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 fscottkey
3.41/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Very transparent orangish color. Forms a big 2 finger head of dense white bubbles. The can lists the ABV (10.0%) and there is a born on date (01/28/16).

S: [3.00] The nose is pretty muted. I am getting light notes of pineapple and lemon.

T: [3.50] Lemon, orange rind, peppery, a hint of sweet maltiness in the middle. A little bit of alcohol on teh tail end.

M: [3.50] Medium body and carbonation. Does not have the heavy bitter finish of a lot of IPAs.

O: [3.50] This is a good beer. I like the inclusion of some maltiness to balance things out. It is not aggressively bitter but there is some bitterness. The flavor profile is pretty good but the nose is totally lacking. I feel like it is possible to do a lot more with 10% ABV than this.

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Photo of Strike00
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice golden amber with a head that sticks around.
S: nice hoppy smell but not typical for a DIPA. A deep sweetness to it.
T: Maltier then I expected. You can taste the homey and the balanced malt along with the hops. The alcohol is prevalent in the taste.
F:medium bodied and sticky.

O: pretty good. might go for some just as good cheaper options from now on though.

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Photo of N8jones
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Slam is a refreshing XXIPA. Be careful it is smoothness, aroma, and overall mouth feel will make you want to drink the six pack, however it's ABV is 10. Great unique beer!

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Photo of Gradman44
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark, hazy golden pour, maintained white fluffy head

S- piny with bits of fresh squeezed citrus, a hint of malt enough to keep the hops from being too overwhelming, smells balanced

T- initial hoppy taste but smooth finish, not sure if it’s the malt or honey

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, coats the palate

O- Phenomenal

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Photo of DovGibor
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2/1/16 can poured into snifter glass. Crystal clear dark amber liquid with a solid head and good retention. Aroma is piney upfront with light floral and grassy notes in the background. A quick swirl reinvigorates the head and releases sweet notes of honey and malt. The aroma is big and hoppy, but not overpowering. It's meant to be enjoyed, not to knock you out.

Taste begins with sweet malt than quickly adds intense hop bitterness. It's smooth bitterness; strong but not at all harsh. Another sip presents bread and citrus notes. As it warms, a little alcohol heat joins the party.

This is a big, rich beer. Classical hops and classical malts balance well in a strong brew. Is it hype or substance? Depends on what you are looking for. It's not a modern juice-bomb IPA; it's not bittering hops beyond belief; it's intensity is old school. If you're looking for a classic beer, it will deliver.

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Photo of godlessape
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy honey sunset, topped with fluffy off white pillow that sinks slow leaving scattered lacing.
The pine and citrus aromas hit the nose first followed by burnt toffee, and a slight wiff of booze.
All the citrus and pine notes mentioned above combine perfectly with the deep rich caramel malt. This beer tastes so good I finished it wayyyyyyyyy to quickly.

This is my first Hopslam and it was everything I expected. Like a Bells Two Hearted Ale ×2.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

A nice golden color. Rich foamy head about 2 fingers with good retention.

Piney nose with a slight hint of citrus. A little sweet smelling.

Sweet with a pine resin flavor. A little bit of caramel.

Body is a little syrupy. Good carb.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear amber with a foamy white cap of head that retains well, some lacing but not much.

Nose is juicy floral hop notes - big and bright.

Flavor is a robust hop profile - juicy, dank, tropical, and a bit of citrus - it's basically all there. The touch of honey sweetness pulls this back and doesn't make it rely solely on the malt (which is muted in a good way here). Finish is long and bitter sweet - very well rounded. Much better than I remember.

Feel is solid but mostly typical. The honey smooths things out a bit. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light golden appearance thick head. Smells of light hops and a little honey. Taste is pretty subdued. Certainly doesn't wallop you with hop flavor. Pretty nice to have that subtle hop flavor. Not a fruity hop, more a flowery, grassy. Nice sweetness from the honey. Taste of the alcohol in there. Overall, glad to pick up a six pack this go around. Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice golden orange amber color that's clear with a good white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - pine and grapefruit, mango, peach, legitimately good, some caramel malts balance it out
T - grapfruit, citrus zest, mango, peach, lots of citrus. Pine. Balanced by a nice caramel malt presence. Sweet.
M - light to medium mouthfeel. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste is sweet grapefruit, mango, peach, orange.
O - great beer. Can't complain about anything here. I disagree with this being hyped. It's not a dank ipa, it's more sweet/clean tasting but it is perfect for the style just not the most up to date, seems like everyone wants their ipas as fans as possible now.

