Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it on tap today at slows bbq, served in a goblet, and got a free bells button with it, went with a fellow BA

appearance - a golden yellow, with a head that was about a finger head on it that remained for half of the beer, moderate carbonation

smell - nose was grapefruit and hops up front, this melded into a strong citrus and a mild maltyness, a slight sugary smell was present

taste - taste started off less bitter than i remembered it being, this was my first time having it on tap, a moderate hoppy bitterness that moved into a strong citrus that overpowered the hops, moving into a mild sweet maltyness, and left a slightly bitter hoppy flavor, far more balanced than i remember it beings but i also learned to appreciate DIPA's since last time i had it

mouthfeel - nice refreshing mouthfeel not to thick but not too thin, carbonation helped to lighten it, made em want to take my next sip

drinkability - very drinkable and at 10% the alcohol wasnt prevalent, easy to put down many of these and not realize it until you stand up to relieve yourself

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Photo of errantnight
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks abankovich!

This beer reminded me of my Anderson Valley 20th Drinking experience in that it started off with a bang but ended up with a little bit of a whimper. Different in that the bang was bigger and brighter and better, but also the whimper was more whiny at the end. Still... I'm dying to get more of this, as freshy mcfresh as I can.

Pours a cloudy, hazy orange-tinged golden hue with two frothy fingers of head that drift away into a nicely laced, thinly filmed brew. Love that hoppy oil haze.

Aroma is a bursting hop explosion of goodness. Not the most pungent, but no strain needed to pick up layers of aroma. Blooming flowers and honey and fresh grapefruit, some sold tangerine notes, a bit of a lemony finish. Great. There's definitely malt sweetness around the edges. This may be fading.

Taste is right out of the West Coast DIPA playbook... a juicy fruity ball of citrusy, floral sweetness backed by an extremely clean pale malt middle with only mild hints of bread or toast into a clean, dry finish that lets a hoppy bitterness linger expectantly.

Not sure just how old this is, but it tasted like it had lost a step from its heyday. The hop flavors which arrive in a burst start to drift off, and as it warms, when it should really be coming into its own, it starts to develop that post-DIPA flavor which starts to remind one of an American Barleywine without the deep malt complexity or roundness.

All of which would be find if it weren't for the hot alcohol that comes through in the final third. A note is certainly acceptable, but the final few drinks find it to be a bit obnoxious. If I had started this beer out warmer I'd have been pretty disappointed.

I'm certainly open to revising this upward, but for top-of-its-class DIPA it had a couple small marks against it. This is, really, faint criticism. I loved the beer, look forward to trying more, and can't wait to do so. That said, there's a perfectness about its little brother, Two Hearted Ale, which this fails to duplicate, and perhaps I'm overharsh by the steep comparison.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint. $14.99 for the six pack. Batch #10094 consumed ~ 3 weeks after bottling. (review from notes).

A- Pours a hazy amber with beautiful white head. Fancy looking lacing to boot- making this one attractive brew

S- Hops, obviously, primarily tropical fruit notes with solid resinous pine backing it up.

T- The name is quite apropos. A slam of hops to be sure. However, the notes of honey, and caramel sweetness really mellow out the blast and do their best to balance this beer out.

M&D- Awesome beer. The heavier than average mouth feel attributes a smoothness to the mouthfeel that is quote welcomed. Drinkability is scary high with a 10% abv.

All around a great beer, worth the big bucks for the 6pack.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (batch 10101) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slow pour to keep the sediment out yielded a clear golden-orange beer with a thin white head. The head actually grew a bit as I let it sit. Lacing is thin persistent strands and dots here and there. Very delicate lacing in spots as well. Lots of bubbles moving up slowly through the beer.

Smell: VERY piney. It's like a fresh cut pine tree. There is a hint of something sweeter and citrus like at the very beginning, but then the pine comes right back and dominates. Good thing I actually like the smell of fresh pine.

Taste: Citrus hops blending quickly into a sweetness that must be the honey as it's not quite a caramel-like malt. It's almost sugary, but the more I taste it I think it has a hint of mild clover honey in taste. This sweetness lasts a bit and then goes into a mild grapefruit like finish....and then there is a lingering piney hop bitterness that blooms in the mouth about 1 second after the swallow. I think you have to be a real hop-head to like this after-taste, it's like solid pine concentrate.

Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation, but thick and creamy as well after the carbonation passes. Lots of lingering oil on the teeth though.

Drinkability: Well, it's a hopslam allright. That 2nd bloom of hops does slam the senses. This is a beer for sipping, and for me....well, I think it's too much. The alcohol is well hidden so I'm not noticing a buzz due to drinking it too fast, but the hop bitterness wallop makes this one a slow sipper, and the most I could ever have in one sitting is one of these. It's an extreme beer worth trying but I could not have another one again. Well, maybe with the right meal. Still - glad I had it as it's a unique brew.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I've drank so much of this stuff!
Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a golden amber color with a slight 1/2 inch head. Plenty of suspended "flakies" in the glass. Plenty of very good lacing is left on the glass.
Smell is of citrus hops and just a tad of piney hops.
Taste is incredibly juicy. A refreshing taste that has plenty of hop presence. It's just a tad bitter, but it's so juicy that it's balanced well.
This is a very easy drinking beer. You don't even notice the alcohol at all. This is a highly sessionable beer. As I've drank many of these on several occasions.
This is another great beer from Bells. This is worth seeking out. Especially at it's price point, it's an easy choice.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I cellared a bottle of the 2010 vintage that I opened at the same time. Note that my review and score is based on the 2011 vintage. More below*

2011: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Clean amber in color, like the tail end of a sunset. The head was pretty impressive up front, with an easy 1.5 finger retention. Sticky lacing coated the glass.

S: Easily one of the most inviting noses of any beer I've had the pleasure to consume from a bottle. Citrus through and through - complex notes of toasty, fresh hops and just peeled grapefruit.

T: Hops! Bitter, smoky hop oil immediately attacks the palate and assaults the buds. A hot sauce type of tingling follows, as if eating a raw hop pellet.

M: Nice carbonation, though I could have done with a slightly creamier presentation. Rich and weighty in the mouth and on the tounge.

D: I can't sit here and say I'd have more then one or two in a sitting, as is quite a big beer that deserves to be sipped and enjoyed over time. I let mine open up over a few hours and didn't feel the need for a second.

Overall: I really do look forward to this beer, and it again lived up to my expectations. It is certainly worth seeking out, though I do honestly believe I've had DIPA's that are just as good if not (possibly) better.

DRINK IT FRESH - see below

2010: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Exceedingly cloudy and murky. Not what I was expecting in the slightest. The head certainly died a bit quicker then the 2011, and the lacing was sticky, but not as abundant.

S: By far the biggest difference between the two vintages. Orange soda and honey. Zero hops. If blindfolded, I might say it had the essence of a Canadian Ice wine.

T: Certainly maltier. The honey really comes out. Reasonable hints of hops considering it's a year old, but nowhere near the level of the 2011.

M: Oddly thick. I can tell it has lost some of it's carbonation over the last 365, though it is certainly not what I would call flat.

D: Slightly above average. To be honest, this came off like a mediorce Belgian style Tripel as it warmed. Now I love a good tripel, but this wouldn't be considered one of them.

Overall: I'm really glad I kept this one around for a year to compare. I have been looking forward to this for a while and now know first hand that HopSlam, without question and regardless of storage conditions, is a beverage best served fresh.

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Photo of boss302
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Clear orange color. Big fluffy head.

S Huge Citrusy hop aroma, some piney, but mostly citrus. There is some sweetness that is likely from malt, but could be hops.

T Sweetness up front, low astringency that is a bit surprising based on the high hop aroma. Sweetness needs some additional drying to be balanced. Either less malt, or more honey/candi sugar would be in order to dry the sweetness. Otherwise a very good beer.

M Medium to full body, think on the tongue, good carbonation with lacing down the glass to the end.

D Good, but with the high alcohol, would be limited to just a few. Alcohol is evident in the taste.

