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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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10,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,174
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,001
Gots: 1,554 | FT: 38
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 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
Photo of cvaypai
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to dogfish head signature glass.

Appearance- Beautiful golden-orange-brown-amber, there is a bit of every color in here. Nice 1 finger head that laces beautifully.

Smell- All sorts of citrus, sweet, hops, and honey. Absolutely delectable smell coming from this beer. One of my favorite smelling beers out there.

Taste- Citrusy, sweet, bitter, its everything. Orange citrus taste chased by the sweetness of honey with a bitter finish. The honey is such a nice touch, so refreshing and hides the alcohol soo well. I absolutely cannot wait to get this fresh again next year.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, just about the right amount of carbonation. A bit of bite from the hops, but its awesome.

Drinkability - I could drink this all day, it is a perfect summer beer even with its BIG status, super drinkable.

One of my favorite beers of all. Like I said I cannot wait to get this fresh again next year.

cvaypai, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was extremely excited to try this beer despite it being past its peak freshness. I poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It's a beautiful orange hue that is nicely transparent with a two finger white head.

Big hoppy aromas of all sort, citrus, piney, earthy followed by the honey and some caramel in the background. I can only imagine how aromatic this would be when fresh.

The citrus hops are the most dominant of all the flavors with grapefruit leading the way. While drinking this i continued to have the sense that I was eating a ruby red grapefruit. It was still quite well balanced between the sweetness and the hoppiness. There is some burning alcohol flavors but they are not unpleasant.

In terms of drinkability I could easily put back a few of these despite the high abv.

Overall, this beer tended to be on the citrus side but i felt that made it quite a refreshing DIPA.

mikey711, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of straybeer
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pale reddish-amber. Thin film of foam, but lacing up my entire glass.

S: Loads of citrus. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange. Hops also there. Then sort of a mellow play between the sweetness and the bitterness.

T: Tropical fruit and hops. Screams a delicious grapefruit. Honey-sweetness, but with nice hop bittering for balance. Not malty, but not really hoppy either.

M: Nice medium body, light carbonation, very smooth.

D: Just awesome. A great beer, hides the 10% pretty well too. Had this on tap a couple of times in Jan. and Feb. so I have experienced it fresh and the hop profile was bigger, but I have no problem rating it how I did. Possibly my favorite from Bell's.

straybeer, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Maction
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours somewhere between orange and amber, almost completely clear, with a tight, bone-white that evaporates quickly and leaves lots of lace.

S: At first whiff, I get white grapefruit juice, orange blossom, honey, and a hint of the sea.

T: The flavors start with bitter lemon rind, then evolve into black tea with vanilla, creme fraiche, and a slight herbal funk. The bitter and sweet flavors seem to flip flop several times, giving it a long and complex finish.

M: This is weighty and viscous, but a little slippery as well. The finish is dry, but not bone.

D: A yummy brew. I think that the honey, which is often overlooked, blanaces the bitter hops and smooths out the mouthfeel.

Notes: This review is for a bottle that some would say was past its prime. I do remember more sweetness in the flavor and smoothness in the finish when I had it on tap back in February. I remember being very, very impressed. I was less impressed this time, but still think it's a stand-out. Hopefully, I can try more another fresh from the tap next year and update.

Maction, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to cvaypai for this one.

A: Cloudy orangish-amber color. Not much head to speak of, but pretty good lacing.

S: You can really pick up the honey and the citrus (orange) of the hops.

T: Excellent hop flavor, again, more orange than anything. Nice sweetness too from the malt and the honey. Some bitterness on the finish.

M: Very smooth, medium body. Not much carbonation, but enough to keep things fairly light.

D: Very drinkable. The 10% ABV is hardly noticeable in this.

womencantsail, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: HopSlam pours a slightly hazy tangerine-copper with a creamy ecru-colored head that sticks around a while, retains well, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Good appearance for a DIPA, but not a world-beater.

S: The aroma, however, is pretty awesome. The honey is detectable as a background element, but the main attractions are the juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas that explode out of my glass.

T&M: Tons of tropical fruit, citrus, and slightly piney hop flavors here. Absolutely explosive flavor, even now in June. A delicate sweetness from the honey is what really masks the alcohol to me. The maltiness is lightly sweet and cookie-like, though it serves as a light background for the insane hop flavor. The finish is long, drying, and makes me salivate for more. Body is medium to full with a silky feel that's not syrupy or overly resinous and sticky. Very smooth feel.

D: By far the most drinkable DIPA I've had. In fact, this would be quaffable for a standard IPA. Despite its 10% ABV, this beer goes down incredibly easily. Hopslam satisfies hopheads, but will also likely convert many "non-believers" to the incredible potential of highly hopped beers.