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

Poured into a traditional pint glass. Very nice color and a nice head. The aroma of hops was plentiful. The taste was a very satisfying hops deliciousness! Great beer!

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Photo of drew42e
3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey orange with decent head. Aroma is "hoppy" but i think the simcoe that is not my favorite aroma. Hops and malts pretty balanced and i do get a little honey, but just underwhelming flavor profile. Finishes a bit boozy too. I generally am pretty close to the average rating for top beers, this is a rare outlier, bit disappointing for a top 200 beer

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

Poured from a can into a tulip glass

L: Pours a semi-opaque dark golden color. Two fingers of thick creamy white head leave generous lacing on my glass.

S: Citrus and honey... fruity.

T/F: In a word... 'yum!'. Malts are up front with some honey sweetness... gradually giving way to a fruity citrus hop profile. Orange zest and grapefruit... well carbonated and resinous/oily on the tongue.

O: Just a fantastic beer, and one I really lucked into (I went to the local beer store... arriving at the same time as the delivery truck... saw the guys in line... joined them... and voila!). One of those hyped up beers that lives up to expectations. Delicious... and probably the best beer I've had from Bell's.

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Photo of Jaskok
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i am having this years hopslam after my first taste of hop juju, maybe not fair sampling after such a great ale as hop juju. last year i had hopslam on tap on opening day, was far better on tap than bottled or canned. no big surprise. i was kind of disappointed last year after that experience. but still a great ale.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam is somewhat of a unique animal. Honey isn't typically part of the mash for an imperial IPA, but it seems to work here. The honey does more than lend a large amount of easily fermentable sugar, the flavor and aroma of clover honey comes through when drinking it. Head was pretty substantial upon the pour, a mix of medium and small sized bubbles, bright white, topping an amber colored and lightly hazy liquid beneath.

This is a beer that features malt and hops in equal measure. The name is somewhat deceiving, as while the hops are definitely big and in your grill, the malts are just as pronounced. I got some pretty ripe melon, almost a fermented melon smell, along with pine needle and citrus oils in the nose. There's a flowery bouquet as well but I can't pin it down more than that. Flavor brings in the honey, and a pretty deeply resinous malt punch. Hop bitterness is assertive enough to keep the malts in check and reward each sip with a pleasant finish on the sides of my tongue.

There is booze to be found in the aroma, I get the essence of it when exhaling after a swallow. Mouthfeel is on the sticky side, not a sugar bomb but certainly not what I'd call a dry or crisp finish. I actually wouldn't mind if that part of this beer was lightened up somewhat, but then I suppose it wouldn't be Hopslam anymore.

Great beer, worth trying to anyone that has never had it. That said I don't think if it was harder to get that I'd really go nuts trying to find it. One or two six packs a season seems plenty to me.

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

Poured hazy light orange with one finger white head that had good retention and lacing. Scent was subtle pine, citrus with sweetness. Flavor was a pine, grapefruit, with noticeable sweet malty character with lingering boozy after taste that didn't overpower. Good, not worth chasing trucks for though.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange with a white head and spotty lacing. Smells sweet and dank with the faint scent of honey. The taste is malty sweet with honey and really nice bitter hops. Really nice beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Semi-hazy amber-orange with a few bubbles a tight white creamy head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell: Lots of pulpy yellow grapefruit and orange, grassy and floral; also pretty dank and resinous with some faint sweetness. Perhaps a touch of tropical notes; pineapple, papaya, passionfruit.

Taste: Loads of yellow grapefruit, orange, and a bit of lemon up front, dankness and pine resin. Incredibly smooth, balanced, and drinkable. A firm yet subtle malt backbone of caramel, toast, and honey. Lights notes of pineapple and papaya. Finishes dank and grassy, but only faintly bitter.

