as well as more lime and sunny, louche grapefruit. Honey is certainly noteable, while the alcohol is not detectable at all, and it provides the fruity hops with a ripe, sappy note, as it leads the malt flavor closer to the hops by adding a striking biscuity quality to them. The beer doesn't turn sweet though, it is still centered around the hoppiness, which is yet evolving on the palate. A distinct, slick bitterness arises from the fruitiness, leading to a slightly dry, long lasting finish, continously using the hops as center of attraction, exhibiting a slightly piney note, blending smooth into the sapful fruits. The carbonation still adds a slightly refreshing impression, while the beer is heavier bodied, without loosing its typical IPA drinkability, ending with a unique honeyed, hoppy finish. (1,481 characters)

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