Many thanks to mikereaser for allowing me to enjoy this incredible beer.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of moosiz
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass this beer is a glowing tan orange color. not much head here. with a swirl of the glass tiny shimmering bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. good slippery lacing.

smells of grapefruit, and a little piney.

citrus and pine really comes through. nice bitter bite with some sweetness blended in. not much sweetness but a little bit. hop bite doesnt linger too long.

awesome mouthfeel as this is a very thin version of a iipa and i dont mean thin in a bad way. it just adds to the drinkability of this beer. I have to admit im getting to the party a few months late so all these scores could change dramatically with a fresh batch this year. i cant wait.

moosiz, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of GruvisHops
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. Slightly hazy orange body with 1/2" of ivory head. Pretty nice lace patterns are left behind as the head fades.

S: To be expected with a name like Hopslam, the nose is comprised of hops, hops, and more hops. Orange and grapefruit are what primarily stick out.

T: It's certainly not as dominatingly bitter as I expected, but the flavor is still very nice! The malt backbone is very hidden, which is fine by me. My tongue is being assaulted with loads of citrus flavors.

M: Medium. For such a high ABV beer, it's not as full and sticky in the mouth as I expected, either.

D: The lack of a sticky aftertaste allows it to go down quickly.

GruvisHops, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of happygnome
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a hazy orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears slowly leaving only a hint of lacing

s: sweet citrusy/grapefruity hop bitterness there is also a very present piny bitter aroma

t: starts of with a sweet caramel flavor but quickly overtaken in a pleasant way by the hop bitterness. Piny, citrusy, grapefruity all of those distinct hop bitternesses can be detected

m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is an amazing brew i loved it, not something to have a lot of at a time though

happygnome, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of tgdigital
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer really blew me away. For a 10% beer it is exceptionally drinkable (to the point of getting yourself in trouble very easily).

Pours a nice light amber color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The nose is sharp citrus with a sweet smell (probably from the addition of honey). The taste is fantastic with loads of grapefruit up front finished with a slightly sweet honey flavor. Mouthfeel is nice without too much carbonation, seems just right for the style.

tgdigital, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this with a friend earlier tonight and very much enjoyed it. Poured a nice golden color with medium-thick head that left plenty of lacing. Smelled wonderfully of citrusy hops. Taste was a little less hoppy than the smell. Very smooth and masked the 10% alcohol extremely well. I could easily have drunk 3 or 4 without realizing how buzzed I was getting.

NewGeneric, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 6 pack plus 2 via trade with Kiefdog(an excellent trader I may add).

Poured into a snifter. Has a beautiful looking dark orange color with a golden tint. About one finger of slightly off white head that dissipates into a thin layer that will last throughout. This brew left an impressive looking thin layer of soapy lacing down the entire glass.

The nose consists of piney, citrus hops up front with an enticing sweet honey aroma that compliments the hops. There are hints of bready malts in the undertone. Alcohol phenols will be present, but well hidden for a big DIPA with a strong 10% ABV.

Wow... That's the first thought that came to my mind as this beer hit my tongue. It has the strong hop profile that I expect from a DIPA; however, this brew manages to avoid an overpowering bitterness and replace that somewhat mundane taste with an admirable sweet honey, and bready malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth yet has a light carbonation that creates an excellent feel on the pallet.

I know that it is controversial to rate a DIPA, or any IPA for that matter that may or may not have a hop profile that has been deemed "faded". Some BA's have argued that it would be unfair to rate a DIPA/IPA that is considered faded. However, I personally feel that this should only hold true for beers that could be rated unfairly based on that fact alone. Although Hopslam may be considered faded at this point, I still saw past that and thoroughly enjoyed it. IMO this brew still had a strong hop profile, albeit, faded, and although other BA's may disagree with this, I still feel that a potentially "faded" Hopslam was still one of the best DIPA's I have managed to get my hands on, and would like to get my hands on again ASAP(doesn't distribute to Massachusetts).

KBoudreau66, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of JoeMayo
3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden/orange with a heavy off-white head.

S- Very piney with a slight alcohol presence. There's a sweet honey aroma as well with very slight hints of citrus.

T- Sweet with honey. Bitter, piney hops. Slight hints of citrus, namely grapefruit. Balance could definately be better. I feel like the honey and the bitter hops are competing, rather than balancing one another.

M- Medium body, but much bigger than a typical IPA.

D- The alcohol isn't all that noticeable in the taste or mouthfeel.

JoeMayo, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tight and rolling large tan head sits neatly atop a hazy orange and amber brew. A sticky, curvy lace is revealed as the froth slowly drifts away, leaving a thick covering atop. Subdued and pleasant citrusy hops float to the nose. Tastes fruity, citrusy and malty upfront with the hops coming at the end, adding to, and not overpowering the palate. Spice and pine exist, as does some butterscotch or other such candy. The honey comes in and adds a nice texture to the whole experience. Equanimity is achieved across the board. The alcohol heat bites at the throat just a bit, but is welcomed, not at all bothersome, but demands care. The mouth-feel is a perfect medium, as it doesn't weigh you down; demands sipping, but also has a certain hint of fluff that allows you stay in for the long haul. This is an exceptional, highly approachable and satisfying beer that reminds me of bittersweet candy, candy which I would not hesitate to steal from a child.

stephens101, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I got this gem from a buddy who got it in a trade. Saying that much, it makes the bottle somewhat old. It was in the 8911 batch which was bottled on January 20 2009. This will make a difference to my reviewing, I am sure.

