Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
12oz fresh bottle into the flying fish brewing glass. I wanted to dive right into this one and not waste any time or hops.
A- Bells Hopslam comes out of the bottle a light tan color and settles into the glass with a impressive medium orange with gold & bronze highlights. It appears very transparent and upon a closer view small microdots of sediment are seen floating throughout. The one inch deep white head was impressive and creamy causing much foam & dense lacing.
S- Is out of the world piney and citrusy hops up front with honey and a slightly bittering charm. Grapefruit smells explode into the nostrils as well as grassy scents. A pleasure to smell for some time to allow some warming.
T- Hops on top of hops and so forth giving off some floral aspects. Picking up a nice amount of the honey used in this as well. This beer lives up to it's name. Some malts to combine with that honey. As with many DIPA's the grapefruits, mangos and other fruits are also leading the pack. Hopslam gets a bit sweeter with time resulting in more honey. This beer deserves all the accolades it gets.
M- This goes down smooth throughout the 12oz and finishes on the dry side.The honey helps the slight lack of malt to help offset the hops without drowning them. A bit of a slick oily presence to it. Very drinkable at 10% & a hop profile this huge. Alcohol is a non-factor in this case. Medium bodied with good carbonation ad every sip is an eye-opener.
D- I would go through a few of these before it caught up with me but it would be a beautiful ride. A bit on the pricey side but what isn't these days. I would love to drink this occasionally throughout the year but that's impossible without the hops fading after 6 months. Perhaps brewing this twice a year would be a solution.
One of the top tier double IPA's in my eyes.
01-27-2009 04:32:21 | More by BARFLYB
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
Golden with orange tinge. 3cm off-white head.
Lots of citrus on the nose and some pine. Not as much floral notes as many west coasters, but very nice. Well, perhaps it is floral... But not in the same way. Light, bright, citrus fruits.
Coats the palate nicely. Some malt backbone and a bit of a grainy taste, but the citrus hops dominate with a little bitterness at the end. Much less than expected. There is sweetness, even beyond what's suggested from the malts. Not a super clean flavor as with Pliny the Elder, but still very nice.
A bit sticky. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated with medium-sized bubbles.
This is rather drinkable. Very inviting hop profile, but the lack of a clean palate limits its refreshing qualities. The sweetness and lack of a bitter bite make it even more drinkable.
An impressive brew. I think I like it more than the Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds, but there is likely to be a side-by-side (maybe with Buckeye '76) in the future. Plenty of interesting hop character, but I think the slight over-reliance on sweetness detracts from the beer - makes it a bit too accessible at the expense of excellence. Nonetheless, it is a great beer.
01-27-2009 03:33:03 | More by jpiper
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Popped off the top and immediately the aroma of orangey hops fills the air.
A - Quarter inch head which fades in half and sticks around for the whole ride, cloudy orange hue, very slight sediment can be seen if looked at closely.
S - Very pungent orangey hoppiness, slightly smoky brown sugar malts.
T - Taste starts out with an oily hoppiness and sweet brown sugary malts. Hops get much sweeter and get a more orangey and citrusy flavor, along with a dryer, toastier, smokier malt flavor. Finish leaves an orangey bitterness with a bit of brown sugar.
M - Medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.
D - Alcohol aside, this beer is a bit lighter drinking than some double IPAs. Overall though the flavor is completely original and the aromas are great.
01-27-2009 01:51:04 | More by umustdrink
3.93/5 rDev -12.5%
I was a little nervous walking into this beer. As a longtime fan of 2 Hearted the idea of bells making a "seriously hoppy beer" left me... well... concerned.
The smell. Grapefruit. Yup. Grapefruit and lots of it.
The first drink I was really expecting something painfully tart and hoppy. But it was remarkably smooth and floral. Very smooth indeed.
Would I get it again? I'm not sure, in my humble opinion this is probably one of the best hoppy beers that I've ever had. With that said... 16.99 a 6-pack? Hrm... I'll stick with good ole' 2 hearted for now.
