Hopslam Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #21
Ranked #296
4.45 | pDev: 9.66%
Nov 25, 2023
Apr 14, 2004
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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Rated: 5 by Zachboyd3334 from Indiana

Nov 25, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by Nyoder

Nov 25, 2023
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Reviewed by upsbeernut from Georgia

1.45/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
Well got a real bad batch with emphasis on drink by dates which really shouldn’t be allowed to use. That’s not an honest way to distribute beer cause of environmental affects that make the beer lose its taste. The average rookie consumer will not be able to judge to buy the beer or not. My two six packs were poured out and 40 bucks went down the drain too. Bought in November with the carton saying best by January 24 th. Guess what the bottom of the can revealed? January 2036. Now I haven’t a clue when it was canned. No recourse from Bells as I expected. Just another who cares.
Nov 21, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Oktoberfest from Ohio

Nov 15, 2023
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Reviewed by ClemsonMike from South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It seems as though Hopslam’s popularity has fallen off since its heyday about 15 years ago. This is not justified by the quality of this brew. This beer is as good as ever. Just purchased a few six packs of a 10/24 canned on date. Terrific balance of malt, hops, sweetness, and a bit of a booziness. I look forward to its release every year, now in October. This is a true classic and belongs in the beer Hall of Fame.
Nov 08, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by EXACTLY from Michigan

Nov 01, 2023
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz can (best by 1/3/2024, so packaged 10/3/2023) into a tulip. Pours a honey golden amber with a monstrous fluffy off-white head, nice clumpy lacing clings to the inside of the glass.

Aroma is resinous and piney; sweet bready malt and I’d guess mostly Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops in abundance. Some grapefruit rind.

Taste is a blast of sweet fruity malt and resinous, citrusy hops. Honey evident. Lots of pine, grapefruit, hop oils. Then more resin and pine. Some alcohol. Intense. This beer just grabs your palate by the throat and takes no prisoners.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, chewy, slick. Tongue-coating. Sticks with you.

Overall I’d consider this a “statement” beer. It’s strong, bold, unapologetic. Still it manages to hold a tight balance between the solid malt bill and copious hops, so it’s clearly well crafted. Nicely done.
Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.63 by whistler55 from Missouri

Sep 20, 2023
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Reviewed by EVH5150

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
I always grab a few six packs of this legend when it comes out every January -ish. Seems much easier to find the past few years but absolutely a must try beer. I've always loved the faint taste and mouthfeel of honey hidden behind the massive hops and malt. One of the best beers i've ever had.
Sep 18, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Hobbs87 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Excellent DIPA. One of the best. Only drawback is that it has a pretty strong alcoholic aroma and taste which people may not prefer. Really good but just not quite in the same level as a Heady Topper or Pliny the Elder.
Aug 10, 2023
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Reviewed by nwalke16 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is the best Imperial IPA that I've had so far. 4.45/5 is too low. Firstly, the smell and taste is exactly what a West Coast Imperial IPA should taste like. The hops are complex and massive, but balanced with the malt and the sweetness. The overall taste is not like a 10% ABV beer, but tastes more like something that is 8%. I would really like to compare it to both Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder, but this is the best beer that Bells Brewery makes.
Jul 26, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by mehollin

Jul 10, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by LA2ED7

Jun 04, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by Halllar3 from Illinois

May 14, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
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Rated by PsDavito from Alabama

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Was expecting a little better with such a high rating. Overall it is definitely better than most, would probably buy again.
Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by HowfarisZanzibar from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Here's a hot take: I don't think this is a good beer. Perhaps I got a bad batch last time, but it just didn't have the flavor profile I'd expect from a beer that almost cracks the top 250. The honey seemed to reduce the supposed "Hopslam" down to more of a "hop nudge". This meant any flavor complexity seemed to disappear as well. In this case, I think the high ABV is also detrimental as it tastes very alcoholic, and therefore heavy. Too bad, 'cause it's a heck of a value at Costco.
Jan 09, 2023
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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