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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,350
Reviews: 3,378
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,286
Gots: 2,457 | FT: 75
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:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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Ratings: 11,350 | Reviews: 3,378
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy orange/yellow, looks amazing

S- smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit, and mango

T- amazingly clean Imperial IPA taste! Citrus and grapefruit are coming through the most, with some mango hints, and of course the hops. For an IPA, it also has a great sweet maltyness as well, which is very nice. Too many strong IPA's have no flavor and only a ton of bitter hops in your face. This is a simple, clean, somewhat sweet amazing IPA. It's nothing complicated, but SOOO good. And I'm not even a hop head. And you can't taste the alcohol, but it WILL hit you by the end of the first glass. Has a champagne type buzz, it's lovely.

M- feels pretty good, not too thin or thick

O- definitely a top flight beer and it deserves it's kudos as one of the Best beers in the land. Everyone should try this beer. It's nothing complex or mercurial, every bottle is the same... DELICIOUS! Double Trouble from Founders is somewhat similar but WAY more hoppy and in your face grapefruit. You could definitely drink more than one of these in a session. One of my top 10 beers so far in my journey!

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tresmonos
3.47/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big presence of malt. Almost to the point where it crossed the line into a barley wine.

My friends raved about this beer. I was expecting a cleaner IPA. I much prefer Bell's Two Hearted Ale. But this definitely was an experience. The aroma was superb. Has a pine like bit to it along with the normal floral and citrus tones. Very sharp bite in the mouth, but not a very clean after taste.

I liked it, but it has a heavy presence of malt sweetness to it. To me, it distracted me from the hops.

I might be too critical after seeing it's rating. I think this beer has an intense following.

Photo of seans86
3/5  rDev -33%

Photo of page101
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of JAYAR1
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey color into a standard pint glass. Virtually no head to speak of. Smells similar to heaven- with mango and grass. That's the smell that comes to my mind on a Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Modestly rich and completed by a simple bitterness. I believe it is worth the praise it gets. Have been waiting for this for a year. Bought it at the Binny's in Bloomingdale. Is there a "5" out there? Can't say for sure. As someone used to say, "If God made anythig better than this, He kept it for himself."DL

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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a one finger width head.
S - Good balance of fruity and piney hop aroma with a little sweetness thrown in..most likely honey.
T - Awesomeness, Niceness. Great balanced flavor, followed by the honey and finishes with a slight EtOH aspect. I've had bottled before and it had less of that.
M - Good creamy mouthfeel with a strong amount of carbonation, probably helps that I'm drinking from a tulip with an etched bottom. Really smooth in contrast to that pucker, sharp feeling some DIPAs leave you with.
O - I know it's a hugely hyped beer, but I think it lives up to it. I've yet to have a DIPA I like better.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Shoo65
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer about a week after it was bottled. This is a beutiful amber colored beer. Single finger of bright white head, The taste was full of hops upfront and a nice honey dipped grapefruit after taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonated. If your a avid beer lover you have to try it, and if you call yourself a hop head, its a must have every year.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Phinner
2.98/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this and Founders Double Trouble the same night. No real comparison. Hopslam delivers the hops for sure, but the balance was not right. Its not smooth whatsoever; the hops seemed to generate a heat sensation and other off flavors that weren't quite right.

Overall, its a fair DIPA, but definitely not worthy of the hype.

Photo of stxSS07
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden sunset-orange with a finger of off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing and alcohol legs.

S- Honey-dipped grapefruit, sugar coated tropical fruits, caramel-like malt sweetness, piney resins, and alcohol.

T- Follows the nose with a blend of dank hoppy resins, sweet sugary/honey coated grapefruit and a bit of stinging booze.

M- Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Alcohol cleans the palate quickly and efficiently.

O- Took the top spot as my #1 DIPA last year and still holds it down. This is just a bruiser of a beer that lets you know it's a DIPA.

Photo of vic21234
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I havent had Hopslam in 3 years. I've been unable to get a hold of some come release time since early 2009. Finally got some this year. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle date of 12/29/11. I'm very excited to meet Hopslam again.

A- Pours a dark rust color with a finger's worth of head. The head dissipates but leaves a nice film along the top which also sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus hops. The most prevalent for me is grapefruit and orange, but also quite a bit of piney aroma overall.

T- Overwhelming hop presence to begin upon first sipping. Overwhelming as in it might be the most hop forward beer I've tasted. Plenty of citrus and pine notes lead way to a maltiness. I'm trying to get the honey notes but really can't. The alcohol presence is apparent at the backend of the taste but you wouldn't guess it was 10% ABV.

M- Full bodied, nice carbonation and the hop presence lingers, primarily the piney characters.

Truly an awesome beer. If you have yet to try Hopslam it is a must have.

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a solid orange color with a nice and small head

Rich and aromatic with aromas of hops, pine resin, citrus aromas with some spice

Excellent feel with good flavors, but there is a slight bit of booziness on the end. Very good flavors of hops, pine resin, citrus and booze flavors on the back end

This is what I'd more expect from a hopslam. I had an "aged" one from tap a few months back and it was very boozy. this one is very fresh (12/29/11) and tastes like i would expect.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, finally get to try this.

A-Pours a lightly hazed honey color. Slow bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Head is off white and retains quite excellently. Rings of thick lace cling to the glass. Looks great.

S-Thick, ripe, juicy hops. Smells very, very resinous. The honey matches the hops excellently and is a great addition that adds complexity. Alcohol is masked very well. Hops are very fruity and citrusy. Piney hops lend a great bittering aroma too.

T-Holy mother this is an absolutely delicious beer. Hops begin very citrusy and tropical fruity. Immediately after an overwhelming hop bitterness sears the tongue. In between, the bread and caramel malt (enhanced by the sweet honey) calms the palate. Then another big flash of lasting piney and grassy hops strike again. Very bitter and resinous, and very delicious. Lives up to the hype easily.

M-Big bodied and very resinous. Carbonation massages the tongue and adds to the feel. Lasting bitterness just stays forever. Excellent feel. Honey flavor adds depth to the feel.

O/D-One of the best beers I have ever come across. Bitterly bold and extravagantly hopped. What an awesome beer. I would kill to be able to have this available to me more easily. This is a killer beer that lives up to the hype and I am so happy to have tried this!

Edit (2/19/14): After trying this again, as my experiences have heightened I have found that this beer is not as much as I initially made it out to be. Still delish, though.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,350 ratings.