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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,508
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,764
Gots: 1,364 | FT: 43
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 blivingston1985

North Carolina

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

Hopslam, Hopslam, Hopslam. We've heard so much about you over the last months. Your production, being limited, makes you a rare commodity even before you hit the marketplace. It gives your fans that extra little bit of satisfaction knowing that they hold in their steins, their goblets, their Solo cups a delicious, golden slice of "Hop Heaven"(no relation to the beer) that can only be quaffed, but once a year.

You also get a little bit hyped up...

Don't get me wrong. This is a delightful beer. Strong, yet smooth. A wonderful high quality craft brew. Yet I can't help but feel a little disappointment. And it has nothing to do with the beer itself. It IS the hype around this ale and others like it that gives me this disappointment. Sometimes you go into trying a beer you have read about with expectations. Expectations gives you an unrealistic bar to measure by. All beers need to be reviewed with a lack of expectations. Now... On to the goods.

Purchased 6-Pack for $16.99 @ Liquor Depot in Tampa.

Poured in a glass pint.
Color is a copper/gold. Very nive release of carbination as it is poured forming a good creamy head(over 1/4 inch) that slowly breaks down to a superb lacing.

The smell is just like it says it tastes like. lots of hops. Lots of honey. Slight alcohol. Well hidden buy the overpowering hops.

Taste is quite good. High quality hops hit up front like a bitter punch in the mouth, only to be quickly quelled by the sweet richness of the dark honey. Finish is much like the first taste. Starts bitter then fades to a mellow honey. The honey gives an almost oily characteristic to the ale. Like a drop of pure honey on the tongue. Very nice. Quite drinkable for a bitter Double IPA.

Bell's is one of my top picks for Michigan breweries.
Hopslam Ale is a Top DIPA.
Brewed in Comstock. Not Kalamazoo.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 16:15:11 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of JMC_TM

North Carolina

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

Had this great beer in the bottle and on draft at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This big beer is an Imperial or a double IPA. It pours a hazy orange with a nice head frothy white head that leave lacing going down the glass, assuming you can drink it slow enough! The nose is full of juicy pineapple and citrusy hops that seem to jump out of the glass at you. A bitter ale for the most part, but somewhat smooth with some lingering sweetness from a decent malt backbone. Leaves you a bit dry and certainly takes the edge off after a hard day! It weighs in at a strong 9.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 08:03:31 | More by JMC_TM
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a large snifter. Pours a radiant golden orange/yellow color, like the color of raw honey. Large white head grows and then dies, leaving decent lacing clingy to the glass for dear life. Decent appearance. Initial smell is inviting...hoppy bitterness, citrusy sweetness and pine and citrus hops all dominate. Amazing smell. The taste virtually lives up to the nose. It is super hoppy, nice and bitter and warming. The lack of maltiness is a nice change from some other brews. This beer doesn't need it to balance it out, it is just plain delicious on its own. The grapefruit and citrus reign supreme on my taste buds. Honeydew and honey dance gingerly on my palate. Mmmm. A decent body and well hidden alcohol content make this beer very drinkable. A truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:41:25 | More by mjn5036
Photo of noduckla


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

I had this on tap in St Louis at a pizza joint. It poured beautifully with about an 1.5' of head with OK lacing. The smell was hops, pine, and citirus and lasted well after the initial few sips. It really had a wonderful aroma that lasted well through the first half of the pint. Taste was close to smell - citrus and hops with a clean dry finish. It did not have a strong alcohol taste familiar with lesser IPAs and that would normally tire the pallet. It was a well carbonated beer with good drinkability. The pine/citrusy taste would be a little over-powering after more than a couple.

I would definitely need to have this again. Would be great with something spicey - crawfish or chicken wings.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 03:18:44 | More by noduckla
Photo of mrandypandy


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

12oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a crystal clear orange/gold. Lively carbonation and a frothy white head. Very nice lacing.
S- An assault of citrus hops. If an IIPA could smell "juicy", then this would be it. Grapefruit dominates, some pine.
T- The hop assault continues into the taste. Heavy citrus hops with a bit of dry sweetness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Tasty.
M- Medium body, finishes a bit dry.
D- Pretty high, especially for the style and high ABV. Goes down super smooth and the lack of an alcohol presence makes this decievingly easy to drink.

