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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

9,854 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,854
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,892
Gots: 1,482 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored a cloudy,hazy pale amber with a huge white head that did not fade. Smell was off the charts cirus hops, thought I was in an orange grove. Taste was well you can probably oimagin, fantastic. Deep citrus and Pine, but not overwhelming at all. Complex dry finsh. Not overly carbonated. This is very drinkable as the ABV is well hidden and I could probably end up drinking too many before I knew it. Oh how I cannot wait for all these Bell's to be in NC!!

mikesgroove, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of AltBock
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a green label that makes it quite noticeable on your local beer store shelves. The picture on the label is that of a man wearing blue jeans and sneakers being crushed by 3 big green hop buds. I bet when he woke up that morning that he didn't think he was going to get crushed by giant hops that day. You'll also notice that the man has very hairy arms. That got me thinking that the man under the giant hops is either Robin Williams or Tony Shalhoub. Bell's isn't going to say because then they would have to pay rights to them for using their picture, even though more than half of their body is under giant hops. On the back is another green label with a mini paragraph about the beer and a Batch ID #. Mine was 7690 and that means according to Bell's website that it was packaged on October 25, 2006. It's initial release was October 20th, 2006. That might mean that mine was one of the first or second batches of HopSlam bottled.

Appearance: The color of this beer is very interesting. It is an orange color no doubt, but it's more of a light cloudy tangerine orange color. I think I came close to the color of this beer by calling it a cloudy tangerine orange color. You have to see it for yourself. The head of foam was a little bit more desired, but I don't care, I like the color. All I got was just a small plume of white foam that dissipated into a small trace of white rings and lace around the glass. Every time I look at it just sitting there in my Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter, I just can't help but notice it's wonderful tangerine orange color.

Smell: It had a pleasant aroma of citrus fruits, citrus hops, and at the end was a jumble of tropical fruits. It was hard to tell what type of tropical fruits or even citrus fruits for that matter. They blended in nicely with the citrus hops. No malt in this aroma party, this is strictly a hoppy/fruity aroma party. So get out of here malts!

Taste: Bell's called this beer Hop Slam, so I kinda expected to be bombarded with hops, hops, and even more hops. That wasn't the case with this beer. It had plenty of citrus fruits and citrus hops in the beginning, but that then gave way to tropical fruits. Unlike the aroma, I could actually pick out the varieties of tropical fruits. The 2 tropical fruits I could pick out that I knew what they were was pineapple and mangos. Yes, even Pineapple! I believe there were more tropical fruits, but I am unfamiliar with those types. It was more of a fruit slam than hop slam, but that's OK, I like good surprises when it come to beer.

Mouthfeel: Huh, 9.30% ABV for this beer? Where was it? I couldn't smell, taste, or even feel it for that matter. Besides that, there was little aftertaste to this beer. I guess the tropical/citrus fruit party was over. It was time that they all just get and leave without a trace or even goodbye.

Drinkability: It was so good, that I don't care (maybe a little for the sake of my cash flow) that it costs $15 for a six pack. You pay the money for a top notch quality brew. Instead IMO they should have called this fruit slam or fruit explosion. There was more fruit than hops in this beer. This is another beer that seems to disappear into thin air because it's so good. This is another (I know there are many) Bell's beer you should try at least once.

AltBock, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of NoLiberty
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Pours from a 12 oz. bottle with a delightfully playful and vibrant label, truly representative of the unique characteristics of this double IPA. The body is clear and bright, tangerine, orange in color and topped by a chunky white head that clings to the edges of the glass. Beautiful. Obviously nice carbonation before ever putting glass to mouth.

Aroma: Damn, almost more like tropical fruit punch more than IPA - pineapple, orange, pine, quince, apple. Nice. Big nose but certainly not too overpowering. Some slight malt character and alcohol, but only as background notes.

Taste: Incredibly powerful front burst of bitter-sweet hops, bigger and more intense than the nose would let on. I can't distinguish what hops were used, but they were certainly chosen for their rounded hop sweetness with challenging edges of bitterness. Hop oily but fruity sweet. Sweetness doesn't come from the malt and hence the alcohol also resides as a very background. I'd like a bit more malt presence. The middle palate contains a malt profile which finishes out with a dry piney bitterness that lingers into a fine aftertaste. From front to back: more pineapple, orange, sweet alcohol, pine, tangerine, estringency, grapes, lychee, champagne finish. Interesting. A new variety of double IPA and I applaud Bells effort.

