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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,854
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,892
Gots: 1,482 | FT: 42
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 zdk9
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, incredible beer. Very hoppy (duh)

A- A cloudly orange, with a finger's worth of beautiful white foam, stays a very long time.

S- Grapefruit, evergreen, Christmas holly. A slight sweet maltiness added to the hops.

T- Delicious- If you want to taste hops this is it. Same as the nose. Balanced with a good amount of malt, adding some vanilla and grain.

M- Pretty bitter. A reasonable cover of the alcohol level, but not the best of had. But all in all, goes down smooth.

D- This beer is so flavorful I wouldn't mind having a lot of it, but I wouldn't say it's the most sessionable beer. I'm not sold on the drinkability but perhaps I'm just being harsh.

zdk9, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of spdrz
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this Bell's product at Christmastime when I was visiting my family in Michigan.

I was very impressed, even with lofty expectations for the K zoo crew.

Golden orange, translucent enough to make it glow. Big rocky head that stuck around and chatted awhile.

Super fresh Centennial-style huff off of this libation...almost smell some mango piney-ness.

Surprisingly smooth for such an alkie %. Caramel maltiness balances the IBUs and citrousity. Super hoppy, and well balanced.

When I tried this stuff I exclaimed, "Just like Hop Gravy.". It had a rich mouthfeel that did not mess with the balance of malt and hops.

Drinkability: In my case...INFINITE.

In my opinion, a GREAT ale.

spdrz, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of cueball52
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a golden orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lace around the top of the glass. It is a little cloudy.
The aroma is sweet citrus and hops, a very pleasant smell.
It has a great mouthfeel, almost chewy.
The taste like the aroma is sweet citrus and hops. For the big hop presence this beer is very well balanced with adaquate malt to make it a very smooth taste. The alcohol content is masked well.
For being a double IPA this beer is exceptionally smooth. It would be easy to drink more of these than would be wise!
This is one of my favorites for sure.

cueball52, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly aromatic! Could smell it while being poured from the bottle into my mug. Poured with a nice head and some lace that lasted throughout the mug. Slightly hazy amber. Predominant grapefruit with a bit of pine in the nose and flavor. Body is decent. Looong hoppy finish that later turns a bit sweet or turns on the saliva glands. Very good beer! Little much in the grapefruit department for me. Still....

drpimento, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Vintage Estate in Youngstown, OH. Appearance is a golden orange amber color with minimal head. Citrus hopped IPA at its finest, you can really smell the serious amount of hop goodness. Taste is amazing very well balanced nice bitter flavor with that ipa finish. Highely recommend beer and would have again and again, if possible.

gunnerman, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 7690 bottled on 10/25/06. Poured into a tulip. This beer is very cloudy and golden in color. The head is about 1 finger and dissipates quickly leaving some heavy lacing and stickiness all over the sides of the glass. Smell is floral at first - there is also some pine and a little bit of an almost pineapple like sweet smell, very interesting. This is an excellent tasting beer, even better than it's brother Two-Hearted, IMO. There's some grapefruit flavor up front which gives way to pineapple sweetness and it all ends with a bitter, dry hop kick. This is by no means the hoppiest beer ever, but it is incredibly well balanced for a double IPA. Mouthfeel is syrupy and delicious - the carbonation amount is just right. An incredible beer from my home state - this is an easy beer to drink, which might be dangerous since this baby clocks in at around 10%. Highest recommendation.

montageman, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it Bells it pours..I went from dreaming about Bells beers to having 8 of there beers in a months time.Lets see how HopSlam holds up.

Great looking orange body with a white head that fell pretty fast.Alot of bubbles streaming to the top of the glass.

Alot of citrusy and pine smells in there.Like grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is pineappley but toned down.I would have expected more of a hop bite from the name of the beer.

The mouthful is syrpy and thick but very good and sweet.

I would have liked more hops but we cant have what we want everytime.While this beer isnt as hoppy as some of the double ipa monsters.It is tasty and worth checking out.I plan on having it again.Good job Bells!

MmmIPA, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Mattysox
3.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Was very excited to try this on draft at Rustico in Alexandria. It pours a deep, bright and very hazy orange color with a rocky two-finger bright white head that dissipates a little quickly. It settles into a fine foamy ring and leaves hints of sticky lacing throughout.

