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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

10,043 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,043
Reviews: 3,127
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,948
Gots: 1,524 | 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 ClevoPiwo
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 month vintage Hopslam poured into a snifter - Golden straw color, maybe a shade darker and more rich than a pilsner color, with a decent head that died down pretty quickly.

The smell is well balanced between sweet malt and hop notes. The combination of the two give it a very pleasant fruity aroma akin to that of pineapples.

The taste is similar to the smell in that it is well balanced with an assertive hop character, perhaps a bit mellowed out with time. Sweet malt and honey notes come in up front and then give way to a pleasantly assertive hop character

This one reminded me a lot of this year's batch of Lake Erie monster - which I also liked a lot

ClevoPiwo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poor bottle had a protracted wait, as it took FOREVER for my trade with jnn4v to come through (was originally expecting arrival in early march, but ended up having to wait until MID-MAY). some of his reasons were understandable, some not as much. supposedly it was kept in the fridge most of the time though.

12oz bottle w batch code 8913. tasted in mid/late may 2009.

orangey honey amber. slightly hazy despite decanting. 1.5-finger foamy off-white head, gradually fades to constant thin wispy layer. great lacing, curtain-like in the 2nd half.

aroma: piney, citrus rind hops, still decently fresh, with citrus fruit notes, although starting to get dull and resinous. caramelized malt underneath but focus remain on the hops, even now.

taste: still quite hoppy and relatively fresh, just not uber-fresh like i remember from the tap. a bit more towards the resinous side of the spectrum, with pine and citrus rind, and less of the floral and citrus zest characters. doesn't blend as well with the honey and caramelized malt as a result, the way the fresh draft version did. moderate to boldly bitter, with resinous tones. hints of apple esters.

medium body, smooth, almost syrupy. punctuated by resinous astringency. prickly, moderate carbonation helps with creamy texture.

part of this score will be influenced by my impressions of the draft keg i had multiple samples of at EBF 09. one of the highlights of that event, actually.

a shame that the hops are so fragile. will have to seek a more timely trade next year.

tai4ji2x, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

finally, i scored this on tap,at the bell's eclectic cafe in kalamazoo, knowing it's only available in bottles jan-march, i was surprised to see it on tap amongst the many other brews available - this beer was superb, a nice pour with a 2 finger head, hazy amber color, hoppy sweet smell and WOW on taste - a nice hop bite with a sweet lingering finish - i found a couple of 6pks in new buffalo, probably past their prime, but very good nonetheless - i was excited to grab a couple @ 16.99 a six - two of these (on tap)went down too easy at the cafe( accompanied by an excellent pulled pork sandwich) - the abv doesn't show it's presence til you're done - real tasty stuff either way - lives up to the hype -

JoeBloe, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to COBeerBuff for this gem. Poured from bottle into oversized snifter.

A: Golden orange amber copper color, slight reddish hue, very hazy, slight head that slowly fades.

N: Nose has some nice noble hops, some floral and grassy aromas, slight citrus, an interesting crystal malt and touch of honey finish off the light nose

T: Starts pretty sweet, some crystal malt but lots of honey, a grassy floral hops taste adds more character, a slight spicey and chewy hop, the sweetness and honey is very prevalent, a very slight alcohol as it hides it pretty well, it has a somewhat candy bar taste with the sweet honey, caramel malts, and floral chewy hops which build the more I drink

M: A little chewy and stick, pretty light otherwise, light carbonation, a little creamy

F: It gets pretty bitter but not huge. It starts sweet and honey taste but finishes pretty dry. The bitter hops fade pretty quickly leaving the candy bar taste as well as a biscuity malt taste and slight earthiness making it pretty drinkable, and nice fresh hop taste on the finish as well. It also seems to leave a metallic taste in the mouth

Final thoughts: This beer seems to be pretty highly acclaimed but I'm a little disappointed. Its a pretty big hop bomb with a slight malt base and lots of sweet honey. The candybar taste adds a nice touch but its a little too much honey and sweet taste for me, and the hops don't come through the way I would have expected.

jlindros, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of fiver29
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color and the glass I poured has a little hop haze effect. Smells like citrus or grapefruit. Laces the glass well. Tastes like a double IPA with the upfront hop blast and has a nice malt backbone to it to balance it out. Overall one of the best double IPA's I've had.

fiver29, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of cudmud
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a slight head and good lacing. Nice aroma due to the hops. Some esters are present; however, they are hard to identify due to the hops. The flavor is balanced between sweet, sour, and bitter. The mouthfeel and drinkability are superior. In short, a wonderful beer.

cudmud, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich gold, with just a hint of red. White head dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin layer remaining. No lacing.

S: Faint alcohol sweetness with a little bit of hops and roses.

T: An unexpected sweetness up front, followed by tons of hops. Some grapefruit notes, with a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium body with moderate to light carbonation. A little syrupy, but characteristic for a double IPA.

