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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,985 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,985
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,936
Gots: 1,512 | FT: 41
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 TheQuietMan22
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a slightly hazy honey color. One finger of slightly off-white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge. There is some very minor carbonation: one or two bubbles float to the top.

Smell: An invigorating and pleasant grape fruit citrus socked me in the nose. It is mostly citrusy, but there are also aromas of pineapple, pine, caramel, and honey.

Taste: The wait to let it warm a little was agonizing; I could hardly resist the urge to lift the glass to my mouth and pour it in. My first sip was a mouthful of lovely bitterness -- major hop bitterness. It was, however, not overpowering; it let the flavors shine through: grapefruit citrus, pine spice, caramel, and honey. The pineapple element from the smell was there, but its presence was not as strong. A pleasant, bitter aftertaste left my tongue and cheeks tingling and lingered in my throat long after each swallow. The alcohol was completely masked.

Drinkability: Until now I did not think I was a big hophead. However, I wonder if my taste is evolving. Very tasty, good, and drinkable stuff. Get it while you can.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

As I pulled the cap off the bottle I only heard a slight hiss from the carbonation gas. I decided to pour this into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass and was left with a thick and hearty one finger thick bone white head that hung around for the whole pint. As I hold my glass up to the light it appears to be a burnt orange almost honey color that is crystal clear. When I give a swirl the viscosity is pretty thick leaving lasting legs that are running down the walls of my glass.

Smell:

Sweet, bright citrus notes, honey, caramel, lots of pine and other sugars. The middle is filled with all kinds of mango and other tropical fruits which really bring out all that the beer as to offer. There is a tinge of the heat alcohol and strangely enough something that resembles a women s hair salon.

Taste:

Very hoppy but not sharp and bitey but rather smooth and waxy resin leaves a thick coating on your palate which is amazing! Loads of warming alcohol and honey which rounds out the sweetness very well. Caramel and toffee thick chewy malt, lemon skins and more evergreen tree round out the finish.

Bmoyer0301, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine big hoppy IPA. I don't know what it is about many of these "fresh" hop strong ales I've had, but they all seem to share similar, if not the very same, hop flavors/aromas/characteristics. Hopslam is no exception. Same hops? - DFH 90 Min and Victory Hop Wallop are other examples I look to that seem nearly indistinguishable from a hop profile standpoint.

That said, the hops show tremendous depth and expanse in the smell - 3D! Flowery - as in nose-deep in a handful of hop flowers - with fairly pungent/spicy grapefruit tones. Blended quite nicely with that is the thick biscuity malt and more than a hint of honey. The honey may largely be responsible for the cruddy head and retention and sunny golden honey glow. Tiny chill haze (or just plain haze).

The taste pretty much closely mirrors the smell, but with the presence of the malts coming more into balance with the assertive bitterness of the hops. What I love about Hop Wallop is that it's somewhat clean and dry from start to finish - the feel of this is tipped quite in the other direction, however, not to its detriment. I'm even surprised how much I dug the thickish (but a bit short of viscous), silky-smooth roll this has on the palate.

By the end, though, the hoppy/malty goodness began to show signs of building to a fever pitch, not of extra goodness, but of cheap kiddie perfume and animal urine. Thus, it wouldn't be a stretch for me to guess that another bottle wouldn't have pleased. Plus, the 10% which is all but masked throughout, decides to kick in and pickle ya. Liked it all-in-all, though, and I'd try it again. Hopheads love it, I'm sure.

Bouleboubier, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been waiting a while to try this beer!

its the lightest colored imperial ipa ive ever seen!...a murky yellow to green color...

smells like hops!!!!....of the citrus variety...maybe a faint malt smell as well....

the taste is almost a sweet watery taste at the front....then the hops get you....and pretty bitter on the back end....

great thin mouth feel...carbonation is good....although almost no head and little lacing...

nice drink ability even though its 10% abv...

i think the honey makes this beer different than most of its kind....and gives this beer its special characteristics!

nickthegun12, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of sleepy10
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my. Found this on tap at Blarney's in Dinkytown and much happier paying 5.50 for a pint than the 18 I saw for a six pack last night. I bought a Sierra Nevada bomber Imperial IPA, Hopminium? Or something like that. First taste of Both was wow, but when it was Hopslam it was a bit of a more satisfied statement.

