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 Smelly
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Love the big hop hit and subtle sweet honey follow-up. Crap...only 2 left from this year's batch :(

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Photo of TomTwanks
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P - 12oz snifter dated 12/22/11

A - very slightly hazy golden orange. Oh boy does it look delicious!

S - Someone just threw a orange and grapefruit up my nose. Wow. Slightly yeasty and a hint of that honey

T - Just so everyone knows, I am drinking this brew slighty warmer. this beer can give a man a boner. I mean really, this is delicious. Initial bite from the hops, then a conservative malt backbone kicks in with the sweetness of that honey. I mean, this stuff is smooth. Really smooth. Dangerous smooth. Did I say smooth?

O - glad I have the opportunity to get this beer. It's hyped up for a reason. Get this is you have a chance. Best DIPA iv'e ever had, over dreadnaught and white rajah.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark, murky tangerine with a medium head that poofs. nose; simcoe hops, pine, & grapefruit pith. taste; sweet malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, mango, & honey. sweet and citrusy mango hangs out strong on the aftertaste. medium+ carbonation & mouthfeel. unfiltered AND unpasteurized - definitely lends a thicker, starchier mouthfeel. a touch sweet, but well-balanced considering the abv (which is decently tame) and hop bill. i hate that this beer isn't widely available, so every time i see it, there's an availability/pricing game to contend with. hoppy, juicy, a touch sweet. a must-try for ipa fans. excellent.

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Photo of GlassFreeek
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Tulip Glass. Bottles on 12/29/11

A: Awesome, bright, golden orange in color. Very tight white, two finger head. Creamy looking head, almost stout like. Impressive!

S: What can I say, it smells awesome, sweet, fruity, floral hops dominate this one. Right in-between a west coast and east coast but better! Pineapple and grapefruit are most prominent.

T: Insanely smooth, insanely drinkable, insanely tasty! A sweeter hop profile dominates taste, slight grapefruit, and not much malt, which I tend to like in my DIPA's. I barely taste any alcohol in this.

MF: Creamy and smooth, medium bodies, and INSANELY drinkable. This is seriously slammable/sessionable. No problem taking down multiple bottles if you want. A must find for anyone who can locate it.

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Photo of arvjunk
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - murky, burnt orange color; 2 inch thick cream off white head; really sticky lacing the entire time

S - Citrus, tropical fruits, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, spice, INTENSE

T - Aggresive hop profile, smooth, pineapple, apricot, caramel, candied citrus, lots of pine

M - Palate ruiner. Stick with this the rest of the night. Incredibly smooth for how aggressive it is. well balanced

D - one of the easiest drinking IIPAs you will ever come across. The high alcohol is enitrely masked by great fruit. Drinks a little too easy. This will get you into trouble

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Photo of Boppar
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Thick, great head, with exceptional lacing. Rich golden hues. Frothy. I really couldn't help swirling it in my glass to play with the lace.

This beer smells incredible. Tropical fruity hops. Pineapple leads the charge with hoppy spice in hot pursuit.

This beer tastes almost as good as it smells. Definite pineapple taste. Mango and/or papaya are there as well in a more subdued background kind of way. Something creamy, possibly coconut is there as well.

Exquisite mouthfeel. Creamy, frothy, uninhibited bliss.

I could drink these all day. And with the non-evident 9.3% ABV, the hangover the next morning would only serve as a constant, friendly reminder of how thoroughly happy I had been the day before.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - 3FH that lasts, light, clear, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, fruit, citrus, raisin.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, yeast, sweet, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Decent carbonation, dry, smooth, lingering, warming.

VALUE - $9.00 for a 12-oz. draft. Average.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quaffable, ABV well-hidden.

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Photo of zodiak3000
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 fresh bottle

A- Orange/copper color. mildy clear/slight clouds. carbonation is good w/ awesome lacing.

S- WOW. mango, peach, pineapple, floral resin, tropical citrus burst. Some really clean sweetness from the honey, malt on the back burner..

T/M- Hop flavor up the ying yang, same as the smell. honey really holds a mouthfeel of smoothness. almost no real bite or hard bitterness from the hops, almost like drinking hop fruit juice or something, tasty...

d- very good considering the 10abv, although after a few i could see a need for a drink of water and maybe a nap...

Is this even beer or the nectar of gods? i immediately fell in love with this after the initial sip. i want to bath in this stuff. sorry pliny, youve been replaced....