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Photo of Voonder
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden colour with gorgeous off-wite head. Smell - hoppy, fruity (pears, grapes), some citrusy flavours. Taste - hops and hops only, lots of them, but it is not as bitter as I expected. alcohol is hidden very well. pretty smooth, very flavourful, gerat stuff. Dangerously drinkable.
Thanks a lot TATURBO for this great brew!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Bloomington, IN. Had this some time in January 2009.

A: Bright orange and slightly cloudy. A white head with glimmers of the beer in it.

S: Simply put, this is the most amazing nose I've ever encountered. An overabundance of hops combined with a clear scent of honey, and a powerful malt base to back it all up. I know this scent will be good in a month or so, so I really need to savor it while it's fresh.

T: Much like the nose, this is utterly without parallel (sorry to Mr. Pliny, I haven't had the opportunity yet). This is how every DIPA should be made. The malt is certainly there, but does nothing to even content with the luscious hops that come on. Simply brilliant. The honey is certainly a nice touch, too.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Could be the only beer I'd ever drink again, if Bell's were so gracious as to devote 50% of their capacity to this one.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, batch 10127 (bottled 1/11/11). From the all around cool looking label: "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale." Poured into a goblet. The pour yields two fingers of fluffy off-white head atop a copper colored ale. There is mild haziness. Head retention is decent, particularly for a brew with this high of an alcohol content. Sticky lacing lines the glass beautifully.

As soon as the cap came of with a whoosh the aromatics of this double IPA began making their escape. This continued throughout the pour. It smells malty and sweet, and the nose quickly fills with citrus. There's the obligatory IPA grapefruit fragrance, but there is also some tangerine. Trace amounts of caramel are detected. There is not a big variety of aromas here, but what is here is very strong and very pleasant.

Two things strike me right away as I put the goblet to my lips and take the first sip: Hopslam is very malty, and it has a high alcohol content. But this is a double IPA; shouldn't I be gagging on hop intensity? Well, that's there too. There is a lot of hoppiness actually. I've heard the word balance used a lot in describing Hopslam, but I'm thinking that it goes beyond that. I think Bells has swung the pendulum slightly off center toward the maltier side of the DIPA style.

This beer boasts a sweetness that won't quit. There is a syrupy quality that coats the rest of the flavors. And yes, beneath that sweet sugary goodness is a beer that is also quite hoppy. Grapefruit is most noticeable. Spruce touches the tongue. Subtle orange dances in and out. Alcohol is easily identifiable, but not in a way that suggests 10% abv. The taste finishes with the clean taste of citrus rind that cross-fades to a bitter hop massacre as hop oils coat the mouth and tongue.

In the mouth, this brew is thick to the point of resembling pine sap. It's incredibly malty, and the carbonation is effectively low, allowing all of the excesses of this beer to shine. The alcohol adds to the heaviness; it is recognizable in the flavor profile and it burns ever so slightly as it slides down the hatch.

As far as the DIPA style goes I've only had one other brew that was more drinkable than Hopslam, which shall remain unnamed in this review (okay, it was Pliny the Elder). Yes, Hopslam has a high alcohol content. Yes, it's a hop bomb. But covering those tracks is a sweet malty syrupy teddy bear of a beer. You will not be sessioning this beer; I'm sorry to burst your bubble. It may not taste like a 10% abv beer but as I reach the bottom of the goblet, I'm definitely beginning to notice the alcohol content. That will be enough for me. The final verdict is that Hopslam is a well-done DIPA, one of the best actually.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
This bottle of Hopslam cost me as much as three bottles of Schlitz, and it was worth every penny.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to burnheartsMKE for the beer.

12 OZ bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear honey color. Moderate to slow pour resulted in a half inch of bright white head that went to film pretty quickly. Good head retention as in swirling got a full finger that had more staying power. Little to no carbonation shown in this at all.

S-- Honey, fresh pine, ripe grapefruit. I got no smell of ABV in this at all.

T-- Massive hop punch right off the bat. Fresh pine, fresh grapefruit, and orange. Small amount of Carmel and some touches of honey.

M-- Very smooth after the taste. Hops do drop off some. Middle of palate is soft and honey. Finish is a big kick of grapefruit. Is a touch too sweet at times but also at times very crisp and clean. Honey is very apparent in the mouth. Big body and big feel.