Great balance on it. Was afraid of the fact they brewed in honey from the start but they proved its worth. It's sweet, it's hoppy, it's bitter. Tastes like a good IPA and wouldnt expect it to be an imperial. I was expecting to be a fan but this won me over in a hurry. Try it out. Bell's rocked this ale and I hope I can find more of it before it runs out

sleepy10, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of coachdonovan
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into Hopslam Land. Thanks to Hawthorne's in South Philly for having it available fresh; this one was bottled on Dec 7, 2010 and poured into a tulip.

The look is a golden brassy copper. There is an ever-so-slight haze. Lace is two fingers thick and sticks around all day. Look, I know IPAs have a citrus aroma. But this is crazy. I've never had a beer that smells so much like a grapefruit- there's even a tartness there.

Taste is similarly zesty, but not quite like anything I've previously come across. As I make my way through the first few sips, this beer goes in directions I wasn't expecting. There's no overwhelming malt backbone to sugar things up, but somehow the hops don't run out of control. It's nice and juicy and a little oily but again, everything is in check. The finish is the only time when the bitterness lingers a bit too much, but I can't say it really affects the drinkability. The alcohol certainly doesn't, as I'd never guess 10% until the morning after.

I have to admit, I was turned off by all the BA buzz about this beer. I didn't expect to have any, and I figured I couldn't be missing all that much. Then I was fortunate to find some, but even then I assumed it couldn't live up to the hype. It's not perfect, but it's damn close. I'm glad I bought two bottles.

coachdonovan, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light, clear amber with generous white head. This dissipates slowly, leaving a thin cap of lacing.

Some beers need to be swirled a bit and held right under the nose before you can smell them, while others make themselves known as soon as you open the bottle. Hopslam falls into that second category. Citrus hops, backed up by just a little sweetness, make for a fantastic smell.

The flavor opens with big, bright citrus and pine hops, then moves on to just a bit of sweet caramel or honey. The finish is long, lingering, and nicely bitter.

Medium-bodied with some nice carbonation, this has a fine mouthfeel.

The ABV is nearly undetectable in this beer. I feel like I could easily drink a few at a sitting, and only realize what I've done when I try to stand up.

Pellinore1, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours out exactly as HopSlam always does: a warm, melted caramel color with 1.5 fingers or more of sudsy, pearl-white head. Lacing managed to be pretty adequate in this mason jar I'm stuck drinking the beer out of.

I have a natural reaction that tells me if I think a given Double IPA is amongst the elite of the style: if upon the first sniff, I crack a wide smile and laugh. It's a reflexive action, like kicking your leg if you get tapped on the kneecap. Every first sniff of HopSlam is a grin and a guffaw for me. I love this lupulin. The pineapple husk is so immediate and strong and lovely. The papaya wafts up and around the pineapple with such a complimentary grace. The passionfruit, no scratch that, the passionfruit-flavored Starburst aroma is also very nice. Not very much pine at all on the nose. The smooth tropical fruits are backed up by HopSlam's hefty malt profile. This isn't East Coast; there isn't an overabundance of caramel malts. But the honeyed sweet spine of the beer is there for the smelling. Great, great aroma, as always.

The taste of this particular keg is just a hair under the quality that I get from a fresh bottle. Unfortunately, Alabama received their HopSlam about two weeks later than it needed too. Remember: when it comes to beers that are this intensely hoppy, they literally get worse each day after the minute they are bottled. This is still stellar, but the malt flavors are creeping up in the profile more than when this beer is super-fresh, and the tropical fruits are less distinct, less complex (but more rounded, which may be a positive for some palates) than when super-fresh. Still stellar, though. Lovely gushes of hoppy flavors. More pine and floral notes than the nose hinted at. Yummy.

This has got an East Coast-like mouthfeel. Usually, you never see me giving high mouthfeel scores to big, sticky Double IPAs, but HopSlam makes it work. I think the key is that they rely less on overpowering caramel malts and more on the honey sweetness. It's substantial without taking away from the hop flavors. Flavors which, by the way, are so good that I could drink this forever. But this beer being 10%ABV, that's a biological impossibility. 4.0 is as high as I can go given that this beer will get you tipsy with a quickness.

This is the third year that I've managed to do a HopSlam review. Having reviewed it out of the bottle, from a cask (!) and finally getting to an on-tap review, I'm running out of ways to review it. Maybe next year I'll get a mini-keg.

