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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,702
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,834
Gots: 1,435 | 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 Tilley4


4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a growler purchased at Roof Brothers in Paducah..Kane is the man!!

Much clearer than I remember it being... Clear and golden with a small head that lingers and lots of carbonation going on...

Huge pungent aroma of citrusy hops blast my nose again and again here....smells terrific! Juicy and delicious!

Yep, this is every bit as good as I remember... Loads and loads of juicy citrusy hops with a touch of sweetness from what I guess would be the honey... No booze til it gets a little warmer but that was right at the end...

This is scary drinkable for 10%! As in, pass out on the floor drinkable...extremely delicious brew...

02-04-2009 18:22:15 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Fatduck


4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

I love this beer, and it is SO amazing fresh. Syrupy, bitter, sweet all at the same time. This is one crazy beer.

Poured into my favorite mug, bright hazy orange, with a big fluffy head. Smells like citrus and grassy hops. Tastes the same but with a wonderful little bite of alcohol at the end. finishes sweet and goes down smooth. My only problem with this beer is that I cant drink it all night long, I just fall asleep.

02-04-2009 02:43:20 | More by Fatduck
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Sampled on tap at Coasters in Melbourne.

Pours an amber color with a nice white head

Lots of hops on the nose, with some pine, citrus & honey.

Taste is amazingly smooth. Nice hoppy bitterness smoothed out by a slight honey sweetness on the way down. Alcohol, while 10% ABV, is well hidden.

A very drinkable DIPA, even with the 10% ABV.

What a nice beer. I've been reading a lot of the hype this beer has generated & I can say it's worthy of the hype. I don't say that about too many beers, but this one lives up to the hype IMHO.

02-04-2009 02:23:32 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

A - Clear golden color with a bright white head. It fades fast to leave a nice cap & laces wonderfully. Looks like a pint glass full of honey.

S - Grapefruit and pine needles. A little bit of grassiness and some floral notes, but the piney grapefruit is what socks you in the nose.

T - Clean citrus up front, closely followed by a nice mix of hop bitterness and honey sweetness. The finish is slightly sweet with a noticable alcohol kick.

M - A little thick on the tongue with medium carbonation. Just about right for a DIPA.

D - This is about as drinkable as an DIPA gets. Not overly bitter, and the alcohol isn't overpowering. Very nice beer, though it would be hard for it to ever live up to the hype.

02-04-2009 01:12:16 | More by gabe23
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.4/5  rDev -2%

12 oz. bottled poured into a snifter.

A-Light-amber brew with a slight hint of haze. Pale white head rises confidently, but the reduces quickly to nothing.

S-Strong grapefruit/citrus hoppiness with a nice underlying resinous hops. Hints of fruitiness mingle and play on the hop aromas.

T-A smack (or should I say slam?) of grapefruit and piney hops. Yes, ma'am, this is a hoppy beer. So much hop flavor that I really don't know what to do. All of this massive hoppiness is supported atop a bedrock of biscuity and almost semi-sweet maltiness and some smooth alcoholic flavors. Hop bitterness grabs my tongue at the first sip and doesn't let go, lingering straigt through the aftertaste.

M-Full body with a low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth, at times this beer feels almost sticky with hoppy resins in my mouth.

D-A great DIPA. Suh-WEET! This beer has a smoothness to it that makes it a very enjoyable beer to consume and appreciate.

02-03-2009 18:13:16 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Keith238

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz bottle with no bottling or drink by date.

Pours with moderate amount of head and leaves a nice lacing.

Sweet aroma with less hops in the nose than in the taste.

Fantastic hop flavor which is well balanced by the honey. You still get a nice citrus/grapefruit flavor and a nice splash of pine.

Moderately carbonated which makes for a smooth mouthfeel. That combined with awesome flavor make this one highly drinkable. It would be a '5' on drinkability if not for the 10% ABV. That takes this one off the list of session beers.

