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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,538 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,538
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,778
Gots: 1,370 | 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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Gorgoroth

Michigan

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

Minikeg, hot off the presses, shared with BA mermatinger and several other dudes. From notes taken on 01/14/11.

Presentation: The HopSlam artwork is cool; the particular green color used looks badass on the minikeg. ABV and a short description of the beer are also present as on the bottles.

Appearance: Poured rather vigorously from the minikeg into my 24oz oversize snifter, it is a deep honey/amber color with an immense, eggshell white, foamy head. It is dense with great retention and beautiful lacing. Light, floaty carbonation bubbles rise and the three-fingerwidth head gently begins to settle to a soapy foam.

Smell: Hoppy (obviously), grassy, citrusy, with a bit of honey and malt as well.

Taste: Citrusy, zesty hops over the palate with a nice, malty undercurrent and a touch of honey in the finish. Perfectly balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, sweet, coating, and bitter; a harsh, glowing bitterness lingers on the back of the palate from the resinous hops.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: The beer is superbly drinkable. You'd never be able to tell it yields a 10% ABV from its smooth mouthfeel and ease of drinking. While it is very hoppy, it is not overwhelmingly hoppy like some other fresh IPAs or Imperial IPAs, which often renders those beers much less drinkable. In fact, it's not the hoppiest beer I've ever had, but it is certainly very hoppy in its own right. The important thing is that the powerful zest of the hops is balanced extremely well with notes from the malts and honey used. I highly recommend the experience of sharing a minikeg with a few friends, but I also had a bottle the day after this review and it was also great. Obviously.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:44:59 | More by Gorgoroth
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10093 - FRE$H

Appearance -- Pours a gently hazed honey hue with a slim and sudsy white head. Surprisingly little lacing.

Smell -- Lots of juicy citrus, pine resin, and leafy hops. Gentle honey and marmalade sweetness underlying the massive hop presence.

Taste -- Again, lots of bright and juicy citrus, along with apricot, nectarine, pine resin, and leafy vegetal bitterness. Malt backbone of honey and orange marmalade. Slightly sweet, but still well in balance.

Mouthfeel -- Body is just north of water with moderate carbonation. Very easy-drinking.

Drinkability -- I really do love this beer. While I still prefer Pliny and, even more so, the FFF IIPA's, This ranks up there. However, I must learn to not become too attached as the sixer I purchased will likely be the only one I will see until next year. Thanks, Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:34:04 | More by yeahnatenelson
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally bit the bullet and made the long drive into Pennsylvania on a day off to see what all the fuss was about.

Poured this into a pint glass. The head disappeared quickly. It has a nice, light orange, hazy appearance. Good lord, I've never had a beer that smelled as powerful as this one! The smell of citrusy grapefruit and pine stayed throughout the entire experience until the bitter (no pun intended) end. The taste was not quite as impressive as the smell, but it follows the nose. Absolutely delicious! Have to watch that 10% ABV, but another one won't kill me.

Worth the hype and the trip. Glad I have 23 left.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:27:56 | More by DrStiffington
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Pours a three finger cream light brown head off the pour into a pint glass. Very good retention off the pour and very foamy. Some faint cloudiness but not much, with a nice golden dark brown color body. This is a decent looking beer.

Smell is a big but enjoyable surprise. It's all aromatic hops, but extremely grassy, like a fresh cut lawn. Big inhales really bring this out and you get almost a chlorophyll buzz going. Honey doesn't come out first on the nose until after you taste it.

Taste is a big surprise. Sweet front but not syrupy, of honey first, then a giant hop play in the mouth, with a bit of a tangerine finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry, with a rooftop palate dryness. The honey addition to this really balances out the bitterness and distinctly improves the beer. Feels carbonated to some extent but it isn't as if something is playing in your mouth with tingles or gas. I think if it didn't have the honey this would not be as good. Also the ABV on this for 10% is well hidden and you can't even notice it.

A well done tasting beer that doesn't taste like a gimmick or a stunt. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 18:08:50 | More by smakawhat
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz -bottle - Batch # 10101

Poured a crisp clear golden with orange hues , two finger head that held it's retention for most of the drink ,great lacing, decent carbonation - this is a good looking DIPA

Smell - Grapefruit upfront with hops and citrus.

Taste - Sweet mother of Gawd this is a good DIPA - The hops jump right out of the glass and tackle your taste buds ,followed by the semi sweet bitter of the hops, Grapefruit in the balance w/ mild hints of honey.

Drinkabilty - this is a very drinkable beer and considering it is 10% abv makes it more so - This is a DIPA that is wonderfully blended and balanced, the flavors work together and nothing seems out of place - Believe the hype it's that good .

