Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
Big thanks to Wedge421 for hooking me up here!
Pours a clear copper, close to a light amber, with a thick frothy head that leaves some minor lacing as it dies away. The nose is grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pine, and lime. This hops-on-steroids smell is echoed in the taste, which showcases citrus, ruby red grapefruits, tart blood oranges, the basic essence of 50/50, and a deep backbone of light caramel and buttery toffee. This seems like the epitome of the DIPA flavor profile. The body is fairly light, with medium carbonation and a crisp finish that leaves the tongue rather moist, refreshed. I can't find much bad to say about this brew...worthy of the hype it receives.
06-14-2010 03:41:43 | More by TMoney2591
4.58/5 rDev +2%
2011: It's been over 4 years, time to re-review.
How palate's have changed. This is pretty much hop crack, can't get enough. Sweet citrusy aroma, purely intoxicating... tropical hints of mango, and candied pineapple. Hugely resiny hop flavor, sweet and bitter with pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe notes. Firmly bitter aftertaste, very drying too from the 10%, yet no trace of the ABV in the taste. Dangerously drinkable for sure.
11-29-2006 A 4.1
Hazy yellow-orange pour, unfiltered with suspended particles. Lots of foam, which recedes to a frothy sheet on the sides of the glass. Smells potent, of concentrated pine and floral hops.
Taste is bracing at first, but not a whole lot more bitter than the Alpha King I just had. Hopslam feels a bit more slick and resiny, with notes of pine and bright grapefruit.
Overall, IPA's aren't the first thing i'll reach for, but this is very approachable. A great new offering from Bell's...
11-29-2006 01:08:31 | More by emerge077
4.88/5 rDev +8.7%
A - Pours out a copper color with a large, foamy white head. Leaves lacing.
S - Smells of grapefruit, some honey, pine and bubblegum sweetness. There is a mild caramel nose, too.
T - Big hoppy bitterness but not puckering because the honey mellows things out. It has a great grapefruit taste from the hops and some sweet caramel maltiness to accompany it.
M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied DIPA that is SO easy to drink..
D - An amazing beer. I've never had a beer with such a strong hop preence matched by a strong sweet presence until now.
01-25-2007 02:18:14 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance - Burnt orange with great clarity and an off-white one-inch head. Solid head retention.
Smell - Honey-like sweetness mixed with pungent, boozy tropical fruit and citrus.
Taste and mouthfeel - Very balanced and actually fairly sweet, especially compared to the West Coast IPAs I'm used to. Medium-bodied. I wouldn't have thought to add honey to an IPA, but it actually works wonderfully; the subtle sweetness of the honey blends perfectly with the grapefruit-like bitterness from the hops. Bittering hops appear more in the finish, coating the palate but not entirely overpowering the malt. A hint of alcohol is present as well, reminding me that this is strong stuff.
Notes - I find it very hard to fault this beer in any way. Exceptional stuff.
02-03-2008 21:33:46 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz bottle at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.
This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of honeycomb lace around the glass. It smells of caramel/toffee malt, and citrus, pine, and pineapple hops. The taste is caramel malt, earthy honey, bitter citrus, pine, and a bit of booze. The carbonation is fairly low, the body medium weight and as smooth as possible. It finishes with not unexpected uptick in overbearing hoppiness, blotting out the now underperforming malt.
Maybe this is a sort of aged bottle, but it's still quite good, but not that wow, holy shit, head shaking way I was stupidly awaiting. Oh well. All that aside, a good DIPA, especially given the big, basically undetectable ABV.
09-23-2011 05:00:19 | More by biboergosum
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
Two thoughts here. #1 - Whoah! Like chewing on a hop!!!!, and #2 - Whoah! Like chewing on a hop! Absolutely bright, vivid and in-your-face! Grapefruit! Pineapple! Pine-needles! All Pac northwest! One of the best, if not THE best, big-assed citrusy hop beers. Drinkability suffers a little bit, sure, but that's the trade-off for such a massively beautiful rendition of dripping, citrusy and piney hops in a glass. Hop-hazy as expected in the glass; dropping head. Alcohol can be inhibiting to drinkability, but never really exhibits itself throughout the first serving. Beautiful!!!!, but perhaps only for the initiated. Regardless, worth trying for the experience.
