Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears, pretty good lacing. Aroma is mainly hops; pine, resin, grapefruit, and a decent caramel malt backbone. Flavor is also mainly hops. I get grapefruit, resin, honey, and a touch of alcohol. Very strong bitter finish puts action to its name. Very good beer, warms pretty well also.
04-22-2009 01:34:44 | More by mtstatebeer
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
Reviewed from notes about a week old from my Wisconsin trip. The myth, the legend. Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
A: Bright orange amber in color. Nice and hazy. The pour creates a finger of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Purty.
S: This is not the freshest sample in the world, but it is still in the few best smelling beers I've ever had. I suspect a brand new Hopslam could send men to war. It's a big bouquet of hop deliciousness. Tropical. I'll go with pineapple, mango, and orange. Plenty of pine, too. Good god.
T/M: It's not fair to say that the smell wrote a check the taste couldn't cash, since I'm not sure anything could taste as good as Hopslam smells. There's a lot more malt in the taste. Nice balance. Of course, the hops don't go down without a fight. No trace of the 10% ABV. The body's medium for the style, with medium, active carbonation. Killer bitter finish, and pretty dry.
D: Pretty much lives up to the hype. It joins the vaunted ranks of DFH 90 Minute, Avery Maharaja and Captain Lawrence IIPA as my favorite examples of my favorite style. Maybe Bell's will relent and start distributing in New York one day. A guy can dream, can't he?
04-08-2010 01:25:59 | More by CharlatanSin
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Acquired this from 321jeff as a gift for having a son. No Strings attached, what at guy. Thanks Jeff for hooking me up with such a wonderful beer.
This beer pours a cloudy, honey color with a one finger white creamy head that discipated quickly. Sticky lacing leaves a nice spider web on the glass
Honey, pineapple, orange and even apple notes are present. Oh, did i mention HOPS!!!!Sweet malts are also present.
I love ipa's and this is one of the best tasting DIPA's i've ever had. Its the East's response to RR PtE, but only second best ;). Sweet honey, pineapple, and mango flavors come out in front, followed by piney, citrusy hoppines that i oh so love. Nice lasting bitterness lingers as i type this....damn that's a good beer.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky, oily and resinny on the tongue with a nice dry finish.
What can i say, this is a very drinkable beer, but I'm finding myself a bit tipsy, so i don't think its very sessionable. Its pretty strong at 10% and its shining through and not hidden as others have mentioned. Event though its strong, it does go down easily and is extremely well balanced. I have one more in my fridge that i cant wait to drink even thought this one is only 3/4 empty. I am accepting offers for trades now.
03-06-2010 05:34:23 | More by dubinsky
4.63/5 rDev +3.1%
This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
It pours a yellow/amber with medium retention. It smells amazingly hoppy and sweet. It has a big sweet taste upfront followed by a great hop finish. Medium body with god carbonation. This is a great IPA. I would highly recommend.
02-16-2013 06:14:32 | More by brewdude1982
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Pours a cloudy copper with a decent off-white head that lingers for a bit. Lacing is plentiful.
S - Lots of citrus hop aromas, particularly grapefruit and pineapple.
T - Pineapple persists, with a variation of other citrusy hop flavors lingering in the background. Plenty of malt sweetness in the finish to balance this beer.
M - Full-bodied with a fairly wet finish. A small amount of hop bitterness lingers on the palate.
D - Very smooth and enjoyable, and the alcohol remains very well-hidden throughout. Due to the fact that it's not available in Texas, I was forced to drink a less-than-fresh bottle that I acquired on eBay. It's very good, but I'm interested to see what it's like fresh. As it is right now though, it's insanely drinkable. I love it!!!
03-26-2009 06:13:13 | More by pwsoldier
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
Received as an extra from Commis. Thanks again man...
A - Pours a golden honey with a two finger off white head. Head retention is decent and there is good amount of lacing to be had...
S - Lots of citrus fruits with some pine. Also pick up some sweeter notes from the honey and malt...
T - Honey and some malt up front followed by an onslaught of citrus fruit. Mango, grapefruit, and oranges. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit. Abv is well hidden. I see what all the hype is about now. This one is tasty...