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer could easily be the prototype for what a double IPA is supposed to be. Thick two finger head that held up well with good belgian lacing. Color is a light golden color. Aroma is outstanding. Lots of nice grassy hops upfront with citrus in the background. Loads of dry hopping. Flavor was citrus hops, with a good malt balance. Could tell it was a high alcohol beer. Pretty much flawless. CO2 just right. Best Bell's beer I have ever had.

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Photo of HiWire
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 finger head that stays for days. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes very balanced between hop bite, sweetness, a piney after taste. Laces like it was Brussels. The most drinkable 10% I've ever had. You can bury me with a case for the afterlife.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Revisit: 3 Mar 17
PKGD: 012317

Been Over 10 Years Since Last Time I Had This Brew!

Poured into a tulip a very nice hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice HUGE two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some really nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, very nice citrus, piney. The taste is really awesome still, hoppy, very nice sweetness, slight maltyness, very nice citrus, and pine notes. Full body, ABV hidden very well, nice little chewyness. With a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is still a very tasty brew, one of the best DIPAs out there, handsdown. Highly Recommended! Glad to see it here in GJ!

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice creamy whiteish head which hangs around for a little while, nice little islands and sticky lacing around the edges. Awesome scents of hops, sweet malts, citrus aplenty, and some spices. The taste is just delicious of hops, and citrus (grapefruit, pineapple), nice bitter/dry bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a truly awesome DIPA. Thanks go to jhammerly and BuckEyeNation for the trades.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers.
Awesome aroma, great bitter citrus flavor. Moderate sweetness, not all bitterness.
Higher ABV nicely hidden in the taste but presents itself and drinks a little heavy.
Lower carbonation and full body mouth feel.
Kind of expensive, but definitely worth getting a sixer when in season.

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Photo of pacothrash
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured copper color with a .5" head which thinned quickly. The smell is very nice with with fruitiness and some of alcohol. The taste is great with hints of grapefruit and orange. This is now my favorite high alcohol (10%) beer mainly because it hides the higher alcohol with the intense hop citrus flavor. This beer is very good!

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Photo of broodog
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Batch 10126 Bottled 1/18/11

A: A fantastic pour. Golden color with 1 finger of white, foamy head. Poured into a Bell's tulip

S: Fresh honey, piney, resiny hops. Fills the olfactory glands with glee

T: Sweet honey, pine hops and a bit of malt to balance it all. Finish sticks around and makes you happy

M: Heavy, but not really. Pulls you both ways. For 10% ABV, deception is the name of the game.

O: 2 months later, the hop fade is a lark. This is as good as the hopslam I drank on Jan 31st. Fantastic beer

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Photo of RashomonZero
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big but balanced (as opposed to Big Butt Balanced: totally different--if not equally cool--condition.)
Hops, sweetness, malt, ABV: win.
Please don't compare to unrepentant hop-bombs, as they're a different animal with different purpose.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After trailing Hopslam throughout the Chicago Area for about a month, I finally ran into at the bar next door to the bar I work at. I was shocked - it had been there the for weeks and I had no idea. I guess that's what I get for not going to see my friends who work there often enough. Anyhow, the one session I was able to have there, I got...well...a bit out of hand. I didn't realize that it was a 10%er. Fortunately, I found a six pack at my local grocery store and had the opportunity to come home and review it under far more responsible circumstances.

APPEARANCE: Golden, honey color with a foamy half inch head. Hundreds of tiny bubbles continued racing towards the surface even several minutes after the pour. Solid, thick lacing throughout the glass.

SMELL: A hint of honey gives way to a strong hop aroma. The smell almost seems as if it is designed to be a warning to some while also being a welcoming beacon to others. The first sniff heightens the anticipation of the first sip even further.

TASTE: One thing I generally don't like about intensely hoppy beers is how sweet they can get. Sure, some stay on the dry side, but many turn into almost a candy flavored beer. In Hopslam's case, the honey notes are certainly present, but the sweetness of the honey is not overwhelming - it blends nicely with the strong hop flavor.

FEEL: The mouth feel only adds to Hopslam's spectacular drink ability. Tiny bubbles hit the tongue right off the bat and continue to stay lively throughout the entire taste, but the bubbles don't bite.

OVERALL: One of the most drinkable and delicious beers I've had. Hopslam is somehow, intense, smooth, sweet, dry, bitter and delicious all at he same time. As one of my fellow bartenders put it - "it's like they tried to fit two beers into that one bottle and somehow they fit."

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a thin white head and some lacing.

Aroma is big hops, clean and crisp. Grapefruit leading with some pine scents as well. Sweet malt scent is present as well.