12-23-2006 02:39:20 | More by NeroFiddled
4.13/5 rDev -8%
Pours a murky orange with a decent off white head. Nose is strong citrus hops. Flavor is so much grapefruit, it took me back a bit. Those thick citrus flavors are combined with firm hop tones. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation and it goes down easy. Nice to drink, though the citrus is a bit high. I am not sure if I remember it being like this when I had it on bottles a while ago.
02-01-2008 18:56:21 | More by RblWthACoz
4.58/5 rDev +2%
Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big Thank you goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is an excellent blend of intense hops and extra sweet citrus, very pleasant smell.
T: A heavy hops burst starts out and is abruptly followed a sweet citrus malt flavor. Both of the flavors alternate for dominance as a mild alcohol burn washes over you. The after-taste has the hops bitterness winning out, but the citrus sweetness sticks around as well.
M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down easy for a beer with 9.30% ABV, not too filling, its a little too intense to be a good pounder, I could still put a away few rather quickly and enjoy it quite a bit. I got exactly what I expected from this beer which was Two Hearted Ale with more hops and more alcohol. However, more doesnt necessarily mean better. Two Hearted Ale is one of the best beers Ive ever had and the extra hops and alcohol dont make this beer better than Two Hearted Ale, just more hardcore. This is an excellent beer overall though.
01-04-2007 02:46:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
A - One and a half fingers of bone white head on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves a thick layer of lace clinging to the glass.
S - Strong mint, citrus, licorice hop aroma, very juicy and sweet. With some effort, one can detect a strong, sweet malt backbone behind the hops.
T - Intense tropical fruit flavors from the hops, complimented by the fruity sweetness from the malt and yeast. Spicy hop notes surface in the middle and help to balance out the immense malt sweetness that imparts light grape notes and darker plum like sweetness. Strong, but not overwhelming, bitterness appears in the finish and darkens the character of the hops with notes of cedar and tobacco.
M - Thick body, medium-high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - A huge, yet quite drinkable beer. This is a very well balanced beer, which is quite a feat considering the huge loads of hop flavor and malt sweetness that had to be carefully kept in check. The flavor is wonderful, but the real star in the aroma which is nothing short of spectacular with an exceptional variety of hop aromas. Surprisingly, this beer more than lives up to the hype.
02-01-2009 23:52:33 | More by nickfl
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
Appears a slightly clouded apricot orange copper hue with a large white head leaves behind even streaks of lacing in my snifter glass. Aromatics have deep grapefruit peel explosions going on with a mild sugary malt presence with light grassy notes and mils biscuit malts with a huge alcohol presence in the nose. Flavor contains deep bitterness with the 109! IBUs bit at times each sip seemed to overwhelm me with the grapefruit peel oily feel to balance all I can detect is a very mild biscuit breadiness from a combonation of the yeast and malts complete coats the palate I just feel that it's a bit one dimensional with the citrus peel effect and boozy alcohol I'm down for a bit of some balance and I adore their Two Hearted so I figured they could pull off an incredible DIPA as well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with strong carbonation and a sickingly oily texture tickles the nose with citrus pungency. Drinkability is mediocre for me an expressive and unique double IPA I'm just looking for more balance even within some huge hop bombs out there there's still a rediculous malt bill...after a bottle of this it would get hard to drink plus for 44 bucks a case I would pass on that quantity. I will continue to try I've already had it on draft side by side with Hop Wallop, kinda unimpressed with this supposed gem.
