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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,085
Reviews: 3,317
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,251
Gots: 2,294 | 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 rexpostal
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of hoppy beers, so I have no idea why I thought I would like this. Way too sweet for my tastes, way too hoppy, and the alcohol content just makes it even harder for me to swallow down gulp after gulp. Fine beer, but I won't be spending the money for it again.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First let me give a big thank you to klevelandrocks for an awesome trade with great extras.

Pours a hazy copper color with an off white head that fades leaving next to no lacing around the glass.

Smell is well of course hoppy, followed by orange, citrus notes and some floral hints.

Taste is orange and lemon up front, with hits of spice, honey, bready biscuit flavors and hops throughout. Finish is dry with some floral and clove lingering.

Drinkability is scary for a beer of this gravity, so be careful. The flavor in this beer is powerful! I wish the was a pub nearby that had this on tap so I could drink it often.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a slight head that manages to maintain a little lacing.

This beer smells like unadulterated hops.

The taste follows the smell. Lots of hops with a slight biscuity finish.

The beer has a good feel and a dry finish.

Super dry, almost like a cactus. Fairly drinkable, though.

Photo of Prostman81
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't contribute any more than what's already been said about this beer, but it is truly a great beer. The hop aroma and flavor is where this shines. A great blend of citrus, although I detect more on the orange side of things in my batch. This was the first year I've had this so I can't say if this is normal/abnormal for this beer.

The beer isn't one dimensional as I was first expecting. Sure, there's plenty of hop notes going on, but there's also a good blend of malt along with a small honey note. I know honey can dry out a beer when used, so Bell's did a good job adding the honey to boost the ABV while still adding the honey taste, not an easy thing to do. Only a slight alcohol taste to this, but what do you expect, it's 10%. Not enough to detract from all the other positives this has going on.

This is an outstanding beer from a brewery that has created a superb lineup of beers. For me, this is a pretty strong beer, so I can only drink 1 during a sitting, and I generally look for and buy beers that I can enjoy more of. However, this one definitely will give me something to look forward to during the next bleak dark winter of Chicago!

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pretty enough to make you want to drink it. not too much carbonation, but you can feel the bubbles. it looks great.

s-amazing. a little bit of everything. the honey complements the hop character. sweet and bitter and you haven't even tasted it yet.

t-does not disappoint! the taste is much like the smell. you have the hop bite, but the sweetness of the malt and honey lure you in for more...all the while hiding the fact that you are drinking 10% alcohol. what??? that much! yep. that much!

m-round and good. you can feel it. it could stand some more hop oil in order to be named 'hopslam'.

d-you could drink 2 before you knew it was having its way with you. at this point, you should take a break and have a water...and then continue with the 10% undertaking!

not the best, but this is a GREAT beer. give great divide hercules a try!

Photo of movingtrain
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce brandy snifter.

Appearance is copper-toned, with a decent amount of carbonation creating a small, but steady head on top.

The aroma of this beer is heavenly. It is super fruity, sweet, caramely. There are hints of bubblegum, oily hops, lavender, and more hops. The aroma is surprisingly sweet for a beer with such a name...I assumed it would have given off a slightly more astringent smell.

The taste is a bit alcoholic. Flavors seem to be well balanced, though. The bitter and the sweet dance in perfect alignment here. This is a creamy, chewy IPA...and I'm loving it. Notes of bubblegum, bitter hops, earthy granola, rye, and caramel in the balance.

Overall this is a sweet beer. It's up there in alcohol, but the flavors are balanced very well, and the beer is drinkable (albeit at a slow pace). This is one of the best Imperial IPAs I have had.

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler filled with this nectar of the gods at Roof Brother's Spirits in Paducah, Kentucky. We promptly finished the entire growler in one evening. :P

A: Appearance isn't this brew's strong suit but that's not to say that it doesn't look great. Pours a classic amber with some heavier hints of oranges and reds. Carbonation is pretty spot on and active but this was predictable as we just had it bottled from the tap only hours earlier. Head was small with decent retention and lacing but I believe the head only suffered due to the pour from the growler itself.

S: The smell is of grassy, piney and DEFINITELY grapefruit/citrus hops. This is a grapefruit bomb in the nose. The scent is clean and to the point with carbonation showing off and pushing this hop perfume into your nostrils. Very nice!

