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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,831 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,831
Reviews: 3,117
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,882
Gots: 1,473 | FT: 41
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 drumrboy22
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to EliteDigger for this tasty brew. This has been on my radar for a while. Poured from a 120z. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer pours an orange, copper color with a small white, bubbly head. Very soft carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet for a DIPA, but also immense floral and citrus hops. Traces of honey are hidden in the background.

Taste starts out with a big, bitter hop bite, moves to a sweet malt, lemon and honey flavor and finally leaves you with a long, bitter and citrus finish. Quite nice and complex.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. This is probably an easy drinker for most hopheads. Maybe too easy, considering it weighs in at 10%. Check this one out. It's another winner from Bell's.

drumrboy22, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of jeremy13586
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%

Just cracked open this bottle that has been sitting in the back of my fridge for the past week and a half. Pours a reddish-gold with a nice frothy head that dissolved and left a nice layer of bubbles on the top. I'm sitting about 2 feet away from the beer, looking at its color and I can already smell the pungent hops. Nice and floral in the nose with a grapefruity tint. Bring your nose closer to the beer and you can smell the bitterness.
The first sip starts out very sweet, but then your tounge gets attacked by the amazing hoppiness of the beer. The tounge is then cleansed and warmed with the 9.3% abv of the beer.
It is a bit heavier than I thought it would be, and I could have gone for some more carbination. Other than that, it was a very solid brew.

jeremy13586, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Cloudy golden color with some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Minimal lacing and head retention.

S- Hops smell with a predominant honey smell.

T,M- Sweet honey/hops flavor with a clean finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.

D- This beer definately has a "drink me" factor going on. Very enjoyable.

johnnyirishman, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of sublimesipping
4.85/5  rDev +8%

can you say slow and reflective? say it s l o w and then s l o w it down some more... this is the equivilant of hopped wine. the hoppiet barley wine I have ever tasted. And the taste! and the smell! strong resins predominate, a lemony piney, citrusy balm that lingers in the nose and contributes to a most amazing taste. You are drinking a wonderfully balanced but strong, nuanced but powerful beer. One of the best beers that I have had so far in 2008. Wonderful. Don't drink it all night unless you can nurse a bottle for several hours. given the complexity of this beer, that is indeed possible. Savor a sublime, deep taste sensation.

sublimesipping, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%

A. Clear, still orange with a fat 3 finger head that fades over time. No lacing, decent retention.

S. Big grapefruit and piney hops, then sweet malt and the advertised honey, clean, some oranges and flowers. Mostly just hop juice. Citrus and pure. If you like hops, you'll love this.

T. A fine blend of citrusy hops and sweet lightly toasted grain, with an orangey, alcoholic dry finish and some sappy, sticky pine notes. Hopslam is quite basic, simply variations on hops and grain sugars, but is wonderfully balanced and tasty. Think a less aggressive Double Dog or a hoppier, less sweet 90 minute and you're getting there.

M. Decent carbonation, finish is bitter and hoppy with an eventual sweet note. Alcohol is warming and certainly seems like the proclaimed 10%.

Hopslam is good, and drinkable, but ultimately doesn't bring a lot new to the table. It's simply a good Double IPA; but there's nothing wrong with that, either. Recommended for those with a hop-tooth.

kkipple, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of jpinkard
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Had this beer in Ann Arbor last year, quite pricey buying a six pack but found it on tap in the U.P for two dollars a pint...rough night needless to say

Appearance: Nice deep copper, good amount of head that quickly went away

Smell: Well, hoppy, quite citrusy and strong. I was drinking with some friends and the lady next to me said thats a hopslam eh? Just by the smell, quite potent

Taste: The taste is really amazing, citrusy at first and surprisingly smooth. For the amount of hops not much of an after taste you would think that would come along with it.

Mouthfeel: Again suprisingly smooth, almost thick mouth feel, goes down great for a 10% abv...unfortunatly

Drinkability: Well, two or three pints of this will get you where you need to be really fast, I would start with one then move on to something a little less intense on the Abv...all around excellent beers. Without a doubt one of my favorites.

jpinkard, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

Decided to try this beer while watching Big Brother 9. Wife is in bed - kids are asleep. my time now.