Mouth: Big, full, bubbly-lively, and clean. Nice full-bodied and dry, slightly oily but an okay addition to this beer.

Drink: Yes, would have again and could certainly have more than one.

NoLiberty, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Alkey
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a sun burst yellow/orange color with a large white head and spotty lacing also lots of particles floating around. Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma, some pineapple and other citrus hop scents. Taste like my tongue was slammed with bittering citrus hops with a bit of a dry finish. Good medium feel and easy to drink for a big hoppy beer.

Alkey, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, with a bright gold color and a voluminous head that fades to a collar while leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Incredible aroma packed full of different hoppy notes, such as grapefruit and mint. The aroma also has a nice bottom end to it, with honeyish, doughy malts right up front. The palate is huge and juicy, it's so substantial you could think it's solid food. Big, brash bitterness first off, which leaves active pinpricks on the tongue long after swallowing. Doughy malts form the base of the mid-palate, with grapefruits and hints of metals coming through as well. Some sweetness comes through (from the malts and the alcohol, I expect), but it succeeds in being delectable rather than cloying. Fine-bubbled carbonation moves things along the tongue. Very bitter finish that coats the mouth for a long time after drinking.

This is what a double IPA should be. It's very bitter, very flavorful, but also balanced with a massive malt payload that skirts the line between being overly sweet and too insubstantial to stand up to the hops. In other words, this beer is awesome.

geexploitation, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sixer handed to me by my sister in law and her husband for xmas...how friggin' cool is that. Thankfully, they live right down the street from Shangy's.
Honey amber in color with a half finger of bright white head...thin lacing forms as most of the effervescence fades.
Inticing in the nose...mostly hops. Fruity, citrus hops with some floral perfume.
Taste is real good...grapefruit, orange peel, minty and even some spice. Alcohol is there, but the malt backbone helps distract the pallet from it becoming "hot"...honey flavor in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is a touch high...not quite a sipper, but the abv will sneak up on you as you try to savor the flavor with this offering.
Love Bell's...really enjoy this beer.

warriorsoul, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a nice white head that sticks around and has a small amount of lacing. The color is a nice orange and looks nice. The taste is mellow with some very nice hoppiness that's not too bitter. The mouthfeel is very smooth and nice to the palate. Overall it's great and I would like to have more.

Erdinger2003, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of MDekker
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring, it looked good until a hunk of sediment fell out of the bottle. I don't mind all the floaties, but that was a little gross. Otherwise, it was a light copper color with a little off-white head. Upon smelling - PINE! Wow, hops in abundance, and a little floral. Hard to detect anything beyond the hoppy smell. Good, but that's it. Of course, the flavor was similar, with very little sweetness. A little oily and yeasty, and the finish lingered all day. In the mouth it was very pleasant - surprisingly smooth, and gently carbonated. Overall, this was a good brew, and I didn't notice the alcohol until I got a little loopy later. The hops definitely quashed the alcohol presence. Pretty good...

MDekker, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of intense hops and extra sweet citrus, very pleasant smell.

T: A heavy hops burst starts out and is abruptly followed a sweet citrus malt flavor. Both of the flavors alternate for dominance as a mild alcohol burn washes over you. The after-taste has the hops bitterness winning out, but the citrus sweetness sticks around as well.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy for a beer with 9.30% ABV, not too filling, it’s a little too intense to be a good pounder, I could still put a away few rather quickly and enjoy it quite a bit. I got exactly what I expected from this beer which was Two Hearted Ale with more hops and more alcohol. However, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. Two Hearted Ale is one of the best beers I’ve ever had and the extra hops and alcohol don’t make this beer better than Two Hearted Ale, just more hardcore. This is an excellent beer overall though.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$14.99 6-pack
Big Red Bloomington

Hopslam is one of those beers you can smell from a couple feet away when it's opened. Pure fruitiness. Poured this into a snifter upon opening and got myself a semi-clear copper colored hop-bomb. Not much head to speak of and there's a huge amount of floating particles. I'm guessing proteins. This is my fourth bottle from this 6-pack and the first two I don't remember seeing this but the last one I did. I also remember better heads but this one just wasn't there. Maybe a little too cold? Big and little carbonation bubbles rising from random points throughout. The head there is does leave small drink history lines though. The particles and lack of head hurt the appearence of this beer.