Update: bottled 12/29/11 released January 2012:
What can I say I'm burping up hop candy come and enjoy here's my review. I've drank this beer every year since it's release every year enjoying it a bit more...sadly I looked back at 2006 and didn't realize how low I had scored it then. Never re-reviewing to realize that I've definitely enjoyed it much more than that as a whole. Brewed 12-29-11 that's as fresh as a six of Hopslam gets, and I've got 3 six packs at about 17 bucks a pop. Appears a slightly hazed golden orange hue with a creamy white thicket of head forming thick with chunks of scattered lacing. Aroma is usually explosive with grapefruit peel in this beer, and it still is with a sugar coated layer of candied hops. So green so fresh with hops, I can't get enough of each smell no real booze coming out in the nose, but there's a deep ridden hop pungency that makes you recognize. Flavor wise this seems to have fermented out a good bit this year not much honey sweetness and the yeast ate the heavenly malts and honey to unleash the devilish ten percent alcohol, which is showing up a bit more than I've realized in the past. No big deal I'm warm in the chest and still enjoying one of the hoppiest beers around, get slammed by the hops. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils carbonation really wraps itself around the palate, medium bodied flowing down. Overall a once a year beer experience that I won't soon forget, and look forward to every year.
11-28-2006 21:44:38 | More by WVbeergeek
4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
This one comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO, cheers! Date code of 4711
Pours a hazed amber/peach tea with 2 fingers+ of cream-colored head. Very good head retention & lacing
S: Huge breadyness & piney hops
T: Large honey cake/breadyness, dryness, boozey warmth & pineyness. Warms with lemony & grapefruitty hopy, plus honey malt. Finishes with huge oily hops, warming booze, caramel & a little bit of dates/figs fruittyness
MF: Chewy& oily , medium carbonation & superb balance
Drinks too damn easy, a great balanced DIPA!
08-02-2007 04:59:53 | More by russpowell
4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
On tap @ Al's of Hampdem (Enola, PA) on 1/21/11. Served in a Bell's tulip glass.
Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin ½ finger of cap of bright-white head. Swirling keeps this rich in the glass (to a near finger) and throw up some thick foamy swathes of lacing which slowly creep down the sides of the glass. This has a big floral and spicy feel to it which is layered on top of sharp notes of grapefruit and pine. Tropical fruit and sweet malt are pushed to the background, as the hops mostly control this. I'm also picking up some alcohol heat that runs through the middle of the nose and takes away from some of the sweeter aspects of this a bit as well.
Bright hop flavors explode in the mouth, with grapefruit, pine, and spice ripping the tongue before being tempered with notes juicy tropical fruits, honey, and toasted biscuits. As usual, the honey totally makes this beer, as it adds a sweet softness across the back of the profile that adds to the general deliciousness of this. The finish is fairly aggressive with a bitter rind and spice that linger with a steady forceful dryness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with an easy soft crisp creaminess that sits on top of some alcohol beef. There is some definitely warmth to the body and it never does quite reach that stinging point, but it does get a little borderline at times.
What can you say, it's Hopslam and it rocks! I've had this many, many times out of the bottle but I do believe that this is first time that I've bothered grabbing some on draft. My only real issue besides the heavy warmth of the feel but that the nose seemed a little hop and alcohol heavy this time around. Still though, if you're looking for a DIPA that offers a little more than just a hoppy fix, this is great beer.
01-24-2011 15:48:13 | More by Kegatron
4.4/5 rDev -2%
Batch 8912 (January 13th, 2009) - only 9 days old! Poured into my Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - The color of amber & gold - semi-transparent with a few tiny bubbles lazily rising upwards. Huge, frothy, two-fingered, foam that takes forever to dissipate (managed to eat a snack while waiting!) and leaves tons of intricate lacing. I'm not sure what else you could ask for visually.
S - Fresh hops, with a huge bouquet of citrus and floral scents. There's lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and a touch of honey. I can smell this inches away from the glass - delicious! Very well balanced as well!
