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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,148
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,987
Gots: 1,547 | 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 GoGriz
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a sam perfect pint thanks to hayesez!

My first Hopslam and happy to try it. Pours a nice semi-translucent dark gold. Head is billowy and sticks around for a short time. Good lacing around the rim of the glass. The nose falls short for me; not bad by any means but nothing out of the ordinary. Good sweet, sugary pine but soft. Not overbearing. Taste is really nice but not as bracingly hoppy as the label states. In fact it is softer than I could've imagined but that could be due to freshness. The bitterness hits the side of the tongue for a moment but then leaves quickly. Not much sting afterward. There is a nice balance to this beer between malt and hop but I'd love more intense hop. Still good though. Mouthfeel is great. Fairly viscous but with good carbonation and makes me want another taste. I dunno how many of these I could drink as the alcohol is present and the mouthfeel, while great, could get taxing. But I like it.

GoGriz, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of jhimstedt
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to LukeM23 for sharing

A - nice pale gold with nice white fluffy head with pretty decent retention.

S - huge citrus hops, little pine and earth hiding behind, stone fruit and hints of chardonnay

T - big citrus hops, little spice, the honey was rather slight until it warmed. could have been more bitter but nice lingering full hop flavor. alcohol was very well hidden

M - too thick for me. wasn't cloying with residual sugar but could have been a little thinner and drier for me.

D - if it was thinner i could drink way too many of these. could still drink quite a few if super cold.

Highly recommend at least giving it a shot.

jhimstedt, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Brewbro000
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start this review by saying this beer is awesome. I have already burned through a 6 pack of this recently and just got another one as a trade extra (thanks DannyKelly) and decided to get around to reviewing it.
Pours a golden yellow with amazing clarity and a crisp white head. My FW pint glass is happy to contain it. Head recedes after a few minutes into a ring that leaves mild lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer smells incredible, citrus fruits, pineapple are up front and do a great job representing the hops with a mild hop sweetness coming though at the end of each whif. Upon tasting this beer i expected it to be boozy for how light it is but instead you get a blast of hop flavor and a much needed malty backbone to hold the beer together, completely masking the alcohol. This beer is light and crisp, something you don't see with many Double IPA's. Where this beer lacks hop bitterness (what can i say i'm a Portland hophead) it makes up for in hip aroma and profile. I could drink this beer all day.

Brewbro000, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was had in a side-by-side today w/ Pliny the Elder.
Hopslam bottled 1/4/11
Pliny bottled 12/28/10

So this is as close as I'm going to get for freshness purposes. Just the Hopslam review is here and the Pliny review was from a different tasting. Hopslam was tasted and reviewed before trying the Pliny today.

Thanks to Sonoma01 and heyesez for the chance to do this!

Out of the bottle, very light amber. Feathering out to almost sunlight when the glass is tipped. Minimal head, quickly gone leaving a nice layer of lacing.

The aroma is more mild than I was expecting. But it is there, if faintly, and this is a bit of ruby red grapfruit. There are scant floral notes and a little malt as well.

There is a very strong booze note right up front. Damn, that is a bit strong. This is also a very dry finishing double. So much of this flavor is masked by the booze initially, but the follow-up is citrus pith, a lot of light floral and a bit of bitter. EDIT: after reading the batch description at Bell's I will attest to not tasting honey in this, but if that is what they're attributing to the overall balance, then it certainly did it's job.

Exceptionally light on the palate, well carbed, and a touch of bitter finish that is still crisp.

The upfront booze alerts you to the alcohol, but my goodness this is a easy easy brew to drink.


CooperEllis, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of websherpa
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks ChadQuest for the bottles.

So I had Pliny earlier this week and I have to say these beers are very similar. They had the same grapefruit/pineapple hop profile. They both made a beer with few or no flaws. Both drink incredibly clean, and are quite refreshing despite their size.

