Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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

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.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bell's. Pours exactly as you'd expect from a quality Imerial IPA, dark orange with a great at hoppy citrus smell. Taste is worldclass. Hits you with a hops out of the gate and remains on the tongue evenly throughout the entire mouthful. Extremely smooth and hides the Abv very well. The hoppy citrus taste does not linger too long which makes you want more. This is an extremely relaxing IPA that you just want to take your time with. Last note is that this may be the first beer I truly can say on tap is hands down better than the bottle. Not to say the bottle is bad, it's more of a comment on just the incredible freshness straight from the tap, and in this case straight from the brewery. This is the best IIPA I've had to date.

2014 Update: (score was 4.95 in 2013) not sure what happened with this years Hopslam but it just isn't as smooth as previous year. I don't find it as citrusy either. At first I thought maybe my taste has changed but I still feel the same about other seasonal IIPAs that I liked last year and still like this year. Maybe the hops pick too early or late but it definitely isn't the top of class anymore. Hopefully next year it will regain its form.

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Photo of Acoke
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Hopslam ever. Bottled on 1/06/12

I break the seal on the cap and the hiss sent a shiver up my spine. Ya, this is my first really hyped beer so I'm a little anxious to say the least.

A- Poured into my tulip leaving about 2oz left in the bottle. Nice (honey)golden color with about a finger head. A little haze but suits it well.

S- Should be in the same sentence as the seal break since it exploded with fragrance as soon as I cracked it. I am getting incredible pineapple, tropical fruit notes along with the sweet honey. Probably my favorite smell in a beer so far.

T- Bitterness and then the honey and sweetness. A little boozey but mellows out the honey. Great taste, hyped, but still amazing.

M- Smooth and incredibly drinkable. I want to have 10 of these back to back, but with 10% ABV, thats probably not advisable(not to mention I only have 3).

O- Very satisfied I got my hands on this. Yes it is hyped, but thats part of the fun. If I can imagine this beer as a godsend, and thus improves my entire experience, why the hell not? Its a great beer and should be sought out. Cheers to Bells for this golden elixir, and cheers to all BAs.

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Photo of tARsh
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA and balance.
True to their mission Bells yet again smacks us with balanced flavor. Unabashed pine and hops are somehow sublimely balanced by subtle malts and a touch of sweetness followed with classic IPA citrus.
I personally fail to see the point in descending into descriptors of head and smell; this beer just tastes amazing.
However a word of warning; when beginning your beer journey this is no entry level IPA.

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Photo of Erish
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A: luminous pinkish golden-honey color with just a hint of haze, the eggshell colored one finger quickly falls into a lovely cap with very good lacing. This is one beautiful beer.

S: lots of grapefruit, blood orange, honey, honeysuckle flower, the malt is very sweet and reminiscent of birthday cake. Wonderful and unique.

T: the first bit to hit the palate is honey, quickly followed by orange, grapefruit, and pineapple, the middle opens up lemon curd, and then a rising tide of bitter orange peel, juniper, a flash of alcohol, and then what can only be described as sweet grass, finally to be overtaken by a nicely bitter, slightly mineral finish, with flashes of sweet honey and floral notes, all wrapped in a alcoholic haze. Wonderful.

M: medium-bodied, super-silky, almost oily at times, low carbonation, palate-coating.

D: This is a beautiful beer, and worthy of the praise heaped upon it by its devotees. Count me as one of them, now!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bell's Hopslam purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
Poured into a Spiegelau Tulip.
appearance - Hazy orange. Big head on the pour that recedes.
smell - Hopslam! Tropical fruit.
taste - this bad boy is a work of art. Amazing. Hopslam yeah, but it recedes, replaced with an unexpected creamy follow.
Wow, this goes down easy. How in the hell did they make this thing so drinkable.

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Photo of Amesjeep
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light in color, very transparent.
S - 2nd best part of this DIPA is the sweet smell and the hoppy background.
T - This is my my top rated IPA based on the taste of this one alone. Sweet pale malts and honey play of wonderful upfront with a great hoppy bitterness at the end
M - Maybe a little too carbonated but a very well rounded beer. It lets you know its 10% with every sip even if it looks like a much lighter beer.
O - This beer in a winner, through and through. I always enjoy it every year at this time. Here's to the best IPA so far this year...

