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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,852 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 9,852
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,889
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 Prufrock
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

hazy golden orange with some floating sediment. sticky half-inch layer of white head that leaves tons of lace.

aroma has a strong, raw hoppiness. hop components are a mix of grapefruit, mangos, pineapples, and a weedy, sneeze-inducing grassiness. hint of marijuana as well. slightly off-putting touch of aspirin, but otherwise a fantastic mix of abrasive hop aromas.

medium mouthfeel, surprisingly light for the alcohol content, with a medium carbonation. unexpectedly drinkable, with a strong hoppiness but a gentle, balancing, fruit and honey sweetness. aspirin component comes back in the finish. despite that, this is a very well put-together beer.

Prufrock, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of frazbri
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HopSlam from Bell's poured golden yellow in body, topped by a towering bright white head. Lace remained on the glass, after the ale was finished. The aroma was a powerful blend of grapefruit and pine with a hint or orange. Flavors included orange peel, grapefruit, bitternesss, and malty sweetness. Body was medium-full with medium carbonation levels, and the beer coated the tongue.

HopSlam is Bell's hop concerto. As hop-centric as this ale is, it's still incredibly drinkable. This one might scar the average bud drinker, but for the hopheads, this just might be nirvana.

frazbri, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden wheat orange hazy hue of a body hosts a fat bubbley off white head at about an inch and a half that fades fast and leaves nice lace. Nose is a monsterois hop explosion. Very floral and an invigorating eye opener with wiffs of fresh citrus and spicey pepper hints. Splashes the tongue with huge surprisingly sweet ripe citrus tones. Very hoppy but bitter is not harsh but silky and longingly enjoyable. This beer is its own hop masterpiece. Nice real hop, long and fresh mouthfeel. Oddly drinkable for such a mouth bruiser. Your tongue will never be the same.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tall weiss glass (review from Batch 7690 - bottled late Oct. 2006)

A: An absolutely stunning-looking beer, all golden orange and cloudy. Forms an ample cream-colored head with massive amounts of lacing. A beaut!

S: Smells delicious too, you can tell there are centennial hops in this brew (and at 100+ IBUs, a lot of them). Strong sweet floral & grapefruit aromas, HopSlam makes my mouth water.

T/M: Not for the faint of heart, this is a massive DIPA, both in body, ABV & taste. Loads of sweet malts massage the tongue up front, only to quickly give way to a bruising level of juicy, bitter hoppiness. HopSlam is at once both thirst-quenching and hangover-inducing.

D: If I were say, inhuman, I would drink these all day and all night. Since I'm not, I'll say the reasonable limit is about 3-4 per night. Beyond that and you're risking severe intoxication, as this beer is far too easy to drink given it's 9.3-10% ABV.

Highly recommended, one of the few beers that absolutely lives up to its massive hype.

markgugs, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split with a buddy and poured into pint glasses. The color was a hazy orange with a small head. The smell was fruity and inviting. The taste was jam-packed with hops(what a surprise) but they were more fruity than bitter. The alcohol was perfectly hidden which made this go down quick. Very nice beer but I wouldn't buy it at $14 a sixer

01/23/2008 2008 batch

Excellent fruity flavors that dance across the tongue. This has a really awesome hop aroma and flavor. It almost reminds me of Maharaja. I'd buy a case if I could.

ArrogantB, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andrew (orfeu) your the man giving this beer to me I thought I was gonna have to wait until May when Iam back home to try to get my hands on this.Poures a hazed peachy color with a tight well formed sticky white head,holy cow fresh hop aromas citrus fruit with underlying pine it really wakes up the sences thats for sure just amazing.Oh man just hop goodness here resiny but bright and flavorful citric fruitiness combined with pine/resin dryness just great hop balance....malt nowhere to be found but thats fine with me.Liquid gold here for a hophead its bright and flavorful with awesome hop complexity,again thanks alot Andrew this kicks serious arss.

oberon, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at KClingers. Bright orange-yellow with a thin layer of white foam. Holy crap ... this is one of the biggest hop-fruit aromas I’ve ever experienced, almost orange-blossomy. Follows with the same flavors, big and oily, tart and tangy, like an orange soda on steroids. (#2649, 1/14/07)

Braudog, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of JMD71
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this sample! Sampled & reviewed on 1/14/07:

Ap: Medium pour brings thin layer of tight laced bubbles which falls back quickly. Low to medium carbonation. Wonderful light gold color - translucent.

