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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 10,262
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,047
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 40
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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 n2185
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Beautiful honey orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head. Head dissipates into a filmy white layer but clings to the sides of the glass

S: A boquet of hops--citrusy grapefruit and pineapple up front with some pine and an underlying malty sweetness to balance it out. Smelling this beer is almost as good as drinking it. The grapefruit aromas are even more apparent as it warms.

T: Similar to the smell--grapefruit and pineapple flavors first and foremost. There's some pine flavors in there along with a strong malt backbone that helps balance the beer. Wonderfully balanced with only a little bitterness at the end accompanying the grapefruit flavors. Again, the grapefruit begins to come through more as it warms.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation that accents the grapefruit characteristics very well.

D: Definitely a sweeter IPA, but that sweetness brings balance to the bitterness, making it one of the most drinkable DIPAs out there. Despite being 10%, there's no alcohol anywhere to be found in the flavor, making it very smooth.

Overall and amazing beer and more worthy of hype than many other hyped beers.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of these at the store last week. I have had this beer many times but I have never got to try it the same month it was released. So let's see if this brew live up to all the hype. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- I like the Label on this beer and I like the new matching cap. This beer poured a nice golden color with an orange tint. It had a finger and a half of white foam that died down to a thin lumpy ring that left lot of nice lacing.

S- The aroma is all about the hops, its full of grapefruits and mango's with some sweet honey at the end. This beer smells like a fruit basket of citrus fruits.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the smell. The Hops impart tons of citrus fruit flavors that come together really well. I get lots of grapefruit with some mango's and pineapples. Just like the aroma you get a little sweetness at the end from the honey which helps balance out some of the bitter flavors and ties everything together.

M- Crisp and medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- This is one dangerous brew. Alcohol is hidden really well, it says it's 10% but it sure as hell doesn't taste like it. There is tons of great flavors in this beer that makes me want to keep drinking it all night long.

Overall I thought this was one kick ass brew and the best DIPA I have ever had. The flavors were super good and citrusy. Usually I find lots of DIPA's to be overly bitter, but this one was not. This brew did a fantastic job at hiding it's alcohol, but be careful this beer will quickly put you on your ass. Great job Bell's, this beer truly does live up to all the hype. With beers like this, Bells really shows why it is one of the best breweries in the country.

Photo of zhanson88
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a extra from Dreadnaught33. Many thanks, sir. I can't think of a better extra to be sending. Batch code translates to a bottled date of 12/29/10.

Appearance: Hopslam pours a golden, slightly hazy color with highlights of light tangerine. Slightly over a finger of eggshell white forms. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing clings nicely to the interior of the glass.

Smell: There is definite grapefruit and dank hops on the nose. I get a bit of citrus as well, and I can really start to smell some sweet malt too. Very nice smell, I'm definitely looking forward to the first swallow.

Taste: Very in-line with the smell. A lot of grapefruit with minor citrus notes. A ton of dank, piney hop character. Very nice overall, and a treat to drink. After a while I really start to taste the honey-like malt sweetness. It's not necessarily a bad thing, it really balances the beer out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The feel in this beer is hands down my favorite part. It's every bit of medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation. One of the few IPAs/DIPAs that is truly creamy and smooth going down. Overall, I'd say it's definitely worth the hype that surrounds it.

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

Hopslam pours a light golden copperish color with a nice .5 inch white foamy head.

Smells of of honey sweetness with grapefruit hops. I also pick up a grass scent.

Tastes nice and sweet with a fruity hop presence. Not overwhelmingly sweet though.

Mouthfeel is a crisp sting of carbonation with a oily hop residue. Leaves a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability is not the highest for me cause of its high alcohol content and sweetness.

Photo of beer2day
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey gold in color. Comparing it to the jar of honey in the kitchen and it comes up a very close match. 1-finger head with a hint of retention. Nice lace coverage over the back half of the glass.

Nose is very strong grapefruit and earthy resins. I get the honey underneath but also get an oily quality on top of that. Very sweet.

Extreme bitters right up front. Oily texture with citrus and herbal hops. Lots of grapefruit with a touch of pineapple. Very thick glass with substantial body to back up the intense bitters. Oily finish, not dry at all. Still leaves a dusty aftertaste, though. I'm getting more honey about 2/3 of the way through the glass.

Alcohol starts to come in more as the glass warms. Nice burn setting in, both from the hops and the abv.

