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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,264 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 10,264
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,048
Gots: 1,568 | FT: 40
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 hombrepalo
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unicorn tears!!!! God juice... Smell is outstanding on this one. Taste is a floral boquet of the finest melody of hops. Mouthfeel is orgazmic. Overall this feels soo good it hurts. I fell in love with this brew... Too bad its only around for such a short time. Can't get enough of this gem.

Photo of mcslain
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber orange gold with a mega foam white head. Leaves behind gobs of lacing. Nose is hops, citrus fruits, maybe some honey. Mouth is light to moderate, crisp and snappy. Not nearly as hoppy as expected. This isn't a hop bomb beer, but just a really great tasting hoppy beer. So maybe the name is a little misleading? Or maybe it just means it has hops in it and you will want to slam them down one after another? Regardless, good carbonation trending to the high side. Hops are more of a subtle bitterness that linger. Taste is floral hops, citrus fruits/lemon and some honey. Not nearly as much honey as I feared though. I normally don't like 'honey beers' but this is a huge exception thanks to the subtle usage. At 10% abv I can honestly say this is the most dangerous beer I know of. I could literally drink these one after another they are so smooth. Not a noticeable alcohol taste at all. But after a few, you can feel it and you know the bottle label was telling the truth. In the very small group that I consider perfect beers. My only real complaints are it is tough to get and wicked expensive.

Photo of PossumMunsen31
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extremely powerful and potent beer that is also highly enjoyable. One of the craziest beers I've ever experienced. Great hop taste and balance. High alcohol content isn't extremely noticeable while drinking. It's unique and highly flavorful. Definitely recommend it.

Photo of pschul4
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Gorgeous hazy orange/copper look with 2 fingers of foamy head with nice retention and lacing.

S- Hops hops and more hops! Delicious citrusy pineapple hops I can't wait to taste this

T- Very good but not as good as the smell. Delicious hops with some pleasant fruity tastes as well, it seems as though some flavor has faded in the past 7 month but, nothing wrong with the taste just not the amazingness I was expecting.

M- Smooth with a little bit of carbonation. Stays on the palate a little after along with some alcohol warmth

O- Big thanks to Mikennat for this chart topper! I will definitely be pursuing this when it comes out fresh in the spring

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

with all due respect to the high ratings, i didnt find this to be exceptional. if fact pretty average.

when i cant even recall the different qualities as being memorable, that's not good. dont get me wrong - it was good but not great.

lacked individuality...was hoping it would make a bigger impact...that said, would be happy to give it another chance.

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

BA review #800!

12oz Bottle - big thanks to iguenard for this one

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges, peaches, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thick on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. It also has lots of fruit flavours going on, pineapple, tangerines, grapefruit and some peaches. I can also pick up on the booze a little bit, and it provides a nice warming feeling as it goes down. It finishes with a sweet tropical fruit aftertaste with a long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – I know my bottle isn't the freshest, but I still thought this was an incredible beer. Either it really held up well, or the fresh stuff is going to blow my mind. Definitely one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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

From the bottle to a tulip.

The pour is a radiant orange color with a nice head that has some longevity to it and lays down a gold bit of lace. The nose alone is enough for me to know that I'm going to love this beer. It's a tropical and citrus fruit bomb that never gives a hint of malt. The taste follows suit with an abundance of citrus/tropical goodness. The beer is full in the mouth but not overly so.

One of my all time favorite beers and my favorite DIPA.

Photo of aficionado
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber body with no head but lots of sticky icky lacing.

Smells kind of like Sauvignon Blanc, but very weak. A little cat pee and grapefruit with some orange rind.

Piney, sharp, citrusy, bold, impressive. Very unique flavor. Points for uniqueness, but not PtE beats it flavorwise. Nice and dry, but has a juicy sweetness to it at the same time.

High carbonation. Probably the silkiest body in a DIPA I've ever encountered.

Very smooth for what it is. Tastes like they found a way to utilize all of the flavor from the hops without the harsh bitterness. This is one to be appreciated. You can sense after one sip that one of these will give you a nice buzz.

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

12oz bottle at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of honeycomb lace around the glass. It smells of caramel/toffee malt, and citrus, pine, and pineapple hops. The taste is caramel malt, earthy honey, bitter citrus, pine, and a bit of booze. The carbonation is fairly low, the body medium weight and as smooth as possible. It finishes with not unexpected uptick in overbearing hoppiness, blotting out the now underperforming malt.

Maybe this is a sort of aged bottle, but it's still quite good, but not that wow, holy shit, head shaking way I was stupidly awaiting. Oh well. All that aside, a good DIPA, especially given the big, basically undetectable ABV.

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

Appearance:
Dark amber with a light, tan and fluffy head. Decent lacing on the sides and the head falls flat quickly.

Smell:
Very sweet sugar with some light, spicy hops. There is also a little bite from the alcohol, this smell reminds me of their 9000/10000 (which are american strong ales). I would have liked to smell more aromatic hops.

