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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,985
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,936
Gots: 1,512 | FT: 41
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 Jdmpolk
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden resin yellow. A half finger of try white foam tops it and then dissipated.

S- a tropical glass of citrus, mango, panama, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet and sharply bitter.

T- grapefruit from the hops is most dominsnt, but a hint of pineapple is discernible. The tail end of the brew has ings of evergreen pine and a pleasant bitterness.

M- dry and sweet on the front end, syrupy and juicy on the back end. Almost like biting into a ripe piece of grit.

D- there is no question that this beer is about the hops, and it delivers. Not in a crushing bitter way, but in an amazingly aproachable balanced way that showcase the many flavors of hops.

Jdmpolk, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of b3shine
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. This beer is top-notch, although the hop-lover in me sheds a silent tear every time I enjoy one (and enjoy them I do), because the top-tier hops combination is slightly masked by the honey, which detracts ever so slightly from what makes me appreciate the best double ipa's. Nevertheless, its drinkability is outstanding for an imperial, and I truly enjoy what is becoming Bell's most sought-after beer on the market.

b3shine, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My cousin, Uhrhan was able to get his hands on a case and split it with me. Thanks! Had my first Hopslam and first Abrasive today! Lucky me.

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into my Schlafly snifter.

A - Orange, hazy, white 1-finger head that dissipates to a small cap that remains. Lots of lacing and stickiness to the side of the glass.

S - Fruity, grapefruit, pine, grass, floral, honey. I get it all. Yum.

T & M - Very similar to the smell. Get a lot of the honey up front, some hops bitterness kicks in and finishes smooth. Medium, chewy body. Alcohol is not present at all - pretty nice for a 10% ABV.

Overall - a great beer and well worth the wait. I thought it was very similar to Abrasive, but fell a little short of PTE.

StLThrash, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10126.

A: Pours a pleasant honey gold with a foamy, tan head with good retntion and very good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, honey, grass, and a peppery aroma. Complex and inviting.

T: The honey is intense up front. Floral and fruity flavors follow and then the bite of the earthy hops. The hops lingers but isn't out of balance or control. An alcohol taste lingers at the back end at times that seems a bit out of balance as compared to other top tier craft brews.

M: Full bodied with the honey seemingly thickening this brew. Creamy, almost chewy at times. Dryness and an alcohol bite come in after the smooth, creamy honey.

O: I was looking forward to trying this based on all the hype it receives on BA, and I wasn't let down. The presence of the honey doesn't make this a particularly drinkable beer for me because my palate doesn't enjoy beers with much sweetness. But the complexity, uniqueness, and execution of the style is undeniable. A great beer.

tito42, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of KingPuuChuu
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All 5's.

I know, I know, it's rare, but this is wonderful.

Pours a beautiful gold into a Sam Adams Better Beer glass. Aroma is floral, almost sweet, but not too sweet. Another sniff brings out some pine, maybe some grapefruit, some honey.

First sip is great. It doesn't bite, like expected, but comes off a little sweet. It's sweet, a little floral, not bitter at all.

The alcohol level (10%) is nonexistent. This is a consistently smooth beer, but at the same time, you know what you're drinking, so you don't get stupid drinking a ton of it.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's slightly bubbly, not too much, and it leaves the mouth slightly dry.

This beer is beautiful. The price though, it's steep. $20 a 6 pack is pretty outrageous. If you can, grab a bottle, and savor.

KingPuuChuu, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of dafizzif
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 10126

A: A deep, rusty gold with white head. Decent lacing down the glass. May be my glass, but there is the slightest hint of green (or maybe it is just me?)
S: Amazing! Honey and citrus had a beautiful collision in my nose.
T: Very hoppy, but not overly bitter. Vary good balance of hops and honey (which one can definitely taste). Absolutely no booziness at all, which is very surprising considering the 10% abv. Great flavor stays in mouth a long time.
M: Good amount of carbonation. Feels nice in the mouth. Pretty smooth as well, but not exceptionally so.
O: Great brew that I would love to have again and again if only I could get my hands on it. So far, in my limited beer Odyssey, this is the best beer I have ever had.

dafizzif, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ncbeermonger
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers!

