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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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10,264 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 10,264
Reviews: 3,132
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,048
Gots: 1,568 | FT: 40
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 jp62099
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy David for providing me with this bottle brought down from NC. One of those beers that is definately a transending experience. The smell is a mix of citrus, but not overwelming like some DIPAs. The taste is one of the most balanced I have ever had, of course it is very hoppy, but so smooth. The transition from one complex flavor to another is seamless, with not one element overpowering another. The alc is so hidden, you could definately get in trouble if you had a few.
I have only one problem with this beer, and that is that it is not available here yet.

Photo of Foxman
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy lemony iced tea golden orange. A finger-plus of frothy slightly off-white head settles to bubbly islets. Mountainscapes of lacing scale the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is sweet and buttressed by honey, and grants caramel, berry, and vanilla. The hops are resplendent with orange, lemon, grapefruit, and resiny pine. The alcohol feels cool on the nose like ether.

Upon tasting, the hops take an assertive lead, swirling mandarin orange, lemon cream, and dusty dry grapefruit. Crisp pine carries on in a sly lubricated fashion as well. Underlying honey sweetness intros a toasted malt caramel note. The hops push again with an evergreen essence that spruces up a snaky warm waft of alcohol, pun intended. Residual grain sweetness bespeaks baked bread and berry jam but a dry lingering bitterness characterizes the finish. It balances like a gymnast, blends like an artist's masterpiece, and outright excels.

Medium bodied, the malt is creamy, and oily slick hops are sticky and smooth all at once.

The hops live up famously to the "slam" appellation, but the balance is an impressive accomplishment, as it could easily slide too heavily toward the hops, yet it never does. The top-notch grain bill, both in blend and quality, is an awesome asset as well. The ABV is less an obstacle than a warming plus, and it drinks like a sweet hop-bomb should...that is, it eats just the right amount enamel from your teeth while reminding you of the malt in play. No surprise, everything they say about this one is true, and I'm thrilled, because I still have five more to savor.

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

This is an amazing IPA times 2. Man does it ring home with a heavy hop hand and a creamy Finish. And it is another reason why Bell's is the rockingest micro in the middle of America.

A beautiful head upon a light amber color with the slightest of haze.

WOW the whiff of hops is amazing. Wow again.

This is a creamy IPA. I like that. smoothness is really well balanced with the hoppitude.

Alcoholic, but nice. Beautifully refreshing on a Friday night at home after the kids go to bed.

Drinkability. YES.

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

Thanks to goryshkewych for the opportunity to try this.

A: Slightly cloudy orange color. One finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Super bitter nose and some sweetness. Can pick up hints of honey as well as flowers and other citrus notes.

T: Really bitter up front . Then it goes right into a powerful hop blast with notes of grapefruit. Sweetness finishes this one off.

M: Very creamy. I am loving these creamy IPAs as of late and this is no exception.

D: Really good beer. Im I could get this on the regular I most definately would. Definately worth a try.

Photo of Avryle
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange in color with a minimal cream-colored head.

S- Hoppy & sweet- not malty sweet though, more like orange blossoms

T- Bitter, citrus hops up front with a honey sweetness at the end, finishing with boozy-fumes down the throat

M- Creamy, medium bodied. Possibly a little too carbonated, but the creaminess is very pleasant.

D- The heavy bitterness in the taste detracts from the overall drinkability a bit.

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

This beer poured a nice copper color with little to no head. What head was present was off white. No lacing present. The aroma was pine forest! The taste was again a "hop slam" to the face with a nice hint of sweet. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and carbonation was little. Overall a little too hoppy for me but still a great beer!

2nd review for Hopslam 2009:

Appearance: Pours a nice golden amber with an interesting head. It wasn't fluffy but rather rocky or even scaly? Yeah I know but it did look like scales.

Smell: Wonderfully piney aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Like the nose this one is very hoppy with hints of grass, grapefruit, pine and pepper. Not overly sweet which I expected because of the honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very hoppy brew with nice balance. Not sure I could drink this all the time though.

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

Poured orangey/caramel color with good white head that laced the glass for the whole 12 oz. Smelled of fruit hop grapefruit, orange citrus, and some sweet scents. Tasted great. With plenty of hop citrus and astringency and a balanced sweetness that was not bready or biscuity but very balanced. Where is the alcohol? Good feel in the mouth-slightly coating and a good level of carbonation. Very enjoyable beer. I don't tend to enjoy this style because it isn't balanced enough, but this one jas all of the right flavors. Thanks to Tilley4 for this treat. One of my favorite DIPAs out there

Photo of jdubjacket
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy Crap in a pita! A bold beast that is absolutely outstanding! The color was not what I was expecting. A little bit more orange and murky than what I'm used to, but not offsetting in any way. Smells like someone juiced a grapefruit on a pine tree. Taste is pretty dry with a bitter following. Overall, an oustanding beer that really hits the spot.

Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to sholland119 for sharing this one! 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy coppery orange with a dense white head that shows exceptional retention for beer of this ABV. The slightest swirl of the glass brings the head back quickly.

S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Despite the hop dominance, there is a hint of sweet maltiness underneath.

T: Starts off with a hoppy bitterness with major grapefruit and orange overtones with a slight pine bite. But that gives way to pleasant sweetness before the crisp fruity hop finish takes over. Very nice and extremely well balanced for having such a hop profile.

M: Crisp but sill coats your mouth in a prickly hoppy goodness.

D: I was extremely impressed with the beer. I would definitely put it in the top few DIPAs I've tasted. This would be a staple in fridge if I had easier access to it.

Photo of budgood1
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out a slightly hazed copper colour, with a thin white head that sticks and stays leaving nice rings of lace. stupendous aroma of hops; all citrus all the time...think lemon-lime meets grapefruit punch with an fresh apple kick. a nice maltiness noses it's way in also...wow this smells great! the taste backs up all the lip smacking, juicy fruit hopping that this DIPA is known for. grapefruit rind, lemon zest, orange juice, lime, with an understated honey sweetened herbal tea note that really rounds out the hop profile. it's full of bitterness, but it melds so well into the background, that i almost dismissed the tremendous IBU's. oh yeah, i almost forgot that there is a nice, straightforward, sweet caramel maltiness that holds everything together beautifully. and the honey helps, too, if i already didn't mention that. it's a gorgeous combination. there are some yeasty notes prevalent, mostly due to the bottle conditioning, but i tried not to mix in the dregs. i'll save them until the end. while i can tell this is a big brew full of booze, i can't detect any alcohol related flavours, either. i can only say that this tastes fantastic. big bodied; full, albeit dry mouthfeel. drinks smaller than it should for a %10 ABV beer. finishes dry...thus, drinkability is dangerous. proceed with caution!

wow, what a great DIPA. certainly the best i've had the joy to drink. this particular brew is an absolute crowning achievement in the wide world of hop worship and brewing.

i loved it. so should you.

Photo of Neehan
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I was able to get some of this and it was well worth the wait. Medium body with a thin head and a bit of retention. Moving on to the highlights... bam-- what an explosion of citrusy, grapefruit hops in the nose and then again in the taste with bitterness that is very present but not overwhelming. Very light and present in the mouth, making it very enjoyable and present. For the ingredients and the alcohol the drinkability is incredible as well. Here to looking forward to being able to find some more of this.

Photo of RumRiverWorthog
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I can't be as eloquent as others, and I'm new at this gig. Moving CD's to the IPOD while I type this.

Appearance - Orange/Golden hue, clear body, poured from bottle fairly quickly for a nice 1" head that receded to a white ring over time.

Smell - floral, citrusy notes, like grapefruit

Taste - crisp, tart, with a sting at the back of the throat if you drink it too fast that quickly fades away. nice bitterness, but it's not unpleasant. Leaving the palate dry for awhile, it leaves a dull sensation that you know you've just had a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel - Not thick like a barleywine (my preferred beverage) but it's not watery either viscosity is present. Very drinkable.

Drinkability - last note said it, this is definitely a drinkable beer, if I had a case of this and an open weekend, I'd make sure I couldn't get to my car keys. 10% abv and you really don't realize it as it goes down.

Effect - this isn't a catagory, but I had only 1 bottle left for this review, wish I had another to sample, but I've already went through the rest of the 6pack over the past week. Anyway a guy could review beers for a salary? Ha ha ha..

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's bright, but murky. Harsh, yet comforting. Aggressive, and inviting. I don't know how one makes a beer like this, but Bell's has nailed it again.

Aromas pour out of the glass, everything from oranges to flowers. Sweet sugary flavors greet your mouth, followed by an insane hop presence. And yet, the flavors of honey and apples keep the harshness of the hops in check.

It's a perfectly blended Double IPA. And checking in at 10% abv, who cares if you can't drink them all night?

Photo of Greggy
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange color, with some very cloudy sediment into a large wine glass, leaving a 2 finger head that slowly recedes to a smaller cap with some great clinging lace on the glass.

