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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

11,336 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,336
Reviews: 3,376
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,286
Gots: 2,453 | 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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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass at Silhouettes in Media. Got the next to last pours before the kegs kicked.

The body is a crystal clear light straw amber color, capped by a typical DIPA head...thick and sticky, leaving solid lacing all over the glass at every swirl, sip or movement. Not that it doesn't look inviting, it just doesn't outdo every other imperial IPA that I've tried.

The nose is absolutely phenomenal. Easily the best part of the beer, in my opinion. Grapefruit is the first aroma, and then come pineapple, stone fruits, and orange and lemon zest. A slight bittering quality to it as well, but mainly just full of fruity hops. The flavor is again full of tropical fruits. All of the same come through and in full force. Even when a little cooler than room temperature, there are warm notes of ethanol that come through. No malts to speak of, and a nice flavor enhancement from the honey that was used. Not cloying or sweet. This must have been stored well, because it doesn't seem to have faded at all.

Slightly thinner than many of my favorite imperial IPAs, the carbonation is well balanced with the consistency of the brew. A phenomenally enjoyable, drinkable, and misleadingly high in alcohol beer. Approach this one carefully, as the 10% will definitely sneak up on you. Definitely one of the best Jan-Feb seasonals that are widely available, I will be seeking it out again, though it doesn't sit in my top 5 ever.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.71/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major thanks to given2flybrewing for these. Poured into an mason jar with a wide mouth and it looks good. Puffy white head that clings onto the glass adrift on a light honey golden liquid. The aroma is where my journey to slight disappointment begins. Yes there are nice tropical fruit notes, mango, pinapple, and citrus along with light pine...but it is not so pungent and less then wowing. I also find the flavor to be muted. The components are there, nice honey note accents well citrus, tropical fruit and zesty earth tones the hops bring to the beer. Mouthfeel is not cloying and easy sipping for such a large beer, possibly the biggest success of the beer. So I am willing to admit that perhaps I didn't get the freshest bottle of hopslam, but until I taste it fresher I am underwhelmed and believe this beer is overhyped.

Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ballsofruit for the East Coast hookup
Batch #10101 bottled Jan 4th 2011
Poured into a tulip

A: Orange-Amber with a small off white head that dissolves quickly, no lace.. perhaps the only disappointing thing in the beer.

S: Sweet and pungent fruit, Pineapple Mango and Peach almost remind me of del monte fruit cocktail. Citrusy hops whisper between the honey sweetness

T: wow! I am impressed. The honey notes pull all of the fruit components together. There is a very definitive hop presence not bitter but very botanical and citrusy... I am impressed! Coming from a SD hophead thats saying something. Honeyed and carmel malts play a good background roll giving a flavor that harmonizes but never over steps the hops

M: Light on the palate, though there is a honey sweetness it is neither cloying nor thick... there is a very dry quality in this which is a must for a good IPA. I had to do a double take on the 10%abv...

D: Too drinkable... I could down another 5 of these in a heartbeat

Bell's, You have restored my faith... This is one IPA i would be proud to say was a San Diego beer. An absolute Home Run

Photo of toadsass79
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, HopSlam pours a light amber / orange, with very little head, and a few shimmering bubbles here and there.

Aroma is hop dominated (really??) - to me, the citrus notes seem to lean more toward orange than grapefruit. Tons of pineapple and other tropical fruits. There's also a little pine in there. A hint of sweetness is detected.

Taste is hoppy-deliciousness. The citrus rind hop flavor is immediately noticeable, followed by touches of pine. There is a little sweetness that briefly offsets the powerful hop bite on the finish.

Being 10% abv, its not as heavy as I was expecting. Medium-bodied, and not as oily as some other IIPA's I've tried.

Pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of this beer, although I still wouldn't have more than a couple in one sitting -

Photo of veinless
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man Buddha22 for this, got it in a trade with him. Poured a cloudy, semitransparent golden amber, with plenty of foamy, pure white head that laced very well and retained not as well. Left a perfect swirl in the middle of the beer that was gorgeous...that was probably dumb luck, but it was still kind of cool.

Aroma was what I was expecting and then some. Started with lots and lots of citrus and tropical fruit, before moving to caramel and brown sugar. Probably the stickiest aroma in a beer I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

Taste followed suit, with a tropical hop bomb to wake you up. Pineapple and mango dominate, before giving way to that sticky-sweet caramel/brown sugar malt. Honey also rears its head quite slyly right about here. The malt sweetens the fruit flavors and, combined, are dangerously close to becoming candy like - and then the hops save the day, offering up a soft, yet strong, bitterness that perfectly balances the beer. Clean and herbal, the hops finally give in to a slightly sticky finish that leaves you smacking your lips. A tiny bit of booze caps it all off. I like a clean and dry finish as much as the next guy, but this sweet finish is just so good.

