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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,167
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,998
Gots: 1,549 | FT: 37
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 richalexander78
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Def all the hype! A nice head that is gone in a flash. Great aroma of pine, honey and citrus. oh so very smooth! Definitely a nice hoppy flavor but crisper than most. A with fantastic hint of honey. Definitely on of the best ales around. Can't wait to drink my 5L!

richalexander78, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of BobCS
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - sparkling clear, honey amber, fine tan bubbles dissapate quickly to lacy ring

S - prounced grapefruit with heat from alcohol vapors peaking through

T - aggressive hops, and much of those hops are in the flavor rather than harsh bitterness, there is also caramel and lightly sweet and the balance is remarkably smooth until it finishes with quite a bit of alcoholic-warmth and fruity esters

M - medium bodied, and quite hot from the alcohol

D - According to the label this is a "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale" but I don't think that description does justice to the remarkable balance for such a wonderfully hoppy beer. The bitterness that is there is clean and clear and unmistakable but not overwhelming.

BobCS, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of snlvry33
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slight cloudy
S: Nice citrus, pine, good hop character
T: Crisp, clean, bitter, slightly sweet, and suprisingly drinkable for such a high alcohol brew. This one is dangerous.
M: Creamy, nice fullness
O: Exceptional beer. Great job by Bell's to create such a drinkable IPA. Quite a delight.

snlvry33, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a half finger of head. A pretty touch of yellow at the rim. Head quickly dissipates leaving some sticky lacing. Nose has hints of honey, buttered biscuits, some pine and caramel candy with bitter citrus. Taste is a pleasant balance of sweet malts, grapefruit, toffee cookies with a pleasant,mellow hop bitterness. Nicely done dipa that i am happy i had the chance to try, a tad sweet but overall a well done beer and very drinkable.

Trilogy31, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass.

A: clear golden color, with great staying power with the head and lace.

S: hoppy and bitter, with a hint of sweetness and malt, great citrus and melon

T: a bit fruity and sweet, then the malt and hops hit, leaving a nice bite.

M: medium body, just as you would expect for this type.

O: one of my favorite beers. Excellent all around. I can never get enough.

Holland, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Solomon420
3.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I chose to list the serving type as "On Tap" since the beer was poured from a 5 liter mini keg. Appearance was darker honey color. Not as nice looking as most DIPAs I prefer. I like a DIPA that has an orange hue rather than a reddish amber hue. Smell was too sweet for me, I am a hop head and like really hop-forward beers. The smell for me was too malty and not enough hops. Taste followed the aroma...way too sweet and malty for a good DIPA. The hops were not forward enough for me to enjoy this. It reminds me of an English style IPA more than a hop-forward DIPA. I guess I was expecting a better beer, but I get spoiled living in California, and expect the higher rated DIPAs to taste as good as the ones here do. To each his own, I guess.

Solomon420, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #10101

A: pours clear golden. Head is about a half finger thick, does leave some lacing around the glass.
S: putting nose to glass is almost not needed to pick out the grapefruit hop. Upon smelling the glass, honey, more grapefruit, and just a touch of pine.
T: hoppy and bitter punch. Hops are again grapefruit and lightly piny and a bit grassy. Honey sweetness with a little bit of malt as well.
M: thick yet clean and decent carbonation.
O: the only thing that will put this on my top dipa list is avalibilaty, otherwise its an amazing ipa.

rootbeerman, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10073 printed on bottle. Thanks Sammy, for one that's been high on my list for a while.

Appearance. Gold amber with a little haze. Small, sticky, off-white head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and a little honey. Hints of caramel and light grains.

Taste: Caramel malt, mango, pears, red grapefruit rind. Honey is there, but not too sweet. Bitterness builds and lasts with lots of grass and pine. Nice honey in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. IMO, perfect for the style.

Overall. Lives up to the hype. Great DIPA that stands out from the rest. Wife says "It's good ...and smells good too". That's pretty incredible praise when it comes to an IPA!