I first fell in love with this seasonal delight 4 years ago, and love looking for it around the first of every year.

The appearance is beautiful, a dirty golden

The smell of hops, and honey take over as the beer nears your mouth

The taste of Honey, and the hops its more powerful than the 10% ABV taste, and is one of the many reasons I love this beer

Grab one up any time you see one!

ncbeermonger, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of andrecrompton
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine smuggled be a bottle from PA and the results were great. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Very smooth finish. Full body. I assume the honey used in the wort reduced the hoppy bite finish. Exceptional taste. Great beer. Best IPA I have had.

andrecrompton, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of broodog
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Batch 10126 Bottled 1/18/11

A: A fantastic pour. Golden color with 1 finger of white, foamy head. Poured into a Bell's tulip

S: Fresh honey, piney, resiny hops. Fills the olfactory glands with glee

T: Sweet honey, pine hops and a bit of malt to balance it all. Finish sticks around and makes you happy

M: Heavy, but not really. Pulls you both ways. For 10% ABV, deception is the name of the game.

O: 2 months later, the hop fade is a lark. This is as good as the hopslam I drank on Jan 31st. Fantastic beer

broodog, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a golden hue in the pine class, There isn't a lot of head to this one and the foam that does show, only sticks around for a few seconds. Very clear and almost transparent.

Smell - I get a whole hop smell with some honey/Citrus sweetness to it. Its smells spectacular.

Taste - OMG!! So smooth in the mouth feel. I get some hops but no bitterness, followed by a well balanced attack from the sweetness of the honey and citrus fruit. It ends with a little more hop flavor but once again no bitterness at all. this bad boy rides down the throat with ease. It begs to be swallowed the minute it hits your lips. OUTF***STANDING!!!

I think this was best described by a hop head friend of mine that said "it goes down so smooth that you don't realize it till its gone." Very well spoken Mike Lee!

badboyrsl84, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle pour into a small glass twice.

A- a good finger or so of super light tan off white somewhere in between tight head that holds and holds. After a good long time the cap settles but not without leaving behind a epic amount of chunky sticky lace and a sick ring. On the more copper orange side of color with a nice glow to it.

S- lots of citrus hoppy goodness with grapefruit and orange taking the lead. There's some floral honey sweetness mixed in that intermingles with the hops amazingly.

T- hop forward with the grapefruit and orange again there a light touch of conifers but its still very citrusy. Malts do come in but even with this level of abv the malts never over power the hops. Honey shows its head as it should but it only adds to the complexity of the whole not an addition of sweetness. Floral and fresh. Long bitter sweet finish.

M- on the fuller side of medium with a bit of slickness to it. Less on the carb but it works well with the brew.

O- all I'm all this brew is amazing. I know its not the freshest it can be but its still a wonderful brew. I will try to get some fresher stuff next year and will revisit my review.

oglmcdgl, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I was prompted for overall vice drinkability I would have to say overall this is exceptional but definitely boy a session beer. Thanks to Sully for the export. Pours adecent golden with mild head and nice lacing. Smell is a great obey citrus mess. Taste is like the name. Plenty citrus grapefruitvwith a sweet honey feel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not syrupy like a 90 min.

jhtipton, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of masstransplant
2.65/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-Clear, pale orange with a thin head

S-Aside from the hops, which was not overwhelming, some pine, citrus and ginger. Very nice, however the pine reminded me of a christmas candle. As the beer warmed the smell grew more intense and more pleasant. I spent a long 30 minutes finishing the last half of the glass, mostly because I enjoyed the aroma.

T- Sweet at first, and sweet in the end, but with strong, bitter hops in between. Finished with some notes of orange peel. Very tasty.

M-Decent carbonation; smooth finish

D-A great beer to linger over....I look forward to drinking this as the weather warms as I think it will be very refreshing.

Overall an excellent Imperial IPA. Not my favorite Bells offering but I will drink this again and recommend it to friends.