Drinkability is EXCEPTIONAL for the 10% abv, as you don't even notice it until the end, when it is simply a welcome taste and feeling. This beer balances itself out, and although you may not be able to taste anything else for while, this on its own goes down as easy as just about any beer out there, regardless of style. Beast of a beer.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured of course into my Bell's tulip. It appears a beautiful deep honey color with a nice fluffy light tan head that falls slowly to a mottled blanket layer. The smell is of a well integrated honey, sweet malt and juicy hops. Tropical fruit...grapefruit, pineapple.

The hops hit you up front then the it mellows in the middle where you the some of the honey flavor. The finish is slightly dry and lightly bitter with some honey sweetness lingering.

The body is medium and the carbonation is average or a little above. The structure is fine though and the beer is quite smooth.

Overall a serious DIPA. Smooth and tasty.

Photo of imagese
3.6/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch bottled 1/3/11. Six pack supplied to me via my Chicago hookup, brought back by a buddy there on a business trip

A- Slightly murky orange amber color. Pour into a perfect pint glass produced a faint head, but the lacing is decent

S- I'm picking up a floral skunk smell, but this may be from the honey. Faint citrus hop in the back

T- Odd honey flavor mixed with a muddled hop punch. Not really pulling out specifics. Nothing bad in this, but I'm not getting anything that is sticking out and pulling me back in.

M- By far my favorite part of this. Nice thickness, great carbonation, and the hop bitterness hangs out for a good while

D- I like high altitude and hop forward beers, so I can drink this easily, but for the style, not sure it's all that "drinkable".

I find that when I go home to Chicago, I'm not as impressed with the IPA's. With the onslaught of brews available year round in CA, my palate may be spoiled...

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

Had this from batch 10101.

A: This beer poured with about a 2 finger head which dissipated quickly to leave a solid coating.

S: Pouring this beer let off a smell like no other. A hint of honey and something else that just smelled great. Didn't even have to hold it up to my nose to get a solid smell.

T: The beer tasted like it smelled of hops and honey.

M: The mouthfeel was very smooth with a warming sensation in the throat from the high alcohol.

D: I feel like I could sit down and drink a 6-pack in an hour as if I was drinking a light beer.

I was really skeptical that I would like this beer that much. I had forgotten that it was 10% ABV until I started drinking it and it drank like a 5% beer. Wonderful all around.

Photo of beerlove82
3.03/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours like dark honey with some darker amber tones. Nice two finger head that seems to want to stay for a bit.

S: Hops Hops Hops! And a hint of honey.

T: Don't taste any of the honey, its overtaken by hops, Alcohol is high in this one (10%) but the hops hide it well. Don't like the hops so much and a tart unpleasant aftertaste. A pine needle note im getting.

M: Dry finish carbonation is right on.

D: Everyone is raving about this beer its not a bad brew just not my taste.

Photo of johnkale
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 release, batch 10,115

A - Light orange, good clarity, one finger of rocky head, sticks around just a little bit longer than expected, leaves a minimal lacing

S - wow, i was able to catch a good whiff of this from several feet away. hops, hops, hops a lot of citrus (orange and grapefruit), pineapple, mango. a touch of honey and caramel in there too

T - bitter, obviously, but with a nice light sweetness to it, nothing too cloying. hops are a little resinous on the tongue, and taste of pineapple and grapefruit, maybe a little lemon zest. warming alcohol in the finish

M - a little thin, but a nice hop coating on the tongue makes most everything else taste a little bitter for a while

D - wow, even with a little heat at the end this does not drink like a 10% brew, very well balanced considering the IBUs, sweet enough to go down easy but not too syrupy

Photo of Double06
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12oz bottle served into a tulip
Bottling Date: 12/29/10
Review Date: 2/10/11
Cost: $14-15 / 6 pack (I think?)

A: Clear and bright; Almost a golden orange that just looks gorgeous; 1/4 to 1/2 inch fluffy white head with sticky lacing around the glass. One damn fine looking beer.

S: Sweet, citrusy and floral. Almost syrupy in the nose it was so full of sweet and tart citrus

T: Hop bitterness up front with the different elements of the hop in the middle - citrus and a bit of bittering pine. Slight tinge of alcohol heat all wrapped up in the sweetness from the honey and malt. Well-balanced DIPA. Slight underlying bitterness in lingering finish

M: Sticky and sweet; Coats the mouth with a prickliness (Is that a word?) from the carbonation

D: Very high for a 10% ABV beer. I had 3 in one night on one occasion and it was not a good idea.

