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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

9,764 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,764
Reviews: 3,114
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,854
Gots: 1,451 | FT: 42
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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Boehemyth

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Reviewed out of a 12 oz. longneck bottle from the 2009 release and poured carefully into a 18oz. snifter. Translucent orange in color with a small head. Leaves ring of lacing on the glass. A surprisingly sweet smell for an IPA. The hops are only just detectable next to the grapefruit/honey aroma. Sweet on the nose and seems to oscillate between the sweetness of the honey and the bitterness of the hops. As you swallow, it slides smoothly down your throat and that sweet taste sets in for a few seconds, after which the hop taste takes over for good. This is one of the most flavor packed beers I have ever had, and I'm not just talking about hops! This is a perfectly balanced IPA on a level of greatness I didn't even think was possible. This will easily be one of my favorite brews of the year.

02-06-2009 20:29:13 | More by Boehemyth
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Doing a side by side vertical tasting here of a bottle of the winter 2009 batch and also a bottle of the fall 2007 batch that has been sitting in my cellar for about 13 months or so now Both were poured out of 12 oz bottles into mugs. The appearance of both are identical. Both pour a slightly hazy golden/copper color with a bit of an orangish tint. Has a nice foamy white head that doesn't stick around for long. Both settled to a nice surface coating within 5 minutes of being poured. Both had very good lacing. The 2009 one had aromas of hops are that were strongly present followed by some citrus and a bit of malt. The 2007 one had a very similar aroma, but the hops were aroma was not quite as dominant and a bit more caramel malt aroma came through. For the 2009 one, tastewise this bad baby is dominated by hops, followed by orange and a bit of lemon, rounded out by some toasted caramel malt. The 2007 one has a fairly similar flavor. Obviously the hop bitterness isn't nearly as present as in the 2009, instead the caramel malt flavor is upfront, followed by a citrus flavor and is rounded out with hops. The hops still make their presence know though. Both have a crisp, full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Everyone should try this beer at least once! Can't way that one is better than the other, they are both great, but a hophead will probably like a fresh one more than an aged one.

Eric

02-06-2009 04:52:34 | More by neenerzig
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%

A: vigorous pour into a snifter yields a half inch head that quickly recedes to a lacing, dull copper with a white head

S: glorious hops! grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, and pineapple (which I have never really noticed before in an IPA), a hint of honey

T: more of the same but a little less exciting, but more of malty background, the honey is also a bit more noticeable, nice dry bite on the finish

M: the carbonation helps it bite, but it's not enough to keep it from going down silky smooth

D: it seems like most beers with 10% ABV ought to be considered "sippers"...but not so much in this case...

02-06-2009 03:56:48 | More by sjccmd
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ironlung

California

4.4/5  rDev -2%

Thanks again to bb8189 for the chance to try this awesome hop-bomb!!

Pours a crystal-clear light orange w/ as much head as you'd like(depending on pour strength). Head leaves as soon as it came, but the lace sticks around for the long haul. Smell is just pure citrus hops, just with deeper fruiter notes than we get here out west. Taste is nothing short of outstanding, If your like me; and in love w/these wet coast hop-bombs you don't want to miss a chance to get your hands on the mid-west's version of this style. Kinda reminds me of a double-dog, sans honey. Drinkability on this one's not very high because it will screw you up! Overall I'm impressed w/ this beer and stoked I got my grubby paws on it!

02-06-2009 01:57:59 | More by ironlung
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to my Rogue pint glass.

A: Messed up my pour and got a little too aggressive, lucky for me Natasharai poured one along with me so I could judge what the true head should have looked like. The positive thing that came out of my sloppy pour was that the head rose about an inch over the rim of the glass and held up wonderfully. From the correctly poured on there was about a one-finger off-white head on top of a copper semi-opaque body. Head has pretty good retention and some lacing. On my second review here, I got a great two-finger head with amazing retention and nice lacing.

S: Very strong scented, grapefruit, citrus, strong hops and a strong amount of pine.

T: Strong citrus hops upfront with a bit of honey that turns into a sharp grapefruit with a very flowery dry/bitter finish. Easily the strongest hopped IPA I've had. There's a small trace of malt but very little. I'm extremely amazed at how well the alcohol is masked in this 10%'er...I never would have guessed, there's only an alcohol trace in the last ounce or two.

Overall: Very happy that this lived up to the hype! Not too thick (in comparison to Maharaja and Unearthly) Very drinkable for the alcohol content, the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had. If you can get a trade for this It's worth it and if you're able to buy it, also worth the $15-18.

02-06-2009 00:37:26 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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abents

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish orange with a nice white head that laces fairly well. Smells of, guess what?, hops. Huge floral and citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit and pineapple.
Tastes likes hops, but in a pretty balanced way. The fruity sweetness works well with the bitterness of hops. I can pick out grapefruit, pine trees, pineapple and honey. Got a nice tang to it that makes this normally incredibly bitter style a nice refreshing quality to it. Very easy to drink for its abv and hop bomb qualities. Very nice brew, I'm not really that much of a hophead, but this is one I can easily enjoy. Wish it was cheaper.