02-03-2009 03:27:04 | More by Keith238
Photo of Traquairlover


4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

This reminds me a lot of DFH 90-Minute IPA.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A = Clear amber color, small yellow off white head with decent lacing.

S = Fruity hops, fair amount of pine but also some grapefruit rind. Underlying those flavors are definite malt and honey notes, all in good balance.

T = Rich complex flavor, with strong bitterness but also lots of sweet flavors so it's not just simple hops bitterness. The grapefruit in the scent is there in large amounts and the pine from the smell continues into the taste, too. However, there is also a healthy addition of sweet, full soft breakfast muffins. Very good balance.

M = Full bodied with nice foaming carbonation.

D = Very drinkable. Goes down smoothly. Strong enough that one at a sitting is fine, but I look forward to more of these on other occasions.

02-03-2009 00:48:54 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of poland7


4.97/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer is amazing. Anyone who loves hops, IPA's, and good beer will love this beer.

Once you crack open the bottle your nose is bombarded with the fantastic smell of hops. At first you may think this beer is too much, and as a hop head i will say i was intimidated for a second, but i just manned up and took a swig and feel in love. The beer is very rich in taste, and the hops are excellently complimented by a dash of honey which makes the beer a perfect blend of sweet and bitter at the same time.

I know it is expensive, but trust me it is worth every drop and you will wish you could drink this beer everyday. For a hop head there is nothing better.

02-02-2009 03:08:39 | More by poland7
Photo of jeff2486

New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured this into a large stemless wine glass. It poured with a smallish head nice orange color. Definitely visible signs of carbonation.

The smell of this beer is incredible. I could smell this beer all night long.

Taste is very good and very little signs of 10% alcohol are present.

This beer definitely deserves all the hype and any hop fan should get their hands on it.

02-02-2009 00:37:24 | More by jeff2486
Photo of SteveO1231


4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Received a 6 pack of Hop Slam in a trade with HopHobo. 12 oz. long-neck with a green label featuring an image of some pour bastard who has just been pounded in a gigantic hop cone avalanche of some sort.

The brew pours a bright orange-amber with a nice chunks of foam that look like packing peanuts. Lacing looks as if spider-man has his way with my beer glass. Millions of super-tiny bubbles cascade to the surface. The aroma is absolutely beautiful, it covers the complete range of hop aroma one can think of. Tons of citrus, light pungent, and a bunch of pine. A bit of a fruity, sweet-tart aroma that reminds me of strawberry rhubarb pie. The medium-bodied brew has a fluffy texture when swished around on the palate. At this point the ABV makes itself known with some heat that numbs the palate like a shot of novocain. That strawberry-rhubarb pie character found in the aroma is found in the initial flavor of the beer. The rest of the beers flavor is a hopfest, full of lush, juicy, grassy-as-hell hoppiness, citrus peel and pine. I was expecting much more in term of a palate shredding bitterness with the finish but it is surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Don't get me wrong its grassy as all hell but the palate is left with a light grassy dryness and belly warm with booze. Sips way too easy for 10%!

Awesome DIPA,


02-02-2009 00:15:51 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of nickfl


4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

A - One and a half fingers of bone white head on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves a thick layer of lace clinging to the glass.

S - Strong mint, citrus, licorice hop aroma, very juicy and sweet. With some effort, one can detect a strong, sweet malt backbone behind the hops.

T - Intense tropical fruit flavors from the hops, complimented by the fruity sweetness from the malt and yeast. Spicy hop notes surface in the middle and help to balance out the immense malt sweetness that imparts light grape notes and darker plum like sweetness. Strong, but not overwhelming, bitterness appears in the finish and darkens the character of the hops with notes of cedar and tobacco.

M - Thick body, medium-high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A huge, yet quite drinkable beer. This is a very well balanced beer, which is quite a feat considering the huge loads of hop flavor and malt sweetness that had to be carefully kept in check. The flavor is wonderful, but the real star in the aroma which is nothing short of spectacular with an exceptional variety of hop aromas. Surprisingly, this beer more than lives up to the hype.