01-27-2009 00:36:48 | More by cadenwhitaker
4.15/5 rDev -7.6%
12 oz. bottle, freshness stamp on case 1/6/09. Into a Chouffe tulip glass...
A - Bright orange body with off tannish head. Two fingers of head, that leaves some lacing.
S - Lots of grapefruit. I mean lots. Pine and resin round out the big hops. American pale malt keeps the aroma light and focused on the fruits. Quite the celebration of hops.
T - If you like hops, this is the beer for you. Hop bite kicks my ass from start to finish. The honey seems to be doing a good job keeping the malt profile dry, with only a small amount of toastiness coming through. Strong grapefruit seems to dominate every flavor in this beer, whether sweet, tart or bitter. Burn in the finish reminds me that this is in fact a 10% APV brew.
M/D - The body is light enough to drink more than one.. as long as you don't have anywhere to do... This is what it is, a big celebration of hops. I'm kinda curious what the malt in this beer tastes like, wonder if any will make it long enough to tell me... If you are looking for balance, go somewhere else. Impressive how many different flavors the hops do pull off here, so cheers to that!
01-27-2009 00:03:50 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.58/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper-orange color that is crystal-clear. Finger-and-a-half of off-white head that lingered for quite some time. Left rings of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Right out of the bottle the smell is immediate grassy and piney hops. In the glass, grapefruit aromas dominate, backed by the grassy hops.
Taste: Strong grapefruit flavors hit the pallet first, with a blast of bitter, grassy hops. Both the grapefruit sweetness and the bitterness of the hops linger for quite a while, providing a nice balance to the beer. The two flavors complement eachother exceptionally well.
Mouthfeel: Feels thick for an IPA, which is good. Body is heavy enough to stand up to the strong flavors. Nicely carbonated as well. Perfect.
Drinkability: This beer absolutely surpasses the hype. It is an absolutely phenomenal beer, and has become my favorite IPA. I don't know if this is supposed to be part of the review or not, but the *only* thing knocking down the drinkability is the price. 18 dollars for a six-pack is a bit prohibitive, despite how good the beer is. Other then that, there is very little I can criticize from this beer.
01-26-2009 22:59:02 | More by StarlightSeraph
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
Sipping this on tap at the
Flying Saucer while typing this out on my crack berry.
The beer is presented in a 10oz globe style glass. This beer pours a dangerously hazy honey-orange with a huge 3 inch head that left, surprisingly, very little lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of west coast citrus with east coast pine. Unfortunately, there really isn't any distinct fruits available in the nose, like with so many Diva's. The flavor is amazing. This beers flavor sums up what I'm always looking for on the first sip of a DIPA. Huge blasts of mango and peaches with some grapefruit trying to wiggle its way forward in the flavor profile. Absolutely magnificent. Also the malt backbone really adds a subtle sweetness the background of the hops. The mouthfeel is everything I want in a DIPA. Full and resiny, leaving a distinctly piney residue on the palate. All I can say is, Larry Bell, take a bow.
01-26-2009 18:52:17 | More by hwwty4
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a very nice golden with slight head.
Smells of grassy/floral hops. Cascade if I'm not mistaken.
Tastes of glorious Cascade hops. Enough malt to keep it balanced, but the hops come through nicely.
This was my first bottle of HopSlam and I found it quite enjoyable. I'm not the prototypical Hop Head, but enjoyed it none the less. Highly recommend.
01-26-2009 15:49:28 | More by tburkhart
4.7/5 rDev +4.7%
Picked up a six pack from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
A: Pours a yellowish hue of amber with a frothy white head when pouring vigorously that reduces down....lots of lacing on the glass.