Overall - A top ten IIPA and worthy of all the praise that comes it's way. Hoppy yet balanced, you never feel like you've overwhelmed. Highly recommended as fresh as possible. I'm glad I bought a case!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:31:08 | More by mrandypandy
Photo of deereless


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

A: Hop Slam is a deep, dark gold color, there's a hefty mass of thick head and lots of spotty lacing down the side of the glass, significant carbonation is visible in the beer - 4.50, S: Solid punch of citric hop aromas, lots of grapefruit and a bit of pine, there's a thick sweetness on the nose that reminds me of pineapple and cherimoya, a hint of what I perceive as honey - 5.00, T: Pure hops which provides a solid bitterness that is ever so slightly balanced by the malt, alcohol is evident but not oppressive, borders on the edge of a barley wine while still being a double IPA, thick and sweet - 4.50, M: Slightly thick mouth feel - 4.00, D: One of the better double IPAs I've had though the nature of the style often makes it a little less drinkable than some styles, overall a great beer, Bell's has yet to disappoint - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 01:31:06 | More by deereless
Photo of hopsbreath


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

Reviewed from notes taken 02-01-2010
What to say about Hopslam...This is the single finest DIPA I have ever had the pleasure of trying! The first one I had was only 10 days old when I got ahold of it. The nose was insane amounts of citrus, in particular pineapple. The taste; WOW! Sweet floral hops, pineapple, fresh white bread, clean sugars, and very little malt. Minimal lacing but this is a 10% alcohol beer. Get it while its fresh if you can!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:44:34 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of almychristopher

New York

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

this beer pours crystal clear golden color with a white head that recedes to a thin layer of white lace. the smell is overwhelmingly hoppy with a bit of sweet malt and earthiness in the back. the taste is really nice with the piney hops and fruitiness up front, the dry bitterness at the end rounds out the flavor really nicely. the light mouthfeel and good co2 make the mouthfeel as good as the rest of the beer, the alcohol is well hidden to the point of disappearing, a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 18:40:58 | More by almychristopher
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a huge bitter hop bite with a dry, honey driven aroma. The taste is great! It's pretty light actually. I think the honey lends the high abv. without the mouthfeel. It's damn hoppy with a nice pale malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. I've been waiting years to try it. It definitely didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 18:26:54 | More by WesWes
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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That's to MrChopin for sendin me a fresh batch.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin head that dissapated fast. Not alot of lacing but a decent looking beer.

Aroma is awesome. Lots of fruity aroma hops with a slight malti sweetness. Pineapple, peach. Smells really good.

Taste is great. It's sweet but not overly thick. More like a sugar sweetness. Great hop flavor and bitterness. Really great balance.

Mouthfeel is great. I like the maltiness without the viscosity. Great carb.

Overall I could pound these a few In a row because their so tasty and not to wrecking on the palate. I will trade for some of this every year probably.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:05:50 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour into a pint glass yielded a beautiful golden orange concoction of haze that swirled like summer clouds. A massive, frothy white head left great lacing throughout.

The smell is insane! Citrus is dominant, primarily grapefruit, with honey and a pine like spice.

Taste lives up to the smell. The grapefruit comes through, the hops give a huge bite, but the honey seems to keep the zing from becoming too much.

Thick, but smooth in the mouth. The carbonation keeps it crisp and lively.

This beer is very drinkable. Have to remind myself it is 10% ABV. Will try to pick up another sixer before they are gone.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:48:37 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

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

Drank on: 2/12/10

12 oz. bottle in pint glass

A= Pours a nice translucent light gold color. Provides a nice thin layer of foam. Tiny CO2 bubbles here and there.

S= Fruity aroma of mangos and some malt sweetness. Very refreshing.

T= Fruity hoppiness at first which is joined by a sweet heady hop zing. Nice piney, resinous hop bite in the middle. Tangy hint at the end. Has a wonderful hop flavor with a good bit of bitterness which mellows with time. Honey is noticable but wonderful.

MF= Nice heavy feeling on the tongue. Coats the tongue and throat with a thick layer of hop oil leaving a wonderful alcoholic warmth behind.

D= A few of these and you'd think anything was possible. This beer begs to be drank and to be respected.

