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

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #12
ABV:
10%
Score:
99
Ranked #165
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 9.58%
Reviews:
3,724
Ratings:
13,814
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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
Notes: 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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bob22andy from Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Be careful with this one. With a very clean finish and a 10% ABV that does not taste that heavy this one can sneak up on you. Two is about my limit on this beer.

May 14, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and mildly grassy hops, orange, grapefruit, mild light stone fruit; faintly floral. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, pine, light stone fruit, hints of tropical fruit; complex and a bit boozy. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, nice body and mouth feel. I see what all the fuss is about with this IPA. The hopping is West Coast leaning, with lots of citrus and pine, but there is also nice layers of apricot and peach as well as mixed tropical fruit notes. Lingering pine and citrus rind resinous finish with both aggressive hop bitterness and herbal hop flavors. I got this can round-about from California and it is not quite as fresh as I would like, but really still has both depth and intensity of flavor. There were rumors of Bell being distributed in Washington, but I've never seen them. I would happily get this again if it were available; kind of regret that this was only a 12 oz can.

Apr 21, 2020
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EdHinPasadena from California

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The more I have it, the more I enjoy it. Canned 1/15/20, poured in pint glass. Beautiful golden color, great piney/ honey scent. The flavors that stand out are honey and tropical, and pine notes. Plenty of hoppy delight, too. Medium carbonation. Excellent brew!

Mar 22, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got a six pack of cans of this at Trader Joes for $18.99, it better be World Class! Poured into m Samuel Smith glass.

Look: The most incredible, epic, fluffy, and gorgeous head of foam I have ever seen on a beer. The silky, glimmering foam contains a universe of different sized bubbles. It lingers entirely throughout, staying strong and steady all the way down the glass. The color is a perfect golden amber, with a good amount of carbonation streaming through the slightly hazed body.

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit pith, mango, mild stonefruit, and a kiss of honey are present in the delightful aroma. I also detect caramel and bread as it warms, with the malt aromas becoming more present I detect honeysuckle, pumpernickel crust, biscuit dough, and fresh walnuts, and a slight whiff of the alcohol.

Taste/Feel: The taste is big apricot, grapefruit, lime, peach, and incredibly smooth waves of glorious pine all carried by the soft and rich mouthfeel. A smoothly bitter pine-resin bite coats the tongue pleasantly, only for a complex wave of honey, biscuit, and caramel malt to balance it out. The lingering bitterness is grapefruit pith and pinecone flavored. The honey has clearly been used to up the ABV and in no way makes Hopslam sweet, and also adds natural complexity. The end result is you can taste and feel the quality and excellence exhibited by this beer.

Overall: Incredible. It is so easy to drink. It isn't boozy at all, and the bitterness is perfectly balanced. I really enjoyed the overall quality of the brew. It is so smooth and easy to drink while packing a well-executed wallop. You can tell that Bell's is a World-Class brewery, this is a masterclass in every can.

Mar 19, 2020
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OrtheusMaximusRex from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this each year for the last few years. Just had it fresh, about 1 month after it was canned. This is a solid IPA, but I don't get all of the hype every year it comes out, maybe its the name. Looks nice, smell is decent, a little boozy, same for the taste. Don't get me wrong, its a nice IPA that I enjoy, but I don't agree with the 99 rating and the 17$/6 pack price.

Mar 17, 2020
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WJL2112 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time drinking this. 12 oz can stamped 011520. Excellent DIPA. Good head. Nice long-lasting lacing. Great taste. No fruity tastes; nor any fruit flavors. Just great tasting with the abv sneaking up on you. Do not find it heavy at all. Crisp and lighter actually. Will be refreshing this summer.

Mar 09, 2020
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce can into a Sam Adams glass. Finally available in Jersey City! Juicy and hoppy. Big but still pretty drinkable for a 10% beer. This guy has been near the top of the style for as long as I can remember and I can see why. I prefer my ipas to be more dry but I would be happy to have this on hand. Alcohol is well masked making this a little dangerous. Finishes pretty smooth on the tongue. Tropical fruit flavors linger after the last sip.

