Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 10,267
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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Gots: 1,569 | FT: 39
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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Photo of BrewIndy
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be my first perfect rating. I'm not sure :)

Appearance: This is one beautiful beer! Crystal clear, orange coloring. Almost like the color of honey this beer is brewed with if it was clear. Has a small amount of head on toop and leaves some great lacing. If only all beers could look like this. A piece of art really.

Smell: Piney, and citrusy hops right up front. Perhaps it's because it says it on the bottle but I can also smell the honey leaving a pleasurable sticky feeling in the old nostrils.

Taste: Bam! This one is definitely hoppy! At least up front. The great thing about this though is it is very balanced. Someone that would say they don't normally like hoppy beers should at least pick up a single of Hopslam because it is great. The malt and honeys sweeten this beer up nicely leaving the finish to be more sticky sweet than bitter like you get with most hoppy beers. Of course with an ABV of 10% you'd expect it to be sweet. This beer is pretty complex too. Throughout the glass I got different tastes and flavors between being super bitter to being super sweet and everything in between.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sticky! Up front this beer makes your mouth feel refreshed with the bitter hops cleaning (or stripping away) your palate and then it leaves you with the sticky sweet feeling.

Drinkability: Who cares about the 10% ABV?! I say the drinkability on Bell's Hopslam is way better than par. In other words, this is one you can sit and sip and enjoy all night long. At $18 for a six pack it might get a bit expensive but heck, You only get to do it once a year right?

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle...batch 9505 into a snifter

a-clear copper..white two finger head...lots of lacing...lots of bubbles...beautiful

s-sweet grapefruit and citrus...some pine and grass linger in there as well...honey makes a flash towards the end before the grapefruit rounds this one out

t-grapefruit...lots of citrus notes...some bitter pine and grass mingle with a sweet honey note towards the middle...this one finishes slightly bitter and grassy..

m-oily and resiny...the honey adds a sticky aspect to the feel...bitter on the tongue but the sweet honey and hops hang around forever it seems long after each sip

d-absolutely dangerous....the abv is totally hidden...its such a great brew you could get in trouble quick with this one

overall another beer i look forward too each year...the price deters me from purchasing more of this...the dipa imo next to pte

Photo of kbnooshay
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden-orange color with a super frothy white head. Aroma is reminiscent of nugget nectar. Very sweet and CRAZY HOPPY! Citrus and pine.

Taste is similar, super hoppy and sweet. The pine and citrus flavor is responsible for the amazing refreshing qualities of this beer.

Feel is crisp and smooth. WAY too drinakble for a beer of this strength! This is lethal. I really have to focus and sip this one.

(This tastes what a barelywine version of Troegs Nugget nectar should taste like. I mean flying Mouflan was okay but this raped my face.)

Drink it as soon as its released. It starts to change after a month!!! (i've experimented).

Photo of schanker21
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very slightly hazy orange with a decent white head. It's actually pretty clear for an IPA, almost lager-like in appearance. Head remains throughout the glass with lots of lacing.

S- Citrusy, piney, IPA-like. Smells inviting and strong, strong, strong.

T- Citrus is the first taste to hit the palette. Well-balance by the malts with a late bit of alcohol on the aftertaste. After a couple more sips pine tastes are noticeable, typical IPA tastes, but with the quality you would expect from Bell's.

M- Quite delightful. Perfect amount of carbonation. Crisp, refreshing. Don't know that I've had another IPA with such a great mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable.

Wow, another great beer from Bell's. I've yet to have anything from them that disappoints. As a midwesterner, I don't know of another brewery that comes close to their overall consistently great beers (maybe Founder's). I was lucky to grab the last six pack of this at the liquor store I frequent and I hope to find it again.

Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex.

This beer starts great with a nice light golden color, great clarity and a sturdy white head. The aroma is fantastic with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor is all about the hops with loads of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. The malt backs it up well enough and the alcohol sneaks in and out of the picture.

This is one beer that always sneaks up on me. It's so flavorful and appealing I tend to forget the punch it packs.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a marigold orange yellow with a large white head of tiny bubbles. Smell is tons of grapefruit, and abundance of pine, pineapple and citrus. There is so much IBU aroma that it smells dankish and similar to the sticky icky. Some may even venture to say that there is some barnyard aroma because of the huge hop presence.

Taste is very good - there is largely a huge pineapple flavor with a large pine presence and a decent malt body . I never would have known it was a 10% abv had I not seen it in the description, and based on that, I had to give it a pretty decent drinkability score. Good brew, not surprising this has a huge following and it is readily available / able to sell out.