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Photo of liamt07
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs, via peensteen. Thanks again guys, blew my mind that I'd have the chance to sample this. Served in a pint glass, Batch 10093 (just over 2 weeks old).

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a finger and a bit of off-white head, light retention and solid lace. Nose holds a shit-ton of honey, pine and citrus in the forms of orange, tangerine and mango among others. Yowzers, mouth watering indeed. Taste follows suit, with the honey sweetness leading the onslaught, with the citrus involved being similar to that of the nose. Warming feel and great interplay between the strong bitterness and honey sweetness. Great mouthfeel, and if anything, maybe a touch more bitterness would put this over the edge for me. Drinkability should be a 15/5, likely one of the most dangerous beverages I've ever encountered. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of sluhdrum07
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had my bud pick me up a sixer when it came into friar tucks. fearing it was sold out, i was relieved and sooo excited to get it.

appearance: nice and orange/goldenish tone, almost if not completely translucent.

smell: like a produce aisle; peach, or mango, or pineapple, or... all?

taste: reinforcing that fruit, with some more citrusy flavors. i suppose i can taste the hops...its only called hopslam. god thats good

mouthfeel: like a liquified fruit smoothie. can kinda taste the alcohol, but the array of flowery fruit pretty much kills it.

drinkability: i could drink this all day, throughout the year. i want this for the summertime but i doubt if i'll find another six and if i do that i could keep it that long.

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Photo of archiespeck
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Batch # 9471.

A - Golden orange with little head and a ton of lacing.

S - Citrus fruits dominated by grapefruit.

T - I was expecting to be knocked out by the bitterness, but Bell's did an amazing job of balancing it out with honey. Still, a "tongue bruiser" as the label states. A lot of the citrus comes through midway through, with the bitterness coming at the end.

M - Decent balance, but I can't hold this one on the tongue too long.

D - As many others have stated, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer does not come off as boozy.

I've drank 2 so far out of my 6 pack. Both times I had planned on drinking two, and both times had to switch to something else after drinking one. It's delicious, but so hardcore that one bottle will do you.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just an exceptional specimen from bells. Warm golden color with grapefruit nose. The honey sweetness is perfect to balance the hops. World class all the way.

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Photo of sturner26
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Al's of Hamden in Enola, PA in a tulip shaped glass .

A: A dark golden yellow color with a nice foamy head, about 2 fingers. Remained for most of the drink

S: Intense hop along with some sweet and citrusy notes. Very appealing!

T: Sweeter than I was expecting with a touch of citrus and strong apricot(?). Very fruity with only a strong bitter taste in the bottom quarter of the glass

M: Coats the mouth in almost a sticky way, but not syrupy. Leaves mouth dry and refreshed after each swallow.

D: Excellent. I had this with wings and pizza, and while it was not a perfect pairing, I would have sooner changed my food order than my beer. Aside from the high APV I would love to down 2-4 in a night. Great stuff!

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Photo of gmuller
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer trade from my mid-western friends. 12 oz bottle in a pint glass...sorry, for Grant, IPA's go in a pint glass.

Appearance - cloudy orange (Chill haze?), very little off-white head, but my pour may be the culprit.

Smell - Citrus, very crisp and acidic. Green and grapefruit.

Taste - Distinctive citrus hop taste. Cascades in this one? Words escape me when I encounter a beer of this caliber...then again maybe I'm seduced by the hops.

Mouthfeel - slight burn, but not overly dry or alcoholic. Thick but not unpleasant lingering.

Drinkability - Pleasantly bitter. This is one of my favorite styles, so perhaps I'm biased. I could drink this for weeks, and no, I'm not at all disparaged by the alcohol content. For a spring or Summer brew you can't go wrong with this, very 4th of July.

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Photo of blsfreak
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot say enough good things about this beer. It pours well, not much head, great color, a bit cloudy or thick looking. The aroma is amazing, fruity, hoppy, and very enticing. The taste blew me away. I was expecting a big beer, and got one...now I can't stop drinking it. It has a nice balance, not too bitter, but it will ruin your palate for anything else. I could drink this beer all day and am getting worried about what I will be drinking when it is gone....that will be a sad day.

