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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,501
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,761
Gots: 1,360 | FT: 43
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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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Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden orange with decent carbonation and little to no head regardless of how I pour it. Laces well though.

S- Hop-damn.. Probably one of the nicest smelling DIPA's out there. It doesn't have the piercing bitterness to the nose that some do or potency if you will, but it does have a nice crisp hop aroma. The honey is great as well. It smells balanced somehow even with the heavy load of hops.

T- For the most part, pine comes out on top from the beginning. The honey seems to come out a little after the initial hop flavor even though I found that it subsided after a little bit. There's a ton of hop flavor to be found, but the honey seems to balance it all out. It's only after about 1/3-1/2 of the bottle before the hops really seem to take hold of the aftertaste. The honey is strong enough to provide balance, but strangely it never really takes the lead or falls behind. It blends pretty seamlessly. Sadly, I think the balance made me less of a fan of it. That being said, it still tastes like a superb DIPA.

M- On the full side. It's getting to the point where it's getting heavier and syrupy. If I hadn't had many DIPA's before, I'd almost think that the honey thickened it like this, but it's fairly common for brews of this ABV. The carbonation is spot on and works well for the drink, keeping the full body balanced. It has a slightly dry, slightly sticky finish.

D- Stupidly drinkable. I can really understand how people can go through cases so fast. I've heard that some people say they can taste "heat" in this from the alcohol, and I find the thought of this as boozy to be ridiculous. Perhaps there's a consistency issue. All in all, this is one of the easiest DIPA's to drink I've come across. The balance and smoothness to it all means that it could disappear quite fast. I can understand the hype, but I don't know whether I would go for a drive just to pick this up again. All in all another solid brew from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:55:42 | More by BBP
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4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served to me in a tulip straight out of the cask at Patton Alley Pub in Springfield, MO on 1/20/11

A: Similar to the bottle - a nice golden orange color, fairly clear but a little hazy. There wasn't much head to speak of but it was a busy night and I think it had more to do with the pour than the beer.

S: The piney and grapefruit notes are ever present - providing all the great smell I get when pouring from a bottle. The sweetness of the honey came through a lot more both in the smell and taste out of the cask.

T: If you think Hopslam out of the bottle is amazing, never miss an opportunity to have it out of a cask. The hops are still there but the honey is spot on perfect. It's much more present from the beginning of the taste all the way to the end. The beer is just a little sweeter all the way through and I loved it.

M: It doesn't fail to disappoint in this category either. The honey lends its sweetness well. It is INCREDIBLY smooth. A normal Hopslam has just enough astringency from the alcohol and hops to leave you feeling a bit dry at the end of the taste... from the cask its smooth seas all the way through.

D: In a packed bar with people lined out the door to get a glass... I managed to snag 3 (and had a Two-Hearted on tap while waiting for the cask to get tapped, just for good measure). It was good.

Serving type: cask

01-27-2011 21:18:15 | More by walteez
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3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettel in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Vintage: 2011
Drunk immediately after a Jan 2011 Pliny the Elder.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium off-white head with good retention. Medium carbonation evident. Color is a tawny orange, but more gamboge when held to the light. Head slowly recedes to a film and leaves some immediate lacing. A thin wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Really good looking brew.

SMELL: Milder nose on this one as well, but a nice one. Pale malts, with lots of citrus notes. Some pineapple, honeydew melon, and a slight grapefruit note. Light floral hops as well, but mostly very fruity. A hoppy creation for sure, but not as big as hoped.

TASTE: Some pale malts and a touch of honey or toffee at the front, along side some toasted malt and spicy notes. Citrus hops, some floral hops as well, and a good dose of alcohol at the finish. Big, bold and lingering aftertaste is full of floral and citrus hops, bitterness, and some spicy alcohol notes as well. From sweet, to bitter and boozy. Enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation, and lighter on the palate. Creamy on the palate, though not overly smooth. Goes down fine with a bit of heat on the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Pretty nice feel, though it is a little boozy for the style.