Rutager, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of timobkg
2.93/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a small chalice.

Pale golden with a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is strong pine, like I just crushed a handful of pine needles in my hand.

The flavor is piney, and very bitter. I'm surprised as this has the least IBUs of any DIPA I've had, paired to some of the most alcohol. And yet, to me, it tasted overwhelmingly bitter. Maybe it was served too cold, and didn't warm up enough, but I didn't get any honey sweetness from it.

The mouthfeel is very thick, and chewy. Combined with the aroma and flavor, it made me feel like I was chewing on pine needles.

I was really excited to try this beer, as it sounded like a DIPA that I'd love. Sadly, it tasted too bitter and piney, and overall disappointing..

timobkg, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze color with a creamy ivory top. Plenty of lace trails stick to the glass. The aroma is unrestrained hops. Massive concentrates of pine and citrus flavors fill my pallete and indeed sinuses upon first sip. A wonderful confluence of hop flavors, some sweet and fruity, some perfumey and aromatic play against a very bitter backbone and a very overwhelmed malt counter-balance. The mouthfeel is thick and luxuriously smooth with tiny carbonation. Alcohol is kept in check throughout, amazing for 10% ABV. The finish is pure hop bitters, lingerig forever.

This is an incredible DIPA. Possibly the best Ive yet tried.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of thebeerisgood
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Plenty of hops, very floral with hints of sweet honey. Very slight citrus aroma from the hops.

Appearance: Dark honey colored, slightly reddish. A thick and bubbly white head.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Great tasting beer, definitely one for fellow hopheads. Although it hits 10% ABV, there is only a slight alcohol warmth towards the end of a sip. This is certainly not a session beer, but something to be enjoyed on occasion.

Notes: Another great beer from this Kalamazoo area brewery. Although this is an extremely hoppy beer (Didn't you notice the name?), it's balanced out with the sweetness of honey to the point that non-hop lovers might even enjoy this. If you are someone who is accustomed to drinking pilsner, or any beer with the word "lite" in it and rarely stray into the world of craft beer, this is probably not for you. In fact, please don't buy it, save it for me! However if you insist on diminishing the local supply, you can find it currently at the downtown South Bend Citywide Liquors. Feel free to post a comment with other locations you have seen this!

thebeerisgood, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of WankelEngine
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a head of one finger which quickly diminishes. The color is a clear golden honey with very light carbonation and mild lacing.

S: The smell is overwhelmingly hoppy and very sweet. It is reminiscent of citrus and pine. The citrus is the most notable scent. It almost smells like oranges or peaches.

T: The taste is amazing. The first thing you notice is the intense hops and high alcohol content. The taste of hops is prominent and bitter but not overpowering. This is less balanced rather than highlighted by some sweet malts. The citrus flavors here as much more subdued than they are in the smell. The light fruity sweetness and mild malt flavors meld perfectly with the excessive amount of hops.

M: The high alcohol content gives this beer a warming feeling as you swallow. What little carbonation there is amplifies this effect.

O: This is an impressive DIPA. Despite having a high alcohol content and bitter flavor, this beer is surprisingly drinkable and absolutely delicious.

WankelEngine, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 3-30-11

Was lucky enough to get this on cask at a recent Oberon release event.

A - cloudy amber body, kind of dark and dull, some head, but the bubbles are huge, and not very tightly formed.

S - a little bit of sweetness, and a little bit of citrus hops, everything is quite subdued though.

T - wow! This is really pretty incredible. Big hops just like Hopslam is supposed to have, but there is a great balancing sweetness, making this almost more like an American Barleywine. Its really interesting and complex and tastes great. Very nice

M - a bit flat, but still a good body.

O (D) - It's interesting and very tasty, but not quite the Hopslam that I hope for. It's too well-balanced.

ColdPoncho, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks MatthewJames for sending me a 6-pack!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a minimal white head that recedes quickly.