Definitely deserves the hype. A really great beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter (bottled 1.11.2011)

A: Pours a translucent dark tangerine color with a bubbly, off-white head. Oily little bubbles form all around the sides of the glass and stick around in splotchy, tight webs around the glass.

S: Loads of clean citrus upon more loads of citrus. There is no question of the hop profile of this beer from an arms length. Dominant notes of grapefruit blended with sweet tangerine with a touch of earthy resin. IF you try hard, you can pick up on subtle hints of honey.

T: A well blended, full flavor beer all the way through. The load of hops upfront gives off a major bouquet of ruby red grapefruit with a touch of floral notes and a certain resin character. The finish transitions into a well balanced sweet caramel malt backbone which is dried out by the honey in a palate pleasing manner. I was expecting an extremely bitter, biting finish but I was very pleasantly surprised how the hops, malts, and honey complimented one another in the finish.

M: Slick and oily on the lips/in the mouth, medium bodied, and dry with very well done carbonation that keeps the beer lively as it dances across the palate. The ABV is entirely innocuous and the finish is one of the most palate pleasing ones I've had from a double India Pale Ale. It just delicately fades away teasingly waving "goodbye" to the tastebuds instead of overstaying its welcome.

D: As previously noted by a myriad of others, this is one dangerously drinkable beer. Full on flavor, remarkably balanced, and one heck of a well crafted beer. I wanted to find faults with this beer given the hype but I've really been pleased through and through. Bell's Hopslam is truly a standard bearer of its style and a damn good one at that.

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

A big thanks to Deadm8 and IDateTheFormula for sending me a collective 11 bottles of this.

Pours a clear orange blossom honey colored hue into a portsmouth brewery snifter. A two finger fine bubbled head emerges and recedes after about 30 seconds leaving small splotchy lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell is full of clean, fresh, hops, some moderate alcohol, pine, pineapple and light honey.

Taste starts off with tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple drizzled with honey, and garnished with fine grated pine needles. Some alcohol heat and flavor follow making it know that this isn't your average IPA.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy with ild carbonation but still very light and easy drinking given the alcohol content.

I could have roughly 3 of these before I could taste nothing other than hops for the rest of the night, and I'd almost be ok with that.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours a fairly transparent amber color with a finger and a half of head. Retention is about average, and lacing is great. The smell of this is great! It jumps right out of the glass and assaults you with bright, juicy citrus, fresh floral hops, honey, and just a little bit of earthy aspect that reminds me of the fragrance ingredient vetiver. Just a bright, lively, delicious smelling beer. The first flavor that hits the tongue is the bright citrus and juicy hops. This part is very well done. Then, to my dismay, the honey comes on followed by a bit of an alcohol punch. The honey attempts to mellow out this burn, but isn't quite successful, which does hurt this beer a bit. The trick here is to keep your nose in the glass after your sip, the hop aroma helps to overpower the alcohol burn making it tasty all the way down. Other than that, this is a very good DIPA though. The juicy hop flavors and bright citrus are just super well done.

The mouthfeel is near-perfect, it's thick enough to say that this is a serious brew, but not too thick like some DIPAs can get. The drinkability is also great, this is probably the most drinkable 10% beer I've had. I can feel myself getting drunker as I drink this, yet it doesn't effect the drinkability at all! How marvelous. A great DIPA from Bell's, these guys know how to use their hops. Get it if you can.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chuck's in Bowling Green, KY for carrying Bell's.

A: Nice golden color. About a finger and a half of billowy white head. Splotchy, sticky head that coats the side of the glass.

S: Wonderful smell on this one. Sweet and citrusy are the two words that come to mind first. I never thought I would describe a smell as juicy, but that's the way Hopslam smells to me.

T: Follows the nose as you'd expect. Very grapefruity, but the sweetness of the honey balances it out well. Sweet, then bitter, then spicy. Wasn't expecting the spicy there at the end, but it's enjoyable.

M: To be honest, nothing spectacular here for me. There's just a little bite from the alcohol, but nothing signifcant..especially for a beer w/ 10.00%ABV. Not as dry as you'd expect such a hoppy beer to be.

D: Very high. If you served this to an unsuspecting drinker and did not tell them this was a high ABV beverage, they'd never know.

Is Hopslam worth all of the hype? Probably not, but this is still one of the premier DIPAs in the country and one that I would go great lengths to seek out.

Photo of DKMonroe
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks great, it is brewed with honey and pours with the same color. The head is smaller than I would think, though swirling it produces more as it is consumed. Taste is .. well.. of hops foremost. Kinda sweet and fruity and the piney american hops.

