Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,587 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,587
Reviews: 3,419
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,369
Gots: 2,610 | 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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Ratings: 11,587 | Reviews: 3,419
Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer just hard to get even in Michigan

Photo of donnierickles
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love getting this beer when it comes around. Perfect subtle honey taste.

Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Way overrated and nowhere near the hype. Had 2 of my 6 pack and gave the other 4 away to friends. To each their own. But there are much better beers at a much better price point imho.

Photo of bgold86
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely overrated, was tame and meh with the sweetness, so much hype and it was just meh, you're better off with a knee deep simtra..

Photo of G_Z_a
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice.

Been about 7 years since I last had one. While it wasn't the hop bomb I remembered, it tasted just as good. That's not to say it isn't hoppy, but after 7 years of drinking really hoppy beers it didn't hit me quite the same way.

Photo of Jarnol21
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Couldn't get a whole lot on the smell but the hop taste was certainly there deceiving me. What an amazing beer for a 10% IPA I can't wait to get more of this next year. The honey makes this beer brilliant!

Photo of Mambajahamba
3.1/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer if you want to get drunk, not if you want to enjoy getting drunk

Photo of antman27
3.49/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try hopslam but was not blown away ..Think there is why to much Hype I wont go nuts seeking it out next year

Photo of IPA1978
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh... seemed overly sweet. Good but there are better.

Photo of shelt11
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This year's Hopslam is great!

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are an IPA lover or Hops lover in general, this beer is an absolute MUST HAVE. I love IPA's and Hoppy beers in general and this one is the strongest I've ever had in that regard. But what makes this beer a 5 out of 5 for me is the addition of the honey flavor ... It is the icing on the cake and it's what really makes this beer DELICIOUS!

Photo of streeter
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect hoppy beer that will slam you.

Photo of hardysf
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Hopslam was awesome. Had a bottle that was 6 days old. Super hop aroma with a touch of honey to finish.

2 months later found another bottle in the cellar, sad to say it is much different. My fault though. Much maltier and way less hop aroma. Do not sit on this beer.

Photo of Hophead777
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited time only and I couldn't drink enough to satisfy my needs! Love this double IPA. I wish I could have this year round. But I understand the availability of the outstanding Simcoe Hops!

Photo of Awolter
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Prominent honey taste. Not terribly bitter, but has a citrus bite. Well balanced, delicious.

Photo of laketang
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Honey came in right at the end ,just right.

Photo of cjelden
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly was worried the hype would kill this beer. But it's a beautiful beer to taste. 10 minutes after pouring the bubbles are still rising. The aroma is very nice and fresh. It tastes so balanced and feels oh so crisp. An amazing IPA.

Photo of Stevecoop86
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full IPA flavor with light bitterness yet smooth and pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of Dumsboa09
2.74/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Personally not hoppy enough to justify it being so sought after

Photo of Mnmich7662
2.95/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way too hoppy for my liking

Photo of ashleylake
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be a got to get when its out, I buy it and drink it..no holding this one.

Photo of mickyge
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice kick taste of honey and citrus

Photo of Grupatre
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First dipa. Very grape fruity

Photo of Brandon_beer
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit boozy but the honey helps balance that out, has sort of a toffee, caramel hint to it on top of the citrus, piney you expect in a IPA

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply one of my favorite beers.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,587 ratings.