D-- ABV is very apparent in the drinking. A slow sipper. Unique due to using honey but makes this stand out over other DIPA's due to that. Would be interested to see how this is without the honey. No way I could do more than one in a sitting. Hurts in the drinkability department. Great beer that packs a lot of punch and does meet the hype.

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Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/26/2012.

Copper body with thick, white head; decent lace and retention. Aroma holds tons of hops, sweet malts, honey, and a distinct boozy caramel-ness. Love how this one smells, just wish its aroma was stronger.

The honey really stands out initially, contributing to a complex (and undeniably sweet) flavor profile up front before the hops return for a dry, bitter finish. Strong malt backbone adds character, body, and balance. Hop character is smooth & round, not sharp or overly piney like many of its West Coast peers. I'll attribute this equally to the brewer's intentions (this is clearly an East Coast DIPA) and the addition of honey.

Creamy body flows smoothly around my mouth. Alcoholic warmth soothes the throat as I swallow. Booze gets to me sooner than expected -- I definitely couldn't drink more than one of these in a single sitting.

Hopslam is a great DIPA, especially considering the tremendous batch size, and I prefer it to *bottled* Pliny. Draft vs draft is another question entirely that can (hopefully) be settled sooner rather than later.

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Photo of semihobo
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From batch 8911, bottled in January 09. Already had the first four from the pack.

Pours with a solid ginger-peach head, beautifully minute creamy bubbles, vigorous bubbling. Great lacing.

Smell is wonderful, grapefruit candy and flowers, a fresh spring rain, with a bit of pine resin. It's all there.

Very balanced taste. You have the delicate flavor of hops vs. a moderately (for the style) bitter finish, the bitterness swallowing up the alcohol, and an adequate malt presence that starts sweet before heading off to biscuit land. Nice pine, resin, and citrus. Not overboard on the bitterness or resin. Smooth out of the fridge, less so as it warmed. After having a few of these, I feel comfortable saying this: drink this one a little colder than you would think is appropriate... you'll be rewarded.

Creamy mouthfeel, gentle carbonation. Finish is a little too sticky and prolonged.

Lived up to most of the hype -- this is tasty. Have felt differently as I've worked my way through the six pack, from time to time, but very nuanced and quite drinkable. As regards the debate about drinking Hopslam as fresh as possible... I can't say anything about 2 days vs. 2 months but 2 months vs. 4 months did not show any deterioration. $17.99 for a 6 pack after shopping around though... that is a lot of money.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking IIPA, pours with a deep amber body, a solid 2 finger off white head that wants to stick around, a fine yet almost vigorously carbonated ale. Thickly laced, sticky clumps cling as if holding on for dear life.

Wow. I love the aroma of Two Hearted, and this one smells fabulous too. Big slam of tropical fruits smacked me in the face. Pineapple and papaya dominates the nose, with lesser hints of melon and citrus. The hops almost obscure the malty aroma of bread crust and caramel. Im starting to drool, and really looking forward to how something that smells this good tastes.

Another wow. Huge tropical blast of tangy pineapple and papaya, hint of honeydew, that transforms into a resinous bitterness similar to grapefruit peal, almost with a pine resin character. This hopslam occurs overtop of the rich malts, with their bread crustiness and a good slam of caramel sweetness.

A big, bad assed rich brew. Lingering hop bitterness and oiliness, almost strips the tongue and the roof of my mouth and goes all the way back to my throat. Not overpowering, as is almost balanced by the rich malts with noticeable caramel sweetness and full body. Enough fine and lively carbonation to keep this one from being cloying. Some alcohol warmth soothes the stripping hop bitterness.