Taste:
Lots of sweetness with a strong bitterness. The second most noticeable thing is the strong alcohol. Thankfully all the flavors are fairly strong and therefore the alcohol is balanced, otherwise it would be too much.

Mouthfeel:
Quite potent sweetness and alcohol with almost no lingering bitterness from the hops. The carbonation is creamy and helps break apart its otherwise syrup-like consistency.

Overall:
This is a good beer that reminds me of the quality associated with the other Bell's beers that I've had. Its got some strong bitterness and alcohol, but is lacking of almost all aromatic hoppiness. The strength of the alcohol also makes this one hard to drink more than a few of. Worth trying, but not if you have to acquire long distance.

Photo of ike4tay45
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12oz bottle.

A: Golden/orange color. Firm head with beautiful lacing.

S: Fruity, floral, Hops, beatiful smell

T: Citrus up front with a floral hoppy finish.

D: Medium, sticky mouthfeel. A little thick for me.

Overall: Very drinkable. Needs to be enjoyed fresh. Thought this year was a little heavier on the mouth feel.

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

A - Wonderful Orange color with a huge head.

S - This smells of slight florals and citrus all smashed together with HOPS !

T - Hops hops hops honey, hops hops and hops, citrus, hops.

M - Nice medium body, I like how thick this feels in the mouth, coats and sticks.

O - Fantastic brew, look forward to it every year !

Photo of detroiter
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an amazing beer. This like PtE must be enjoyed fresh. If its over 2 months old its just not the same.

It has a nice color, very clear for a DIPA.

The smell is as you would expect, a hop bouquet of epic proportions

heavy on the grapefruit and citrus hops, with plenty of dry hopping.

Surprisingly light for being 10+% ABV.

I have had this on tap and bottles and firkin and I think my favorite is on tap but that firkin is something else too. It has much more nose and and little more malt than bottle and regular draft.

worth the hype!

Cheers

Photo of mattboyer182
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful golden orange color with a very nice head.

S - The way a DIPA should smell! So much hops! amazing floral scent.

T - Hops right off the bat. Great sweetness to it. Definitely notice the honey.

M - Medium bodied. Maybe a little thick for what i would think of for its style.

O - Great Beer! I LOVE hops. Very well done Bell's

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

A-A beautiful orangish golden color with a nice two finger head. Head retention is evident as well. Simply goregous

S- Mmmm, hops, hops, more hops, and honey. Sweet, bitter, alive. Grapefruit/citrus, honey, and floral notes burst from it.

T/M Just as it smells, it explodes with pure hop heaven and honey on the tongue. A bit sweet, perhaps, but balanced beyond perfection. The mouthfeel is very nice, clean and inviting. Maybe..if I am being really picky here, a bit sticky, but my tongue was not complaining.

Overall: This beer lives up to the hype, looks the hype in the eye, and knocks the hype out of the park. A must have.

Photo of hippityhophead24
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful orange color. Very clear and inviting. Nice two finger head, with not too much retention. Looks fairly light in comparison to higher ABV beers like this one.

Smell: Strong citrus flavor. Very full of notes from the orange/tangerine family. Slight sweet honey notes as well.

Taste: Lots of intense flavors going on. It all hits my tongue fairly fast so it is somewhat hard to take in. Has some strong sweet orange citrus notes. Then a tiny booze taste. Then it goes quickly back to the sweet citrus notes. It’s almost too complex for my palette to pick apart. Maybe after I am able to try another bottle or two at a later time.

Mouth feel: Great, light, frothy feel on the tongue. Not overly carbonated but not flat.

Overall: I think this is a great beer. It definitely is one of my favorite DIPA.

Glasswear: Snifter

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

Technically this is a braggot rather than a DIPA.
Aroma: Orange citrus with subtler resinous hints that suggest to me Simcoe hops. Alcohol, caramel and a sweet, honey-ish sack mead quality in moderate intensity. No diacetyl, and any vegetal aromas I attribute to hops.
Appearance: Hazy orange with a creamy, moussy head that thins after several minutes to a creamy film to rim the glass and cover the liquid.
Flavor: Orange and grapefruit citrus up front with the balance all hops. Moderate malt sweetness which lends support. Caramel and a honey-wine quality in a dryish, hop-astringent finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. A creamy texture which coats the tongue lightly and rests for the most part between the tongue and roof of the mouth. The finish is grapefruit astringency and hop flavor, mingled with a mild sweetnesss that persists for a few minutes and then fades quietly. Prominent warming that continues as a pricklyness on the lips. This beer slams you, and not you it. Clearly a winner to be enjoyed in small quantities.

Photo of s1ckboy
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow/orange, decent amount of nice white head

S - Hops, grapefruit, pine, citrus

T - Same as smell. A ton of citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors. A bit of honey to sweeten it a bit. Dry finish. Basically a hop bomb.

M - Decent about of carbonation, medium to light. A bit sticky.

O - Pretty good. Not my favorite style but I dig it.

Photo of kdmcguire10
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage enjoyed in August. Poured into a tulip.