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

Had this on cask last year at BSP, then on tap last week in VA. Now for a bottle in the relative quiet of home for a review.

Pours crystal clear and honey gold into a tulip glass. Tight off-white head that dissipates to a ring of spittly foam that leaves a spotty lace. Slowly rising bubbles in the center indicate the gravity (so to speak) of the contents. Beautiful.

Nose is mostly citrus with some floral notes and a bit of sugary bubble gum. Not particularly dank like its west coast breathren, but potent nonetheless. Not really picking up any alcohol, which is remarkable.

Juicy Fruit, grapefruit, pine, and mint on the tongue, with a powdery astringency. Alcohol warmth infuses the modest cereal grains for the only hint of malt. ints of honey, tart apple, pear, and white wine add some dimension beyond the hops, as well.

Surprising light body with a slick mouthfeel yields to a dry finish. Grapefruit rind bitterness lingers well after the last drop. Flush of carbonation in the swallow leaves the mouth clean and ready for another sip. Nicely put together.

After all the hype, HopSlam measures up well, although not a grand slam for me. A bit too astringent and lacking in malt character, although I realize that's what it's all about. Occasionally suggests toothpaste, which is refreshing, but not exactly something I want to sip on.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden yellow/orange with about an inch white head
S-citrus, huge grapefruit earthy, and floral hops dominating the nose with little malt flavor presence with a slight alcohol burn
T-malt flavor becomes more apparent with a nice sweet flavor from the honey with the hops bavcking off a bit but still dominating the flavor, at 10% abv the alcohol is rather present, overall their beer is a great balance betweensweet fruity flavors (from both the malt and hops) and a huge bitterness (from the hops and alcohol)
M-rather heavy body and a medium carbonation huge bitterness makes this beer a sipper
D-definately a sipper if the high abv isnt enough of a deterent the hop profile certanly is it a great beer but one that probably can't be enjoyed throughout the night

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

Thanks to kzoobrew who knew I would love this, and made it possible.

A thin white head gives way to persistent ring and islands atop a golden beauty of a brew. It is cloudy with fine yeast, and has that shimmery look of a thick beer. A gentle swirl leaves thick slabs and arms of lace. One of the better looking DIPA's I've seen, for sure.

The nose is a medium to full aroma of bright citrus essence (grapefruit, orange peel), floral notes, light bready sweetness, hints of earthy bitter. The balanced brightness in the aroma is outstanding. No trace of alcohol in this baby's bouquet. Most excellent and tempting.

WowwwwW this is delicious. Very full flavored. It starts with a cannonade of citrus and bitter, some resinous and delicious piney notes quickly join the assault. Hints of neutral grainy sweetness guard the flanks of the sip as it presses on to a finish of exceptionally clean flavors of grapefruit rind, earth, very light herbal florality, and that fleeting sweet touch. It's a ghost of sweet in the sip, really, keeping it from exploding on itself. The bright, clean flavors, the balance, and the very light alcohol presence (10%ABV seems impossible) make this a fantastic beer, a work of art.

I may have had finer DIPA's in every other category, but I'm not sure I've had one with better mouthfeel, drinks very light. This is a full bodied beer, no mistake, but it is creamy despite having a dry, long finish. Low carb., perfect. Viscous, but none of the cloying or medicine of some in this category. No, Hopslam gets a cleaner, and brighter, and longer finish as it warms. Flavors sparkle in the spotlight of this mouthfeel.

Drinkability is red flag warning dangerous. If I had two cases of this, instead of these few bottles, prudence would lead me to download emergency alcohol overdose info.

Impression: Lotta hype, this one walks the walk. If you are a lover of this style, do what it takes, get some of this.

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

New Beer Friday! A huge thanks goes out to kzoobrew for this awesome beer! Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours a tangerine color into my SA Perfect Pint with about an inch of fluffy, billowy head that slowly recedes to a thin layer, leaving beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tropical fruits, ripe grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit. After the immediate burst of citrus a light but noticeable piney/hoppy smell drifts up toward me. The more I let this sit and warm up, the more robust the smells become. My mouth is literally watering waiting to taste this beer.