Hopslam differs in that it is slightly more sweet and sticky no doubt from the honey. It also finishes a little quieter, which is a little disappointing. All in all this beer is a winner, and deserves the praise it gets.

websherpa, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 10127 packaged on January 11, 2011

Appearance- a clear light amber gold color similar to clove honey with several fingers of billowing creamy off white head and lots of nice bubbles of various sizes that leave considerable lacing

Smell- mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and floral perfume-like hop aromas with sweet earthy honey and malt undertones...faint alcohol presence as it warms

Taste- several waves of taste beginning with the sweetness from the malts. honey, and floral hops...to the counteracting balance of tropical and grapefruit hop bitterness...with a touch of alcohol...and a nice long bitter finish

Mouthfeel- big oily mouthfeel that coats my lips, medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- very high...it is very smooth and the 10% ABV is easily masked...only faint alchohol as it warms...just too hard to get in NYC

myatomicpolygon, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Miketwolf21
3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color and a generous head was exposed for such a high gravity beer. The honey comes right through with the sweetness that perfectly blends with probably the most grapefruity hop profile of them all. There is also some nice freshly cut rose notes to it. The aroma reminds that this is for hop heads, but in my opinion its more of a gateway drug for them. Its easy to drink due to the sweetness and only medium body which is due to the use of honey.
The taste is as expected. I wish there was a little more going on with the hop, malt interaction. Its too well calculated. The alcohol blends perfectly with the hop profile making it indistinguishable at a casual taste. The flavor of grapefruit and well hops are accented by a taste of lemon vodka. But the citrus fruits steal the show and the game is over. The finish is somewhat clean for the level of IBUs. There is some lasting bitterness that is a little unpolished.
The sweetness and the hops are too much to have more than a couple. The mouthfeel is nice though.
I like beer that is more multidimensional.

Miketwolf21, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange colour with thick whit head. Some lacing on the glass, with nice head retention. Smells of resiny pine hops with some citrus and lots of sweet caramel malt. Flavour has a really nice sweetness to it, then the bitterness hits you. Leaves the piney hops as a wonderful after-taste. Very smooth mouthfeel. Easily one of the best double IPA's I've had. This beer did live up to the hype.

kwjd, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Batch #10093. Reviewed Today out of a Tulip glass.

A - Clear Copper color with a finger of off white head that faded at a normal speed.

S - Smell of Honey, Grapefruit, Citrus Flowers, Grass, Pine, and Hops.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Honey, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Pine Sap, and Citrus Rind.

M - Sticky, Heavy Bitter, Alcoholic, and Sweeter than expected.

D - This is a better batch than last year inwhich i did not review since i probably would have given it a C.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of LosAngelesJoinMe
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Found it the Capital Ale House in Richmond,VA, Church Key in Washington DC, and am enjoying one right now at Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem. Surprised to still find it this late in the year. Waitress says they have an extra one for sometime next week...maybe.

A must! Too lazy to post specifics but it is definitely in my top 5 beers. Pineapple and Grapefruit in the smell and taste and bitterness is just right.

LosAngelesJoinMe, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of TheDole
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly dont think Ive had the privilege of enjoying a beer such as this since I lived in Brussels for a year and trekked out to Westvleteren Abbey to enjoy their beers on tap.
As far as a brew I can have in the states, this is it. Read other people's reviews if you want a detailed breakdown but this is truly a treat if you can find it.
YES it is expensive 16-20 a 6 pack. @ 10% alcohol and the malt to mask it, youll understand why.

TheDole, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 5, 2011. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a frothy 2-finger head that slowly recedes, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is, as expected, a slam of hops. Citrusy, piney goodness, with a touch of bitterness on the back end. First sip almost knocked me over. Strong floral hops that are quickly followed by a wave of intense bitterness. There's a nice sweetness lingering there behind the hops that makes the slam a bit more gentle. The impressive thing about this beer is the variety of hop flavors that come through. Though I suspect, based on others' descriptions, that it would be even more intense if it were fresher. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly, fairly light, but lingers in the mouth. This is a very intense, very hoppy DIPA. While it's not exactly my cup of tea (IPAs in general aren't), I can see why it's so highly regarded.

zeledonia, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of SenkoSnack808
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First year having this, and it is as hyped, amazing! I picked up 8 singles from a local store, at 2.50$ they were well worth it. The beer pours a orange color with a massive white head, 3-4 fingers worth. Hops up front, followed by a rush of citrus, and pine, prefect balance of the two. I expected this beer to be overwhelming with alcohol content but it wasn't even noticed even towards the bottom of the glass. Upset I haven't picked up more, I would have purchased a case at least. Overall this beer lives up to the hype, and is one I will enjoy each and every spring.

SenkoSnack808, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to burnheartsMKE for the beer.

12 OZ bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear honey color. Moderate to slow pour resulted in a half inch of bright white head that went to film pretty quickly. Good head retention as in swirling got a full finger that had more staying power. Little to no carbonation shown in this at all.

