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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

9,987 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,987
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,936
Gots: 1,512 | FT: 41
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 BeerTruth
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppymeal and limesmut for this beast.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a burnt oragne hue with a fluffy white head that dies down a bit after pour. Stickiness is here and there, not a whole lot but it's present. Dirty, oily, citrus hops beat the crap outta my nose...but I love it. I also detect a stale bread scent in there as well, maybe this comes from the tiny bit of malt in this brew. Taste is not what I expected at all. Yeah the hops are there, but it's not that bitter at all. The malt displays itself quite well in the taste, very bready. A pale tasting malt, but perfect for this style. Hops seem to switch to a pine taste, but very pleasant. This is one complex tasting beer! Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy with little carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the alcohol is quite hidden. Wow, love this one. Definitely do what you can to get this beer. Bell's amazes again.

BeerTruth, May 19, 2007
Photo of roggae
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally picked up this case after coveting it for about 6 months. Got home and poured one after a short cool in the fridge. A bit more bitter than i had expected, but this beer is exceptional. Great beer for fans of Pliny, Dreadnaught, 90/120 min IPA. Great beer!

roggae, May 14, 2007
Photo of karengarys
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours clear amber, leaving a bit of a fluffy white head. After a while, a ring remains and the foam sticks to the glass.

This smells VERY sweet - lemonade sweet. Citrus.

Taste is quite sweet and lemony, but also quite bitter like asprin. The alcohol is well hidden under this bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Finish is slightly bitter.

Body is thick and rich. I love a good chewin' beer!

This is quite a beverage. Thick syrupy. good. It is unique in its ultra sweetness and bitterness at the same time. Highly recommended.

karengarys, May 12, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy orange/amber color with a medium thick cream-colored head that dissipates slowly. Thick coating of lace on the entire glass. Huge grapefruity hops in the nose, along with a touch of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with a rich hoppy character that is full of zesty citrus and some pine. The alcolhol is well-hidden but you can tell it is there. Some sweet malt and fruit flavors are underneath as well. The finish is nicely bitter and lasting, retaining the citrusy hops feel. Not one of the "punch you in the face" IIPAs but very good in its own right.

Dogbrick, May 11, 2007
Photo of wspscott
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 finger creamy head, leaves lots of thick lace on the glass. The smell is massive amounts of citrus hops with some pine aromas. The taste is all hops, it does not have an overt malt prescense. Of course there must be a ton of malts to balance out all these hops. The hops add lots of bitterness (like you would expect) but, there is an amazing amount of "aroma" hops in the taste. The mouthfeel is just right, not to light, not to thick, great balance. This is one of my favorite IPAs. As a hop head, I think this is perfectly balanced between the malt backbone and the hops. Of course, if you are not a fan of overtop IPAs, then this probably is not for you :)

wspscott, May 11, 2007
Photo of longarm
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this first at a Larry hosted event recently in D.C. (incidentally, go if you ever have the chance. Larry Bell is a great host.) I was most impressed with this beer during the tasting and wanted to get my hands on some again. Here's are my thoughts on a bottle provided by a friend from Virginia.

Light orange with huge, fluffy head. Exceptional.

I can smell the grapefruit-esque hops, wafting from the glass sitting 6 feet away. Delightful citrus aroma. Not much malt, but I could stuff my head inside of a glass and bask in the delight of pure, fresh grapefruit. Maybe a bit one-dimensional, but who's complaining?

Flavor is fairly well balanced for an AIPA. Initially sweet, but this doesn't linger and the hops move-in to balance without being too bitter. Enough malt to stand-up to the hops, but nothing cloys. Nothing about hops overwhelms on the side of bitter as the name would suggest. The hop-"slam" seems all in the nose and this is just fine with me. Nice crisp finish.

Don't let the name worry you. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, likely to be enjoyed by both hopheads and beer drinkers even a little afraid to try hoppy beers. Thanks to Mr. Bell for bringing another great AIPA into an already crowded market. I think this one has staying power.

longarm, May 08, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at Larry's to a tall thin glass. The liquid is a light gold with very good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers of off white thick fluff, It leave quite a bit on nice lace.

The smell is a powerful grassy aroma, with alcohol and pine needles. Nice.

The taste follows, very grassy with lots of pine, a little thin on the citrus, could use a bit.

The mouthfeel was good but a bigger thicker malt would be welcome and up the body some.

The drinkability was great, quite enjoyable from the tap. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 08, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with nice big head that takes a few moments to dissipate. Big grapefruit aromas when you pop the cap with some pine notes lurking. Taste is relatively smooth citrus and pine hops with plenty of malts to give a sweet body. As it gets older the hops die off more quickly than I would have thought and it becomes a boozy sweet beer that does not reflect the fresh beer much at all. Mouthfeel is nice. A little too much alcohol to get a high drinkability score. A great DIPA, up there with my favorites. Fresh on draft must be excellent!

Duster72, May 07, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, what a beautiful head. Full, dense craggy bubbles that melt slowly to very sticky lacing and top covering white. Light, cloudy golden orange liquid.

Aromas are all about the pine and citrus hops.

