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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,381
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,737
Gots: 1,330 | FT: 44
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:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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Photo of xenjoiii

New York

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received two six packs of HopSlam from grinnellj. Thanks again for the trade!

Bottle date - 1/26/2012

A: Poured into a Southampton Snifter. The beer reveals a golden orange color; and builds a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving beautiful lacing around the glass.

S: Wow. Huge pine notes, and a blast of freshly sliced grapefruits. The smell on this beer is bold, and suits its name well.

T: Hops. Juicy hops. Huge pine, and resin notes up front, which make way to a pleasant sweetness; out the back comes the bitterness.

M: Very light mouthfeel. A moderate amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink; despite that fact that this beer stands at 10% ABV, the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall, I am very pleased with this beer; a fantastic IIPA. For the most part, us New Yorkers are deprived of many of the great IIPA's (especially us who are out on Long Island). I'm glad that I was able to trade for some of this, and I would most certainly do it again. I think it lives up to its hype, despite the complaints of its high price. Bell's delivers.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:31:21 | More by xenjoiii
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2012 16:42:50 | More by NickTickler
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2012 15:44:54 | More by drewloc
Photo of rhartogsq


4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Please mind this review as it will be more of a narrative then notes. Eighteen months ago, I would not go near an IPA, I couldn't stand them. Then one day I had A Lil' Sumpin Sumpin and my world change, something clicked. I can drink any IPA, for example, I now love Stone Ruination.
But I digress. When I tried Hopslam last year, it wasn't for me. This year is a completely different story. I Love this beer. The balance of all the hopes and a little sweetness is great. The aroma brings a smile to my face. The flavor gives a tingle to my loins. Every sip I take, I am happy that I have evolved to love hops!
I also had this on draft and it was pretty damn good too!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 15:05:37 | More by rhartogsq
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-10-2012 14:15:39 | More by beermaned
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4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/10/2012

Brew poured a very hazy dark orange color that is darker than I would have expected for the style. 1 1/2" of slightly off white tight knitted head that hung around for a good 5-7 minutes before dissipating to a thin ring around the edges and a choppy light lace pattern in the center. Also good lacing on the sides of the glass that hung around well after the beer was gone.

The smell is amazing. Overly ripe grapefruit and a nice balance of malt character can be found easily. Honey and pine with more fruit than I have ever smelled in a beer. Pineapples and mango go nicely with sugary sweet papaya. I could just sit and smell this and be happy without even drinking it. Well maybe not...

The taste is a hopslam. Piney resin and bitterness abound, but without that tongue tingling goodness that makes the best IPAs stand out. Smooth like a good Dipa should be, but missing that certain something. Maybe the nose set me up a little too high. Peppery finish and a nice complex flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily at first, then very dry on the back end. Kind of strange, but in a good way. Medium bodied and not as thin as are many in the style.

Overall this is a wonderful offering from Bells that I will definitely seek out again next year. A little steep on the price, but I expected such with all of the hype associated with this one. Well above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 13:59:00 | More by haywire77
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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

02-10-2012 06:25:03 | More by xipho
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2012 04:51:09 | More by justinlaz
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally getting to try my first ever Hopslam courtesy of BarrytheBear! Thanks again Barry for your generosity! 12 ounce bottle bottled on 1-26-12.

A: Pours a golden orange color with a small white head.

S: The initial smell is very complex and dominated with a citrusy hop character! Most of the citrus I'm picking up seems to be lemon.

T: Once again I'm picking up the lemon in the taste along with an explosion of hops! Very bitter yet smooth and drinkable! Also a bit of sweetness in the after taste. Maybe the honey?

M: Very easy to drink! Nice medium thickness with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very smooth, drinkable beer to be 10% ABV. I'm very impressed and can see what all of the hype is about. Would definitely love to get some more of this in the future!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:44:03 | More by beerboy9960
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4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, frothy, white head/green head. It laces very nicely.

S: Sweet hop blend, complex, earthy and sweet malts with the bold and aggressive hoppiness that you would expect from its name.

T: The first was aggressively hoppy. With a slight honey/malt finish. However, this beers strength comes frome consecutive drinking. As my pallette adjsuted, the bitterness retreated and let me really enjoy the base malt/honey flavors. Drinking this beer a few times back to back has made it my new favorite beer.