Overall a wonderful beer from Bell's laced with great hop flavors and a nice honey sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 17:11:22 | More by evansrdbrew
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass.
A- Golden orange with a nice frothy thick head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S- Seriously, it is one of the most fragrant beers I have ever smelled. The citus, hops, and floral aromas just jump into your soul. Grapefruit, oranges, pine, and hops dominate. Some alcohol is present but it's masked by the aforementioned aromas.

T- OH MY! Just str8 goodness! The citrus is sooo fresh. A grapefruit/orange taste mixed with a pine flavor and a hint of honey to throw in the mix. OH did I mention HOPS. There is a bit of a spice at the end but there is not a burn, just a hint of spice as if the beer gods are reminding me that this one is 10+ ABV.

M- I want to feel this beer in my mouth as often as I can. It leaves a nise crisp feeling. I know it wants me to drink it. I feel the hops and citrus dancing on my pallet coupled with the perfect amount of carbonation. SMOOTH!!!!

D- I'm almost glad (not really) I can only get this beer a few months out of the year. If it was available any longer I would be broke. I don't think twice b4 spending $57.00 on a case of this beer. It must be noted that this beer is extremely dangerous. It is so smooth that I could drink it alll night long. As a matter of fact, I have. I indeed was slammed. This beer just makes me happy! I can be having a bad day and all I have to do is think about the hopslam that is in my fridge...suddenly, life is good. This one is a MUST HAVE.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 06:27:35 | More by urwithdave
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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured in my favorite glass, my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a very beautiful mango/apricot color with about a finger of head that leaves quickly, decent lacing.

S - Amazing hops and grapfruit, just amazing, I want to eat it. A little pineapple. I seriously could sniff this all day long.

T - Bitter and Cirtrusy hops, grapefruit, and pineapple. Honey tones down the hops and is just a great compliment. Man this is just heaven and I am not a IPA/DIPA fan at all either.

M - Seems like the honey coats my tongue a bit.

D - Dangerously drinkable, more than 2 and I would be done, but what a great day to end a night. Makes me want this year around.

If you like beer you have to try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:14:06 | More by semibaked
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kzoobrew for this fresh bottle.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Red Stripe pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color that you can see right through. Great head retention!

S: Fresh hops, pLiny, and some jasmine.

T: Honey up front, light and citrusy fruits in the middle, and a bitter finish (but not as much as The Oracle).

M: This area is lacking a little bit, but it's surprising that they get it to be so light-bodied for a 10% ABV beer.

D: The best feature of this beer. A 6-pack was a bad idea for these guys because it would be too easy to bring to a party and kick in a night.

Overall, everyone should make it a point to try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:14:46 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of vacax


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

Pours orange gold with some cloudiness. Moderate sized white head displays a nice amount of retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is strongly hoppy with gratuitous grapefruit, orange peel, spicy and floral hops, and an underlying malt sweetness. Tastes hopped up with pine, oranges, lemon, and grapefruit. Spicy hops on the midpalate with a big earthy hops, alcohol, and cookie finish. Medium bodied with a full but not quite prickly amount of carbonation, sticky with flora and earth. Quite a tasty DIPA, though a bit spicy for me, with alcohol and caramel malt standing out a bit too much on the finish to make this one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:48:56 | More by vacax
Photo of jbone78


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

One of my favorite Bell's products. Smells of honey and hops. Hops blended well with malt/honey backbone, also nice pine background.


I am adding this text because I was told my review did not have enough characters. That's stupid!

Here's more because I was 10 short.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:44:50 | More by jbone78
Photo of twoheartedheel

North Carolina

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

Worthy of the hype. One of the best APA/IPA/DIPA/Imperial IPA/however you want to classify it.

A little on the sweet side for a 10% ABV, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Honey, nutty, citrusy...a beautiful blend of hops. I wouldn't drink more than 2 of these at a time, although you easily could.

The price and availability are obvious downfalls. I think it's ridiculous to pay $19 for a 6-pack (going rate around here, if you even had a chance to buy), but I realize this is a blossoming business, so obviously breweries are going to take advantage of the opportunity. Great beer in small quantities from a highly reputable brewery= upcharge a forgone conclusion.

