1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

8,832 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8832
Reviews: 3093
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 8,832 | Reviews: 3,093 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of sonnens4


3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: large head-more than 1 inch (closer to 2), copper/amber, orange golden color, nice lacing after a few drinks

Smell: floral aromas, honey, sweet, light hints of hops

Taste: herbal, lemon, honey, not overwhelmingly sweet, hints of hops, but not very bitter

Mouthfeel: medium/moderate carbonation--you can feel the fizz, but not too heavy not too light--well balanced

Overall: Refreshing! Really enjoyable flavors with great balance, one of Bell's better options, very complex, one of the better IPA's

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2014 14:02:04 | More by sonnens4
Photo of Illmaticzx

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter 1 finger of off white head

Golden clear appearance
Piny, grapefruit smell with a tinge of honey
Malty taste upfront then Piny Resinous hops then honey sweetness aftertaste
Some of the hops taste familiar some distinctly different and just a little dankness
Medium mouthfeel
Overall this is a heavyweight, high Abv, highly hopped
Not a high drinkability, definitely a sipper, being that it was difficult to find doubt i would go out of my way to drink again but if i found some sitting there id pick it up

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 04:59:34 | More by Illmaticzx
Photo of gogreen99


3.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is 10%ABV. Golden clear honey in appearance. Served in a snifter. A hint of fruittiness in this beer but lives true to its name and is extremely hoppy - HOPSLAM. Drinks very smooth for a beer with 10%ABV. I would certainly reccomend this beer to any avid beer drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 15:04:36 | More by gogreen99
Photo of phartman133


3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When on-tap and poured, this beer has a fairly large head. If you've had Bell's Two Hearted Ale it is very similar to that, but with more of a kick. With an ABV of 10% you can definitely taste the alcohol in this beer. It is a great beer if you are looking for a high alcohol content beer

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 14:23:34 | More by phartman133
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bottled on 1/16/14 poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden orange body, with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: CItrus and floral hops, some boozy sweetness.

T: Honey and citrus hops dominate. Along with some dank hops when i burp.

M: Crisp and bitter. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for the ABV.

O: Its alright I honestly don't see the reason for all the hype. I may get it on draft if i see it, but for $20+ a six pack its a bit steep.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 09:25:57 | More by watermelon
Photo of Sandbarunner

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AS far as an over hyped IPA goes this is the tops.

Everyone wants it and no owns has it. That is retarded. This beer is available. Bell's just chooses to limit how it comes out. Good for them, bag for all of us.

This is a good IOA. Two Hearted with a good finish. Then add in that the Honey really finished the deal.

Great Beer!

IOver hyped...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 04:26:06 | More by Sandbarunner
Photo of Kramerwtmf


4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer came to me a few months ago and I finished all six relatively soon after. It was a slightly sweet dipa with the honey noticeable in the front end of each sip. It was very strong at 10% and a little boozy but I really enjoyed it. I wish it was easier to get because I would buy it often.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:08:53 | More by Kramerwtmf
Photo of pinyin

New York

3.49/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Difficult to find in New York, even after the fact that Bell's just got distribution rights no less than two months ago within the state of New york.

A lot of fanfare surrounding Hopslam and being a fan of Bell's, IPA's and DIPA's I had to try it.

This is a 10% ABV ale so before drinking it I figured it would be very harsh, but I was wrong. It goes down quite smoothly for a 10%. Almost too smooth. You get the impression that Bell's took their time and engineered this ale with the most refined of brewing processes.

Look and smell were fairly average.

Taste is refined and smooth, more like a hoppy dark ale, and not much IPA bitterness.

It says on the bottle that there is honey added, which I normally do not like (much prefer rock sugar). I honestly couldn't taste any notes of honey.

Overall this is worth trying but not worth the $19.99 per six pack price that I had to pay at my local supermarket.

Certainly a good ale, but nothing special in my book, and the alcohol by volume is really high for an ale of this type.

I would much prefer a Victory Dirtwolf or Stone Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 16:25:31 | More by pinyin
Photo of Circles413


5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about, Hopslam that hasn't been said before? This beer is amazing!!! I've tried; 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 & I must say that 2014 is the best! It has a huge mouth feel without all the bitterness. The hops are huge, the citrus flavor is there & it's a huge DIPA!!! I LOVE the Oracle but Hopslam is hands down one of, if not the BEST DIPA's out there!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 06:59:40 | More by Circles413
Photo of BurdockBoy


4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Beautiful clear orange amber with about 2" of white head with nice lacing.
S: sweet hops. Faint citrus.
T: Not what I was expecting. I'm used to west coast hoppy beers which aren't as sweet, but I really liked it. Complex, but not too overbearing.
M: very crisp. Not overly carbonated, but still some kick.
O: I really like this beer. Unfortunately I can't find it here in Oregon, but was glad for the trade. I'm still a little taken a back by the sweetness, but the more I drink of it the more I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:21:32 | More by BurdockBoy
Photo of sorryifyoudont