The nose is dominated by citrus hop aromas, as well as a hint of sweetness from the alcohol. There is a faint piney aroma, and tinges of candied fruit. The aroma was not as overpoweringly hoppy as I expected. Certainly not as in your face as Hercules or Ruination. It was pleasant, but not remarkable.

The taste was pretty well balanced between the hops (again, not as omnipresent as you would expect from a beer called Hopslam) and the loads of malt they must use to make this. The finish is where, to me, this beer goes astray. Instead of leaving that really resiny, floral hoppiness to linger, the finish is dominated by a cloyingly sweet, candied malt flavor. This, coupled with the high ABV, makes for a "one and done" kind of beer- not a sessionable brew at all.

Mattysox, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer, a foamy, light head tops off a dark orange body that sinks into a lighter, golden color toward the bottom; looks like it's going to taste great. The head fades quickly, but sticks to the glass like flies on a spider's web.

Smells of floral hops and citrus, particularly grapefruit. Also bits of pine. Very aromatic.

Taste is definitely hops, but not exceptionally bitter. There is absolutely citrus flavors in the works; grapefruit, orange and tangerine. I also noticed honey. Alcohol is well hidden, but noticeable in the finish if you're looking for it.

It feels fairly carbonated, sparkling on my tongue, but goes down easily. I could drink a hundred of these. Reinforces my love of Bell's beers and reminds me that I love drinking beer.

dogger6253, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of travelfrog
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra-hoppy "Double IPAs" such as this appear to be all the rage in the USA nowadays. To my surprise, I rather enjoy this fad. I tried this fine example on tap at my favorite pizza pub, paired with a spicy pizza. The bitterness set off the spiciness quite well.

Appearance was pale yellow, a bit cloudy, with a good, albeit not very long-lasting, head.

Smell was quite noticeable; not surprising in a double IPA. Lots of hops and yeast to enjoy.

Taste was an explosion of noble bitterness, as well as a hint of crystal malt and an unusual piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was just fine, with the concentrated hoppiness detracting just slightly from the enjoyable texture.

As for drinkability, this brew will never be confused with Rolling Rock. But given its 9.3% ABV, a slight markdown in this category is almost an act of professional responsibility. :)

travelfrog, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of surlysober
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FOURTH TRIAL: This is a great beer for any hop-lover, although I have to admit that it's tasted a bit different each time I've had it. This time it was great, other times it's a bit too sweet for my taste. It pours a golden yellow with very little head (there is a good bit of lacing though). The aroma is slightly peachy with a lot of nice, clean hoppy citrus. The taste is similar, but there's a definite warming and you can taste the alcohol (not in a bad way). This beer is less malty that some of the recent DIPAs I've had, but the little malt flavor it does have is a nice caramel. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and it leaves a nice sticky bitterness on the back of the tongue. Overall, a great Double IPA.

surlysober, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of SwillBilly
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle:

Appearance: Pours a light amber with a nice 2 finger off white head that fades fairly slowly to a sheer lacing on the glass. Big, thick sheets of lacing line the glass as the beer empties the glass.

Aroma: Big and juicy with plenty of grapefruit rind and orange peel dominating the aroma with hints of sugar candy and fresh herbs.

Taste: Fantastic !! The nose is a precurser to things to come with the flavor profile. Starts with a big hop bang with juicy grapefruit and oranges with just a hint of pine. The middle transitions Hopslam to a nicely balanced maltiness with flavors of sugar coated grapefruit slices. The finish is all hops as those citrusy hops linger long on the tongue well after the swallow. Alcohol is very well hidden especially for a 9% abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium and nicely carbonated with a lively tingling in the mouth.

Drinkability: Hopslam is dangerously drinkable for a DIPA. A hopheads delight with big, juicy citrusy hops dominating the aroma and flavor profile but is still balanced with a good nice amount of malt. Alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor, though a nice warming of the face takes place after putting one of these back. If it wasn't for the 9%abv I could see making a session of these, instead I'll enjoy a couple and call it a night. A fantastic DIPA from the folks at Bell's. Highly recommended, especially if you like citrusy hops. Seek and Enjoy.

