Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BA SCORE
95.9%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 13,060 Ratings
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#146
Reviews:
3,531
Ratings:
13,060
Liked:
12,519
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
9.42%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,677
Gots:
3,640
Trade:
69
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,060 |  Reviews: 3,531
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1.39/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Highly overrated, this was a total malt bomb.

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1.5/5  rDev -66.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -60.8%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with no head to speak of.

S -orange bitters, lots of alcohol and hints of hopslam's citrus glory.

T - incredibly barleywine like with overwhelming alcohol and a harsh biting bitterness that cloys to the back of the throat.

M - mouthfeel is overly rich, biting and slides down the throat like slime.

Overall, avoid the cask. What is amazing in bottles and life changing on tap is actually awful to drink.

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.2%

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2.01/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance is a golden orange with a bright, white head.

Aroma is very sweet and malt forward. Honey, caramel, toffee and some bready sweetness. Hints of grapefruit.

The taste is also dominated by the malt and not the hops (Hopslam?). Very sweet upfront with toffee, caramel and honey. Bit of grapefruit and light pine. Not very hoppy, especially for a DIPA.

Medium bodied with a sticky sweet mouthfeel and slight alcohol notes that grow more apparent as it warms.

A sweet, boozy, mess of a DIPA. Not very hoppy and too malty of the style. Disappointing.

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2.22/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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2.25/5  rDev -49.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -49.6%

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2.26/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This review is for 2017 canned hopslam, consumed less than 14 days after bottling. Sadly, I am reviewing this year, as this beer was a real gem in the past. One of the interesting characteristics of Hopslam is the noticeable differences year to year. Unfortunately, I found the 2017 Hosplam to be astringent, boozy, and uninspiring. As usual, it is very hop forward, but only in bitterness. I found this year's Hopslam to be unbalanced and leaving an after taste of alcohol like a cheap Vodka. Thankfully, the beer does get better near the end, but hardly worth the wait or price. Temperature variations do not seem to provide any appreciable character. If I had to guess, I'd say mass production has led to the sad state of a beer that was once (for me, at the very least) so sought after.

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2.3/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bitter without body. Piney without character. Underwhelming to be nice. Can't judge fairly being from SoCal with everything else we have access to, but you can tell t's an attempt at being something it aspires to be. Hopslam is overhyped and glorified Stone IPA...maybe even closer to a Sierra Nevada pale ale.

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2.36/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Obviously a very hoppy beer. Can smell and taste the hops instantly. Opaque golden in color with a good size head. Hints of both citrus and wheat could be tasted in this beer. Very high alcohol content, but almost can't taste it due to the other strong flavors. This beer was a smooth beer to drink. I enjoy hops but this beer just had too much for me.

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2.42/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I do not think this is a fair review because of my taste in beers, but I do not get what all the fuss (and the premium price) is about. It smells good, but was so alcohol forward could barely taste the hops. I prefer the APA and milder IPAs where you can actually taste hops and not get overwhelmed with the booze flavor. Doesn't taste like beer; would rather drink vodka. Glad I was able to buy as a single can, was only able to finish 1/4th of it. As a general disclaimer my wife liked it.

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2.46/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm one of the few that wasn't head over heels for this brew, and the reason is very simple - Hopslam has a very strong mango flavor to it, and I don't care for mango. That flavor even comes through in the smell, which I confirmed from another person before I poured it out of the bottle.

I liked the way the brew felt due to the hoppiness, but the end of each sip proved too citrusy for me. The beer, despite a high ABV, did not have a strong alcohol taste, which was nice, and had a good appearance in the glass.

HopHeads who love this beer and appreciate the citrus flavor rightly make this their beer of choice, my brew taste just runs towards ambers & stouts.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 13,060 ratings
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