OVR: A well done and well balanced DIPA. Lots of hype with this one and worth seeking out when fresh. Not quite up to pandemonium level it currently has though...

Photo of Bbloom1989
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer truly lives up to its hype. The hop profile is in your face and assaults your taste buds. It is a IIPA that keeps people coming back year after year. I know that I will be buying this beer on a yearly basis, so everyone needs to do themselves a favor and just buy this beer.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass a rich amber color that left just a bit of head and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smelled distinctly of overly ripe apricot and tropical hops. Very sweet at first then settled into a really nice mixture of caramel malt and citrusy tropical hops.

The taste followed the nose straight off. Good stuff. A little sweet for the my taste but there a definitely a ton of hops here, but it's not bitter. The honey, however, is a little distracting. If this is what Bell's wants to do to set itself apart, that's cool. But I'm wondering what their DIPA recipe would produce without the honey?

Medium to full bodied for a DIPA. Good carbonation.

A very drinkable high ABV beer. Didn't get a strong alcohol flavor AT ALL. The only thing bringing down its drinkability is the sweet flavor, which becomes too much after a while.

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

Review from notes taken on 1/27/11. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a stemmed tulip glass, this brew appears a clear golden color of copper. A thin whisp of white film lays across the top of the brew which is all it has to offer reminiscent of a head. Swirls release some bubbles and create patches of leggy lace.

The aroma of this brew has a bold presence of hoppy goodness that is readily apparent before you even bring the glass to your face. It includes an aroma of pine, citrus, floral notes, rinds, pineapple and overall sweet indications with a light alcohol tingle to the back of the nose.

The taste is rind-like tasting like bitter orange filled with herbal spiciness. Grass is evident along with a mild toasty malt backing. A solid astringent and solvent alcohol character runs through the body and into the finish which for the most part includes clingy bitter oils.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light amount of carbonation. Big abv warmth and taste yet balanced and very enjoyable and drinkable. The honey aspect to this brew gives my sense of taste mixed signals. There seems to be a sweetness about this brew mid palate that turns sharp and dry into the finish. This is a well made brew that every hop lover needs to try.

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

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint. $14.99 for the six pack. Batch #10094 consumed ~ 3 weeks after bottling. (review from notes).

A- Pours a hazy amber with beautiful white head. Fancy looking lacing to boot- making this one attractive brew

S- Hops, obviously, primarily tropical fruit notes with solid resinous pine backing it up.

T- The name is quite apropos. A slam of hops to be sure. However, the notes of honey, and caramel sweetness really mellow out the blast and do their best to balance this beer out.

M&D- Awesome beer. The heavier than average mouth feel attributes a smoothness to the mouthfeel that is quote welcomed. Drinkability is scary high with a 10% abv.

All around a great beer, worth the big bucks for the 6pack.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ha ha!!! I may be one of the only people in the World to drink both Pliny the Younger AND Bell's Hopslam on the same day!!!!

Thanks a million to awesome trader Brian44556 for this awesomeness!!!

Pours a beautiful golden amber, with only the slightest haze to it...Very nicely carbonated, just this side of medium carbonation. Head is short and soapy, and leaves a nice, yet sparse, lacing.

Aromas are very robust - lots of floral hop notes. I also get some overripe pineapple in there, along with some hints of maple and also Humboldt Green, but the latter is fleeting. A little mango in there too. Very wonderful and fresh smelling.

Flavor is off the charts. It's ultra robust. I almost don't know where to start with this. So much is going on, and all in unison, that it's hard to tell the parts apart. The initial burst is a very forward bitterness that is likely hop induced. Very few beers get this hoppy right upfront. This gives way to the nice carbonation that kind of washes the burst of bitterness away. The middle resounds with a plethora of different flavors: I get mango, pineapple, a sweetness induced by the honey, and some more hops, but in the back. What seems to be lacking is a big malt component. This beer rounds out with a slightly off bitterness and carries a very long time. This is exceptionally good beer, and very challenging for the palate. It's 10% ABV and I assume it's expensive. This beer is awesome and absolutely worth tracking down.

What I like most: The wonderful cavalcade of flavors in the complex profile.

What I like least: The slightly off bitterness in the finish and the lack of a complelmentary malt component.

Verdict: With only minor flaws, this is truly a wonderful and near-elitle ale worth tracking down.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A finger of slightly tan head that are rather thick and pretty clear with a slightly copper appearance. The beer leaves nice lacing.

S: Very fruity and citrus aroma with a bit of sweetness backing it. A hint of grapefruit is present, but it has none of those bitter backing notes.