SwillBilly, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of GnomeKing
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer should be served in a juice box (Buster Bluth, beware), it's so fruity and sweet and candy-like. Every sip is pure indulgence. The hop oil is so unami and rich that it's like bacon grease and kobe steak.

The aroma is confectioner's sugar and even cotton candy, but mostly deep red juice...I'm at a carnival. This is sinfully good...sinful being the operative word. Evil...as I say in my profile, "If beer is wrong, I don't wanna be right."

GnomeKing, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light copper in color with a thick white head. Perfumy, hoppy aroma has citrus & pine in it. Biscuity malt background. The mouthfeel is airy and medium-bodied with prickly carbonation upfront. Resiny hoppy front. Citrusy hops and bitterness abound. An inhale reveals malt and an ample supply of alcohol on the tongue. There's some malt underneath all the hop bitterness in the flavor but it's severly overshadowed by the impressive amount of hops utilized. Juicy hop burps ensue.

HopSlam is without a doubt a hop lover's delight. For an American Double IPA it's hard to find a lot of fault in this beer.

Winter, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a DFH snifter. This beer pours very cloudy. I would have liked to see it cleaner. According to the BJCP, slight haziness is allowable if it is dry hopped, but this is a bit more than that. It doesn't seem to clear with time either. There is a huge hop bouquet even from a distance. Very strong citrus aromas, especially grapefruit, but slightly more bitter. The flavor is amazing though. It is not nearly as bitter as the flavor would have led me to believe. It is a dead ringer for actual grapefruit flavoring. The bitterness is only in the background, and there is enough sweetness to back it up. This is a great example of an Imperial IPA (except the cloudiness); perhaps one of the best i've had.

drseamus, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with only the slightest haze. Very small white head that scarcely made it to the table. Nice smells - sweet honeyed grapefruit. Taste is the same. Big in your face slam of citrusy hops. Nothing too piney going on here. Not at all cloyingly sweet like some DIPA's I've had, but the sweetness is there. Taste is simple, yet fresh and inviting.

Thankfully, the mouthfeel and drinkablity of this beer are just as good. Served at the right temperature, this is the perfect blend of smooth body and light carbonation. Drinks much easier than the DFH 90, and less bitter than BBC's Professor Gesser. Eager to try this one out of the bottle. Great beer.

Onibubba, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Been getting 6pks for around $13-14. Pricey, but definitely worth it.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange with hints of amber, complete with Bell's patented suspended yeast bits. I dunno, just seems that they are the only brewer that has this look.

S: The freshest juiciest grapefruit I have ever smelled in a beer. Unlike anything else, SO fresh!

T: Once again slapped with sweet grapefruits. A touch of pine, but not as much as expected. A totally different beast than the west coast piney DIPAs. The sweetness from the malt base negate the typical bitterness you'd get from a grapefruit. A biting hop finish. Lingering bitter hops, but not overbearing. Just fantastic.

M: Creamy and smooth, nice carbonation. Not sticky at all. Quite crisp for the style.

D: Get excited every time I see more of it in the store. I had 5 of these last night, which is impressive for the style. Sometimes they get so sweet and sticky that I can't have more than 1 or 2. This one isn't like that. The booze catches up to you though. Ah well.

Even my girlfriend, who is usually a straight macro girl, liked this. This is the best DIPA by far, and one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Amazing in every respect.

mjd83goblue, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a white, foamy head that leaves splotches of lace

Smell: Honeybell tangelo aroma

Taste: The honeybell citrus flavor jumps out almost immediately, even before the caramel backbone gets set; after the swallow the bitter citrus flavors intensify and there is a little honey-like sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of those terrific citrus hop bombs that leave you ready for another

brentk56, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've had this beer; this bottle was far better than my previous on-tap experience with this beer. All-in-all, I would recommend, but it is definitely not the best DIPA I've had lately; both Leinenkugel's Big Eddy DIPA and Smuttynose Big A are better.

It poured a dark amber with acres of fluffy white head. Aroma is extremely hoppy and citrus-y. However, flavor was a bit different. It was somewhat grassy and astringent. While the flavor has some citrus-ness to it, it was quite dry. Think citrusness without sweetness. Mouthfeel was slightly flat in its character.

