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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,268 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,268
Hads: 11,717
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 2,459
Gots: 2,686 | FT: 65
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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Photo of harpus
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber color with a 2 finger head.

S:Fruity and citrusy hops with slight honey scent.

T: The honey takes away a lot of the hop bitterness and also makes the 10%abv go down really smooth. Probably one of the smoothest 10%abv beers I have drank.

M: Smooth with Medium carbonation

D:Some will say its too strong but I feel its highly drinkable. This beer hides the 10% ABV like a 7% ABV beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep gold, just short of orange. The foam off the pour was a mixture of fine, creamy bubbles and larger ones that clung to the glass. The head fell somewhat, leaving some lacing behind. Throughout the glass there was a constant renewal of lace. Intense hop aroma. Grapefruit and pineapple give it a sweet-tart quality and pine resin keeps things interesting. It's a little powdery, floral and smells very fresh. Strong bitterness is kept in check by significant malt sweetness. The malt isn't really complex, but that's not the point. The hops are the point - and there are plenty in here. Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine dominate from start to finish. Quite fruity, actually. Bitterness lingers and there's alcohol warmth from the mid through the finish. Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy texture. This stuff is great. Too many brewers forget about balance in this style, but Bell's has done a great job here. I could drink this all night (at least until the abv caught up with me).

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Photo of cjgator3
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is hops, hops and more fresh hops with some malt and a touch of alcohol in the background. There is a lot of grapefruit and other citrus in the aroma from the hops. The taste like the aroma suggests is dominated by the fresh citrusy hop flavors. There is also a solid malt backbone, but it is overshadowed by the delicious hop profile. The drinkability is extremely high for a brew of this caliber, however it is probably not a good idea to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that is probably my favorite beer IPA/DIPA category. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy orange with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrank and then left no trace.

The smell is a very hoppy with big notes of grapefruit.

The taste on first sip is certainly hoppy. Plenty of grapefruit hitting my palate and hitting it in a good way. I note a good malt presence that gives it a nice sweet counter to the hops. It seems to be in perfect balance.

Man, a few more sips in as it warms up a bit and the hops are now in almost total control and..I'm loving it. Oh wait, there goes that malt presence again; dang, just when you think the hop bitterness is going to take over completely, that malt comes back and yells at you. ;^) Even the finish, at various times, seems to alternate between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I shake my head on how this could be so...

I appreciate DIPAs that are hop dominated and ones that have a good hop/malt balance and this one is an excellent example of the latter. I wouldn't hesitate to try HopSlam again. Not for a second. ;^)

Bottom line: Absolutely delicious. Thanks to Wasatch for allowing me to try this wonderful brew!

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks oakbluff for hooking me up with this beauty!

Pours a hazed golden, thin white head forms, settles to a ring around the glass, nice lacing. Smell is massive pine, tons of citrus, floral, every hop smell imaginable, they must use a boatload, grapefruit acidity, no malt in my nose, excellent. Taste is a grapefruit truck, almost puckering with hops, lots of citrus and pine, again almost no malt, slight graininess, not a lot of depth the the hops certainly slam you good. Balanced in the sense the IBU's match the malt, not overdone in that sense but hopped to hell and back. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol warmth. Not bad at all, thanks Scott!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange/gold color. Poured a 3 finger billowy white head with excellent retention. Laced in big sticky gops that slowy coated the inside of the glass.

S: Big citrus (lemon peel) and grapefruit. Sweet caramel malt. Pine fouindation.

T: Big citrus again along with assorted fruits. More distinct caramel note then powerful bittering hops in the finish.

M: Medium to full body. Well-balanced carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Good balance overall.

D: ABV alone may limit drinkability, but can't go wrong with flavor and balance.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange appearance. Slightly hazed. Bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is substantial and weblike.The nose of this beer pure and simple kicks serious ass. All the citric goodness of lemon rind and pink grapefruit pulp along with canabis and smokey pine resin. The taste translates all of that goodness from the nose onto the palate. The bright citric tones of grapefruit and lemon. And smokey, resinous, raw Mary Jane. Bitterness is not clean, but not real abrasive either. Kind of in between. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Body is a little better than medium. Toffeeish malt way in the background, but there nonetheless. A top notch IIPA no doubt. One of the absolute best as a matter of fact.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3-14-2011

12oz bottle poured into a Ping Glass.
bottle code 10127

A- Pours a light orange color with a white- almost nonexistent head.

S- Smells like lemon, orange, and honeysuckel.

T- Honey, oranges, tangerines.

D- Drinks too sweet for me.

O- I was really excited for this one, but I was a bit let down how sweet it was.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite what some say, this beer is available well beyond January, I just bought some last week at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee and my brother just had some on tap in AZ a few weeks before that. Furthermore, El Bait Shop in Des Moines indicated they had just run out of a keg 2 weeks ago.

A dark yellow appearance, minimal head and lacing quickly dissolves. Aroma is a little sweet, and not as hop aromatic as something I would expect calling itself 'Hopslam'.