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 17:58:14 | More by InebriatedJoker
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beerhan

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a mini-keg between three of us. Just from turning the little knob at the top you can just smell the sweet nectar from far away.

It was a real treat to have this. Incredible carbonation, nice one inch head that left my glass nice and sticky with a lot of remnants of the foam. It smells like hummingbird feeder food. Just this sweet nectar mixed with the fruit aisle at the grocery store. Tastes incredibly grapefruity and kind of piney. The honey is not that noticeable but it is there. I feel the other flavors really outshine it. Aftertaste is a subtle bitter slam of hops. Hopslam has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel and it just goes down so smooth. One of the most drinkable high abv beers ever. We each had at least 4 and change and could definitely feel the alcohol but it does not get to be a burden. Mini-keg is the best way to have hopslam ever.

Serving type: can

01-17-2011 17:12:11 | More by beerhan
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cetherid

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

A.

A clear gold colored beer. About 1 fingers worth of fluffy eggshell colored head. Nothing really exciting but the head does leave a nice lacing.

S.

A beautiful aroma. A large amount of citrus (grapefruit, orange, perhaps a little pineapple too). The hops smell very fresh out of a bottle, just like Pliny does. Perhaps a slight pine aroma but this is definitely citrus dominate.

T.

A very unique taste to this beer. I was expecting a huge amount of hops all the way through for this being a DIPA. Up front I get the bitterness which was expected, then a lot of sweetness (obviously the honey) from the middle to the end. I taste a lot of pine and malts in this beer, nothing like the aroma. If there is any citrus in the taste, it's more like the rind of a citrus fruit. A very sweet DIPA, more than I prefer, but still a good tasting beer.

M.

about medium bodied with perfect carbonation. A slightly sticky/resiny aftertaste in this beer.

D.

Pretty decent drinkablilty. This does not feel like 10% abv at all. It's dangerously drinkable in that respect. It's a pretty hyped up beer and surprisingly, easy to get in my area currently. A little pricey, but I'm definitely glad I got 2 sixers of this. A great beer, but honestly, I'd take dreadnaught, sculpin, or a pliny over this.

I must admit that I like dreadnaught on tap more than this however it's much butter than dreadnaught out of the bottle. (maybe I've just never had a freshly bottled Dreadnaught). I'd love to try this beer on tap and will definitely seek this out. It may make me like it more than dreadnaught.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 05:57:43 | More by cetherid
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #200! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep golden color with about a finger of white foam, that drops fairly quickly to some spotty foam and nice lacing.

Aromas of big grapefruit hops, citrusy, a little grassy, and a hint of honey.

First sip is of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, bitter, slightly sweet, a little vegetal. Long, bitter and grapefruit finish that goes on and on.

Mouthfeel is big, sticky, chewy, with a bracing, puckering bitterness.

This is a sipper, but you might enjoy more than one over the course of a long night. But your not going to pound 'em.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:02:55 | More by JamnesCameron
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dmfrench

Indiana

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

A sweet, creamy, citrusy, balanced, supremely drinkable DIPA

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A: Sunny añejo tequila body with streams of fine particulate descending against slow rising carbonation bubbles, topped with a very persistent two finger cotton white head that regenerates with every sip and that lends a fair amount of lacing.

S: Wonderfully potent citrus hops... very biting, yet it's much deeper than that... there are several hops varieties at play, amarillo and cascade for sure, and a bit of sweetness (the honey?) can be found lurking underneath.

T: For a beer whose bitterness is so strongly stated on the packaging, I taste his brew as actually quite sweet. I can't say that I taste honey specifically, but there is definitely a big, sweet, creamy foundation underneath the heavy hopping. Speaking of the hops, it's all there from the nose... grapefruit, drying pine... quite a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is also tremendously well disguised... Id' swear I was drinking 6%, when the reality is 10%. All in all, a large, seamless continuum from sweet to bitter.

M: As big as this beer is, Bell's has managed to keep the body on the light side, which I really admire. Carbonation is also perfect, and really drives the flavors into the palate.

D: As drinkable as possible for the style... dangerously so.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:16:34 | More by dmfrench
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I cellared a bottle of the 2010 vintage that I opened at the same time. Note that my review and score is based on the 2011 vintage. More below*

2011: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Clean amber in color, like the tail end of a sunset. The head was pretty impressive up front, with an easy 1.5 finger retention. Sticky lacing coated the glass.

S: Easily one of the most inviting noses of any beer I've had the pleasure to consume from a bottle. Citrus through and through - complex notes of toasty, fresh hops and just peeled grapefruit.