South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I know this review is in spring but for a winter seasonal, sue me. Wonderful pour with a frothy head bubbles throughout. Golden amber tint to the pour. Smell is a bit of citrus but you can't avoid tears from the hoppiness(good thing). Taste almost mimics the smell extremely hoppy finish with a citrus undertone. Sits on the tounge well. Overall a great beer and I am glad it lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:22:35 | More by sorryifyoudont
Photo of mabermud


4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is beer is sweet,tasty, not heavy, but a bit complex. The style is very different from West Coast style IPAs. It isn't too dark or overpowering, very drinkable, yet strong. I am going to be trading for more of this most excellent beer. It's too bad I cannot go to the corner store to pick up more of this beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:47:29 | More by mabermud
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

taste; very strong alcohol, sweet, fruity taste as well, the honey is definitely there.

mouthfeel; full body, strong carbonation.

overall; not bad but alcohal is very overpowering, and definitely not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 05:53:17 | More by SteveB24
Photo of agilis

New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At the Flying Pig in Malvern, PA.

Quite nearly a perfect beer. 12 oz goblet pour. Beautiful, thick golden color. Amazing head.

Had all of the great aspects of a special beer: taste, mouth feel, smell. There's really no need to go on and on...I think I've made my point.

The best summary may have come from my wife who's watching what she eats/drinks...."Wow, maybe I should cancel my BLT and order one of those"!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 21:40:12 | More by agilis
Photo of RoninVP


4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Raging Bitch", & "Aprihop". Each have their place and Bell's Hopslam stood out as a the best of the group. The group all agreed that isn't wasn't so wild an IPA that most IPA drinkers couldn't handle it. I'm happy knowing that I can stock the fridge with this (when I can find it) and everyone will be happy!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 17:55:44 | More by RoninVP
Photo of NuckleDragger


4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very sexy yellowish/orange color with a meringue like head that hangs around for a while.

S: Tropical fruits, pine, honey, and something else sweet that I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Sweet up front and mid palate. Very juicy. The bitterness kicks in on the after taste. For such a high ABV it is extremely easy to drink. Lovely.

M: Just a little carbonation on the mouth feel. It's not necessarily thick, it's just juicy.

O: A terrific beer. Very sweet and decent bitterness. Not as bitter as the 100+ IBU beers out there but great none-the-less. It's like kissing your 8th grade crush for the first time. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 11:05:57 | More by NuckleDragger
Photo of Amanspearfishing


5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good gawd! Get dunked on by this hopslamming ale; the smell is of a hoppy meadow in the Elysian fields and the taste is similar to a bulldozer shoving a inordinate amount of pines citrus hops and a motley of other refreshing ingredients onto your palate where they accommodate one another instead of duking it out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 02:58:56 | More by Amanspearfishing
Photo of GregA135


4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first sipped this beer, I thought "What's the big deal about this beer?" It could of been my palate from drinking other beers, but when I took another sip and let it sit in mouth for a bit... thats when I really tasted the beer.

Smelled of honey, grapefruit, and orange

Hops really came out after letting it sit for a little bit on my tongue

Definitely give this one a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:57:44 | More by GregA135
Photo of Mo_fro


4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Has a clear dark orange color with a white fluffy two finger head that dissolves quickly. The head leaves chunky lacing all the way around the class

S- Huge pineapple and honey notes accompanied by fresh grass. It also has a slight smell of alcohol

T- Has a big bitter bite in the beginning which is smoothed by the honey and then followed by a nice sweet and fruity finish.

M- has a crisp medium mouth feel with sharp carbonation

O- overall a very enjoyable beer. It’s well balanced and provides great flavors, no part of it is more overpowering than the other. Definitely something to seek out if you have not tried it.


Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:59:45 | More by Mo_fro
Photo of Lunch


1.95/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

This shit is like a goddamn IBM commercial as it is fucking baffling to me. What just happened? It’s like when you watch someone struggle to back into parking spot for no reason…I get that you desire that quick getaway if you’re robbing a goddamn bank, but you’re most likely just headed into Target to procure some fucking Easy Mac and a side of stretch pants…I mean leggings. For someone apparently so concerned about time management why do your actions reflect the complete opposite?

Let’s backtrack to some time in 2007. I knew nothing about hops from a standpoint that the shit fades in both aroma and flavor with time and other factors. I knew nothing about beer releases or seasonal beer schedules. Like a goddamn idiot (when this situation is viewed from the perspective of someone that is “in the know”) I call up a store that carries Bell’s and ask foolishly about if they have Hopslam. Luckily for my ego (when also viewed from a more “knowledgeable” perspective) the motherfucker working there knew even less than I did. Shockingly they did not have it.

Fast-Forward a couple years and finally I was able to get a six-pack of this shit and I was a little hard to say the least. I brought the shit to a fellow cockman’s abode and opened that bitch. Immediately I was brought back to a time when I first discovered free pornography on the Internet…I wanted to tell everyone about it, but selfishly I wanted it all for myself. The smell was fucking amazing. Tropical fruit up the ass. Taste was nearly as perfect. This is really the beer that got me into DIPAs in the first place. Over the years I would try to seek the shit out and most of the time I was able to track down at least a bottle. I would be lying if the experience ever lived up to my first, but beer can be like crack in that way.