S: lots of sweet citrus and lots of hops! the alcohol scent can be barely noticed
T: definitely a hop SLAM...the flavor is dominated by sweet hops with some slight notes of the alcohol and a nice bitter finish that mellows more as it warms
M: very well balanced between being thin enough to be refreshing but creamy enough to feel full bodied
D: super easy to drink, i'd probably throw a lot of these back without realizing it and then get hit with the booze...i've even found myself craving one during the day and my mouth waters
love this beer, it's definitely one of my favorite DIPAs and favorite beers overall
01-26-2009 01:04:42 | More by dukedevil0
4.15/5 rDev -7.6%
Hazy amber colored with a thick head that persists (even from a growler). smell is all hops - grapefruit and citrus. a little nose of biscuit in the back too. taste is a bit sweet up front, then the hops come in and balance and then back to a sweetness in the finish. notes of citrus, especially lemon and grapefruit fill this beer. alcohol is well hidden for 10%. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy yet has plenty of carbonation.
01-26-2009 01:03:29 | More by jpaltan
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Wow. What a beer. Its hard for me to write a clear-headed review, But I'll give it a shot. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
A- Golden orange color, slightly hazy with a slight off white head. Lacing is thick as I drink it down.
S- The name is accurate, you get a big whiff of citrusy hops. Grapefruit overtones bring the sweetness to it.
T- This beer kind of threw me off, as I expected overwhelming bitterness from the hops, but the first flavor I get is almost sweet, followed immediately by the syrupy pine flavor that I love. Such an outstanding mixture of flavors.
M- Pretty much a medium bodied beer, without too much bite from the carbonation. Really nice feel.
D- The only problem I see with the drinkability of Hopslam is that you want to keep drinking it until the 10% smacks you in the face. My new favorite DIPA!
01-25-2009 23:02:08 | More by cdflem
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a fridge temp bottle into a room temp glass.
A lacy, off-white head floats atop a honey/amber colored body. Beautifully translucent. Head recedes after a minute but leaves a curtain of lace and spiderwebs behind.
Smells like pine sap infused with citrus juices. These aromas almost overpower faint scents of honey and malt.
The hops are HUGE! Pine and citrus explode in the mouth leaving behind a detritus of sweet honey creamy malt.
This is a great beer, so I feel almost guilty when I want the mouthfeel to be thicker. I understand that it isn't a stout, but because it is so freakin' good, I want it to be thicker and to linger on the tastebuds. Too bad...
I could drink these all day. Or, I could drink them all day if the 10% abv didn't put me to sleep after a sixer.
01-25-2009 16:01:29 | More by Klgkenny
4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Lightly golden colored. Good half inch head on top. good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Sweet, malty, citrusy, piney. This beer smells absolutely amazing.
T: Taste is exceptional. It starts out a little sweet and malty and then finishes w/ a bitter citrus piney taste. This beer is perfectly balanced. The taste of the honey comes through and helps to blend all of the flavors through perfectly.
M: Medium body. A little creamy feeling.
D: Very drinkable beer. At 10% and with a truckload of hops this beer will knock you out if you drink too many though. I saw it happen last night.
Bottom Line: This is one special brew. I think it is my new favorite DIPA. I was scared it wouldn't live up to the hype but i can certaintly say that it does and possibly surpasses it. If you can get your hands on this beer definitely pick up a case while supplies last. It's worth every penny even at 60 dollars a case. You won't be disappointed.
01-25-2009 03:03:28 | More by jrw5061
4.13/5 rDev -8%
A - Big white chunky fluffy head with excellent retention... Hazy orange honey color... Slight very slow distinctive carbonation...
S - Sweet citrus scents dominate... Tangerine... Lemon... Grapefruit... Orange... Pineapple... Piney hops... A faint hint of honey...
T - Piney hops are front and center and then rise in intensity until they crescendo and the alcohol takes center stage... A subtle earthy tone then comes to the surface... The taste lasts well after the swallow... The citrus scents which were noted in the smell are extremely mild and subtle in terms of taste... Exactly what one would should expect from a brew with such a name...
