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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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11,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,121
Reviews: 3,324
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2,255
Gots: 2,319 | FT: 76
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 Onenote81
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Bev in town. Poured into a Chimay goblet. Great bright orange color with a large frothy white head on top. Great retention; left lots of sticky lace globs. Scents of sweet candy, orange and lemon zest, pine, booze, etc. This smells as good as ever!

The body is a little thin still. I noticed this with the bottles as well. Crisp carbonation there, but could stand a bit more body maybe? Bitter citrus right off the bat, but melts to a warm honey sweetness. Alcohol is known, but it warms and soothes for sure. Great beer. Loved it both ways.

Photo of tjinohio
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The initial thing that hits you is the aroma. There is a strong ester of mango as soon as you pour this ale into your glass. That aroma only intensifies as the beer airs. However, there is no mistaking the strong scent of alcohol also. Not surprising, considering the 10% abv of this American Double IPA.

The color is a beautiful orange like that of a maple leaf in the Fall. The head to this beer has been consistently smaller than I would like (this is the fourth out of a 6 pack), but is the delectable color of toasted meringue.

The taste is completion of the aroma- strong esters and alcohol, but with it the wonderful bitterness of the hops. Surprisingly though, with a name like Hopslam, I don't find the hops as dramatic as some other American IPAs. The ale is brewed with honey and, though I don't find the taste of honey pronounced, the sweetness of the honey balances the bitterness of the hops. The aftertaste is almost floral.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. A nice bite blended with an understated carbonation and slight chewiness.

Overall, this is a great drinking experience. Sight, smell, and taste combine to make a deliciously drinkable beer.

Photo of Evocatus
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-yellow amber with a light white head. The aroma is full of floral and hoppy scents. Taste was actually different from the aroma. It started off sweet, like honey, but then the hops started to kick in as it went down. The alcohol isn't that strong, could barely taste it. Kind of surprising for a 10% ABV. Good thickness and carbonation. Since the alcohol wasn't that strong, I would almost recommend this as an anytime beer. But due to price and the 10% ABV, i'll back down a tiny bit.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been tearing through a case of these for the better part of two weeks, so I figured it's time to write a review. Review comes from dinner on Sat, Feb 27. Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

I'll keep this one brief as just about everything that can be said has been.

Looks pretty good. Not over whelming at all, but still stands out as a typical IPA. Hazy orange color with a nice thin white head. Exactly what one would expect from a high quality DIPA. Smell and taste is of super citrus hops, but where this one delivers is that taste portion. Not overly bitter, smooth finish with a perfectly sweet aftertaste. I've given this to people who have no interest in IPA's and they like it. Not overwhelming, just a great beer.

Photo of klkatz
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a honey color with a decent head that remains throughout.

This beer is unique in that it is very hoppy yet very smooth. It seems to get better as you drink it. I'll be honest, I kept expecting more, and wasn't getting it, but then it hit me when I was about halfway through that it was tasting great and quenching my desire for a hop flavor. I wasn't slammed with hops, which is a testament to its drinkability.

Citrusy, hoppy smell... like a good IPA.

Photo of MarkFy
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle

Look: golden yellow

Smell: Grapefruit, pine

Taste: WOW! A Hop bomb just doesn't get any better in my opinion. It's all in the balance of bitter and sweet. Punches you in the mouth with hop, grapefruit, and let's you down easy with a sweet bit of citrus and honey.

Mouthfeel: Strong at first, dryer in the end.

Drinkability: I normally space out the number I have in a night just since it is more scarce than most beers, but it tastes too good not to want one after another and another.

I enjoy it as much if not more than PtE, and think it deserves a place close to the Top.

Photo of greengorilla
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a restaurant, poured into a pilesner glass from a bottle. It is an orangy amber color with a nice white head.

The smell and taste are awesome. There is all kinds of citris and hops in the aroma and the taste. It is like an explosion of citris and bitterness at the same time, and I like it.

The mouthfeel is quite good. I can't believe how drinkable this strong abv beer is.

This is a great beer.

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

Review from notes. Enjoyed last night from tap into a standard pint glass at Ballantines in Willoughby as a part of their "IPAlooza" program (28 IPA's in 28 days).