Feel: Slick, smooth, and creamy. Just enough carbonation to roll it nicely over the palate, but feels slick in the mouth like cream.

Overall: Another whale that did not disappoint. A top notch double/triple IPA worth seeking out, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Kurt_Dog
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good double ipa. Big malt backbone. Bitter, gritty finish (you can feel the amount of hops on your teeth). This IPA tastes dated (I had a fresh glass on tap). It isn't very fruity, tropical or dank. I guess this is east coast vs. west coast. I would have to say that east coast / midwest, at least Michigan is falling majorly behind west coast IPA's, esp. California. I can think of a dozen better IPAs in California off the top of my head.

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Photo of NatoMasochism
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 can poured into tulip glass. Love that smell.

Very consistent to the last 3 years and canning has not had any noticeable impact on the taste.

Regardless of the hype, it's still one of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply incredible. In the world of double IPAs, Hopslam is a king. Hop forward, balanced, and insanely drinkable despite the abv. This is a must try if you have never had the pleasure. Tropical, piney, and grassy hops dominate. The honey provides a slightly sweet and smooth finish. Just an amazing IPA. Get it if you can.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Crystal clear golden orange that pours a two finger pearl colored head. Very nice lacing down the glass.
Smell: Earthy, floral hop with some bready-malt undertones.
Taste: Perfect balance between bitterness and sweet that really allows the hops to flourish. Citrus (grapefruit, orange) and earthy, floral hops with some very nice sweetness towards the back end of the taste. Honey notes are present, but not overly dominant. Very smooth finish.
Feel: Medium body with less than sudsy carbonation.
Overall: A spectacular double IPA worthy of high marks. Not for those new to the style or perhaps craft beer in general, but it is a fantastically complex and enjoyable beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HopfordBeerham
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just came across this elusive elixir for the second time. This time I had it from a can, last year I had the bottle. This stuff is amazing. Hoppy, strong, and subtly sweet; very drinkable. Bells in general is hard to come by in the NY/NJ area but I found it at Press 195 tonight in Bayside Queens! Salud!!

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

APPEARANCE: Golden to orange. Finger+ of off white foamy head. Small amount of tiny bubbles rising. Nice, thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Some citrus, pine, and grass as it warms. Honey? Ok, there is a sweetness there that I can imagine to be honey like. The beer does have a nice aroma, malty & hoppy citrus mostly, it smells like it's going to be a balanced beer.
TASTE: Big malt sweetness. Nice hoppy citrus and pine notes, and pleasant, mild bitterness. A little alcohol as it warms.
FEEL: Full body. Average carbonation. A bit sticky, dries on the finish. Just the slightest bit of astringency to the beer, but very mild.
OVERALL: A really pleasant DIPA. It is very balanced though, between malt and hops. Don't know if I would have called this HopSLAM... But, it's a really tasty brew.

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Photo of Davey-C
3.12/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2/11/16 from can dated on box "1/8/16" from pint glass. Aroma: initial aroma dominated by pine hops and hop resin. Aroma develops to reveal moderate malt sweetness (Carmel) and bubble-gum fruity (pineapple, pear, tropical fruit) hop aromas. Appearance: moderately clear with light cloudiness. Copper color. Good head retention with 3/4" just off-white head that persists for 5+ minutes leaving film that persists. Heavy lacing. Flavor: moderate malt sweetness combined with high levels of hop flavor - clashing. Balance is hop forward. Yeast characteristics of "clean" American ale strain. Finish is moderately sweet and persists. Hop flavors of pine and sweet fruit (bubble gum, pineapple, tropical fruit, stone cherries). High hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body. Medium carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth. Moderately creamy - coating mouth. No astringency or acidity. Overall: high levels of malt and hops and alcohol muddle flavors. Consider lowering dextrinious malts, mash at lower temp to reduce sweetness in finish and allow hops to be expressed. A fair attempt at a difficult style that has fierce competition. Cloying sweetness and lack of standout hop aroma and flavor don't make me a fan. This beer seems to have quite the following, perhaps I got a bad can?

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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