02-01-2009 23:52:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of TehAnkh


4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Poured in to an imperial pint glass. Poured a very orange tinged clear gold, almost yellow at the bottom, darker orange at the top.
1 1/2 fingers of pillowy white to off-white head that fades over the course of 3-4 minutes and leaves an absolutely gorgeous lacing that clings voraciously to the glass. The brew seems to go from clear to slightly pale as the head recedes. Gorgeous!!!

S: Grapefruit! That's the first thing that strikes my nose, citrus, citrus and more citrus. There's some grassy, herbal and floral notes in there for sure, but the citrus hop aroma reins supreme!

T: Once again, grapefruit right off the bat, but more of a clean lemon twinge in the background. I taste hints of honey and melon. Very floral, very aromatic , the flavor sticks with you well after the last sip. The alcohol only makes itself apparent in the belly, dangerously well hidden alcohol content.

M: Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting from a DIPA, but still enough to leave my tastebuds screaming. Medium bodied, albeit a little watery. A very very light amount of carbonation rounds it out and leaves me feeling refreshed.

D: If it wasn't for the alcohol content and the bitterness, I think I could sit down and drink 10 of these. The aroma and flavor are incredible, and completely new to me as a beer drinker. I will gladly crack open another... after about an hour. It's not nearly as bitter as you would think, but it's enough to make you think twice about having a second one too quickly.

Notes: I have to say I'm mildly disappointed regarding the price tag. If this were available more often, and at maybe 10-12 dollars for a 6-pack, I would drink it all the time. Sadly, this is not the case.

A rockin DIPA, but a little over hyped if you ask me.

02-01-2009 20:32:59 | More by TehAnkh
Photo of waldoiverson


4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz into Nonic

A: light orange with full, fluffy offwhite head (1.5 fingers) with solid lacing

S: very sweet citrus, clementine orange, and very little alcohol given the ABV, smells smooth

T: breadiness and clean citrus hops that are suprisingly well balanced then a strong blast of warming alcohol.

M: Smooth but good carbonation. Fairly dry with lingering warmth from alcohol

D: this is excellent and makes for a nice treat on a cold winter day. The flavor of summer the warmth of a scotch(maybe not quite as much but you get the idea.)

02-01-2009 19:39:42 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of natasharai


4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: poured with 2cm off white slightly fluffy head, that dissipated to a thin layer within 3 minutes and left a little lacing. The beer is a hazy golden color.

Smell: Very strong smell of grapefruit and a scent of lemon and flowers.

Taste: Strong citrusy hops full of grapefruit. Some herbal bitterness is detectable and lemons. All followed by a barley backbone to balance out the hops. A nice slightly sweet taste is left in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very nice amount of carbonation, slightly oily... from the hops leaving a thing film in my mouth. Has a sharp bitterness tingle on the tip of the tongue.

Overall: Pretty east to drink, well balanced, but still far more hops than anything else going on in this beer. The alcohol taste not as detectable as you would think for 10% ABV... but you end up feeling it :)

02-01-2009 05:44:06 | More by natasharai
Photo of sgoodship


4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Purchased at EV1 Liquors in Evanston. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The batch number 8913 tells me that this was packaged on Jan 12th - pretty fresh.

A: Nice soft and creamy, yellowy orange one finger head. Amber color liquid with haziness. Some random carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention and great lacing.

S: Big bold hop of course but it is really really strong. The grapefruit is there but there is a more crisp lemon along with a sweeter melon and apple. Really lovely.

T: Much like the smell to my delight. You get the nice grapefruit which has a more lemony citrus bite but rather than the caramel malt inserting itself to balance it, the sweetness is reflected in a more honey dew melon type taste. Really delicious. The alcohol is a no show excpet for the warmth on your cheeks. I can't understand how you can't taste 10% - really well masked. The danger with this brew is that it is so delicious that you want to session it but you can't unless you are a hardened drinker. It's strong.

