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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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9,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,534
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,775
Gots: 1,369 | FT: 43
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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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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

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

Pours a nice amber color with a slight head that manages to maintain a little lacing.

This beer smells like unadulterated hops.

The taste follows the smell. Lots of hops with a slight biscuity finish.

The beer has a good feel and a dry finish.

Super dry, almost like a cactus. Fairly drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 06:21:52 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Prostman81

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't contribute any more than what's already been said about this beer, but it is truly a great beer. The hop aroma and flavor is where this shines. A great blend of citrus, although I detect more on the orange side of things in my batch. This was the first year I've had this so I can't say if this is normal/abnormal for this beer.

The beer isn't one dimensional as I was first expecting. Sure, there's plenty of hop notes going on, but there's also a good blend of malt along with a small honey note. I know honey can dry out a beer when used, so Bell's did a good job adding the honey to boost the ABV while still adding the honey taste, not an easy thing to do. Only a slight alcohol taste to this, but what do you expect, it's 10%. Not enough to detract from all the other positives this has going on.

This is an outstanding beer from a brewery that has created a superb lineup of beers. For me, this is a pretty strong beer, so I can only drink 1 during a sitting, and I generally look for and buy beers that I can enjoy more of. However, this one definitely will give me something to look forward to during the next bleak dark winter of Chicago!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 21:37:11 | More by Prostman81
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unskinnyhop09

South Carolina

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

a-pretty enough to make you want to drink it. not too much carbonation, but you can feel the bubbles. it looks great.

s-amazing. a little bit of everything. the honey complements the hop character. sweet and bitter and you haven't even tasted it yet.

t-does not disappoint! the taste is much like the smell. you have the hop bite, but the sweetness of the malt and honey lure you in for more...all the while hiding the fact that you are drinking 10% alcohol. what??? that much! yep. that much!

m-round and good. you can feel it. it could stand some more hop oil in order to be named 'hopslam'.

d-you could drink 2 before you knew it was having its way with you. at this point, you should take a break and have a water...and then continue with the 10% undertaking!

not the best, but this is a GREAT beer. give great divide hercules a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:24:39 | More by unskinnyhop09
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce brandy snifter.

Appearance is copper-toned, with a decent amount of carbonation creating a small, but steady head on top.

The aroma of this beer is heavenly. It is super fruity, sweet, caramely. There are hints of bubblegum, oily hops, lavender, and more hops. The aroma is surprisingly sweet for a beer with such a name...I assumed it would have given off a slightly more astringent smell.

The taste is a bit alcoholic. Flavors seem to be well balanced, though. The bitter and the sweet dance in perfect alignment here. This is a creamy, chewy IPA...and I'm loving it. Notes of bubblegum, bitter hops, earthy granola, rye, and caramel in the balance.

Overall this is a sweet beer. It's up there in alcohol, but the flavors are balanced very well, and the beer is drinkable (albeit at a slow pace). This is one of the best Imperial IPAs I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:05:57 | More by movingtrain
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler filled with this nectar of the gods at Roof Brother's Spirits in Paducah, Kentucky. We promptly finished the entire growler in one evening. :P

A: Appearance isn't this brew's strong suit but that's not to say that it doesn't look great. Pours a classic amber with some heavier hints of oranges and reds. Carbonation is pretty spot on and active but this was predictable as we just had it bottled from the tap only hours earlier. Head was small with decent retention and lacing but I believe the head only suffered due to the pour from the growler itself.

S: The smell is of grassy, piney and DEFINITELY grapefruit/citrus hops. This is a grapefruit bomb in the nose. The scent is clean and to the point with carbonation showing off and pushing this hop perfume into your nostrils. Very nice!

T: One of the crispest beers I've ever had... It's clean and the malt backbone is in place just enough for the hops not to overwhelm. Low on the side of bittering hops, the taste is as if one squeezed the fresh juices of a just ripened hop cone into their mouth: Truly a blessing for a hophead! On tap (like in this growler), the honey is not as present which I attribute to the honey (sugar) not being allowed to ferment as much as it would during the bottle-conditioning of shipping... It's there, it's just not overstaying it's welcome. All in all, this is a fantastic tasting beer that every beer geek should drink whenever possible.