Such a great brew to have it limited to once a year at limited supply. This could be epic if it were just more available.

Got this at the local beer store, and could only get my hands on THREE bottles. Guess it's better than none.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Al's of Hampdem (Enola, PA) on 1/21/11. Served in a Bell's tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin ½ finger of cap of bright-white head. Swirling keeps this rich in the glass (to a near finger) and throw up some thick foamy swathes of lacing which slowly creep down the sides of the glass. This has a big floral and spicy feel to it which is layered on top of sharp notes of grapefruit and pine. Tropical fruit and sweet malt are pushed to the background, as the hops mostly control this. I'm also picking up some alcohol heat that runs through the middle of the nose and takes away from some of the sweeter aspects of this a bit as well.

Bright hop flavors explode in the mouth, with grapefruit, pine, and spice ripping the tongue before being tempered with notes juicy tropical fruits, honey, and toasted biscuits. As usual, the honey totally makes this beer, as it adds a sweet softness across the back of the profile that adds to the general deliciousness of this. The finish is fairly aggressive with a bitter rind and spice that linger with a steady forceful dryness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with an easy soft crisp creaminess that sits on top of some alcohol beef. There is some definitely warmth to the body and it never does quite reach that stinging point, but it does get a little borderline at times.

What can you say, it's Hopslam and it rocks! I've had this many, many times out of the bottle but I do believe that this is first time that I've bothered grabbing some on draft. My only real issue besides the heavy warmth of the feel but that the nose seemed a little hop and alcohol heavy this time around. Still though, if you're looking for a DIPA that offers a little more than just a hoppy fix, this is great beer.

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

Thanks to qspandrew for hooking this up! A generous soul if there ever was one! 5L mini keg.

Pours a crystal clear medium amber with slowly exploding off-white head. Got 2 fingers out of a gentle pour. Lots of staying power and almost stains the glass with lacing.

Nose is sticky and lush with lots of tropical fruit notes, some floral honey in there for sure and it just smells like sticky buds (hops and otherwise).

Palate is wide and full of juicy hop oils, pink grapefruit, mango, orange blossom honey, pale caramel, and guava puree. Really fruity and luscious. Gripping bitterness is balanced by sticky malt sweetness. Ridiculously drinkable despite being 10% ABV.

Notes: A friend of mine described the flavor as being like "fresh, juicy" hops instead of "boiled, cooked" hops. I agree 100%. I'm tasting similarities in the Mid-West IPAs and the VT IPAs lately. Loving every juicy sip.

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

Thanks to John (JM03) for hooking me up with my very first bottle of the highly-anticipated Hopslam.

A: Pours a clear amber, apricot color with more than a finger of foamy white head and a great deal of lacing.

S: Aroma is, as you may have expected, extremely hoppy: floral, piny, citrusy, with a bit of caramel, biscuity malts peeking through.

T: Taste is along the same lines- quite sweet with the caramel, citrus, pine interplay.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation; crisp, with a long, dry finish.

D: What sets this beer apart, in my mind, is its ridiculous drinkability. Its taste is good, don't get me wrong (I feel it might be just a tad bit overrated). BUT, once I started drinking this, I had a hard time stopping (for whatever reason). My whole 6-pack was gone mere hours after purchase, and I was wishing that I had gone to a store carrying the mini-keg. It has a juice-like draw to it- juice might not be anyone's favorite thing in the world, but it's tasty and refreshing and everyone loves it. Hopslam is the same way... perhaps it could replace juice.

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

Rich amber color. About two fingers of thick white foamy head that clings to the glass. Great appearance.

Smell is bursting with a bouquet of hops: floral and piney. Nearly balanced out by a caramel and honey sweetness (reminds me of a particular brand of "blackberry honey"-- distinct).

At first sip I'm taken aback by the dominance of honey sweetness, yet as it passes over the pallet a myriad of bitter hop flavors begin a dance on the pallet. Starts off piney, moving towards peppery, followed again by malt sweetness and a tiny bit of medicinal flavors, ultimately finished with just a straight up bitter hop bite (notably delayed, inviting another sip at a tempered pace).

Mouthfeel is quite dry, not thin and not thick, yet just a little sticky.

The label says this is 10%abv but I'm feeling like I just drank at 12-13% barleywine. Yet for as high of alcohol content as this baby boasts, its flavor is nearly invisible save for the slightest bit of warmth in the esophagus. Drinks like an amber ale, yet has all the flavors of an Imperial IPA blended with a honey bock.