T: One of the crispest beers I've ever had... It's clean and the malt backbone is in place just enough for the hops not to overwhelm. Low on the side of bittering hops, the taste is as if one squeezed the fresh juices of a just ripened hop cone into their mouth: Truly a blessing for a hophead! On tap (like in this growler), the honey is not as present which I attribute to the honey (sugar) not being allowed to ferment as much as it would during the bottle-conditioning of shipping... It's there, it's just not overstaying it's welcome. All in all, this is a fantastic tasting beer that every beer geek should drink whenever possible.

MF: Again, this is a clean and crisp beer with spot on carbonation. Smooth is the word of the day but "Nectar of the Gods" is the phrase of the day. :P

D: Not sessionable, unfortunately. If this thing was 7% ABV and not 10%, I would drink this non-stop... One of these on tap, though, already had given me a nice buzz... By three in I was floating and rearranging my entire livingroom. The "drinkability" of one of these bad boys minus the limitations of sessionability is phenomenal.

Photo of JesseP09
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange, kinda yellowish color, nice to look at for sure, one of the prettiest beers I've seen

S - Really nice citrus smell mixed in with other great aromas

T - Good God almighty this is a delicious beer, one of my very favorites. It is rich and hop-filled, as the name would suggest, and it totally lives up to the hype.

M - Mid-body, solid for sure

D -Not only is this beer delicious, it is EXTREMELY drinkable and is worth the price. Just awesome.

Photo of brad97z
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review.

Poured into a tulip at 45-50F.

A - Huge, creamy, off-white, 3 finger head that sticks to the glass like crazy. Body is a light amber/yellow/orange color.

S - The citrusy hops and honey combine to give a smell of sweet pineapple

T - Sweet up front, the honey replaces a lot of the caramel common in most iipa's. The sweetness if followed by a building bitterness with some orange peel/grapefruit. Very unique and impressive.

M - Not as creamy as the head may have indicated. Nice and thick. Hops leave the mouth a little parched.

D - The alcohol is only apparent in the feeling you get after drinking a glass. Nevertheless, the tastebuds are pretty well saturated after a bottle. I don't know if i could taste anything if i had another beer after this one.

Photo of wmthorne
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this growler fill from Roof Bros. in Paducah, KY.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Not an overwhelming number of carbonation bubbles in the glass but when I unscrewed the lid it had a nice pop. A decent amount of head given the low number of bubbles. Pretty good lacing after the first few drinks.

The hops scent boils up out of the glass upon pouring. It smells mostly like grapefruit to me. I like that.

First drink, more carbonation that I initially assumed based on the appearance. Pretty smooth for the amount of hops and I definitely get a little sweetness. (didn't realize it was honey)

I'm looking forward to finishing the growler today. The sun is shining a little and it'll be a nice companion for a nice hoppy beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a light orange/yellow colour with a thick, foamy white head that stuck around for a while and then slowly dissipated.

S - The nose is so pronounced that I could smell the beer as I described the appearance, with my nose about a foot from the glass! The nose is sweet, citrus hops. Definitely a grapefruit nose. The sweet honey is present on the nose as well. Lots and lots of hops! An impressive nose.

T - A absolute hop bomb, as advertised! Grapefruit and sweet honey that lingers in the aftertaste. Very bitter but with a complimentary sweetness from the honey.

M - Medium body with some nice chew. Carbonation is light and perfect.

D - Remarkably drinkable for an IPA. Definitely lived up to the hype.

Photo of Fitzgerald
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Gently poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, I learned from the last Hopslam to pour slow. Nice foamy white head, the beer is a straw colored gold with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom and after a few drinks some nice lacing.

S- Big grapefruit and pine scents very nice spring like aromas.

T- Lots of citrus, lots of carbonation bitter on the tongue some pepper taste and a dry finish.

MF-You can really feel all the hops, zesty dry feel throughout the mouth but very refreshing. They aren't kidding when they say a tongue bruiser of a beer.

D-Great hoppy beer, very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden so it would have to be a very short session.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber in a snifter. Has a one finger head that disappeared quickly. Left a good retention along glass.

I first notice strong hops and citrus. Its potent but not overwhelming at all. Also has hints of pine, honey, and hemp.

Has very flavorful hops, honey, pine, and grapefruit. The sweetness hides bitterness from the intense hops. A slight peeper taste helps the hops bounce off your tongue.

Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

Pretty smooth and sweet fro a hoppy IPA with a high ABV like this. I look forward to Hopslam every January. I was lucky enough to have some on draft in late summer at the Brewpup. It was leftover from a private party batch.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade with StormKing47. Bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours mid way between honey and amber in color. Somewhat clear brew with tiny bubbles skirting their way to the top. One and a half finger white head composed of tiny bubbles dies down to a very thin layer of foam that is concentrated around the edge of the glass. Tons of lacing left behind.

The nose is incredible. All I can smell is hop based fruit scents. I get apricots, peach, apple juice, pineapple, and mango in no particular order. No trace of alcohol in the nose. Some honey in there as well. As it warms the scent of this beer screams peach and apricots.

The flavor starts off sweet like apple juice or honey with bread and barley in the middle giving way to an onslaught of hop flavor in the form of apricots, peach, pineapple and mango. As the hops begin to slam your palate, the flavors seems more bitter yet balanced by the fruit flavors mentioned above. The finish is quite balanced between bread like flavor, honey sweetness and hop bitterness. Pine and dank resin begin to become more apparent towards the end of the palate as the beer warms. Lingering bitter hops. My only complaint is that the bread and honey/apple juice flavors are a little too strong and somewhat distracting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. I would call it medium bodied. Smooth, not very syrupy as other 10% range DIPAs can become. Tiny bubbles, but not so carbonated as to become prickly.

The drinkability is exceptional for the abv. Drinks like a much lighter beer.

Photo of beejayud
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HopSlam is a very nice combination of flavors. Instantly you notice the extreme hoppy character and then it mellows off into a sweeter honey flavor. I compair all IPA's to Dogfish 90 min, as being from Milton, DE that is the standard. It would be a nice compliment to a 90 min. Slightly hoppier than the 90 min. and a lot sweeter ending. Overall a very drinkable beer, and I enjoyed every drop.

Photo of OaktownFunk
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright, golden orange. Very small off white head that fades quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Piney and slightly floral. I also get what I perceive as a "sweet" aroma, could be the honey.

T: Hop bitterness smacks the taste buds initially, but fades to a nice sweet finish. Not overly sweet, but leaves a pleasant sweetness on the palate.

M: This beer coats your mouth with what I would describe as "slickery". Maybe slightly oily mouth feel. There is some nice bite from the carbonation as well.

D: Very drinkable for a 10% beer. The alcohol leaves you with a nice warming sensation in the belly. I would be happy downing a couple over lunch on the ski slopes.

Overall: This is a VERY good beer. One that I have wanted to try to quite some time and was lucky enough to get my hands on it via trade. I consider Pliny as the standard for all Imperial IPA's and Hopslam more than holds it's own in comparison.

Photo of SiepJones
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a snifter.

The appearance is a copper color that you can see right through. There is an inch of head on this beer.

After putting my nose to the snifter I get a strong scent of floral hops, slightly sweet to the smell.

Upon taking a sip I notice a strong upfront flavor of floral hop that bites the tongue and a slight alcohol tingle. The after taste is somewhat sweet with honey but then changes to an astringent and earthy flavor.

The mouthfeel is very slippery and slick with plenty of carbonation, which tickles the roof of my mouth.

Hopslam has a strong flavor and aftertaste. There is also no hiding the 10% abv which one can feel on their tongue. This beer is probably best for sipping no more than two, but of course drinkability is all relative.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely amazing. It is like a summer day of hard work away from a water hole and the skies began to rain down juicy fruits and sweet nectar! This beer is just dripping with fresh juice of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. One of the most beautiful well rounded beers I have ever tried. Drink it fresh though because whenever it gets a little bit of age on it those hops start to go fast. Drink up and cheers!

Photo of agiato
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this at Hawthornes in the Bella Vista section of Philly.

Had it out of the bottle.

Appearence -Glowing golden color, almost looks like a glass of honey. It just looks delicious.

Smell-Aroma is initially full of hops as one would expect from an American IPA, citrus is ever-present (grapefruit & pineapple), but eventually it melts into honey & caramel.

Taste -I wasnt ready for the taste of this, especially because the style of an American Double IPA hides well the sweetness that this beer provides.