A Translucent, light caramel body which might be lighter than the bottle version. I seem to recall that it was a bit more cloudy. Reasonable light brown creamy head but this might have been minimized by the bartender. 3.5

S Tart hops and malt goodness. A classic smell of a great beer. Inviting, interesting, potent. 4.5

T Floral hops with a significant malt sweetness and a warmth of alcohol that is all presented really nicely. This beer is sweet, sour and is bold in its tastes. 4.5

M Syrupy thickness along with that hops tartness, big, bold feel. 4.5

D This is a delicious beer that I cannot have too much of since it is so big with big ABV. 4.0

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.21/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Greg for the bottle.

Poured in to a tulip, its medium gold in color and quite hazy. On top sits a white head with good consistency. It starts off as one finger large and then recedes into a solid cap.

The aroma is weaker than I expected. It really isn't that intense at all. It has a general citrus and pine aroma, I would guess it uses Centennial and Simcoe in the hop bill. It's balanced more towards the pine, with just a touch of peach. It's a nice aroma, but it's on the weak side as far as DIPA's go.

The flavor of the beer is mostly focused on being brutally bitter. It is similar to licking the peel of a very bitter grapefruit. It's a bit harsh, but in a way that makes me want more. The sweetness to this beer is vague. There is no caramel, and the honey doesn't add enough for it to be recognized blindly. I can tell however that this beer uses highly fermentable sugars like honey, because the malt has no impact and lets the hops do their thing. Besides bitterness, the hops add a slight grapefruit flavor and some pine and menthol notes on the finish. There is also a touch of alcohol.

The palate is medium bodied with a relatively high carbonation. As it went on, I felt it was too much. I enjoyed the beer, but it needs more hop aroma and flavor....which isn't a good thing to be saying about a DIPA. I usually prefer aromatic DIPA's, and can care less about bitterness, so this isn't a favorite of mine.

Photo of baos
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Pint glass at Shallo's (from notes)

A: Very nice 2 finger head over deep golden body. Lacing is perfect.

S: Pineapples, orange zest and kind buds.

T: Spicy and smooth hop juice cocktail. Grapefruit-piny-orange yumminess.

M: The hops made my mouth to numb to feel... Not bad for this brew light to medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable for a super hoppy brew. Flavors come trhough without being overtly bitter.

Photo of happilysurly
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Nose: apricot, tropical fruit
Appearance: pretty
Taste: really good. I taste the alcohol, but its really masked by the mild bitterness and extreme fruitiness.
Finish: smooth fruity, hoppy slightly bitter

Note: I had a pliny the elder followed by a founders double trouble followed by a hopslam so keep in mind what has happened to my palate. I'll have to update this review when I can have this beer alone.

Photo of fastsrt
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce in duvel tulip
A: golden, nice bone white head

S: aromatic as all hell, grapefruits, pineapple.

T: not as crispy as i had hoped, lots of citrus hops, the alcohol plays a major part in the taste as the malts are not there to support the body but the warming booze helps balance this one out it is great. and as part of the tastes, this one is all hops and alcohol.

M: lighter body, with a warming bite of booze and hops.

D: not that high i could drink two and thats about it, the alcohol makes it a sipper ipa and less of a drinker. I like to drink my ipa's I dont find the style conducive to sipping.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with about a finger of fluffy white head. The head dissipated a little fast than I would have liked, though. Lots of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

S: A pretty incredible sweet nose on this one. Tons of fragrant grapefruit dominates the nose. A mix of pine and a little honey is also detectable.

T: Sweet tropical fruit dominates the flavor as well: pineapple and grapefruit. These flavors sit atop a malty backbone that transitions into a somewhat grainy (but not bitter) finish. Some honey comes trough in the finish too. Hop bitterness really takes a back seat and is almost nonexistent. The flavor is good, but it's almost too sweet (especially as the brew warms). I would have liked to see a little more bitterness to balance out the impressive array of sweet flavors.

M: A nice medium body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The 10% abv is well hidden in the flavor, but you can feel it warming on the way down.

D: Definitely a good DIPA, but I don't agree with the majority that this is an amazing quaff. The flavor lacked the hop bitterness necessary to balance the high level of sweetness. I think perhaps "Grapefruit Slam" would be a more appropriate name. I would be interested to taste this without any honey added - I bet the flavor would have better balance.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ The POPE

Look: Golden amber, clear, with a a medium head and decent lacing (perhaps it was the glass?)