Ar: Orangey, grapefruity aroma. Piney hop oils. Tangerines & apricots. Very fruity overall. Delicious nose! Can't wait to taste it...

Ta: Huge hop flavor! Grapefruity in flavor as in aroma. Bold malt profile supports the huge hop blast. Finishes clean without being overly bitter. Good balance!

Mo: Medium bodied. Crisp & not at all cloying which I sometimes find in highly hopped beers. Carbonation perfect.

Dr: High. Not too cloyingly sweet or bitter. This has excellent balance which makes it highly drinkable.

Comments: I wish I had a case of this! Too bad Bell's doesn't distribute in MA. Truly well balanced DIPA. Loved every sip.

JMD71, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Chaz
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip at below-ambient temperature. Two-fingered head is rocky, pale tan in color, and exhibits both good retention and ample lacing. Nose is all but phenomenal, with yeast, citrus, and ripe fruit notes (pineapple, cherry, plum). There's definitely a hint of alcohol on the nose as well, but it is all but overrun by the rich, oily lupulin qualities. Appears in the glass as a hazey, golden amber in color, with just a hint or auburn - this ale looks better than most beers taste! There's plenty of suspended yeast here, too, and this never bothers me (I'm particular that way I guess). The first sip is like an epiphany, with sweet pale and rich caramel malts coating the tongue, followed by the bittersweet interplay of hop and malt, an even sharper yet-aromatic hop bite, a dose of mildly pungent yeast, with a palate-searing bitterness capping off the brief encounter. The alcohol bite is all but obscured by the juicy, fruity malt and sharp, bitter, and herbaceous hops. The finish is quite dry, yet here the alcohol plays a part, elevating the aromatics and adding some heat to the ale's considerable body. The herbaceous quality of the hops is somewhat unyielding, and this tends to introduce a very tangible vegetal character into a style that can sometimes be rather refined. The citrus notes of the hops are grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel. There's some green grapeskin and a very light touch of mint as well. The alcohol becomes more prominent and warming about halfway through the pour, becoming hot and spicy. Mouthfeel is medium-full, with the body being just about perfect (at least to me), not too full with viscous malt ala a barleywine but full enough to give the warming alcohol and blazing hops a solid oak-tree of a backbone. Drinkability is likewise exceptional: a beer this strong, bitter, and insistent could be a real turn-off for those who prefer milder ales and pale lagers, but there's tremendous balance and finesse exhibited here, which is everything I'd expect from Bell's. Very much a sipping beer, and not one I'd care to drink more of two of in a sitting, but probably one that I'd like to stock a lot of in my cellar!

HopSlam is true to its name, and is among my top three favorites in the American Double IPA style. Batch 7787 / 6330 (Julian date)

Chaz, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On draft at Kclinger's Tavern in Hanover, PA. It's like apricot nectar with a big, white, creamy head and awesome lacing.

Smell: Fruity, floral and hoppy. Fruits of grapefruit, apricot, lemon, lime and tangerine.

Taste: A nice fruit flavor of apricots and tangerine. The more I drink the more distinct a grapefruit flavor becomes. Great hops that are floral and slightly piney and the malts are mild. Alcohol is warm and is apparent, but not bad for 9.3%

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Awesome for a double IPA.

Schwarzbart, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very rare all 5-er for me, but this beers deserves that and more. A pale, hazed apricot colored pour wears a frothy white cap that lasts forever and leaves a thick crusting of lace on my goblet.

The aroma is like you are meditating in a Zen garden high in the crisp mountain air filled with fresh flowers and honeysuckle, all around you are tangerine, orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees, their leaves rustling gently in the breeze. Beneath their branches heavy with fruit grows a fragrent marijuana plant, it's buds bejeweled with powerdy crystals.

With the flavor continues the transcendent experience that is HopSlam. A complex and expertly assembled blend of magically complimentary flavors just explodes across your palate. It's aggressive hop character is tamed by the complex citrus, wildflower, golden malt toast, wildflower honey, and pungent yet fruity marijuana notes. I LOVE Double IPA's and there are very few that are on this level.

Body is perfectly medium with a soft mouthfeel like smooth flower petals with a creamy texture and lasting finish of complex hops. Insanely drinkable due to it's severe deliciousness and well hidden alcohol content. I hope the bottled version is as good when (if) it ever makes it to Charlotte.