Beautiful orange/copper color, 1-2 finger head, excellent retention.

Smell - The smell hits you from 3 feet away. 10% beer and not a hint of alcohol on the nose. Honey, sweet caramel. Sweet.

Taste - Honey, Sweet caramel, toffee. Alcohol but this beer hides it incredibly well. The hops hit you like a mack truck! My goodness, what a beer.

Easily in my hall of fame. Incredibly drinkable beer for how big it is. It'll warm you up in cold Midwest nights but it's going down wonderfully on a hot August evening. Perhaps my favorite beer

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date on it. Love the label though!

Before getting started, I would like to say I found this a lucky find in an improbable spot. The 6pack has most likely been sitting on the shelf for 5 months, so I do not expect this "hop heaven" of a beer to be anything like it's fresh version. Come January, I will be re-reviewing this brew as the fresh version.

Pours a deep orange amber murky semi transluscent. Nice frothy off white head leaving amazing lacing down the glass. Did not expect that from a 10% brew.

Not quite the hop bomb in the nose that I was expecting, most likely due to its age. Nose is mostly a combination of pale & caramel malts with a side of tropical hops and can definitely smell the booze wafting in the background.

Bittering bite up front, midway through, and in the after taste. Who are we kidding here? This is a crazy hop bomb. For the most part this brew is a mix of sweet malts & overpowering bittering fruity & floral hops. Getting a little citric grapefruit & floral grassy hops. Once again, I would like to state this brew is 6 months old - so take my review as the "aged version".

A very thick body (8/10) makes this DIPA that much better. Carbonation works beautifully with the hop bitterness & body.

Picked this up from World Market at Coconut Point Mall for $14.99/ 6 pack. Great price! Just looking forward to having it fresh. If it is this good 5-6 months past its prime, I cannot even begin to fathom the fresh version! Cannot wait for January to roll around & the fresh batch to hit shelves.

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

Bells’ Hopslam DIPA, 10% abv

A: Mildly opaque golden hues, brighter and more apricot than most DIPAs and it doesn’t look exceptionally malty. Nice thick white cumulus head with huge thick lacing

S: Huge sweet hoppy character that comes off extremely saccharine and herbal. The hop cloud is like an olfactory bomb you can smell 18” away.

T: There is an initial huge sweetness that isn’t exactly citrus, it tastes more funnel cake/cinnabon, then the herbal and lime flavors initiate into a great bouquet.

M: For a beer this big it is incredibly drinkable. The mouthfeel isn’t overly coating or exceptionally filling, but the flavors are relentless. I want to drain my glass with increasing celerity ::pushes glasses up nose::

D: This is incredibly drinkable and I would say that the ABV places it in leagues with several different classes of beers. This will warm you in the winter or cool you off with awesome refreshing sweet notes in the summer. Just fantastic all around; even with a bit of age it is still an impressor.

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Photo of Emerson1310
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what got me started on DIPA's/IPA's. I still have several 2011 cases, kept cool and the quality has not gone down, it still tastes wonderfully fresh, though I do have one or two daily.

A: Golden in the glass with a medium white head and good lacing.

S: The ultimate!! As soon as you pop the cap off the bottle, the air all around you fills with that wonderful citrus/hop aroma!!

T: As wonderful as it smells!! Grapefruit, orange, mango is all there, slightly sweet with the honey in the background. The hop-bitterness is well hidden by the honey. The finish is, well, amazing!! VERY smooth, leaving no residual hops on the back of the tongue. The high 10% ABV is well hidden in this beer.

M: Very nice, slightly creamy, very smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall: Along with PtE, this is my favorite hop-bomb of all. I would like to see HopSlam become a fully available all-year beer.

Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite, if not my favorite, beers of all time. (2008) Oh man... there is a market out there for silly hop-infested beers for the wacky hopheads out there, but when something like this is so perfectly and deliciously balanced, it deserves supreme credit! (2009) Got some of this years batch... simply AMAZING. Huge grapefruit and fresh hop aromas and flavors. Man, this stuff is great.

Photo of seamunkie
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden color nice 1or 2 fingers or so of head disperses a bit quickly but very nice lacing.

S: Honey citrus and pine/ juniper very nicely balanced against some floral notes as well.

T: hops ring through nicely with a wonderful honey flavor once again enjoying those citrus notes and slight evergreen taste honey flavor comes through although there is little to balance the 10% alcohol and it finishes a bit to boozy IMHO

M: feels very smooth and almost silky on the palate and medium level of carbonation leave this among my favorites in mouthfeel for a DIPA

I really enjoyed this beer and will have it again if I get the opportunity I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good IPA now and then.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bell's Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA.

Huge domed 1.5 finger of offwhite creamy head, translucent old body.

Smells like getting slammed. With hops.

Super smooth, rich, creamy, hoppy, but not overbearing, and not what I expected from the nose. Plenty of sweetness to balance, and some honey? Easy to see how it earns its reputation.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth and creamy.

Overall? Worth the hype.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,264 ratings.