Hopslam will probably go somewhere in my top 5 of all time. A truly fantastic beer!

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a beautiful and glowing transluscent golden-orange color with a finger of egg shell white foam that is frothy for the most part but also features large bubbled carbonation, excellent retention, and phenomenal lacing.

S: Pungent spicy hop aroma, fresh grapefruit and orange, coriander, and a strong, resonating floral smell.

T: Spicy and floral whole-cone hops seem to melt into a deliciously sweet citrus taste before finishing with smooth caramel malt goodness; sublime.

M: Despite the alcohol strength and strong flavors, this seems to levitate atop the tongue, never becoming too heavy, and finishes mostly clean with a bit of creaminess.

D: This is as close to perfect as the style can get.

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

Here we go, the Holy Grail of IPAs.

Pours a pale honey/straw color, crystal clear, with a big foamy off-white head that hang around and sticks like glue.

Pungent aroma, dominated by the bouquet of hops, with some grapefruit bitterness and a little spice in the middle, the honey winds its way through and pulls it all together.

First taste opens up surprisingly sweet, rich pale malt with the honey dead-center, some brown sugar, and the citrusy overtones again bringing grapefruit to mind and conjuring some esters. As the malty sweetness slides away, it leaves a big coating of hops that oozes over the tongue. I can't pick out specific varieties, but I'm sure there's a dozen. Balanced hops bouquet and some ABV vapors linger for a while, with the honey sort-of sneaking back in, leaves things a little sticky and the hops never completely fade.

Medium body with a sticky finish but balanced and mature enough that it goes down smooth and is surprisingly easy to drink. This didn't "kick me in the face" as much as I was expecting, but it sure doesn't disappoint, and is not for the faint-of-palate. An IPA connoisseur's dream. Yet again, Bells shows how high their quality standards really are with this gem of a beer.

Final thought: I'm glad this is limited release, because it is so good that it would be bad for my liver and wallet if it were available year-round.

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

I don't care what Chuck D said about don't believe the hype. Do believe the Hype! This beer is phenominal! Does Bell's capitilize on Economics 101 which says supply drives demand...Yes! Is this beer worth driving and calling all over town for?...Yes! I really wish Bell's would open up distribution on this one a little.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear, light orange. Off white head sits on top, but ends in a film.

Smell- Sweet grapefruit with a bit of malt backbone.

Taste- Tastes like eating a grapefruit after a spoon full of honey. There is a small alcohol burn at the very end. This one gets more malty as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Very good. At 10% abv you would expect this to have a much thicker mouthfeel. It gets thicker as it warms up.

Drinkability- I would be able to have one maybe two but no more than that.

Hopsbreath, again, hooked me up with two of these. I have had this before, but didn't think much of it. I didn't really understand the hype. I can appreciate a good DIPA, but when the ABV gets to 9% and more I get turned off. I will say that out of all the big ABV DIPAs I have had, this is the best. I don't think I will really seek this out from year to year, but it is nice to be able to say you have had it.
Thanks to hopsbeath, again, for being a very generous BA.

Photo of UnDeadly
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, DFH

Appearance - Golden-orange color with superior clarity. Moderate foam with decent bubbles. Head retention is good, with moderate lacing. Overall it's good, but I think the foam could be slightly better.

Smell - Just the way an IPA should smell. Lots of floral pine with a few sweet malty notes. Strong, but clean. Not cloying at all though, which is easy to do in an IPA this big.

Taste - Excellent. Hops start light and floral early on, and the bitterness ramps ups through the middle and well into the aftertaste. Piney notes kick in near the end, and lingers strongly in the aftertaste. A true palette destroyer, and it hurts so good. Very little sweetness, which never takes front stage. Definitely the bassist in this symphony of hops.

Mouth Feel - Slightly creamy mouthfeel that is very appropriate for the style. Carbonation is perfect, brings about a spritz that does not sting.

Drinkability - Could I drink it all night? Well, not all night, I would pass out quickly from the sneaky-high ABV. Also rather expensive at $20/6er around where I am. But smooth for the style, and of course, very delicious.

Could go toe-to-toe with Pliny, as has been stated by many. I personally think that is the cause of all the hype, because yeah, it is comparable to Pliny. Hell, I would like to blind taste the two and see what I think. Great beer, would love to see it around more often...at a lower price of course. And would love to have it fresh, on tap.

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

Mini-keg shared by Eric at inflateablechair's epic Imperial Stout tasting, as a 'palate cleanser' :).