Smell- The main component I pick up is the grapefruit. Also, I pick up some aroma's reminiscent of a spring walk in the woods. I can't exactly put my finger on the precise scent, however. I pick up also what seems to be some honey. After a bit of swirling from the glass I get a waft of dole pineapple juice. This nose of this beer, tells me right off the bat that this has some seriously nice balance.

Taste- Initially the palate gets hit with the grapefruit but also some of the pineapple that was previously mentioned is there and a bit of honey/apple. This is probably the most balanced DIPA I have ever had. It has the nice malt backbone but the huge hopiness balances perfectly in my opinion. The finish is semi-dry hopiness with some residual grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Light/medium carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the main act, the perfect balance of the beer. As mentioned above, this beer has an excellent finish as well.

Drinkability- If I were to guess on the ABV of this beer I would probably guess about 6-7% max, but this thing, being this drinkable at 10%, is dangerous. Not once did I pick up on big alcohol monster creeping in. Well done bells. All I can say is, I am glad I have 17 more bottles until next year.

Photo of nrbw23
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep golden orange color that is a little hazy. Nice white head with great amount of lacing.

S- Pine hops, grapefruit and other citrus flavours. Very nice can't wait to taste it.

T- Great tasting. Amazing balance and the hops jump right out at me. Finishes nice and sweet very complex a lot going in this brew.

M- Very nice medium to a little heavy. Good carbonation on this one. Dangerously smooth for a 10% abv!

D- Easy to drink great look and taste. Only thing that is bad about this brew is the price at 15 for a six pack.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to review this, as my stash has dwindeled. Hate to see this go.

A- Honey amber, with a stiff rocky head that gives way rather quick. Wispy thin lace sticks around.

S- Pungent Grapefruit and peaches. Some sweet malts there as well.

T- Citric and fruity hops to start, about mid palate they fade to a nice sweet orange marmalade and then malts and honey come in to lend a nice caramel sweetness. Nice balence of bitteness and sweetness is left on the patlate. Fantastic.

M- Medium and somewhat sticky body, carbonation is on the soft side.

D- Extremely easy to drink given it's hefty abv. The only detection of alcohol is the warming feeling you get. This one is easy to get into trouble with.

A fantastic beer, and a must try for hopheads.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light orange, with a medium white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smells very hoppy, citrus mostly, the honey is evident adding some sugar sweetness.

T: Great flavour, the honey and then hops work really well together. Great light citrus, white grapefuit pith and orange oil, with honey sweetness, giving the counter to the hop bitterness a mead-like quality, just really good stuff.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, great carbonation feel, slightly oily.

D: A really good beer, I'm glad I finally got to try it. The honey really takes over the malt character and makes it light enough that the great hop flavour really shines through. Now I know why all the East coasters are psyched out of their minds about this beer.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a "Michigan Double IPA" 4-pack put together and sold by Merchant Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI. for $13.99; purchased and consumed late March-early April 2008.

Pours a moderate copper-amber with golden and reddish highlights. No head to speak of, but decent stickage.

Aroma is yummy. Not very descriptive, but spot on correct. Hops, fruity citrus sweetness, and tons of floral notes.

Flavor is very nice representation of the style, huge malt backbone standing up to the aromatics coming alive as flavor. Mandarin oranges and hops, hops, hops. Over the top bitterness in the end of the swallow bring the drinkability down.

Mouthfeel is a very solid rich, full DIPA mouth, but the alcohol burn detracts.

A good brew.

Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Golden orange, 1/4" head, good amount of carbonation bubbles, clear

Smell
Pineapple! And then some orange juice, followed by something sharp--most likely a pine-like hop. It's hops through and through, but not quite as big and overpowering as I had anticipated.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Hops and more hops, with the same flavors present as in the smell (no surprises). Surprisingly, the body is a bit thin, more like an IPA than a DIPA. I expected more of a luscious, creamy mouthfeel; however, the lightness of it makes it that much more drinkable, although the 10% ABV does not. Aftertaste is of apricots, and there's a dash of malt sweetness peeking its head around all the hops. Very tasty. The alcohol was hidden until the last two sips--then I felt just a bit of heat. Just looked at the label and it say's "Ale brewed with honey" which I didn't know until now. That may explain the bit of sweetness I detected.

Overall
Hopslam is extremely tasty, but it didn't quite live up to the hype or my expectations (considering how flavorful their IPA is). It seemed like a huge IPA but a small DIPA. This brew has been sitting in the bottle for a few months now and people on this site have been remarking that it's toning down a bit already. So, to be fair, I guess I really need to try this the week it hits the shelves.