T: The bitterness with the rather distinct taste of grapefruit that is just straight up awesome. Only a hint of alcohol comes through. The bitterness is just the right amount without too being overpowering.

M: Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

D: The beer is rather drinkable without a strong alcoholic presence that is rather surprising. The mouthfeel is exactly what I would want it to be.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#88. Really couldn't wait until the big 100 to try this beer as I bought it a few weeks ago when it was distributed into the area. It's sold out already; does that drop any hints on the reputation this beer has? I've had a couple in the past in bottle and on tap; this one has been set aside for a professional review which I plan to write as critically as possible.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Beer pours a frothy, creamy two finger depth off- white color head. Retention is decent and the coating dissipates evenly over a short time. Sticky airy lacing streaks the side as the head recedes, but unfortunately doesn't carry to the drink as well. The color is a brilliant gold with light peach tones and mostly clear but with a slight hint of haziness to the clarity. Carbonation is surprisingly low, but still congregates in clusters in random areas. While the head quality wasn't outstanding, most other things about this beer were of top quality. A very satisfying treat to the eye. 4

(Smell) One of the greatest things about the smell is the incredibly potent aroma of grapefruit and citrusy, floral hops that I can gather from a good foot away from the glass. It is a very strong clean aroma of perfectly blended hops, honey and grapefruit that makes this beer smell classically delicious, for a lack of better words. The malt is also right underneath, subtle but enough to round out the bitterness with sweet and fruity tones to create a nose with ideal balance and quality. The smell is one of upmost perfection; I wouldn't begin to consider changing a thing about it. 5

(Taste) A very light burst of grapefruit flavor with a calm pairing of fresh, lightly bitter hops. The brew tastes very clean but the character is bold enough to not need any additional supplement. This is one beer that can carry through the flavor suggested by the nose, and I am especially pleased to note that this is the best presentation of fresh grapefruits in any beer I have ever had. It is brilliantly pronounced and integral to this beer's balance and complexity. As for the Hopslam's stars, the hops get to kick in full time at the finish, bringing one refreshingly pleasant bitter crisp finale. Alcohol peeks in once or twice throughout the drink and can likely be toned down, but the taste otherwise is the ideal balance of sweet and bitter that I am looking for in any IPA. Glorious. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp intro with a nice light smooth body and slightly dry, crisp finish. The alcohol presence comes in at places and makes the beer slightly "spicier" than it should be, but otherwise, this beer does a good job in the mouthfeel. 4.5

(Drinkability) It's really a shame that this is a January only release, as I'm always craving these wonderful seasonal brews in times like July or August when they're going to be long gone. The flavor is wonderfully balanced and the intensity is hardly draining on the palate, but that high ABV of 10% is going to make me certain that I should only have a couple of these to avoid sleeping ugly. Price is slightly deterring, but if you're dedicated enough to good beer versus average stuff, this is going to be worth every penny you're got. I'll be savoring my remaining 3 bottles and opening them on good days. Yes, the drinkability is quite high. There's no reason whatsoever to avoid this. 4.5

Verdict: So I'm determined that this may just well be the best damn beer I've reviewed thus far and I'll probably be getting a sixer of these every January for the rest of my days on earth. A wonderfully charismatic and exciting beer. Does well in nearly all respects. If I have to pick one bad thing out it is the ABV which is fine at high levels but isn't "ideally" concealed and still peeks through at times, most notably in the mouthfeel. Just wonderful, but you need to drink it when it's fresh to enjoy it best. This is one of those beers that doesn't age very well, so drink 'em while you've got 'em! And enjoy... you're one lucky bastard to have this worthy beer in your hand! A (4.5)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle to an Oversized Wine glass. Batch number 10100, according to Bell's Batch Finder it was packaged on 1-5-11. $16.99 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: 2-finger off-white foamy head. Uniform lacing all around and down the glass for as long as the head will last. Not as much head retention as in Two Hearted, but that is most likely due to the higher ABV. Orange golden color. Beer is mostly transparent with just a slight haze. Great head regeneration.

Smell: You can smell this thing from several feet away. Strong honey aroma backed by a huge citrus hop presence. Extremely ripe tropical fruits. Unbelievably floral. The nose almost seems artificial, like a really good artificially flavored tropical fruit drink or candy. How they achieve this aroma naturally is absolutely beyond me. It's right up there with the best smelling beers in existence, if not the best. You just keep wanting to come back for more.