Taste, again, less hop feel, good honey, but extremely enjoyable. Many make more hay than necessary out of this beer's 'freshness'. Yes, it changes, but the impact on the beer's quality is minimal, if at all. Buy a 6'er, drink one per week, they'll all be different, but not to the degree some will try and convince you of. Big hops, and a substantial body, whether from the malt roasting or honey to give some counterbalance.

14.99 a 6'er = pricey, when you figure you can get PTE, a superior product, for less than $5 a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of markgugs
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tall weiss glass (review from Batch 7690 - bottled late Oct. 2006)

A: An absolutely stunning-looking beer, all golden orange and cloudy. Forms an ample cream-colored head with massive amounts of lacing. A beaut!

S: Smells delicious too, you can tell there are centennial hops in this brew (and at 100+ IBUs, a lot of them). Strong sweet floral & grapefruit aromas, HopSlam makes my mouth water.

T/M: Not for the faint of heart, this is a massive DIPA, both in body, ABV & taste. Loads of sweet malts massage the tongue up front, only to quickly give way to a bruising level of juicy, bitter hoppiness. HopSlam is at once both thirst-quenching and hangover-inducing.

D: If I were say, inhuman, I would drink these all day and all night. Since I'm not, I'll say the reasonable limit is about 3-4 per night. Beyond that and you're risking severe intoxication, as this beer is far too easy to drink given it's 9.3-10% ABV.

Highly recommended, one of the few beers that absolutely lives up to its massive hype.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks more like a plain jane pale ale than an INDIA pale ale. Some sediment floating around, mostly at the bottom. Dark gold to light amber in hue. The arom reeks of every kind of citrus. Very complex hop nose with a little malt in the background. The balance of flavor is tilting towards hop overlod. Only a special group of beer enthusiasts can handle it. Lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, nectarines, even some limes, lets not forget the light floral hint detected from this beer. The name sake is perfect for this beer. The palate is definetly cloying and syrupy and resiny. Just coats the tongue and lingers till it decides to leave. A beer with some attitude thats for sure.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received an extra in a trade. Unfortunately though this was bottled on 12/29/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear orangey golden hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave some light creamy blanket and thin side lacing.

S - Light hops. Really darn light. Nice honey sweetness on the nose along with unfortunately alot of malts.

T - Hmm..ALOT of honey, which is pretty nice. Some malty sweetness and light piney hop bitterness. A great deal of honey with this, which is pretty cool. Not used to getting so much honey in a beer. Nice bitter finish with a good floral after taste.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and hides the alcohol nicely. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable.

O - At first I didnt like this beer. Too malty, not enough ops. As I drank though it grew on me. Nice honey sweetness and good bitter pine finish. Would like to try this fresh and see how it compares as I believe the hops have definitely faded with the 5 months of age.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, batch 7741, packaged on 11/28/06. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about a half inch white head which goes away pretty quickly. With a name like HopSlam, of course it smells like hops. Citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops dominate, with some malt in there. It tastes pretty much the same, but the citrus taste is stronger, with grapefruit, lemon and some orange in the taste, along with a piney/floral taste and some grain/malt. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with it being creamy and oily. Just the right amount of carbonation, too. The relatively high ABV isn't very noticable, and it's very, very drinkable. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is priced at $15.99 per 6-pack in Columbus, not close to the cheapest DIPA but then again not the most expensive (Rogue Imperial or Goose Island Imperial IPA). Still it's a lot of money for a 6-pack. I opted for a single bottle at Whole Foods.

Bright orange color with thin wet head. no lacing. Smells like citrucy fruit juice, mostly grapefruit and apricots and maybe pears. And also a faint aroma of cat piss. That's a bad thing in general but I've noticed the aroma in some other DIPA's which I've liked. In this case I think the pee smell doesn't knock the score, I'm rating the beer based on its style.

The taste is intense grapefruit and alcohol. Pretty bitter after-taste. A little burn in the belly after each sip.

Mouthfeel is good if somewhat puckering. Drinkability is decent, I like this sensory abuse.

Good for those who like it rough. With pee.

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

BA review #800!

12oz Bottle - big thanks to iguenard for this one

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges, peaches, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thick on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. It also has lots of fruit flavours going on, pineapple, tangerines, grapefruit and some peaches. I can also pick up on the booze a little bit, and it provides a nice warming feeling as it goes down. It finishes with a sweet tropical fruit aftertaste with a long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – I know my bottle isn't the freshest, but I still thought this was an incredible beer. Either it really held up well, or the fresh stuff is going to blow my mind. Definitely one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +9%

From a freshly tapped keg, hops, hops, hops in the aroma and flavor balanced with liberal malt and alcohol. As the keg ages the hops die down and the malt moves forward. Find a fresh keg and drink your fill. Its a beautiful beer - brilliant gold, medium body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit first and foremost, with good amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of adjunct sweetness from the honey.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are overtaken almost immediately by loads of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. The honey doesn't really stand out as a flavor, instead adding a bit of sweetness and lightening up the bitterness. The ending is mildly bitter and a bit of residual sweetness if left lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I didn't think Hopslam lost a step over last year's. The honey adds a bit more body however the sweetness detracts from the drinkability by just a tad. Still, this is worth seeking out.

