Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,052 Ratings
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 Ironstutz
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gushue3
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought an un-priced 6 pack of this from a Philly bottleshop for the priced of a used videogame.

A Bigger one finger foamy head comes down and leaves a little bit of lacing. Body is a nice clear orange with some carbonation bubbles.

S Big sweet tropical fruit here. Mango, pineapple, sweet grapefruit

T Big time sweet sticky hops and fruity bitterness (sounds weird). The honey is lightly detected in the middle and the finish sweet, somewhat malty, and a bitterness that lingers. Does not drink 10% at all. borders 4/4.5

M Lighter feel on the tongue and a medium to high carbonation. My mouth is left sticky and slightly syrupy after each sip

O Nice DIPA that does not drink like it. A little sweeter than I expected but very good DIPA.

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Photo of israel
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an ommegang tulip glass

A -this one is a deep deep amber with orange hues witha tan head that didn't stick around for too long..

S - bready with hints of fresh oranges. yeasty and some earthy hops in the back ground.

T - reminds me of buckwheat with a nice hop chaser.
It's actually much more balanced than the previous statements makes the beer sound.

M - watered down syrup(that sounds gross) but not in a gross way. some pop at the back of the tongue.

D - give me another is all I can think of when I finish one of these, delicious..

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Photo of Hoss76
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RoninVP
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Raging Bitch", & "Aprihop". Each have their place and Bell's Hopslam stood out as a the best of the group. The group all agreed that isn't wasn't so wild an IPA that most IPA drinkers couldn't handle it. I'm happy knowing that I can stock the fridge with this (when I can find it) and everyone will be happy!

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden/orange with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing.
S: Hops with a hint of sweet honey mixed in.
T: Very hoppy throughout with a nice honey taste on the end. Alcohol is noticeable.
M: Medium light. Bitterness that leave palate dry.
O: An excellent DIPA. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of bobbypaulson
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cetherid
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip


A clear gold colored beer. About 1 fingers worth of fluffy eggshell colored head. Nothing really exciting but the head does leave a nice lacing.


A beautiful aroma. A large amount of citrus (grapefruit, orange, perhaps a little pineapple too). The hops smell very fresh out of a bottle, just like Pliny does. Perhaps a slight pine aroma but this is definitely citrus dominate.


A very unique taste to this beer. I was expecting a huge amount of hops all the way through for this being a DIPA. Up front I get the bitterness which was expected, then a lot of sweetness (obviously the honey) from the middle to the end. I taste a lot of pine and malts in this beer, nothing like the aroma. If there is any citrus in the taste, it's more like the rind of a citrus fruit. A very sweet DIPA, more than I prefer, but still a good tasting beer.


about medium bodied with perfect carbonation. A slightly sticky/resiny aftertaste in this beer.


Pretty decent drinkablilty. This does not feel like 10% abv at all. It's dangerously drinkable in that respect. It's a pretty hyped up beer and surprisingly, easy to get in my area currently. A little pricey, but I'm definitely glad I got 2 sixers of this. A great beer, but honestly, I'd take dreadnaught, sculpin, or a pliny over this.

I must admit that I like dreadnaught on tap more than this however it's much butter than dreadnaught out of the bottle. (maybe I've just never had a freshly bottled Dreadnaught). I'd love to try this beer on tap and will definitely seek this out. It may make me like it more than dreadnaught.

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Photo of squaremile
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good amber color that even had my Kalik/Corona drinking dad impressed and wanting to try it. This is definitely a hop-head beer, so I am quite happy with it. However, I think that although Hopslam gets massive hype (and is deserving of most of it) I can't escape the thought that there are a ton of west coast IPAs in this class, most notably similar is Green Flash West Coast. Still a great beer, easy drinking for the ABV, and satisfies my hop cravings.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to jdefont for this, he threw it in as a trade bonus. What a guy!

Duvel snifter

A: Deep golden copper, cream colored head quickly dissipated into almost nothing. No cap, barely any lacing.

S: Wow. I can smell how sweet this is going to be. Must be the honey? I just have my nose buried in the glass, great aroma. Little bit of citrus bust mostly a pine forest and sweet malts. I got the most nose out of this after letting it warm, and swishing it around the glass. Excellent!

T: Huge hops up front, what did you expect from something called "Hopslam"? Taste follows the nose, walking through a pine forest while eating an orange. This thing finishes malty and sweet, a dinner biscuit with honey drizzled on top.

M: Nice and thick, just what I expect from a DIPA. Medium carbonation.

D: Easy to drink for a 10% DIPA. On the other hand, I might find the second one cloying given how sweet this finishes. Drinkability suffers slightly because of that.

Overall, one of the best DIPAs I've had. As far as Hopslam VS Pliny, they are different. This is bready bready and sweet, Id put Hopslam up against DFH 90 min instead. Hopslam wins.

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Photo of Poloplaya
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Star80
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/15/13, extremely fresh. This was selling out super-fast and has quite a following.

A- Pours out a very pale copper color. Does produce a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like wild and tropical fruits. Picking up some pineapple, mango, pine, and some citrus like grapefruit. Floral but doesn't seem as much as even Two Hearted which I feel I can smell a few feet away.