M - Medium bodied with a lush creaminess... Crisp... Smooth carbonation... A slight warmth and burn from the high ABV... The hops bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth and throat... Not as oily as many of the style which is a nice surprise... A faint smokiness is detected as part of the aftertaste...
D - BOOM - A definitive hop bomb... I was slightly disappointed as I expected a slightly more well balanced brew based on the hype, but that doesn't detract from the stellar craftmanship...
Note - I absolutely love the label...
01-25-2009 02:57:23 | More by philbe311
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Got this beaut in a trade from d0b. thanks to him for something new and exciting.
A: Poured into a tulip with one finger tight little head. It dissipates very quickly but leaves more than lacing. closer to a foam caking than lacing. very very nice. Color is a brilliant golden with a little haze (could be chill haze).
S: Absurdly strong and singly citrus hop aroma. Don't really know what to say other than straight up grapefruit. Despite how delicious it smells, I don't know how something so unbalanced could be rated so high in general.
T: Starts straight bitter then the grapefruit creeps in, ending in a sublime honey sweetness. Balance isn't as as crazily skewed as the aroma. Slightly over the top but really damn tasty.
M: Little thin upfront but rounds out a little. Any activity on the tongue or palate is due to alpha acids burning your face off.
D: Dunno really how to come at this one. I know it's a very popular brew and it is in fact tasty but I wouldn't want it often simply because it doesn't seem like something i could drink more than 2 of without Tums or whatever kind of exoskeleton allowed the alien to have acid blood. What can I say. Tasty, fruity, and intense but very unbalanced.
01-25-2009 02:10:58 | More by Pamola
5/5 rDev +11.4%
A peachy grapefruit flower punch to your traditional understanding of an IIPA. Definitely more of a citrus taste than last year. One of the best beers I have every had. For $16 a six pack, it better be. I wish there was a way to store and cellar this beer so that it could last until next year's release.
01-25-2009 02:04:31 | More by valpodogs
4.4/5 rDev -2%
Bell's Hopslam immediately brings thoughts of wildflower honey, bitter soapy hops, and the pith of an overripe clementine. Slightly medicinal tasting. Thick mouthfeel, but astringent and clean. Orange golden hue like viscous unfiltered honey; beautiful hue. Heavy body, warming. Notes of brown sugar, turmeric, molasses, whiskey on the nose. Not to be missed. If you are a fan of the Bell's brewing style, do not miss this beer. At 10%, I'm about half-way through my pint, and feeling it.
Poured into a glass on 1.24.09
Excellent lacing, retained about ¼" of head, maintained about 1/16" of an inch of head throughout the pint. Would not miss this on draft, as I'm sure it would be a knock-out.
Cheers Bell's for another amazing brew.
01-24-2009 21:55:52 | More by slammgrass
4.88/5 rDev +8.7%
I love Bell's and was really excited to try this one out. Thank you Bell's for continuing the seasonal in a terrible hop market.
Pours pale yellow with rigorous, velvety head that stays intact. Nose is astringent, sweet, grassy, piney, citrusy hops. The honey is unmistakable. The taste is more honey, with an almost-soapy astringency and a candy sweetness. The bitterness is so well balanced by the honey; where so many good IPAs trail off into a metallic aftertaste, this one stays beautiful throughout. Feels thick and tasty, and leaves a bit of a sweet sticky film on your lips.
I've heard Dreadnaught comparisons and they are valid. I think I prefer this one; it retains more of the astringency and bitterness of the style. This is my new 2nd favorite IPA (Pliny stays on top).
01-24-2009 21:46:03 | More by gyllstromk
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Bell's pint glass.
A - Aggressive pour produces a frothy, off-white hear of about an inch that settles rather quickly.
S - Grassy and citrusy hops. Tons of orange. Pineapple, spruce, a little grapefruit. Very floral too.
T - Grassy and pine-flavored hops dominate. I get plenty of tropical fruit and some dank cannibus. The honey makes itself known and plays well with some alcohol which I normally dislike in this style but it compliments this beer nicely. This beer is unique for a DIPA and extremely well-crafted.