AlexJ, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive, slightly hazy orange amber. The aroma reminds me of taking a whiff of a generous handful of citrusy hop pellets, but the nose also features a nice touch of slightly fruity malt sweetness as well. Hop bitterness and grapefruit citrus hop flavor dominate the palate from beginning to end, though it’s never to overbearing (at least not for a double IPA anyhow). But there is a good deal of malt sweetness, with definate notes of grain and fruit, to balance. The bitterness is particularly aggressive in the finish. The body is fairly full with a slight, but sharp carbonation tang. Quite drinkable for how rich it is, not to mention the 9% ABV.

Not the absolute best Double IPA out there, but it’s certainly up there. One thing that does stand out about this beer however is how well balanced everything; there is firm malty backbone to stand up against the intense hop profile, the sweetness of the malt itself isn’t to sugary and the body is just thick enough to give the beer an extra rich character but not so thick that it diminishes the drinkability. Overall, highly recommended.

arguemaniac, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage - 12 oz bottle poured into a big wine glass at cellar temperature - About 45 degrees

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields a respectable bubbly, white head that stands 2 inches tall. Hazy golden orange beer is somewhat cloudy with some floating yeast. 5 minutes pass before the head receeds to a drinkable state. The lace won't let go of its grip on the side of my glass. No apparent carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Bulbous and bursting with aroma. Perfect balance of pine and grapefruit. Swirling gives way to a shot of lupulin bitterness. Not as floral as other DIPAs.

Taste: Balanced and complex. Not as big of a hop bomb as I expected. There are malt backings in there. Pine hits me first and then fades into grapefruity bitterness. Mild earthiness and alcohol enter my nasal passages. They must have used several hop varieties for this handsome brew.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and sweet makes way for an alcohol burn and belly warmth. Carbonation is harsh and quickly fades. Smoothe and not drying.

Drinkability: Very good. Not the most impressive DIPA I've had, but a damn good one. I love the stillness and suspension of the floating particles. This is certainly worth enjoying whenever available, especially for hop heads. I'd say it's also worth buying a case per year upon release to take full advantage of the freshness.

Risser09, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of BWH3
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell’s Hop Slam 12oz
Dinking Vessel: Goblet
Temp: 45 F allowed to warm as I consumed
I was careful not resuspend the yeast during my pour.

Appearance: Golden, crystal clear moderately carbonated ale with a well retained white head.

Scent: Almost pure grapefruit – I assume from a healthy dose of Cascade in the aroma addition. Only way to improve this would be to add a bit more complexity to the smell.

Taste: Fruity notes atop a delicious hop bitterness. The finish is clean with just enough residual bitterness lingering on the palate. The malts are indiscernible.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin when compared to the hop flavor, but this can be improved by resuspending the yeast into the beer.

Drinkability: Wonderful. I love the fact that this beer is like two in one. Without resuspending the yeast, it is a light bodied, heavily hopped intense IPA. With resuspending the yeast, it is a fuller, mellower and more complex IPA.

BWH3, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I paid $16 for a 6 pack...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a creamy, 1 finger white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. What's this other mess going on? Tons of yeasty proteins and hop residuals floating in suspension with no visible signs of CO2. That doesn't look overly appealling.
Smell is extremely herbal up front with hints of skunky mary jane, flowers, tea leaves, black pepper, citrus zest, pineapple, grapefruit, along with some biscuit.
Taste...again, this strikes me as a very herbal brew moreso than a citrusy one. Flavors are highlighted by bitter herbs & spices, pine resin, grass, sweet citrus...hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, sweet up front, grassy, herbal... dare I say medicinal, or solvent? Alcohol is evident.
Wow...based on this bottle, I'd be willing to vote this one as the most over-rated beer that I've had in '07. Last year, my vote went to Stone Oaked Bastard. This certainly isn't a terrible beer, it's just very overly hyped IMO and I'm not feeling the love. It sort of reminds me of a recent homebrew that I did, where I used a boat load of 6-7 different hops and hoped for the best. It turned out alright but a bit muddled, much like this with every aspect of hops being represented from herbal, to skunky, to citrus, etc. I just don't get it. Maybe the next bottle will change my mind. I've only got 5 more to compare it with.

weeare138, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle from 6-pack.