MF: Again, this is a clean and crisp beer with spot on carbonation. Smooth is the word of the day but "Nectar of the Gods" is the phrase of the day. :P

D: Not sessionable, unfortunately. If this thing was 7% ABV and not 10%, I would drink this non-stop... One of these on tap, though, already had given me a nice buzz... By three in I was floating and rearranging my entire livingroom. The "drinkability" of one of these bad boys minus the limitations of sessionability is phenomenal.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 17:52:34 | More by seedsofchaos
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JesseP09

Minnesota

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

A - Light orange, kinda yellowish color, nice to look at for sure, one of the prettiest beers I've seen

S - Really nice citrus smell mixed in with other great aromas

T - Good God almighty this is a delicious beer, one of my very favorites. It is rich and hop-filled, as the name would suggest, and it totally lives up to the hype.

M - Mid-body, solid for sure

D -Not only is this beer delicious, it is EXTREMELY drinkable and is worth the price. Just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:58:52 | More by JesseP09
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brad97z

Illinois

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

First review.

Poured into a tulip at 45-50F.

A - Huge, creamy, off-white, 3 finger head that sticks to the glass like crazy. Body is a light amber/yellow/orange color.

S - The citrusy hops and honey combine to give a smell of sweet pineapple

T - Sweet up front, the honey replaces a lot of the caramel common in most iipa's. The sweetness if followed by a building bitterness with some orange peel/grapefruit. Very unique and impressive.

M - Not as creamy as the head may have indicated. Nice and thick. Hops leave the mouth a little parched.

D - The alcohol is only apparent in the feeling you get after drinking a glass. Nevertheless, the tastebuds are pretty well saturated after a bottle. I don't know if i could taste anything if i had another beer after this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:17:58 | More by brad97z
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wmthorne

Tennessee

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

Purchased this growler fill from Roof Bros. in Paducah, KY.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Not an overwhelming number of carbonation bubbles in the glass but when I unscrewed the lid it had a nice pop. A decent amount of head given the low number of bubbles. Pretty good lacing after the first few drinks.

The hops scent boils up out of the glass upon pouring. It smells mostly like grapefruit to me. I like that.

First drink, more carbonation that I initially assumed based on the appearance. Pretty smooth for the amount of hops and I definitely get a little sweetness. (didn't realize it was honey)

I'm looking forward to finishing the growler today. The sun is shining a little and it'll be a nice companion for a nice hoppy beer.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2010 18:05:31 | More by wmthorne
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Poured a light orange/yellow colour with a thick, foamy white head that stuck around for a while and then slowly dissipated.

S - The nose is so pronounced that I could smell the beer as I described the appearance, with my nose about a foot from the glass! The nose is sweet, citrus hops. Definitely a grapefruit nose. The sweet honey is present on the nose as well. Lots and lots of hops! An impressive nose.

T - A absolute hop bomb, as advertised! Grapefruit and sweet honey that lingers in the aftertaste. Very bitter but with a complimentary sweetness from the honey.

M - Medium body with some nice chew. Carbonation is light and perfect.

D - Remarkably drinkable for an IPA. Definitely lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 04:56:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Fitzgerald

Minnesota

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

A- Gently poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, I learned from the last Hopslam to pour slow. Nice foamy white head, the beer is a straw colored gold with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom and after a few drinks some nice lacing.

S- Big grapefruit and pine scents very nice spring like aromas.

T- Lots of citrus, lots of carbonation bitter on the tongue some pepper taste and a dry finish.

MF-You can really feel all the hops, zesty dry feel throughout the mouth but very refreshing. They aren't kidding when they say a tongue bruiser of a beer.