M - Creamy. Delicious. Perfect.
D - Very high. I don't know if the alcohol (10%) is well-hidden but the balance and sheer excellence of this beer make it plenty drinkable.
I don't mind that this beer only comes around once a year. It does not take age well and despite claims to the contrary the price is not outlandish at all for a beer with this much hop character. Plus, it comes in 12 oz. bottles rather than overpriced bombers.
Overall, up there with Short's Anniversary and Pliny in the DIPA style for me. I highly recommend anyone who can get their hands on this beer drink the hell out of it while it is fresh as this is just a masterpiece of a DIPA.
01-24-2009 21:41:49 | More by b3barron
4.7/5 rDev +4.7%
6 pack picked up at Heinen's, a local grocery for $17.99.
Batch 8907 poured into a standard pint glass
a: clear amber/orange color. Foamy 1/2" head with slight retention. Reduces to a lace cap, fair amount of carbonation.
s: nice floral and citrus hop aroma with hint of honey and grapefruit
t: bitterness from the grapfruit and hop dominated up front, finishes with sweatness from malt and honey. The alchohol is well hidden. Very tasty beer.
m&d: medium mouthfeel, the carbonation helps the mouth. The high ABV is not detectable which makes this an extremely drinkable beer.
This is a great beer, I don't know if its worth the extra $8-10 I would pay per six compared to GLBC Commodore Perry IPA, but certainly is one every hop head needs to try.
01-24-2009 21:35:08 | More by UDbeernut
4.75/5 rDev +5.8%
Purchased at the Beeryard, Batch #8913. Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint from a 12oz bottle.
Appearance: Very nice orange/amber color. Clear. Semi-aggressive pour yields a 1 to 1.5 finger head. Decent head retention, but once its gone a swirl or two brings it all back.
Smell: Nice floral, citrusy, mild grapefruity aroma with a touch of honey. As the beer warms the honey smell becomes much more prevalent.
Taste: Wow. A beer well worth all the hype. A nice malty flavor with some citrus and a dash of grapefruit with a warm, honey aftertaste. No indication of the high alcohol ABV. Incredibly balanced brew. Like the smell, the honey flavor comes out more as the beer warms and lingers on the tongue with a touch of hoppy bitterness/dryness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a drying aftertaste. Nice carbonation balances with bitterness and the honey. Despite my repetitive mention of the honey, it merely accentuates the strong malt character at the beginning and the bitterness at the end. Beautifully i might add.
Drinkability: Incredible. Absolutely no hint of alcohol, unless perhaps the beer is allowed to warm and flatten. I could drink these all day, but the alcohol hits you nonetheless, and is the only limiting factor.
A world-class brew worth the hype, the price, the case limits, everything. Find it, buy it, love it. Bell's HopSlam and Troeg's Nugget Nectar make January and February the most enjoyable winter months. And they're even better on tap!
01-24-2009 20:35:54 | More by Ezekiel81923
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
Poured into my DFH shaped pint glass, the 2009 version of Bell's infamous HopSlam Ale is bright golden copper and topped with a couple of fingers of soft bright-white foam. The head hangs around quite a while, settling slowly by consolidating its smaller bubbles into a soapy foam that clings to the glass in thick webs and stringy ribbons.
The aroma of the drink doesn't flatten me like the (un?)fortunate character on the label, but it is quite huge and pungent, with notes of sugary pineapple grilled over spruce, sprinkled with candied lemon zest, then pureed with potent pine resin and sent to the bottling line.
The taste is crisp and honey-on-toast malty sweet, with a huge countering blast of a tangy lemon-juice infusion, bitter citrus zest and just the right amount of cleansing, warming alcohol. A mild malty oiliness laced with white grapefruit and navel orange rind coats the mouth, keeping the zippy, fruity sweetness in contact with the tastebuds, prolonging a refreshing fruity-hoppiness that finally winds down, terminating in a touch of lingering dryness that commands the drinker to have another sip. I obey without argument.