Photo of dnichols
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to abankovich for a great trade. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a light orange colored body with a slight half finger white head that didn't linger long but left a spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S: It had a dominant aroma of floral hops including pine and citrus (grapefruit and pineapples). There were other ripe white fruits present (white grapes, pears) and some recessive malty aromas.

T: I love a glass of thick, tart and tangy fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for breakfast. This brew reminded me of grapefruit juice. It was tart and tangy without loosing its thick malt base. Well balanced and complex with hints of sweet citruses including oranges and tangerines. The alcohol is very well hidden until it provides a warm clean finish to a high powered brew.

M: It was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth with a warm and clean finish. Nice complexity and wonderful balance.

D: I am not a huge IPA fan but this beer is a great Imperial IPA. I could easily have two or three before returning to styles I prefer taking later into the night.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pured into mug.

A - Tawny dark golden color. One finger head after rather agressive pour, fades quickly. Good lacing.

S - Very piney at first. As it warms it picked up a sweeter smell that I cant quite place. Smells like a candy I had as a kid, but cant remember what. Again, very piney.

T - Pine bitterness but a nice sweet balance to it as well. From the honey? Very even taste given the ridculous IBU's. Great taste.

M/D - Nice feel from the carbonation. One of the best tasting DIPA's I have had. Masks the 10% very well so watch out. Could definitley drink this one all night.

Photo of Bubba83
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

Excellent color, a dark chill hazed orange with bright orange highlights that runs a gradient to yellow towards the sides. 2 finger widths of head reside on top and seems pillowy in character. Nice spiderwebbed lacing from the rim of head that remains until the last drop.

Smells great, don't pick up much alcohol in the nose, but I pick up beautiful pine and spruce with a smidge of honey, and perhaps some clove as well.

Initially I taste some caramel sweetness which quickly turns into some tart citrus followed by copious amounts of pine. The honey plays nice with the rest of the components and seems there to kind of put everything together. I was worried when I saw it was brewed with honey at first, but the honey is utilized perfectly in the overall flavor profile.

Feels nice in the mouth too. The head is as creamy as it looks, but the beer retains a nice carbonation level as small bubbles run to the top the whole way through. A little prickly at first on the tongue that fades into a nice slick feel and ends wet, not dry.

How can this stuff seriously have 10% ABV? I did not taste the alcohol at all, not even on the swallow. Maybe it's the honey and pine that helps it go down so easy. There is some warming that is just impossible to mask with these higher ABV beers but that's about it...

My first Bell's offering and I am VERY pleased with it. Thanks go to Kegatron for the bottle.

Photo of jred98rt
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this is my favorite beer. I was introduced to it early in my beer drinking career and still love it.

A: poured into a 0.4l pilsner glass. Head depends on the pour, aggressive pour results in a beautiful head, normal pour results in a minimal head, common to my experience with other IPAs. Rich golden color. Nice and clear if you can avoid getting the yeast in the glass.

S: To me, this beer smells happy. One whiff and all of the trials of a long day disappear and I relax into a semi-solid blob. I'd pay a lot for an air-freshener with this smell.

T: The happy doesn't end with the smell. Beautiful flavor of hops, balanced with a sweetish finish. I've found no other IPA to have this flavor, which is depressing since it is such a limited release. The bottle says "brewed with honey," so I'm guessing that's the secret.

M: Very full mouthfeel. A bit bruising if you aren't used to the hops.

D: Exceptional for a double IPA. Not something you can slam, but with this quality, you want it to last.

I've had early release bottles, post release bottles (the liquor store stockpiles it) and tap, all are exceptional.

Photo of ChrisBakken
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers i have had with the amount of hops. Bell's did a good job! Many of my friends felt the abv was a little strong but i did not notice. I felt Bell's has a very unike flavor and complexity. For people who would like to try a highly hopped ale, this is a good one!

Photo of Godot
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a fairly hard pour I got about a 2 inch head which dropped a little but doesn't really seem to be going anywhere. It is a gorgeous copper gold color, rich and beautiful. The smell is floral hoppiness, clean and fresh with a slight sticky sweet character. The flavor is sharp citrusy hoppiness up front, a sweetness develops, then drops right into a lingering hop biting bitterness. This is far from a balanced beer, more like unadulterated hopjuice, but with a name like Hopslam that is obviously what they were going for. The mouthfeel is average, and drinkability is good for a 10% tastebud peeler. The honey added does a little to mellow it out. If you are a hophead this beer is great. I wouldn't call it complex, but it is what it is and I like that.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,264 ratings.