With that being said, I'll drink this beer as much as I can when it's available.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 19:27:09 | More by twoheartedheel
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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

mini keg I bought at steve's for 35.99

A-Yellow Golden orange, tons of foamy head. Tons of bubbles shooting towards the to, my uncle opened this beer and it overflowed all over him, priceless! what a good start

S- Strong Piny citrus. Can smell this beer from 3 feet away. Smells like a hopheads dream

T-Woah tons of piny hops. Does very well at taking the edge off while keeping the hops flavor.

M-Tons of carbonation. I got this bottle very fresh.

D-I really enjoyed this beer even though I am not a hop head. I am on my second.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 13:48:02 | More by leakyfaucet12
Photo of Telix


4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 review. Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head chalice.

A: A nice 1/2" head formed from a moderately aggressive pour. A nice, clear golden orange with healthy carbonation levels. It's one of those thick, dense looking beers where the carbonation slowly creeps out. Quite nice, though.

S: Insanely huge aroma, with sweet fruits and honey, citrus zest, cherries, floral and resinous notes... phenomenal.

T: Candied maraschino cherries, resinous hops, with a bit of bite combined with an overwhelming sweetness that smooths it all out. There might be some mild tart apple in there, too. It was better on draft, but still so good in the bottle.

M: Ideal - good density and carbonation, nice, mouth-filling consistency.

D: One of the most famous beers around, and for good reason. Huge aroma and taste, with a perfect mouthfeel. Even with a big ABV, you want to keep drinking. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:28:30 | More by Telix
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4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess it's time i put in my 2 cents worth. This is far and away the best beer i have had to date. Yes i'm from michigan and no i am not biased. If this beer were from bum f---ed egypt i would still feel the same! Looks great with a beautiful golden hue and light creamy head with medium lacing. Smell is like no other, sweet honey hops yeast? Taste is balanced perfectly between a hopped up dipa and honey- citrus floral combination. Pineapple galore. Very mild aftershock with a minimal clue to it's potent abv. Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet and luxurious. Drinkability is great so long as you don't "slam" too quickly. My or other's words can't express the quality of this beer so theres really only one thing you can do: Try it for yourself and you be the judge!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:26:26 | More by kalkavekkian
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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To date, the best beer I have ever tasted. This was my first experience with this beer and I am already on my second case. Poured from 12 oz. bottle in to pint glass. Pours a golden with minimal white head. From the first sniff of this beer I was hooked. It seriously smells like freshly cut fruit drizzled with honey. The flavor does not disapoint. It is the perfect belend of bitter and sweet. Bitter hops, citrus, peach, honey... Moderate carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. I am hooked.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:08:57 | More by billzee
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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a small head with lacing that sticks to the sides like glue. It's an almost bright yellow color with sediments dancing like $2.00 Sea Monkeys. Oddly, this almost smells like a pina colada to me. It was really surprising and really unique. This is an extremely smooth beer. Unlike many IPAs, the bitterness hides underneath the sweetness. Boy, a guy could get use to drinking these. 10% ABV? These will get you in trouble fast. My first one and, in my opinion, a beer that livse up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 18:38:27 | More by billyzoom666
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4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold - a definite beacon of unique color in a world of beers that all too often look alike. A full finger of head is reduced to a thin cap of carbonation.

The smell might remind you of a glass of orange juice - so fruity, and even juicy. Seems like you could squeeze the glass and get more than just the 12 oz.

Hop bomb to the utmost, though it remains incredibly juicy, sweet, and with only a mildly trailing bitterness toward the end.

A spark of carbonation touches on the tongue, paving the way for the introduction of the hops, which then stick around for a long time, warm and lingering.

Really enjoyable in that it's completely unique and wholly consuming, moreso than almost anything else on the market - that makes it highly drinkable, but to a point given that it is so big - two beers is that point.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:07:10 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC

New York

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber/burnt orange with a white head that fades slower than average. Lots of lacing

S - Lots of pine primarily, but some of the grapefruit and floral characters I so love.

T - HopSLAM is right, this thing beats you to death with em, but leave you asking for more! Again more pine than citrus, but tons of both. I suppose my only complaint is that its a bit boozy/hot, but I suppose thats the price you pay for 10%

M - About right for the style, perhaps a bit thick.

D - Definitely going for next year's batch!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 02:29:27 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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