T - The taste is significantly more bitter - there's a hoppy fierceness at the onset but it mellows a little as it moves through one's mouth letting the other flavors come out and play. The aftertaste isn't overwhelming, which is a pleasant surprise. There's the tiniest hint of booziness. It's really good, but not on par with the smell.
M - Crisp and refreshing. Surprisingly light-bodied for such a strong beer. Not over-carbonated, which is really nice. Leaves a resinous oily coating behind.
D - This is 10%? Really? Are you joking? I'd happily drink 2-3 of these, and I'd probably want more (even though I'd be stupid drunk). Damn I wish this available year-round - or that Bell's brought the San Diego Big Head during the summer.
The best DIPA I can buy at a local store - much preferable to Dreadnaught.
01-22-2009 19:07:03 | More by MasterSki
4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Hazy orange hue, fine slice of bone white froth atop.
In the aroma, it's all pungent, spikey, in-your-face hoppitude!
Tropical fruit on top, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit,mango, raw, pulpy and vibrant. Pine forest floor, and more. Slightly sweet citric feel, but bitter hop feel dominates.
Taste: once more, a charge of hops on the tongue, not delivered too lightly. Same citric flavor storms the palate, but a second after it boards, there's a nice, creamy relief. Rolls playfully on the tongue, like a cat on the rug preoccupied with string. Each new sip imparts this deliciousness, but despite the huge !BUs and way-up-there ABV, you 'd hardly know it.
Amazingly easy to drink, if you're a hop craver like me. Wow! Tangy, potent hoppy twang never quits the mouth. Incredibly full bodied, long-finished, and commendably created. Mmmm, delicious!
A pricey beer, (I paid $14 a 6-pack), but well worth it. One hell of an IPA, and a well-named one!
Thanks for delivering the goods, Larry & co!
Now, I just can't wait to tap a keg of it!
11-09-2006 02:26:23 | More by feloniousmonk
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
This bottle has some age on it, I may re-review if I can get a fresh one this winter.
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is dark yellow and hazy (maybe from sediment), carbonation moderate and a moderate white head of small and medium bubbles forms, lots of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is mostly malt with a secondary aroma of some hops. It smells sweet, overall good.
This beer is still quite the hop bomb. Full bodied, great hop flavor in the midpalate, a slight aftertaste. There is a nice malt flavor in the front of the mouth. Second taste, rather cleansing. I really am enjoying this beer. The aftertaste grows as you drink, does not really affect drinkability. Both drinkability and mouthfeel high.
12-07-2009 01:15:08 | More by drabmuh
4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
I had this on tap last evening at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA. Served in a pint glass.
A - A slightly burnished golden shade w/ mild haziness - still able to see carbonation rising somewhat rapidly in the liquid. The head is approx 1 inch and snowy colored. The bead is very fine and a film of lace holds on the glass
S - lots of hop fruitiness w/ tropical, citrus and slight herbal notes. There is a mellow malt sweetness as well as interesting floral note in the background.
M- The feel is great - bitter up front w/ spicy hops and resinous floral character w/ a moderately high level of bitterness throughout and more than medium body w/ mild sweetness to anchor the hops w/ a significant yet well placed alcohol texture and semi dry finish
T - The taste is a blend of all things hoppy-pine and citrus like tangerine with a tinge of lychee, and grapefruity bitter tastes. The beer is slightly herbal, bordering on grassy, but clean with lemony tang that leads to a sweet honey tinge of malt much like green tea with the honey soaked sweet edge. The flavor has plenty of citrus peel which also seems to give off a piney aspect with a moderate alcohol taste in the finish
D - A well rounded IIPA, so tasty yet not extremely drinkable since by the end of the pint you feel, well...hopslammed. The beer is great fresh and I prefer it to the bottle, but should be approached with a reasonable amount of caution as it tastes similar to many beers well below its level of abv
01-21-2010 15:05:48 | More by Slatetank
4.13/5 rDev -8%
Thanks to COBeerBuff for this gem. Poured from bottle into oversized snifter.
