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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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9,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,847
Reviews: 3,116
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,883
Gots: 1,477 | FT: 41
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:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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Photo of alex021224
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

alex021224, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of astronautjones
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

astronautjones, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of badmotorgrunge
5/5  rDev +11.4%

badmotorgrunge, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of bkilpatr
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/21/08. Batch 8277

When I bought this, the guy at the store said this one is "very hoppy, very strong". The bottle lists it at 10% ABV, so he's right on at least one part.

Poured an orange-amber color, with about a finger and a half of head that quickly dissipated. Intense smell of hops, very fresh and smells crisp.

The taste is of even more hops. VERY hoppy beer, probably the hoppiest beer I've had. Store guy is 2/2 now. Light citrus taste, but overpowered by the hops. Low to medium carbonation, very bitter, and I can taste the alcohol. Drinkability is alright, but definitely not something I could drink more than one of.

I'm not usually one for overly hoppy beers, but for what it is, this one is pretty decent.

bkilpatr, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of boralyl
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - It pours one fingers worth of off white head. The beer is a clear orange copper color. There is a moderate amount of lacing as well.

S - Smells of honey followed by citrusy hops and some earthly hops at the end. A very inviting aroma. One of the best aromas i've smelled in awhile.

M - Smooth and wet, feels slightly thick.

T - This is a hops head's dream beer. The taste is full of hops, there is a grapefruit/citrus first followed with some sweet malts mixed in for balance. Then the earthy hops dominate the after taste leaving a nice bitter flavor. It leaves some alcohol heat after it goes down.

Very good. I'm a huge hops fan, and this one doesn't dissapoint at all. Could probably only have a few of these because of the high alcohol content. My only regret is that I didn't get a case, now I'm going to have to wait until next year.

boralyl, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Travlr
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with a medium white head that evaporates very quickly and leaves amazing lacing.
S: Wonderful aroma of fresh hop shoots and flowers, with a hint of black pepper.
T: Flavor has a gradual crescendo of bitterness, but never goes over the top. Slight smoke in the finish. Good malt balance.
M: Decent body.
D: Great example of the style, very nice when it's fresh on draught.

Travlr, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of optimator705
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

optimator705, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Prager62
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Prager62, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of jstewart1130
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jstewart1130, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of illeagle05
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

illeagle05, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of saxclar123
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

saxclar123, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of br3wmeister
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two inch light tan head that has great retention and beautiful lacing. This beer pours a golden yellow/light orange color

S- Hops fill the room as you pour this beer, its hard to smell anything else. There are lots of piny and citrusy aromas that float off this beer. Great fruit is the most detectable sent also some oranges and lemon. This beer smells like a pine tree that grows oranges, lemons and great fruit. I want the tree that this juice came from. Also lots of caramel sweetness and hints of honey.

T- Waves of honey and citrus juice play on the tongue. Oranges, great fruit and lemons, also some piny bitterness. This is a very hoppy beer but the sweet malt gives it a great balance. Lots of caramel sweetness comes through but then is overtaken by hops, but tries to come through again. Its like a battle between Hops and sweet malty flavors in my mouth and I can't tell which side I want to win. In the end the hops win and I am left with some nice piny bitterness and holds on to each taste bud. Go Hops!

M- This is a mouth coating beer the maltiness coats your mouth then the hop oil clings on. Pretty thick every part of your mouth will feel this beer, perfectly carbonated.

Overall- This is an great beer, there are not many subtleties to it but that's ok, lots of flavor great body and awesome hop character. This is one of my favorite DIPAs.

br3wmeister, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of pascilla
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

pascilla, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of sidetracked
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with about an inch of off-white head.

Smells strongly of bitter citrus fruit--grapefruit and oranges.

Tons of bitter hops up front, reminding me a lot of fresh grapefruit juice. Some maltiness comes through near the end, but the finish still has a lot of bitterness to it.

Somewhere between a light and medium body. Very crisp with a lot of bitter bite to it.

sidetracked, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of madvermin
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man Buddha22 for this, got it in a trade with him. Poured a cloudy, semitransparent golden amber, with plenty of foamy, pure white head that laced very well and retained not as well. Left a perfect swirl in the middle of the beer that was gorgeous...that was probably dumb luck, but it was still kind of cool.

Aroma was what I was expecting and then some. Started with lots and lots of citrus and tropical fruit, before moving to caramel and brown sugar. Probably the stickiest aroma in a beer I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

Taste followed suit, with a tropical hop bomb to wake you up. Pineapple and mango dominate, before giving way to that sticky-sweet caramel/brown sugar malt. Honey also rears its head quite slyly right about here. The malt sweetens the fruit flavors and, combined, are dangerously close to becoming candy like - and then the hops save the day, offering up a soft, yet strong, bitterness that perfectly balances the beer. Clean and herbal, the hops finally give in to a slightly sticky finish that leaves you smacking your lips. A tiny bit of booze caps it all off. I like a clean and dry finish as much as the next guy, but this sweet finish is just so good.

Drinkability is EXCEPTIONAL for the 10% abv, as you don't even notice it until the end, when it is simply a welcome taste and feeling. This beer balances itself out, and although you may not be able to taste anything else for while, this on its own goes down as easy as just about any beer out there, regardless of style. Beast of a beer.

madvermin, Feb 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

IPAyForHops, May 02, 2013
Photo of bertram
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insanely intense hop aroma hits as soon as you open the bottle. Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. The overload of hops give this brew a very earthy, almost citrus smell and taste. Good carbonation and definitely a beer a hop head will love.

bertram, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 01/16/13. Drank 04/14/13

Golden orange colored beer. Nice white head. So-so retention, great lacing.

Aroma is nice, but not as hoppy as I imagine a fresher bottle would be. More to the malty side. Sweet, kinda hoppy aroma.

Same with the flavor. The beer is plenty bitter, but not as much hoppy flavor as I'm assuming a fresher bottle would have.

Medium bodied. Carbonation feels harsh when coupled with the bitterness. Dry, everlasting finish.

After looking for a while, I finally found a liquor store with a few bottles of this beer left in stock, so I bought one. This bottle is nearly three months old, I'm sure the hoppy flavor and aroma I was looking for was much more prominent two months ago. There's always next year.

UnderPressure, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Trio2shine
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Trio2shine, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

t_carterb, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of zdeck37
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

zdeck37, May 29, 2013
Photo of Brewzma
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Brewzma, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Hayley_86, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of karengarys
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours clear amber, leaving a bit of a fluffy white head. After a while, a ring remains and the foam sticks to the glass.

This smells VERY sweet - lemonade sweet. Citrus.

Taste is quite sweet and lemony, but also quite bitter like asprin. The alcohol is well hidden under this bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Finish is slightly bitter.

Body is thick and rich. I love a good chewin' beer!

This is quite a beverage. Thick syrupy. good. It is unique in its ultra sweetness and bitterness at the same time. Highly recommended.

karengarys, May 12, 2007
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

rmaste6282, Jan 29, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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