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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,179 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 10,179
Reviews: 3,131
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,001
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 38
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 tayner
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with markgugs. thank you

I am not a hophead AT ALL but i am going to try and rate this beer on its merits as a IIPA, from what i have learned about them anyway.

Poured an orange/copper color with a nice foamy head that settled to a ring that laced nice.

Smell is overwhelming pine and citrus hops.

Taste is pine hops and citrus hops with a background of light malt sweetness. surprisingly there was enough malt to keep the bitterness in check for me. I didnt realize it was 9.3% until i looked. it warms some on the way down, but i would have said 6-7%. the hops leave an oily residue on the back of my tongue i cant get rid of and it makes me what to clear my throat over and over.

Drinkability was good for what it was, but i wont be slamming a sixer any day soon.

tayner, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of thetomG
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear golden color with an impressive layer of bubbly foam head that leaves behind streaky, sticky lacing all around the glass.

Piney nose with some grapefruit and citrus undertones. Flavor is expectedly hoppy and bitter, but the bitterness is balanced out just enough by the malt backing and some subtle sweet fruit flavors that it doesn't detract much from the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is spot-on: an excellent blend of lively carbonation with just enough smoothness. The 10%ABV is remarkably well hidden, but nevertheless I wouldn't recommend tipping back too many of these in one sitting.

Unsurprisingly, hops are the clear & dominant aspect of this beer - they're the first thing you smell, first thing you taste, and last thing you notice as it finishes with a somewhat dry bitterness. If you're a hop lover you will not be disappointed. Delicious.

One of my all-time favorites and something I have no hesitation recommending to anyone. Phenomenal. Already looking forward to next year's release!

thetomG, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of BogBoyJD
4/5  rDev -10.9%

BogBoyJD, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Benny3000
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Benny3000, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Gdirt
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Gdirt, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of rolandboy
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of dmhurdle
5/5  rDev +11.4%

dmhurdle, May 08, 2013
Photo of ScreamForMe
5/5  rDev +11.4%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TLove
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The smell and initial taste is similar to eating a good, pungent French cheese. The hops hit you up front and finishes sweet and runny, as opposed to the initial subtlety of the Stone Ruination IPA, which finishes more peppery and bitter.

The color does not impress, but the beyond the hopslam (pun intended) there are a bit more hints of grapefruit, pine, and honey. They run perpendicular to the promise made in the back of the bottle to be a "biting, tongue-brusier of an ale".

The alcohol is well disguised in the rewarding finish as well, concealing a 10% ABV with class.

Recommended for anyone who likes a powerful hop punch up front, but a smooth, honey-ale finish.

TLove, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of lurpy1
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle from Big 10 East on Jolly Rd. Everybody claims to have the Hoppiest. Beer. Ever. We. Shall. See.

Pours a nice golden/amber with moderate head. The smell is, well, holy hell,an explosion. This what one would classify as "Hop Porn".

The fabulous hop orgy continues with the first sip. The hops are masked in a fruity broth. The hop-spice and bitterness are just brilliant here, pushed as far as you can go before it becomes off-putting.

As far as drinkability goes, Hopslam sits in that sweet-spot between sipping and guzzling. Goes down remarkably easy for a hop dynamo, but watch yourself, or this shit will tear your esophagus out.

I have had a lot of Bell's and while I like quite a few them, there are many much-loved Bell's beers I've found to be a little overrated. Not Hopslam. It's a grand slam/touchdown/360-dunk-and-one all rolled into one bottle. Absolutely recommended.

And oh yeah. Hoppiest. Beer. Ever.

lurpy1, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re Review 2014 batch

Pours a deep hazy orange, half finger of head, slight hop haze

Smell is hop resin, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, sweet fruity malt (could be hop who knows), spicy pine, a slight alcohol burn

Taste is sweet fruity malt that leads into a tropical fruit vibe in the middle with orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, sweet mandarin orange, good stuff

Mouthfeel is full, very dry on the finish, keeps getting dryer and dryer!

Well, I am 10 beers through my case and every one I have I like more and more, was not sure if my tastes had changed when I had my first couple, now I am locked in! Makes me wish I had enjoyed it more my first few bottles, Oh well! This truly in world class! A very Unique DIPA, Now West Cost or East just good old fashion Midwest flavor!

2013 review 4.5
Pours a deep slightly hazy orange.

Smell is sweet malt, resiny citrus, pine, almost like sweet oranges

Taste is nothing short of top notch resiny, citrus, pine, grapefruit with a great sweet malt backbone!

Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation, drinks like it is 7 percent.

Wow top notch. Really packs a lot of flavor and a really good drinkability, I gotta a 6 last year and that was enough for me, but this year I will grab 2 or 3 for sure!

nickapalooza86, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of blackcompg
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - A rough pour gave me 3 gingers of golden fluffy eggshell head, color is a gorgeous glowing slightly hazy yellow gold, almost a lite orange. Big laces already starting to appear. *Thick broad splashes of lace all over the inside of my glass when finished - wow.

