Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,506 Reviews
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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Reviews: 3,506 | Ratings: 12,885
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear golden orange, produces as a small off white head that fades away leaving a ring and a nicely laced glass.
Honey is noticeable as you pour, then some flowery hops with a hint of citrus.
Fairly sweet upfront, the honey seems to stay with this.
Surprisingly creamy and smooth.
I guess I was expecting more of a hop bomb here, but this proved to be a very smooth beer. It's boozy, but easy to to drink. This is one of those beers where I kick up the ratings as I drank it. An excellent DIPA.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh 2016 can (within a week of shipment) poured into a pint glass.

Just going to keep this short and sweet. Everything about this beer is great. From its hazy yellow-orange glow and creamy head to its honeyed hop flavor, nothing is overpowering and the flavors just meld together perfectly. Its sweetness from the honey perfectly balances the hops that hit you in the face. I'm not a big fan of hops for the sake of hops, but this brew just sings in harmony with all of the other flavors.

The only downside is that it is seasonal and must be had fresh. Other than that, get it if you can and savor it.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love it. Every year this brew helps me through January in Ohio. The honey makes it special. I get more of a floral aroma than citrus. There always seems to be a slight menthol taste to it that I really like. It drinks so smooth and that 10% is awesome.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear gold with orange. Medium, white, lasting creamy had

Smells of citrus, honey, malt with some peppery spice and pine

Tastes sweet honey and make up front with nice citrus fades to a semi dry finish of pine/citrus and light honey.

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Photo of MickeytheK
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although gifted with plentiful hops, this is a balanced IPA that hop heads and just flavorful beer lovers will enjoy. I had this on draft, and consider it more refined than Bell's Two Hearted. Wonderful aromas of citrus and herbs, creamy mouth feel and a clean finish.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated: 1/2/17

Smell: tropical fruits peach pineapple mandarin oranges tangerine floral hops sweet malts.

Taste: really sweet upfront honey sweet carmel malts middle of the mouth some tropical fruitines oranges peach pineapple more of that honey sweetness in the finish you get a very noticeable booziness floral hops some spiceiness and a bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Feel: Full Bodied creamy. Great carbonation.

Overall: I had this beer for the first time last year and loved it but since then I've drank a lot of great beer and this just isn't the same to me anymore. this is a good beer but just doesn't hold up to the other great IPA's and double IPA's that are out there now. It's a really nice beer upfront and in the middle but the finish is a bit harsh the alchool is pretty noticeable and I'm not a fan of that. This is a good beer but not a world class one.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had 2/27/14 at home. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on every years version since college. Although it's not my favorite DIPA, it is one that I will repeatedly go back to. The honey makes it enjoyable.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice shelf hop beer. Was great to try it. Nice hop aroma. Nothing too crazy or complex going on here. Just a nice straightforward IPA. Little boozy but not to crazy.

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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 rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A heavy dark golden appearance, very thin head on the top 1/5", retreats quickly. Aroma pushes the honey pale malt edge, for being called hopslam, there is ample sweetness evident. Dry hopping with Simcoe I don't think you see that every day?

Taste is ample hops and honey. The price is huge on these. Almost twice as much as Bigfoot, can't solve that riddle. A lot of grapefruit to the hop mouthfeel, its relatively light compared to its actual size.

Its a fun beer, but totally not worth hunting when there are usually so many good hoppy beers out there.

Pretty much the standard of the Midwest over the last decade though.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great DIPA
This was recommended by a friend last year and I'm glad he did.
When its available, be sure to get it. It wont last long. Sells out fast.

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Photo of jendre28
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This big double IPA definetly has a Midwest swagger to it, the alcohol does linger a little with this big beer, the honey comes through amazingly and balances the beer very well, you definetly get malts and hops big time throughout the beer, I suggest pouring and letting it open for a minute or two with this big double.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A real asskicker of a beer. Alcohol sneaks up on you and is deceptive as it disguises itself as the beer is slick and floral. Delicious, layered undertones make me wish I had a second can to fully judge and decode this beast.