M: full-body, creamy and smooth. feels very nice to drink.

O: absolutely great. I don't know if it was luck or design that makes this beer exponentially better as you drink it (up to 4 for me, 5 and 6 taste the same as number 4) but this beer is great the first time and even better the 2nd 3rd and 4th time.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:43:34 | More by Tearik
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

02-10-2012 04:38:44 | More by Riverared
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Liberty Tavern in Arlington, VA and served in a tulip glass.

Pours bright golden orange with even brighter white head that fills a full two fingers. Lace remains throughout the drink. Nose is the only thing not bold in this beer - some light fruitiness (apricot?), and a deep grassy/hoppyness.

Taste is excessively earthy, quintessential hops, with some nice fruit tones and a lot of pine. Quite a bit of balance for a beer this bold, great overall drink. Medium body with an oily texture. Overall a great beer that definitely doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 04:21:47 | More by Jesstyr
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-10-2012 03:37:33 | More by sizemore84
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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, frothy, white head that stays for a while, good amount of carbonation, appealing golden color, lots of nice lacing

S: Sweet hop blend, complex, earthy and sweet malts

T: Sweet and spicy hops, nice blend of hops, some honey and grassiness, touch of bitterness at end

M: Almost full-bodied, smooth, good carbonation, resiny, feels good

O: Good stuff, not much to complain about here, maybe a touch more on taste would bring this beyond great, can't wait to get some in bottles to drink at home

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:26:47 | More by derkfromwi
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2012 03:06:01 | More by Higy
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-10-2012 03:03:31 | More by RandyBoBandy
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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here was pretty excessively sweet at first....fruity with the honey definitely showing. A nice tropical hop note comes in afterwards though and begins to dominate the nose.

Pours light amber in the glass...smallish head...completely clear.

Bitterness here is quite piercing right off the bat. A great citrus and tropical hop profile...mango and grapefruit...with puckering bitterness extending to the sides of the tongue. The bitterness stays throughout the drink, though a nice, sweet undercurrent shows up that showcases the honey this beer is brewed with...it isn't the toffee or biscuit that some other DIPAs have. Some people have said this beer is excessively sweet, but I'm not really seeing that. I'm tasting a beer with an impressive bitterness with a second fiddle sweetness that doesn't balance the beer completely (more like 2:1 ratio in terms of flavor, I suppose). Resiny on the finish....quite dry. As it warms a bit, the booze starts to peek through but never too bad.

One of the more bitter DIPA's I've had, but unlike some others that really drove up the IBU's, this one has a pretty nice sweetness underneath that helps temper it a bit and gives character. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:16:36 | More by NODAK
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-10-2012 01:07:04 | More by TMasterFlash
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-10-2012 00:59:29 | More by CopperTopBrews
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3.28/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The specific hopslam I came into contact with has a really boozy taste. This doesn't taste anything like it did last year, which is pretty sad, I was looking forward to this. Heady topper takes this to the cleaners. If you haven't tried heady topper, get your hands on it.

Aroma: Smells pretty good, citrusy/piney

appearance is exactly like everyone else said it looked like.

Taste: It had a really boozy flavor, very unbalanced, which is very suprising for this beer. For 10.5% you can definatley tell it.

Overall: This is overhyped this year, and wouldn't purchase more than one six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:33:55 | More by Thecherryman
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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle's a little over a month old. Poured into a nonic.

A - Pours a mildly hazy, coppery color. Head of about 1/4 inch, very little retention. Sparse lacing.

S - Big hops in the nose, and then they are pushed aside by booze. Nice honey aroma.

T - Very earthy, grainy hop qualities, mixed in with an almost mead-like honey quality. Then more hops and crisp alcohol in the finish.

M - Feels almost gritty in spots, very fine carbonation. Certainly packs the heat with that 10% ABV shining through.

O - It's a whole lotta beer, and I try to pick it up at least once a year, considering there's only about a 2 month window to get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:57:18 | More by madeofsteel
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Thanx to Paul B. (WV). Bottle dated 12/29/11. Consumed 2/6/12.

A: Deep orange honey coloring with a semi-dense clarity. A slight frothy light beige head sits atop with a moderate rate of retention. Inside a slow rise of spacious carbonation, outside on the glass a thin broken ring of lace.

