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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,493 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 9,493
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,758
Gots: 1,358 | 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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betsona

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 10oz tulip at Fiddler's Hearth.

A- Pours a clear honey color. Two inch head of egg-shell white that dissipates into a thin covering. Plenty of lacing on the glass throughout the drink. Little visible carbonation.

S- Floral and citrus hops dominate with a piney hop that is harder to pick up. Hints of honey come through nicely. No smell of alcohol. Smells refreshing.

T- Wonderful. Grapefruit punch accompanied by lemony tastes. Smooth honey finish that distinguishes Hopslam from other DIPAs. It is smooth throughout with enough bitterness to be pleasant, but not enough to dominate the taste profile.

M- Not much carbonation to a medium body. Seems thicker at times when I have had it in bottle.

D- I look forward to Hopslam every year and don't mind the price. Nice perk to living near Kzoo is Bell's addition of Hopslam during the summer. I drink multiple snifters when given a chance and rarely grow tired of it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 21:49:46 | More by betsona
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outside of a handful of beers, such as PtE and Dark Lord, there are few beers that are as hyped as Hopslam. Though good, I just feel like it isn't deserving of the devotion this beer inspires. This is coming from someone that had friends drive 2 hours to a distributor to buy cases and a mini-keg from a distributor (I live in PA). I think that the beer has a very nice hoppy aroma, but is it better than most good, fresh DIPA (probably not). There are smells of wildflower meadow, spruce resin, grapefruit rind, and sweet orange. The beer is definitely hoppy, but the flavor doesn't jump out at me as the best I've ever had. The honey definitely is present in the flavor, but it has a bit of an artificial McDonald's "honey" tanginess. The beer is too thin with too much alcohol (probably from the added honey) that is definitely present on the tongue that contributes to the perceived bitterness of the beer. The beer is tasty and finishing 1 or 2 is not a problem. But you'll definitely suffer palate fatigue after about half a glass from the alcohol and hops and then you won't really know what you're tasting afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:55:27 | More by Soonami
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CMB2012

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle packaged on January 11th, 2001. Poured into a 16oz stemless snifter.

A- Pours a mostly clear copper orange with small particles of sediment swirling around. One and a half finger white cap, very creamy, and dissipates pretty quick. Some lacing and a top coat of foam stick around for the show, especially when given a little agitation.

S- Citrus and pine, some fruity esters, bubble gum and some alcohol.

T- Bitter from start to finish. The variety of hops and the texture of the beer make the taste come out piney more so than citrusy in the end. I am reminded of freshly mown grass. Sweet and sticky up front, dry in the end. The astringency is close to too much, but acceptable.

M- The mouth is medium to medium-full bodied and starts out fairly juicy before the carbonation kicks in and tickles the taste buds, continuing down the throat. The carbonation is on the heavy side and when mixed with the bitter aspect of the hops leans towards distaste.

I certainly do not dislike this beer, and I would enjoy sharing another six pack with someone. However, the balance is a little off for me. I think a bit more malt would do this beer some good. If there were some way and someone willing to cask this beer I would be excited beyond belief!

If you can find it and afford it, buy it. Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 22:50:19 | More by CMB2012
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CampbellKe11

Ohio

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

Absolutely loved this beer. One of my favorites. Nice color, had a great smell to it, taste was excellent, especially given the alcohol content. Very smooth with a clean finish. Picked up a very discrete honey flavor which helped the smoothness, as well as the citrus. Drinkability is dangerously good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 16:37:01 | More by CampbellKe11
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Destral

Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing a side by side of Pliny and Hopslam tonight. The Hopslam is batch 10094, but I'm basing most of my review off notes from a month ago when I first got the sixer.

Appearance:
My Hopslam has a nice gold appearance, with a bit of orange, and a bit of cloudiness. Decent white head lingers throughout and has above average lacing.

Smell:
I get a lot of citrus hops, grapefruit, and orange. One thing I get that's fairly unique to Hopslam is the sweet honey notes.