Bells, another favorite of mine. poured into a chalice glass - let it sit for 10 minutes or so to warm from fridge temperature.

appearance: nice hazy copper color. intial head was nice, but dissipated very quickly

smell: not at all what i expected. a very pleasant surprise. very strong honey and citrus smell - maybe even a little vanilla in there? a truly unique blend blend of flavors into a very appealing aroma and smell. one of the best smelling beers i have had in quite some time.

taste: great taste as well. the aroma and taste go hand in hand. what you smell is what you taste. soft on the pallate, strong on taste. flavor dissipates very quickly. a general wow, what a great beer.

mouthfeel: just a good overall beer. not too harsh or strong, massive flavor, but not a massive pallate drowner - they did a nice job with this one.

drinkability: not sure. the strong and unique flavoralmsot make it tough to drink a large or mulitple amount.

this is a fantastic beer. something i will go out and buy a case of. highly recommend.

Hophead101, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Sephiroth for this gem! Pours a fairly clear orange color with a timy white head. It leaves slight lacing down the glass. This IMO (along with NN) has the best aroma of any beer I have ever tried. Huge amounts of floral and citrus hops invade upon my first and every sniff. Massive citrus hop flavor, but not a typical hop monster- this fades as it gets balanced with the honey flavor. Very drinkable medium bodied beer for 10%! Can't wait for more!!

DrDogbeer, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Gruntlumber
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer is fantastic!

I was expecting a typical hop bomb, which is still a good thing, but this is different. The hoppiness is definitely there but mellowed out somewhat by the honey, making it the most drinkable beer I've ever had at 10% abv. I can't buy it locally and I'm wishing I had more. Phenomenal.

Gruntlumber, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Shango4232
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

At first pour the beer is deep amber in color. Mine was slightly cloudy to which looked to me like "chill haze." Not a lot of head but then the hops hit you in the nose. They are overwhelming and awesome. At first taste there is some sweetness up front but it's quickly swallowed up by the hops, woody at first but then a citrus/grapefruit after taste.

If this beer wasn't 10% alcohol I could drink it all day.

Shango4232, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

A light to medium amber colored body with a small off white head. Leaves some lacing along the glass.

Great smell. A full nose of floral and fruity hops, some slight sweet-fruit aroma in there too.

Up front a lot of hop sweetness that reminds me of citrus fruit; it has the hop flavors without a lot of bitterness. Some malt undertones are noticeable too, providing just a touch of balance to the sweetness. Next I notice some floral flavors that are probably from the honey. The honey doesn't add any sweetness (does it ever?), but it is still noticeable. Finishes with more hops and some dryness. All kinds of hops actually, with grapefruit, pine resin and some bitterness. I would never have guessed that this beer was over 9% ABV.

A good mouthfeel typical to the style, but fairly light and effervescent. The honey leaves just a touch of a coating on the mouth.

Excellent drinkability, not too dry, too strong or too sweet. Lots of hops. The balance in this one makes me want to drink it all night, but at the same time the hops are huge. Well done Bell's, too bad I can't afford much of this stuff.

Hojaminbag, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a one finger white head. The smell hits you as you pour. Smells of pine and citrus hops with a sweet fruity scent somewhat like white wine. The taste is again pine and citrus hops but the sweetness is very strong. Taste of grape and honey that really balances out the hops. There is some alcohol burn in the finish but isn't unpleasant. The mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall I really liked this one even though I usually don't like big hops. This one was balanced well and really impressed me.

CrazyMacHarris99, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

The pour is a bright orange tinged copper color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma hits right away, huge hop aromas are a mix of citrus and tropical fruits, like a mix between a mango and a grapefruit. Pine needle aromas sneak out as it warms.

On the tongue it's more of the same hop flavors, a little more pine flavor with plenty of grapefruit and orange and plenty tongue burning hop bitterness. Honey and biscuit flavors make an attempt at balance, they mostly fail. The finish is dry and bitter with a spicy burn form the 10.5% ABV.

If you call yourself a hop head then you must seek out this big, brutally bitter beer. I have yet to try a beer that comes closer to capturing the essence of American hops.

SafeAtFirst, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Really nice copper orange color, slightly cloudy with little white head that disappears quickly.

S - Really strong piney hops. This would be a great holiday beer because it smells like a christmas tree.

T - Awesome hops, really piney just like the smell.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. Enjoy!

jeffmonarch, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of JustinOSU99
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Pours a nice goldenrod color with a good amount of head.