Taste, like the aroma, is a clean, crisp hop. Sharply carbonated but the honey lends it a smoothness. The hops are actually bigger in the taste than they are in the aroma. Grapefruit and pine. The honey flavor is subtle but noticeable and the malts are buttered toast.

Leaves a nicely dry aftertaste. Excellent double IPA.

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Photo of ToddT
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden honey, has a slight haze and a fluffy white head. Head fades slowly and is sticky enough to leave some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet grapefruit/hops aroma with some background notes of floral and honey.

T- Pleasant hop bitterness that changes to a sweet fruity taste. No clash at all just a slow transition from one to the other. Finish is crisp and clean without any oily hop aftertaste just the heat of the alcohol. No unpleasant alcohol aftertaste just the heat.

M- Medium bodied and carbonated. For a DIPA this has a crispness and lightness to it that is hard to find.

D- No hint of the 10% ABV other that the heat in the finish. You could drink this until it slams you, which given the strength is only a couple of them. Careful with this one it will creep up on you.

Well made, well done, and apply named beer, enough said.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, honey orange in color. Strong fingers and lacing. Low head, creamy white in color.

S: Grass, lemon, grapefruit. Some caramunich stands out to me. Very pleasant to smell.

T: Delicious! I am not a fan of hoppy beers but this one is awesome. A wonderful balance of hops and malt giving this strong beer a very smooth and hidden alcohol content.

M: Good carbonation and almost full bodied. The malt profile is strong giving this a creamy texture.

O: One of the most drinkable 10% pales I've ever had. An amazing beer with strong malt, hop characteristics.

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Photo of backfat
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow. this beer is ungodly. i had to avoid it last year because of the price, and this year wasn't too much better, but luckily im not as poor and i got a case. pours a hazy, faint bronze that laces my oversized wine glass like a wet snowball against a car's wind-shield. smells elegant, with a biting, pungent, and gorgeous sting of alpha acids. phenomenally floral, with a bite of granny smith tartness and tons of grapefruit, a bit of lime zest, and just perfection and balance. the taste is incredibly fresh, beautiful and brilliant. i also got pineapple, mango, a touch of banana, and as it warms, some very pleasant and faint caramel malt. Life is too short not to drink beer this excellent, absolutely divine. A+
Edited grades for this year

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ale was poured into a pint glass. At first I noticed how little carbonation emanated from the beer as I poured it. A small white head appeared which quickly laced away. The beer is a golden color with some orange highlights....Smells strongly of hops with some mild spice and honey. Taste's very powerfully of hops, rather bitter, but not unpleasant. Slightly sweet as well, from the honey along with some clove. This beer is not as resiny as many other strongly hopped beers, which leaves a very pleasant mouth feel.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle from 6-pack.

Decent, white head with good retention. Amber color and a good amount of nice, small bubbles.

Aroma is a really nice blend of sweet, syrupy fruitiness with a resinous pine and floral hop aroma. The honey comes through a little, along with tropical fruit, lychee, etc.

Taste is also sweet and a touch malty at first but quickly turns into citrus, tropical fruit and pine hop flavors with some decent bitterness towards the end. Finishes fairly balanced, though.

This is a very drinkable beer, and hugely deceptive of its 9.3% ABV. I would certainly love to have a couple at a sitting. Over the years this has definitely stood out as one of my all-time favorite beers.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it poured from a 12 oz. can.

A golden orangish color with about two fingers of whitish head

Smells of citrus primarily grapefruit and some honey.

The citrus blends toward a tropical taste but the honey is what lingered.

A fantastic double IPA and you don't taste the 10% until long after finishing it. Get one if you have a chance

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Photo of kif
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a few fresh bottles, I was finally able to try this on-tap on 1/21/11 from a freshly tapped keg.

A- A nice golden amber color with a white head.

S- This beer smells amazing. Lots of citrus with some mild honey tones.

T- Again, lots of citrus. The hops aren't as strong as expected, but instead are balanced out by the honey. I know others think it might be too sweet, but to me, the combination makes this an incredible DIPA. The alcohol is hidden very well, and I would never have expected this was 10%.

M- A medium body that compliments the beer quite well. There is some creaminess in there that I think comes from the honey. Overall it feels great.

O- This is now my favorite DIPA. I am not a massive fan of the style, but I think the balance with the honey completes this beer for me. Overall one of my favorite beers, and definitely one of Bell's best efforts.

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Photo of JParlow
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

In my top five list and probably the one I would order on death row! Great balance of hops and malt with the sweet kiss of wild honey. Caution, after the second draft your legs will not work! Add this beer to your bucket list.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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