Taste:
I get a bunch of grapefruit and orange up front. There is a lot of sweetness and honey as well. There is a mild resin bitterness on the finish but overall this feels very balanced. Not as aggressively bitter as a west coast beer, but I love the way the honey and malt balances it out.

Mouthfeel:
Hopslam doesn't mess around. The beer feels as big as the 10% on the label. Its full bodies, sticky sweet, has lingering bitterness, and really coats my mouth.

Drinkability:
One of my favorite parts of this beer is also one of the only things I can fault it for. The addition of honey really gives this a unique flavor profile, but the added alcohol percentage and the heavier mouthfeel makes this one slightly harder to be sessionable. I love the beer overall, but I would have to limit myself to probably 2 bottles in a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 09:56:23 | More by Destral
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a fairly thin white head that did leave very nice lacing behind.

Aroma has a good amount of orange to it with a little grapefruit. Some malty richness with just a little sweetness. This was a pretty fresh bottle, but the aroma, while nice, doesn't hold up to some of the other legendary DIPAs.

Taste is more powerfully hoppy. A lot of grapefruit, a little orange, some piney resins. Great hop flavor! Just enough malt for balance -- but still nicely malty with some melonoidin complexity.

Mouthfeel is perfect for a DIPA -- not too syrupy/thick, not too thin. Well carbonated, too. Overall, this is a very good DIPA, just not the most exceptional example I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:58:13 | More by mklinger
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sis and bro for this growler!!! Poured at fridge temp. into a pint glass.

A. Nice golden, slightly hazy body with a 1.5 inch fluffy off white head.Decent lacing and good carbonation.

S. Citrus hops and pine tons of passion fruit,mango, peach lots of pineapple awsome!

T. Citrus bite then moves to pineapple! I'm getting peach, mango maybe some banana. Carbonation cleans the pallet for a nice bitter after taste. I detect a slight bit of alchohol in the end also.

M. Nice medium heavy feel that coats the mouth nicely.

D. Really good considering the ABV but this will hit you like sledgehammer as my sister found out last night! This is one of the best DIPA's I have had to date, A must try!

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 01:46:15 | More by Marty30
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Johnnyfacelift

New York

4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you pour this beer you don't perceive the magic it holds because it has a very light copper/yellow color that does not look like a ten percent brew. Head is also light but enough to display the beautiful aroma to follow.

When you take the first sniff you realize you have something special here. Grapefruit and orange notes jump from the glass with a hint of peach and pear. Sweet!

The taste is amazing! Everything you get in the aroma with a nice bitterness that emulates that of a white grapefruit; coats the back of your throat without dominating your entire pallet.

Again, the 10% brew does not have the mouth feel of one. It is light in body without the common "syrup" like feel of a beer with this amount of alcohol. Smooth and drinkable!

You could have many of these because they are so light and fruity. They would be terrific on a summer day... just keep your head on straight, it may sneak up and slam you down.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:10:44 | More by Johnnyfacelift
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 Liter mini-keg. Served in Imperial Pint glass.

The wife said the minikeg was taking up too much room. So I decoded to have a few friends over to watch the Oscars. Printed up the nominee list and made some wagers... And, more importantly, finally cracked my minikeg!

Pale orange in color-- somewhere between dark gold and showing slight hints of copper. Off-white head of 3 sudsy fingers leaves nice thick streaky chunks and ringlets of lace behind.

Smells like Hopslam still-- grapefruit and pineapple! Little malt... Some orangey notes. Huge citrus hops. Me likey.

Taste is great. Just enough malt backbone to act as a solid delivery vessel for a mad hop attack. Some light sweetness early, but huge citrus hops towards the back lingering bitterness at the finish! Man is this good.

Body is pretty full. Strong assertive carbonation helps the beer feel prickly and punchy. Very nice. A light resin and oil feel after the swallow, but it is tasteful and well integrated.

I could drink this all day.... I guess it's cool I have a minikeg! I'm going back for more right now!
Lots of people say this beer fades too fast- while it is true that it fades, I've enjoyed many a Hopslam through July! The trick is to tuck them at the back of the fridge (the regular cold fridge!) where the temp is around 34-36 degrees. They stay out of the light back there too.
Cheers!