Mar 05, 2020
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer right here, it and I go way back now. That malt is characteristic of a genuine DIPA, nice solid malt backbone that combine with the honey. The hops are blended well too, not just a dumping in of hops like some beers but instead a healthy mix of pine and citrus. A solid choice, especially for the $10 I spent on 2 six packs because my local HEB had them mislabelled. Lol. Canned on 1/15/20.

Mar 04, 2020
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden, orange color with a bubbly, cream colored head. Aroma is soft, but has floral and sweet tones mixed with general "hoppiness". Taste is where this brew excels. Tons of sweet honey and citrus/tropical fruit, mixed with just enough hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Honey, biscuit malt shows through on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and soft, not heavy and sticky like some big abv diap/tipa's can be. Overall, it's easy to see why this brew is considered world class, and it's an easy every year pickup.

Feb 29, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

World Class brew! Pours a hazy orange color with full off-white head. Scent is of hops and floral, kind of muted though. The taset pops big time, and is sweeter than the scent notes. You would not guess this is a 10% abv brew. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that follows the taste

Feb 24, 2020
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pmoersch from California

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft in a tulip in NYC. Good head on pour. Creamy texture with strong hop flavor and slightly fruity. As it warmed it lost no flavor or texture. Excellent beer from a company known for it wide reaching beers.

Feb 23, 2020
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Jackman42

4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a super tasting D-IPA. A high ABV that you hardly taste. The smell doesn’t do the taste justice. Great draught beer when you can find. I bought a six pack but haven’t cracked it yet to notice if there’s a difference between tap/can. Love this beer!

Feb 22, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting to this famous brew, love the other offerings of Bells.
a) Satisfying. hazy golden/orange bronze, with white head lots of retention and lace.
s) Bigger, flowers and honey tempered by pine hops.
t) Sweet and honeyed while tempered by multi-faceted hops
f) creamy, bite falls in balance with the sweet, hides the ABV.
o) Lives up to its storey'd reputation.

Feb 20, 2020
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pants678 from California

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent orange with retaining white foam.

Clean, sharp hops, but can't say which.

A bit sweet on the finish, more so sharp and malty. Simcoe and Centennial are my guesses. Floral -- pine sticks out, balances well with higher ABV.

Sticky, kinda heavy.

Feb 17, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Hopslam DIPA, 10% ABV. Pours slightly hazy amber, with a huge 5-finger foamy off-white head that left lots of foamy lacing. Nose is sweet honey, slight pine, and light citrus. Taste is honey, moderate pine, moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

Feb 16, 2020
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descobar from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a snifter from 12oz can packaged 1/14/20. a month ago...
Look: pours a deep golden color with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates to half that but then retains well. clarity is perfect. above average lacing observed.
Smell: piney, grassy, dank, west coast hop aromas dominate. some mild sweetness. hint of boozyness.
Taste: pungent piney af hop flavors combine with bold malt and honey sweetness for a balance (if you can call it that) that is just amazing for this style. Nothing is subtle here.
Feel: med-full body. oily, sticky and rich texture. assertive astringency assaults the palate. carbonation is moderate. The finish is long, with intense hop bitterness and alcohol heat lingering in the palate

Overall: this former (from the simpler days of American IPAs) superstar of west coast DIPAs, does not disappoint in any way. It is an extremely well made hop bomb that delivers what its name suggests.

Feb 15, 2020
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Patrick2012 from California

4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Much like other IPAs designated as “world class” this ale has pine as the first note when you smell it. The fruity citrus follows. For a high alcohol IPA it was incredibly drinkable and i drank most of it before I even put it down. Top notch Imperial ale looking forward to getting it again in the future.

