Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,001 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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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Photo of Tanktizzo
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jtaylord
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a nice little treat that just arrived at el Bait Shop. It's a light copper color with a white foam that leaves some dense lacing. The aroma is notably hoppy with a touch of citrus. The taste is VERY good. A nice dose of hops with citrus and a touch of apple. The hops are prominent but not overbearing. This goes in the category of strong yet enjoyable. This is one that will please hop heads.

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Photo of illeagle05
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of saxclar123
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of hopswap1
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I waited, waited and waited some more for this beer to hit Florida, it had two release dates set back here in Jacksonville before finally quietly hitting shelves this past Wednesday. The hunt for this beer was a good rush from wondering "When will it be here?," "Will I be able to get my hands on a 6pack?," to, "I see it down the aisle!," "It's in my possession, I have it! The day is mine Trebek!" It was alot of fun just scouting and finding this beer.

That said, from all the hype Hopslam really does have quite the reputation to live up to and it totally does and kinda doesn't.

The hype around this beer adds to the lore of drinking it; it tastes of victory and the tears of defeat for those who failed to capture this brew. However for the price now that DIPAs have really come into their own all across the market, there is definitely many more and better options at much more wallet-friendly price points. Exp: DirtWolf from Victory or Stone's Enjoy By come to mind.

Enough build-up, on to the review:

Appearance: Somewhat amber in color, good head (everyone does better with more head), but not entirely murky.

Smell: Prepare your nostrils for an onslaught of tropical storm proportions. Honey, grapefruit, orange, orange peel, piney, slight alcohol scent that is hugely apparent at the first sniff.

Taste: Now this is where the fairy tale takes a slight hit. I was looking for a punch to the mouth, a Cassius Clay knockout punch of a hoppy hit to the jaw... and while it's certainly hoppy, it's extremely well balanced, and executed with precision... it somehow falls somewhat short of what I was expecting. It's so delicious, don't get me wrong, but compared to what I was hearing prior to my first sip, it didn't quite make it there. The abundance of grapefruit, orange, piney, minimal honey flavor with a dry finish comes through in full force, it just leaves a figurative bitter taste in my mouth because of the hype/price I paid for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, so well balanced, very easy drinker especially considering the 10%abv.
Full bodied feel, dry finish, hits all the right notes.

Overall: Such an enjoyable beer, always a welcome addition to my fridge or at my local brewery. However for the price, there are much better deals and arguably better DIPAs on the market. I believe this is an experience every craft beer nerd should have from the hunting and finding to the tasting of Hopslam, but once you've had it, there are more viable options available to you on a more regular basis. I love this beer, but I don't see me hunting it down again next year, unless it drops it's price (which is unlikely and ok.)

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Photo of SMH_NWI
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DioS
3.81/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sammo
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of puftdank
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ubenumber2
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle that was brewed about 2 prior to drinking , Golden colored beer with small head and light lacing , nice carbonation bubbling through the beer.

The smell is just wonderful , the hops really hit you first, to me its almost fruity with a sweet malty smell in the background , very very nice and fragrant

Very mouthy beer , not overly carbonated and smooth and refreshing

Taste is out of this world to me , the hops really pop at first then a sweetness comes through that stops it just short of being a bitter beer to me. Nice and malty finish and if you let the taste linger ans swish around the alcohol really pops out in the end , but not over powering , very good mix of the three flavors coming together and making the perfect mix

Overall this beer is worth the 17.95 I paid for the 6 pack , I only wish I could get my hand on more of this. I will purchase this by the case if possible and share with friends.

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Photo of Rogorama
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BG24
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass at Silhouettes in Media. Got the next to last pours before the kegs kicked.

The body is a crystal clear light straw amber color, capped by a typical DIPA head...thick and sticky, leaving solid lacing all over the glass at every swirl, sip or movement. Not that it doesn't look inviting, it just doesn't outdo every other imperial IPA that I've tried.

The nose is absolutely phenomenal. Easily the best part of the beer, in my opinion. Grapefruit is the first aroma, and then come pineapple, stone fruits, and orange and lemon zest. A slight bittering quality to it as well, but mainly just full of fruity hops. The flavor is again full of tropical fruits. All of the same come through and in full force. Even when a little cooler than room temperature, there are warm notes of ethanol that come through. No malts to speak of, and a nice flavor enhancement from the honey that was used. Not cloying or sweet. This must have been stored well, because it doesn't seem to have faded at all.

Slightly thinner than many of my favorite imperial IPAs, the carbonation is well balanced with the consistency of the brew. A phenomenally enjoyable, drinkable, and misleadingly high in alcohol beer. Approach this one carefully, as the 10% will definitely sneak up on you. Definitely one of the best Jan-Feb seasonals that are widely available, I will be seeking it out again, though it doesn't sit in my top 5 ever.

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Photo of Crimsontider22
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of tjmiller718
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OB1
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jd2391
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jburd19
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socalbrewlvr
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Tylertut
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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