Serving type: can

02-27-2011 23:44:47 | More by AleWatcher
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henryd30

Iowa

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

A: Amber-orange, with a thinner than expected head (1/3 thumb). Nice active carbonation. Light lacing from thin head.

S: Wow! Simply outstanding citrus / grapefruit heavy aroma. Could smell it all day.

T: Robust hops out of the gates, a little expected bitterness and then some balancing malty sweetness. Overall very good, might have expected more after smelling.

M: Smoother and more viscous than some other DIPA's, pretty good carbonation activity on the tongue.

Overall: Great beer - will definitely always seek out. Still have a couple left from the sixer, but understand that with a bottling date of Jan 5, and a drink date of Feb 26, it wasn't at it's freshest. Will try a fresher one next year and review again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 16:05:01 | More by henryd30
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OzarkElmo

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

FEB 23, 2011

Batch 10101 (Jan. 4th, 2011) Thanks to my nephew Nic! This is not easy, but have to say this is the best beer I've enjoyed the past three years. It gets my highest rating to date (surpassing Orval and FFF's Alpha King). Aroma? You bet - simply awesome. The taste is second to none, with the good bitter finish. THAT is what puts this beer over the top - so many IPAs/DIPAs may lean to the sweet side - not this brew. Perfection. A classic beer that I am so glad to have two bottles of. So wonderful I am saving the 2nd for tomorrow night - PROST!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 14:13:35 | More by OzarkElmo
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hophead5353

Florida

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

Hop slam is my personal fav beer. I wish Bell's would produce this beer year round! The color was golden honey. With a i finger head. taste wise this beer was a home run.. OR slam DUNK!! It has a nice hoppy flavor but was exceptionally balanced by citrus and honey flavor. My palate picked up on orange and grapefruit flavors. I can not say enough about this brew I was lucky to find 2 six packs here in florida this beer sells out in a day!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 00:54:16 | More by hophead5353
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask during Flying Saucer Raleigh's 11th anniversary, served in a tulip glass a slightly hazy orange with a thin diminishing head that lasts as a ring. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops with a bit of pine and caramel. The taste is a nice amount of citrus hops, sweet malts and slight pine and caramel, nice and complex. The beer is very smooth and easy drinking from the cask conditioning. This is an excellent example of what an IPA should be on cask!

Serving type: cask

02-27-2011 00:18:31 | More by atsprings
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biggied

California

4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright copper color, half finger white head appears and slowly dissipates down to a ring, pretty nice lacing

S- Smell is like a pine tree just like a DIPA should, a nice bouquet of hops and sweet honey, nice citrus, lemon and grapefruit, surprisingly I'm getting pineapple as well, sweet.

T- It's called hopslam for a reason, you get a big kick in the mouth from the hops, the sweetness of the honey mixed in with the citrus is a nice middle buffer between the initial hops and the ending hops, at times i find the hops to be well balanced and at other times it seems a little overbearing, not sure whats up with that

M- medium body, silky smooth, slightly high carbonation, i wish it would coat my palate a bit more but it is solid nonetheless

D- Drinkability is there with the alcohol being masked by the huge hops

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:34:41 | More by biggied
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ronniebruner

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a great beer! Obviously, you will first encounter a sweetened hop taste, which is definitely ok! The beer itself is a beautiful creamy orange color, with minimal head and carbonation. The aroma too is ladened with a hops feel as it should be and is smooth going down. This beer is outstanding. The only downside to this beer is that its $20 for a 6 pack, but if there is any beer worth it, it would be Hopslam! If you have not tried it, you are missing out!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 20:19:35 | More by ronniebruner
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

The bar poured a lovely clear orange glass of this for me, served with a bare minimum of foam. Some white bubbles and a sticky lacing.

This is one of the most aromatic beers I can think of. So freshly hoppy! Citrics are the dominant force here, with a minty herbal backdrop. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple.

This might even "pop" more from the tap than the bottle. Definitely an experience. The caramel malt sweetness is an afterthought to this onslaught of fresh American C-hops. Up front it's firm enough to support the bitterness, and the finish tastes of those Danish cookies with the rock sugar on top.