Edited after finishing the 6 pack...I looked less and less forward to each beer in this 6-pack, anticipating the ever-present Yankee Candle Christmas Pine-Tree aroma. As I compared it with other beers in my fridge, I found it the least appealing and by beer number 5, was looking forward to saying goodbye. I've at least learned to appreciate good balance in a beer and will probably not favor too many of the high-hops choices that are out there. No more Hopslam for me.

masstransplant, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Stoutfield
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review

Batch 10196 (bottled 2/8/11) poured into a Troeg's Mad Elf tulip.

Appearance: Agressive pour yields a tremendous head. Rich golden color. Slight haze, but very translucent. Lacing is evident but fades quickly; however, spots of foam are present throughout.

Smell: I would like to extract this scent and have it surgically implanted into my nostrils. All kidding aside, one of the best scents that I've ever smelled. Floral, citrus, grapefruit hops abound. Can pick up some slight honey and malt. To smell this beer and not take a sip would be hellascious torture.

Taste: Perfectly balanced. Bitterness of hops is offset by the abundant honey presence. Hoppy up front, sweetness in the middle, both in the back. Slight bitter aftertaste. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, coats the tongue. Slightly astringent.

Drinkability: Dangerous!

Overall: I love this beer. Both a hophead's dream, and a great entry into the world of imperial IPA's. If you see it, drink it.

Stoutfield, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pale amber with 1 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves rings of foamy lacing.

S-Lots of honey and piney hops. A light biscuity malt presence.

T/M-The honey sweetness is well integrated, and plays nicely against the hop bitterness. Alternately piney and bitter hoppiness with a light biscuity/sweet malt character and an earthy honey sweetness in the finish. I wouldn't have ever guessed this was 10%ABV.

O-This is good stuff. One of the more balanced DIPAs, and the addition of honey is a welcome change of pace. Very good.

DaveHS, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of HOMEPL8
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Feeling like a copy cat, but I love this beer...I got to have a few bottles and several draft pours this season. Can't say enough about how much I enjoy drinking this beer.

A- Pours a nice copper amber with a a thin finger head. Some lacing, doesn't linger long.

S- A big sweet bang, followed by strong citrus flavors. Piny and floral notes in the nose.

T- Mild Bitterness into sweetness. Starts on the tongue with a mild bitterness that quickly aided by honey that complement one another well. The 10% is hiden...it's there, but mild.

M- Medium bodied. Mildly bitter and crisp.

O- Great...period (or three periods)

HOMEPL8, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of SteveGNC
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I probably can't add anything useful to what has already been written about this outstanding beer, but here goes. Pours a beautiful golden color with nice head and great lacing on the glass. The aroma is exceptional- very fruity, notes of peaches and of course hops. The taste is unbelievable. Without a doubt the most well balanced double IPA there is. Just the right amount of sweetness to offset the bitterness of the hops. I know this is an overly hyped beer, but in this case the accolades are true. If (god forbid) I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would undoubtedly be my choice.

SteveGNC, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich golden in appearance, with nice white foam. Superb lacing.

Aroma is breathtaking...floral, grapefruit citrus, a little pine. Absolutely appealing.

Flavor is sweet but with a sustained hop sharpness. Maybe the honey is the balance? Pine, sweet grapefruit, and really very enjoyable.

The high ABV is concealed well, too. This is a superior IPA, and one I'll definitely re-experience again.

secondtooth, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this from the ABC Tavern in Cleveland Ohio last week. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter glass.

A- Pours a nice copper amber with a a thin finger head that quickly fades.

S- A big sweet bang, followed by strong citrus flavors. Piny and grapefruit flavors dominate this sweet scent that i just cant get enough of.

T- Bitter/sweet. Starts on the tongue with a strong bitterness that quickly aided by the sweet sugary honey that melds to the two well. Citrusy hops and sweet malts with a small touch of that 10 percent abv shining through on the end.

M- Medium bodied. Very bitter and crisp.