T - Taste is actually a nice melange between the tropical, citric and piney hops with some sweet pale malts to boot. I am getting some nice alcohol warming but for 10% it is pretty well hidden.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and slightly creamy.

O - Overall one wonders if this beer is worthy of the cult like following. Tough call but I can tell you it is a pretty nice DIPA if you're a hophead with taste for the tropical variety you will surely be satisfied. I will be among the followers next year.

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Photo of TheSaboteur
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp golden apple cider that strangely smells of feline urine and obscene hops. Can taste the 10 per cent and doesn't really work for me, but it is clean, crisp, and puckers the mouth...I love that. I could easily drink 4 in a sitting, but the hype and price are a let down.

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Photo of twild8919
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmd88
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewskifan55
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Amber with no head or bubbles. Light lacing.

S: The hops grab you by the olfactory and never let up. Grapefruit, grassy with a touch of honey.

T: Follows nose witha bit of pepper on the finish. This one's a hophead's paradise.

M: Light to medium. Dry finish.

O: If I were a hophead, I would buy this by the case. An outstanding representation of an Imperial IPA. The honey really smooths the bitterness out. You got hop-slammed, sucka!

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Photo of Joshhersh
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Arnolds's Carry out for pulling some strings to get this one.
batch number 10196
Pours a sleek honey orange, that almost shines. Finger length khaki color head. very nice retention. that should be expected with the higher abv.
Smell of sweet hops. grapefruit, honey, and light floralness to it. overall smells sweet and citrusy.
taste of pineapple and citrus fruits. the bitterness is present but masked well with all the warmth of the alcohol. slight malty and stickyness to this. the overall sweetness takes over in the beginning and the bitterness takes charge towards the end.
mouthfeel is a sticky almost oily presence. the grapefruit taste makes this a little tart which kind of pokes and prods at the palate. overall enjoyable just a little sticky.
as being called hopSLAM and claiming its a "tongue bruiser" is a little far fetched for what they were going for. but being as sweet as it is, makes this for an enjoyable and drinkable Imperial.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

hazy golden orange with some floating sediment. sticky half-inch layer of white head that leaves tons of lace.

aroma has a strong, raw hoppiness. hop components are a mix of grapefruit, mangos, pineapples, and a weedy, sneeze-inducing grassiness. hint of marijuana as well. slightly off-putting touch of aspirin, but otherwise a fantastic mix of abrasive hop aromas.

medium mouthfeel, surprisingly light for the alcohol content, with a medium carbonation. unexpectedly drinkable, with a strong hoppiness but a gentle, balancing, fruit and honey sweetness. aspirin component comes back in the finish. despite that, this is a very well put-together beer.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppslam bottle poured into sniffter.

appearance : orange haze a solid two finger head. good carbonation the head lingers a long tine

Smell: wonderful hop aroma, sweet floral and citrus

Taste : lots of citrus lots of hop bitterness balanced with some sweetness

Mouthfeel: full bodied and boozie

Drinkabilty: drink this one fast hop aroma fades. Overall I just really like this beer. Its a delight to drink

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Photo of jooler
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells like hoppy citrus goodness. But the taste isn't anything like the smell. Initial taste is hoppy with a hint of over ripe loquats. For being 10%, the alcohol is well hidden. I don't really know what the hype is about but it's good, not world class but good

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Photo of jonvan04
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light orange color with a thin amount of head. The nose was a mix of piney and citrusy hops, lots of hops. The taste was a ton of hop bitterness with a light amount of sweetness. It was nicely carbonated with a bunch of bubbles coating the toungue as it goes down. The alcohol was very well hidden as I had no clue that this was 10% until I glanced at the bottle again. However, there was also a lot of dryness to it that made it a little difficult to drink as I got farther down the class.

Overall this was definitely one of the better double ipas I've had, however even knowing that it's a big beer I wish it was still a little more drinkable.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa.

Pours cherry amber with a nice white head. A very clear and sparkly pour, uncharacertistic from a Double IPA.

Smells of hops hops hops and more hops. Primarily dry hops, entirely American. Solid nodes of citrus fruit, pine, and potting soil. Very little malt presence.

Tastes like hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus fruit up front, moving into sticky, resiny pine, and ending on a more earthen, dry hop with the slightest malt breadiness at the end to cut into the bitterness.

It's a tasty beer that does a good job of messing you up, but it's completely unbalanced. Unlike Dreadnaught or Rogue's x2 IPA, Hop Wallop, and Ruination there's no yeastiness to cut into the hops, no interplay between flavors. I only bring up these great beers from 1st class breweries beacuse Bell's is a first class brewery and they're charging first-class prices for HopSlam. If I'm paying seven bucks a bottle at a bar to have a beer, it better be almost perfectly crafted.

Good, but not as good as it could have been.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before. Orange to amber in color, moderately opaque. One finger of fluffy white foam with good retention. Aroma is floral, earthy, citrus. The taste follows, some citrus and pine from the hops. Big floral, herbal, earthy flavors. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, creamy. Moderately bitter finish, with slight alcohol heat. Very good.

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Photo of Grinz12
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,052 ratings.
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