OVERALL: A solid DIPA with a somewhat unique profile. Hoppy and bitter enough, but also quite a strong alcohol presence that also gives it a spicy quality. Glad to have had the chance to try it, and enjoyed it quite a bit, but don't think this would be something I'd look forward to every year. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance, but not something I'd go on the hunt for.

Final Comparison: Both Hopslam and Pliny the Elder were decent brews. They both looked fantastic and were enjoyable in their own way. They were very different from each other as well. Hopslam was more balanced with a stronger malt presence, as well as a bigger alcohol punch, while Pliny was a straight up pine bomb. In the end, if I had to choose one, I think I'd chose Pliny, but there are others in the style I'd have first.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 19:54:04 | More by Jeffo
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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried for the first time last night with a friend with similar beer tastes as myself. Figured id buy into all of the so called "hype" and try it out and im very glad i did! Out of the bottle it is a very clear tan straw color with a full head that slithers down to a thin line that leaves ample lacing down the glass, nothing too outstanding here, very common for this type of beer. This is where it gets exciting, this beer smells phonomenal! Catty whiffs mixed with tropical fruit and fresh cut grass that can be smelled from across the room. Now on to the taste portion of our trip. Fresh cut grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit makes your mouth water for more! Very crisp and refreshing, slight sweetness from the honey is found but malts are pushed back and hops take the stage. 10% is lost in traslation of bitterness, leaving the drinker to sip not because of its boozy nature but because it is so hopped up. Great beer well worth the "hype"!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 18:04:37 | More by jfrank85
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Golden w/ a thick head when poured. Lacing on the glass was apparent following consumption.

Smell: Citris (Grapefruit - amazing) and honey.

Taste: Grapefruit, hops, malts and honey.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, sticky in a sense.

Drinkability: Very smooth for a D-IPA. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:01:54 | More by NickHerrmann
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh Hopslam, how I love you...

Appearance- Pours a brilliant liquid gold color. Bubbles struggle to get to the top of this seemingly viscous brew to feed a creamy, tight, and persistent bone white head that laces beautifully.

Aroma- BRIGHT hops front and center with loads of zesty grapefruit, overripe pineapple, and a touch of light grassiness. Floral, candy-like sweetness with tickles of soft malt round out the mouthwatering nose.

Flavor- Honey-like sweetness has a delightful pillow fight with pungent, resinous hops all over the mouth. Similar to aroma at the start, but with more intense and pungent, almost grassy hop flavors into the middle. Viscous, resinous hop oils coat the mouth and a moderately strong bitterness creeps in from the back to the front of the tongue. Finishes sticky with resinous hops and a touch of sweet, biscuity maltiness. Intense, but in the best of ways.

Mouthfeel- Instantly feels bigger than it looks and the warming strength also reminds you that you are drinking a deceivingly strong beer. Medium bodied, but feels bigger with the hop resins coating every inch of my mouth. Just enough malt balance to keep it from being offensively hoppy. Feels like I just chewed on a fresh hop cone, right off the bine.

Overall- Incredible beer that really captures the flavor and aroma of bright, citrusy, fruity hops. The name is in no way misleading! The only thing misleading about this beer is its drinkability (for a 10% beer)! Its a hard 6 pack price to swallow, but it is damn worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:03:39 | More by dudemuskie
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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

aggressive pour into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden color with a thick off white head. Sticky lacing to the side of the glass.

Smells: Pine, citris, grassy, grapefruit, bready malts, and honey.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pinapples, and buttermilk biscuits with honey! Great balance between malts and hops. Mild bitterness with lots of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Slicky, creamy, and sticky. Dry and resinous hop oil finish.

Drinkability: Great DIPA! This beer is Bells poster child and represents the Michigan brewery well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 03:29:30 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden copper colored with an everlasting white head. Lingering with tons of crusty lacing. Very appealing.