A: Golden orange amber copper color, slight reddish hue, very hazy, slight head that slowly fades.
N: Nose has some nice noble hops, some floral and grassy aromas, slight citrus, an interesting crystal malt and touch of honey finish off the light nose
T: Starts pretty sweet, some crystal malt but lots of honey, a grassy floral hops taste adds more character, a slight spicey and chewy hop, the sweetness and honey is very prevalent, a very slight alcohol as it hides it pretty well, it has a somewhat candy bar taste with the sweet honey, caramel malts, and floral chewy hops which build the more I drink
M: A little chewy and stick, pretty light otherwise, light carbonation, a little creamy
F: It gets pretty bitter but not huge. It starts sweet and honey taste but finishes pretty dry. The bitter hops fade pretty quickly leaving the candy bar taste as well as a biscuity malt taste and slight earthiness making it pretty drinkable, and nice fresh hop taste on the finish as well. It also seems to leave a metallic taste in the mouth
Final thoughts: This beer seems to be pretty highly acclaimed but I'm a little disappointed. Its a pretty big hop bomb with a slight malt base and lots of sweet honey. The candybar taste adds a nice touch but its a little too much honey and sweet taste for me, and the hops don't come through the way I would have expected.
08-24-2009 22:26:32 | More by jlindros
4.09/5 rDev -8.9%
with all the hype around this I wanted it to floor me just like heady did, and just like the younger did, but it didn't. I mean, its a great beer don't get me wrong, but it didn't stand out to me as something worthy of the absurd praise its received. the pour is a nice hazy honey color with a creamy white head with fine retention, beautiful. the nose is oily hops, high alpha semisweet fruity hops, with some pollen character from the honey and a subtle but complimentary yeast strain. the flavor is boldly hoppy, both bitter as hell and oily sticky danky. its a beer with plenty of motion, moving from a fruity sort of vibe to a really gnarly bitter bomb. the sweetness of the honey is hard to pick out, and the alcohol is shockingly well hidden. you would never know this was 10% abv until you drank 3 or 4 of them and it walloped you! great mouthfeel with groovy carbonation and a fuller medium body. there is a great resinous feel left after the swallow. overall an outstanding imperial ipa, one of the better ones ive had honestly, but it just didn't blow my mind the way it has for others.
04-07-2013 18:03:37 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a huge bitter hop bite with a dry, honey driven aroma. The taste is great! It's pretty light actually. I think the honey lends the high abv. without the mouthfeel. It's damn hoppy with a nice pale malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. I've been waiting years to try it. It definitely didn't disappoint.
02-17-2010 18:26:54 | More by WesWes
4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
First had: bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA
Pours a clear golden-orange with a thin, wispy, white head that lingers as a ringlet, but still leaves some doily lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted bread. Taste is bursting with hops: citrusy-orange-grapefruit zest and a bit of pithy bitterness, tropical fruits, pine needles, and a nice sensation of honey-drizzled toasted bread coming through for a very nice balance. Medium mouthfeel, quite smooth and extremely drinkable for the style (where's the alcohol?).
I've had plenty of IPAs similar to this one, so I wouldn't really say it's a trade item, or worth going out of the way for, as some people make it out to be, but it's definitely nice to have when it's around.
01-30-2012 00:41:22 | More by Rifugium
4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with one finger of off white head which goes away just leaving a very small layer.
Smell: Sweet citrus hops dominate. I thought there would be more of a smell than there is.
Taste: Initially there is a strong citrus hop bitterness. Next I'm picking up quite a bit of malt sweetness and some honey, which complements the bitterness quite nicely. At the end there is still some bitterness and also some alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate and smooth carbonation. There could have been a little bit more carbonation. The finish is dry.
Drinkability: I've had this several times and it's always wonderful. I'll definitely be having more in the future.
02-18-2011 00:19:45 | More by oline73
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,744 ratings.