Taste is sweet pale malt, some candy sugar flavors, and then pine hops that finish to grapefruit cleansing.

Aftertaste is surprisingly light and mild..only a hint of the citrus hops sweetened to the point of reminding me of pink grapefruit.

I'm afraid you would never realize the ABV you are ingesting in this brew...it could be very dangerous....it's very drinkable.
***
I don't know what to say.
I've a new 6'r this year and honestly can't drink it. I can't finish a single bottle.
I guess my tastes have changed drastically, but I do not like this beer at all.
I'll leave my excellent graded review, but hopefully this will serve as a warning to me in the future.

IntriqKen, May 05, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled from batch 7806 and received in trade. I was very excited to receive this beer after reading so many glowing reviews. It has not disappointed. The aroma is big and the flavor is bigger. Huge citrus hop, lemon/orange and some pineapple and honeydew flavors. Great long lasting full flavor and it burps great too! Man, if Bells had California distribution, it would certainly be in a regular rotation for me.

ChazMania, May 02, 2007
Photo of mjgardner
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy orange color. Fluffy white head that dissapates fairly quickly.

Aroma - Intense citrus aroma. I picked up quite a bit of grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - Obviously a big hop flavor. Quite a bit of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Nice malt backbone to balance out the hops.

Mouth - Light to medium bodied with the same carbonation.

Drinkability - The beer is dangerously drinkable for 9.5%. Better watch out with this one cause it will creep up on you if you are not careful. One of the best Imperial IPA's out there in my opinion.

mjgardner, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Luchman
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A nice clear, amber color with a small, creamy, off white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong, sharp pine needle at first. At second whiff I get a handful of other fruits. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Granted, all of these are minimal compared to the pine/grapefruit, but the smell is awesome. Not too much malt here, which is a tad disappointment, but it does have some slight sweetness to it.

T: Nice and quite refreshing for something called a “Hop Slam.” Hops are, of course, the winner here with pine and grapefruit/orange as the leaders. Other fruits, the lemon, apricot, and pineapple, are around as well. Some slight evidence of alcohol is found, but does not distract at all. Malts are more present than the smell and give a nice sweet, bready note to the taste in the back. Slight bitterness ends with the tongue numb from the hops. Awesome.

M: Mouth feel is not as full or thick or sticky as I would have liked, but is still good. Light/medium body with a low/medium carbonation that makes this beer go down easy and clean.

D: Insanely drinkable for the ABV. This stuff is awesome. Definitely will have to get my hands on this again.

Luchman, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a inch thick white (or JUST off) head on a cloudy darker orange body.
S- Huge hops up front. Citrus, lemon grass, grapefruit, pine, and hints of orange. There is a sweet malt in there to help balance it out.
T- Big hop flavor right off the bat then some malt creeps in then the tickle of alcohol on the tongue and then the warming from the alcohol. All this is going on while the hops are just stuck in the mouth. All the aromas above come in to make the hop flavor. The malt comes through and kind of helps balance it out by adding touches of sweetness. The bitterness is all over the tongue and stays for a long time.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is very good. Huge amount of hops so for any hop head this would be a great beer.

BlindPig, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer.

Poured a murky off-orange in color. I noticed some sediment in the bottom of the bottle but a bit snuck past my careful pour and hung in the beer. Thin head resting on top. Nose is malty with just a slight hop tang that belies what lies underneath.

Flavor is perfectly balanced. Hops are fruity and citrus. Like biting into a ripe orange. The first sip grabbed my attention. Malts never rise to the top but are consistently present throughout each sip providing a perfect balance. Hop oils linger around the edges of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but concealed well behind all the hops. A nice beer to enjoy a bottle or two at a time because after a couple my tongue would get numb.

MuddyFeet, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of bahumutx
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance:Pours a dark golden color with about a one finger white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, Pine and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Starts with hops right up front but not overwhelming. Much like the smell there is grapefruit and pine. It ends with a malt sweetness which balances out the hops well. The hops do linger on the tongue but are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: TI think I could have a few of these in a sitting. The hops are well balanced with malt sweetness.

Yet another great beer from Bells Brewing. This is an excellent DIPA which is strong with hop flavor yet well balanced.

bahumutx, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of tjthresh
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured in to a snifter. Texas orange with a short lived creamy color head. Very clear. Orange pith, wet grass, simple syrup, honey, maybe maple are in the nose. Lots of tongue coatig grapefruit and tropical hop flavor the finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Flavor lasted from front to back for several seconds. It keeps going and going. Thin and light on the palate, a sixer of this could go down in no time. My new favorite Bells? It certainly doesn’t beat out Expo, even though its more drinkable. Your night my last longer with Two Hearted. I think Hopslam beats it out though.

tjthresh, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a slightly hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops is well balance with sweet caramel malt – the smell of this beer is really great and I can only compare with 3F dreadnaught in term of greatness. Taste is such a well balance mix between sweet caramel malt, bitter and citrusy hops and a great floral aspect to hold it all together. This is definitely something I will want and drink some more.