The appearance is amazing. The beautiful golden amber color is stunning to look at. It pours smooth, and surprisingly enough it is somewhat translucent for being ten percent. It pours with a great two finger sticky white head that just sticks around. When you drink the brew the head just clings to all parts of the glass, just holding on for dear life.

The smell is great. Has a great honey smell that resonates with the nostrils. Has a great hop character that also brings out a citrus smell that is stunning.

The taste is awesome. The thing about this review is that I taste the amazing-ness that is this brew, but I also can taste the potential for a perfect brew. I wish I had a fresh one, maybe next year. Really amazing though, the citrus hops gives such a great mouthfeel, its unreal.

When drinking this brew, just count your blessings. This thing makes me believe in brewery perfection. The mouthfeel is awesome, just outstanding. The palate is hit with the hops bitterness but its smoothed out by the honey taste. Just overall mind blowing. I could drink this until I exploded. There is a reason it has gotten such high reviews and so much press. Lovely, absolutely lovely.

Jmoore50, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of WPRebelFan
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #8907 poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured light amber with a white fluffy head. A good deal of lacing included.

Smell: Strong citrus and grapefruit notes with a bit of floral.

Taste: Grapefruit is obvious here, along with a ton of hops! And with just the right amount of honey to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and horribly refreshing.

WPRebelFan, May 31, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLbrewster for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this. A fairly elusive beer for me, as the timing has never been right for me to score it. Thanks dude!

Looks the quintessential double IPA: hazed sunset/copper/gold, not as much rust tint as some others in the style. Creamy head begins big and fluffy, and leaves a lot of lace as it thins out. Head never totally disappears.

Aroma is fantastic, a perfect mingling of sticky pine elements and fresh citrus. Big orange burst meets the smell of a pine forest after a fresh rain. A mere hint of alcohol, at best, and that signals good things for the flavor (ie. not too boozy, I hope...)

Sure enough, the 10% alcohol is incredibly well incorporated in the flavor, giving only a slightly medicinal edge to a flavor that is top-notch in its style category. Taste favors fresh orange slices, grapefruit peel, pine resin, orange-blossom honey, fresh-cut grass. Mild saltiness in the finish, which keeps the citrus riding high. Bitterness comes with depth and spreads out over a variety of levels and taste impressions. Malt offers the perfect balance, not too much or too little, lightly toasted vibe, laying out a clean earthy/sweet base for the hops to do their thing.

As with every other aspect of Hopslam, its texture is just about perfect. Round and creamy, yet with just enough bite from the bubbles. Not quite heavy in body, having some buoyancy in the medium-bodied area of the spectrum. But also somehow pretty syrupy, which is partly the big flavor itself giving the impression of big weight.

Love the label, which pretty much says it all, although this isn't one of those hop-drenched experiences that wipes out the tastebuds for a whole day (hi Hopsickle!). You'll get up from getting slammed by mutant hops only wanting more. Go ahead, indulge. Drinkable? From where I'm sitting, oh hell yeah.

Metalmonk, May 30, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Opaque darkish orange color. One finger of creamy head has surprisingly bad retention but leaves lots of lacing. Must be the 10% ABV, though plenty of other big IPAs have pulled it off.

5.0 S: Big burst of citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. There's a good pungency to it that I just can't get enough of.

5.0 T: Tons of fruity and piney hop flavor. The perceived sweetness in the fruitiness is thankfully balanced out with a strong bitter backbone to make this one hell of a sipper. The alcohol is essentially non-existent. The malts play a supporting role and do their job without demanding too much credit.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, which is a bit surprising considering the lack of head (or perhaps the lack of head is why there is good carbonation). Bitter and sweet finish and aftertaste. I prefer a shitload of hops AND a good creamy body for a DIPA, but the creamy body is not to be found.

5.0 D: I am so glad I finally got to try this beer. It is absolutely delicious.

DavoleBomb, May 26, 2009
Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #8907, January 6, 2009. 12 oz. bottle.

Smell is slighty hoppy with a slight smell of honey. The color is light golden with a significant head. The taste is a nice hoppy feeling, not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is a good taste with the 10% abv not being strong to overtake the taste. The drinkability is good enough that I can drink a few more Hopslams now. Nice.
Overall, a good beer to enjoy.

Westsidebuddha, May 25, 2009
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,174 ratings.