Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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Ratings: 10,267
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,057
Gots: 1,571 | FT: 39
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 iadler
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A- Pours a dark translucent gold with a two finger head that dissipates into a nice cap, leaving a few lines of lacing behind.

S- Honey stands out, much more than I remember from previous years and in bottles. Fresh citrus and tropical fruits with notes of pineapple, orange marmalade, mango, grapefruit and some caramel malt.

T- Much sweeter than the nose suggests, with caramel, toffee and toasted bread drizzled with honey. Mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit and pine are present but are slightly overpowered by the malt sweetness.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a slightly chewy body. Finishes dry. The high abv is masked especially well on-tap.

O- A great DIPA for sure and one I try to have a bottle/glass of every year, but the sweetness is too much for my style preference to buy in larger quantities.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden to slightly amber color with a nice white head with good lacing

S-nice fruity scent with citrus and pineapple and yeasty malt with some floral overtones

T-great fruit and malt flavors up front with solid hop finish which lingers on the palate, honey does add a gentle sweetness to it

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol not overly forward

O-on tap for my first exposure to Hopslam and I must say that it lives up to the hype, awesome flavor and balance

Photo of jera1350
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Bulldog NE.

Served in a Bell's Tulip a glowing golden orange with a thick creamy head of beige foam that retains until the last sip.

Huge hoppy, fruity sweet goodness in a glass. Lots of hops, citrus and some pine on the nose. Honey sweetness.

Just like the nose. Big fruity hop flavor all the way through. Nice amount of bitterness that is kept in check by some honey and malt sweetness. Nectar of the gods!

Initially the feel was perfect. Halfway through the glass, the carbonation just disappeared. Maybe it was getting to the end of the cask, but it was still fine. Just not as good as when I started the glass.

Overall, this is my favorite beer of all time. I can't get enough of it and was glad to finally be able to try it on cask. I really wish this beer was made year-round. One can dream can't they?

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of RappAttack
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poors a clear golden color
S: hops hops and more hops, very piney, almost cannabis like(Dank!!!)
T: very piney and earthy hop flavor, nice bitter bite that all but completely eliminates any booseyness
M: crisp nice carbonation its a shame this come out during winter i could defiantly see this as a spring beer
O: a definite must try, the priceis a little steep by worth it in the end

Photo of jayfro70
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice clear color with a slight green tinge. To be expected with a beer as hoppy as this one claims to be.

S: The nose doesn't really smell as hoppy as I would expect with a beer called "hopslam." Relatively sweet with a little bit of bitterness.

T: The hoppiness is relatively tame. It's definitely there, but the sweetness of the honey definitely comes through. Not getting any booziness which is nice on the 10% abv.

M: Super smooth mouthfeel. Nothing unpleasant about this.

O: I really wanted to be able to say something bad about this beer after all the hype. I've been trying to get my hands on a bottle for 2 years, and finally managed to get a couple of 6-packs and a draft pour this year. While it may not be deservng of the price charged, it is definitely a delicious beer. And I can't judge the quality of beer by what the bars decide to charge for it. So, while I won't pay $20 for a 6er of beer every week, I'll definitely do whatever I can to get my hands on one of these when I can. Not to be missed. A very well balanced and well put together beer.

Serving type: bottle & draft

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rob315
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Pours a clear sunset orange, with a 2 finger white foamy head that leaves lacing clinging all over the glass, wonderful.

Smell: Huge juicy hop aroma, citrus,tropical fruits, pineapple, orange peel, sweet honey.

Taste: Hops dominate the pallet upfront followed by thick hop oils, honey and juicy fruits pulls through and sweeten up the hop assault. Hops linger for awhile in the after taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall: Amazing, not a total pallet destroyer like some DIPA's. Complex and well balanced, everything I want in a DIPA.

Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/29/11.

Pours a slightly opaque dark lemon yellow with a medium size fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving sticky resinous lacing along the side of the glass and a small cap of white foam.

Aromas are burst out of the glass highlighted by a citrus overload; clementine, lemon, grapefruit, blood orange, etc. After you get past the hops, and the beer warms, you can detect the sweet honey maltiness. I have encountered beers with a sweet honey bready maltiness, but this smells like honey which is quite pleasant and unique.

The tastes directly follow the nose but reverse like most DIPAs. The sweet honey and biscuity maltiness opens up and assaults the palate, but then immediately you are assaulted with grapefruit, blood orange and pineapple hop flavors. Lemony bitterness lingers on the palate for a decent amount of time after you sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is semi-sweet from the honey yet in the end the bitterness wins out.

Overall, for my first experience with HopSlam, I was quite pleased. The high ABV seeks up on you and is no where detectable, which makes it quite dangerous. I do have to say that I am slightly dissapointed overall. While this is a super beer, it is by no means my favorite DIPA, mainly because of its potency and lingering bitterness despite the ample sweet honey flavors. Definitely a great beer but I will take Heady Topper over this everyday of the week.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of heelsn02
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

scored a few 6ers at Sam's Quikie in Durham. $16.99 a 6er... not bad considering what others have been paying. Thanks to Sam's for not screwing their customers. Bottle date 1/9/12. one of the coolest looking beer labels out there. Poured into my Busy Bee Cafe tulip. sitting here about to watch the bobcats/76ers game tip on the boob tube. we'll prolly get killed. go bobs though.

Pours transparent orange/light amber color. 1 finger white/slight off white head. not much lacing, which I was surprised by

smells very citrusy. nose is grapefruit, orange zest. don't detect the smell of booze much at all

taste is... wow. massive hop overload. a bit of sweetness coming from the honey I suppose, bitter as all get out, very boozy (unlike the nose). powerful awesome stuff. good amount of carbonation, light/medium mouthfeel.

love this stuff. if you're a hophead, and lucky enough to actually find it, look past the pricetag and buy yourself a 6er. pretty decent buzzz off one freakin bottle. and bobs are already down 14-3. LOL. CHEERS!

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from a 12oz bottle my man jopl hooked up as an extra in our trade into a pint glass! Thanks man!

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 1.5 finger creamy white head with solid retention and great lacing.

S - Huge hop aroma in your face! Mostly citrus hop aroma but also a pleasant sweet almost fruity note as well. Very good.

T/M - A bouqet of flavors immediately. Citrus hops meets a gentle sweetness of malt character with the hint of fruit. Not overly bitter. I didn't notice much pine flavors. The middle of the beer is a nice blend of sweet malt (honey?) and bitterness. The beer finishes in a complex yet refined smooth finish. Medium to full with moderate carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable for such a big beer.

Overall, I was pleasantly suprised by the smooth nature of this beer. One of the better Doubles I've had. I wish they'd ship to Colorado! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-26-2011 00:07:44

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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