S - Sweet malts and a slightly muted citrusy/piney hop aroma. But clean and the aroma is balanced more between the malts and hops; I was expecting this to be an all-out hop bomb.

F/M - Sweet malts, lightly bready with a big citrusy hop flavor. Moderately strong bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Light alcohol flavor is a little perfume-like. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering sweet malty flavor with a touch of citrus.

D - This is a great, flavorful, easy drinking beer, but I was a little underwhelmed. I was expecting this to be a much more hop-forward beer, but it was a little weak compared to what I was expecting. Still a great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:06:37 | More by domtronzero
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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011 batch) poured into a tulip glass. Dark orange, mostly clear with just a slight amount of haze. Initial half a finger of large bubble white colored head dissipated to the surface of the beer, leaving a bit of lacing. No carbonation visible from the edge of the glass, though a little swirling forces some carbonation to move up before settling into nothing.

Nose is sweet citrus (tangerine and grapefruit), tropical fruit (mango and passion fruit), a bit of dank hops. Balanced by some bready malts.

Taking a sip, citrus and dank wet pine hops hits pretty hard initially, but fades into sweet fruits and biscuit, finishing with a bit of alcohol warmth. A light lingering hops bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Very little carbonation that barely tickles the tongue contributes to a slick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste and its warmth, reminding me to take it slow with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:02:03 | More by nataku00
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

My first Hopslam experience. I'm sure Hopslam has been overhyped a touch, but I'm looking forward to drinking and reviewing this beer.

Beer pours a brilliant, but hazy dark golden amber with a very thin white head that did not recede to much lacing. The aroma is incredibly hoppy. It's piney and resinous, there is almost a locker room type of mustiness to it which actually smells really, really good.

The taste is aggressively hoppy, but not overly bitter. The hops are well balanced by the malt and I think the touch of honey the beer is brewed with. I love the piney, citrusy taste. It's smooth and delicious without being overpowering. It might be the best tasting and most balanced "hop bomb" I've ever had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the light level of carbonation works really well. The drinkability is incredible. The alcohol is hidden so well, it makes Hopslam a very dangerous (and very delicious) beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:00:49 | More by pburland23
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's 2011 Hopslam from a bottle. Poured into glass gave a good amount of fine cell head that dissipated medium fast. Leaves clear head residue on glass. Thin white foam remains after.

Rich amber appearance, light with plenty of fine cloud that does not look heavy. Fine sediment from fresh hops on bottom of bottle that can go into glass.

Smells richly of hops - American varieties - grapefruit, citrus, some floral, banana. Not overpowering but pleasant to the nose.

Tastes of slight malt, full body. Fresh hops are evident, again American varieties but it is all bitter and balanced.

Mouthfeel is full and not thin. Aftertaste is bitter but overly so.

Very drinkable beer but I don't believe one would want to do so to extreme with this high ABV. It goes down smoothly. One would want to just absorb the full aroma of this beer. Bell's did a great job with this one. I hope there is enough for a while before the supply runs out for the year.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:29:18 | More by MinnesotaRIS
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New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared via trade from coryking. Thanks again Cory! Poured into a tulip.

A - beautiful golden-amber color with a nice amount of white head on top.

S - hops, hops and more hops, but with a sweetness up front that is quite pleasing. I'm guessing that's the honey.

T - just as the smell indicated but with less sweetness as expected. I guess that shouldn't come as a surprise though considering the freshness and 10% abv. Really pleasant nonetheless.

M - definitely a palate blaster but I suspect it will mellow out after the temp rises a few degrees.

D - the hops and ABV are definitely extreme, but I could easily put done a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:20:08 | More by GabrielM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that I have recently wanted to try because of all of the buzz around it. I poured it into a glass and the color looked great with a small head.

I thoroughly enjoyed the beer and thought that it lived up to the hype. I noticed the high alcohol content and bitterness right away on the pallet but quickly faded left a great after taste.