D-Great hoppy beer, very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden so it would have to be a very short session.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:54:57 | More by Fitzgerald
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tetonka4kzoo

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber in a snifter. Has a one finger head that disappeared quickly. Left a good retention along glass.

I first notice strong hops and citrus. Its potent but not overwhelming at all. Also has hints of pine, honey, and hemp.

Has very flavorful hops, honey, pine, and grapefruit. The sweetness hides bitterness from the intense hops. A slight peeper taste helps the hops bounce off your tongue.

Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

Pretty smooth and sweet fro a hoppy IPA with a high ABV like this. I look forward to Hopslam every January. I was lucky enough to have some on draft in late summer at the Brewpup. It was leftover from a private party batch.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:22:18 | More by tetonka4kzoo
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billshmeinke

California

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

Obtained through a trade with StormKing47. Bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours mid way between honey and amber in color. Somewhat clear brew with tiny bubbles skirting their way to the top. One and a half finger white head composed of tiny bubbles dies down to a very thin layer of foam that is concentrated around the edge of the glass. Tons of lacing left behind.

The nose is incredible. All I can smell is hop based fruit scents. I get apricots, peach, apple juice, pineapple, and mango in no particular order. No trace of alcohol in the nose. Some honey in there as well. As it warms the scent of this beer screams peach and apricots.

The flavor starts off sweet like apple juice or honey with bread and barley in the middle giving way to an onslaught of hop flavor in the form of apricots, peach, pineapple and mango. As the hops begin to slam your palate, the flavors seems more bitter yet balanced by the fruit flavors mentioned above. The finish is quite balanced between bread like flavor, honey sweetness and hop bitterness. Pine and dank resin begin to become more apparent towards the end of the palate as the beer warms. Lingering bitter hops. My only complaint is that the bread and honey/apple juice flavors are a little too strong and somewhat distracting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. I would call it medium bodied. Smooth, not very syrupy as other 10% range DIPAs can become. Tiny bubbles, but not so carbonated as to become prickly.

The drinkability is exceptional for the abv. Drinks like a much lighter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 23:15:26 | More by billshmeinke
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beejayud

Delaware

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

HopSlam is a very nice combination of flavors. Instantly you notice the extreme hoppy character and then it mellows off into a sweeter honey flavor. I compair all IPA's to Dogfish 90 min, as being from Milton, DE that is the standard. It would be a nice compliment to a 90 min. Slightly hoppier than the 90 min. and a lot sweeter ending. Overall a very drinkable beer, and I enjoyed every drop.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 22:18:55 | More by beejayud
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OaktownFunk

California

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright, golden orange. Very small off white head that fades quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Piney and slightly floral. I also get what I perceive as a "sweet" aroma, could be the honey.

T: Hop bitterness smacks the taste buds initially, but fades to a nice sweet finish. Not overly sweet, but leaves a pleasant sweetness on the palate.

M: This beer coats your mouth with what I would describe as "slickery". Maybe slightly oily mouth feel. There is some nice bite from the carbonation as well.

D: Very drinkable for a 10% beer. The alcohol leaves you with a nice warming sensation in the belly. I would be happy downing a couple over lunch on the ski slopes.

Overall: This is a VERY good beer. One that I have wanted to try to quite some time and was lucky enough to get my hands on it via trade. I consider Pliny as the standard for all Imperial IPA's and Hopslam more than holds it's own in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 07:16:48 | More by OaktownFunk
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SiepJones

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a snifter.

The appearance is a copper color that you can see right through. There is an inch of head on this beer.

After putting my nose to the snifter I get a strong scent of floral hops, slightly sweet to the smell.

Upon taking a sip I notice a strong upfront flavor of floral hop that bites the tongue and a slight alcohol tingle. The after taste is somewhat sweet with honey but then changes to an astringent and earthy flavor.

The mouthfeel is very slippery and slick with plenty of carbonation, which tickles the roof of my mouth.