D: Despite the very high ABV this double IPA is not too overbearing and pleasure to drink!

Tromba, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of pentathlete
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into the goblet with a slightly hazy gold and a thick foam. The tiny tight bubbles are layered with a few larger ones. They collapse from nearly an inch thick to an eighth inch table. Good, but noting exceptional.

Smell is citrus hop dominated with that mead-like honey aroma floating underneath. The taste matches the smell perfectly, with a strong hop bite from start to the startlingly meadish finish. (It does have kind of a hoppy mead flavor, like a braggot, but overblended with an IPA.)

I love the way this feels, the malts surround the palate and the hops strike like a sword on the tongue. The honey notes linger for a very long finish.

I've had this on draft and have had many bottles. It never ceases to shock me to find that I have quaffed a 12 oz brew clocking in at 10% in less than five minutes. It is that drinkable. I can't recommend this beer highly enough.

pentathlete, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangy-Amber in color. Slightly cloudy. Thin head, good lacing.

S: Citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit) and sweet honey

T: Complex yet perfectly balanced. First taste is sweet clover honey moving into the citrus (grapefruit, lemon) with a bitter zing to follow. Finished amazingly clean and dry.

M: Medium-heavy body. good carbonation that doesnt get in the way but helps aide in the balance. slightly viscous and oily without being sticky.

D: Amazingly complex yet balanced brew. A lot of extreme flavors in here that do not overpower, yet they compliment eachother exceptionally well.

Notes: Obviously out of season, but that doesnt diminish the overall excellent quality of this beer. It's a different animal.

Update 1: Had a fresh bottle in February of 2010. Very different hop bitterness obviously but still earns the marks from its previous sampling.

Update 2: Had on draft for the first time on 1/26/11. Still an exceptional beer - A little less honey in the taste due to the uber freshness of the hops and also slightly lighter body but still smooth and oily. Earns same grades as previous reviews so no seperate listing.

rfgetz, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-review on 2/15/10 as I got a fresh one. Original 8/3/09 review erased since it was an out of season review. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Had a batch number code on back label that you can look up on the web. This one is from 12/21/09 so fresh. It was a slightly hazy golden honey color with light carb bubbles. It had a good sized white head that settled into a thick collar and central wisps. Good sliding lace with some sticky spots.

The aroma was exceptional. Grapefruit, citric and pine hops dominating up-front with a great honey sweet malt back. Is that pineapple as well? Great balance. Very pleasing. The taste followed the aroma. Starts out sweet from the honey and then the hops build to a great hoppy finish. Not sure I'd call it a hopslam but still excellent. Mouthfeel is medium with good carb levels and great balance. Nice after-taste.

Overall, an excellent ADIAP that is worthy of the rank and hype. Most highly recommend. Great non-bitter hop aroma and flavor that shows excellent balance with the honey tinged malt. Very easy drinker. Just wish it was easier to get some. Rotation: not available here but would be a big player if it was. [H;Y;ship]

TexIndy, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, did not check the date.

Appearance: ruby orange with nice 1' head that left some leggings throughout drink.

Smell: obvious detection of pine and citrusy hops. Nice smell all the way around and one I could smell all day long and not get tired of.

Taste: initial blast by the hops, then gets pretty smooth tasting upon swallow. Detect peachy fruit after the hop blast. Alcohol is hardly noticable which can be very dangerous upon repeated tastings.

Overall: I must be in the minority because I was not completely enamored with this beer as 99% of BA's are. I would rate this rather ordinary as there was nothing that stood out comparable to other DIPA's such as DFH 90min or Victory Hop Wallop. Maybe my expectations were high due to everyone raving over this beer when it comes out. hmmm...

Kolsch, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a golden well malted beer with indistinguishable abv compared to some. nice honey malt, bit o honey, peppery lemon zest nose. well hopped... or more so balanced hop palate for the malt character. palate of honey, grass, lemon, and mild sweet tea aspect. this beer ages very well.

rtepiak, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of mphopkins99
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, cloudy orange with small beighe head that leaves a little lacing.

S - Hope are obvious, but the overall impression is citrus, definite grapefruit presence.

T - Just exceptional. Incredibly well balanced, masks the ABV almost too well.

M - Medium bodied, finishes dry.

D - Tastewise, this is very drinkable, but the ABV makes limits its sessionability.

The highest praise I can give is that I tend to not like big-hop beers, but this is just a fantastic brew. Well worth seeking out.

mphopkins99, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orangey-amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A huge aroma of hops that smacks you the second you open the bottle. Also has a big citrus presence.