The smell does make up for the lack of appearence. Starts with big juicy pineapple and grapefruit. I can just picture them squeezing the juice into each bottle. Maybe that's where the particles came from, pulp. Anyways, There is even a nice spattering of pine oil. The pine comes through after all the fruit juiciness. There's the smallest amount of malt and booze coming through but the hops knock it all back. One of the beers that will make your mouth water.

Big hop bitterness. Just the way I like things. The fruitiness in the flavor leans more toward the grapefruit side. Sweetened grapfruit but with the bittering effects of unsweetened. There is a caramel malt backbone that tames things down slightly but stays where it should, in the back. The pine needle hoppiness comes back a little on the finish but it's accompanied by a slightly astringent alcohol bite that dries things out. This is something else I don't remember from the first couple bottles but was more evident in the last. Not bad but does detract slightly from the flavor.

The mouthfeel is really well done on Hopslam. It's medium bodied and in no way viscous like many other IIPAs. The pure hoppiness gives a pleasant numbing effect on the tongue and lips. Leaves a decent coating as it slides through.

This is one to sit down and sip but the sipping could last quite awhile. tastes good with a nice body to sit and enjoy a couple at a time. Just watch out for the abv.

This is a quality made beer and another winner from Bell's. Like I said throughout the review the first couple bottles from the 6-pack were better in almost every aspect. I picked this up about two weeks ago and it's been in the fridge so aging shouldn't be it. I still really enjoy this but the first couple bottles were exceptional. I still think the price is solid for such a nicely made beer and that it was available in Illinois.

Slainte!

joe1510, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a deep gold, yellowed around the edges, carbonation floating around, a solid inch+ of fluffy, bubbly head, off white, with some great lacing, and lots of particulate matter floating around, probably the yeast. Mmmm, yeast.

Aroma is powerful, lots of fruity and floral hops here, piney leaf, some sweeter less citric fruits too, a very distinct mango in there. Pretty much, wwooowwww. Like, eyebrows fly off type wwooowwww.... Taste is pretty much same story. Hop hop hop hop hop. Hop. But not like "Hi, my name is Larry, and I'm a hop." More like, "We are the Army of Hopilantus, and we've come to blow you away!" Orange, grapefruit, pine, citrus, mango, oil, meanness, and even some swagger work their way across your tongue, and it likes it. At first, it slapped me across the face, cause I just wasn't ready for it. Now, I still think its a bit much, a little unbalanced, but hell, they were going for badass, and they got Sam L Jackson.

The mouth is just great, smooth, creamy, vibrant, carbonation, just right, long finish, bitterly bitterlo, bitterla. Yes. But its f'in pricy, understandably, and right high in alcohol, but lovely to drink. All in all, f yes, Bell's. Not the best DIPA in my book, but page two or three or so ain't so shabby.

objectivemonkey, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my boy Kyle for always hooking me up with good Midwestern beers.

The beer poured a nice golden amber with a small white head. The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops with prominent notes of tropical fruits. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end. The aroma also gave away it's 9.3% ABV.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy and resiny hops with a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. The hops were powerful, but the beer was very smooth. It was well attenuated and wasn't too sweet, which is were many double IPAs can loose points. The beer had a nice tropical fruitiness in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right.

This is a dope beer and a contender with the likes of Pliny the Younger and Pizza Port's Frank DIPA.

SacoDeToro, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of chadspivey
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky dark golden yellow with a small head that dissipates very quickly.

S: hops, bitter oranges grapefruit. Very interesting, takes some getting used to.

T: Bitter hops, bitter hops, bitter hops. The hops don't bite, though. I think I taste bitter orange peel. Reminds me of the smell of dry hopping in the secondary fermenter when I used to home brew.

M: nice mouthfeel, nothing spectacular, definitely nothing wrong with it.