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Photo of straybeer
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pale reddish-amber. Thin film of foam, but lacing up my entire glass.

S: Loads of citrus. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange. Hops also there. Then sort of a mellow play between the sweetness and the bitterness.

T: Tropical fruit and hops. Screams a delicious grapefruit. Honey-sweetness, but with nice hop bittering for balance. Not malty, but not really hoppy either.

M: Nice medium body, light carbonation, very smooth.

D: Just awesome. A great beer, hides the 10% pretty well too. Had this on tap a couple of times in Jan. and Feb. so I have experienced it fresh and the hop profile was bigger, but I have no problem rating it how I did. Possibly my favorite from Bell's.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epic. I'd say that's the one word that can do this beer justice. Onslaught would have also been acceptable, but that's besides the point. I poured this one into the Duvel sifter and let it sit for about fifteen minutes while I let it warm and took in the aroma.

A - Pale tangerine coloration which settled to a murky golden orangle with a slight glow. Thin head, decent retention and lacing. Looks like some sort of potion.

S - Gorgeous aroma of peaches, apricots, and hops. You could turn this into a perfume scent Bell's!

T - Addicting hop blast and I do mean addicting. Nice citrusy backing with tons of different fruit notes; apple, grape, peach, grapefruits, and probably more. All of this carries over into a sweet aftertaste. There is a good malt backbone but it doesn't (thankfully) interfere with the hop potency.

M - Warming full body, which is the only part of this brew that even hints to the abv, low carbonation level, dry finish, sweet aftertaste.

D - Anytime anywhere. Watch out though, this one will sneak up on you and brutally beat you BMTH style. This is probably one of the most amazing beers I've ever had. Reco without a doubt.

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Photo of kflack
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sooo much hype - thanks to my little brother for sending me some from Morehead, MN. As NC and SC seem to be out.

A: Pours honey golden amber/brown, two finger head.

S: LOVE the nose on this one! Sweet, with lots of hops. Touch of honey as expected.

T: Has a ton of hop flavor, but not a bitter as I expected. I was thinking something along the line of DFH 90 minute, maybe its the honey that mellows it out. Tons of flavors!

M: Soooo smooth. A great tingle at the end. Perfect carbonation.

D: One in a sitting is the limit here, tried having a second bottle as it was just too much for my palate. Grab one a savor it!

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is fantastic!

I was expecting a typical hop bomb, which is still a good thing, but this is different. The hoppiness is definitely there but mellowed out somewhat by the honey, making it the most drinkable beer I've ever had at 10% abv. I can't buy it locally and I'm wishing I had more. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a semi-cloudy orange with some floaties. Fingers worth of white head that leaves just faint lacing. Those particles stay suspended until I drink them...only a few have settled on the bottom.

Aroma of fresh citrus hops only gets better as it warms up. I'm picking up some fruits I have never really noticed in hoppy beers like pineapple and papaya. It reminds me of tropical fruit salad.

This is a DIPA all the way. No cloying sweetness as some others have. Just enough malt to barely notice it in the background. Nicely bitter but not "squint you eyes and pucker up" bitter. I find all the fruits I noticed in the aroma making an appearance in the flavor. Citrus stand hops are present from beginning to end.

Very smooth and easy to drink for a DIPA. The abv , although it's over 9%, isn't noticeable and that's impressive. Larry did one hell of a job on this one. Now, can we get him to make this one a bit more frequently?

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a fresh six pack from my bottle store today. Poured from a bottle into my Founders (I know, I know...) tulip glass. Aggressive pour yields a solid 1 inch head that lingers, and lingers... Slowly dissipates leaving excellent lacing sticky to the glass. The color? This is what this style should be, a hazy orange gold tint. Big up front hop kick in the nose with solid boozy smell behind. Exactly what I wanted. Taste? I can only imagine what this is like on tap if it's this delicious out of the bottle!! Very similar to Doom, without Doom's overpowering alcohol kick. Loads of piney bitter hops, held in check by the honey to balance them out. For a ten percenter, this is a very drinkable beer! The sweetness of the honey is the perfect balance to the hops. This beer takes the sting out of a cold bitter Michigan winter night. Damn good beer!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

P: Pours a golden apricot body with a swirly micro bubble tornado in the middle. Capped with a thin creamy white top with sudsy lacing glistening from the sides.

