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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,534
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,775
Gots: 1,369 | FT: 43
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-21-2012 15:53:16 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of SkiBum22

New York

3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep golden verging on amber. There is about one half of a finger of frothy pure white head. There is some decent lacing as it drinks.

S - Nose is plenty of floral hops with caramel and some lemon.

T - Pineapple dominates. It fades away, though, leaving a bitter pine with a perfectly-balanced orange peel at the finish.

M - The body is pretty thick even for a dipa. Carbonation is moderate to high and gives the beer a creamy body.

O - I was really disappointed with this brew. I have been wanting to try it for a long time and I had it alongside Abrasive last night and Abrasive blew it away. Glad I have another bottle to try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 15:09:23 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of RTrain12


5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 15:00:48 | More by RTrain12
Photo of output01x


4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (PKGD 12/29/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that fades after a couple minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent golden amber with just a few small, slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing can be seen coating every available bit of glass throughout consumption.

The nose is a bouquet of citrus. Notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, honeydew, and pineapple, and mango are all present.

Just like the nose, tropical citrus flavors explode at the start of each sip with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. As the beer is swallowed the tropical citrus flavors become even stronger. Suddenly pineapple, tangerine, and honey join the other flavors in assaulting your taste buds. A slightly piny bitterness comes in at the end as an aftertaste along with just a hint of rum-like alcohol.

Medium to full bodied with tingly carbonation, this beer is way too drinkable for 10% ABV. The body is a little sticky and very coating but surprisingly smooth and enjoyable. The carbonation is a rather fizzy but it definitely needs to be to make this beer as refreshing and enjoyable as it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:16:13 | More by output01x
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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light in color, very transparent.
S - 2nd best part of this DIPA is the sweet smell and the hoppy background.
T - This is my my top rated IPA based on the taste of this one alone. Sweet pale malts and honey play of wonderful upfront with a great hoppy bitterness at the end
M - Maybe a little too carbonated but a very well rounded beer. It lets you know its 10% with every sip even if it looks like a much lighter beer.
O - This beer in a winner, through and through. I always enjoy it every year at this time. Here's to the best IPA so far this year...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:02:35 | More by Amesjeep
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 06:48:23 | More by Huntbuc
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 05:16:33 | More by Jabl3s84
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-21-2012 04:57:37 | More by shwillivanilli
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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is orangish, it's a little hazy and has a lot of carbonation. The head was one finger and white and didn't stick around for very long.
The hops smelled mostly of grapefruit. I also picked up some floral notes and some grassy notes as the beer got warmer. There was a lot going on with the aromas and was quite pleasant.
The grapefruit flavor in this beer is big and heavy. There is a nice caramel malt back up to balance the hops very nicely.
The body is medium to full. I get a crispness from the carbonation which comes right before the resinous hop punch. The malts follow the hops quite nicely. There is an after taste but doesn't linger because of the balance between hops and malts.
This is one of my favorite beers. The hops smell great and deliver bold flavors. The malts create a subtle aftertaste making this one very balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:30:49 | More by JCaweinstein
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 04:15:44 | More by mattfungus
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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one 11 days after the bottling date. Appearance is a nice golden honey color with a large off-white head. The smell is absolutely the best I've experienced to date - a cacophony of citrus scents that is intoxicating. This is where this beer really stands out. Even my wife, who hates the smell of any beer, said "That's the least-offensive smelling beer I've ever smelled", which is quite an endorsement for her. The taste is not quite as powerfully citrus as the scent would lead you to think, but grapefruity bitterness comes through big time. There is enough of a malty and honey sweetness to provide some semblance of balance. Very nice mouthfeel adds to the experience. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:07:18 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 03:46:48 | More by mthomas84
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 03:12:38 | More by Sevesteve
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

01-21-2012 03:11:39 | More by Brown120
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchase a sixer for about $19 Out the door at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids. Brewed on 12/30

A - Dark Brown - Burn Orange in color with an off white head that sat about two fingers thick. Really nice retention and stick.

S - Hop Blast and citrus, grapefruit that is so pungent it stings the nostrils.

T - Hop, Hop, Hop.... I can't quite figure out how this is such a smooth beer that has such a high alcohol content. The citrus and grapefruit flavor stands out with a nice faintly sweet finish.