D: For the alcohol content, I'd say it's reasonably drinkable. Still, no more than two for me...

chadspivey, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of grub
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

split a sixer with DrJay on a recent beer run to MI. boy am i glad i did!

pours a nice deep amber colour with a thin ring of white head around the glass. that thin ring leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. bready malt. light caramel sweetness. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. strong bitterness. quick blast of alcohol, then fades to a light sweetness and juicy citrus hops. tangerine and grapefruit. great biscuit malt. although the bitterness comes on strong at first, it's balanced very well. other than that first glimpse of alcohol, the only other thing i notice is a touch of warmth on the way down. it's interesting the way the flavour never seems to be a combination of the malt/bitterness/alcohol and always just bounces between them. bit of grape character too.

mouthfeel is great. nice fairly big body and a great low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. the hops are so juicy that i can't wait to have more. you'd never really know that it's over 9% unless someone told you. this is an interesting and great dipa.

grub, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
3.63/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep gold/ amber color witha na off white head. Some lacing going on, but not much.

S - Strong aromas of Grapefruit, some bubble gum, phenols, alcohol, strong alcohol.

T - The hops are the most prominent flavor, but the are followed up by some crackery notes, husky grain, and the alcohol is right there.

M - Starts off with the carbination bite, but then melds to a slight bitterness, all the while the alcohol is warming up the whole thing. Finishes rather heavy and slick.

D - One or two a night, but it seems like a little bit of a mish mosh attempt. I WILL however be re-reviewing this. beer.

quasimoto, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky gold with a finger of white head, slowly dissipating. Strong citrus and pine needles in the noise, with pine needles becoming more pronounced over time. Slam is right for the taste; multiple levels of hop bitterness, maltyness in a thick body. It lights up sweet and bitter at the outset, levelling off to a creamy sweetness, and leaving a bitter tang at the end. Alcohol comes out more in the flavor than the nose, but I'm sure it acts to enhance the flavors. Very good drinkability, but the alcohol leaves a trail on the way down, so I don't have a desire to drink it rapidly.

CH3CH2OH, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep gold, just short of orange. The foam off the pour was a mixture of fine, creamy bubbles and larger ones that clung to the glass. The head fell somewhat, leaving some lacing behind. Throughout the glass there was a constant renewal of lace. Intense hop aroma. Grapefruit and pineapple give it a sweet-tart quality and pine resin keeps things interesting. It's a little powdery, floral and smells very fresh. Strong bitterness is kept in check by significant malt sweetness. The malt isn't really complex, but that's not the point. The hops are the point - and there are plenty in here. Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine dominate from start to finish. Quite fruity, actually. Bitterness lingers and there's alcohol warmth from the mid through the finish. Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy texture. This stuff is great. Too many brewers forget about balance in this style, but Bell's has done a great job here. I could drink this all night (at least until the abv caught up with me).

DrJay, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of scorched
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was apprehensive about this beer, namely because of its price, $14.99 for a sixer. I was rewarded, however when I cracked the cap open on my wall-mounted gem of a bottle opened. I got out a fine pint glass and began the pour.

I was cooking at the time, and I could STILL smell the hoppiness of the brew. FANTASTIC. Wonderfully balanced aroma, with hoppiness and maltiness. Once the brew settled, the head was a nice 3/4 white cap. I took in the smell by diving my nose right down the center of the glass and taking a gigantic whiff. Once again, fantastic. I couldn't wait to taste it.

The appearance is what you would expect from a double IPA, and was a rich amber gem.

This beer is aptly-named hopslam, because it assaults your taste buds with the produce of the gods... hops. Instantly, the amount of alcohol in the brew is evident, being a double ipa. The mouthfeel is extraordinary, and has an extremely well-balanced flavor. Hints of grapefruit are abound.

If you're an IPA fan, this is the brew for you, just not your wallet. This beer is extremely drinkable and I give it my highest rating for an IPA yet

scorched, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve-ounce bottle packaged on October 25, 2006. This beer came into my possession via my highly trained local elite ninja underground case-splitting network. Thanks guys, you know who you are. Beer served in my "Mondial de la Bière" stange/flute/mug-type glass, a gift from Canadian BA Goldorak.

OK now to the beer: Appearance is trendy and hip, all golden-orange with off-centered columns of shooting bubbles complimented by an attractive sticky-ass lacing.

Aroma is catty with tons of citrus in a juicy orange, tangerine kind-of-way. I like the sweetness coming off this glass, like a promise of rock sugar-coated pine trees.