Taste - An immediate burst of citrus flavors, tasting similar to the nose. These flavors dissipate more quickly than I would have thought given the smell, and is followed by a huge hit of piney, hoppy goodness. All the while when these flavors are interacting, there is a sweet, malty backbone which is prominent with honey. I doubted that the honey would bode well with this beer, but my god, it is so amazing. I am sitting here typing, not having taken a sip for about thirty seconds and I can still taste the honey. The taste is so utterly balanced. The citrus, bitter, malty, honey...all come together to create a very elegant, complex DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, decently carbonated, and very creamy. Leaves you with a nice "clean" finish after each sip unlike some other DIPAs.

Drinkability - Let's just say that it is a good thing these are not available around me. If I had this, The Oracle, and Pliny the Elder all available all the time by me, I would probably never drink anything different. All three are very different in my opinion, yet all three represent the style extremely well. Hopslam is a very balanced beer. I would say The Oracle is a bit of a sweeter DIPA, Hopslam well balanced, and PtE a bit on the bitter side. I feel like I could have one or two of either The Oracle or PtE and then perhaps move on to something else because the style was a bit too sweet or bitter. But with Hopslam, with the nice notes of citrus and pine/hops then balanced by a slight malty backbone which finishes up with a taste of honey...I could session these until I passed out. Better than I was expecting and I fear from now on I will have to bug kzoobrew every year to send me out a few of these!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Backlit glowing honey. You could light your house with this beer. Robust, full, and tempting. Extremely heady off the pour, possibly four fingers, gradually fading gently to a two cm cloudy pillow of a head. Sporadic tendril legs. The carbonation is mean, and appears to be anticipating a near-future bite. I'm ready.

S: From whence to commence. Hyperbole required. Just overflowing with pungent brilliance. A bouquet of hops and Great Plain flowers and citrus and hops and tropical fruits and corner store candy and hops. "Honey, you are there too." The nose kicks, even after the head is chopped off, continuing until the last drop, and sticks to the glass in one last dash effort to render you eternally conscious of its previous divine glory. Just wonderfully well balanced.

T: Suppose you dropped a tray loaded with jugs of fresh squeezed lemonade, orange and grapefruit juices, in a dank pine forest with a fresh covering of needles underfoot, but were then chased by a bear who had very recently dipped his paws in a honeycomb, and in the process of chasing you had dripped the honey upon the citrus-y spill. Now, throw some alcohol onto the puddle of now trampled citrus pine. And now lick it. Okay, it's a lot better than that. I really appreciate that the hops constantly punch, but are restrained enough as to not create an overabundance of bitterness. Very tasty IPA indeed.

M: I truly cannot see how it could get much better--not too heavy, not too syrupy, not too bubbly, not too oily, not too feathery, not too anything...But everything that you'd ever expect from an IPA.

D: Man oh man. In terms of the mouthfeel and the taste, this beer is extremely drinkable. Yet, the alcohol (10% abv) is skillfully inconspicuous. After two I am filling toasty, and I have a hefty tolerance. Drinking six is easy, but don't stand up too quickly. Be careful, this one's a creeper.

Photo of Husslerc
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is arguablly my favorite ipa of all time
aromatics are insaine!! Smell of fresh grapefruit and fresh zested orange peel. It just smells fresh!! Poured into smuttynose tulip, beutifull white head with proper lacing. Aromatics explode in glass. Initial taste is almost tart candy, then as my pallet falls back down to earth I am quickly reminded that's an ipa in there. Buttering is perfect in the finish. Again higy recommended and the fresher the better!!

Photo of timski346
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA. First sips are a bit harsh, but flavor smooths out as the beer warms. You would never guess that this is a 10% ABV beer. The balance of hops/malt/alcohol is very good at hiding the alcohol taste. Simcoe hop profile as predominat hop is very apparent to me. Overall great beer!

(A) Appearance - Orangish with white head that is not very thick and is not retained very long.

(S) Smell - Citrus/fruity with Simcoe hop aroma.

(T) Taste - Predominantly hoppy, but not overpowering, although hop profile is probably more complex than it taste. Background malt character absent of strong alcohol tatse that you would expect from a 10% beer.

(M) Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation. Just right for this beer.

(D) Drinakbility - Extremely drinkable for a DIPA. Alcohol taste is almost non-existent.

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

A very nice, if slightly overhyped, DIPA

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple and somewhat cartoonish front label design with the illustration of a person literally slammed under hops over a green color palette. Back label includes a minimal, and rhetorical narrative, and cellaring ability. Shows bell batch number (9471, which as per their website is bottled on December 21, 2009). Notes Alc. by Vol. (10%) Served into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a good head, medium retention, and some lacing with a nice surface memory.

