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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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11,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,144
Reviews: 3,331
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,260
Gots: 2,328 | FT: 75
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 JoePopa
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Odd to say but complex and simply great finish. 
Hops and honey and Bells.
It poured wonderfully as I sat in front of the tap. 
So often the uber hoppy dries your mouth before you set the glass down. Not here. After earlier on the day stating that two hearted may become Bells flagship, here now is Hopslam.

Photo of Erish
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A: luminous pinkish golden-honey color with just a hint of haze, the eggshell colored one finger quickly falls into a lovely cap with very good lacing. This is one beautiful beer.

S: lots of grapefruit, blood orange, honey, honeysuckle flower, the malt is very sweet and reminiscent of birthday cake. Wonderful and unique.

T: the first bit to hit the palate is honey, quickly followed by orange, grapefruit, and pineapple, the middle opens up lemon curd, and then a rising tide of bitter orange peel, juniper, a flash of alcohol, and then what can only be described as sweet grass, finally to be overtaken by a nicely bitter, slightly mineral finish, with flashes of sweet honey and floral notes, all wrapped in a alcoholic haze. Wonderful.

M: medium-bodied, super-silky, almost oily at times, low carbonation, palate-coating.

D: This is a beautiful beer, and worthy of the praise heaped upon it by its devotees. Count me as one of them, now!

Photo of johnbjaeger
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It smells like honey and hops, as opposed to just hops, which is a nice change of pace from other hopocalptic brews. Like the rest of this beer, the smell is not overbearing.

The honey comes back in the taste. A little bit of citrus and plenty (but, again, not overwhelming) of hops.

This is probably the most dangerously drinkable 10% beer I've ever had. That's probably the most exceptional thing about it, not to diminish the deliciousness of this beer. I just drained a bottle like it was a PBR. I am pretty sure I could clear a mini-keg of this before being rushed to the hospital for hop overdose.

This beer is a snake in the grass. It's that guy who wants to date your daughter and calls you sir, but you know what's on his mind. This beer will smile at you as it is stealing your wallet. This beer lied to me. It told me not to worry about a thing, but that's all just a complex deception, designed to distract me from its nefarious plot to take over the world. Stop HopSlam before it is too late! Stop it before it takes over even this si...<CARRIER LOST, NO CARRIER:0>

Photo of Corndork2
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2x 12 oz bottle poured into snifter. One bottle poured and drank at a time. Both bottles finished within an hour.

A - A nice golden honey color. Thick foam head after pouring that capped quickly. Maintained a nice light head through out the entire drinking experience.

S: The nose is extremely sharp on this beer, as it should be. The hops hit you right away. Really the smell of this beer is great. This is the best smelling hopped up beer I have experienced thus far.

T: For me, this beer is all about the finish: the taste you are left with after you swallow. I get the malts going into it. Right after swallowing the hops bite in. Its great.

M - Surprisingly light. Leaves a very thin, nice film on the tongue, that holds the taste, and dissipates shortly after swallowing. Feels great going down.

D: Dangerously drinkable. For 10.00 ABV you sure can't taste it. I finished my two bottles with ease. It sneaks up on you too. I didn't notice it until I stood up from the bar :)

This is definitely a nice beer. This is the first really hyped beer I have tried (I haven't tried Pliny, Dark Lord, etc yet) so I really can't say if it lives up to all the threads or not. I can say, that it is very enjoyable and worth trying. That's for sure.

Best wishes

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

Ahh. The first hopslam experience, lets see if the ridiculous hype is justified.

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel Tulip (bottled on 01.11.11, served on 01.17.11)

A: 1" white head recedes to nice cap, clear golden copper color, lots of messy lacing

N: like hops straight out of the pack, website says dry hopped with simicoe, but I definetly get strong wiffs of centennial....the nose is pretty incredible, smells like freshly opened packet of fresh hops, PINEAPPLE, pine, some grapefruit and other tropical fruits

T: this is almost exactly what I was expecting after all the hype, the 4 different hops used each make their presence known in a very distinct manner and to my surprise I feel I can detect a substantial honey element....this is not a bracingly bitter DIPA, but a tender one with subtle use of excessive hops...this is unlike any DIPA I've ever had, not sure if its the honey or the malt, but I do get some sweetness that holds together the massive hop profile....no heat, clearly world class

M: light for the style, but perfect for the hop profile, its amazing how light the body is considering the abv and flavor profile....truly amazing

D: as reported by the legion of threads, this is a ridiculously quaffable DIPA, can see my stash disappearing in front of my eyes rather quickly, after finishing the first bottle I stare longingly at the second, the 10% abv is the only thing holding me up...this sneaks up on you quicker than any other beer I've ever had

the hype seems mostly justified, don't know if I would say this is absolutely 'better' than Smuttynose Big A and Nebco's Gandhi-Bot, especially since it seems to be a different beast altogether (those two are more west coast styled with chewier mouthfeels and vicious bitter finishes)...but my scores speak for themselves

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

Bottle 10073. Reviewed 17 days after bottling.