Pretty easy and enjoyable to drink this one. More than one might be a challenge, but if this is the first beer of the night theres not much point moving on to something else. A good, maybe even ideal session brew for the IIPA loving hopheads. Not for those who dont like hops, this one definitely packs a hop slam! Glad i found this one, have been looking for it for a while. Will definitely drink again!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance; straw/ golden, medium carbonation, very thick, sticky white head that retains well.

smell; tropical fruit notes, hint of citrus, honey, alcohol.

taste; Smooth, well blended floral and earthy hop notes, mildly fruity and malt in the backbone, the honey is not strong but provides a nice, sweetness that is definitely noticeable.

mouthfeel; full body, strong carbonation.

overall; A good beer, has all the qualities of a fine IPA and the honey is a nice, subtle touch. bravo.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 1/27/11. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a stemmed tulip glass, this brew appears a clear golden color of copper. A thin whisp of white film lays across the top of the brew which is all it has to offer reminiscent of a head. Swirls release some bubbles and create patches of leggy lace.

The aroma of this brew has a bold presence of hoppy goodness that is readily apparent before you even bring the glass to your face. It includes an aroma of pine, citrus, floral notes, rinds, pineapple and overall sweet indications with a light alcohol tingle to the back of the nose.

The taste is rind-like tasting like bitter orange filled with herbal spiciness. Grass is evident along with a mild toasty malt backing. A solid astringent and solvent alcohol character runs through the body and into the finish which for the most part includes clingy bitter oils.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light amount of carbonation. Big abv warmth and taste yet balanced and very enjoyable and drinkable. The honey aspect to this brew gives my sense of taste mixed signals. There seems to be a sweetness about this brew mid palate that turns sharp and dry into the finish. This is a well made brew that every hop lover needs to try.

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Photo of Moose90
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Can dated 012016 @ 17:06, tasted 022416 @ 18:36

A — Pours a hazy and vibrant orange hue into the glass. A puffy, cream colored head forms and settles, leaving behind some solid rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is dominated by some nice honey notes, a bit of floral lavender, resinous, piney, chewy, lemon, candied ginger, some caramely sweet notes and some lightly toasted bready notes, quite sweet and subdued.

T — Candied hops, ginger, lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, blood orange, melon, citrus rind and pith, bitter pine needles and earth, some honeyed sweetness.

M — Slightly warming and rich, a really smooth and clean finish, slightly lingering and chewy, very nice.

O — Excellent overall, like gnawing on a candied hop flower. Very much reminiscent of Hoptimum, but not quite as aggressive, still spectacular.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber color with a very nice white fuzz cap and decent lacing. The aroma is heavy flowery hops with some sweet malt hiding in the background. The flavor confirms the intense floral hops but a few mouthfuls eventually reveal the attempt to balance this brew with a touch of brown sugar and salty malt. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. I don't see this as a session beer with such thick constitution and heavy hops. But this a quality hop concoction. This was pretty heavy handed in the hops so it might take a couple tries to entirely warm up to it, a price I am happy to pay. Don't miss giving it a try!

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Photo of demuzik
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptive gold with a hint of amber; moderate to low head.

This beer is hoppy - surprised? The hops in this year's brew are varied giving it a complex hop taste, personally can't pick out the varieties used. Quite bitter though not strong on the pine; more spice, and brunt bitter on the tongue.

The honey traces across the tongue and the entire beer lingers in the mouth; if I didn't see it say 10% ABV on the bottle, I'd never believe it.

Last half of the glass/bottle finds it hop heavy, the seesaw heavily weighed on the hoppy side. To compare to others in the genre, I prefer Pliny for it's balance and pine-ey ness; this is definitely not a West coast beer, it makes perfect sense its a Midwest beer since I find it tasting somewhere in between Pliny and Dogfish Head.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

A: Looks like a good IPA should. A bit darker than your standard pale ale, and very inviting and bubbly to look at.

S: Not bad. I was expecting a bit more form all the hype and the name, but still a good tangy aroma with a little sweetness on the tale end. Honeslty reminds my a bit of the hookah bar.

T: NICE! Still not as bitter as I was expecting, but the blend is subtle and pleasant. I really dig the sweet hint of honey in there. and the aftertaste isn't bitter like many IPA's, but a tingling fruitiness.

M: I kinda wish this was a little more carbonated, but then I'm not entirely sure what the brewer's were going for. I just think a little more bubble may bring that aroma and taste out to a better level. Still light in body.