S: I could smell this beer across the room. Rich and powerful aroma of hops: oranges, grapefruit & pine. There's a slight honey sweetness to the nose along with a tinge of alcohol, but the hops are amazingly good.

T: Flavor is just as exciting as the smell. Starts off slightly sweet, like honey & caramel, and then it's a hoppy take-over with grapefruit and pine. Little spicy, like pepper, but everything is perfectly balanced.

M: Nice sticky & oil texture, medium-full body, moderate carbonbation.

O: Amazing! If you've never had it, get it. One of the best beers I've EVER had! Perfect example of a DIPA.

BrewCrew2010, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of ciachef1212
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I spent 3 days trying to get my hands on a six pack and finally was able to pick one up.

This beer is one of my favorite. It has great aromas of pineapple, citrus, and stone fruit. I love the smell of this beer.

The bitterness is overwhelming and is balanced by the malt.

This beer is why IPA's are my favorite style.

ciachef1212, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to millerbuffoon for sending me this one in a trade. This is the first beer I've opened from my box, and I have a good feeling about the others.

A- Clear orange-gold with a billowy off-white head that sticks nicely down the glass.

N- Floral-accented honey with a tinge of alcohol. Subtle undertones of toasty malt blend in with the honey.

T- Juicy honey-soaked malt with a clean hop bitterness. Citrus and pine dance on top of the big toasty malt. The finish is like toasted grain dipped in honey and then covered in hop oils. Piney hop resins and toasted grain linger in the aftertaste.

M- Medium creamy, sticky mouthfeel with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, an outstanding brew. 10% alcohol, I finished 12oz in about five minutes, and I'm craving another. I only have one more, so I want to save it for another night. Definitely going to trade for this one again. I think this beer is a few months old, and it is tasting fantastic. I can't even imagine what it would be like fresh.

KevinBrewer, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Ethan27
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy, orange color. Minimal head but noticeable lacing as you drink. Delightfully sweet, citrusy hop smell. Taste is very hoppy and sweet with honey and citrus flavors. Also a tinge of alcohol sting. Slightly slow and sticky feel, stays on the tongue.

Hopslam, along with Dreadnaught and Pliny, is one of the three best DIPAs I have tasted. An outstanding, albeit pricey, delicious beer.

Ethan27, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Beer is a beautiful golden color with a slight amber tint to it. Head is initially about a finger and a half of creamy white goodness, and recedes to a light coating on the surface of the brew, leaving a pretty thick coating on the sides of the glass as it does so.

Smell: Mead-like. The floral hops are very well-balanced against a rich, malty backdrop replete with honey goodness. With a full face in the glass, a stinging but beautiful alcohol tendency punches through the flavor palette.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet at first, the honey is quite pronounced. It sticks around for the entire sip. The hops (which are all floral) are there in abundance, but paradoxically mellow, and they blend perfectly with a sweet-bread malt foundation. Gentle carbonation throughout allows for a full taste without gassing you out. Rinses leaving a hop-remnant in the back of the mouth.

Overall: Great. You just can't get much better than this.

I paired it up with some spicy Mexican fare...another great combination. Definitely worth the slightly higher-than-average price tag.

Lauthaha, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of mwa423
2/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with no head to speak of.

S -orange bitters, lots of alcohol and hints of hopslam's citrus glory.

T - incredibly barleywine like with overwhelming alcohol and a harsh biting bitterness that cloys to the back of the throat.

M - mouthfeel is overly rich, biting and slides down the throat like slime.