Pours a nice deep golden blond with just the slightest bit of haze. The head is perfectly white with a very sticky, foamy lace that settles relatively quickly into a variable bubbly mass. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango, dried apricot, honey, lemon and linden flowers. In the back there is a hint of warm summer, grassy, earthen malt. The bitterness is present, but very balanced with the sweetness of the beer's finish. After warming up a bit the 10% alcohol is very present. Not in a boozy, solvent way, just a 10% way. A very nice showcase of hops. A very unique double IPA.

Photo of mcgwire756
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frest 1/11/11 bottle pored into a tulip.

Pours an prange copper color with a small head that disappears quickly. Great smell with pine and citrus. Great taste with a definite honey taste and the bitter follow up at the end. A little more bitter than I would like but at 10% it complemented very nicely. This beer is not as smooth to the palate as some others, but at 10% it is still perfectly fine. I could drink this beer very quickly, but more than 2 and you will be out for the count. This beer does live up to the hype it gets, and will deliver the hops in the backend after the sweetness just like it says.

Photo of herman77
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #10094-bottled 1/4/11
A: Dark yellow with a bit of golden/orange hue to it. A bit hazy. Small white head. Surprisingly not much lacing left behind.

S: Really juicy and fresh citrus hops come though right of the bat. Some grapefruit, orange, pineapple and honey. Sweet toffee malts as well.

T: Tons of juicy, fresh grapefruit, citrus and a bit of resinous, pine hops to start. There's some slight tropical fruits as well, mainly pineapple and a bit of mango. Its hoppy, but there is so much of a sweet malt backbone, that you don't get destroyed by the hops. I think the honey really helps here. Finishes with a sweet and bitter hop kick that lasts and lasts. I don't think I've ever had a more balanced double IPA.

M: About medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very, very slick feeling, it just slides around the palate.

D: Amazing drinkability. Delicious. Goes down way to fast for being 10%, you would never guess its that high of abv.

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

12oz bottle of newest batch poured into shaker.

A - A nice, straw to darker yellow with just slightly off-white rocky head. Sticky lacing.

S - Love this smell. It smells like wet hops, with orange, honey, and lemon. Also get the typical pine resin.

T - Tastes like the hop bomb that it is! Very bitter with pine needles, grapefruit and some sour nectarine. In the back you do pick up some of the honey but is mostly overshadowed.

M - Medium and juicy.

D - Excellent beer, and drinkable. I only wish a little more of the honey was profiled, still great though.

Photo of Gorgoroth
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Minikeg, hot off the presses, shared with BA mermatinger and several other dudes. From notes taken on 01/14/11.

Presentation: The HopSlam artwork is cool; the particular green color used looks badass on the minikeg. ABV and a short description of the beer are also present as on the bottles.

Appearance: Poured rather vigorously from the minikeg into my 24oz oversize snifter, it is a deep honey/amber color with an immense, eggshell white, foamy head. It is dense with great retention and beautiful lacing. Light, floaty carbonation bubbles rise and the three-fingerwidth head gently begins to settle to a soapy foam.

Smell: Hoppy (obviously), grassy, citrusy, with a bit of honey and malt as well.

Taste: Citrusy, zesty hops over the palate with a nice, malty undercurrent and a touch of honey in the finish. Perfectly balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, sweet, coating, and bitter; a harsh, glowing bitterness lingers on the back of the palate from the resinous hops.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: The beer is superbly drinkable. You'd never be able to tell it yields a 10% ABV from its smooth mouthfeel and ease of drinking. While it is very hoppy, it is not overwhelmingly hoppy like some other fresh IPAs or Imperial IPAs, which often renders those beers much less drinkable. In fact, it's not the hoppiest beer I've ever had, but it is certainly very hoppy in its own right. The important thing is that the powerful zest of the hops is balanced extremely well with notes from the malts and honey used. I highly recommend the experience of sharing a minikeg with a few friends, but I also had a bottle the day after this review and it was also great. Obviously.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10093 - FRE$H

Appearance -- Pours a gently hazed honey hue with a slim and sudsy white head. Surprisingly little lacing.