Reaper16, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of duece27
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Bells. I enjoy how the different liquor stores price this abv monster. Be careful an extra $6 can be ripped from your wallet for no good reason.

Light amber with clingy lace. ( it's so clear where is all the alcohol hiding)

A good nose with persistent hops. I expected a little more aggressive nose then this having recalled the memory of last years batch.

Lots of initial bitterness but with the third drink the honey punches through and sweetness starts to drag the hops under.

After one it's easy to think about another but I think that would ne a waste. Although my glass emptied surprisingly fast

duece27, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of mjsheehan08
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of billowing head sit atop this reddish orange hops machine. It says on the bottle that this beer is brewed with honey, and that's what it looks like. Honey. Lacing is sticky and is pulled down the sides of my pint glass. Rising bubbles are medium and somewhat slow. 

Smell is strong and I can detect it before I even bring it to my nose. I definitely detect the honey as well as citrusy grapefruit. Some hop oil is present as well as floral notes. Really intoxicating stuff. 

Bitter tinge as soon as it hits my palate, but the honey radiate through with a smoothness that is again followed by bite. A little grapefruit in the aftertaste as well. It really ends with some bone dry grass. The bitter bite really comes through in the after taste, as my ears start to ring after each sip.  A really nice combination that is really well balanced and interesting at every sip. It's really hot though. I can feel it burn all the way down into my stomach. This is obviously a beer that demands attention, not just by the mouth but all the way down to the stomach.   

Carbonation is mild, there are some bubbles in the mix and they join well with the beating my palate is taking from the hops. Pretty lasting flavor after it's gone. I might not have eaten in a while, but I will be pretty buzzed after one of these. It's an easy one to drink because it's so good, but it will knock you on your ass. 

mjsheehan08, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer lives up to its name and accomplishes what it sets out to do...slam you with hops. However, its brewed with honey and this adds a nice sweet character that smooths out the balance and makes it very drinkable.

Not as much of a palette wrecker as it claims. Its bitterness gets balanced out with a sweet middle.

A- Transparant honey tone with a craggy white foam that recedes to an oily sea foam layer that leaves nice rings of lace.

S- Pungent pine, herbal and floral notes in front, plenty of citrus, orange peel zest, lemon, and grapefruit. Honey suckle.

T- Complex resiny hop forward, full of floral and citrus, grapefruit and a silky honey note that sits nicely in the middel. Very balanced with a good bitter aftertaste, grassy notes.

M- Slightly oily, nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing.

D- Surpringly easier to drink than I expected. I believe its a sipper for those not ready for hops, but it delivered what it said it would and therefore gets a high score. I give it extra points for the honey middle.

JayS2629, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Pours fairly clear, beautiful golden orange with light rising carbonation and a craggy white head.

Aroma is of sweet, tropical fruit, with resiny pine and very nice citric, lemony, grapefruit notes.

The taste is again of tropical fruits upfront. There are also notes of resiny pine, along with a grapefruit, citric balance. I can definitely detect the honey sweetness towards the middle, though I probably would not have been able to pinpoint it as honey had I not known. Has a distinct bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium to full-bodied with nice carbonation and leaves a faint oilyness. Very well done and really fits perfectly with the beer.

The honey really adds a nice balance to sweeten out any heavy bitterness and makes this is an very drinkable beer. I would never guess the ABV was this high.
I dont' know that I would buy multiple cases as some do, but I am very happy I traded for a sixer and could probably go for one or two more.
Thanks to jbck109 for hooking me up with this highly praised brew!

vkv822, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of AJacob81
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10,093, served in a stemmed tulip.

A - Amber-orange in hue, pours clear with a 2 finger foam head that recedes and is retained as a soapy film with little lacing.

S - Intensely fruity bouquet, smells like a canned fruit cocktail with sweet syrup. Strong supporting turn from piney, floral hops.

T - Very sweet, the honey asserts itself up front. Then the bitterness of the hops arrives in force, fresh grass and flower clippings. Finishes with sweet grapefruit.

M - Oily, medium body. The finish is dry, but understated. Exactly what I expect for the style.

D - The alcohol is well-masked at first, but becomes more noticeable near the midpoint. This isn't unpleasant at all, but it does slow the sipping considerably.

Definitely a top-flight DIPA, and another strong offering from Bell's.

AJacob81, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold with little white head and leaves some lacing.