S - Very rich and complex hoppy nose. Citrus, grapefruit, resin, pineapple... But scent of good ripe melon emerges too. Might be the hops coated with the honey, but can´t help to get out of certain type of ripe toad type melon.

T - Taste follows the nose with rich hoppy sweetness, grapefruit, pine, pineapple but above all a final lingering touch of... melon. No honey as such but this melon thing feels like the honey touching the hops. A bit weird but very nice.

M - "Tongue bruiser" like the label suggest this isn't by far, at least not on this incarnation. Medium body, even medium to light at times, but working pretty well with a rather smooth, even creamy feel, and a small finishing bite.

D - Works very well, the alcohol is very well integrated and barely noticeable. In fact rather given the ABV one may need to be reminded of it. Overall a very pleasing one.

Notes: It's not half as assertive or spectacular as the hype would have one believe. But it is a pretty tasty and delicate hoppy brew nevertheless. And even if a tad overpriced, it is rather nice to have around, and remains very recommendable.

Photo of philmont
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can this really be a double IPA? This is a highly drinkable beer. Absoutely love the flavor. Hop flavor followed by citrus and balanced by a smooth malt backbone. This beer is deceptive. You'd never know it had such a high alcohol content. Too much to be a session beer, but boy I'd sure like to try. Oh, by the way, also had a nice creamy head on top of a clear amber orange body.

Photo of SShelly
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to FooFaa for the bottle.

Pours a very light gold with a decent bright white head, fairly fizzy and the head dissapates quick.

Smell is light and citrusy, all hops in the nose, not really an assault but very pleasing.

Flavor starts out with citrus bitterness and some balancing malt flavor, again not quite the hop assault I was expecting, very well balanced the hop flavors fill your mouth and there is a little backend bitterness that leaves a tingle on the tongue.

This is a supremely drinkable ale for a 10% hop bomb, greatly enjoying it, really enjoy the hop flavors it leaves behind in the mouth.

Photo of vishneda
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

This was the first DIPA for me and I was very impressed with it. Great balance. There is a distinct fruitiness found in the combination of the malt backbone and the high hop use. Bell's really focused on bringing the flavor of the hop out... not just hitting high IBUs. Scary drinkability for a 10% beer.

I've got a few other DIPAs to explore and I may come back and revise the ratings based on my experiences with this style.

Photo of bonbini26
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find 6 scattered bottles of this at Abe's Six Pack in PA last year. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head. Smell- oh my, huge grapefruit/pineapple smell WOW, unlike any DIPA I have ever smelt. Some hints of carmael and you can smell the hops too I think! Taste - MMMM hopssss, sweet carmel also to keep the hops in check. Great body, for the ABV and style, creamy, some alcohol comes through. What an awesome beer overall, I am not worthy.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a nice gold color with a white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

S-Hops, hops, and more hops. It smells like a fresh cut open grapefruit with also some sweetness from the honey.

T-Grapefruit flavor dominates at first due to the hops and then the hoppiness is cut but the honey sweetness. It finishes clean and refreshing.

M-Seemed very syrupy with a touch of carbonation. It was like drinking heaven's nectar.

D-Through the roof, I don't care if it is 10% I could drink this all day.

Overall, I was glad I got to try this on tap, it was delicious. I think its more syrupy and not as full bodied as it is out of the bottle giving it a slight edge in drinkability. I highly recommend seeking this out on tap.

Photo of Beast35
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow where do I start with this beer?

Poured into a DFH snifter, 2 fingers of head

Smell-citrus hops (grapefruit and blood orange, maybe some tangerine)

Taste-Damn! So deceiving! At the tip of the tongue it is so velvety. You can taste the honey. Then the hops bitch slap you into submission. Can i get an IV of this?

Mouthfeel- smoooth

Drinkability-10%? Really? Excuse me while i drink six and pass out

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

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass...case stamped 1/18/2010

A - pours about an inch of big pillowy white foam, slowly diminishing to a half inch layer and leaving a lot of lacing on its way down. the beer is a clear, bright gold color with some bubbles here and there.

S - huge grapefruit, citrus, piney hops. mouth-watering.

T - following the nose with citrus hop flavors then joined by a lot of honey sweetness. big kick of alcohol burn, dont remember that from previous years but this is the freshest i've had.

M - active and lively carbonation, but not distracting. nice and oily, slick...coats your mouth after the initial sharp hop bite with some sweetness.

D - wasnt sure about this, but before i knew it i was cracking another. quite drinkable for the abv although the alcohol is definitely there. a damn fine DIPA, near the top for me.