02-05-2009 04:16:27 | More by abents
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kasper

New York

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Pours a thick, murky amber with a short but tight orange-tinted off-white head that peels down slowly leaving sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Woah, loads of sweet citrus flavors -- almost smells like a wicked orange Tang. Some tangerine, butter shortening, orange rings, and tiny bit of pine. Underlying aromas are similarly sweet, and creamy akin cake shortening. The smell remains intense through the entire beer!

T: This is without a doubt the smoothest, most balanced, big IPA I've had to date. Rich and buttery malts up front with some sweet citrus, but these flavors implode down to a dry, piney finish that leaves your tastes buts with no question as to what kind of brew your drinking.

M: Smooth and silky with mild carbonation. Somewhat biscuity and rather palette coating. Quite enjoyable.

D: This is a huge find for me. This one really lives up to its hype. I think it's smoother than Pliny. Certainly a world class beer for its style. I have 5 left... Alcohol masked very well on the palette, but man does it creep up on you.

02-05-2009 03:27:11 | More by kasper
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured a slightly hazy amber orange. White creamy head displays great, sticky lacing. Whispy but substantial cap is settled on after nice retention.

Some sweet and malt notes hover in the background of the nose, with bright grapefruit leaping the fore. Biscuit malt. Honey.

Grapefruit is the primary hop flavor - or flavor in general, in fact. Some pine comes in, riding resin. Dough malt. While obviously weighted towards the hops, the sweet well balances the perfusion of fruity and bitter hop flavors. Some spice, grass.

A creamy feel, with some chewiness. Moderately thick, but with the spice working with the sustained if middling carbonation prickliness to keep things crisp. Oh, and when I heard that this brew is 10% I was floored. ABV is completely and utterly hidden.

So, the times being what they are, I couldn't justify dropping $18 for a sixer of a beer I'd never had, though I've heard good things. Now that I've had the opportunity to try it on draft, I might have drop the money for a sixer... and price a lot of places beforehand.

02-05-2009 02:39:47 | More by TheMistler
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2%

Thanks to vwcraig for this one.

Pours a golden/copper color. Relatively clear. Off white head rather thin but does stick around.

Aroma is intense hops; as it should be. The hop scent is so intense that the citrus almost comes off as sweet smelling. Alcohol is well masked.

Tastes amazingly clean, while still being strong and pronounced. Not overly bitter and while it is obviously balanced toward the hoppier side of things, malt is present and this is not a bomb in any sense of the word. As for specific flavors, citrus hops are present (orange, pineapple), maybe some other fruits and resiny flavor. Very tasty and the alcohol is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a light/medium body and medium carbonation. Not a particularly dry finish or really any alcohol warming.

Drinkability; I came in expecting a hop bomb or something akin to carbonated grapefruit pulp, but got a rather tasty brew. Shame it's so limited this year. Watch out for that alcohol content, it's a killer and a sneaky bastard.

02-05-2009 02:38:46 | More by sonicdescent
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz bottle poured clear golden into a snifter. Slight to no head but wow, intense hop grapefruit hits instantly. First sip.. amazing bright citrus flavor hopiness. What comes to mind is biting into a red grapefruit. Leaves with a silky smoothness with slight carbonation. Amazing drinkability for the ABV. Great beer to satisfy the needs of the most demanding hop head. (Wish this was a year round offering)

02-04-2009 23:00:47 | More by JimboHD2005
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GCGrant

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +8%

Open bottle and smell...mmmm...Hops, lots of hops. Looks gorgeous in my glass. Orange-ish, brown. And that smell...damn!! First taste, hoppy grapefruit. That's all I can think of. Very smooth for the 10% ABV. Mellowed by the honey, I'm guessing. This tastes better than I remembered from last year. As a Hop Guy...this is heaven. I highly recommend this beer. Even with the hefty $17.99/6pk price. Remember...doing the math it's almost the same as $11.99 4pk and $5.99 for a 22oz. Rationalizing is an art.

02-04-2009 22:45:34 | More by GCGrant
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a clearish light copper with a two-finger head that left lace on the glass. A mix of hops and some sweet malts in the smell. Medium-bodied with a huge hop bite that goes down smooth and finishes clean (I'm not used to that in a DIPA). I kept hearing about grapefruit in this beer and there is definitely grapefruit notes coming from the hops, for a drying yet also semi-sweet sensation. It is rather noticeable in this beer and I haven't had a DIPA that quite tasted like this. And while this along with sweet malts made for an interesting taste, the grape feeling wore on me a little.

02-04-2009 18:24:50 | More by clayrock81
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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
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Fatduck

Minnesota

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
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

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
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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
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

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
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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
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Traquairlover

Virginia

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
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poland7

Michigan

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
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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
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

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,

Cheers!

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

Florida

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
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TehAnkh

Florida

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
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waldoiverson

Texas

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
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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