Though it is on the pricey side its worth the splurge on a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:17:22 | More by Dan3279
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pnkred for this baby.

Poured a nice golden yellow. Good bit of head rises up, pillowly white with a solid fingers of head. Lacing is good while cold, but as it warms, lacing dissipates.

Smell is dominated by a pine hop profile. A nice honey sweet backing gives some balance, but this is all about the hops.

This one assualts your palate like none other. A strong, unforgiving DIPA. Piney hops from beginning to end. You get a nice sweet honey flavor in the foreflavor, and tries to follow through. The hop assault is only over after you get a return of hops from your gut. This baby bites hard.

A nice, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is super well hidden.

A great DIPA, and perhaps overhyped. Yet, it is quite good when fresh and well worth searching high and low.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:34:59 | More by Cheesemoose
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance is a hazy, golden with a bright white two finger head that lasts.

Aroma is goddamn heavenly, just ridiculous amounts of piney, resinous hops.

Taste is huge, juicy hops up front, hops in the middle, and bitter hops on the finish. This isn't called malt slam. But there is enough there to just stop this beer from going over the edge, and it definitely isn't unbalanced, as insane as that might sound.

Mouthfeel is full, good carbonation.

Drinkability is amazing for a 10% abv beer.

Just a damn treat, glad I was able to trade for some, and I pray to god that Bell's decides Maine is worthy of distribution.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:21:42 | More by gtn80
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4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: citrus hops, sweetness, hint of grapefruit

Ap: golden-orange with a 1 fingher white head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, well-balanced, smooth

Af: citrus hops and malty sweetness, the taste does not stick around very long

O: hopped up/sweeter version of Bell's Two Hearted.


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:20:14 | More by THECPJ
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3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bottle dated Jan. 4 2011, poured in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a light copper or honey color, with a slight hazy clarity. The head was creamy and off-white with 2 fingers. Strong aroma of crisp grapefruits in this, with a huge hop presence.

Taste follows the grapefruits that were in the aroma. Very bitter and strong with a boozy heft on the tail end. Tasted like a big carbonated grapefruit juice. I didn't taste the honey or any malts.

Mouthfeel was creamy and moderately carbonated, with a strong bitter aftertaste. I can appreciate what they've done in this beer but the massive bitter grapefruit taste and smell just really aren't too appealing to me. I'm glad to have tried this celebrated beer, but would not seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:14:26 | More by sommersb
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bell's tulip glass.

A-Pours bright amber color with a one finger head. Nothing really out of the ordinary for the style.

S-This beer has one of the most pleasant aromas that i have smelt in a long time. The grapefruit smell of the hops hits you right off the bat with small notes of pine.

T-The taste definitely follows the nose and opens up with a tropical fruity bouquet of hop flavor that seems to be dominated by notes of grapefruit and pineapple. That is balance with a light sweetness from the malts and honey. Leaves a slightly bitter alcohol aftertaste that you would expect a DIPA of this strength to leave.

M-Thin silky mouthfeel with a mild amount of carbonation that adds a subtle sharpness.

D-Pretty drinkable beer considering the 10% ABV. My palate says yes while my brain and body say slow down.

With as much hype as it received and how difficult it was to obtain it i was fully expecting to be let down, but surprise when i really enjoyed it. It's definitely a first class DIPA, however a bit overhyped (due to the ridiculous lack of supply). That being said i will still probably get up early and wait in line next year just to get me a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:37:14 | More by Wolfpack2005
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 5l mini keg into my glass. A huge thanks to dmunroe for this delicious elixir.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange with a huge three finger off white creamy head. Head retention is very good and sticks to the side of the glass all the way down.

S - Lots of aroma when pouring from the mini keg. In the glass lots of tropical citrus hops combined with the malt and honey to give this beer a nice balance.