S: The aroma was of sweet honey-pine with some dry grassy notes. Have to be honest was expecting much more pungency here. Moderate complexity, the honey definitely adds some balance and some sweetness to the dry citrusy mixture, while hints of lemon grind linger about though the strength was refrained.

T: Ah here comes the hops. Nice pungent bitterness that cant be held back any longer. The honey, once again shows up adding some balance and sweetness in intermittent bursts before being overtaken by the piney-grass bitterness. Respectable amount of bitterness though is refined and smoothed out by the honey makes this easy to enjoy. Toasty honey malt, spicy bite of citrus with a nice leave of grapefruit/pine bitterness.

M: spicy of citrus, medium bodied but thickens up on longer holds. Sticky hop oils and slick malt lingers behind.

O: Overall a well balanced dipa with a unique influence of honey balances this out for a remarkable, yet smoothing and respectable hop bitterness that is easy and very enjoyable to down. Had a wow moment when realizing this was 10%abv. Just a remarkably smooth and easy dipa especially at this level. The honey no doubt adds a higher OG and ABV% while still maintaining a good balance of sweetness and malt level with the hops. Nicely formatted by style.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:29:12 | More by beerthulhu
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4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1-6-12

A- Pours a lighter golden hue. Slightly hazy. Smaller, frothy head that stays a little while and laces well.

S- Pretty big on the citrus hops notes. Some floral hop scent in there. Sweetness is there, and fairly prominently under the hops.

T- Starts off with a slap to palate in the hops department. Definitely delivers on its name. Bitterness persists throughout, but then gives way a little bit to slight malty sweetness. The honey claim on the label is for sure present. Finishes pretty clean with a little lingering hops bitterness.

M- The weight was perfect for the style in my opinion. Fair amount of carbonation, but not so much as to detract from the silky smooth malt profile. The malt hops contrast is really brought out by the weight on the palate.

Overall, it didn't knock my socks off, but was definitely very good. I'm not a big IPA/DIPA guy, but I enjoy trying them, and this one mixed a good ratio of malt to hops. The underlying sweetness adds to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:50:16 | More by boilermakerbrew
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2.98/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most inconsistent beers I have ever rated. I liked almost everything about 2009 and 2010, except the honey aroma.

Everything changed in 2011, though. Suddenly, I was drinking a near-perfect DIPA. Abundant pine and citrus on the nose, and balance on the tongue.

Too bad I am reviewing 2012, then. I found very little to like about this beer. It looked great in the glass.

But that's where the fun ended. I took a whiff, and was happy to note the absence of honey. But where was the rest? This beer is supposed to smell like *something*, for crying out loud. I was halfway through this beer with my nose buried in the glass before I could sense anything at all.

And where was the balance? There's no sweetnes to balance the bitterness. This might have been OK in an aromatic beer, but not in this one.


Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 22:14:15 | More by DaveAnderson
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 12/30/2011

A - Lovely caramel-amber with two finger head. The white head is massive for a 10% and retention is good. Nice stream of bubbles.

S - Not as aggressive as I was expecting. Pine and lemon aromas, honey and caramel malt. Hops are balanced with malts and honey sweetness.

T - Taste is a lot more hop forward. Instantly very bitter, like bitter hop juice. Alcohol astringency and some pine and citrus flavors are present. I am very surprised by the degree of alcohol flavor in the beer. It is too much for a beer that is this highly rated. The booze should be better hidden. Some grapefruit and pine needles, honey and caramel.

M - Medium to full body with a slightly drier finish. Booze thins it out a touch and produces some heat.

O - Overall a fine DIPA, but far from world class. Not even close to the Pliny's, Double Sunshines, and Headys of the world. I've heard this year might be a down year, and I'll drink it again, but it doesn't make me say "wow!"

This beer is a beer I would love to buy a case of at release, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. I have a similar opinion of Nugget Nectar: I love it and love drinking it, but the fervor around release makes it hard to acquire and therefore hard to just walk in and buy some to enjoy as a daily drink.

EDIT: Drank a second bottle from a fresher batch (1/9), tasted a bit better, but still not world class. Will be drinking bottles from that original 12/30 batch every week or so so see if a few weeks age help it

EDIT2: Drank a 12/29 bottle on 2/26. TONS of pineapple. Like pineapple juice was dumped in it. Tasty, but too sweet and not enough hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:06:04 | More by greenmonstah
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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