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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

9,847 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,847
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,883
Gots: 1,477 | 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
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.

domtronzero, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of nataku00
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.

nataku00, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of pburland23
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.

pburland23, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
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.

MinnesotaRIS, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of GabrielM
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.

GabrielM, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
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.

Dan3279, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Cheesemoose
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.

Cheesemoose, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of gtn80
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.

gtn80, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
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.

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of sommersb
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.

sommersb, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Wolfpack2005
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.

Wolfpack2005, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of kk73
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.

kk73, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of pkarlisc
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.

pkarlisc, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
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!

ChugginOil, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Bonis
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.

Bonis, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of BucketBoy
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.

BucketBoy, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of seeswo
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.

seeswo, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
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.

ibbjamin, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Swimsum
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with DoesntMatter46, thanks again Mark. Bottled on 1/4/2011 so just under three weeks old. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours out a hazy golden color. A half finger head emerges from the liquid that is white in color. Texture is frothy and settles to a very thin foam and mostly a ring around the glass. Held to the light it is a very bright golden color yet still hazy. Some foam is left on the sides of the wall but the lacing isn't thick by any standards.

As expected it is very hoppy. Nice herbal hop aroma springs right up the nose. There is also some nice citrus notes that comes though as well. It isn't dominated one way or another for which hop aroma stands out more.

Same as the smell. Huge hop presence in this one. For the taste it is bit more herbal hop. A bit of citrus flavor comes out as the beer is swallowed and this is followed up by some alcohol. There really isn't any malt taste to this to balance this and that is just fine with me. I love IPAs and DIPAs that are very hop forward. As expected there is a hop bitterness that lingers in the mouth after the beer is swallowed.

Medium bodied that is a bit toward the heavier side but it isn't as syrupy as some other DIPAs that I've had before. I really like this. Carbonation is pretty low. Even though there is some alcohol present in the taste, it really doesn't detract from the experience at all.

Well this is a pretty damn drinkable beer. I really enjoyed it being a hop forward beer and am really glad I got to try it again (I had it two years ago or so and don't remember it at all). Is it worth all the hype? That can only be answered by the individual drinker. For me, I really enjoyed it and would seek it out again next year.

Swimsum, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Nice amber color, thin head with moderate lacing. Had a few of these now, and can't seem to get as big a head as others say. Modesty, I guess.

S - Super fruity hops and very sweet.

T - Extremely hoppy, but not overly acidic - due to the honey perhaps? The honey is most present for me in the aftertaste which cuts down on the bitterness.

M - Not as much body as some other DIPAs I've had -- not good or bad, just sayin'.

D - Tasty, not the best I've ever had, but well worth tracking down once a year, just not every week -- too much hassle. Not too boozy while you drink (though the alcohol is there), but once you finish one you definitely feel it.

Not to be missed.

vapodge, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of kytashie
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah I had sixer shipped to me, victim of the hype. Poured a hazey orange with a dense yellow head, decent lacing that hung around for a bit. Immediate nose of grapefruit, like slam in the face grapefruit, some flowery notes, caramel finish. Wow this is an in your face beer.

Taste - Well lets say the name fits. Seriously go slam your pecker in the door it's that hoppy. Grapefruit, piney, sprucey, feel like i'm consuming the forest here. It's a dry bitter end, the hops have nuked my taste buds, quite powerful. I like it and rather encouraged that it comes out once a year. If it was shelved year round it would be boring.

kytashie, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of HopHed
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A bright almost rust orange color, like dark honey, with about a finger of head and light but noticeable lacing.

AROMA: From the second the cap cam off of this thing it was citrus! This beer is almost all hop with a touch, almost an afterthought, of malty sweetness.

FLAVOR: The first thing I taste is grapefruit and citrusy notes. A light honey sweetness and malt sweetness comes in to balance the beer out nicely, and a bit of a dryer finish. The shocker of this? Almost no alcohol heat from this 10% ABV hop-bomb.

PALATE: Definitely a full-bodied brew, but extremely well balanced.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet, just a touch 'thick' like extremely thinned syrup, but very nice. Lightly carbonated, but the hops seem to just cling to every surface of your mouth.

NOTES: This beer is a sleeper. It does the same thing that Hop Stoopid does to me; makes me want to sit down with a six and go to work. Then, I remember this bad boy is a big 10%.

HopHed, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of FernMaster
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

I can't believe I didn't review this beer last year. I had this for the first time last year and loved it, so when "Hopslam day" rolled around in Kansas City I was a glutton and purchased an entire case. Now I'm starting to rethink that decision, not for monetary reasons, it's just a lot of beer to drink when it's on a 24 style ticker. I have two bottles from last year I'm holding onto for another year before I try one and I'm saving two more (probably no more) from this year to do the same thing. If you're reading this review or any of these reviews, you're probably drinking or have just drank a Hopslam. You know how awesome it is. If you missed out this year, I'd bet you're not reading these reviews because why would you want to tease yourself?

I'm going to touch on smell first. When you pour this beer the first thing you notice is not the color, not the pour, but the freaking nose. Hopslam is strong! Several feet back you can smell this beer. This big bold flowery, grapes(!), pineapple, honey, hoppy grapefruit nose. It makes my eyes water if I sniff too hard. Weird sentence. I can pick up a hint of the alcohol on the nose, but siting at 10% I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Now to the appearance. Hopslam looks like pissed off apple juice. It has a very nice golden amber color. Amber seems right. There's some head, almost a finger that resides quickly but there's some very nice lacing on the glass as you drink it.

If you could taste the music while listening to Pink Floyd's album "Animals," it would taste like Hopslam. I can't improve on that.

The mouthfeel is a little too thick for me, from what I want from an IPA. It is Imperial though, so that's more acceptable. I like it though, if this had a weaker body it'd be a total mess. I guess I'm complaining while not complaining. It's very drinkable, as it should be since I have a case. I knocked it down a little for the price, because it's a lot of money for this beer. Also it's annoying that stores play with the mrsp, ranging it from 16-22. I fortunately got it at the low end, but I have a buddy who paid the high end. Also it's very heavy so you can't drink too many of these in one night. If you do drink one of these, make sure that it's the last or your first of more because when you drink Hopslam your palate becomes Hopslam, all becomes Hopslam.

FernMaster, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of 321jeff
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from batch 10127 brought back by Michael, thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with copper hues... or maybe it's copper with golden hues... either way it looks nice with a finger worth of soapy white head that fades leaving LOTS of sticky lacing.

Aroma is loaded with sticky smelling pine resin and some notes of citrus and honey. Smells good, but not the best I've ever smelled.

Taste is much more interesting and unique. The sweet honey really does a lot to balance out and offset the hops. I've only had Hopslam once before, but I don't remember the honey being quite so prominent. There's also tons of piney resinous hops but surprisingly, it's not all that bitter.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and sticky with moderate carbonation. Very highly drinkable and unique with all the honey. I doubt I could burn through a whole case of this by myself before the hops fade out, but it's nice to have a couple bottles and I'll seek it out again next year.

321jeff, Jan 26, 2011
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,847 ratings.