T - Taste is tropical and fruity, grapefruit, mango and orange rind and starts with a bitter hop bite. Balanced by the honey and malt sweetness. The move from bitter to sweet is sublime. Some slight alcohol detection, but thats good and lets you know its there.

M - This is a delightfully smooth and creamy DIPA. Medium bodied with an exceptionally smooth finish. Nice carbonation when poured from the mini keg. Not overly sticky and dry like some DIPAs can be.

D - This is no doubt a highly drinkable beer. If not for the slight alcohol detection one could get in trouble with this one. Exceptional balance and it hides its high abv well. Will trade for this one every year no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 23:33:17 | More by kk73
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my first review for BA so i figured I'd start with one of my favorites.

appearance: nothing extremely unique that would separate it from others within the style. looks damn good though.

smell: open a bottle and walk 5 feet away. you can still smell the beer. this is good thing.

taste: tropical fruit, mango, papaya, citrus, cream. all to the tenth power.

mouthfeel: carbonated skim-milk. not too thick but still very creamy. moderate carbonation provides essential texture.

drinkability: too drinkable. i feel the alcohol after the first sip but i keep drinking. this is a good thing.

i really cant say enough about this brew. i used to be a pretty big beer-nerd but other interests have proven to prevail and i've scaled back my obsession somewhat over the past years. that said, hopslam will always be a pedestal beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 21:39:00 | More by pkarlisc
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4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy, sunburnt orange with a fingers worth of head that rolls down the edges with each swirl. The nose brings a tropical hop jungle to your senses. Sweet fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot are noted the most. The hop combination is blended so well that I'm now squirming, ready to take my first sip. The taste follows the nose like a shadow. Sweet fruits are awesomely blended together to create a mouthwatering taste that leaves just enough bitter "crisp" at the end. This brew is very well balanced and has a very well hidden ABV. HopSlam is truly the nectar of the gods!! I wish I could drink it all day long!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 18:21:30 | More by ChugginOil
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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with a slight haze. Pillowy white head which takes forever to fade. A nice sticky lace coats the glass as I drink.

S - Loads of hops, as the name implies. Most are citrusy with an emphasis on graipfruit. I also get some tropical fruit aromas, maybe a little pineapple. Just a rich beer to smell overall, the malts even come out quite a bit. A touch of honey is notable. Ot's one of those beers that I just want to keep smelling.

T - I really don't know what to say here. This beer just has me baffled. I am normally not a BIG fan of the DIPA style and this one had me scared, but I really love this beer. It is not too bitter at all. The hops are huge in this one, but they're very fruity and have been wonderfully blended in the crafting of this ale. Additionally, the balance of this beer makes for a super tasty treat. It's sweet and malty and VERY hoppy and remarkably refreshing and delicious at 10% (which is well masked). I'm still curious as to why this is a winter release... I could dig having a couple of these during warmer weather.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing. Sure it's a tad bitter, but it doesn't leave all of that in the mouth. Feels almost like an IPA. Take it for what it's worth.

D - This is one of those that you have to watch. If you plan on having multiple Hopslams in succession, you'll start feeling silly in a hurry. Very drinkable as a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 06:28:45 | More by Bonis
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3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 3rd BA Review!

L - Brilliant golden, transparent beer flows freely into my Southern Tier tulip. Capped by a three-finger foam head from the hard pour, with plenty of sticky, thick lacing that holds its form throughout the drinking experience, this beer could not look better. Just gorgeous!

S - Mostly light pine, sharp floral notes, and orange blossom honey. Undertones are a nice mix of lemon, sweet tropical fruits, cut grass, spearmint, and light malts. A bit of alcohol is perceptible.

T - This really is a damn tasty DIPA. Uber-balanced with plenty of depth and character to keep the mind working. Sweet light malts start with floral and pine hops, a subtle hint of grapefruit rind, orange blossom honey, a hint of sweet tropical fruit, and then a long, sharp, piney hop finish. I'd rate this a 4.5 if not for the alcohol coming through a bit too much.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation that starts medium and finishes thin and a bit dry, upping the drinkability factor.