T: Hops! Bitter, smoky hop oil immediately attacks the palate and assaults the buds. A hot sauce type of tingling follows, as if eating a raw hop pellet.

M: Nice carbonation, though I could have done with a slightly creamier presentation. Rich and weighty in the mouth and on the tounge.

D: I can't sit here and say I'd have more then one or two in a sitting, as is quite a big beer that deserves to be sipped and enjoyed over time. I let mine open up over a few hours and didn't feel the need for a second.

Overall: I really do look forward to this beer, and it again lived up to my expectations. It is certainly worth seeking out, though I do honestly believe I've had DIPA's that are just as good if not (possibly) better.

DRINK IT FRESH - see below

2010: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Exceedingly cloudy and murky. Not what I was expecting in the slightest. The head certainly died a bit quicker then the 2011, and the lacing was sticky, but not as abundant.

S: By far the biggest difference between the two vintages. Orange soda and honey. Zero hops. If blindfolded, I might say it had the essence of a Canadian Ice wine.

T: Certainly maltier. The honey really comes out. Reasonable hints of hops considering it's a year old, but nowhere near the level of the 2011.

M: Oddly thick. I can tell it has lost some of it's carbonation over the last 365, though it is certainly not what I would call flat.

D: Slightly above average. To be honest, this came off like a mediorce Belgian style Tripel as it warmed. Now I love a good tripel, but this wouldn't be considered one of them.

Overall: I'm really glad I kept this one around for a year to compare. I have been looking forward to this for a while and now know first hand that HopSlam, without question and regardless of storage conditions, is a beverage best served fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:02:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Golden with a slight amount of haze, small white head which shrinks quickly, and good lacing

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, and honey --> floral hops and a little orange

T - Orange peel, pine and floral hops --> juicy, fresh grapefruit, smooth caramel --> bitter citrus hops and sweet honey

M - Decent carb, thick mouthfeel for an IPA, and pretty sticky

D - A sipper of a DIPA, but more than one is probably doable given time.

This is a tasty beer and much different (and better) fresh vs. aged. Although there is a hop barrage no doubt, the malts hold their own, and keep this from being as bitter as it could be. For me, that negatively impacts the drinkability and mouthfeel. That having been said, this tastes great and is definitely worth an annual purchase, if only of a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:12:44 | More by klikger
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Barleythenred

Indiana

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

Wow what a drink. I never thought I would want a beer all the time until that is hopslam. i wish i could fall asleep with it and wake up to it. Even with its high gravity there is no alcohol flavor to it. I want this recipe to brew for myself and never look back so when in the off seasons i can grab me one and feel great again and not just disappointed that i have to stock up on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:20:46 | More by Barleythenred
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts out as an undeniably great looking beer: crystal-clear gold with a thick pillow of foam that looks like you could rest your head on it and take a nap. Great lacing is created as the foam patiently settles.

Pine, onion and garlic take the lead on the nose. Floral and citrus peel are there as well with a bit of honey and flan bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle with vigorous carbonation for the style.

If you're looking for a pure hop bomb, look no further. Grass, pine and onion launch a sucker punch to your taste buds, with just a bit of honey in the background. A deep, prolonged bitterness (fueled in part by some of the alcohol emerging) finishes with some floral flavors finally surfacing once the initial hop assault fades. There is no hint of discipline or malt backbone which is what diminishes this beer in my eyes. I prefer DIPAs that have complexity on both the hop and malt side of the ledger (such as Dorado, Abrasive and Dreadnaught). I love hops as much as the next guy, and this is well worth a try if you believe in hops uber alles. Just don't expect some of the subtle depth you'll receive in others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:03:51 | More by chicagobeerriot
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davesway10

Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch number 10101, brewed on January 4th, Consumed on January 16th. This is far and away the best DIPA iv'e ever had. I wish I had the palate to describe all the taste sensations and subtleties of this beer but I don't so I won't even try. It is however outstanding. Never was a huge fan of the IPA's but i think maybe this one will get me back in the game. awesome, awesome brew. This puts a new premium on securing some fresh pliny.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 18:51:43 | More by davesway10
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bubbaoyster

Virginia

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

Beautiful golden color with a nice head and carbonation. Notes of hops all over the place with a complex body in the middle. The great thing about this beer is you can get a great hop experience without the bitterness and dryness of the hops at the end. The honey in this brew compliments the hops in a nice way.

I'm not sure I've had a beer like this!

Almost a West Coast IPA ( think Green Flash ) but with a smoothness imparted by malt/honey.

This is an exceptional beer. For my money Bells is one of the premier breweries in America.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 14:51:48 | More by bubbaoyster
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bballmj2k

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 Batch

Not as hoppy - maybe tastes and experiences with some great DIPAs over the past year have affected me.