Smell: Massive citrus hop aroma! Malt and a slight amount of honey also present

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt and hops do battle, grapefruit, apricot. Finish: Honey, with malt and hops still duking it out

Mouthfeel: Medium body, incredibly smooth and balanced!

Drinkability: Alcohol is well hidden, uber-drinkable, but watch out, it's a shit kicker!

Overall Impression: I started and ended my session with the mighty HopSlam. This is the best Double IPA I've had to date! That may not last though, because Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger are coming to Philly on March 1. (Edit: as it turns out, I actually preferred Hopslam to Younger, making this the 2nd best Double IPA, second only to Elder)

This beer reminds me of Boulder's Mojo in that it has honey and apricot flavors in addition to the typical grapefruit. Of course it's much higher octane, and the flavors are significantly more intense. Truly Nectar of the Godz!

Photo of indiapaleale
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - a beautiful shade of orangish auburn with some bright hues and a big fluffy white head. Looks fairly innocent although it pours a bit viscous.

Aroma - hops, hops galo re. Along with a boat load of sticky, resiny hops there is a good amount of sweet malt aroma. Its a bit skunky and syrupy as well. Its smells big.

Taste - my tongue is numbed and my stomach is warmed. Hopslam does both simultaneously. Big chewy hop flavors combine extremely well with a ton of malt sweetness which boosts that ABV to double digits. Plenty of citrus bitterness and astringent hop flavors to satisfy even the most staunch of hopheads.

Overall - a behemoth of an IPA that probably should leave you satisfied after one but more than likely pushes you to have another. There is a lot of hype that is for sure but it definitely delivers what it promises. The fact that a beer of this strength is as smooth and balanced as it is really makes this a standout offering from Bell's.

Would I buy more of it? - yes. This is a great beer and satisfies my hop fix just fine.

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A bright yet slightly hazy golden honey body...a big, fluffy white head that never really leaves...lacing sticks to the side of the glass in sheets

S - What a sweet, citrusy nose...big and bold grapefruit aromas with a touch of lemon and orange...an underlying sweetness is present

T - The citrus flavor is predominant in the flavor...once again big and bold grapefruit and lemon flavors...they are sweet and not at all bitter...the honey plays a big part as well...it really adds another level of sweetness...which I found became too sweet and took away from the citrus flavors

M - Medium bodied...sticky sweet with a great finish

D - I was able to finally consume a HopSlam...I found it to be very nice...great citrus flavors with an underlying sweetness...my only problem would be the 10% ABV...but watch out because it's dangerous enjoyable

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

C. Clear
H. Perfect Shade of Amber
N. The Name Doesn't Lie; Hops Hops and more Hops (pine, citrus, and subtle sweet notes)

Taken from my blog (www.dosbeerigos.com)
Shhhh..Don't tell Cerveza Chica, but I think I am going to have an affair with this beer. Yep, I'm in love. Super Hoppy, nice sweet notes, and very little malt...but just enough to get 10% ABV! I think I have found a new favorite beer. Sadly this one is really hard to get hold of, and is a nice limited release. The down side is I only picked up a six pack. While I'm not a huge fan of Bell's Beers this is amazing. If you can get your hands on this bad boy RIGHT NOW! This is hop perfection! I wouldn't change anything about this beer. I love the lingering bitterness. Ok, so here time for a score. Sadly I wont give a beer a 5, simply because there is no where to go from there, and aren't we all looking for the NEXT GREAT BEER?!? Well this is close to a 5.

Photo of feedmechili
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy white head that stays around for a while. The beer is a darker shade of golden.

It smells like fresh grapefruit, or as my sister-in-law says, passion fruit. No piney hops here.

The bottle says "tongue bitingly bitter," but it doesn't overwhelm. It lastes like fresh, bright hops, with hop/citrus bitterness. You can't taste the 10% ABV. It is smooth and medium-bodied.

There is nothing bad to say about this beer. My sister-in-law, who doesn't drink a lot of beer, loves this beer. My wife, who hates the smell of beer, loves the aroma. If I had to drink this every day, I would be OK.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from mreusch in a trade.

A- Poured into a Pint glass. 2 finger head Appeared and fell to a ring around the rim of the beer. Copper to Golden in color. Good amount carbonation visible, lace is only semi good. Slight haze to this beer.