M - Nice creamy feel. Sits on the higher end of the medium bodied spectrum with a decent amount of carbonation. This one is super smooth, and easy to drink...
D - This is a superb brew that is super smooth. The ten percent abv only adds to the allure. Bells comes through big time here with a big time brew...
02-05-2011 04:04:02 | More by comfortablynumb1
4.18/5 rDev -6.9%
I was finally able to get my hands on some Hopslam, for the first time ever. I called almost a dozen local stores before I finally tracked it down at a sleazy supermarket/liquor store/discount cigarette place. Anyway, side poured from the bottle into my Boulevard pint glass.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden color with a copper tinge and a real nice, two finger head that sticks around for damn near the whole drink. Leaves excellent lacing as well, basically a line on the side of the glass for every time I drink. Love the packaging, a dude getting run over by a massive hop. Appropriate.
Smell - It is certainly a DIPA, no doubt about that. To me the hops are more a fruity variety than anything else, with citrus, grapefruit, and lemon zest in there with a touch of flowery hops and a slight yeastiness in the background.
Taste - There is certainly several layers to the hoppiness of the brew, not initially noticeable as much in the nose as on the palate. Again the fruity hops play in with citrus and grapefruit, some pine, and that slight maltiness to balance the beer. Very good. Not too much hoppiness, but enough to ensure you know this is a DIPA.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and carbonated. Finishes crisp and bitter, with a slight alcohol warmth to it. Smooth but certainly not weak.
Overall - Of course, I relished the fact that I was finally getting to drink the fabled Hopslam, and it is an excellent beer indeed. I think my review bears that out. However, I do not rate it as highly as many on this site, and certainly do not think it is the best DIPA I have ever had, nor is it worth the price or an extended road trip to get it. While it is an excellent beer, I likely won't buy it again just because of the exorbitant markup and search process. Check it out, but this is certainly a case of too much hype, too much buildup, and unfortunately the brew could not possibly stand to compete.
02-01-2013 03:02:33 | More by TheCondor
4.45/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a nice amber color and the glass I poured has a little hop haze effect. Smells like citrus or grapefruit. Laces the glass well. Tastes like a double IPA with the upfront hop blast and has a nice malt backbone to it to balance it out. Overall one of the best double IPA's I've had.
08-21-2009 19:59:32 | More by fiver29
4.1/5 rDev -8.7%
So here it is, Hopslam. I was going to wait till next years release because I love hoppy beers, but I hate when they sit for a time and lose the hop aroma and flavor. I saw this at the bottle shop yesterday though and couldn't pass it up. No bottled date but this came out a little over a month ago. Served in a Weyerbacher tulip.
A- A bubbly orange marmelade brew pours into the tulip. Nice carbonation rising to meet a moon crater head. Some yellow and honey undertones in the color of this. As I fill the glass it becomes hazy and cloudy. Slight bits of spotty lacing are present.
S- The aroma seems to still be fairly present in a hoppy beer. Upfront is a great blend of citrus, sticky grapefruit, lemon, hop cones, and sweetness, most likely from the honey. Great smelling DIPA.
T- Taste follows the aroma somewhat, but I feel this has lost its hop kick. Taste is grapefruit in the beginning, then transitions into some flor hop flavors. A sweet honey pulls strongly as the flavors roll across the tongue, and the end is a blend of lemon and lime, and a tingey bitterness. Not as hop forward as 106 IBU's would suggest, but I think this lost freshness. Alcohol is almost non existent.
M- Mouthfeel is somewhat buttery. The aftertaste leaves a piney zesty feel on the tongue, along with the bitterness provided from the amount of hops. There is a slight amount of heat to hint at the abv.
D- Despite this having lost some of its hop freshness, or at least what I have concluded, this is still really drinkable. The abv is not tasted but felt a little in the mouth. I'd love to try this fresh and might re-review this next year. It's a drink now or forever your hops are weak if you wait too long with these beers. I'd like to chalk up a win for Nugget Nectar against this(even though not a DIPA) but I'll have to revisit this in the future when fresh.
03-07-2011 04:40:26 | More by haazer
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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