Phyl21ca, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No doubt one of the finest dbl ipa. The color looked like a orange neon in the night. The only reason I didn't give the appearance a perfect score, I have seen larger more intense heads on other dbl. ipa's. The taste had multiple levels of flavors. First wave of pine resin to coat your palate for the second wave of intense grapefruit
then a huge fruit basket of fresh oranges,pinapple,lemon,apricots.
The final touch of fresh cut grass and sweet malts makes this a hop lovers dream. This is the highest score I haved logged in to date!

athensbeermaster, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to demcorhip for this via trade!

A - Semi hazy orange hue, white head that hangs in there nicely.

S - Heavy duty hops as if that would be a surprise. Dominant citric / pineapple wound around a pine tree.

T - Hardy citric hops bite! Lightly malty. A few sips in and the taste buds numb some to the hops and it becomes a nice brew to drink. ABV is hardly noticeable.

M - medium bodied, tangy hops.

D - A good brew, drops a touch for drinkability for me because I like a bit more maltyness in my DIPAs.

If you're a hophead this is a be a beer you should try!

barleywinebrewer, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of furbs
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

props to murray's wine & spirits in milwaukee for supplying this great out-of-season double IPA!

appearance - pours with a bit of friendly head, nice cloudy orangeish-red color. the hops give this brew some sticky lacing, too.

smell - starts with an overpowering (yet not unwelcome) booziness, which quickly lingers into a wonderfully balanced smell of citrus, mellow grapefruit, hops, and even a little caramel. probably my favorite aspect of this beer.

taste - unfortunately not as complex as the smell, dominated by hops and alcohol. again, not an unpleasant alcohol, but definitely noticeable. a bit of the citrus character comes out in the aftertaste, tho.

mouthfeel - there is some carbonation that hits the tongue with each swig, which i think combines with the hops to give this beer its reputation as a tongue-bruiser. however, hopslam is a bit watery for me and not exactly the golden, syrupy nectar i prefer double IPAs to be.

drinkability - definitely a sipper. goes down great, very enjoyable, but i don't think i would want two in a row.

furbs, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on-tap at three floyd's and numerous bottles by the case. poured a thick golden/orangey color with nice clarity. aroma was not overpowering as expected. fresh honeyed bread dough and floral, piney, citrusy notes in the nose. fruity aromas as well with pineapple and a bit of apricot. nice thick malt sweetness at the start is quickly overtaken by the ridiculous amount of hops in this beer which leads to a long, bitter finish that goes on and on. honey flavor is just right. a thick bodied and viscous beer but not too much so. luscious mouthfeel, but still some nice carbonation present. so well done it is hard to believe this is such a high abv beer. if this weren't over 9% i would have a few of these guys. alcohol extremely well-hidden. good fucking shit.
update: nose didn't jump out as much in the '11 as in previous years.
update: have had this many, many, times since, and i don't know if my palate has changed, but the last few years it seems the nose seems less fresh, zesty, and piney and more like overripe tropical and stone fruits predominantly.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, batch 7741, packaged on 11/28/06. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about a half inch white head which goes away pretty quickly. With a name like HopSlam, of course it smells like hops. Citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops dominate, with some malt in there. It tastes pretty much the same, but the citrus taste is stronger, with grapefruit, lemon and some orange in the taste, along with a piney/floral taste and some grain/malt. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with it being creamy and oily. Just the right amount of carbonation, too. The relatively high ABV isn't very noticable, and it's very, very drinkable. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely buy this again.

bluejacket74, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of ddarden
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (I am assuming this a 2006 release) poured into a pint glass. It is copper in color with a small white head that recedes fairly quickly into a light covering. Also there is quite a bit of yeast from the bottom of the bottle that got stired up in the pour. The smell is very nice for a DIPA, hops and more hops. It is good mix of pine and grapefruit that yields a sweet bready malt smell through it all. The first sip is not as hoppy as the smell but very well balanced. It has an initial kick of pine but quickly turns to the malt and alcohol and finishes with a very nice bitter. It also has a slight medicinal flavor to it, but not overly strong. This is a good double ipa and doesn't get too sweet like some do in this style. The alcohol is just a tad warm for me, but not enough to say it is distracting. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and coats the mouth nicely. The overall drinkability is good for 9.3 abv beer. This is an excellent example of the style, not the best, but in the mid to top of the pack.

ddarden, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a few different batches thusfar. Lovely hints of grapefruit and lemon on the palate. My only complaint is its a bit medicinal and herbal and I just don’t like Double IPAs with that character. But, it has a lovely malt character. Wish it was a tad bit brighter, but its a lovely DIPA. It’s no dreadnaught, but it’s a dawn good brew.

Crosling, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter. A: Bright hazy gold, creamy head that stuck around. S: Hoppy of course, very rich, lots of orange juice, raspberry, grapefruit, pine. T: Amazing. I've rediscovered the majesty of hops. More citrus and tropical fruit giving way to a balanced maltiness. Really incredible. M: Smooth, light carbonation. D: An absolute gem all around. For such a whopping ABV it's amazingly easy to drink.

PlaywrightSam, Apr 10, 2007
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,987 ratings.