Deep gold body, big foaming head (forgot to bleed the keg second time), significant carbonation rising up glass, big lacing. Nose is pretty complex for such a hopbomb, the honey is fairly noticeable in the nose, dryish bready malts, and big citrus with guava tropical aromas. Taste is more hoppy than the aroma, piney up front, honey and bready malts in the middle leading to a sweetish resiny, not bitter, finish. Mouthfeel is medium full, good effervescence in light of funky packaging. I could have drank a lot of this, but, heh, there were about 100 stouts that were calling my name. I see what the buzz is about, I can't imagine a more drinkable DIPA in this ABV range. World class.

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

12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: The beer pours a full-bodied orange with a hint of amber is translucent. There is a 1.5 finger white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Perfect for the style in my opinion.

S: Perhaps the weakest point of this otherwise solid beer for me. There's a lot of lemon zest, and maybe a little honey, but this isn't all that complex or interesting of a smell.

T: The notion that this is a "malt-bomb" as some have recently suggested is far from the truth. The hops far and away define this beer, however the honey does balance out the aftertaste slightly and greatly increases the drinkability. Still, this is a very hop forward beer and is very bitter up front. I get mostly citrusy hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon mixed with the bitterness.

M: What a smooth finish this beer has. It has near perfect level of viscosity. I would have liked a tad, but not much, more carbonation.

D: The balance in this beers gives it a very high drinkability. The flavors meld together well and leave me wanting more after every sip. I could easily have 2 if not three of these in a sitting, with the only thing limiting the drinkability being the ABV.

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

Pours golden orange into a snifter. About a half inch of off-white head rests atop the beer and fades relatively quickly. A lot of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

This has a HUGE nose...I can smell this from a few feet away! Loads of citrus fruits, pineapple and mango, most notably. Hints of sweetness, probably from the honey, are also present. This is probably one of the best, if not the best, smelling DIPA I've ever had.

Like the nose, the taste is loaded with citrus fruits...hints of pineapple and grapefruit dominate. Again, there is a hint of sweetness and just enough malt to balance it out. There is a bit of alcohol heat on the tail end, but not enough to detract from this delicious brew.

Medium body with above average carbonation. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Ridiculously drinkable given the high ABV. As mentioned, a hint of alcohol heat is present on the back end, but other than that, the alcohol is hidden very well. It would be extremely easy to down a few of these without even thinking about it.

Photo of boss302
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Clear orange color. Big fluffy head.

S Huge Citrusy hop aroma, some piney, but mostly citrus. There is some sweetness that is likely from malt, but could be hops.

T Sweetness up front, low astringency that is a bit surprising based on the high hop aroma. Sweetness needs some additional drying to be balanced. Either less malt, or more honey/candi sugar would be in order to dry the sweetness. Otherwise a very good beer.

M Medium to full body, think on the tongue, good carbonation with lacing down the glass to the end.

D Good, but with the high alcohol, would be limited to just a few. Alcohol is evident in the taste.

Photo of dbossman
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I should first note that this is 6-days fresh; I have had hopslam after a few weeks, and even after a few moths and it is a different beer; this review is for FRESH Hopslam:

A: Slightly hazy golden brown with a bright orange tint; the head is thin and dissipates quickly; lacing is intricate

S: The aroma takes a while to take hold but once it does the overwhelming floral and citrus hits you: orange, grapefruit, and pineapple--lots of pineapple--ooh this is such a fantastic smelling beer

T: An amazing sweet, fruity, beautiful beer: pineapple, grapefruit, and mango tickle the tongue and the alcohol is nearly non existent--how?! There is a subtle grainy malt backbone but the hops are the star here

F: Perfectly carbonated and oily--the beer moves down the back of the tongue perfectly and sits there for a while

D: Such a drinkable, amazing beer; God, this is good; the alcohol finally makes an appearance as the beer warms and this one definitely begins to take effect; but man is it a good DIPA; thank you so much Bell's!

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

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours golden amber orange with a light white film of head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving little to no head down the glass.

S - Tons of piney citric hops mix well with hints of honey, mildly toasted light malt, and a bit of booze. It kind of smells like a hoppy caramel apple. One of my favorite smelling DIPA's.

T - Tons of grassy citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of honey sweetness and caramel malt. Finish is honey sweet with some lingering hop bitterness. A nearly perfect balance of flavors. One of my favorite DIPA's year in and year out.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of citric hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Very high. I look forward to this every year. I just love how balanced this one truly is. I can have a few of these no problem. One of my all time favorites.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,262 ratings.