S: A cornucopia of juicy tropical fruits, natural honey, accented by spices and medium toast malts. Can't stop sniffing this.

T/M: Follows the nose with juicy fruits, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, tropical bubblicious, timid fresh pine needles and earthy honey drizzled granola. I get hints of corn alcohol, toasted grain and lightly smoldered pine wood. Hops are pronounced and assertive but not overly bitter. Booze is a tad harsh and warms the senses. Medium- full bodied that is sticky and gracefully carbonated. Lingers pomegranate, berries and honey. Leaves a drying film on the palate similar to sharp cheddar cheese.

O: I just love highly hopped brews that don't smack you with harsh bitterness but truly highlight and display the lush flavor of the hops. This is a masterpiece of complexity and harmony. This beer mimics me of a tropical fruit Naked juice but with alcohol. Only down side is availability and the price.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, rich bronze with a finger high head of white foam which sticks all over the side of my glass.

S - I hear they added more hops... Ok maybe I am lying because this is the first year I've tried this sucker, but dag, hops. Peaches and pineapples were what came to mind first, but there is a distinct tinge of musty hop resin as well. The back end hides a small waft of malty toffee.

T - Brutally bitter hops that run the gamut in terms of variation of flavor. All the tropical fruits are there; pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit. And the spicy, musty and earthy characteristics of the hops is also present. There's only a malt backbone so that you don't wet yourself with the intensity of the hops. And a touch of honey of course, but this is not a sweet beer, that stuff fermented all out leaving the flavor essences of the raw stuff... pretty cool.

M - Medium on the mouthfeel; there is some creaminess to this brew. Does not seem overly carbonated to me, pretty nice for the style.

D - Err, this is 10%? I should watch myself because I'm thinking the six pack will go in a day or two. The only downfall to this beer is price, but compared to many other DIPAs it's a bargain!

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Photo of flexinwext
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite double IPA to date. Pours a nice amber color, smell sensation with citrusy hops and some I couldn't describe. Just delicious. The hop taste is just perfect. I was glad I decided to split this six pack because the alcohol was so well disguised I would have been in a world of hurt later. My friend is not really a beeradvocate and he loved it. Must try!

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Photo of billzee
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To date, the best beer I have ever tasted. This was my first experience with this beer and I am already on my second case. Poured from 12 oz. bottle in to pint glass. Pours a golden with minimal white head. From the first sniff of this beer I was hooked. It seriously smells like freshly cut fruit drizzled with honey. The flavor does not disapoint. It is the perfect belend of bitter and sweet. Bitter hops, citrus, peach, honey... Moderate carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. I am hooked.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hats off to ratpack554 for the bottle.

after enjoying the crap out of Two Hearted, i was super-stoked to try this one...

A - cloudy bronze w/ a 2 finger creamy off-white head

S - citrus/floral hops, orange, lots of honey and some candied fruit -delicious, can't wait to dig in

T - as one would expect from a beer called "hopslam" there is a massive hop punch in the face, followed by an explosion of citrus goodness, but all backed by an o-so-sweet malt. You can really taste the honey in this beer, and boy is it good. some apple comes through as well before a perfectly bitter close, that leaves me begging for MORE. (10% is extremley well hidden)

MF - lively and highly carbonated, a tad oily, but very light for 10%

D - too high for a beer with such a high abv. (this is a good thing) the goes down smooth as hell, way too easy to quaff.

i thought 2hearted was the beesnees(sp?) but then i had hopslam...Larry Bell i beg you to distribute in Colorado!

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Photo of ATPete
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

i was lucky enough to drink 7 of these in the past 3/4 months. took notes through out, and the conclusion is that this beer is absolutely killer. Beautiful orange brown color, small white head. Amazing pine notes in the nose, sweetened grapefruit and orange peel, lots of earthy grassy hops battle with the fresh, semi sweet citrusy hops, all of this is overseen by a very rugged malty backbone adding incredible balance. Coating but smooth, the 10% ABV is completely masked by the beers more than impressive flavor profile. Some say this beer is best fresh but i was equally impressed with every single bottle i cracked open, my most recent being 11/2/08. Cant wait to get some more this year. Safe to say i highly recommend this one.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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