Taste: Huge sweetness up front with a citrus hop presence throughout, earthly hop bitterness towards the end. Surprisingly the hops don't linger very long after each sip. The prominent yet not cloying honey sweetness does wonders for keeping the whole thing balanced and really works at bringing out and accentuating the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Juicy. Warming effect in the back of the throat and chest cavity after each sip.

Drinkability: Very High

Dangerously drinkable for it's high alcohol. I really tried to find some kind of flaw in this beer given all the hype around it, but I just couldn't find any. I will have to start stocking up on this stuff every January. It's a shame it isn't year round, I know the demand is there. Come on Bell's!

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

Wow. I have looked forward to trying this beer for years and have finally had a mini-keg opportunity. Expectations were very high, and I'm surprised to say that they were exceeded.

An incredibly hoppy aroma, followed by the silky mouthfeel typical of a double imperial. Well balanced and complex taste that hid the 10% ABV frighteningly well. The honey flavour is front and center, while there are hops on every level of the palate, from start to beautiful finish.

Have only made one pilgramage to Bell's and obviously timed it incredibly wrong last summer. Will make every effort to find this beer in the future!

Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a nice orange color with a fingers worth of bubbly white head that falls fairly quickly, excellent lacing is left hanging around on the glass.

S:Initial smell gives way for big tropical hop aroma followed by a citrus undertone, then a sweetness takes over the nose on the second inviting whiff.

T:Big hops hit up front on the tongue followed up by some sweetness in the middle, the backend is then dominated again by another wave of tropical hops that then linger on the palate afterwards.

M:Really solid mouthfeel all around on this, stickiness is left hanging around on the lips with some drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D:Super easy drink for the high ABV with delicious taste to back it up. Don't worry the hype is true when these are fresh really a all around great brew and in my opinion one of the third coast best DIPA offerings.

Photo of Brewmeist
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 12oz glass from tap.

A- golden in color. Good lacing and a few micro bubbles which indicates some quality. Small head that quickly vanished.

S- alcoholic, with notes of honey and almost citrusy. Pleasant yet boozy.

T- it's definitely a big beer, floral hoppiness and presence of honey. Lingering taste but I wouldn't call it a true pallette destroyer. Being seasonal and scarce makes it all the fresher.

M- medium bodied, clean finish, has several different areas going for it.

D- drinkable to an extent, definitely a good sipper. Delicious and will definitely enjoy again.

Photo of ssuggs01
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a great dense white head. Leaves great lacing and holds a good amount of head throughout drinking. Aroma is very floral, I smell pineapple, papaya, oranges/tangerines, grapefruit, some honey. Flavor is resinous hops, tropical fruits, citrus, and a good deal of honey.. This beer dangerously drinkable! Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied, sticky, medium carbonation.

Photo of bboelens
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A-Dark golden orange, when held up to the light, flakes of amber and yellow are visible, a huge white head from an aggressive pour stayed for a while and left excellent lacing, this is a great looking beer.

S-Citrus and hops, a bit of sweetness in the nose

T-Similar to the nose but with significantly more details, the citrus (orange and grapefruit, with possible lemon hints) and the hops take the forefront but there's a sweetness that is unlike a fruit based sweetness, honey like in taste.

M-Crisp, clean, full bodied with great carbonation

D-I had to check the back of the bottle again and make sure this was really 10%, dangerously drinkable, with a great flavor, drink at your own risk.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know, I have had this beer for about 6 months now, and I can't for the life of me remember where I got it. I am thinking that it must have been from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, but I am not sure. Regardless, I know that I didn't pick it up here in Texas. Let's give it a go.

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy orange golden color with a very small head of white bubbles that faded by the time I got done with the pour. There are numerous bubbles rising, but they don't maintain the head. The beer poured noticeably thick.

Aroma: Of course I get lots of hops with citrus being the most prominent giving grapefruit in particular, but there is still a solid amount of malt in this beer. Despite the hype written on the side of the bottle, there is actually some malt detectable.

Taste: The flavor is bold and bitter, but it isn't terribly far out of balance as the hype on the bottle. There is a solid malt backbone to this beer, and I am picking up some toasty notes and light crystal in particular. Though the hops are running this beer, it isn't dry and menacing on the palate to me, so they managed to keep the water in check as not to overly accentuate the hops as well. The beer itself is medium to slightly full bodied with ample carbonation.

Opinion: Well, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It is much more balanced than some of the brewery's "Tribute to hops" beers are. Mostly they are just stupidly hopped beer without regard to balance, but this beer is actually a good base to begin with and then they put a S**t load of hops in it. The result is very good. Even though I am a malt-head and don't drink hoppy beers much, I would definitely drink this beer again...and that is saying something. Give it a shot. If you like flavorful beer, this one won't disappoint you.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,336 ratings.