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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/29/11.

Pours a slightly opaque dark lemon yellow with a medium size fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving sticky resinous lacing along the side of the glass and a small cap of white foam.

Aromas are burst out of the glass highlighted by a citrus overload; clementine, lemon, grapefruit, blood orange, etc. After you get past the hops, and the beer warms, you can detect the sweet honey maltiness. I have encountered beers with a sweet honey bready maltiness, but this smells like honey which is quite pleasant and unique.

The tastes directly follow the nose but reverse like most DIPAs. The sweet honey and biscuity maltiness opens up and assaults the palate, but then immediately you are assaulted with grapefruit, blood orange and pineapple hop flavors. Lemony bitterness lingers on the palate for a decent amount of time after you sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is semi-sweet from the honey yet in the end the bitterness wins out.

Overall, for my first experience with HopSlam, I was quite pleased. The high ABV seeks up on you and is no where detectable, which makes it quite dangerous. I do have to say that I am slightly dissapointed overall. While this is a super beer, it is by no means my favorite DIPA, mainly because of its potency and lingering bitterness despite the ample sweet honey flavors. Definitely a great beer but I will take Heady Topper over this everyday of the week.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of the thousands of people trying this I consider myself special getting an entire growler fill (felt I overpaid though spending 23.25 for the fill)

A - Stunning IPA color, bright golden light amber with a light head that does make for some bubbly lacing.

S - Not so much "in your face" hops smell but I did get pine and citrus with a very well placed honey.

T - I couldn't believe how light the flavor actually was. Harsh at first making me think the IBU's were around 70 or 80 my palate adjusted itself. After the second pour the honey and hops played a symphony on my tongue. The malt base being the most complex I ever seen I could barley detect the ABV unless warmed but in my experience it was best served cold. Amazing.

M - It was pretty hard to get a feel but mostly medium bodied even warmed it was still very drinkable.

D - Wow it was amazing and worth every penny (which I kept telling myself in a drunk state) I could never imagine killing off a mini-keg within a few days time because just 5 put me under. Still to date it was one of the most drinkable DIPA's I ever got my hands on. If you can find a sixer for under 20 bucks buy it. It will be worth every penny.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle right from the brewery into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a clear light golden orange with light carbonation. The thing white head rises about a finger but is gone pretty quickly. The lacing is ok.

The aroma is medium in strength with lots of sweet citrus dominating. The cirtus comes in the flavor of grapefruit with only a little hop at the end.

The taste is great, very complex. It is sweet to start more grapefruit then towards the middle you get some nice hops, but not overpowering, so its very drinkable. The hops last for a very long time and finish with a tiny bit of honey.

The feel is nice and very drinkable.

This is a very good ipa, well balanced and drinkable. Definetley up there with PtE.

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Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orangey-amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A huge aroma of hops that smacks you the second you open the bottle. Also has a big citrus presence.

T: Tastes of hops, pineapple, a piney element and some malt, Complex, vibrant, powerful and extremely tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable Imperial IPA. Not for the faint of heart, but a great beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: citrus hops, sweetness, hint of grapefruit

Ap: golden-orange with a 1 fingher white head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, well-balanced, smooth

Af: citrus hops and malty sweetness, the taste does not stick around very long

O: hopped up/sweeter version of Bell's Two Hearted.


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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish light copper with a two-finger head that left lace on the glass. A mix of hops and some sweet malts in the smell. Medium-bodied with a huge hop bite that goes down smooth and finishes clean (I'm not used to that in a DIPA). I kept hearing about grapefruit in this beer and there is definitely grapefruit notes coming from the hops, for a drying yet also semi-sweet sensation. It is rather noticeable in this beer and I haven't had a DIPA that quite tasted like this. And while this along with sweet malts made for an interesting taste, the grape feeling wore on me a little.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Maduro, 3$ during happy hour

appearance: pours a slightly hazy light golden orange color, 1/3" white foam head with light frothy lacing...a little light for the style perhaps

smell: yikes...pungent hops all over the place, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit...pungent green hops, super floral, high amount of sweetness...delightful aroma on draft

taste: very juicy, pungent grapefruit hops, light pine, orange-citrus, mango and other tropical fruit, a touch syrupy, grassy hay, sugary sweet, for 9.3% the abv hides pretty well. Look forward to getting a bunch of this in the bottle but the draft version is certainly nice...a juiced up 2 hearted, kind of

mouthfeel: medium body, moderate bitterness, sugary sweet, syrupy

drinkability: good

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask last night at Rustico.

Cask Hopslam pours a suffuse orange with a mild haze and not much head, surprisingly so. That, though, is the only disappointing about this beer. On the nose, there's a brilliant hop character, prominent and complex with pine and tropical fruit - pineapple, orange, mango. Just brilliant. On the palate, this beer is just brilliant. All the hops come through spectacularly. Light in body with a bit of sweetness that balances the hops really well, this beer is a treat. The cask conditioning of this beer really takes it to another level with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. And the drinkability? My first pint lasted 10 minutes.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 3,268 ratings.