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

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 3,679 | Ratings: 13,692
Photo of LBThiele3382
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bell's is bad-ass! What can you say? This is a text book phenomenal 2X IPA. But better than most. An absolute legend in our great brewing state of Michigan. The only thing hurting Hopslam(and most great beers) nowadays is the price gouging! The beer stores here are ruthless and almost criminal if it weren't for the people buying it from them! I seek out the fair-priced honest beer stores and avoid the shysters! Two thumbs up!!

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing achievement: so rich and full of fruity flavor, without feeling oily and seeet, and despite the high ABV, the alcohol isn’t too present. A real heavyweight, flavorwise. Be careful, though, the ABV will eventually get you.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like an amber ale really; just a touch of light haze, fluffy off-white head fades down to a thin film moderately quickly - some pretty decent lacing during drinking. Aroma of sweet caramel malt & piney hops. Not much of anything in the fruit department. Taste follows with a smack of piney hop & full malt backbone. Sip ends with a long lingering boozy taste & feel - pleasant but definitely also letting you know it's packing a 10.2% ABV. I don't taste the honey per se, but there is a hint of sweetness - maybe a tinge of strawberry? - which is barely tasted, but seems to dampen the potential astringency of the hops. Not sure what I expected from this - certainly a classic I've never tried before, from a time before fruity NEIPAs - the better of which I've really come to prefer. I would definitely have this again, it's a great beer, but I'm also fine crossing it off my list & not worrying about seeking it out again.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Teku glass. (thanks to Rocktire for this one)

L - Poured a nice burnt orange color with a thick foam white head and plenty of lacing.

S - Slightly metallic smell. Big on the hops with a bit of beadyness.

T - A good amount of bitter citrus combined with just a bit of malt flavor. Finishes off pretty dry, but tasty.

F - Almost creamy and slick at the same time. Coated the mouth well.

O - Drank easy for a big 10%er. although I didn't find it to be Outstanding, I liked this one a lot and would totally have it again.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; honey colored; 1 finger finely pored off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grapefruit, pine, orange, and a little bitterness;

T: subdued at first; from the middle through the finish, there is a delicate balance between the honey sweetness, the hop bitterness, and a strawberry/raspberry essence;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; completely hides the ABV; dangerously smooth;

O: there's a great reason why this beer gets such high marks;

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Photo of Cdriver0414
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- a little bit hazy and a little bit juicy. Formed about a two inch head
Smell- absolutely exilirating. One of the best smelling beers I’ve had. Citrus, pine and a barrage of tropical bliss
Taste- a perfect balance of bitter and tropical with a bit of warming from the abv
Feel- I’d a classic west coast ipa perfected
Overall- a true world class beer. A shame you can only get it once a year

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a single of this just to see what it's like. It's kind of like an old big boozy Two Hearted Ale. A bit syrupy and sweet, hoppy but not hop forward or dominant, very malty but not in a bad way. It's not bad but I wouldn't seek it out again. nb

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Poured light amber with a thick 3-finger, off-white head. Fantastic lacing.
S - Piney and malt. Some orange.
T - Follows the nose.
F - Pretty smooth. Medium bodied. Light dry finish.
O - Not as thick or heavy as most DIPA’s. Deceivingly easy to drink for 10%. Love the way this beer looked. A knockout of a beer!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Bine and Vine in San Diego - canned Jan 16/19. Pours a nice golden caramel colour with 1 and 1/2 fingers tight off white head. Aroma of caramel malt/honey, then citrus/grapefruit, slightly floral, hoppy pine notes. Taste is at once sweet and hoppy - subtle bitterness builds to a perfect crescendo of grapefruit, orange, pine with honey sweetness in back. Mouthfeel is full, smooth, slightly syrupy - leaves with beautiful balance of bittersweet and just a touch of the 10% booziness.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, packaged on "011619."

The mighty Hopslam! I've heard so much about this beer over the years. Lots of good, lots of bad. And, now that Bell's distributes to NJ, it's time to check it out for myself. Let's dive in!

Great looking beer in the glass. Somewhere in between deep gold and pale amber. Slight haze. Large, frothy, persistent white head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

Complex aroma that runs the gamut of hop descriptors. No shortage of grapefruit, pine, and orange. Maybe even some melon too? Sure, why not. Once you get past that, especially as the beer warms, there is this beautiful floral, herbal, earthy aspect to it. Even perfume comes to mind. Really impressive.

Heavy malt and honey sweetness show up in the flavor. The balances really shifts to the malt here and the finish is sweet and bitter.

Medium-full bodied, sticky, and almost syrupy. Slightly warming from the 10% ABV.

This is an old school Imperial IPA. A real blast from the past.

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Photo of TheStig1375
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First one I had was amazing, as youd expect. The second one must have gone south, there was a large rubbing alcohol smell off the beginning and through the rest as I drank it out of a snifter. I only drank 2/3 of it.

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Photo of Flickib41
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can date 1-4-19. Pours a dark gold. I can see through my glass, a hop slam branded tulip glass! Strong citrus smell on the nose. Also get some pine. Get honey, some orange and pine on my first sip. More like a gulp. Quite a bit of lacing on the glass as the head subsided. Silky mouthfeel. Love love this beer every year. Wish they made it year round.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

PA-POW! This little number meets all of it's lofty hype and reputation. Powerful 10% ABV is fairly well hidden in this hoppy and malty sensation. Have one. Seriously, maybe just one.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A: Pours a light copper-orange when held to the light. Has a quickly dissipating white foam head.

S: The honey actually comes through a little bit, along with a faint floral aroma.