Hops abound: very zesty and full-bodied, definitely not one-dimensional but keeping a good focus on "bright citric hopping". As mentioned, a slightly minty herbal-earth note toward the tail end. Body is full but well-attenuated, and the carbonation is low enough to promote a smooth mouthfeel without completely giving into bitterness.

Pretty fantastic if you ask me. Seek out this tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 05:21:04 | More by BretSikkink
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dnolan36

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was lucky that the beer buyer at a local store called me to let me know he was holding a 6-pack of it for me. I was excited to try it for the first time. However, I wish the hype on this beer was not so high as I do not think it completely lived up to my expectations.

When I opened it I poured it into my Bell's Tulip. It was a nice golden honey color in my glass with a decent fluffy head.

It had a very strong citrus note up front followed by a strong pine scent. The aroma was decent.

The citrus taste was very strong followed by a heavy malt character as well. It was very bitter up front with a smooth finish.

Overall I am glad I tried it. However, in the future I may not hunt it down like I did this time. It is a decent IIPA but by far not may favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:40:27 | More by dnolan36
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from the notes Jan 24 2011

12oz via the Foodery, No Lib, Phila, PA.

Wow. Wow. This is unique.

a-It looks like a glass of honey. viscosity shows; it's thick looking. very deep brown-gold. a head like a root beer float that maintains itself almost throughout the glass.

s-aggressive hop aroma. aggressive. it smells most deeply of pine cones wrapped in flowers. deep, deep hop-induced phenol scent. intensity. hop-o-rama. i imagine extreme DIPAs to smell like this.

t/m-hop milkshake. this is a hop milkshake. it's thick, creamy, and milky. it's actually hop-milky. the honey is very present and off-sets the bitterness that all these hop varietals would produce. it's brilliant. the texture and consistency are unique. the honey aids the piney, syrupy earthiness and accentuates its presence. it's lusciously thick and rich. But the HOP SWEETNESS!

d-i could have another, but the flavor and the consistency are intense and a lot to palate for another or a session. one is plenty. it's so thick and sweet; it's like a dessert beer. i'd like some olive oil ice cream with this.

if i don't have this ever again, i will be sad, but i'd be ok with it, too, as it has such a unique grasp on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:40:40 | More by patm1986
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GoGriz

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a sam perfect pint thanks to hayesez!

My first Hopslam and happy to try it. Pours a nice semi-translucent dark gold. Head is billowy and sticks around for a short time. Good lacing around the rim of the glass. The nose falls short for me; not bad by any means but nothing out of the ordinary. Good sweet, sugary pine but soft. Not overbearing. Taste is really nice but not as bracingly hoppy as the label states. In fact it is softer than I could've imagined but that could be due to freshness. The bitterness hits the side of the tongue for a moment but then leaves quickly. Not much sting afterward. There is a nice balance to this beer between malt and hop but I'd love more intense hop. Still good though. Mouthfeel is great. Fairly viscous but with good carbonation and makes me want another taste. I dunno how many of these I could drink as the alcohol is present and the mouthfeel, while great, could get taxing. But I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:40:56 | More by GoGriz
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jhimstedt

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to LukeM23 for sharing

A - nice pale gold with nice white fluffy head with pretty decent retention.

S - huge citrus hops, little pine and earth hiding behind, stone fruit and hints of chardonnay

T - big citrus hops, little spice, the honey was rather slight until it warmed. could have been more bitter but nice lingering full hop flavor. alcohol was very well hidden

M - too thick for me. wasn't cloying with residual sugar but could have been a little thinner and drier for me.

D - if it was thinner i could drink way too many of these. could still drink quite a few if super cold.