Now bring thineself to early 2014. I’m all ready and lubed up for this shit as I’ve got my fucking Hopslam glass and I’m wearing my fucking Hopslam t-shirt and the room has been rented in full for the next hour. I open the goddamn bottle (that still has one of the best labels of all time) and I’m ready to take every crooked inch of hops that this beer has to offer…

Wait a fucking second…where in the fuck are the hops? I’m only smelling sweet malt and alcohol. Something must be wrong here so another bottle is then opened and it too greets me with the same bullshit. It does appear a bit dark in the glass compared to memory, but hopefully the taste will be redeeming. I take a sip. Quickly I think of all of the assholes that back into parking spots in an effort to increase efficiency. Bell’s decided to name this beer “Hopslam” and as such I am rather confused...but we must dig further. We see that also contained within this beer is “[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.” First of all I will never disrespect a good dollop, but I will question its usage. Wait…so you brew a beer to showcase the beauty of what hops can do, but you then add in a whole bunch of shit that takes away from exactly that…seems rather illogical. In the mind of what type of person does adding a fucking “generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey” equate to keeping the “balance in check” in a fucking DIPA that claims to be "[a] biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale"?

Like those foolish people that will adamantly defend their flawed parking technique, there will be those that equally defend the concept of balance in DIPAs. Everyone is certainly entitled to his or her opinion…as long as they know that they’re wrong.

"With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?"...I don't know...one should reasonably expect to be slammed by some fucking hops. After all...that is why I rented this goddamn motel room for the next hour.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 21:29:27 | More by Lunch
Photo of Franziskaner


4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber in color with a fairly hazy profile. A quarter inch thick off white head caps off the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is an intense aroma of citrus hops with notes off mango,passion fruit and pineapple. The mouth is very sticky and dry. There's an intense rush of citrus hops that doesn't let up. The light malt backbone does keep things from getting out of hand. The fade still has an intense citrus hop burn.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 16:59:42 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of elNopalero


4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Update: Cracked open my first bottled Hopslam this year. ...and my second, and my third, and fourth and ....

It's delicious, doesn't drink like a 10%+ beer. Honeyed sweet, but intensely hoppy at the same time. Haters gonna hate but this is superior. For a limited release that’s still wildly available at a price point cheaper than most beers sold in bombers what more can I say?

My 450th review. And the first time I’ve ever tried Hopslam!

Had on draught at the Eccentric Café in good ol’ Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This poured a caramel-amber color. Looking good, looking good.
I get a hop slam of aroma—just a blast of hops. First whiff set the stage for the floral, vibrant, zesty, hoppy goodness. Hook this up to an oxygen tank and let me breath it in! Flavor combination of some tropical fruits, lots of citrus, and a bit of a chewiness to keep it interesting. I found a big malt backing to balance out the scales and a dry finish that kept me begging for more, more, more! I sipped and I sipped and I decimated my palate with hop bitterness. Hopslam! (Exclamation point!)

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 23:54:36 | More by elNopalero
Photo of itsscience


4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous cloudy amber with a half finger of white head that sticks around for a while. The nose is huge on orange, but also includes lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, and sweet malts. I get a pine needle taste up front before the bitterness is reduced by sweet orange, papaya, and pineapple, and then washed away completely by bready malts, leading to an impressively balanced and coherent experience from the beginning of the tongue to the end. Drinks smooth with a medium body, and hides the alcohol content well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 00:17:11 | More by itsscience
Photo of Da314man


3.59/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expectation failed to become reality. I've heard over the years it has gone down hill. With a name like Hopslam I expect to be slapped in the face with hops. It was very mediocre in that department. I got 2 bottles through trades. 1 FRESH and 1 aged a year. The aged one was more pleasant to drink as a complex 10% beer. The FRESH one was just not worth what I heard they sell for upwards of $20 a six pack (or more). Too many better beers out there to waste that kind of money.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:30:40 | More by Da314man
Photo of schris


4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It had been a while since I had Hopslam - probably five or six years. Living in Chicago now, it was easily accessible, so I have sampled it many times this (2014) season. First off, I am not sure whether it's a difference in this year's batch, or whether my palate has changed, but this beer does not strike me as deserving of its name. "Slam" isn't the word that comes to mind - more like a big wet kiss. The nose is boozy and dripping with fruit and honey. The hops are present in the mix, but this beer is extraordinarily well-balanced, and has a sweetness to each element - nose, body, and finish - that really appeals to me.

I have had it from the bottle, from a snifter, a pint glass, a tulip glass, and I would drink it out of a paper cup if I had to. It pours a misty golden color, with a minimal head that quickly dwindles to a faint spiderweb. Smelling brings some hops, but again, a touch of sweet honey to smooth it out. Just the right amount of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is like a light syrup. It tastes magical, the Platonic ideal of a honey-brewed IPA, imperial or otherwise. But that sweet touch really distinguishes it, making it incomparable, to my mind, with some of the other great imperial pales I've had - Heady Topper, Abrasive, Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf. Highly recommended, but drink it fresh to keep as much of the hop presence as you can - if you're out of market and thinking about trading for it in 2014, do it now.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:12:35 | More by schris
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 8,832 ratings.