I cant wait until next year for its re-release. Ill have to make due with the two 12 ouncers sitting in my fridge right now.

Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Thomas House.

Glowing golden color, thick white cap that holds well, and makes fine sheets of lace down the glass. A finger collar lasts all the way to the end.
Aroma is initially a hop assault, citric, piney, lots of grapefruits, but eventually some honey, caramel and cookie notes provide some balance. Firm on the palate, bitter and hoppy, fruity, with some caramel notes. Honey, cookie round up the taste.
Fresh this beer is just amazing. Every time I have it I like it a bit more. Mind you, I am NOT a hophead.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a small white head

S: Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit, and strong piney hops

T: Immediate hps with strong citrus notes leads the way and a sweet honey flavor finishes. A floral hoppiness lingers in the aftertase.

M: Pretty light bodied with lots of bitterness. Smooth with little spice or heat.

D: It's bitter and has relatively high ABV. However, drinkability is pretty good considering this.

Overall, this is a MUST try for hop lovers. It's probably worth a try for those who don't love hops too.

Photo of mpensworth
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's in my top 5 beers I've ever had, I must say...

A: Nice amber orange with a great foamy head.

S: HOPSLAM! The name says it all. Floral, citrus, pine, check check check.

T: Powerful hop citrus taste, hint of sweetness. Nice and bitter on the palate as well, slight bit of alcohol burn that I just love.

M: Good carbonation with a hint of syrup.

D: You could get into trouble quick with this beer. Highly drinkable for a 10% IPA.

I still remember how big my eyes got the first time I had this beer. It's been one of those things I only get to try every couple of years because we can't get it in Oregon. Love it.

Photo of jbails007
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color with a medium head, good head retention and lacing.

Smell is absolutely phenomenal. This is the best smelling beer I've ever had. Floral, citrusy, piney, and those hops definitely are pronounced. Absolutely wonderful.

The taste is the best aspect of this beer. It's definitely bold, but not overwhelming. The hops are hard-hitting, but again not overwhelming. It has some bitterness, but it is a good bitterness. Unbelievably well-balanced.

The drinkability is the only thing I can mark this beer down a bit for. But that's not to say it's bad, it's quite great. It's unbelievably drinkable for a hoppy double IPA. Not the most drinkable beer out there, but very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall, the best beer I've ever had. It's great in every department, especially taste. So well balanced. Everything great you've heard about this beer is true. A++

Photo of berkey
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No Freshness date listed but it just arrived in a trade Saturday so I'm drinking it as fresh as I possibly can. From notes 03/09/10.

Nice bright orange body is topped by a bright white head that dies down after a few minutes but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Strong floral nose with some underlying pine aroma. The malt sweetness of the honey is fairly easy to pick out but it's simple, clean, and well integrated considering the ABV.

Honey is a little more obvious than I'd prefer but better applied than many other honey beers. Hops seem slightly more citric than on the aroma. There's a nice bitterness in the aftertaste but as it warms the honey becomes a bigger and bigger part of the overall flavor.

I prefer a cleaner, drier, finish on my DIPA than I'm getting from this beer. The ABV is well masked by the hop profile and by the honey which keeps drinkability very high for the style.

Altogether a very unique and interesting take on the style. Although not exactly to my tastes, I can see why so many enjoy this beer so much.

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz btl poured into Bass pint glass.

A: a forcefull pour yields nearly 3 fingers of head. I don't remember this beer ever being this lively. Rocky head slowly fades into a more manageable entity. Very attractive golden straw color with hints of copper.

S: Beautiful. This is right up there with my other favorite aromatic beer, Nugget Nectar. Pungent piney hops all around. This bottle is a couple months old but still smells delicious...I almost forgot about actually drinking it, that's how wonderful it smells.

T: Sweet and sticky. I didn't notice it in the aroma, but as far as taste goes this has faded a bit. Still has a nice hop profile, just not as aggressive as I remember.

M: prickly with a medium body. leaves the mouth rather dry...yearning for the next sip, which is a good thing.

D: I've always felt that Hopslam is WAY too drinkable for 10% abv. I could drink several of these,quickly... if I didn't know better.

A top notch beer. If you've never had it get some, but make sure it is fresh. This beer is amazing, but it fades maybe faster than anything else out there. It is still a good beer after several months, but it isn't world class...when fresh this beer is world class.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,085 ratings.