T: Overall, the taste is a balanced mixture of the quintessential west-coast floral/pine hop profile and a dollop of honey. I like the addition of honey, as it provides a unique alternative to the "malt backbone" that other DIPAs have. In particular, the flavors I get on this beer are sweet grapefruit, pinecone, honey, orange pith, and a dank oily hop presence.

M: I'd say this is on the heavier side, but with enough carbonation to balance things out. It's obviously not stout-like.

O: Wonderful beer. To me, Hopslam's flavor has a story: it's a beer that once was a typical west-coast DIPA, lost in the sea of millions of the same style. But then, somehow, it got bit by a radioactive bee and turned into a super honey-infused west-coast DIPA that saved the city.

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Photo of Bird_Priest
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent copper with a finger high head. I must admit, I neglected to read that this is a double brewed with honey, so I wasn't expecting the honey to be worked into the bouquet. It wasn't cloying, and turned out to be quite the harmonious aspect on the palate, balancing out the deep piney bitterness and working well with the citrus rind. Good snag, as always with Bells.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of foamy head. Crystal clear copper color and decent, soapy lacing. The aroma hit me from the moment it hit the table. Nice and floral and fruity and very citrus forward. The flavor is in the pocket for a double IPA. Great beer, would drink again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped “PKGD 23:28 011719”) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright bronze gold color with a towering head of white bubbly foam. Heads holds well and leaves and intricate lace pattern.

Smell: Pine needles and citrus zest (lemon, grapefruit) rounded out by warmer caramel malt and fruity hop notes. Faint hints of alcohol sneak through.

Taste: Boldly bitter, but balanced. Pine and citrus continue from the nose, along with crisp leafy bitterness. Full bodied malt and honey notes provide a welcome balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth, oily feel, and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Terrifically balanced and integrated DIPA with plenty of hip goodness but malt (and honey) to match.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is light on the nose but get citrus, caramel, honey, and some pine. Very floral taste with slight caramel and honey finish. Bitter, slightly piney aftertaste. Slightly astringent. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very well balanced. Slightly boozy.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can. Brew date 01/07/19. Poured into English pint glass.
Very light copper hue with a touch of gold. Thin white head disappears to just cover the surface clinging to glass.
Pine hop scent with a citrus chaser.
I am an IPA novice so I prefer a bit less on the IBU scale. This beer lands right in my wheelhouse with a bite of hop with a smooth slightly rich yet clean taste and finish. The 10% is nowhere to be found giving it an insane drinkablity.
Just enough fizz to tingle the tongue with a easy medium feel.
Honey plays a part in this beer and for me creates a very unique imperial IPA that I very much enjoy.
I try to rate a beer as it is, not as it could or should be. Yes it’s expensive but well worth the cost, especially to share and surprise a fellow beer drinker.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very very very good beer. For some reason, the huge honey flavor makes me think of it as more of a day drinking beer (maybe on a somewhat warm summer day on the beach) than something to drink at night.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a nice rocky two finger headed Imperial IPA with an amber-gold appearance. The liquid is all together clear.
S- Wonderful hop presence throughout. Grassy, piney, floral, and citrusy hops are all present. An extremely inviting aroma that is very sweet. Very little alcohol picked up, if any. For 10.00 that's insane.
T- The taste is extremely well thought out, and surprisingly refreshing for an imperial IPA. Citrusy and fruity hops make up for a sweet and malty flavor immediately. The flavor is abrupt, refreshing, and memorable.
F- Medium bodied, but extremely fresh and rewarding. Nice carbonation at the end.
O- Probably the best imperial IPA I have every had. It packs a punch alcohol wise, and you can't even tell there is any there... A bit dangerous I could say. But it's pretty astonishingly refreshing. The hop presence is lively and fresh, and it's as sweet as you could imagine. Altogether beautifully made beer. I loved every sip of it.

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Photo of Nova69
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’m an imperial IPA snob....,and I like em with a bit more IBU.....but this one, I’ll make an exception, it’s a great dub IPA!

Excellent from start to finish.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up only one can because of the price, but will definitely get more. Impressive!

Pours a very clear light amber with a medium head that lingers for a long time.
Smell: light, sweet, hoppy, dried fruit
Taste: stronger than smell. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Bitterness lingers on the palate but with rich flavor. Notes are honey, dried fruit, pear, floral, mild pine, and a touch earthy. At 10%, the alcohol is very noticeable. The honey adds a nice balance of sweetness that is not overbearing.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and full-bodied.

Very nice IIPA! Definitely worth looking for. Price tag is high, so good for special occasions.

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Photo of SB2017
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Looks quite beautiful, with an off-white pinky of foam and generous bubbles rising. A deep amber on this beer, nearly verging on a red ale's color. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving behind bountiful lace. On the nose it's round, sweet, and spicy. Milder than I imagined, but altogether supremely well balanced. A cacophony of flavor from the get-go, with the best texture to a beer I've perhaps ever tasted. Utterly creamy and decadent, with significant grassy and malty notes to go around. Strong taste of weed, much like a Stella has, but with a good wheaty kick at the end. The beer keeps on giving, with something new to taste every sip. Ultimately, I will have to drink this with food. There's simply too much flavor to stand on its own, and I'm getting overstimulated with each taste. If this is your jam, pick up this beer. It's really something, and I'm terrifically impressed by Bell's yet again.

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Photo of lilbenzie
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Remarkable double IPA. A very smooth, crisp ale that does not overwhelm you with bitterness from the hops. Bell’s came through with a wonderful ale. I recommend trying it if it is still available near you! I missed it in January of 2018 in Nashville, TN because it sells so fast!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 13,692 ratings