Hopslam has a strong flavor and aftertaste. There is also no hiding the 10% abv which one can feel on their tongue. This beer is probably best for sipping no more than two, but of course drinkability is all relative.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:27:48 | More by SiepJones
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tippebrewcrew2

Indiana

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

This beer is absolutely amazing. It is like a summer day of hard work away from a water hole and the skies began to rain down juicy fruits and sweet nectar! This beer is just dripping with fresh juice of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. One of the most beautiful well rounded beers I have ever tried. Drink it fresh though because whenever it gets a little bit of age on it those hops start to go fast. Drink up and cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 07:47:13 | More by tippebrewcrew2
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agiato

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this at Hawthornes in the Bella Vista section of Philly.

Had it out of the bottle.

Appearence -Glowing golden color, almost looks like a glass of honey. It just looks delicious.

Smell-Aroma is initially full of hops as one would expect from an American IPA, citrus is ever-present (grapefruit & pineapple), but eventually it melts into honey & caramel.

Taste -I wasnt ready for the taste of this, especially because the style of an American Double IPA hides well the sweetness that this beer provides.

I cant wait until next year for its re-release. Ill have to make due with the two 12 ouncers sitting in my fridge right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:45:21 | More by agiato
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Had this one on tap at Thomas House.

Glowing golden color, thick white cap that holds well, and makes fine sheets of lace down the glass. A finger collar lasts all the way to the end.
Aroma is initially a hop assault, citric, piney, lots of grapefruits, but eventually some honey, caramel and cookie notes provide some balance. Firm on the palate, bitter and hoppy, fruity, with some caramel notes. Honey, cookie round up the taste.
Fresh this beer is just amazing. Every time I have it I like it a bit more. Mind you, I am NOT a hophead.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 01:06:21 | More by brdc
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tuckevalastin

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a small white head

S: Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit, and strong piney hops

T: Immediate hps with strong citrus notes leads the way and a sweet honey flavor finishes. A floral hoppiness lingers in the aftertase.

M: Pretty light bodied with lots of bitterness. Smooth with little spice or heat.

D: It's bitter and has relatively high ABV. However, drinkability is pretty good considering this.

Overall, this is a MUST try for hop lovers. It's probably worth a try for those who don't love hops too.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:19:20 | More by tuckevalastin
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mpensworth

Oregon

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

It's in my top 5 beers I've ever had, I must say...

A: Nice amber orange with a great foamy head.

S: HOPSLAM! The name says it all. Floral, citrus, pine, check check check.

T: Powerful hop citrus taste, hint of sweetness. Nice and bitter on the palate as well, slight bit of alcohol burn that I just love.

M: Good carbonation with a hint of syrup.

D: You could get into trouble quick with this beer. Highly drinkable for a 10% IPA.

I still remember how big my eyes got the first time I had this beer. It's been one of those things I only get to try every couple of years because we can't get it in Oregon. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 21:47:26 | More by mpensworth
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jbails007

Michigan

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

Beautiful amber color with a medium head, good head retention and lacing.

Smell is absolutely phenomenal. This is the best smelling beer I've ever had. Floral, citrusy, piney, and those hops definitely are pronounced. Absolutely wonderful.

The taste is the best aspect of this beer. It's definitely bold, but not overwhelming. The hops are hard-hitting, but again not overwhelming. It has some bitterness, but it is a good bitterness. Unbelievably well-balanced.

The drinkability is the only thing I can mark this beer down a bit for. But that's not to say it's bad, it's quite great. It's unbelievably drinkable for a hoppy double IPA. Not the most drinkable beer out there, but very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall, the best beer I've ever had. It's great in every department, especially taste. So well balanced. Everything great you've heard about this beer is true. A++

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 13:46:22 | More by jbails007
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berkey

California

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No Freshness date listed but it just arrived in a trade Saturday so I'm drinking it as fresh as I possibly can. From notes 03/09/10.

Nice bright orange body is topped by a bright white head that dies down after a few minutes but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Strong floral nose with some underlying pine aroma. The malt sweetness of the honey is fairly easy to pick out but it's simple, clean, and well integrated considering the ABV.

