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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,890
Reviews: 3,121
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,906
Gots: 1,488 | FT: 42
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 bsu2005
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a nice hazy golden brown color with some orange tint. Decent white head that evaporated quickly with consistent lacing throughout the entire session.
Smell was out of this world! Wet hops with some fruity pineapple and citrus notes. Amazed with the fruit smells!
Taste was amazing, definitely hop forward at first, while the honey and malts hit halfway through. Finish is very smooth. Very tasty yet so complex!
Mouthfeel is slight carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Not too boozy, but can taste just enough to feel its presence.

Overall, one of the best DIPA I've had the opportunity to sample. The amazing malt and honey to hop balance is second to none. An amazing citrusy and hoppy IPA. It lived up to all the hype!

bsu2005, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of dejrrma
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.50 per 12 oz bottle at The Beer Growler (Avondale location) and $17 (with tax) for a six pack. Bottled 1/10/12 (printed on back label). Poured into a snifter.

This was the first time I had hopslam. Let me start by saying that I was initially a little disappointed. Although the beer was good, Founder's Double Trouble blew me away more. I was lucky enough to get 3 six packs and a couple of extra bottles (totalling around $57). About half of the bottles was cloying and boozey and not as hoppy as I expected. However, someone suggested I let them sit for a week more or two. The results were amazing. That boozyness was gone and though the delicious honey was present, it wasn't overpowering the hops. It also enhanced the smell to where I could detect more aromas.

a- hazey orange color, a 1/2 inch of head that maintains for a while, and some thick lacing that eventually slides off.

s- honey (so much honey!), strong citrus (grapefruit), lemon zest, hops, and a good deal of mango as well. really strong aromas coming through from this one, and i can smell it from a foot or two away.

t- hoppy and bitter at first, lots of citrus that persist and some pine. pretty good malt background, and finishing with a soothing honey (incredible!) aftertaste.

m- creamy and medium bodied. resiny, and leaves the mouth dry. all the flavors just soak the palate. the 10% abv is not very apparent, but i feel some of the boozyness as it goes down.

o- highly enjoyable beer, and i would definitely buy again. i'm really excited that i got the chance to try it.

dejrrma, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of mjweth2
5/5  rDev +11.4%

mjweth2, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of dpasotti
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super-fresh Hopslam pours a slightly hazy beautiful bright golden-orange. Small but dense off-white head leaves fat, sticky lace rings. Amazing aroma of clean bittersweet citrus bursts out of my Piraat tulip. Up close, there's a nice mix of tropical and citrus fruits, resiny pine, and candy sweetness. "I say this with a staunch record of unblemished heterosexuality: It's fabulous."

Tropical fruit and pine step up on the palate with citrus in back. Simcoe is not trying to hide -- intense characteristic spicy pineapple dominates. There's also mango, grapefruit, orange, and apple. A little flavor from the honey, noticeable alcohol (especially apparent with food) and an excellent slightly sweet malt backbone round things out. Solid punch of bitterness, but nothing even a drive-by hophead couldn't handle.

Carbonation is moderate, which helps keep the fairly hefty, oily body in check. There's nothing I can criticize about this beer without absolutely nitpicking. Hopslam is amazing beer. I think a word that sums it up perfectly is "focused." One of Larry Bell's finest offerings and a landmark double IPA.

dpasotti, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/9/2012, so very fresh. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy bright golden orange body with a moderate white head. Fantastic lacing and great retention, patchy in the middle and thick bubbles along the outside.

S: Juicy citrus, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine needles and honey. There's a very nice earthy bitterness to it, with a slight sweet note towards the back that I attribute from the honey.

T: Wow. This is so much better than I remember. Either that or I simply appreciate this beer so much more. A wash of bitter hop oils, pineapple and astringent grapefruit notes start off. Through the mid-palate the pink grapefruit intensifies, and trails off with a sweet honey and caramel malt flavor. So complex and delicious.

M: Body is medium to full with ample carbonation. Lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue give this a smooth and almost silky texture. A bit of alcohol heat in the chest.

Well, honestly this beer is simply awesome. There's plenty of citrus and fruit character, backed by a great amount of sweet honey and malt. It's big, bitter, citrusy and sticky - perfect for an Imperial IPA.