Smell -- Lots of juicy citrus, pine resin, and leafy hops. Gentle honey and marmalade sweetness underlying the massive hop presence.

Taste -- Again, lots of bright and juicy citrus, along with apricot, nectarine, pine resin, and leafy vegetal bitterness. Malt backbone of honey and orange marmalade. Slightly sweet, but still well in balance.

Mouthfeel -- Body is just north of water with moderate carbonation. Very easy-drinking.

Drinkability -- I really do love this beer. While I still prefer Pliny and, even more so, the FFF IIPA's, This ranks up there. However, I must learn to not become too attached as the sixer I purchased will likely be the only one I will see until next year. Thanks, Bell's!

Photo of DrStiffington
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally bit the bullet and made the long drive into Pennsylvania on a day off to see what all the fuss was about.

Poured this into a pint glass. The head disappeared quickly. It has a nice, light orange, hazy appearance. Good lord, I've never had a beer that smelled as powerful as this one! The smell of citrusy grapefruit and pine stayed throughout the entire experience until the bitter (no pun intended) end. The taste was not quite as impressive as the smell, but it follows the nose. Absolutely delicious! Have to watch that 10% ABV, but another one won't kill me.

Worth the hype and the trip. Glad I have 23 left.

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

Pours a three finger cream light brown head off the pour into a pint glass. Very good retention off the pour and very foamy. Some faint cloudiness but not much, with a nice golden dark brown color body. This is a decent looking beer.

Smell is a big but enjoyable surprise. It's all aromatic hops, but extremely grassy, like a fresh cut lawn. Big inhales really bring this out and you get almost a chlorophyll buzz going. Honey doesn't come out first on the nose until after you taste it.

Taste is a big surprise. Sweet front but not syrupy, of honey first, then a giant hop play in the mouth, with a bit of a tangerine finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry, with a rooftop palate dryness. The honey addition to this really balances out the bitterness and distinctly improves the beer. Feels carbonated to some extent but it isn't as if something is playing in your mouth with tingles or gas. I think if it didn't have the honey this would not be as good. Also the ABV on this for 10% is well hidden and you can't even notice it.

A well done tasting beer that doesn't taste like a gimmick or a stunt. Well done.

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

Poured from 12 oz -bottle - Batch # 10101

Poured a crisp clear golden with orange hues , two finger head that held it's retention for most of the drink ,great lacing, decent carbonation - this is a good looking DIPA

Smell - Grapefruit upfront with hops and citrus.

Taste - Sweet mother of Gawd this is a good DIPA - The hops jump right out of the glass and tackle your taste buds ,followed by the semi sweet bitter of the hops, Grapefruit in the balance w/ mild hints of honey.

Drinkabilty - this is a very drinkable beer and considering it is 10% abv makes it more so - This is a DIPA that is wonderfully blended and balanced, the flavors work together and nothing seems out of place - Believe the hype it's that good .

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

Shared a mini-keg between three of us. Just from turning the little knob at the top you can just smell the sweet nectar from far away.

It was a real treat to have this. Incredible carbonation, nice one inch head that left my glass nice and sticky with a lot of remnants of the foam. It smells like hummingbird feeder food. Just this sweet nectar mixed with the fruit aisle at the grocery store. Tastes incredibly grapefruity and kind of piney. The honey is not that noticeable but it is there. I feel the other flavors really outshine it. Aftertaste is a subtle bitter slam of hops. Hopslam has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel and it just goes down so smooth. One of the most drinkable high abv beers ever. We each had at least 4 and change and could definitely feel the alcohol but it does not get to be a burden. Mini-keg is the best way to have hopslam ever.

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

poured into a tulip


A clear gold colored beer. About 1 fingers worth of fluffy eggshell colored head. Nothing really exciting but the head does leave a nice lacing.


A beautiful aroma. A large amount of citrus (grapefruit, orange, perhaps a little pineapple too). The hops smell very fresh out of a bottle, just like Pliny does. Perhaps a slight pine aroma but this is definitely citrus dominate.


