Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

11,593 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,593
Reviews: 3,420
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2,371
Gots: 2,610 | FT: 62
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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Ratings: 11,593 | Reviews: 3,420
Photo of kudsak
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always good! Nice aroma, good body, a bit bitter, not overly malty.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Nmelione
3.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This years batch did not wow me.

Photo of Borkman18
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing taste. The honey really covers up the boozy back taste.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of bisonfort
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At craft beer factory tasting.

Photo of elkabong
3.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

comes off as one note. not a fan.

Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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

Photo of DeliciousDetroiter
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of JGLittle
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the extra Chris.

1.17.15 bottle- a little age, but still very nice.

Unique flavor with a little pineapple.

Photo of Mini4x
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Keg release at the World of Beer, it wasn't as exciting as I was expecting.

Photo of Jeph222
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is strong. It has that nice hoppy sting, scent, and aftertaste. A tremendous brew from a tremendous brewery.

Photo of Rebulu
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of I_imbibe
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of hoplife
3.09/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer should be called Hypeslam

Photo of tiltednotion
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer but it has too much sweetness from the honey added. Comes through too much.

Photo of upton7418
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of sjantiflow
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Brackh
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a darker orange and golden color. Smells like sweet citrus. Taste the honey for sure. Nice and thick mouthfeel. Super hoppy. Delicious. Lucky to have had this one the last two years. Another world class beer from Bell's.

Photo of blindtiger24
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange with lacing. Faint and pine citrus on the nose with noticeable honey. Sticky sweet. Good malt flavor. Will want to try again with a fresher bottle. Think it was missing some of the intended hop punch.

Photo of klav
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is the best thing about this brew -- an intense gold. Smells tropical. Easy to drink. Refreshing.

Photo of adapt313
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks like summer. Always a nice treet when hopslam comes out to break up the snowy months but I've always kind of wished bell's would switch around hopslam and oracle on the release schedule. Smells like pine, peaches, citrus, and honey. Tastes of fresh floral hops, stone fuits, pine, and honey. Drinks incredibly balanced and smooth and there is just of malty honey sweetness to balance out the bold hop profile but not get sticky sweet or syrupy. Crisp, refreshing, and super drinkable for a 10% hopbomb.

Photo of do_ob
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/20/2015. Sampled and reviewed on March 3, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a nice goldenrod/dark yellow color with barely any head at all. Minimal lacing. Low/moderate carbonation. Smells of hops, pine, and sweet fruit (grapefruit, apples, oranges, mango). Light bodied, and very lively on the palate. Very smooth for 10%. Initial taste is bitter hops with hints of pine, citrus, and orange peel. Settles into a mild, tart sweetness, then another kick of hops and bitterness on the back end.

A great DIPA. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Not the best I've had, but far from the worst. I'd probably pick up a 6 pack if I could find one.

Photo of labattblueribbon
3.41/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unfortuately i've had this beer on two different occasions, one incredibly fresh, one not so much, both disappointed. This beer just hasn't had the the flavor to stack up against other great DIPAS. Very drinkable though.

Photo of Marko84
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Never poured into a glass so idk about look. Who cares about look anyway. This is just some immaculate...erm...stuff. Last year I held this in very regard, challenging the best of the best. Made it a point to secure a case this time. I've never had it's like. Call it a double ipa or whatever, the sweetness of honey makes this beer shine. February is a great time for those of us who look for non-winter-warmers, and hopslam is just that. Can't wait til july to have one outside. A question I always ask to beer folks is...'if you were on death row, and got to pick your last meal and the beer to go along with it, what would that beer be?' KBS, heady, etc. are the typical responses. Give me Hopslam. It is my #1.

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,593 ratings.