M: The overt syrupy nature of the liquid makes it feel the full side of medium. Smooth but then there is a crisp bitterness at the finish.

D: I can't drink one of these slowly. I wish there was a little bit less alcohol because you pay the price if you don't respect he potency of this brew. If you are addicted to hops, this is a beer you have to try. I'm in love with this beer. Must... get... more...

02-01-2009 04:52:45 | More by sgoodship
Photo of Bung


4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz bottle. A bright barely cloudy dark gold pour. Smallish white head. Very floral aroma, fresh hops with just a hint of honey and malt. Pretty straight forward very hoppy, but there is some sweet malt with the honey, and some citrus and apple. Finishes real clean, for those that like a hop belch, this will do it for you. Tastes like a really really good pale ale. I was expecting this to be just a bite in the rear bitter beer, but it was quite well balanced and dangerously drinkable. The most drinkable double I've had. Was not an earth shattering experience, but I'm glad I tried it. Not sure it was worth the 15 for the sixer, but hopefully I can trade some of this.

02-01-2009 03:49:33 | More by Bung
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.9%

Serving type- 12 ounce bottled poured into a Pisgah pint glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with hints of an orange tint. Small white lace that stays present througout the beer. No activity present on beer after the pour.

S- Strong flavors of hops, also a pungent smell of citrus mainly grapefruit. These smells are very prevalent as you bring the beer up to your nose.

T- Beautiful combination of hops and citrus. The grapefruit comes back again as you begin your taste. This blends well with the hops and strong alcohol flavor. It finishes smooth and strong, you can taste the high ABV as the beer runs down your throat.

After reading everythiny about this beer, both positive and negative, I finally decided to break down and buy a six pack. This is a very good Imperial IPA and even though I am not sure it totally lived up to the hype this is still a very good beer. To me the price is not a huge factor, I have had other Imperial IPA's with a similar price tag and found them to be just as good, if not better. It was a pleasure to drink this beer and if the price was a little better I would certainly get this again, but I think I can get similar or better stuff for a little less price. Definatley a great beer but just a hair out of my price range, especially for a sixer. Added to the fact that this is a seasonal offering it makes it less tempting to send that money.

02-01-2009 02:04:36 | More by cbros
Photo of SerieDNo3

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass

A: Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger and a half of fluffy white foam. Medium to heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Muted hop aromas with some honey-sweetness. Smells like candy made of hops.

T: The sweetness is rather pronounced here. The hop flavors are present in abundance, but with none of the bitterness I would expect from a DIPA. Tastes of honey and juniper.

M: Somewhat syrupy, with the right amount of carbonation. Could use some more in the way of bittering hops to enhance the crispness.

D: Hides the alcohol very well, and goes down very smoothly. Not as crisp as I normally like from a DIPA, but oddly enough, it works in this case. Probably the most easy drinking DIPA I have ever had. I feel like I could drink several of these before realizing the potentially ruinous effect of all the alcohol.

01-31-2009 23:50:56 | More by SerieDNo3
Photo of BeerSox


4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with just a bit of haze. The head is light tan and slowly settles to a thin cap with bubbly islands. The head leaves behind a wall of webby lacing.

Very sweet aromas, including honey (probably from the honey). The hops give off an herbal aroma, along with some sharp spiciness.

Slightly toasty malts with plenty of citrusy and spicy hops. The honey is detectable and adds a bit of sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden. The overall tone of the beer is very sweet. Full bodied.

It doesn't get more drinkable than this DIPA. The alcohol isn't even noticeable and the hops add some great flavor. This gets a great score because of its drinkability. It's a DIPA but it drinks like a regular Pale Ale. The mix of hop varieties along with the honey seem to match well. Recommended.