Honey is a little more obvious than I'd prefer but better applied than many other honey beers. Hops seem slightly more citric than on the aroma. There's a nice bitterness in the aftertaste but as it warms the honey becomes a bigger and bigger part of the overall flavor.

I prefer a cleaner, drier, finish on my DIPA than I'm getting from this beer. The ABV is well masked by the hop profile and by the honey which keeps drinkability very high for the style.

Altogether a very unique and interesting take on the style. Although not exactly to my tastes, I can see why so many enjoy this beer so much.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 06:39:40 | More by berkey
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

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

12oz btl poured into Bass pint glass.

A: a forcefull pour yields nearly 3 fingers of head. I don't remember this beer ever being this lively. Rocky head slowly fades into a more manageable entity. Very attractive golden straw color with hints of copper.

S: Beautiful. This is right up there with my other favorite aromatic beer, Nugget Nectar. Pungent piney hops all around. This bottle is a couple months old but still smells delicious...I almost forgot about actually drinking it, that's how wonderful it smells.

T: Sweet and sticky. I didn't notice it in the aroma, but as far as taste goes this has faded a bit. Still has a nice hop profile, just not as aggressive as I remember.

M: prickly with a medium body. leaves the mouth rather dry...yearning for the next sip, which is a good thing.

D: I've always felt that Hopslam is WAY too drinkable for 10% abv. I could drink several of these,quickly... if I didn't know better.

A top notch beer. If you've never had it get some, but make sure it is fresh. This beer is amazing, but it fades maybe faster than anything else out there. It is still a good beer after several months, but it isn't world class...when fresh this beer is world class.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 05:56:40 | More by AdamGarcia
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Cannabinaceae

Michigan

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

A: Poured into a snifter it yielded a small, wispy head. Beautiful golden color with a slight amber tinge.

S: Grapefruit dominates, giving way to a multitude of citrus, pineapple, and honey smell with a hint of pine.

T: Follows the smell, with a ton of grapefruit up front with a nice amount of bitterness. While this beer is infinitely hoppy, it is very well balanced with the honey sweetness.

M: Slightly syrupy with crisp carbonation from ultrafine bubbles. Like a subdued version of fine champagne.

D: This beer is dangerously drinkable for 10% alcohol. It is very smooth, and I would have no problem drinking several, though I may regret it come the following morning.

Overall, this beer is my favorite double IPA to date.(Admittedly I'm pretty young) It follows the character of the Two Hearted Ale which is probably my favorite standard American IPA with citrus-hop dominating the smell and taste. Overall, this is an excellent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:00:26 | More by Cannabinaceae
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AVDeuph

Florida

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet...

Prior to this 2010 bottle it already stands as my favorite (D)IPA, so please bear in mind the completely unabashed brew-crush I have on this beer.

A- This is a damn fine looking beer. It has one of the most inviting colors in any beer I've seen. Darker than you might expect, with lots of copper, pink, red grapefruit...it's essentially a Florida sunset.

S- I poured this bottle into a DFH snifter....a ton of grapefruit aroma with a steady and astringent alcohol backbone.

T- Where did that alcohol go? If I didn't know any better I would definitely place this beer in the 7% range. The taste of Hopslam is very encompassing....it fills your mouth with a decently sweet citrus bomb that is overbalanced (appropriately) by the actual hop slam that you knew was coming.

M- Thick and just a little syrupy. I imagine the honey has a bit to do with that. I wouldn't mind a touch more carbonation but it isn't a problem by any means. Just a little more life would be nice.

D: Ridiculously good for a 10% beer. Okay, maybe not if you don't like IPAs. But if you do, this is the cleanest, least imposing high gravity beer that I've had. If it wasn't $16 for a six-pack I could make this a session beer.

An absolute MUST for IPA fans, and fans of extremely well-made beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 05:36:21 | More by AVDeuph
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,534 ratings.