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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,335
Reviews: 3,375
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,286
Gots: 2,450 | FT: 76
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:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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Ratings: 11,335 | Reviews: 3,375
Photo of SenkoSnack808
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First year having this, and it is as hyped, amazing! I picked up 8 singles from a local store, at 2.50$ they were well worth it. The beer pours a orange color with a massive white head, 3-4 fingers worth. Hops up front, followed by a rush of citrus, and pine, prefect balance of the two. I expected this beer to be overwhelming with alcohol content but it wasn't even noticed even towards the bottom of the glass. Upset I haven't picked up more, I would have purchased a case at least. Overall this beer lives up to the hype, and is one I will enjoy each and every spring.

Photo of mulder1010
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to burnheartsMKE for the beer.

12 OZ bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear honey color. Moderate to slow pour resulted in a half inch of bright white head that went to film pretty quickly. Good head retention as in swirling got a full finger that had more staying power. Little to no carbonation shown in this at all.

S-- Honey, fresh pine, ripe grapefruit. I got no smell of ABV in this at all.

T-- Massive hop punch right off the bat. Fresh pine, fresh grapefruit, and orange. Small amount of Carmel and some touches of honey.

M-- Very smooth after the taste. Hops do drop off some. Middle of palate is soft and honey. Finish is a big kick of grapefruit. Is a touch too sweet at times but also at times very crisp and clean. Honey is very apparent in the mouth. Big body and big feel.

D-- ABV is very apparent in the drinking. A slow sipper. Unique due to using honey but makes this stand out over other DIPA's due to that. Would be interested to see how this is without the honey. No way I could do more than one in a sitting. Hurts in the drinkability department. Great beer that packs a lot of punch and does meet the hype.

Photo of jmcgnn
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious and deceptively strong. When it first hits your tongue, you feel the hoppy bite, but then when it goes down, a smoothness transforms it in such a fashion like nothing else I've ever tasted. It's a treat and highlight to the beer year when it arrives at the local stores in town. But be careful - the ease at the finish is where you can mess yourself up. With the high ABV plus the easy drink-ability, you can quickly find yourself heading off the rails if you try to down more than 2!

Photo of nova009
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright copper color, half finger white head appears and slowly dissipates down to a ring, pretty nice lacing

S- wow this beer smells just like a DIPA should, a nice bouquet of hops and sweet honey, nice citrus, lemon and grapefruit, surprisingly im getting pineapple as well, sweet and citrusy

T- its called hopslam for a reason, you get a big kick in the mouth from the hops, the sweetness of the honey mixed in with the citrus is a nice middle buffer between the initial hops and the ending hops, at times i find the hops to be well balanced and at other times it seems a little overbearing, not sure whats up with that

M- medium body, silky smooth, slightly high carbonation, i wish it would coat my palate a bit more but it is solid nonetheless

D- i wasn't impressed with the first couple bottle that i had of this, however, on this review the flavors and smells were much better balanced than i remember, a nice one to sip especially at the price

Photo of CliffBrake
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly bright orange color with modest head and good lacing.

Great aroma with very prominent tangerine and grapefruit and just a touch of pine.

Citrus hops dominate the initial taste and merge into a sweetness that seems to reflect the use of honey in the recipe. A pleasant, astringent hop bitterness shows on the finish and subsides into a lingering sweetness.

Juicy, round mouthfeel with a body that seems light for the alchohol content. Dangerously drinkable for the alcohol, but the sweetness builds to overtake the experience and forms a natural brake on drinking this beer too quickly.

Photo of tedingr
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the beer. Expected more "hoppy."
The appearance is great. As I sit here looking at it in my glass
Like to try it on tap somewhere. Cask would be great I imagine.
This is a good beer and would recommend it to people.
Missing the aftertaste of the hops is my only concern.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got three bottles of this in a recent trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Batch 10127 - bottled January 11, 2011.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A fine, white crown sits atop a crystal clear, pale orange-gold body. Head never amounts to more than a wispy cap, even when swirled vigorously. Head retains as a thin halo and drags moderate, web-like lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon, pine resin, honey, and even hints of bubblegum arise early on. As it warms I get lime, more honey and bubblegum, and mild alcohol. Fresh, hoppy, and unique. Solid.

Taste: Grapefruit, lemon-lime, and honey loom large. Floral hop esters, pine, and earth emerge in the finish and form a bitter, long-lasting aftertaste. Alcohol peeks through a bit, but melds pretty well with the hop flavors and honey. I still get some bubblegum - not sure what causing that/what I'm mistaking that for.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light in body, sweet, and prickly, with a touch of warmth and dryness. Hop resins cling to the palate and create a deep, lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'd prefer something more fruitier and drier myself, but this made for a very nice sipper.