The taste delivers a one-two punch, the cattiness still evident here with a delightfully thick oily humulene - um... slam? The hops on the tongue manage to simultaneously invoke the herbal, piney, citrus and even flowery perceptions all at once. This is a nice sweet, well-balanced DIPA, a refreshing take on an often palate-numbing style.

My second pour creates an incredibly cloudy turbulent storm in the glass like a perpetually active glass bulb snow globe filled not with water and "snow" but with all-natural pure squeezed high pulp orange juice. The taste amazingly doesn't seem to be changed much by the huge flakes of yeaties running rampant in my glass.

Bell's produces another winner. I might as well stop reviewing beers from these guys and just say there all freaking good. Cheers.

froggyfrog, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from tap, poured into an unfrosted pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy oranage/golden color with a medium off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Smells of sweet hops with a citrus background. Sweeter than other DIPAs.

T - Wow. The hop punch is there, but not the expected super-hoppy/super-bitter taste. Hops are quickly met by a honey-lemon/orange combination. Finishes on the sweet side, which counters the bitterness. Probably the most unique DIPA I've ever had.

M - Plentiful carbonation with a medium body that finishes on the crisp and creamy side. No alcohol sensation on the finish, either.

D - I just now noticed the high ABV...wow! I honestly had no idea when I was drinking this. Anyway though...this ranks very firmly in my top 3 DIPA's and I want to have this on hand at all times. Compared to others, $45/case sounds great to me. Amazing, just amazing.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pour produced a slightly hazy golden tone, while the second pour really clouded things up. A creamy and thick off white head stuck around and left some decent wavy lacing.
Resiny piney and sharp citrus hops. Some toasty malt hints.
Pine and orange citrus flavors combine niceley. Combined with a pleasing maltiness. Pleasant and bittering finish.
Good malty body and nice carbonation.
Another very drinkable DIPA in what seams to be a string of good ones.

BeerRun13, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of MikefromDormont
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Bell's Two Hearted Ale and when I spotted a single case of Bell's Hopslam in my neighborhood beer distributor, I had to purchase the case

Served into a shaker pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque gold color with an off white head that quickly fades to a thin coating over the beer.

S: The most amazing aspect of this beer is the smell. I detect a mix of grapefruit, orange and pineapple aromas.

T: For a beer whose label declares it to be a "biting, bitter, tongue bruiser", it has a nice sweet malt backbone. The taste starts out citrus bitter and is followed by sweetness. The finish is dry.

M: Medium body with an appropiate level of carbonation.

D: Due to the 9.3% ABV rating, I would drink only of these beers in a session. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Notes: This is a pricy beer, but a must try for any hop head.

MikefromDormont, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Nile. Served in a 12 oz goblet.

106 IBUs? Where? Don't get me wrong, there were some amazing aspects to this beer, but bitter it wasn't. This beer was very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. There was some good complexity in the hops flavor, but it was overly juicy to the point of getting away from beer. This made for an amazing aroma, but the taste couldn't quite deliver all the way.

Although the taste didn't exactly do it for me, I was impressed by how drinkable the 9.3% was. The bitterness, or lack of, kind of let me down, but this was still a pretty good DIPA. Worth a try at the least.

tempest, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of w5baron
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, wow. The hops brings your taste buds alive. This high ibu beer does an excellent job of bringing a full body taste well rounded. To all that hops, and bells has done a great job with this hopslam. The aroma of the beer brings a strong fruity smell, but dont be scared this is not what you taste. Try the beer and let the hops take you away.

w5baron, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer courtesy of Loki. Thanks again.

Pours a bright cloudy gold color, with a a nice looking head.

Beer smells resiny, sweet, citrus like, and with a nice pine touch. Very nice aromas.

Beer is quite tasty, and interesting. A bit tea like on the front, but with a great creamy yet hoppy citrus bite on the finish. Alcohol is very well controlled on this one. I would have never guessed that this was over 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good. Very rounded flavors, but maybe a bit lean on the front.

Probably the best East Coast DIPA I have had. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I tend to prefer really hoppy DIPAs, and this one can certainly hold a candle to some of my other favs. Hoppy, yet nicely balanced and drinkable. I'd love to drink another.

Great job Bell's Brewery, I am impressed!

flexabull, Dec 28, 2006
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,854 ratings.