A very unique taste to this beer. I was expecting a huge amount of hops all the way through for this being a DIPA. Up front I get the bitterness which was expected, then a lot of sweetness (obviously the honey) from the middle to the end. I taste a lot of pine and malts in this beer, nothing like the aroma. If there is any citrus in the taste, it's more like the rind of a citrus fruit. A very sweet DIPA, more than I prefer, but still a good tasting beer.


about medium bodied with perfect carbonation. A slightly sticky/resiny aftertaste in this beer.


Pretty decent drinkablilty. This does not feel like 10% abv at all. It's dangerously drinkable in that respect. It's a pretty hyped up beer and surprisingly, easy to get in my area currently. A little pricey, but I'm definitely glad I got 2 sixers of this. A great beer, but honestly, I'd take dreadnaught, sculpin, or a pliny over this.

I must admit that I like dreadnaught on tap more than this however it's much butter than dreadnaught out of the bottle. (maybe I've just never had a freshly bottled Dreadnaught). I'd love to try this beer on tap and will definitely seek this out. It may make me like it more than dreadnaught.

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

Review #200! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep golden color with about a finger of white foam, that drops fairly quickly to some spotty foam and nice lacing.

Aromas of big grapefruit hops, citrusy, a little grassy, and a hint of honey.

First sip is of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, bitter, slightly sweet, a little vegetal. Long, bitter and grapefruit finish that goes on and on.

Mouthfeel is big, sticky, chewy, with a bracing, puckering bitterness.

This is a sipper, but you might enjoy more than one over the course of a long night. But your not going to pound 'em.

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

A sweet, creamy, citrusy, balanced, supremely drinkable DIPA


A: Sunny añejo tequila body with streams of fine particulate descending against slow rising carbonation bubbles, topped with a very persistent two finger cotton white head that regenerates with every sip and that lends a fair amount of lacing.

S: Wonderfully potent citrus hops... very biting, yet it's much deeper than that... there are several hops varieties at play, amarillo and cascade for sure, and a bit of sweetness (the honey?) can be found lurking underneath.

T: For a beer whose bitterness is so strongly stated on the packaging, I taste his brew as actually quite sweet. I can't say that I taste honey specifically, but there is definitely a big, sweet, creamy foundation underneath the heavy hopping. Speaking of the hops, it's all there from the nose... grapefruit, drying pine... quite a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is also tremendously well disguised... Id' swear I was drinking 6%, when the reality is 10%. All in all, a large, seamless continuum from sweet to bitter.

M: As big as this beer is, Bell's has managed to keep the body on the light side, which I really admire. Carbonation is also perfect, and really drives the flavors into the palate.

D: As drinkable as possible for the style... dangerously so.

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

*I cellared a bottle of the 2010 vintage that I opened at the same time. Note that my review and score is based on the 2011 vintage. More below*

2011: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Clean amber in color, like the tail end of a sunset. The head was pretty impressive up front, with an easy 1.5 finger retention. Sticky lacing coated the glass.

S: Easily one of the most inviting noses of any beer I've had the pleasure to consume from a bottle. Citrus through and through - complex notes of toasty, fresh hops and just peeled grapefruit.

T: Hops! Bitter, smoky hop oil immediately attacks the palate and assaults the buds. A hot sauce type of tingling follows, as if eating a raw hop pellet.

M: Nice carbonation, though I could have done with a slightly creamier presentation. Rich and weighty in the mouth and on the tounge.

D: I can't sit here and say I'd have more then one or two in a sitting, as is quite a big beer that deserves to be sipped and enjoyed over time. I let mine open up over a few hours and didn't feel the need for a second.

Overall: I really do look forward to this beer, and it again lived up to my expectations. It is certainly worth seeking out, though I do honestly believe I've had DIPA's that are just as good if not (possibly) better.

DRINK IT FRESH - see below

2010: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Exceedingly cloudy and murky. Not what I was expecting in the slightest. The head certainly died a bit quicker then the 2011, and the lacing was sticky, but not as abundant.

S: By far the biggest difference between the two vintages. Orange soda and honey. Zero hops. If blindfolded, I might say it had the essence of a Canadian Ice wine.

T: Certainly maltier. The honey really comes out. Reasonable hints of hops considering it's a year old, but nowhere near the level of the 2011.

M: Oddly thick. I can tell it has lost some of it's carbonation over the last 365, though it is certainly not what I would call flat.

D: Slightly above average. To be honest, this came off like a mediorce Belgian style Tripel as it warmed. Now I love a good tripel, but this wouldn't be considered one of them.