Photo of axeman9182
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, batch #10127 (meaning it was bottled on January 11th), and it was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a just short of translucent tangerine in my glass. The foamy white crown rises to about three fingers in height. It quickly reduces in size by about a third before settling in and just sitting there. While the head retention is more than solid, lacing is a bit spotty. There's an incredibly pungent and perfumey aroma wafting up from the glass. A faint suggestion of honey is almost drowned out by the massive hop notes bombarding my nose. Waves of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, and even a little peach crash over my olfactory sense. The flavor runs along similar lines, and is outstanding, but lacks a little bit of the oomph that the aroma has. The hop bitterness is fairly pronounced, but falls in line sandwiched between a beguilingly subtle, yet flavorful sweetness, and the array of powerful hop flavors. The mouthfeel is spot on, just enough heft in the body to support the massive hops, without getting in the way. At the same time the carbonation is active enough to really get the tropical hop flavors bursting on my palate, without giving too much of a bubbly sensation. There's not even a hint of alcohol, and it's absolutely mind boggling that a 10%, hopped out of its mind DIPA can be this easy to drink. A phenomenal beer from Bell's, and one of a very few that I would readily buy a whole case of at any time.

Photo of uno99
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here she is, the legendary Hopslam. Big thanks to Tim from Detroit for this one.

Packaged on January 11th, served at 50 Degrees.

A: Poured firmly into my Stella glass, Hopslam tosses up a lagre bright white head that sticks around quite well, and laces beautifully. Color is much more pale than one might expect from such a big beer.

S: I don't identify myself as a hophead, but this beer might convert me. The bouquet of hops and honey perfume into the nostrils. The hops are most exclusively citric. lots of pineapple and lemon. sort of smells like a freshly opened can of Del Monte Fruit Salad.

T: Hopslam lives up to its name for sure, but its not so over the top that it makes you pucker. This beer rides the threshold of taste and overbearing hop bitterness perfectly.

M: Slick, oily, but well carbonated. A little sticky, but a decent dry finish from the alcohol. Hop bitterness keeps you wanting to raise the glass as well.

D: This is a masterpiece DIPA and very accessible and delicious for even non-hopheaded beer lovers.

Photo of Spartan517
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPAs and I thought it was time to review it. This beer is what makes January in Michigan managable for me. The beer pours a medium orange in color with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is very intense and is of mostly citrusy hops. This is by far one of the most robust, quality smelling beers I've had of this style. The taste is definately hop forward, but the honey balanced it out nicely. There's lots of citrus in the flavor, but a little bit of pine as well, and a touch of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is outstanding as the beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and a great feel. This is my go-to late winter beer.

Photo of gregshead
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first trade set up for this one, thanks to fourkicks for providing this one. Also my 100th review!

A: Pours an orangish/gold with a half finger of head.

S: Lots of citrus on the nose. Grapefruit & lemon smells. Some sugary smell as well.

T: Strong lemony/grapefruit punches (or slams?) me in the mouth. Finish is smooth sugary/malty taste probably influenced by the honey.

M: Has a lighter/medium feel, especially for a double IPA. Good carbonation.

D: Really easy for 10%. Now I wish this was a year round offering.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a slightly hazy dull gold tone with just shy of a finger's head; off-white on that count. middling retention but great lacing.

nose offers an aromatic potpourri of - surprise, surprise - hops; getting mostly citric notes but there is also a notable presence of pine, honey, and a touch of malt. exceptional aroma.

flavor follows the nose to a T. grapefruit, pine, honey. just enough balancing malt. very, very tasty beer. a true superstar DIPA.

medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. pretty damn drinkable considering its double-digit ABV. hopslam's fans are legion so there's not much to say about this one that hasn't already been said, but it receives that hype for a reason.

Photo of heysuz
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intro: 12 oz. bottle served in a Bell's 13 oz. tulip stem glass

Appearance: Poured a bright dark golden color with about a two finger off-white head remaining throughout the pour with thin lacing that clung to the glass.

Smell: All I can say is, WOW!! A very unmistakable aroma. A very full, rich bouquet of hops, hops, and more hops, complemented by citrus and honey. I'm a real hop-head and this has an unmistakable aroma unlike any other beer in this family.

Taste: The perfect balance between bitter and sweet, the malt is just enough to balance out the hops. Finishes well with the honey which does a good job of balancing the overall citrus hoppy flavor. Again, a very unique, unmistakable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a taste that lingers. The aftertaste mutes the drink quite well, due to the honey. It's not fruity at all, just hops and a smooth undertone which makes it quite drinkable

Drink: Smooth. Ultra-Smooth. If you're not careful you'll find yourself having put away a six-pack before you know it.