Highly recommend at least giving it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:25:14 | More by jhimstedt
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Brewbro000

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start this review by saying this beer is awesome. I have already burned through a 6 pack of this recently and just got another one as a trade extra (thanks DannyKelly) and decided to get around to reviewing it.
Pours a golden yellow with amazing clarity and a crisp white head. My FW pint glass is happy to contain it. Head recedes after a few minutes into a ring that leaves mild lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer smells incredible, citrus fruits, pineapple are up front and do a great job representing the hops with a mild hop sweetness coming though at the end of each whif. Upon tasting this beer i expected it to be boozy for how light it is but instead you get a blast of hop flavor and a much needed malty backbone to hold the beer together, completely masking the alcohol. This beer is light and crisp, something you don't see with many Double IPA's. Where this beer lacks hop bitterness (what can i say i'm a Portland hophead) it makes up for in hip aroma and profile. I could drink this beer all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 22:31:03 | More by Brewbro000
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CooperEllis

New York

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was had in a side-by-side today w/ Pliny the Elder.
Hopslam bottled 1/4/11
Pliny bottled 12/28/10

So this is as close as I'm going to get for freshness purposes. Just the Hopslam review is here and the Pliny review was from a different tasting. Hopslam was tasted and reviewed before trying the Pliny today.

Thanks to Sonoma01 and heyesez for the chance to do this!

Out of the bottle, very light amber. Feathering out to almost sunlight when the glass is tipped. Minimal head, quickly gone leaving a nice layer of lacing.

The aroma is more mild than I was expecting. But it is there, if faintly, and this is a bit of ruby red grapfruit. There are scant floral notes and a little malt as well.

There is a very strong booze note right up front. Damn, that is a bit strong. This is also a very dry finishing double. So much of this flavor is masked by the booze initially, but the follow-up is citrus pith, a lot of light floral and a bit of bitter. EDIT: after reading the batch description at Bell's I will attest to not tasting honey in this, but if that is what they're attributing to the overall balance, then it certainly did it's job.

Exceptionally light on the palate, well carbed, and a touch of bitter finish that is still crisp.

The upfront booze alerts you to the alcohol, but my goodness this is a easy easy brew to drink.

(105th)

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 20:20:21 | More by CooperEllis
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websherpa

Montana

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks ChadQuest for the bottles.

So I had Pliny earlier this week and I have to say these beers are very similar. They had the same grapefruit/pineapple hop profile. They both made a beer with few or no flaws. Both drink incredibly clean, and are quite refreshing despite their size.

Hopslam differs in that it is slightly more sweet and sticky no doubt from the honey. It also finishes a little quieter, which is a little disappointing. All in all this beer is a winner, and deserves the praise it gets.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 19:50:44 | More by websherpa
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myatomicpolygon

New York

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 10127 packaged on January 11, 2011

Appearance- a clear light amber gold color similar to clove honey with several fingers of billowing creamy off white head and lots of nice bubbles of various sizes that leave considerable lacing

Smell- mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and floral perfume-like hop aromas with sweet earthy honey and malt undertones...faint alcohol presence as it warms

Taste- several waves of taste beginning with the sweetness from the malts. honey, and floral hops...to the counteracting balance of tropical and grapefruit hop bitterness...with a touch of alcohol...and a nice long bitter finish

Mouthfeel- big oily mouthfeel that coats my lips, medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- very high...it is very smooth and the 10% ABV is easily masked...only faint alchohol as it warms...just too hard to get in NYC

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:58:13 | More by myatomicpolygon
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Miketwolf21

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color and a generous head was exposed for such a high gravity beer. The honey comes right through with the sweetness that perfectly blends with probably the most grapefruity hop profile of them all. There is also some nice freshly cut rose notes to it. The aroma reminds that this is for hop heads, but in my opinion its more of a gateway drug for them. Its easy to drink due to the sweetness and only medium body which is due to the use of honey.
The taste is as expected. I wish there was a little more going on with the hop, malt interaction. Its too well calculated. The alcohol blends perfectly with the hop profile making it indistinguishable at a casual taste. The flavor of grapefruit and well hops are accented by a taste of lemon vodka. But the citrus fruits steal the show and the game is over. The finish is somewhat clean for the level of IBUs. There is some lasting bitterness that is a little unpolished.
The sweetness and the hops are too much to have more than a couple. The mouthfeel is nice though.
I like beer that is more multidimensional.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:28:33 | More by Miketwolf21
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,493 ratings.