S- Quite nice. Lots of Pine hops and Some Grapefruit too, its pretty strong, but not overwhelming. Slight notes of Honey Malt bring up the backbone.

T- Nice amount of bitterness to this DIPA but where it doesn't wow is with the Flavor of the Hops. It's mainly bitterness and little flavor to the hop profile. The honey plays nice with the malt backbone.

M- Good amount of carbonation and the right weight for a DIPA. Not alcohol Warmth.

O- This is a good example of the DIPA style but it needs more flavor and aroma hop character. The backend bitterness of the beer is nicely rounded then it falls flat on its face when the hop flavor steps up. The finish is nice and dry with the hops finishing it off.

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

Acquired this from beerbeerbeerbeer so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 2/22

A: This beer pours a nice, cloudy, honey color with a one finger of white creamy head. Head retains nicely and leaves tons of spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of piney hops and honey at the get go. Some grapefruit filter in like a complimentary after thought. Hints of sweet malts are also present.

T: Taste is out-freaking-standing. Sweetness hits up front, not honey or sweet malts, but some fruitiness, possibly mango. Then the hops take over with a sharp citrus flare. Grapefruit and some pineapple are present. Honey mingles in and blends ridiculously well. Finish has a piney, grassy hop to it that isn't overpowering as the honey somewhat sticks through the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily and almost creamy on the tongue with a somewhat dry finish.

D: This beer is ridiculously drinkable. The ABV is very well hidden, dangerously well hidden. This is extremely well blended, goes down easily, little different take on the style and deliscious!

Photo of abrand
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. I have been anticipating this beer for quite some time, so here we go.

The Hopslam pours a very clear and brilliant orange color with a quick dissolving head and some lacing on the glass. The pour is extremely clear with zero haziness. Aromas are floral, hoppy, citrus grapefruits. Not overpowering but enjoyable. Quaff is dominated with hops and citrus. Some honey is noted on the palate. Some pines come through with the warming of the pour. Not quite the bitter finish that I was expecting but there is a little bit of lip smacking bitterness. Mouthfeel is crispy and medium weight. Solid carbonation. It is well known that this is a very drinkable brew. The flavor profile and aromas are amazing and with very little of the hefty 10% punch it carries can lead to it sneaking up on you. But oh well, thats why we drink this stuff, right?

Photo of buschbeer
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a small off white head. It is gold and clear. I smell pineapple. I love it. The taste is juniper, pineapple, and booze. This is the best IIPA that I have had. The first one I had I didn't know what to make of it. This is my second time having it this season, and I really like this beer. Three or four of these beers would have me feeling real good!

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9552.

A - Orange with a deeper, bronze hue creeping in around the edges. Great clarity, with is surprising for the style. The head doesn't last, but it does leave behind some lacing.

S - Hands down the best aspect of the beer. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Huge, gushing pineapple notes lead the charge, followed by some pine notes. Some pale malt notes in the background.

T - Follows the smell pretty well. The pineapple is still pretty dominant, but not quite as much. Some other citrus notes follow with just a little bit of pine. Pale malts provide a light and barely lingering sweetness. There is a bit of evident alcohol, but it doesn't really intrude.

MF - Pretty high carbonation, and it works really well. The body isn't really light, but the carbonation makes it feel almost so. Makes for a nice slick feel. Finish is pretty sticky. Does a lot for drinkability.

D - See above. Really good. It's hard to knock the evident alcohol since it's not strong or intrusive. Hopslam sure doesn't taste like 10%, but it naturally does catch up.

Edit: In my review of Founders Double Trouble last week, I said it wasn't as good as Hopslam. Now that I've reviewed both, though, their scores came out the same. Funny how that happens.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.47/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Gerst Haus on tap. In a fishbowl, this left minimal lacing. Typical deep golden color. Floral smell. Taste is somewhat sweet, I'm actually thinking of the fruit taste more than I am noticing the hops. Overall I was relatively unimpressed. This was a good beer, but for what I payed I could have gotten way more buzzed on the Hausbrew!

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

Pours orange with a thick white head with good lacing

Aroma is of honey and hops. Citrusy scents

Taste is of the citrus hop profile balanced out by the sweetness from the honey. Interesting approach, which I liked.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated

Drinkability is high. 10% be damned..this is great and easy to drink.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,121 ratings.