Conclusion: This is one beer that would not fail the blindfold test for either taste or smell. Despite all the hype surrounding this beer, don't be fooled. Don't pass up the chance to try this one, over and over again.

Photo of chrischandler71
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Beer poured a clear golden amber with a good head that disappeared quickley.

B. The smell was amazing.. sweet with a lot of citrus hoppy aroma.

T. Starts out with a sweet honey flavor giving way to a citrus choppy flavor that lingers on the tounge.

M. Heavy at first then crisp at the end.

D. very smooth.. wish I could drink all year long.

Photo of ms11781
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sburrough. Batch #10127, bottled on January 11, 2011. Reviewed on 02/08/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, bright orange color. A stronger pour leaves a huge 3+finger head that quickly ends up as a decent sized white cap. Good foamy lacing left on the glass.

The nose reveals huge hop aromas right off the bat but they don't stick around long. Orange, grapefruit and other citrus aromas are very prominent for the short time that they appear but they are quickly overtaken by a very sweet, honey-like characteristic.

Taste is pretty much in line with the nose. Citrus hops lead the way again. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit and some other tropical fruits are present. A huge sweetness comes in and doesn't just balance out the hops but seems to completely take over at times. Definitely a sweetness from the honey rather than a malt characteristic. There are some piny hops at the finish along with some bitterness.

Medium/thick body with medium carbonation makes the beer feel slick on the tongue. Surprisingly smooth finish considering the amount of hops and bitterness in the taste.

Drinkability is good. Very sneaky at 10% ABV. There really is no hint of the alcohol at all, which is also surprising. At times the honey sweetness can be a bit much and even seem to outweigh the hops. Perhaps this wasn't as fresh as possible but should still be a good sample with it being bottled less than a month before consumption.

Photo of Janderson91
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This batch was brewed in mid-January. Enjoyed on February 18.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a clear dark gold with a two finger white head. Huge bubbles and leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Smell is of big grapefruit hops, some pine and some very sweet malt.

T - Taste is balanced at first then there's a huge wave of hop bitterness. Finishes very balanced and leaves a great taste for a few seconds after.

M/D - Mouthfeel could have been a little more full. Drinkability is high, this one masks the alcohol well.

Waited to try Pliny before I reviewed this so I wouldn't overrate it. It actually wasn't too far behind for me though. Very good beer.

Photo of mpcrump
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Good bright and clear amber color with a two finger head.

S: Good strong citrus hops smell. If there can be a 'light' smell this seems to have it. Strong but not lingering or overpowering.

T: Starts with honey and then moves on to grapefruit.

M: Carbonation was light to medium. The taste lingers on after you have stopped.

D: For 10% ABV I think this goes down very easy. Can be dangerous!

Photo of godfathermg57
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap so my review will be more brief since it was a few hours ago.

Looks a very clear amber color with good head. Smell is hops but nothing too overwhelming and not overtly fruity. Taste was very well rounded with malt perfectly complimenting the hops flavor. Bitterness wasn't overwhelming either.

At 10% alcohol this went down super easy. One of the smoothest and best IPA's I've had.

Photo of Bdc17
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Amber color with a small head that goes away quickly.

S: Citrus hops and a hint of honey. Very strong smell overall.

T: The hops hit you right away. Finishes well with the honey which does a good job of balancing the overall citrus hoppy flavor.

M: Medium carbonation with the taste lingering for a while.

D: Dangerously high for a 10% beer. This goes down too easy.

Overall: An all-time favorite of mine. I'm very happy to be in an area they distribute to.

Serving type: Bottle.

Photo of knm
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This had a white head that left quickly, not many bubbles hung around. A very light colored IPA with minimal cloudiness. Smells very smooth for a name like Hopslam. The sour is there, but almost as fruity in smell. The taste is different though...only hops in the initial sip. The aftertaste tones down the drink perfectly, must be the honey. Its not fruity in taste at all, just hops and a smooth undertone which makes it quite drinkable. Just read the bottle cuz I was starting to realize it was high - at 10%ABV (holy crap) this is an amazingly smooth beer!

Photo of adam42381
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2/17/11 (Draft)
5/5/5/4.5/5: Poured on tap into a Guinness pint glass at Ice House Pub in Punta Gorda, Florida on 2/17/11.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden amber with orange highlights and a 2-3 finger frothy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: The most amazing bouquet of hops I’ve ever smelled. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple and pine all mixed perfectly with just a touch of honey. Simply amazing.

Taste: The perfect balance between bitter and sweet, the malt is just enough to balance out the hops. The hops run the gamut from floral to bitter and sweet citrus. There’s a nice bitterness to the aftertaste that lingers for what seems like forever. This is the nectar of the gods.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol doesn’t come through in the flavor at all. This is scarily drinkable.