The drink is heavy-medium in body with great carbonation and feel. Though alcohol is a significant presence in the flavor and the belly-warming nature of the drink, HopSlam is a highly quaffable credit to the talented folks at Bell's.
01-24-2009 20:17:25 | More by cvstrickland
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a 2 finger thick, white colored head that has some great retention, condensing to a thick, 1/4" creamy layer atop the beer, leaving a ton of lace.
Aroma is predominately made up of floral grapefruit as well as other citrus aromas. Quite pungent and fruity, with just a hint of sweet, honey-like malt character.
The taste was a prominent citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit, with a touch of tropical fruit notes. Just an amazing balance of flavors, with a fairly dry finish, that isn't overwhelmingly bitter, leaving a sugared fruit flavor on the palate.
Medium in body heavy in ABV, Hopslam is a very drinkable beer, almost TOO drinkable. I was surprised that I couldn't detect any alcohol on the nose or tongue considering the 10% ABV. Absolutely look forward to this beer every year...and honestly, it's gotta be one of my favorite beers, period!
01-24-2009 19:08:43 | More by Soneast
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
batch #8912 poured bottle into a tulip.
served @ 62* (almost room temp)
nice 1" head of off-white color that lasted 3 minutes. beautiful rich copper color with a nice haze.
instant pineapple/grapefruit smell. alcohol hidden well, but the nose lets ya know something wicked this way comes. taste is strong with pineapple and very warming going down. malty sweetness lasts a long time... mmmm. every lil' burp is so tasty... makes ya want more.
high alcohol so tread carefully.
01-24-2009 18:49:08 | More by DJRezN00
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
Celebrating my 500th review with my first ever bottle of HopSlam!
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into oversized snifter.
A - Slightly hazy orangish copper. Two fingers of white head rise and hang around for a couple of minutes before falling to a thin cap. Some lacing. Lots of DIPAs have looked a lot better.
S - Fantastic smell here full of the entire spectrum of hop aromas. Almost simultaneously I get big hits of pine, tropical fruits (lychees and pineapple come to mind), and grass. Behind the scenes are a touch of orange juice and lemon peel a light whiff of alcohol. Herbal and tea-like aromas mildly compliment a pastry-like sweetness.
T - I've been bouncing between 4 and 5 this entire time, and I think I've finally settled on the current score. Initially there is a HUGE wash of pine flavor on the palate accompanied by moderate to strong fruity notes of apricot, apple, and pineapple. A hint of rosemary flavors melds with a simple, bready sweetness not unlike powdered sugar on baked bread. As the sweetness fades late palate the grapefruit pith bitterness grows to moderate to high levels but somehow keeps itself from being harsh or medicinal tasting. Small alcohol burn in the finish accentuates the bitterness. HopSlam ends on a bitter herbal and bark-like note.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very smooth, but a little thinner that I would've expected.
D - For a huge, hopped up beer, HopSlam is deceptively drinkable. The alcohol, while noticable, doesn't detract but rather adds to the experience. There's a great level of sweetness to counteract some of the craziness from the hops but at no point does HopSlam become malt driven. I wouldn't "slam" these down but it has been quite pleasant to drink, especially considering a lowered malt presence. I'm nearly done with this one, and I unquestionably want another.
I'm not sure if this lives up to the hype or not but it is a great beer at the very least. In a lot of ways it probably wasn't what I was expecting but I've tried to review as if I'd simply seen this on a shelf during a stroll through the beer store one day. While this is nothing short of a great beer as I said earlier, it's perhaps not necessarily ground breaking in the world of DIPAs. HopSlam's most notable feature is it's interesting balance, which keeps things incredibly interesting and incredibly drinkable.
01-24-2009 08:41:08 | More by PatrickJR
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,702 ratings.