D - I could knock these back all day if not for a bit too much alcohol in the taste that also affects the feel. The 10% ABV also lowers this score.

Overall, one of the best DIPAs out there, primarily because it is so balanced - there is a lot to like and little not to like. No wonder people grab this while they can upon its yearly release, and I suspect that if it were made year-round, this would be a go-to DIPA for many BAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 06:01:33 | More by BucketBoy
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden with a reasonable head. Smells strongly of citrus hops, grape fruit and a bit of booze. Hop forward. Really strong taste of hoppy, citrus and grapefruit. Balanced relatively nicely with a bit of honey sweetness. Medium mouth and carb. Very drinkable, despite the lingering hop bitterness. 10%? Where?

Drinkability bumped when enjoyed in the back room before standing up in a friends wedding out of the minikeg. Beer drinkers who were not craft beer drinkers were enjoying it - and we walked out reeking of hops :). Never heard of a dipa going over that well with the bmc crowd, yet still being hoppy and enjoyable with the BA crowd.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:57:41 | More by seeswo
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3.05/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

REVIEW FROM 01-26-2011 05:16:58
I last reviewed this in May of 2009, but later found that it was almost a half a year after bottling, so I attributed my high rDev to faded hops. I just didn't understand how everyone sweated this beer. Don't get me wrong, I love Bells, just didn't understand the Hopslam. Well I thank Dee from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA for graciously hooking me up with a fresh 12oz bottle from the 2011 bottling. I'm tasting this one fresh and pouring into a large snifter to review.

Yields a small quarter inch head after a somewhat aggressive pour. The head dissipates quickly leaving little retention. Cloudy golden orange in color. Good lacing.

First smell impression: sweet, hoppy and balanced.
Lots of hops with some grapefruit and pine, but these are held up with some hefty hops as well. Hinting towards an east coaster, but this one is a no-coaster! Honey sweetness also detected.

Taste is quite sweet with lots of balanced hoppy flavor. I do detect a bit of the booze from this 10% DIPA monster. I'm getting an almost off flavor of rubbing alcohol as well. Not so sure about this one, certainly overrated.

Medium body with good levels of carbonation. Long balanced hoppy and honey sweet finish.

I don't think the hops fade as quickly or noticeably as PtE for example. I also don't think it is fair to the best DIPAs to put this in the same discussion. They nailed it with their Two Hearted, but I'm in the minority to say they missed it with the Hopslam.

REVIEW FROM 05-20-2009 02:31:19
Paid $14.99 for a six pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. I'm reviewing on the last bottle of the second six pack I've drank in the last couple months, so I am rather familiar with this brew. My bottle has the numbers 8907 on it. I pour into a snifter.

Light, fizzy, off-white head of about a half inch after a fairly aggressive pour which dissipates very quickly. Cloudy deep orange/brown in color with some transparency. OK lacing.

Strong, boozy, hoppy, sweet and malty all at once. Sweetness of honey with a strong malt backbone and a healthy dose of somewhat subdued hops.

Sweet honey, light malts and resinous, oily hops dominate the mouth. Nothing is used lightly in this beer. As described on the back of the bottle; "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale."

The mouth is thick and moderately creamy. Resinous oils from the hops lead to a long, long finish. Full bodied and very lightly carbonated. Goes down pretty smooth.

My main complaints are the lack of a real distinguishable hop character. The hops are overly balanced with sweet honey malt and the alcohol could be better contained. A good beer, but not at the top of its class which I am in the minority in saying. To me this would be a malt lover's DIPA of choice. At first I thought I did not have a fresh batch, but after purchasing a different pack from a different store that tasted similar, I ixnayed that idea. Ah well, to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:16:58 | More by ibbjamin
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,501 ratings.