01-31-2009 22:44:00 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Azumel


4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Well, this is my first beer review here, and an excellent one to start with. After reading everyone elses reviews I half expected to see God with my first drink...my first drink was lacking, but after I let it settle a bit it was, well, exceptional. I'm a big Bell's fan anyways, heavy hops usually don't do alot for me, but I did really love this beer...and for over $17 for the 6 pack I should...think the review taped to the door added a few dollars to the price.
Loved it? Yes
Best beer ever? No....but pretty damn good.
I'd suggest trying to find it somewhere and give it a try, I'm more of a stout person myself, but you can never go wrong with any of the Bell's selection.

01-31-2009 04:48:01 | More by Azumel
Photo of icefisherman


4.58/5  rDev +2%

First one of the year as I snagged almost the last case the store had. Upon poping the bottle wow I mean holy hops. Citrusy delicious hops. On the poor nice head good lacing and a beautiful slightly hazy amber gold. Taste fully of hops what did one expect good malt presence can taste the honey in the middle. Great easy drinking beer somewhat different from what I remember last years as but stellar none the less.

01-31-2009 04:35:21 | More by icefisherman
Photo of cedricwarner

New York

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

I can smell 'em from across the table, those lovely hops. The aroma is rich, almost sexual, grapefruit and musk, honey sweetness. The taste is more of the same, but with the citrus bite really coming through on the front of the palate, and the honey notes lingering on. Lick your lips a couple of seconds after a sip, and I swear it's just like like you've been in the honey jar.

Good lord. I can't think of a more exceptional display of hops as the centerpiece of American craft brewing.

01-31-2009 02:17:47 | More by cedricwarner
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

A - Pours a nice golden hue with an offwhite/light yellow head. If you look closely you can see traces of suspended yeast from being slightly unfiltered.

S - You couldn't get closer to a fresh hop smell if you were walking through a hop farm in Yakima, Washington at harvest time.

T- Now I fancy myself a Hop Head and wow does this satisfy my idea of a hoppy beer. It's almost as if you were biting into a fresh hop flower right off the plant and sucking out all the alpha acids. Surprisingly not as bitter as I thought though which just adds to the mind boggling concoction of this brew.

M/D - If it wasn't so expensive I would trade in my water filtration system and run this through every tap in my house. It's that easy to drink and addicting.

This was my first experience with Hopslam and I now understand the hype behind it....wow

01-31-2009 01:18:27 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of budsboy


4.78/5  rDev +6.5%

This is my fifth go at this beer. Not in a row. But now I feel like I can review it.

Pours a brilliant orange with a big, healthy bone white head. Very pretty.

Aroma is a knockout. Grapefruit dominates, alcohol, raisin, pine resin and a warm, floral scent that I can't quite put my finger on. Like a wafting perfume from a passing woman.

Taste is a juicy, puckering alcoholic grapefruit. Juicy, juicy and juicy. Almost all hop flavors. Slam, indeed. A little sweet malt is in there, but it's hard to tell where the hop juice ends and the sweet malt begins. What a marvel.

Oily smooth mouthfeel, leaning toward full-bodied.

For me, it's too drinkable. One that can get me in trouble in a hurry. I tend to gulp this beer, despite my best efforts to relax. I've taken to following this one with several glasses of water.

Now, one other thing. The price. It is expensive, yes. It is good, yes. But, I have never tasted anythiing quite like it. So, if you want the experience, fork over the money.

01-30-2009 23:22:32 | More by budsboy
Photo of robbyc1


4.13/5  rDev -8%

Nice head, very clear yellow, head leaves some lace but nothing special.

Wow, a grapefruit bomb! Nice hop nose, no sent of malt, but it must be there.

It tastes like a hop bomb, but the backbone malt holds it up. I still like the taste of Two Hearted better, but this is pretty well balanced.

Nice heaviness, good bitterness, and it's got nice carbonation.

Easy to drink despite the big hops, no real sign of the 10% abv, too easy to have.

01-30-2009 18:43:05 | More by robbyc1
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,702 ratings.