Decent, white head with good retention. Amber color and a good amount of nice, small bubbles.

Aroma is a really nice blend of sweet, syrupy fruitiness with a resinous pine and floral hop aroma. The honey comes through a little, along with tropical fruit, lychee, etc.

Taste is also sweet and a touch malty at first but quickly turns into citrus, tropical fruit and pine hop flavors with some decent bitterness towards the end. Finishes fairly balanced, though.

This is a very drinkable beer, and hugely deceptive of its 9.3% ABV. I would certainly love to have a couple at a sitting. Over the years this has definitely stood out as one of my all-time favorite beers.

AaronHomoya, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of hammer09
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a hophead, I had high expectations for this beer. However, as I started to review the characteristics of Bell's Hopslam, I grew a little concerned.

Bell's Hopslam poured a very cloudy amber with little head development in my pint glass. The beer's cloudiness, looking like a dark version of a hefeweizen, seriously detracted from its overall appearance and the lack of any head development is too far from this beer's style.

Smell is SUPER hoppy and very astringent, almost ammonia-like. While I enjoy very hoppy beers, this was just too overpowering.

Given its aroma, I expected a harsh, bitter taste. However, this is where Hopslam changes in character, for the better. Overall taste is sweet with a major hop impact. While exhibiting a bitter hop character, the sweet, maltiness serves to balance the flavor of this beer. This is the perfect example where the sum of its parts (hops and malt) are greater than the whole.

Mouthfeel is strong, bitter, and dry, with excellent carbonation. Very satisfying.

While my initial reaction to appearance and smell was somewhat disturbing, this beer's flavor more than makes up for these other shortfalls. This is an excellent beer that I will purchase again without a second thought.

hammer09, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Icredibly smooth yet deceptively powerful, the beer's highly aromatic hops are balanced with honey for a true Midwest-style IPA, dressed up in imperial clothes. Its ease to see why Hopslam is among the best of all American beers.

Hopslam pours with a bright golden hue and the slightest of haze. The beer nearly sparkles in the glass. A very foamy head caps the beer with a white whipped topping, looking nearly like a meringue dessert. Strong retention and broken lace reaffirms the beer's substantial appearance.

Grapefruit and honey rise to the nose in such a scent that it seems like an array of citrus fruit has been dipped in honey. Savory and mouth whetting, the ale is rich and inviting throughout. Oranges, strawberries, and caramel malt play into the highly aromatic mix.

It's outrageous taste starts sweet with thin caramel malt and complex honey flavor. Citrusy ruby red grapefruit and tangerines begin to poke through the malty veil and adds a brightly flavored fruit note to the candied sweetness. Mild cannabis, marmalade, pine needles, and strawberry jam notes provide a slightly herbal and rosy taste that rides along side of the sharper citrus notes. The finish of honey and citrus bitterness is even keel and very very smooth. Its balanced taste a far cry from the usually preferred drier versions, but the honey-dipped notion here is something magical.

With the honey flavor on the palate, the beer provides a medium weighted texture to the mouth, but only a medium body because the honey plays lighter on the palate than malts do. Embedded carbonation gives a creamy feel early on. But as the carbonation settles out, the citrus infused malts saturate the middle palate and allows the hops to develop a deeply resinous dryness without gripping the throat with bitterness, excessive alcohol heat, or hop-derived astringency.

Hopslam is a culprit of many of the pitfalls that I warn against when it comes to hoppy American ales- its balance should not render the IPA-forward flavors in this positive of a manner. But its intangibles in taste and textures far exceed what's expected for the style and its overall flavor profile cannot be ignored.

BEERchitect, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy orange with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrank and then left no trace.

The smell is a very hoppy with big notes of grapefruit.

The taste on first sip is certainly hoppy. Plenty of grapefruit hitting my palate and hitting it in a good way. I note a good malt presence that gives it a nice sweet counter to the hops. It seems to be in perfect balance.

Man, a few more sips in as it warms up a bit and the hops are now in almost total control and..I'm loving it. Oh wait, there goes that malt presence again; dang, just when you think the hop bitterness is going to take over completely, that malt comes back and yells at you. ;^) Even the finish, at various times, seems to alternate between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I shake my head on how this could be so...