S-- Honey, fresh pine, ripe grapefruit. I got no smell of ABV in this at all.

T-- Massive hop punch right off the bat. Fresh pine, fresh grapefruit, and orange. Small amount of Carmel and some touches of honey.

M-- Very smooth after the taste. Hops do drop off some. Middle of palate is soft and honey. Finish is a big kick of grapefruit. Is a touch too sweet at times but also at times very crisp and clean. Honey is very apparent in the mouth. Big body and big feel.

D-- ABV is very apparent in the drinking. A slow sipper. Unique due to using honey but makes this stand out over other DIPA's due to that. Would be interested to see how this is without the honey. No way I could do more than one in a sitting. Hurts in the drinkability department. Great beer that packs a lot of punch and does meet the hype.

mulder1010, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jmcgnn
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious and deceptively strong. When it first hits your tongue, you feel the hoppy bite, but then when it goes down, a smoothness transforms it in such a fashion like nothing else I've ever tasted. It's a treat and highlight to the beer year when it arrives at the local stores in town. But be careful - the ease at the finish is where you can mess yourself up. With the high ABV plus the easy drink-ability, you can quickly find yourself heading off the rails if you try to down more than 2!

jmcgnn, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of nova009
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright copper color, half finger white head appears and slowly dissipates down to a ring, pretty nice lacing

S- wow this beer smells just like a DIPA should, a nice bouquet of hops and sweet honey, nice citrus, lemon and grapefruit, surprisingly im getting pineapple as well, sweet and citrusy

T- its called hopslam for a reason, you get a big kick in the mouth from the hops, the sweetness of the honey mixed in with the citrus is a nice middle buffer between the initial hops and the ending hops, at times i find the hops to be well balanced and at other times it seems a little overbearing, not sure whats up with that

M- medium body, silky smooth, slightly high carbonation, i wish it would coat my palate a bit more but it is solid nonetheless

D- i wasn't impressed with the first couple bottle that i had of this, however, on this review the flavors and smells were much better balanced than i remember, a nice one to sip especially at the price

nova009, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly bright orange color with modest head and good lacing.

Great aroma with very prominent tangerine and grapefruit and just a touch of pine.

Citrus hops dominate the initial taste and merge into a sweetness that seems to reflect the use of honey in the recipe. A pleasant, astringent hop bitterness shows on the finish and subsides into a lingering sweetness.

Juicy, round mouthfeel with a body that seems light for the alchohol content. Dangerously drinkable for the alcohol, but the sweetness builds to overtake the experience and forms a natural brake on drinking this beer too quickly.

CliffBrake, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of tedingr
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the beer. Expected more "hoppy."
The appearance is great. As I sit here looking at it in my glass
Like to try it on tap somewhere. Cask would be great I imagine.
This is a good beer and would recommend it to people.
Missing the aftertaste of the hops is my only concern.

tedingr, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got three bottles of this in a recent trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Batch 10127 - bottled January 11, 2011.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A fine, white crown sits atop a crystal clear, pale orange-gold body. Head never amounts to more than a wispy cap, even when swirled vigorously. Head retains as a thin halo and drags moderate, web-like lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon, pine resin, honey, and even hints of bubblegum arise early on. As it warms I get lime, more honey and bubblegum, and mild alcohol. Fresh, hoppy, and unique. Solid.

Taste: Grapefruit, lemon-lime, and honey loom large. Floral hop esters, pine, and earth emerge in the finish and form a bitter, long-lasting aftertaste. Alcohol peeks through a bit, but melds pretty well with the hop flavors and honey. I still get some bubblegum - not sure what causing that/what I'm mistaking that for.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light in body, sweet, and prickly, with a touch of warmth and dryness. Hop resins cling to the palate and create a deep, lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'd prefer something more fruitier and drier myself, but this made for a very nice sipper.