Dominated by citrus but not as much honey or as smooth as I recall. Reminds me more of Maharaja - sticky, boozy and heavy

Still good but not earth shattering like my first time.

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2011 Batch

Nothing like first taste of HopSlam for the first review...

Growler filled at the ridiculously awesome Greenville Beer Exchange in South Carolina.

Gorgeous, golden honey color, streams of carbonation continuously coming off the bottom of the glass. Minimal head and lacing.

Sweet, indescribably fresh hoppy smell. Hints of citrus and honey, blend so well together.

First impression is an awesome hoppy "hit you in the mouth" feeling. Can't compare it to any other beer I've had. Malty sweetness takes over as the beer moves towards the back of the tongue, akin to DFH 90 minute but so much better....

Mouthfeel is moderate. Honestly this can be a bit overwhelming. The hoppiness can overwhelm (or maybe a Growler was too much), as can the sweetness if too much is consumed. Perfect degree of carbonation but the heaviness of the flavor profile can wear you down.

Scary drinkable. In no way feels like a 10% beer until you've had 3... Split the growler with a couple buds and easily could've had 2 more.

Was concerned the hype wouldn't match the beer but it sure did. Picked up a couple 6-packs and don't see them lasting very long. FIND THIS BEER!

Serving type: growler

01-16-2011 06:54:34 | More by bballmj2k
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(1/16/2011)

HopSlam is a bright, beautiful golden color with great clearness and good lacing. The smell was super citrus insane grapefruit tropical hops. The taste follows with a bit touch of diacetyl. But the diacetyl really complements the citrus and grapefruit hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but really light for a 10% beer, probably dried out by the honey. Also frighteningly drinkable. Where the hell did the rest of it go.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

(1/16/2012)

Over the course of the year it seems my palate has changed quite a bit. While the appearance and aroma are the same and I enjoy them a lot, I tend to prefer a drier IIPA, and I think the 10%ABV hinders that light, dry mouthfeel. That is not to say that it is thick or heavy, just not as light as I would like. The flavor, while very citrusy and tropical with nice hints of grapefruit and perhaps pineapple, seems a bit dull instead of the sharp, crisp hops I like best. Still a world class beer that I like a lot, just not the same high grade.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:41:34 | More by Agold
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

A: Poured an orange, peach, pink(?) color, with a nice finger or so cloud white head that stayed afloat throughout the session. There was a mild murkiness under closer inspection.

S: Fruity, floral, and tons of citrus (orange, grapefruit.... the usual cast of characters). I didn't get much honey on the nose, but I definitely detected sweetness. Maybe some honey will slam my palate.

T: Definitely honey now... of the raw variety. In the middle of the taste profile, I got a bit of peach (ala Sculpin). The booze heated up as I got into the session, but it didn't bother me at all. About the hops...ahhh... they "slammed" my palate as the name of the brew suggests. However, for my tastes, the honey washed over it pretty well, creating kind of a "fruit o' honey" type of treat. Of course it's not balanced... but who wants that anyway?

M: A tad syrupy, but that is what honey is all about. The carbonation was fine, and the lacing was moderate. I got booze, but it was of the candy-coated variety.

D: There are very few non-ageable beers that I would be will to pay over $20 for. This is one of them. BELIEVE THE HYPE!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:39:32 | More by Chaney
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GorillaJake

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass with nucleation etching.

A: Very nice dark golden color. The pour left a nice 3/4" head that had a bit of staying power as well as some nice lacing grabing at the glass.

S: I could smeel the piney hops as soon as I popped the cap on the bottle. After the pour it was an amazing aroma or citrus and pine hops.

T: Nice pop of the floral hops right off with the citrus coming right behind. Jus the right amount of sweetness added from the honey to temper the finish. The malt is very subdued but supported by the honey. A little bit of dry grapefruit in the finish, but very pleasant.

M: Very light on th epalate without an overwhelming carbonation.

D: Very high drinkablitiy despite the high gravity. I could feel the 10% kicking more than I could taste it.

This is probabaly the most ideal DIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended despite the high pricepoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:49:42 | More by GorillaJake
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (batch 10101) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slow pour to keep the sediment out yielded a clear golden-orange beer with a thin white head. The head actually grew a bit as I let it sit. Lacing is thin persistent strands and dots here and there. Very delicate lacing in spots as well. Lots of bubbles moving up slowly through the beer.

Smell: VERY piney. It's like a fresh cut pine tree. There is a hint of something sweeter and citrus like at the very beginning, but then the pine comes right back and dominates. Good thing I actually like the smell of fresh pine.