The smell is sweet of apricots and other citrus. Slight pine. Pretty deep fresh smell for sure.

The taste is a sweeter ipa with citrus and the alcohol at first adds a great quality to the taste. But as its warming up the alcohol is becoming more and more present.

Over all I am impressed with this beer and after reading all the hype for a month or so Im glad it still came through!

And its almost too easy to drink for being 10%!

Eriktheipaman, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with not much head. Some good lacing but the head dissipates really quickly. Intense citrus aroma with tons of tropical fruit; grapefruit, mango, pineapple, etc. Taste is more fruit, very citrusy. The preceived bitterness is only moderate. Not boozy at all considering the high ABV. Could pass it off as a regular IPA, other than the intense amounts of hop aroma and flavor. Still a great DIPA.

goldbot, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of turfy
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beauty in a trade with rhodeska. Poured into a SN tulip glass, with a mostly clear, orange color with a thinnish head and light lacing. The smell was one of strong orange and pineapple with a touch of grapefruit. My first thoughts on tasting were 'sweet' and 'orange', which was followed with a nice balance of bitterness. A moderate to heavy mouthfeel, perhaps because of the sweetness. Fairly drinkable, although it may take me a few to get used to the sweeter than normal taste of most of the brews I enjoy. Definitely a Top 100 brew and glad I was able to finally enjoy it!

turfy, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 28 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Review #100! Decided to drink a popular one. I haven't drank this beer in 3 years, and can't remember how it tasted.

Poured gently, 2-finger bubbly head, reduces to a thin film, light spider-web lacing, color is a clear light orange. Aroma is hoppy yet very sweet. I wonder if that can be attributed to the honey in the beer? The hops smell of a leathery (new-shoes-smell) citrus, favoring grapefruit, then orange, then lemon. Pine is there, but citrus comes first.

Taste is extremely smooth with a sweetness almost like mead. Taste of orange and grapefruit, ending with a bitter note on the palate. I'm not sure this beer lives up to all the hype, but for a sought after, small batch release, this is certainly worth every penny.

ADVICE: Don't let this beer warm up to more than 55 deg F.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a pint of Pliny last night. Then the beer fairy delivered a 6 pack of Hopslam. She came disguised as a dear friend who had been traveling from the East Coast.
Shabang..fruit cocktail aroma: pineapple, mango, a little peach, a little orange, bit of floral aroma as well.
Tastes of strong grapefruit, heavy citrus and big time bitterness, little bit of honey to sweeten the deal. Some pine influence as well. I love the difference in flavor and aroma of this beer. It's marvelous. Slight alcohol burn. Excellent beer.

dragonWhale, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of salvo
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of Hopslam on tap, for which I thank BlackSparrow Pub in Lafayette. Thanks for keeping us in wonderful beer, birdies. My bottle review should appear right below this one for those who wont get access to the kegs.

Pours a beautiful straw-towards-tawny yellow-brown with a foamy two inch head that slowly collapses, etching the glass. The liquid is very clear with little residue.

Wow, the aroma is amazing. Honey is very assertive at first, and then that fades and is replaced by piney, citrus, grapefruit aroma. Amazingly assertive nose.

First taste is all pine, which then dissipates, with a suggestion of peppery 10% alcohol burn, but well balanced. The finish is long, slow, and complex as it turns from hints of honey to raging citrus peel and back again to the sweet biscuit and honey where it started. Fade to pepper buzz and tea astringent, sip again. All pine, which dissipates. As it warms, more floral hints (from the honey?) and more tropical fruit are present. Almost worth putting up with ice and snow.

This year's Hopslam has a rich honey aroma with sweet biscuit malt in the nose; I've read some reports about changes to the honey they were using, and it seems most of the sugars were converted to alcohol, leaving only a fabulous flowery honey aroma that asserts itself over the rich piney and grapefruit nose. The hops are certainly there, but last year's was sweeter with hopper aroma and more honey in the mouth.

The taste is so worth waiting through bitter midwestern winters to access. The main difference in the bottled nectar is that the malts are stronger on the palate and mouthfeel is ever-so-slightly lighter, with the hops mildly subdued. Beautiful in any form.

salvo, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel out of a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pale and golden pour with just about a one inch head that quickly recedes. Very sticky lacing all over.

S - Big piney and citrusy smell. Fruity and floral as well. Hops all over it naturally. Just a huge smell. Traces of honey.