ShanePB, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of zapahoppa
5/5  rDev +11.4%

zapahoppa, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Shilt
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Shilt, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the gold standard.

light orange with a small head in a tulip; on tap at The Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, NC

a different kind of pine; sweet citrus scent is amaaazing.

more than just the usual grapefruit. a good, good fruity complexity with sweetness from honey. this is damn delicious. small put present maltiness is perfect.

juicy, awesome; almost don't believe the alcohol content; you can't tell from the taste or mouthfeel.

so glad i got to try this TWICE on tap in one week in Raleigh... there really is virtually nothing missing here. fantastic.

duckrabbitfan, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of JBHayden
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle into a snifter.

A- love the deep gold color with a one finger head that leaves a solid lace trail.

S- an uppercut of hops right away that turns into citrus. Honey is also detectable.

T- bitter bite from first sip that is balanced slightly with the malt. Citrus and alcohol both somewhat detectable.

M- medium carbonation makes this one smooth across the palate.

O- glad I bought the sixer. I will not be sharing.

JBHayden, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

crashdavisinoh, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
5/5  rDev +11.4%

BlueFeetAndBeer, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of RepMichigan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

RepMichigan, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -10.9%

DSlim71, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of mscornwell
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mscornwell, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Schimms, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

KevSal, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of SchuStar
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

SchuStar, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of cld253
5/5  rDev +11.4%

cld253, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Auror, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in my CBS snifter.

Appearance: pours a light honey color, with some light reddish color once it sits in the glass. It is fairly clear with a one finger head that is off white in color and dissipates quickly, and leaves a moderate lacing

Smell: Oh, the hops, so enjoyable but also a sweet almost honey fruit smell that makes it all the more deliscious. a slight yeast bread smell is also present. I can barely notice the alcohol presence in this monster.

Taste: Big awesome hop flavor upfront, wit a tropical taste as it is mid way down and finishes a nice and crisp zest making for an amazing first sip. The fruit seems to be a mango-grapefruit mix with a hint of lemon or lime flavor in there as well. I have a hard time even tasting the alcohol in this big DIPA.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is wonderful, there are small bubbles rather than some other IPA's I have had in the past that are large and diminish the taste. It is medium bodied and crisp as it goes down.

Overall: I love this beer, I have officially jumped on board the hype train. I love the smell and taste, the 2 biggest aspects of beer to me and even though some people may become upset with me saying this but i could easily session this (read a six pack) and be good for the night.

Microbrewtaster, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting note bells hopslam

Aroma fresh cut hay, grapefruit, traces of honey

Appearance bright gold, crystal clear, fluffy white head thin ribbon like lace

Flavor follows the nose but stronger honey sweetness and grapefruit, very hoppy but not that bitter, alcohol well hidden

Mouthfeel/Drinkability smooth medium body, lightly carbonated.  10% huh? Could've fooled me.

Overall very nice beer, not going to convert me to ipas but will definetly drink a few more.

Fermenticusrex, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Gebrony
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Gebrony, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ZDePaolo
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ZDePaolo, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of daleyke
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

daleyke, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Slam has landed! 13-day old bottle.

12oz bottle in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: honeyed golden amber color. Bright, glowing, and beautiful. Pretty haze-free. Nice two-finger head from a rather vigorous pour that has receded to a thick ring and splotchy surface foam. The lacing is lacking.

Smell: Huge hops. Tropical fruit medley. Tart mango, starfruit, papaya. The malt presence is impressive, too (although, obviously not in the forefront). I get some honey and malt breadiness to bout with these mega green hops. Pretty noticeable alcohol smack in that nose, as well. I mean, we're talking 10% here. Alright, time to drink...

Taste: Big leafy hops with a tropical fruit twist. Some citrus. Picking up floral honey, lime, pineapple, and almost celery juice/green vegetable juice in the finish. My girlfriend tossed up that she tastes cucumber skin, and that ain't far off. Bitter on the tart side, but very bitter (and not astringent in any way). Clean and salty finish where the alcohol is uncovered a bit. Amazingly deceptive. Great malt sweetness underlying with a doughy breadth. More flavors uncover as it warms; some tangerine, some white pepper spiciness... this is one juicy IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Deceptive carbonation... it's not showing in the glass, but I can feel it scraping my tongue. This beer is slightly heavier than just medium-bodied. Somewhat sticky. I MUST add that this beer is ridiculously drinkable. That alcohol is really only prominent in the nose, at first. And then, once you've started drinking, you can't detect it anymore (uh-oh).

Overall: A few big pluses with this beer for the style: not overly sweet, no shortness of hop bitterness, not difficult to drink, superb aromatics. Great beer!

thecheapies, Jan 24, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,890 ratings.