Overall: There’s no better beer out there that I’ve tried (yet). I thought nothing would top Hopslam in the bottle, but this did it. If you see Hopslam on draft, buy a pint - at least one. This beer was as close to perfect as I can imagine any beer being.

1/23/11 (Bottle)

2011 Edition

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch code 10127 indicates bottling date of January 11, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden amber with orange highlights and a perfect 2 finger creamy and foamy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Perfect fruity aroma featuring orange, grapefruit and pineapple mixed with floral hops and pine. Hops are abundant. This has the best aroma of any beer I’ve ever smelled.

Taste: Excellent balance between bitter and sweet. There is just enough malt background to even out this hoppy concoction. The hop profile ranges from floral to sweet citrus to bitter citrus. Sweet citrus with a little caramel malt up front followed by a hint of pepper and pink grapefruit in the middle followed lemon zest at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter in a great way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is masked extremely well for a beer with 10% ABV. The only detractor is the price. I paid $19.99 plus tax for a 6 pack at Total Wine.

Overall: About as perfect a DIPA as you’ll ever find. There is nothing to complain about here (aside from the price). I really wish Bell’s would make this a year-round release and drop the price a bit. If they did, this would be my go to beer without a doubt. If you see it, buy it. Don’t let the sticker shock stop you from trying the perfection that is Hopslam.

Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a goblet a slightly hazy orange with a 3cm head that suprisingly falls away fairly quickly. Bit of lacing left behind.
S - Big grapefruit citrus & piney hop character dominates with some spicy and earthy notes.
Alcohol starts to come through as it warms.
T - Hops also quite dominate in the taste with a bit of sweetness coming through. Couldn't really get a lot of honey. Also quite boozy in the taste.
M - Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. Even though there is a bit of sweetness in the taste it is never cloying and finishes quite dry.
D - Got this in a BIF and I'm very happy I got to try this highly rated DIPA. It's a bit too boozy for my liking however.

Photo of RTJakarta
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle.

Pours a rich, beautiful amber with a good head.

The smell is so strong it's like the best possible punch to the nose. Strong hop and citrus. From the smell alone, I would expect a VERY strong taste from this.

Except, not at all. Yes, you get a good, solid taste from it. A nice citrus and hop bitterness, but the taste is WAY more balanced than you would think. Which to me, is a good thing. If the taste was as strong as the aroma, it would tough to drink a lot of this. Also, you would NEVER guess this is 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is just a nice, medium carbonation to me.

Drinkability you would think would be iffy at 10% abv, but it masks it SO well. Before you know it, you'll be feeling it. A top flight beer. Revisiting this, it's tough to decide if this is my favorite IPA or not besides the great Ruination. Either way, absolutely would recommend this to any hop fanatic. A great beer!

Photo of afksports
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been lucky and gotten hopslam through a couple different trades. This Imperial IPA from Bell's brewery is just freakin' fantastic. I poured some, took a pic, then came on to review it before I forget Mr. Hopslam's glory.

The appearance is a bright amber, clear as day with an amazing and robust head. Those bubbles smell grand. Totally citrus, sweet, aromatic for sure. The taste is hop-malt-hop. The first hops are sweet, followed by a truly well-built malt characteristic that has everything from honey to toffee in it, and ended with a lovely piney and grapefruit bite in the back of the palate.

Hopslam is full of hops, and it's medium-bodied is full of alcohol too. 10% alcohol by volume? Seriously? Those malts make this baby REALLY easy to drink.

2 for 1... Just remember... 2 beers = 1 hopslam. 2 for 1...

It's funny. Hopslam is receiving a really high rating here from me, and when I had it side by side with Abrasive from Surly, Abrasive carried the day. But on its own, Hopslam has some wonderfully subtle characteristics. I highly recommend you get some while it's still fresh.

Photo of amccormi
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thanks to my man Mark for giving me a second to try, much obliged.

Poured from a bottle to pint glass releasing 1 inch of white head which sank to a very thin but persistent layer. Very light amber somewhere between gold and orange color with a suprising level of clarity for such a hopped up beer.

The aroma is very vibrant citrus, then a more herbal undertone.

Taste is fairly sweet upfront, but I was expecting it this time, so not as overpowering. Moves into a bit of fruityness, then finishes with a fiarly clean pithy citrus bitterness (Kumquats anyone?). The bitterness lingers, quite a while.

Mouth feel is average, possibly a tad thin, but nothing to really detract.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer for being 10%. Once I got used to the honey sweetness it really has a nice balance that I can see why people are fond of it.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,335 ratings.