Overall, avoid the cask. What is amazing in bottles and life changing on tap is actually awful to drink.

mwa423, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Viggo for this one! Pours a copper orange color with a solid white head. Aroma has sweet honey and sugar with a whack of hops. Taste and mouthfeel are excellent! Great flavors of citrus, honey, caramel, and pine. Very good balance, this was not as bitter as I expected it to be. Drinkability is crazy good, I sure didn't notice the 10% abv until after I was finished!

chickenm, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Bright orange-yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a thick white head with that reduces to islands of white foamy and thick sticky lacings on the glass. Huge cirus hop aroma, citris, orange, mango, and an underlying sweet aroma as well. Smooth, thick mouth feel. The fuller side of medium bodied which subdues the carbonation a bit. Intense citrus hop and sweet honey flavor. A bit alcohol burn toward the finish. Leaves a light lingering bitter aftertaste.

IronLover, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of CZeman
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have got to say that this is probably the best IPA that I have ever had. It starts off pouring a beautiful golden with orange highlights. The aroma is nothing but well thought out citrus characters. The Flavor is nothing shy of exceptional, as it first hits the tongue with a citrusy delight, and lingers for a while and finishes off with a floral quality that blends nicely with the subtle sweetness that the Honey in this master piece adds. The Body has been well designed to match the multitude of hop characteristics that mingle in this beer. Cheers to the brewers at Bell's for once again amazing me with this beer. Every year it never fails to please.

CZeman, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with my buddy in Illinois. So excited to try this one! Batch 10093, bottles January 3, 2011. It is a little old but it is not available to me so I will review this now, and re-review if a fresh bottle next year is that much better.

Appearance: Poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary bulb glass. Transparent orange color with a 1 finger pure white head. The head recedes to half a finger but never falls below that amount.

Smell: Even at almost 3 months old the hop aroma is nice and pungent. It is very sweet and almost like fruit juice.

Taste: No bitterness but some very nice hop complexity. Very many fruity flavors from the hops and the malts completely take a back seat. It is like nothing I have ever tasted and for 10% is very smooth, no booziness to be found. I honestly would not mind if it were more bitter to back up all the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I love the feel of this beer, it is very easy to drink, lighter body and the carbonation is prevalent but not over powering. As the beer is in the glass longer, the carbonation outdoes itself and the beer begins to fall a little flat.

Overall: I want to try this fresh very badly, I will make a better attempt next year. However, it is still delicious and I would recommend it to others.

OddNotion, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of milkbaby9
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 10196 drank 18 Mar 2011) into Duvel tulip. 1 finger off-white head reduces quickly with spotty lacing left. A pretty honey and light-gold color with nice clarity.

Aroma - Ruby red grapefruit, mango, pineapple, just a hint of pine but mostly a nice fruity aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel and toffee in the beginning. Then in the middle, tastes mirroring the aromas appear: ruby red grapefruit and accompanying citrus rind bitterness, mango, dried pineapple, very juicy and fruity. A bit of buttery toasty malt slips in, still pretty sweet. And then a bit of the honey comes through in the finish along with a bit of buttery toffee. Alcohol is superbly hidden for 10% ABV.

Carbonation is moderate, a bit more than medium bodied but not quite chewy mouthfeel.

The bitterness rises up gently through the middle and barely hangs in there as the finish is very sweetly malty, contrary to the back label stating, "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale". This is a bit of a sweetheart - a hoppy fruity ale that also has nice balance.

milkbaby9, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of cr0ckett
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into snifter; packaged 12.29.2010

A: Hazy amber with a two finger off white head that dissipates in a few minutes. Awesome lacing leaves a film every time you take sip. For comparison, looks almost exactly like Pliny the Elder, which I had earlier tonight. However, Hopslam is a bit hazy, has slightly better head retention, and has much better lacing than PtE.
S: Pine, resin and a small hint of honey.
T: A balance of citrus and pine hops hit right away and stay throughout. One of the best parts about this beer is the subtle sweetness of honey that comes at the end. It's subtle, but its just enough to counteract the heavy hops a little bit.
M: Smooth, medium body with perfect carbonation to compliment.
O: An exceptional hop heavy DIPA with a unique balance of honey sweetness; my favorite DIPA.

cr0ckett, Mar 28, 2011
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,167 ratings.