I appreciate DIPAs that are hop dominated and ones that have a good hop/malt balance and this one is an excellent example of the latter. I wouldn't hesitate to try HopSlam again. Not for a second. ;^)

Bottom line: Absolutely delicious. Thanks to Wasatch for allowing me to try this wonderful brew!

Bitterbill, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the kindness of WeisGuy.

This is a clear apple juice colored ale with a decent white head despite the alcohol level.

Smell is strong and wild hop fist to the nose. Lots of sweetness and pineapple and pine in the aroma. This is quite spicy smelling with a lot of citrus and just plain fresh hop leaf aroma to it.

The taste begins strong and very hoppy with a strong melon flavor. Quite spicy and strong the strong melon taste hangs around. Lots of floral flavors in the aftertaste here it is almost perfumed. Through out this is a Super IPA that does not become harsh at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Highly drinkable for the hopheads of the world. Very strongly hopped but very tasty. In the same class as Pliny The Younger and Dreadnaught.

Zorro, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-10-07
Batch 7690
Bottled on 10-25-06

Pours a very cool almost neon-orange color with a head that goes away quickly.

Smell is of strong citrusy hops, very sweet and syrupy.

Taste is absolutely unreal. Grapefruit, lemon, dominate at first followed by a hoppy bite and a smooth alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel is also fantastic, thick and syrupy it coats the palate and you can still taste it long after.

Drinkability is good, if you like DIPAs, although it's pretty intense.

Overall, this beer is the benchmark against which I will compare all other DIPAs in the future. A tremendous balance of sweet and bitter, it is a beer every BA should try.

BMoney575, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle

Thanks to my girlfriend Nari for bringing this one back from Ohio.

Poured a murky, glowing amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head that quickly faded. Some spotty drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

Smell was mild and had an almost medicinal-like quality initially. As the beer warmed, other aromas came out. Juicy, fruity, piney, grapefruit-like cascade hops along with sweet malts (a nice balance between bitter and sweet.) Some candi and brown sugars were also detectable.

The taste was also amazingly well balanced. Hoppy from start to finish with a solid malt backbone. Sweet, creamy malts up front before the hops kicked in. Intense, citrusy hops later took on a rich and potent grapefruit-like quality on the back end. Finish was clean, crisp and moderately dry, yet refreshing.

Body was medium to full for the style, with a super rich and creamy mouthfeel that felt like a blanket on my tongue.

Drinkability of this beer was outstanding. Unlike most DIPA's, the aromas and flavors in this one did not slap me in the face. Additionally, the 9.3% ABV was barely noticeable.

Overall, this was one of the most pleasant tasting, well-balanced and easy-drinking DIPA's I have sampled.

Damian, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so this is the best DIPA that I have had by far at least untill this point.
Not a lot going with the appearance althought it was quite syrupy which made me happy.
Smell and taste were quite good, just straight-forward slamming of hops in the throat, which the lack of any complexity is what keeps this from being a 5.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, syrupy as expected and lots.
Drinkability is quite good, expecially for the style.

supercolter, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper with some light dregs making it into the glass.
A quarter inch of white head peaked before deminishing to a skim coat with some streaks and dots of lacework.
Aromatics are fairly pungent with a big grassy, mossy note preluding the bursting citrus profile. The earthy, leafy accent is almost funky and hints at a heavy dose of dry-hopping. A heavy tangerine wave followed by pear juice and candied grapefruit round out the nose.
The mouthfeel is lightish but still sticky and crisp.
The palate is fairly dry, with loads of zesty citrus and hints of spruce. Mangoes, orange zest, apricots, and melons come to mind, and a extremely light malt character is key to the balance.
Bitterness is mild, firm, and smooth..Right on.
Finishes with lingering fruit, some mild warmth and a lingering dry, crisp snap.

brewandbbq, Feb 10, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hazy golden/copper color and a spotty off white cap that actually has some stick to it. The nose is fruity, spicy hops, citric, grapefruit and a strong alcohol tinge. Tastes of bitter, dry, spicy hops, pithy fruit characters, and an impenetrable alcohol burn. Barley malt balance, piney, and some resiny turpentine notes. Full body and medium mouthfeel has some chew to it followed by some cloying. The finish is good with fruity, peppery character but much of the alcohol carried over is a little overwhelming. Flavor is good but the alcohol burn makes this a hard one to drink more than one.

cabsandking, Feb 07, 2007
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,852 ratings.