Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Ratings: 9,702 | Reviews: 3,109 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle
Look: golden yellow
Smell: Grapefruit, pine
Taste: WOW! A Hop bomb just doesn't get any better in my opinion. It's all in the balance of bitter and sweet. Punches you in the mouth with hop, grapefruit, and let's you down easy with a sweet bit of citrus and honey.
Mouthfeel: Strong at first, dryer in the end.
Drinkability: I normally space out the number I have in a night just since it is more scarce than most beers, but it tastes too good not to want one after another and another.
I enjoy it as much if not more than PtE, and think it deserves a place close to the Top.
02-26-2010 21:47:26 | More by MarkFy
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Pours a hazy amber color with minimal lacing around the outside edge of the glass. Translucent enough to see bubbles rising up from the bottom and coming to a rest at a small patch of bubbles in the middle of the brew.
S: Piney hops are immediately present from about a foot away, light amounts of honey and some citrus as well.
T: With a nose like this, I was actually expecting significantly more hop taste than is actually present. That being said, the flavor profile is dominated by citrusy hops and slight amounts of honey. Some alcohol is also present on the finish.
M: Medium amount of carbonation with a medium-light body.
O: Overall a solid beer. Again, the flavor profile was a little lighter than I was expecting, but relative to the style, this beer is impeccable.
02-15-2012 23:07:08 | More by Daktyls
4.25/5 rDev -5.3%
A-Has a very thin head that dissipates rapidly with audible carbonation. Then leaves it looking a little bit flat. On the plus side there is some nice lacing.
S-Smells sweet, tropical fruits, orange marmalade.
T- A big mango burst, with pineapple, citrus, honey sweetness and a long, dry, bitter finish. Stunning balance with only the faintest trace of alcohol sullying perfection.
M-Great carbonation, looks were deceiving on this one. Gets a little boozy syrupy when it warms up, but manages to pull it off with the smoothness of the honey.
O-Glad I had another chance to try this and hope to have again soon!
02-29-2012 07:41:00 | More by PerHops
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
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
Another hit from Bell's. This brew has a great golden-orange hue with a big white head. The aroma is fresh citrus blossoms and the taste is good. There is a little too strong of a mouth coating that never goes away; sometimes that's a good thing and other times it's annoying. It definately leaves you excited about the next time.
11-19-2009 17:24:58 | More by phishgator
4.45/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured into an Oversized Wine Glass
Appearance - Cloudy Dark Orange color with a little bit of carbonation. Lacing retention is decent
Smell - Very powerful citrusy hops with sweet honey, caramel and malts. Before even smelling this, the hoppy aroma managed to travel all the way over to where I was.
Taste - Like the smell, powerful citrusy hops upfront followed by a sweet honey and malty flavor. For a flavor this strong, the aftertaste is surprisingly dry with only a slight bitter resin aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - It's a bit on the heavy side in terms of body, and it feels very creamy thanks in part to it's lack of carbonation. For an Imperial IPA, it's very easy to drink.
Overall - I had high expectations for Hopslam and I'm happy to say I'm impressed with it. It's got an excellent hoppy kick that I love and it's incredibly easy to drink. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had and I will happily be looking out for this beer next year.
03-18-2012 02:18:31 | More by NuclearDolphin
4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
split with e11a627 in New Belgium goblets.
a- transparent warm orange, light ring of off-white foam persists
s- big dank citrus hops, hearty
t- delicate yet powerful hoppiness. bitter citrus that lingers lightly. what an aftertaste! nirvana
m- relatively thin with a tingly hoppiness that could end wars. how is this 10% abv?
d- exquisite. fav. ipa to date and it's old! bottled 6 months ago and still delic. can't wait for a fresh one. believe the hype.
07-07-2010 03:23:01 | More by hu5om
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 9,702 ratings.