T - I expected a huge hop taste up front but I got a nice subtle sweetness. The big hops taste follows right through though with definite grapefruit flavors. Honey provides the mentioned sweetness. Tartness in the end makes this a great beer.

M - Creamy slick layer left on the tongue. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry (and wanting more!).

D - ABV be damned this is scarily drinkable. Thee alcohol is expertly hidden.

GallowsThief, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of ottovon
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought 3 days ago and poured into a snifter.

A: pours out a clear golden brown color with a white head that fell quickly but left some lacing down the glass.

S: smells wonderful. lots of citrus hops, mostly orange and pineapple, with a little grapefruit in there. i get some caramel malt as well and some sweet aromas.

T: i get caramel malt in the front with a little sweetness. then the hops come in big time. lots of citrus and pineapple. there is a little bit of spiciness in there. it ends nice and bitter with a touch of alcohol.

M: very smooth. medium-thin body with a nice bit of carbonation.

D: overall a great beer. i could drink a lot of these. the alcohol is hidden very well. very smooth. a great DIPA.

ottovon, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Schreibeers
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good, what I expect from a double IPA, dark golden color, some lacing down the side

S: Sweet hoppyness, some malts, and with a little alcohol backdrop, a little thin for a double IPA

T: My favorite part of Hopslam is the taste. Initial hoppy flavor followed by some rounded malty sweetness with the hops never too far away. The taste ends in a dry hoppy flavor that continues to linger long after your last sip.

M: Medium/thick body with oily mouthfeel that sticks tounge and cheeks. Very nice.

D: For a 10 % abv brew, very well balanced and drinkable. Overall a very nice brew.

Schreibeers, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of sturner26
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Al's of Hamden in Enola, PA in a tulip shaped glass .

A: A dark golden yellow color with a nice foamy head, about 2 fingers. Remained for most of the drink

S: Intense hop along with some sweet and citrusy notes. Very appealing!

T: Sweeter than I was expecting with a touch of citrus and strong apricot(?). Very fruity with only a strong bitter taste in the bottom quarter of the glass

M: Coats the mouth in almost a sticky way, but not syrupy. Leaves mouth dry and refreshed after each swallow.

D: Excellent. I had this with wings and pizza, and while it was not a perfect pairing, I would have sooner changed my food order than my beer. Aside from the high APV I would love to down 2-4 in a night. Great stuff!

sturner26, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love these minikegs. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange. Nice almost white head with great retention. OK lacing. Smell is incredible. Tropical fruit, citrus, orange, a touch of sweetness (from the honey?). All very clean. Smells fantastic. This rivals Nelson and Citra for the best aroma I've gotten in a dipa/ipa.

Flavor is great as well. I gave a sample to a friend who isnt into craft much and he said "holy shit. There's like 9 flavors in one sip!" I'd have to agree. Starts out bursting with hop flavor. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, tropicals. Rounds into a touch of caramel followed by some honey sweetness. Leaves a mildy bitter aftertaste, but doesn't overdo it at all. A touch more carbonation could be nice, but overall this is a great beer. One of my favorites.

HURTemHIZZY, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Alcove International Tavern in Tuscaloosa, AL. Thank God we finally have access to this brew.

A: poured a golden yellow color and brought a nice thick foamy head, about 2 fingers;

S: intense hop, with a touch of sweet (honey?); citrusy smell to it; touch of grapefruit

T: sweet with a touch of citrus; malts seamlessly appear in the flavor profile; surprisingly, little/no alcohol taste present; overall, tasted like fruit-scented winter wind; refreshing, tart, and just sweet enough to make it perfect; the honey flavors are definitely evident, if not in straight honey flavor, than in the lack of overly bitter hops; also notes of apricot

M: smooth and full-bodied; coats the mouth, but not in a malty, sticky way; coats the mouth then leaves it dry and refreshed; a clean but full beer

D: Crap. I'll end up drinking 2 more of these than I need to, and will be trying to find a ride home at 3am. This is one beer that has achieved perfect drinkability

I was skeptical about this beer's ability to live up to the hype. While it's not quite that good, it's definitely an amazing beer. I still don't understand how Bell's took major hops, heavy malts, and honey, and turned it into a crisp, full-bodied, refreshing DIPA. Perfection can't be achieved, but this is close.

boudreaux, Jan 28, 2011
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,985 ratings.