T: Tastes of hops, pineapple, a piney element and some malt, Complex, vibrant, powerful and extremely tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable Imperial IPA. Not for the faint of heart, but a great beer.

avalon07, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of dstickel
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite beer ever, anywhere, of any style, period! Nothing wrong with it at all. Great taste, great smell, perfectly balanced, hides the 10% ABV well. The only problem with it is that it's only available for a very short time each year. But that probably makes it that much better.

dstickel, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of daledeee
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was able to pick up this fine beer while in Wisconsin.

This beer pours a very light color with nice head and immediate floral and hop nose without even getting close the the glass.

Taste is not as strong in the hop character as others, but that is OK. The first taste that comes to mind is sweetness. Hop and citrus balance the taste. Not much malt in this one. Unbelievably drinkable for it's ABV. Truly refreshing and a great example. One of the best tasting beers I have had regardless of style.

daledeee, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of qchic
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden peach color with a frothy head that leaves sticky lace behind.
Of course, lots of hops in the nose with citrus, pine, and pineapple. Rockin bitterness in the flavor with pine, tangerine and tropical fruits, more bitterness, and alcohol that also contributes to the mouthfeel. A party in the mouth. Warming alcohol would (or should) prevent one from downing too many of these and since it's available for such a short time I find it easy to savor one at a time.

qchic, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of wingman14
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange copper color with a huge frothy white head that leaves lacing. The smell is sweet upfront with tons of hop aroma and nice bit of citrus like orange and grapefruit. The taste starts sweet and pretty hoppy, then somewhat bitter with a slight hop bitter aftertaste. I was expecting a bigger bitter bite considering the bottles advertisement, but no big deal. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, medium body, with great flavors and a nice depth to the taste. Not an over the top flavor that gets old, but a great beer that keeps things fresh. This is a great drinker considering the high ABV, it is really hard to tell that it is so high, a half a six pack could be too much, but a great hophead beer.

wingman14, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of HoosBrews
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Vintner Wine Market in Charlotte. Appearance was a hazy, glowing orange. Smells like nectarines. Taste is unbelieveable: Imagine sweet grapefruit juice mixed with honey. Big mouthfeel that lingers. Finish is just as amazing with absolutely no alcohol heat. It's hard to believe this is a high gravity beer (until I finished the pint). This is my favorite Double IPA. I would put this on tap at home all the time if I could...

HoosBrews, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Deep golden w/a rocky 2 inch white head. Ample lacing with some serious "leg" action.

Smells like hop heaven.... Slightly earthy musk and clover fields, fresh honey and oats.

The taste is Cataclysmic! Spicey, earthy hops, rich malts and honey do melon. Slightly warm from the alcohol but I could not wait to take another sip. Simply deliscious!

GordonQuid, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Consumer Beverage Center in Hales Corners, WI. Pours a bright golden body with a thick white head that falls to a cap and lasts to the end. Aroma is a big blast of sweet, fruity hops. Excellent malt sweetness used to balance out the hop bitterness. Even at 10% alcohol, the drinkability is extremely high.

blackearth, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Dibujob
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pretty much the perfect beer! Pours a beautiful golden hue with a rich head of foam which leaves beautiful lacing. Smells of hoppy citrus goodness. Hints of honey, well balanced, amazing drinkable for such a big beer. Best when fresh, even a few months past prime it's still a delicious brew. Don't pass this up!

Dibujob, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of cdpike
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into tulip.

Pours smooth golden, medium, but somewhat ample foam. Strong citrus nose, bursting with hops, apples, caramel and wonderful generally understated sweetness. Absolutely wonderful body, fairly big caramel at the front and great hop finish. This beer is surprisingly light for the huge magnitude. This is utterly amazing. I wish I could drink it everyday.

cdpike, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received as an extra. This one has been on my wants for a while and I was glad to finally be able to have this. Poured a orange body with a big loose rocky head with amazing lace as it went on. Smelled very citrusy, piny, grapefruit. Tasted very hoppy, resinous, some pineapple, piny. Medium body, thick sticky mouthfeel. Amazing DIPA

mugglesandhops, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hats off to ratpack554 for the bottle.

after enjoying the crap out of Two Hearted, i was super-stoked to try this one...

A - cloudy bronze w/ a 2 finger creamy off-white head

S - citrus/floral hops, orange, lots of honey and some candied fruit -delicious, can't wait to dig in

T - as one would expect from a beer called "hopslam" there is a massive hop punch in the face, followed by an explosion of citrus goodness, but all backed by an o-so-sweet malt. You can really taste the honey in this beer, and boy is it good. some apple comes through as well before a perfectly bitter close, that leaves me begging for MORE. (10% is extremley well hidden)

MF - lively and highly carbonated, a tad oily, but very light for 10%

D - too high for a beer with such a high abv. (this is a good thing) the goes down smooth as hell, way too easy to quaff.

i thought 2hearted was the beesnees(sp?) but then i had hopslam...Larry Bell i beg you to distribute in Colorado!

bonsreeb85, Jul 03, 2009
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,043 ratings.