S: Smells amazing! Hops immediately hit the nose and give you a first-hand experience of why it is called "hopslam". I'm really looking forward to drinking this. Hiding behind the hops is a little aroma of raisin, honey, grapefruit and molasses.

T: Holy cow. Hops come up and smack you right in the face. Definite alcohol warmth follows along with some citrus and raisin hitting the palate.

M: Warm and fuzzy in the mouth. A bit heavy but that is to be expected. Dry and tart in the end.

D: Don't drink too many of these at 9.3 abv, but definitely a treat to be had once in awhile.

JustinOSU99, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into Hess truck glass at parents' house...

Single-finger head with average lacing. Perfect honey-orange body.

Flowery hop bitterness with sweet honey aroma and perfumy alcohol burn on back of nostrils.

Taste brings a little grapefruit but primarily a nice blend of flowers, alcohol, honey and apple. This is nice stuff.

Slightly syrupy but clean on the mouth - tough to gauge if served a little cold.

This is easily drinkable for 1-2 - gets a little heavy on the back end. Overall, extremely well-made.

IBUnit63, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Got my hands on some. Please Bell's come to NJ.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a pale golden color. Tiny bubbles rush up to a fairly sizable white head. Head stays nicely (thank you hops).

S - Big grapefruit on the nose. Some sweet fruit smell as well. Underneath all the fruitiness is a subtle pine tone.

T - Wow. What a great tasting DIPA. The hops are of course taking charge here, but a nice fruity sweetness is there too. This is a big flavored DIPA with citrus/tropical fruit flavors all over the place. Subtle alcohol flavor on the finish, but it's mostly well hidden. A great, fruity DIPA that ends with a rush of dry bitterness.

M - Nice, coating sticky mouthfell to a medium bodied beer.

D - Loving it. The many mixed fruit flavors mix seamlessly with the hops. A very well put together DIPA that brings all the vrashness one expects from the style, but does have a unique feature that almost resembles balance which we all know is not a benchmark characteristic for the style. Just makes you want more.

EStreet20, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

12oz. brown bottle into pint glass (Bottle lists ABV as 10%)

A: A moderately cloudy with a lighter amber color and nice 3/4 inch head.
S: You can smell this one in the next room. Delicious. A nice balance of citrus, mango and papaya, with extreme hops. The nose on this is fantastic.
T: It's hoppy, but not overly bitter like some others. Again, this beer delivers. The balance is unbelievable. Citrus and hops up front with a slight malty sweetness, a faint trace of honey, and a slow finish that leaves you wanting more. Not overdone on thealcohol either, which is hard to believe at 10%.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingers a little which I enjoy in this one.
D: Yes please! The whole package delivers, a nice brew (or two) to cap off a work week. Just full of flavor.

FleeVT, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of babyhobbes
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Another delicious Bells offering. I want to thank my neighbor for this thank you for dog-watching beer. I'm drinking it with her (the dog) right now!

Small, off-white head with a nice amber color. Looks like beer...Smells like grapefruit and hops...or perhaps that is grapefruity hops, eh?

The taste is surprisingly hoppy without being overly bitter. This is even more true when having this on-tap.

This is far too easy drinking and yet, it is so delicious. I could easily have too many, and too many would probably be two. So, it's a good thing I am at home.

If you have a chance to try this on-tap, definitely do so. In the bottle it is great but on-tap it is much different. I found it much more hop scented with less bitterness. (It's funny how sometimes bitterness and hoppiness are not the same.) It's much smoother on-tap, too.

babyhobbes, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Darien
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%

A-Beautiful two finger head with a slightly hazy light amber body.

S-Very citrusy and hoppy

T-It's not called hopslam for nothin, very citrusy hop flavor and very bitter. The hops seem to linger on the palate for a while. No taste of alcohol either shockingly.

M-Just enough carbonation, has a slight bite to it, medium bodied.

D-If you're a hophead check this one out, tastes great and smells great also.

Darien, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter copper color with some amber highlights, bubbles shooting toward the top, and a head that leaves some chaotic lacing throughout the glass, like little spiderwebs in circular layers, which happens more toward the pour and less throughout.