BeerBelcher, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Yessir, the HopSlam is another pretty beer. Amber-apricot color with a nice creamy-looking head which, surprisingly, doesn't last too long. Minimal lace on the glass. The aroma here is phenomenal. It's like a piney citrus explosion in my nose, and I can't get enough of it. Truly a delicious scent. Reminds me of the 120 Minute in a way. Large and in charge. More beers should smell like this. The taste is great too. Fresh and hoppy, with pine, grapefruit, and pepper flavors. Noticeable alcohol presence here as well. Quite tasty indeed. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness all down the back of the mouth and throat. Nicely done. I'm not surprised that it's over 9% ABV, but I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is noticeable, as I said, but not overwhelming. This would pair nicely with a spicy Thai or Indian dish, and might even match up well with a strong blue cheese like Stilton. Another good beer from Bell's.

Atlas1, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


First off, I want to say that I like two-hearted better. Actually, this beer seems *less* hoppy than two-hearted.

But that doesn't mean this beer isn't out-and-out amazing. The nose is a wonderful mix of hops. That distinctive fruitiness of english hops, a strong earthy presence, and a blast of citrus. The taste follows the smell . . . but they are balanced. It isn't slap-you-in-the-face. This is absolutely fantastic.

Yeah, one of the best DIPAs I've ever had, and the only one I would classify as sessionable. That works both for and against it.

shbobdb, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Atch
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange color, decent carbonation, very thin head that lasted shortly.

Smell: Tangerine and grapefruit, smells great

Taste: To me, a great interpretation of a DIPA. Hop assault.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels heavy on the palate and that citric hop burst just sticks to the back of your mouth.

Drinkability: For the high ABV it is deceiving. I would definitely have Hopslam again.

Overall, I love this beer. It's very quenching. Not so thick like some DIPA's. At $12.99 a sixer, unfortunately not an every day brew. But it backs up the addage; Drink better, Drink less.

Atch, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured carefully into a nonic, trying hard to avoid mixing in the copious amounts of sediment in the bottom of the bottle (almost as much as some Belgian ales!). The result is a golden-amber hued beer with minimal carbonation streams and a vibrant, sudsy head of just-this-side-of-white foam, sticky and thick. Juniper-infused citrus juice blend in the nose: grapefruit, satsuma, blood orange. A coy sugary sweet scent sneaks around underfoot. The taste of this IPA is B-I-G: big candied orange peel malts and big citric hop bitterness. Grapefruit pith and pinetar candy in the middle. Sweetroll breadiness at the finish. Substantial mouthfeel, slippery but not yet syrupy -- always a plus in my book -- with a slight pepperiness all around. Not bitter enough to be outstanding (I'm picky about this style), but this is without a doubt an extremely fine DIPA. Would buy again. Many thanks to zrrbrrt for the opportunity.

orfeu, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade with buckeyenation.
Nice hazy dark yellow body, huge white head. I can smell the citrus already. This is gonna wallop (er, slam)
Taste isn't as big as I thought it would be, but that's a good thing. Smooth transition from citrus, to pine, to a bit of sweetness, to dry and crisp. The citrus is mostly pomelo, some lemon and grapefruit, a bit of orange perhaps. This slam isn't as menacing as it seems. Unlike the DFH 120, this one is plenty drinkable.
I like this brew, I hope I can find it out here.

Mebuzzard, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful clear light orange color (with the exception of the massive amount of floaties). Aroma is out of this world. Fresh pineapple and other tropical fruits. Good frothy white head and decent lacing. Taste matches the aroma- just an assault of fruits and hop flavour. No astringent bitterness whatsover. Just amazing- trust Bell’s to accomplish that. Along with the hops is a sweet malt back bone that gives a rich mouthfeel. I would say that this is a balanced DIIPA despite the hops. Exceptionally drinkable which would be very dangerous. I would love to try this on tap one day. Alcohol is absolutely hidden. Finish is a bit spritzy from the caronation but finishes clean somewhat bitter. Best IIPA I’ve had the opportunity to sample.

oakbluff, Mar 05, 2007
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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