Photo of icetraxx
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like Two Hearted in both a mug and oversized wine glass, this means this beer needs a bit more lacing and head retention as it is fairly poor compared to other examples of the D/IPA style.

S: Smells like liquid hops (pineapple + grapefruit + piney resin + lemon citrus), as well as a hint of alcohol. The aroma builds quite nicely in my oversized wine glass, it is aromatic like a hop air-freshner.

T: Tastes like Two Hearted on steroids, though quite a bit less balanced. Surprisingly there is no taste of alcohol. There is a hint of malt on the crisp finish, otherwise it's all hops, all the time. The hop flavor follows the smell (though grapefruit is dominate). A great example of the style, as DIPAs are inherently unbalanced as far as I know (I prefer regular balanced IPAs like Two Hearted). Complexity only consists of different hop flavors, but there is a dynamic bitterness to the hops that is very interesting.

M: I felt this was less creamy and a bit thinner than Two Hearted, which is a shame. Perfectly carbonated.

D: With 10% alcohol and hops that kick you in the pants, this is definitely a slow sipper. I wouldn't drink as many of these as a Two Hearted, but I could drink a second one.

O: As an experiment, I fed HopSlam to my friend that normally *doesn't drink any kind of beer*. As I expected, the intensity of the hop bitterness of HopSlam gave a priceless facial expression. My recommendations for this brew are simple: if DIPAs are your thing, you need to pick up some HopSlam NOW. If you dislike DIPAs, don't pick up HopSlam.

Photo of glid02
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit first and foremost, with good amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of adjunct sweetness from the honey.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are overtaken almost immediately by loads of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. The honey doesn't really stand out as a flavor, instead adding a bit of sweetness and lightening up the bitterness. The ending is mildly bitter and a bit of residual sweetness if left lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I didn't think Hopslam lost a step over last year's. The honey adds a bit more body however the sweetness detracts from the drinkability by just a tad. Still, this is worth seeking out.

Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden, no active carbonation. Poured a razor thin head that vanished pretty quickly.

S: Hops, obivously. A little citrusy, perhaps grapefruity? The complexity is very nice. Compared to Bell's Amber, which I thought was over hopped, this is very nice in terms of hop flavor and aroma.

T: Not as strong as I was expecting (perhaps I just braced myself too much). Hops dominate the flavor, I can taste it on every part of my tongue. I get a little honey in the aftertaste

M: Biting at first, but smooth. Slightly creamy even.

D: Not bad, I will most likely finish the 6er in my fridge, but overall not that impressed.

Redo: January 26, 2010.

A: Big off white head on a golden body, lots of active carbonation. Very clean and clear. Great Lacing.

S: A complex blend of hops but the malt/honey come through as well. No smell of alcohol at all. I think though there is too much going on in the smell though and it's all just shouting at me. I get a little grassy-ness, some pine, maybe a citrus-zest smell, but not a clean citrus like I would from a Centennial hoped beer.

T: There's a lot of flavor in here, even in the foam of the head there's as much flavor as some macro beers I've tasted. But is it all that great? Hopslam is one of those beers that just has so much going on that you remember it, and fondly, and fondness grows over the year. Again, like the smell, there's a lot going on. I get some grain here, which wasn't in the nose, but still a ton of different hop-related flavors. Maybe a little fruitiness. It's a biting bitterness all over, but a very mild bite. It's just too full.

M: Very full bodied and creamy, just as I remembered it. Creamy enough (and sweet enough) in fact to outweigh the bitterness that you get in a regular IPA that makes it taste lighter than it is.

D: Again, drinkable, not something I would pass up, but not something I'm going to get as excited about in the future. But people who haven't had it really must.

Photo of jakeyb
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer! Poured into a pint glass and immediately noticed the perfect head, 3 fingers thick with a nice puffy lacing and the color was a brilliant golden orange. Holy cow the hops on this beer! Almost overwhelmingly aromatic. My wife could smell it all the way in the next room! Bursting with a bright citrus pop, the smell is incredibly bright and cheery, like wind blowing over an orange tree. The carbonation is perfectly balanced, mixing well with the bright, white grapefruit taste that seems to almost float in your mouth. The finish has a slight bitterness to it not unlike that of citrus zest. Though this beer is INCREDIBLY drinkable, watch out because the 10% ABV will knock you on your ass if you're not careful. This would be a perfect beer to enjoy on your deck in the summertime, and it may very well be my favorite offering from Bell's at this point. Can't wait for another bottle!

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 10,267 ratings.