Like the best beers, it's here and then it's gone. Another great beer subjected to unfair, bullshit industry politics that capitalize off of consumer desperation and milk off supply and demand in the worst way.

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Photo of Hiker3943
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam is a great beer. I have only had it on tap. The problem with the beer is the scarcity. Vendors purchase the beer and hold it ransom to the highest bidder. A good test for the beer to really see how the masses like it, is to increase production. Once the market is saturated see how the beer rates against the competition.

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

(L) The color is slightly hazy orange/golden and nice whiteish head
(A) The aroma was sweet grapefruit and citrus. Maybe a little honey.
(T) The taste is tropical fruit and citrus. Sweetish honey finish.
(F) Really nice DIPA especially for 10%. Totally drinkable.

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Photo of charlzm
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consume don May 25th, 2016. Poured from a can celebrating its 4 month anniversary today.

Pour is a slightly hazy honey gold with a three finger white head that, when it subsides, provides impressive lace all the way down.

Aroma is citrus peel, peppery honey and pine resin.

Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey and grapefruit notes. Significant bitterness crests in the aftertaste to tidy things up.

Mouthfeel is ever-so-slightly creamy and a little slick. Dry without being parching.

While not a blinding revelation, this beer (even as old as it is) is not to be trifled with. Can't wait to try it fresher!

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Photo of Absolut
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a can, packaged 1-27-16.

Bright golden orange with a persistent white head.

smells of honey, citrusy, piney hops.

flavor is similar, sticky.
\not as hop forward as I expected, but maybe that's the date...

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Photo of diemilio
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A little bit disappointed with this one. With all the hype I thought it was going to be something out of this world, but honestly, it didn't really delivered what I would have expected from a world-class beer. Still excellent, just not sure it deserves such a high rating.

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Photo of Bad_Fish13
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can see why this is a hoppy beer drinkers favorite. Golden Pour with a one inch white head. decent lacing.. Piney citrus smell and taste. Great smooth finish! can't wait to finish these off.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not crazy about this beer, yet I buy it every time its released hoping my mind will changed. Very similar to Founders All Day IPA and Centennial. Nothing about it really stands out to me. Its a good IPA, but not worth the hype in my opinion

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Photo of Sparty21
2.81/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

As someone who isn't a hop lover, this beer wasn't THAT bad. There were hints of vanilla and oak, so the beer was surprisingly well balanced, with oakey notes and vanilla. The beer was a golden color.

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bright gold and clear in appearance. Obviously a very strong hoppy flavor. Also some note of vanilla and oak. Full bodied amazing beer. Would definitely order again.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours gold tending towards deep brown with one finger light colored creamy head. Fairly long retention and some light spotty lacing.

S: Aroma screams hops and malt. Light oak and vanilla with a touch of caramel.

T: Again, rich pine, grass, and citrus. Kind of reminds me of a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top.

M: Full bodied and well carbonated. Finish is slightly sweet and creamy.

O: good, but loosing ground to other beers.

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Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice golden orange with about an inch of head and lacing present.

Smell: Piney, hoppy, tropical fruits, citrus.

Taste: A bit on the sweet side due to the honey added to this brew that is really coming through on the taste. Also plenty of hop, pine, and tropical fruit notes. A very strong malt backbone as well which is a bit of a letdown.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: First time trying this and I must say it does not live up to the hype and mad dash by everyone to buy this. I picked up a 6 pack and have tried 2 of these at various points of the aging process from super fresh to right now. I must say at all stages it does not live up to the hype but I am glad to have finally tried this.

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Photo of jas0n02
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good DIPA. Slightly malty taste but smooth for a 10% ABV.
Pour from a 12oz can to tulip glass

L - Hazy orange golden
A - grapefruit and honey
T - Honey, caramel flavors, and malty hops
F- medium body

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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