D- This beer is a great DIPA that doesn't dominate in the boozy category. Highly drinkable, i can dig it!

gabedivision, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of arkurzynski
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with soap-sud foam. Aroma packs a punch - some piney hops but mostly grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness that sticks. Some caramel sweetness just peeking through at the end. Most excellent. Not better than Dreadnaught, but about equal in overall impact. Just a bit different.

arkurzynski, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of danielsonc
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review

Appearance: a light amber color with a relatively good head on top after a pour

Smell: definitely get the aroma of both strong hops with a bit of subtle sweetness to it

Taste: At first it doesn't seem like a typical strong punch of hops taste I was expecting, but after a couple of seconds that rush comes. You get progression from light, subtly sweet to a bash of hops taste

Drinkability: With an 10% ABV it doesn't pack a huge alcohol punch and is relatively drinkable.

Overall: for an IPA is great. I'm not one who really prefers an extremely hoppy beer, or maybe one thats just hops and nothing else. This beer has a nice equilibrium to it, honey and hops, sweet and bitter.

danielsonc, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of tehchunk
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Bell's tulip glass. Gorgeous, off-white 1 finger head rests on top of a very clean, semi-transparent copper body with plenty of bubbles arising from the abyss to keep the head nice & pillowy. Great head retention & lacing throughout.

S - Piney, outdoorsy with pleasant notes of citrus, grapefruit and a faint sweetness. Not as aromatic as some other IPAs I've had.

T - Taste definitely compliments the smell very well. A lot of the same flavors but much more powerful. Pine & citrus that finishes with a smooth, sweet bitterness that leaves the palette waiting for the next sip. Not too much alcohol presence, just enough to remind you that it's 10%.

M - Mouthfeel is on the medium side for a double IPA. Sticky & almost oily but is accompanied nicely by the bite of the citrus.

D - Big fan of this brew. For a double IPA that rings in at 10%, you can't really go wrong with this one. Not highly drinkable but definitely good for a couple of bottles in one session.

tehchunk, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Tumbler.

Pours a clear light orange with one finger of head.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, and sweet honey.

Taste is bitter hops and grapefruit at first that mellow out very smoothly into a nice sweet malty backbone. Very very good.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky. It coats the mouth and tongue, leaving behind some bitterness and sweetness.

Drinkability is great. This is one of the best beers I've had, and hands down the best DIPA out there. Pick this one up if you ever see it.

VMWhelan, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Arnolds's Carry out for pulling some strings to get this one.
batch number 10196
Pours a sleek honey orange, that almost shines. Finger length khaki color head. very nice retention. that should be expected with the higher abv.
Smell of sweet hops. grapefruit, honey, and light floralness to it. overall smells sweet and citrusy.
taste of pineapple and citrus fruits. the bitterness is present but masked well with all the warmth of the alcohol. slight malty and stickyness to this. the overall sweetness takes over in the beginning and the bitterness takes charge towards the end.
mouthfeel is a sticky almost oily presence. the grapefruit taste makes this a little tart which kind of pokes and prods at the palate. overall enjoyable just a little sticky.
as being called hopSLAM and claiming its a "tongue bruiser" is a little far fetched for what they were going for. but being as sweet as it is, makes this for an enjoyable and drinkable Imperial.

IIKaRuII, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from second batch release poured into a white wine glass. Nice cloudy copper color with frothy white head and lots of lacing. It just looks luscious and commanding of respect.

Hopslam emits lots of citrus notes, some pear (like the canned pears we ate as kids), and some almost rosemary notes. This beer has a ton to smell and is quite potent.

My wife says it screams of grapefruit and tropical floral notes and I agree on the overall citrus/floral in the taste. The bitterness is very pleasant unlike some of the other heavily hopped beers on the market. The alcohol is warming in the throat as you would expect. Funny as it is, I burped and got a lot of pineyness haha.

The mouthfeel is slightly resiny and nicely carbonated. The bitterness on the tongue and back of throat is expected.

This beer is to savor not to drink so I cant say its highly drinkable as in consumable but as far as coming back to this beer, if only it was always available....

phiberoptik, Mar 14, 2011
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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