O - This beer came with a lot of hype and it lived up to expectations. This is a phenomenal DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:50:01 | More by andrewjraab
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-21-2012 01:04:28 | More by mrbubbler
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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of Hopslam 2012 in a pilsner glass. The date on the bottle was 1-10-12. I was so excited that Hopslam was available, because some of the forums I read said that Hopslam wasn't coming out until the first week of February 2012. I bought a six-pack of Hopslam at the Martin's Grocery Store in Stevensville, Michigan on 1-20-12.

The appearance was a fruity orange-yellow with a one finger head with a medium-hard pour. The head-foam was the tastiest I ever remember tasting of any beer - ever!

The smell was fruity, citrousy, and hoppy. Very appealing smell!

The taste and mouthfeel this year was better than last year's. Lot's of high gravity alcohol and full of hops....duh. Tangy and very appealing to my pallette.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:42:44 | More by HoneyLamb
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4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty tulip glass. Bottle dated 1/10/12...10 days old.

A: Pours a perfectly clear light copper color with pinkish/peach hues. A frothy one finger head sits atop this masterpiece and sticks around a while. Lacing is excellent. I don't see how you can improve upon this at all. Just gorgeous.

S: I remember the smell to be much more "in your face". I actually have to swirl the glass to wake up the aromas. Grapefruit notes dominate...definitely leans toward the fruity citrusy hop varieties overall. Peach. Mango. Some earthy/floral/dankness to it as well. A hint of sweetness.

T/M: Such a pleasant DIPA. I can't believe this is a 10% beer. The bitterness is there at the front, but isn't harsh at all. Then it hits with flavors of grapefruit and mango...peach, orange peel. Lemon-scented soap suds. The taste never really bites you, which is a compliment. Overall a soft and delicate beer. Finishes with a good bit of dryness on the palate. Carbonation is right where it should be...maybe even just a tad low. And I'd call it medium bodied - no more, no less.

O: Not quite how I remembered it. This beer has a soft, but firm bitterness with massive notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits in both the aroma and taste. The 10% is nonexistant in the taste, but watch out! This is is one sneaky beer. Warming hits you you about a third of the way through. Definitely in my top 5 IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:38:18 | More by kbuzz
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 00:31:37 | More by TCJosh
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

01-20-2012 22:01:19 | More by stpaulsipper07
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-20-2012 21:15:47 | More by lynlikesbeer
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a bells pint glass, dated on 01/09/12. Making this 11 days old. Had on tap one week earlier and felt it to have lost some of its appeal from the previous year.

A- Nice amber-copper tone, very clear. The pour generated a fast white head that dissipated to a soapy film on top of the glass. Sticky lacing with active bubbles.

S- Hops!! I get nice citrus aromas and fresh lemon grass. Some hint of grapefruit and orange. The malts are nice and smooth. Biscuit and honey backbone. Very Nice. If you a deep whiff you can pick up the alcohol burn.

T-Very smooth flavor. It starts off smooth and finishes with a ascending hop bite. The honey and biscuit malts blend so well. This a very nice IPA. The abv is present but not over powering.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Carbonation is spot on and even at a 10% abv it goes down nice and easy. It has a very residual hop flavor that lingers for some time after each sip.

O- Well worth the circus. I feel there is a little hype involved but the beer is amazing. I must say the bottle did this seasonal monster justice, the draft left me concerned. Will continue to seek out and enjoy for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:44:28 | More by lanamj
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

01-20-2012 19:43:40 | More by Jparkanzky
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -10.9%

01-20-2012 19:08:15 | More by TheBeerologist
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only Beer I've given a rating of straight 5's.

Hopslam this year is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever tasted. The drinkability is almost scary. It tastes like a fresh mix of citrus juice that I could personally drink all day until I succumb to alcohol poisoning. And personally I was not a big fan of Bell's at all before I tried Hopslam. Already had it on draft and out of the bottle, and out of the bottle there is much more of a citrus taste, and I can not taste any alcohol in it at all. It has a gorgeous golden blonde color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. There is a ton of citrus smell to this, the smell of hops and citrus almost fill the room when you open this beer. It is simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 18:24:16 | More by rogueleonardi
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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