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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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3,326 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,326
Hads: 12,009
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 2,583
Gots: 2,929 | FT: 61
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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Reviews: 3,326 | Hads: 12,009
Photo of Drel
3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really excited to try this one but unfortunately the bitterness overtakes the honey for me. I feel that the flavors didn't really mesh as well as I hoped. Obviously I'm in the minority here, just my opinion on this one.

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Photo of Smelly
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Love the big hop hit and subtle sweet honey follow-up. Crap...only 2 left from this year's batch :(

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Photo of kbwalters
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/9/15 and consumed on 1/27/15.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear golden orange color with thick creamy 3 fingers of just off white head; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Hop forward but just by a bit; Big citrus and tropical fruit notes with an underlying sweet aroma of bready and toffee malts with honey and sugar.
Taste = 4.0 Big malty backbone with candied sugar and bready and toffee malts and some honey in the middle of the taste. Balanced by citrus notes on the backend and a big bitter finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to high carbonation with a medium to full body. Lightly syrupy but smooth and a bit of fizz no the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.25 Easy drinking big DIPA, great balance.
Overall = 4.2625

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Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Way overrated and nowhere near the hype. Had 2 of my 6 pack and gave the other 4 away to friends. To each their own. But there are much better beers at a much better price point imho.

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Photo of G_Z_a
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice.

Been about 7 years since I last had one. While it wasn't the hop bomb I remembered, it tasted just as good. That's not to say it isn't hoppy, but after 7 years of drinking really hoppy beers it didn't hit me quite the same way.

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Photo of Jarnol21
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Couldn't get a whole lot on the smell but the hop taste was certainly there deceiving me. What an amazing beer for a 10% IPA I can't wait to get more of this next year. The honey makes this beer brilliant!

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 version from a can. Poured an amber color with just over a fingers worth of foamy head that laces the glass. You get a lot of hop dankness in the smell as well as some breadiness and floral notes. The flavor is all hops combining pine and citrus with the right amount of bitterness. The feel is medium with good carbonation. I had this for the first time last year and now that I live where it is distributed I will continue to look for it each year. This is an amazing beer that deserves the hype.

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Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are an IPA lover or Hops lover in general, this beer is an absolute MUST HAVE. I love IPA's and Hoppy beers in general and this one is the strongest I've ever had in that regard. But what makes this beer a 5 out of 5 for me is the addition of the honey flavor ... It is the icing on the cake and it's what really makes this beer DELICIOUS!

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Photo of hardysf
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Hopslam was awesome. Had a bottle that was 6 days old. Super hop aroma with a touch of honey to finish.

2 months later found another bottle in the cellar, sad to say it is much different. My fault though. Much maltier and way less hop aroma. Do not sit on this beer.

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Photo of Hophead777
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited time only and I couldn't drink enough to satisfy my needs! Love this double IPA. I wish I could have this year round. But I understand the availability of the outstanding Simcoe Hops!

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Photo of cjelden
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly was worried the hype would kill this beer. But it's a beautiful beer to taste. 10 minutes after pouring the bubbles are still rising. The aroma is very nice and fresh. It tastes so balanced and feels oh so crisp. An amazing IPA.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of caramel, toffee and vanilla on the nose (aside from the standard IPA pine and citrus). Far maltier than I expected. Balanced. Very impressive.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amazing head and amber.
Smell: Sweet like caramel.
Taste: That honey is really coming through.
Feel: It's oily and wants to be boozy but that honey balances it out.
Overall: I like it but knowing it's 10% abv, I wouldn't want to drink too much in one sitting.

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Photo of snaxcat
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big mango and dank/sticky pine resin notes, fresh/wet grass, honey aftertaste. Medium/full body with very little alcohol taste considering the 10% abv. Great balance, leaves nothing desired.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am rating this partially as an experiment. I have 2 bottles: One bottled 1/17/14, and one bottled 1/18/15. I'll note the differences here, and give the 2015 (fresh) a rating.

Both Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: No real color or head retention difference between the two.

S (old): Mostly crystal malt aromas. A stiff malty smell.
S (fresh): More tropical fruit.