Smell - Oh BIG pine and fresh grapefruit zest, more citrus smells like orange zest and pineapple too, and there is an underlying sweetness, perhaps from the honey. One of the best smelling beers ever, literally makes the mouth water.

Taste - What a perfect balance here - starts with Big citrus notes of grapefruit with other citrus zests (orange and trace lemon) and even some under-ripe pineapple with hints of pine. moments after the sip there are green grassy floral hop flavors - and for the entire trip there is the perfect amount of sweetness in the back to just keep your taste-buds attached. You can actually pick up the faint honey flavor. Not the sugar laden honey from the bear shaped container at the grocers, this is much more of a natural honey from the comb flavor, very floral and natural tasting. Fantastic big flavors here. Alcohol is perfectly hidden, even at 10%.

Mouthfeel - This has a medium mouthfeel with almost medium carb. The carb adds just enough cleansing and crispness to to let the hops really come through and linger long into the finish. Careful, this is such a wonderfully drinkable beer, you could very easily end up like the person pictured on the front of the bottle...and get hopslammed ;)

Overall - I am enjoying this so much, a hop lovers dream. So perfectly balanced and still very complex. So many wonderful hop flavors - citrus, pine, floral, meadowy, grassy, like you dipped the tips of a fistful of hops into some fresh honey from the comb, and thrust this into your mouth all at once. My favorite style is a really good DIPA, and until i find something better, this is a poker hand of 5 aces.

blackcompg, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of rodkin
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT:

Having had this beer again for the 2013 release, I have to say I'm not quite as wowed. Still good, but the mouthfeel is a bit bigger than I'd like, and its drinkability seems a bit lower. I think this has more to do with my taste changing than variation by year, but who knows?

Bottles on 2/2/12.

Pours a golden copper color, very slightly hazy. Visible carbonation, and a nice head, not too big. Reduces to a small film, but doesn't dissipate completely. This beer looks great.

Smells like honey, pineapple, and lots of citrus. Very pleasant, kind of sweet.

Very, very hoppy. Pleasant bitterness, would almost be too much but it's balanced very nicely by the honey. Some citrus, particularly grapefruit. Very slight alcohol warmth. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that makes you want to just keep drinking. I would not believe this was 10% if I didn't know it.

Mouthfeel is great. Slightly creamy, with tingly carbonation.

Overall a highly drinkable, very tasty and very hoppy DIPA. Glad I picked up as much as I did.

rodkin, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

SweetChicken, May 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nesarebad, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ahermsen
5/5  rDev +11.4%

ahermsen, May 07, 2013
Photo of Goosehunter75
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful golden copper with nice carbonation and white head

S - Huge citrus smell! In your face grapefruit and there are additional smells of lemon and orange. Very floral smelling as well!

T - Amazing! Would never think I was drinking a 10% ABV beer! Everything blends together perfectly. The bitterness is perfectly balaced by the honey. It doesnt overtake the beer. There are strong tastes of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. I also detected slight pine undertones.

M - Very smooth! Not overly bitter. Perfectly balanced beer. Would never suspect the beer is 10% abv as easily as it went down!

O - Love this beer. Wonderful smell and flavor. Doesnt get any better than this for a imperial IPA! Cant wait to find it again!

Goosehunter75, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of GratefulEdd
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

GratefulEdd, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle from 6-pack.

Decent, white head with good retention. Amber color and a good amount of nice, small bubbles.

Aroma is a really nice blend of sweet, syrupy fruitiness with a resinous pine and floral hop aroma. The honey comes through a little, along with tropical fruit, lychee, etc.

Taste is also sweet and a touch malty at first but quickly turns into citrus, tropical fruit and pine hop flavors with some decent bitterness towards the end. Finishes fairly balanced, though.

This is a very drinkable beer, and hugely deceptive of its 9.3% ABV. I would certainly love to have a couple at a sitting. Over the years this has definitely stood out as one of my all-time favorite beers.

AaronHomoya, Feb 13, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

pascilla, Jun 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

crusian, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Jimmy2282 for this one.

A: Single fingered, soapy white head that displayed ok retention settling to a thin soapy film atop the beer while leaving very little lacing behind. It has a slightly cloudy orange and slightly amber body that is a real beauty to look at. Just wish the head could have been better.

S: Lots of pine with some biscuity malts to tone down the punch of floral hops. Lovely honey notes poke through on the backend with a fair amount of citrus.

T: Talk about a lot of flavor. Floral pine with potent hops are the breakout flavors. Citrus and honey make up the middle, but aren't too strong to overshadow the bitterness once the hops return and dominate the backend.

M: Medium bodied, slightly under carbonated, but by no means unpleasant.

O: A great beer from a brewery I wish I had easier access to. I have recently heard that Bell's is planning to expand distribution to Texas, but I'm not holding my breath.

tjkinate, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

OMsweetOM, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Miamilice, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mscott1975, Mar 07, 2012
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 10,179 ratings.