Smell: Easily one of the best hop aromas from any semblance of an IPA. Huge malt sweetness, enormous citrus punch, dripping pine sap, and complete balance through and through. Seriously, if this were a candle, and the aroma could come through as well as this, I'd be lighting them up all over the place. Wonderful and almost ineffably effervescent.

Taste: At 10%, I don't understand how the balance is this good. Toffee, caramel, lemon zest, earthiness, pine, grapefruit rind, bread crust. Visceral, balanced, malty, with the extremely balanced and drippingly resonant, piney, and citrus hops. Just awesome and something I want to return to over and over.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-bodied, and nothing to complain about, with carbonation that makes its presence known from the ongoing of the first sip to the last of the swallow, all the while contributing to the flavors making their way across the vastness of what the palate proves to be able to recognize.

Drinkability: I don't know if Bell's needs to just do the worthwhile brews or not, but lately those have been the best for me. And this may be their best. A deliciously balanced hop attack, with way too much to admire, and much to look forward to, at least from my end, when it's released each year. It's pretty expensive for a 6-pack, from around $12 to $15, but it's worth it, and I'll continue to buy it when it's available. Does anyone else think it's time for Bell's to start releasing some vintage and special bombers? Stick to the craziness, Bell's... as the experience is much more worthwhile.

asabreed, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

This may be the best smelling beer I've ever had! The grapefruit aromas could be detected several feet away. Pours a golden, almost orange color - small head. Taste is fruity and hops, hops, hops. Lives up to it's name. Ultimately, it's on the bitter side, but quite drinkable nonetheless. This is a terrific beer (made by a terrific brewery). Keep 'em coming to SW Fl., Bells!

JohnnyDuvel, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%

a: slightly darker than your average peach. 1 finger white head that seems to be holding up pretty well.

s: grapefruit, with slight pine and spice. also hints of floral aroma.

t: floral and citrus up front, and perhaps a bit o' honey. good flavor from the hops, but I am not picking up much malt. It doesn't seem unbalanced, though I would'nt mind just a bit more backbone. picking up an almost minty taste towards the end, although very slight. I love tasting grapefruit in ipa's and iipa's.

m: it almost seemed a little flat for the first few sips, but then the carbonation seemed to kick in. mouthfeel seems a little heavy in a good way, but not quite thick.

d: overall, a pretty high drinkability. my bottle says 10% abv, and I really taste no alcohol. I could get myself in a lot of trouble with a beer like this, if I wasn't careful. another delicious offering from a great brewery.

dancinwillie, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%

a - slightly hazy burnt orange color with a 1.5 finger head that lasts a good while for 10.5% abv

s - floral, citrus, and a little bit of spice

t - my palate isn't very good at detecting various hop flavors yet. I get some citrus and flower flavors up front. I'm pretty sure I can taste some malt even, maybe caramel. The hop punch is there, but not so bad I can't drink it. Very well balanced with the malt flavor that I wasn't expecting to be there. This is the first IIPA that I have had where it isn't a struggle to tolerate the bitterness. Either I am developing a taste for it, or it's well done.

m - smooth texture with a decent amount of carbonation. I've never had a high abv beer with good carbonation, but this is pretty good.

d - this is high abv and intense in flavor. I was expecting something that was going to be hard to drink, but I think I'm getting used to hoppy beers. I really like the citrus and flower characteristics of IPA's so it was worth it for me to try this.

thirtysixbelow, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a ruby colored amber. Hazy with a one finger cream colored head. Disappears quickly, but leaves sticky lace all over.

If you're a hop head, this is what heaven smells like. Piney, citrusy hops. As it warms, there are rubbing alcohol notes, which you have to expect with a 10% abv kick.

I had this on draft and it was slightly different. Definitely more sweetness and honey notes from the draft, the bottle is all hop kick. As it warms, the true balance comes out. It gets extra sweet on the front of the palate, but remains chokingly bitter on the finish. The sweetness, definitely from the honey, battles valiantly against the punch of the hops. It loses the battle, but is effective in creating a combination of sweet and bitter not seen since General Tso's Chicken.

The mouthfeel is not syrupy or slimy like other strong DIPA's. It is excited, and smooth.

I love this one. Surprisingly it was not ruined by all of the hype (and there certainly is enough of it.) As far as pushing limits, this is a winner for finding some way to balance the generally overpowering hop characteristics of other DIPA's.

sjohansen, Feb 28, 2008
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,831 ratings.