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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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3,269 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,269
Hads: 11,752
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 2,496
Gots: 2,707 | FT: 63
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:
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: 3,269 | Hads: 11,752
Photo of LanguedocRocks
3.37/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


Way too sweet for my liking. It's not a bad beer, but it's nothing special. I would much prefer to drink the local DIPA's around VA/MD/DC then this. Maybe if the price comes down it will taste better.

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Photo of lightsovrvegas
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing ale. However, do I think its worth the hype no not one bit. Its has an amazing feel and the taste is great. but i really want more honey in the taste. I think you get that honey thickness and warmth in the feel but not in the taste. It looks like any IPA, idk why its even a qualifier. Smelled like an IPA.

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Photo of couchsending
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a smooth DIPA. For 10% it's crazy easy to drink. Not the flavor explosion that the other highly rated doubles are but I'll gladly drink this again.. and again... and again.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to be quite honest, this is an ok IPA. I enjoy it and will drink again if I come across it in season without the fuss over where to get it. Not one of the top IPAs in the world by any stretch of the imagination though. Not even better than two hearted (not even close IMO). The hype is probably a result of the market being flooded by incredible IPAS in the last 5 or so years. This was probably the best around ten years ago, but now its being past over. My negative statements about this beer are not intended to make a claim that this is a BAD beer, IT IS GOOD! It is not however one of the best beers, or even IPA's that I've had. In any case I'll give a bit of a review as well.

Clear light amber in color. Slight honey in the aroma along with fairly heavy malt and a touch of booze. Nice balance of slightly bitter pine hoppiness and malt, the honey definetely brings the sweetness out a bit more. The body is medium with little carbonation. The bitterness lingers for a fair amount of time which is quite nice.

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Photo of blakenarron
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant to drink, however, not what I was expecting based off of the high demand. Taking into account the price, I can't see myself searching this beer out to drink again.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden beer with a thin head, sits in the glass with a bright shine waiting to be drank. Light, crisp, sweet body. Taste of fresh lemon grass, honey comb, butterscotch, pine, and orange peel. Alcohol is present on the nose but the smooth taste covers it nicely.

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Photo of Garvey
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What a great welcome to the Beer Advocate community. Berg77 generously gave me 2 bottles of this to try along with a plethora of Iowa Beer Distro tips and info. I knew Hopslam would be good, but I was beginning to think that it couldn't possibly live up to the hype.

I tried a glass up at a friends cabin this weekend and can say that I would not change a single thing about this beer. Looks beautiful in a glass; I could smell it all day; and it has a perfect balance of sharp, hoppy bitterness and delicate "nectar of the gods" sweetness. Would definitely drink another glass of this liquid gold...in fact, maybe I will today. Thanks again Berg77 for the gift!

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yes, people will say this beer is overhyped. Maybe so. However, this is a very well balanced DIPA. Honey gives it a nice balance. Definitely worth seaking out once a year.

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Photo of Slack
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with maybe a half inch of head. Good lacing around the glass. Smells like citrus, grapefruit and some pine. Taste is grapefruit up front with sweetness in the middle and a hoppy finish. Mouthful is medium with decent carbonation and a bit of oil. Overall it is a really nice dipa. The hype around this beer is probably overstepped some which drives the price but it is worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Light Amber leaning towards copper with an off white head.

Smells of grapefruit and fresh citrus with a floral bouquet.

Starts with a hoppy, bouncy, sweet, and bitter grapefruit. It has a slight, slick malt middle rounding into sweet orange and mango mouth coating. Complex flavors continue to bounce around the palate - very lively and delicious.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Hazy orange liquid topped by a finger of ivory head that settles to a clingy ring. Streaks and dots of lacing are left behind. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, bread, citrus zest, a bit of honey and some alcohol. Taste follows the nose, with a beautiful sweetness up front that is abruptly replaced by a mellow lingering bitterness and some wafting booziness. On the full side of medium body, creamy but sadly not as sticky as I’d have liked, medium foamy carbonation, drying and boozy on the finish.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure about the hype...that being said, this is a very good IPA! Having followed a Stone collaboration Green Tea IPA, I honestly can't tell much difference in taste. But then again, what does that tell ya?! It tells me Hop Slam is on-par with the best-of-the-best!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. Pours amber color with 1 finger off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma gives florel hops. More oiliness than citrusy. I get a solid presence of malt. Some dankness.

This is a big, thick, mouth- coating beer. This is definitely more of an east-coast IPA. Multiple flavors going on. First is that strong hop florelness, followed by some dankness. I get some nice citrus for a second after the florelness. It transitions into an onion and garlic taste in the middle of the mouth. I get a nice strong malt presence at the end with a kiss of honey. Right before the end of the sip is an alcohol hit that almost brings a slight spice to the sip.

I use to LOVE east cost style IPA's. While they are way more balanced than their counterparts, they are just so thick! The beer boasts extreme hoppiness. I think if the malt was tamed down, this would be more present. However, for the style, it is very good! I understand why this is the OG of the IPA world. I pair it with a grilled whole fish with lemon and capers. I give it a 93.6/100.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep copper red pour with little or no head that never really dissapates and leaves a nice light lace on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops and more piney spicey hops just flowering through the nose. Slight sweetness in the back of the nose.

Taste: Sweet hit up front with a quick hit of hops. Hop oil in the middle with a suprisingly clean finish.