The new beer is a lot brighter. The old beer tastes more like a barleywine, without any fresh hop character. More of the sweet grain in the old beer.

M: Since the new beer finishes a little brighter, it feels a little less heavy. The hop balance is key there.

Overall both beers are still pretty good, though the old beer does seem a little less interesting, and maybe a little less bitter, the old beer is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

smells nice, makes my mouth water. hops of course, apricots and papaya w biscuity back

creamy 1.5 inch head, off white and lingering. Soapy.

Orange w continuous effervescence.

smooth taste, interesting, complex. surprisingly good balance of malts and hops. nice alcohol presence.

feels creamy, low noticeable carbonation

Overall great beer. Nice event beer, one to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good beer. has a nice sweet smell with a good off white head. tastes pretty damn good with a slight alcohol presence in the aftertaste. well worth a try

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Warm orange golden. Reminiscent of apple jelly. Head did not last.

S: Hop oil. Hop oil. Hop oil. Oh, sweet hop oil.

M: Has a rough feel with medium body and carb level.

T: Good, strong floral hops. Grape and passion fruits. Pineapple. Biscuit. Lavender honey. It's well above decent as far is DIPAs are concerned, but it doesn't sing to me in the same ways others have.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold draft pour with off white head into 10oz snifter; great lacing. Sweet honey glazed biscuits and some floral hop notes. Malt balances well with hops to hide alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and honey tongue coating. Genius in a bottle.

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Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nearly transparent yellow/gold color(might be some chill haze) with a white foamy head with good retention
S-lots of citrus, some pine, floral notes throughout, malt in the background
T-lots of orange citrus up front mixed with some pine, followed by more orange and the floral notes following through, sweet malt/honey in the finish with a bit of lingering bitterness
M-medium bodied, average carbonation, some alcohol warmth in the finish
O-a very easy drinking beer considering the abv. Excellent balance between the hops and malt profile, while creating nice transitions between the flavors. well crafted brew

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Photo of DeliciousDetroiter
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it from a firkin first and from a traditional tap next. The review is from the tap. Having the two really made me appreciate it a little more. The first few, on other occasions, I felt as though I was trying to like it more than I actually did like it. Tonight is the first time I understood the hype.

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Photo of Rebulu
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells incredible. Tastes very good. All the rage? Nah, but worth a try. Huge citrus and floral nose that stays with initial sip. Sweeter than most, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of I_imbibe
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We were only able to get 1 case of slam in at the shop, and after setting my sixer aside the other 3 were sold before hitting the shelf. First time for me from the bottle, but it tastes just as fresh and pine-citrusy as draft. I love the mouthfeel, really into the carbonation and tight bubbles. Astounding dipa!

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Photo of upton7418
3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Dog fish head IPA glass. bottled 2-2-15

A: orangey gold, clear with a small head that dissipates to almost nothing. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: resiny, and sweet.

T: more malts come through than expected. Bitterness started and then changes into the malty sweetness. Piney aftertaste that doesn't really linger.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.

O: good beer, that was not quite what I expected from a beer with the name HopSLAM. I expected a beer that was overpoweringly Hoppy that made my tastebuds melt. I didn't expect much malt to come through in this beer. The beer came through with a good hoppiness in the beginning with a strong maltiness at the end. After you swallow there the happiness returns, only in the aftertaste. It is def a pretty beer with the alcohol hidden well in the flavors. I am happy I stumbled upon this in the store but I would not go out of my way to hunt it down. Would definitely like to try it right out of the tap and a little more fresh to see if there is a bigger difference.

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Photo of sjantiflow
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up in a trade and its my first one ever. Poured into a nonic with a pale, orange color. As it warms I get a boozy, piney and citrusy aroma. The taste is spectacular. Bursting with hops and fresh citrus, some grapefruit notes. The addition of honey is more like an after-thought, but lends a nice balanced sweetness. As it warms on the palate the alcohol comes through and leaves a pleasant mouthfeel. Its slightly carbonated and dry. Overall, it's a wonderful DIPA. Hopslam lives up to the hype.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,326 ratings.