Feb 14, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, deep, orange color with a large, sticky, white head. SRM of 11-15. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of tropical citrus, grapefruit, floral, and pineapple underneath a layer of honey. There's mandarin orange, grapefruit, pineapple, berry, but all masked by the honey sweetness. Lighter aromas than I expected. (3.50)

Flavor: A wave of candied fruit flavor. First it's candied necatarine, citrus and pineapple. Some berry and tropical melon too, but not as much. Then a moderately strong bitter citrus comes through at the end to finish sweet, but relatively bitter. (3.75)

Feel: Heavier bodied and sticky. Carbonation is no match for the sweetness. Actually hides the alcohol well though. Finishes heavy, sticky, and sweet. Not really resinous, but more honey-like and smooth. Leaves a sticky, cola type of sugar grittiness on the teeth. (3.50)

Overall: Not sure how to rate this one. Obviously way stronger than an IPA should ever be. It's packed with fruit sweetness and stickiness which is offputting. The only positive thing about it is that it hides the alcohol well underneath that. No alcohol burn. But this beer is like drinking the nectar out of a birdfeeder. There's a little bit of fruit in that honey. (Final Rating: 3.58)

Feb 13, 2020
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Freonicus

3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mmmm k. I'm gonna be the black sheep here and say this one is overrated. Nothing special here. Tastes like many much cheaper IPA's. Alcohol is not even hidden that well. Its just...O.K. And I usually love everything Bell's does, which I guess could account for the over-rating. This is most DEFINITELY NOT a world class beer. Sorry to disappoint. Beer advocate is usually pretty spot on with their ratings, but it looks like maybe all the Bell's employees rated this one. Still worth a try though. Maybe your tastebuds will disagree?

Feb 12, 2020
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Pythanoc from New York

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned: 1/07/20
Tasted: 2/26/20
L: 2 Inches of Head, light amber with a bit of haze. Lacing is off the charts.
S: Guava, passion fruit, mango, grapefruit, pine, tropical smoothie. No hint of booze.
T: Taste follows the nose. Big bitterness on the finish, alcohol is very well hidden for a ten percenter.
F: Medium
O: Nectar of the Gods right here

Feb 11, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; canned 1/7/20.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a three to four finger head, amazing retention, and complex lacing rings.
S: Fruity with aromas of peach, grapefruit, caramel, and honey, as well as some pine.
T: Semisweet. Follows nose but caramel malt component more notable, as is pine. A bit of a Pixie Stix powderiness. Bitterness solid.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Tingly.
O: A very drinkable and enjoyable EC DIPA.

Feb 09, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I’m a fan. Amber orange with a really nice long lasting head and impressive lacing. Citrus and sweet fruit fragrance with a bit of a toast note as well. The upfront taste is citrusy but finished slippery pine. Honestly I hadn’t noticed the ABV percentage before I ordered and I must admit it’s well contained and not really as boozy as I expect at 10% ABV.

Feb 08, 2020
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drinkdrankdrunk56

4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few six packs and have to say I thought it was a good year. The taste hits with a slightly sweet taste then goes into a very piney dank flavor with a semi slick mouthfeel

Feb 07, 2020
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JasonQKing from Texas

4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got this because it was mislabeled for $9.37. I have tried and very much enjoyed Two Heated IPA so I figured it would be worth it.

As soon as I popped open the can, the smell put a smile on my face.

Tastes just as it smells, of super bitter pine and some fruitiness. Hard to tell it is 10%abv.

Glad I lucked into this beer to try. Very tasty 2IPA!

Feb 06, 2020
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a Teku glass (2020)

Look: Pours a clear orange/amber with a rocky off-white head that leaves behind some spotty, sticky lacing.
Smell: Pine, citrus/citrus peel, caramel, and bread.
Taste: Follows the nose, bitter earthiness is balanced out by an equally intense honey sweetness.
Feel: Full-medium body, dry/sticky, relatively light carbonation.
Overall: A classic, and a yearly release worth checking out every year.

Feb 05, 2020
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 13814 ratings