ThreeWiseMen, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, batch #10127 (meaning it was bottled on January 11th), and it was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a just short of translucent tangerine in my glass. The foamy white crown rises to about three fingers in height. It quickly reduces in size by about a third before settling in and just sitting there. While the head retention is more than solid, lacing is a bit spotty. There's an incredibly pungent and perfumey aroma wafting up from the glass. A faint suggestion of honey is almost drowned out by the massive hop notes bombarding my nose. Waves of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, and even a little peach crash over my olfactory sense. The flavor runs along similar lines, and is outstanding, but lacks a little bit of the oomph that the aroma has. The hop bitterness is fairly pronounced, but falls in line sandwiched between a beguilingly subtle, yet flavorful sweetness, and the array of powerful hop flavors. The mouthfeel is spot on, just enough heft in the body to support the massive hops, without getting in the way. At the same time the carbonation is active enough to really get the tropical hop flavors bursting on my palate, without giving too much of a bubbly sensation. There's not even a hint of alcohol, and it's absolutely mind boggling that a 10%, hopped out of its mind DIPA can be this easy to drink. A phenomenal beer from Bell's, and one of a very few that I would readily buy a whole case of at any time.

axeman9182, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of uno99
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here she is, the legendary Hopslam. Big thanks to Tim from Detroit for this one.

Packaged on January 11th, served at 50 Degrees.

A: Poured firmly into my Stella glass, Hopslam tosses up a lagre bright white head that sticks around quite well, and laces beautifully. Color is much more pale than one might expect from such a big beer.

S: I don't identify myself as a hophead, but this beer might convert me. The bouquet of hops and honey perfume into the nostrils. The hops are most exclusively citric. lots of pineapple and lemon. sort of smells like a freshly opened can of Del Monte Fruit Salad.

T: Hopslam lives up to its name for sure, but its not so over the top that it makes you pucker. This beer rides the threshold of taste and overbearing hop bitterness perfectly.

M: Slick, oily, but well carbonated. A little sticky, but a decent dry finish from the alcohol. Hop bitterness keeps you wanting to raise the glass as well.

D: This is a masterpiece DIPA and very accessible and delicious for even non-hopheaded beer lovers.

uno99, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Spartan517
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPAs and I thought it was time to review it. This beer is what makes January in Michigan managable for me. The beer pours a medium orange in color with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is very intense and is of mostly citrusy hops. This is by far one of the most robust, quality smelling beers I've had of this style. The taste is definately hop forward, but the honey balanced it out nicely. There's lots of citrus in the flavor, but a little bit of pine as well, and a touch of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is outstanding as the beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and a great feel. This is my go-to late winter beer.

Spartan517, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of gregshead
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first trade set up for this one, thanks to fourkicks for providing this one. Also my 100th review!

A: Pours an orangish/gold with a half finger of head.

S: Lots of citrus on the nose. Grapefruit & lemon smells. Some sugary smell as well.

T: Strong lemony/grapefruit punches (or slams?) me in the mouth. Finish is smooth sugary/malty taste probably influenced by the honey.

M: Has a lighter/medium feel, especially for a double IPA. Good carbonation.

D: Really easy for 10%. Now I wish this was a year round offering.

gregshead, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a slightly hazy dull gold tone with just shy of a finger's head; off-white on that count. middling retention but great lacing.

nose offers an aromatic potpourri of - surprise, surprise - hops; getting mostly citric notes but there is also a notable presence of pine, honey, and a touch of malt. exceptional aroma.

flavor follows the nose to a T. grapefruit, pine, honey. just enough balancing malt. very, very tasty beer. a true superstar DIPA.

medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. pretty damn drinkable considering its double-digit ABV. hopslam's fans are legion so there's not much to say about this one that hasn't already been said, but it receives that hype for a reason.

perrymarcus, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intro: 12 oz. bottle served in a Bell's 13 oz. tulip stem glass

Appearance: Poured a bright dark golden color with about a two finger off-white head remaining throughout the pour with thin lacing that clung to the glass.

Smell: All I can say is, WOW!! A very unmistakable aroma. A very full, rich bouquet of hops, hops, and more hops, complemented by citrus and honey. I'm a real hop-head and this has an unmistakable aroma unlike any other beer in this family.

Taste: The perfect balance between bitter and sweet, the malt is just enough to balance out the hops. Finishes well with the honey which does a good job of balancing the overall citrus hoppy flavor. Again, a very unique, unmistakable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a taste that lingers. The aftertaste mutes the drink quite well, due to the honey. It's not fruity at all, just hops and a smooth undertone which makes it quite drinkable

Drink: Smooth. Ultra-Smooth. If you're not careful you'll find yourself having put away a six-pack before you know it.

Conclusion: This is one beer that would not fail the blindfold test for either taste or smell. Despite all the hype surrounding this beer, don't be fooled. Don't pass up the chance to try this one, over and over again.

heysuz, Feb 20, 2011
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,148 ratings.