Feel: Medium-heavy mouth feel with a clean finish.

Overall: Quite a good beer that lives up to it's reputation.

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Photo of Mikus
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lived up to the hype for me. Bottled 1/10/15. Into the Spiegelau a clear, golden, super carbed beauty with a finger of pure, white head. Could smell it from the table. Bright astringent pine, grapefruit, solid nose, but not overpowering. Hint of honey and booziness after awhile. Sweet on the front of the tongue, followed by solid pine in the middle and a classic, big bitterness towards the end... mellowing into a nice honey sweetness. Grapefruit/citrus came out a bit more for me as the glass warmed up. Solid mouthfeel, refreshing but not run of the mill... I expect that the honey added some of this aspect. Totally worth the hype. Our great local bottle shop held us a few. Well worth a trip, and a try. Exceeded expectations.

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Photo of Mcj6986
3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer and it is very smooth. It's just way to sweet for me, especially compared to the far superior IPAs and DIPAs on the market now. Overhyped...

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Photo of MNJR
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap yesterday. One of the best. One of the original "crazy hop" beers. But, it isn't piney or grapefruit-y or other sometimes too intense hopped-up flavors. The honey is there, and the hops have an actually kind of cool and mellow flavor considering the name. A thick, nearly syrupy brew with fine carbonation. Beautiful flavor. Excellent. I have had it bottled, but the tap is the way to go, less foamy and more silky.

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Photo of rjs246
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll preface this by saying that I don't usually like sweet IPAs. Now that I've said that this stuff was delicious and well worth the purchase. It doesn't crack my short list of favorite DIPAs, but it's close and I can't wait to finish off the six pack.

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Photo of maxson924
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it literally the best beer ever? No. Is it worth the hype? Yep. Well worth getting if it's practical for you. Kinda reminds me of an even better Jai Alai, but with honey instead of hints of orange.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a single into a Bell's snifter

a: glowing apricot with a little haze (at first) and a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a few minutes
s: very nice! pine resin, peach, grassy herbal and floral hops
t: bready biscuity start, some smooth sticky honey, then the hops you get on the nose suffuse the last two thirds of the mouthful, ending with a kind of tea-like resin bitterness balanced with honey. very different flavor profile than many of the big-time double ipas, very interesting and enjoyable. doesn't exactly slap you upside the head with hoppiness, but they're there
m: smooth and syrupy, lower carbonation, hides alcohol well, ends with a dryness and gentle but insistent bitterness that lingers and builds. not too heavy, considering the abv, but solid body.

overall: nicely built. great (and somewhat unique) kind of bittness. a sipper.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Gelder
4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with the nose; piney and almost mango-ey, like the best WC IPAs I've tried. Honey immediately noticeable in taste and texture. Unlike any IPA I've tried, honestly, but reminds me of the fruitier SD IPAs I've tasted (without going malty). Can't quite put my finger on the aftertaste; almost tart, but not infection. Like a DFH90 w/o the malt. Booze definitely present in nose and taste as it warms. Piney but sticky sweet; wouldn't go so far as to call it resinous like a Rip Current signature, though. Glad I finally got to try... Not quite the IPA the 100 rating led me to expect, but an awesome, fun (dangerous, shareable) beer that isn't anywhere close to what "HypeSlam" claims had me worried it could be. All in all, a great beer, and a good IPA.

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Photo of steveh
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A trade gift from the resident hophead at work. Only ever had Hopslam on tap in the past.

A -- Pours a hazy peach color with a dense, long-lasting white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Aroma starts piny and resiny then mellows to light tropical fruit esters. An earthy, herbal character develops with more warming.

T -- First taste is lightly sweet biscuit malt that folds into fruit esters and then into resiny bitter hops. The biscuit malt maintains an underlying presence as a good balance backbone to the hop and yeast characters. Bitterness lingers in the finish along with peppery alcohol. Resiny bitterness continues through the aftertaste, but never really becomes harsh.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp up front and syrupy on the tongue with a dry finish, much warming from alcohol, and a medium-robust mouthfeel.

O -- A great interpretation of the style that remains strong in its hoppiness without hitting palate wrecking degrees. ABV strength makes it a definite sipper.

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Photo of Big_V
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden amber with 1 finger white frothy head.
S-Tropical notes, melon, and pine.
T-Hops upon hops upon HOPS! Truly lives up to the name. Front end nothing but hops followed by pine resin on the back end. Truly drinkable though.
M-Medium carbonation and mouthfull.
O-I thought it lives up to the hype and name but the $25 price for a six-pack is ridiculous. They had plenty and no purchase limit. I'll buy another 6 on next years release but not worth the price if you ask me.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured Hopslam into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy light amber with a half a finger of white head.

S - The aroma is of citrus, melon, grapefruit, pine.

T - Initial taste is bitter hops with grapefruit, pine resin. Mid palate getting some sweetness and melon flavors with a touch of coconut. Finally on the aftertaste I'm getting more bitter pine and grapefruit.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A really good IPA. Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of Tom_Thivierge
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is Wow. Great overall IPA. Just hoppy enough without going overboard. Just enough citrus without making you feel like you're sucking on a grapefruit. Good color. One finger head. Worth the wait. Glad I got my hands on some this time around. Some say a little pricey, but compared to domestic beer at a bar, I'll take this all day long.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 3,269 ratings.