D: Other than the price, this is a really good football beer. It had better be anyway...the super bowl is on. ALso at ten percent it kinda sneaks in and doesn't let you know how big it really is. Be careful with this one. Drink it at home or with a DD.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a decent off white head. Nose is strong citrus hops. Flavor is so much grapefruit, it took me back a bit. Those thick citrus flavors are combined with firm hop tones. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation and it goes down easy. Nice to drink, though the citrus is a bit high. I am not sure if I remember it being like this when I had it on bottles a while ago.

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Photo of juhl31
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-good golden color with a nice head to it

-a bit of a citrusy hop smell to it. some sweetness coming in as well

-hops in the forefront and then comes the sweet, a bit bitey, aspect that i'm sure is coming from the honey. some decent malt backbone in there as well. not overly bitter

-for a 10% ipa, this beer is extremely crisp and refreshing. excellent hot day, wanna have a big beer type

-based on the mouthfeel rating alone is what makes this beer so enjoyable

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft and bottle on numerous occasions but for this review, draft. Pours a very nice looking amber color with a nice 1 finger white head. Good lace already. Nice floral and citrus rind hop aromas in the nose. Slightly sweet up front mostly I would think from the honey and then there is a strong hop presence on your tongue. Citrus rind, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Nice medium mouthfeel. When fresh this is one of the best IPA's around.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A long time in coming, this one. I wish the ground would look like the top of this beer in the morning, but one can always wish, it's been the same since childhood. I've seen snow but a few times in my life. It reminds me though. The thick sheet of lacing, like the window from inside a car. A cloudy orange, the glow from our wood stove as I was growing up. A ranch-style house, I think it sucked more heat out, that was the only warm room. It drops off after a couple minutes, looks like soap-bubble-jello, wiggling in the glass as I tap on the keyboard.
And there it is, an immensely piney aroma, the christmas trees back before flame retardants, they used to crackle and pop merrily, looking for all the world like this glowing liquid in front of me, and the smell... so green, so pure... there's some citrus there, but mostly just that intense christmas-tree green, a note of soft alcohol and some sweetness in the back... honey, like the herbal tea as we watched dad shove the branches in.
Funny how the house gets more cozy as the air outside cools. Were it this temperature in the summer, I would be hot. As it is, I'm happy... But the flavor disappoints a little after the nose. The hops arent as balanced... they come out as an intense bitterness, a flash of resin, but the alcohol is hotter than the nose suggested, it takes over the finish. The honey is sweeter as well, lending an imbalance in flavors (though not impressions).
Thick. Thick and syrupy-sweet as it rolls down the throat and gives way to a warm, almost sickly finish. It's just too much. The ten percent is far too obvious. The honey is too in your face. The hops are imbalanced. I've had this beer three times, and each time I've been disappointed. Unearthly, as a strong IPA, destroys this oh-so-highly-rated beer. I don't dislike strong flavors, but this one does not come together well. It's not going to snow. I'm going to wake up to just another bleary day with some specks of ice on the bushes. And go to work.

EDITED after drinking a 9 day old bottle. I must say that she comes together much better. Still a little high on the sweetness and alcohol both, but it is a much more drinkable brew. Still not a 4.4 beer though. Adjusted score accordingly.

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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth pour nets a one finger head of tight white bubbles. Amber in color with great clarity and lacing that renews with each turn of the glass. Head retention was minimal, I could have been more vigorous with the pour.

Copious amounts of bready malt and honey match the bright pine and grapefruit pith hops. RIsing amounts of stone fruit and guava add a touch of tropical complexity. Alcohol rises from the glass as well, preparing you for the slam.

Thick malt base is bready with toffee and honey soaked sweetness. Pine and dark citrus creeps out of the malt shadow evolving to a more floral quality late in the drink. Alcohol provides more of a body slam than bitterness. Finishes with a sweet honey malt with tingling pine.

Average DIPA body with appropriate carbonation. Does a good job of drying despite the quantity and sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is very present but at least the bitterness is not overdone.

Beer geek legend, glad I got to finally try this one. The craft movement really has done a number on what is needed to make a beer shine out from the pack. Hopslam is a well integrated hop, booze and malt bomb with limited outstanding qualities. This is a classic and despite craft evolution it will continue to impress through reputation and respect.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.