Taste: Citrus hops blending quickly into a sweetness that must be the honey as it's not quite a caramel-like malt. It's almost sugary, but the more I taste it I think it has a hint of mild clover honey in taste. This sweetness lasts a bit and then goes into a mild grapefruit like finish....and then there is a lingering piney hop bitterness that blooms in the mouth about 1 second after the swallow. I think you have to be a real hop-head to like this after-taste, it's like solid pine concentrate.

Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation, but thick and creamy as well after the carbonation passes. Lots of lingering oil on the teeth though.

Drinkability: Well, it's a hopslam allright. That 2nd bloom of hops does slam the senses. This is a beer for sipping, and for me....well, I think it's too much. The alcohol is well hidden so I'm not noticing a buzz due to drinking it too fast, but the hop bitterness wallop makes this one a slow sipper, and the most I could ever have in one sitting is one of these. It's an extreme beer worth trying but I could not have another one again. Well, maybe with the right meal. Still - glad I had it as it's a unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:04:44 | More by damndirtyape
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sportscrazed2

Indiana

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

Appearance: Dark colored orange with a medium head that leaves great lacing.
Aroma: Piney and Citrusy with a hint of honey
Taste: Very sweet for what I expected to be a hop bomb. The honey they added is the dominant flavor in this beer imo. A little citrus comes through as well. I'm not getting very much bitterness in the finish (maybe i got a bad batch?). Expected a very bitter ipa with a hint of honey what i got is a very sweet and balanced beer where the hops play a supporting role. Don't know if this is desirable in an IPA but be warned
Mouthfeel: The high alcohol content is very warming. The mouthfeel is greak
Drinkability: This beer is suprisingly drinkable for a 10% beer. This is very dangerous. I could probably drain a 6 pack of these easily but then I would probably die.
Conclusion: Very enjoyable beer not quite what I expected going in.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:38:08 | More by sportscrazed2
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Hopalong29

Ohio

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

Been waiting a while for this one. After the pour into a tall pint footed glass.... WOW!!! Huge piney citrus aroma, love it already.
Golden orange in color with nice 1/2 in. head and lacing which it retains throughout the glass.
Nice carbonation that adds to mouthfeel.
Great citrus flavor, honey seems to keep bitterness somewhat in check.
Be careful with enjoying too many.... don't want to be HOPSLAMMED!
Bell's knows what they are doing with IPA's.
Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:06:28 | More by Hopalong29
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southsider

Indiana

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

Poured fresh from the bottle into a pint glass.

A-Bright orangy gold color with smokey whisps throughout the glass.The head poured huge,soapy and off-white before settling down with moderate sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruity,apricoty and malty sweet. Fairly pungent.

T- HUGE grapefruit citrusy alcoholic and bitter opening. Fruitier hops than a Dreadnaught with a little less hop bitterness. Malty and honey sweet background with a peachy, fruit finish.

M-Medium body,moderately carbonated and alcoholic.

D-This is a great DIPA that while not the bitterest I've had (FFF-Arctic Panzed Wolf comes to mind) is a very fruity hop bomb. One-a-day is plenty for me and I am looking forward to doing a side by side with Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. I don't remember past hopslams to have such a raw alcohol component to them.

Final note- BOOM!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 20:18:32 | More by southsider
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scottyshades

Florida

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

Growler from the Greenville Beer Exchange for $18

A: Pours slightly hazed copper color with a small white cap. Retention is short

S: Tons of citrus, tropical fruits, honey, and pale malt. Well balanced and sweet

T: Tropical fruits, citrus (grapefruit and lemon), honey, pale malts, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. More bitter than I remember in bottles

MF/D: Viscous body, low carbonation, grapefruit finish

Serving type: growler

01-15-2011 19:32:35 | More by scottyshades
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a nice clear golden orange with a pure white frothy head that doesn't stay around too long to play. The smell is like dipping my head in a plastic bag filled with hops. The piny citrusy aroma is rather pleasant, in fact there is so much hop I can't actually smell the malts in the beer. The taste is most akin to drinking liquefied hops. I've eaten a soak hop whole and aside from the (only slight stronger) extreme bitterness this has the same flavors. I now understand why hop heads the world over love having this fresh. I'm not one of them, but hey it's still pretty good. I tried to get malt out of this and all I got is a more grainy pilsner flavor in the background. I can see how the hops falling out of this would cause problems. It's actually much smoother than I would have guessed for beers of it's style and type. But I have this thing against certain bitternesses. It's a very good beer, but it hasn't opened my world to hops that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 19:31:35 | More by Vdubb86
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,538 ratings.