Overall: I'm really glad I kept this one around for a year to compare. I have been looking forward to this for a while and now know first hand that HopSlam, without question and regardless of storage conditions, is a beverage best served fresh.

Photo of klikger
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Golden with a slight amount of haze, small white head which shrinks quickly, and good lacing

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, and honey --> floral hops and a little orange

T - Orange peel, pine and floral hops --> juicy, fresh grapefruit, smooth caramel --> bitter citrus hops and sweet honey

M - Decent carb, thick mouthfeel for an IPA, and pretty sticky

D - A sipper of a DIPA, but more than one is probably doable given time.

This is a tasty beer and much different (and better) fresh vs. aged. Although there is a hop barrage no doubt, the malts hold their own, and keep this from being as bitter as it could be. For me, that negatively impacts the drinkability and mouthfeel. That having been said, this tastes great and is definitely worth an annual purchase, if only of a couple bottles.

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

Wow what a drink. I never thought I would want a beer all the time until that is hopslam. i wish i could fall asleep with it and wake up to it. Even with its high gravity there is no alcohol flavor to it. I want this recipe to brew for myself and never look back so when in the off seasons i can grab me one and feel great again and not just disappointed that i have to stock up on it.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.49/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts out as an undeniably great looking beer: crystal-clear gold with a thick pillow of foam that looks like you could rest your head on it and take a nap. Great lacing is created as the foam patiently settles.

Pine, onion and garlic take the lead on the nose. Floral and citrus peel are there as well with a bit of honey and flan bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle with vigorous carbonation for the style.

If you're looking for a pure hop bomb, look no further. Grass, pine and onion launch a sucker punch to your taste buds, with just a bit of honey in the background. A deep, prolonged bitterness (fueled in part by some of the alcohol emerging) finishes with some floral flavors finally surfacing once the initial hop assault fades. There is no hint of discipline or malt backbone which is what diminishes this beer in my eyes. I prefer DIPAs that have complexity on both the hop and malt side of the ledger (such as Dorado, Abrasive and Dreadnaught). I love hops as much as the next guy, and this is well worth a try if you believe in hops uber alles. Just don't expect some of the subtle depth you'll receive in others of the style.

Photo of davesway10
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch number 10101, brewed on January 4th, Consumed on January 16th. This is far and away the best DIPA iv'e ever had. I wish I had the palate to describe all the taste sensations and subtleties of this beer but I don't so I won't even try. It is however outstanding. Never was a huge fan of the IPA's but i think maybe this one will get me back in the game. awesome, awesome brew. This puts a new premium on securing some fresh pliny.

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

Beautiful golden color with a nice head and carbonation. Notes of hops all over the place with a complex body in the middle. The great thing about this beer is you can get a great hop experience without the bitterness and dryness of the hops at the end. The honey in this brew compliments the hops in a nice way.

I'm not sure I've had a beer like this!

Almost a West Coast IPA ( think Green Flash ) but with a smoothness imparted by malt/honey.

This is an exceptional beer. For my money Bells is one of the premier breweries in America.

Photo of bballmj2k
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 Batch

Not as hoppy - maybe tastes and experiences with some great DIPAs over the past year have affected me.

Dominated by citrus but not as much honey or as smooth as I recall. Reminds me more of Maharaja - sticky, boozy and heavy

Still good but not earth shattering like my first time.

2011 Batch

Nothing like first taste of HopSlam for the first review...

Growler filled at the ridiculously awesome Greenville Beer Exchange in South Carolina.

Gorgeous, golden honey color, streams of carbonation continuously coming off the bottom of the glass. Minimal head and lacing.

Sweet, indescribably fresh hoppy smell. Hints of citrus and honey, blend so well together.

First impression is an awesome hoppy "hit you in the mouth" feeling. Can't compare it to any other beer I've had. Malty sweetness takes over as the beer moves towards the back of the tongue, akin to DFH 90 minute but so much better....

Mouthfeel is moderate. Honestly this can be a bit overwhelming. The hoppiness can overwhelm (or maybe a Growler was too much), as can the sweetness if too much is consumed. Perfect degree of carbonation but the heaviness of the flavor profile can wear you down.

Scary drinkable. In no way feels like a 10% beer until you've had 3... Split the growler with a couple buds and easily could've had 2 more.

Was concerned the hype wouldn't match the beer but it sure did. Picked up a couple 6-packs and don't see them lasting very long. FIND THIS BEER!

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,144 ratings.