Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
13,076 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 carln26
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper color with a bit of sediment. The beer is topped by a thick, fluffy off-white head. The nose is dominated by citrus hops. Nice blend of grapefruit and mandarin orange. Little malt in the aroma. The flavor? Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. I would not call it a hop bomb, as the bitterness is not overwhelming, but there is a load of mandarin and grapefruit citrus with just a touch of pine midway. The malt is a subtle sweetness that accentuates the hoppy character. The mouthfeel is light and slightly effervescent. Remarkably, and wonderfully drinakble. There was a nice thread between some friends of mine a while back as to how this compares with the Two Hearted Ale. Very different beer. I prefer Two Hearted. This is still a nice offering.

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Photo of blsfreak
4.77/5  rDev +7%
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 scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks more like a plain jane pale ale than an INDIA pale ale. Some sediment floating around, mostly at the bottom. Dark gold to light amber in hue. The arom reeks of every kind of citrus. Very complex hop nose with a little malt in the background. The balance of flavor is tilting towards hop overlod. Only a special group of beer enthusiasts can handle it. Lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, nectarines, even some limes, lets not forget the light floral hint detected from this beer. The name sake is perfect for this beer. The palate is definetly cloying and syrupy and resiny. Just coats the tongue and lingers till it decides to leave. A beer with some attitude thats for sure.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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 becktone
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Admist studying for exams(I've got three tomorrow/today-its midnight) I find I needed some relief. What better way to sojourn in the calm before the storm than with a Double Ipa?

To my eyes this beer is fairly attractive. It pours with a orange color, and is pretty clear. The beer appears to be alive with carbonation. The head pours to a little less than one finger's width. It then receeds to just a thin skin on the surface of the beer. Lacing is great and makes up for head retention and formation. Head retention and formation really brought this one down for me.

To the nose this beer is very floral and it should be! Oh yes a nice and strong pleasing floral aroma, also a bit of spiciness and some citrus notes as well. There is also a strong malty sweet backbone to support the hop aromas. Alcohol is a bit hot in the nose.

An assult of hops on the palate, that's how I'd describe this one. First characteristic of this beer that hits you is its bitterness, after that a somewhat balanced malt and hop flavor comes through and is in turn followed by a very potent hop flavor-floral and herbal. Alcohol is noticeable, and extremely upfront. All in all flavor is good but the alcohol is, in my opinion, way to extreme. Would be much better in my opinion if it were hidden a bit more.

Higher levels of carbonation help this brew out as it is heavy on the alcohol. Alcohol is evident and warms as it goes down and it somewhat lingers after swallowed in conjunction with a hop aftertaste. This beer is definitely something to be sipped, its too extreme to just quaff one after the other. I really don't think that I could drink a six of this in one sitting, the alcohol is just to upfront. The brew itself is good, but the alcohol ruins it for me. It'll be a long while till I come back to this one. I'd really like to try more DIPAs before coming back.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one is sooo damn good! Fresh grapefruity hops on the nose, with some malty goodness to balance it out.. I actually have had hoppy brews, but this one is so well balanced and drinkable. Pours a clear golden color with a thick head and nice lacing. Smells of pine nuts and grapefruit. I could drink 6 of these and lose my mind in a heartbeat. A hop lover's ecstasy!

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold to peach in color and hazy with a medium white head that quickly fades back to a thin covering. Aroma is big citrusy hops, grapefruit and a little tropical fruit going on, some sweet pineapple juice. There is also a hint of grainy-grassiness. Taste follows with some sweet pineapple juice flavor up front that blends into some grapefruit bitterness. The bitterness is nice and even graduating into a citrus rind dryness. There is the hint of what could be an alcohol burn, but it never quite gets to a burn, just on the verge, and then warms the throat with the dry finish. Light to medium in body, the malts are plentiful enough to balance the hoppiness and accentuate the citrus and pineapple flavors, but not overpowering to make you think of a dipa-barleywine hybrid. The bitterness is not a huge kick in the teeth but is still large and nice and even from about mid-taste thru the finish. Very good beer easy to drink, deceptively strong.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Like stepping into a hop field! HUGE I mean HUGE aromatics. The biggest whiff of the freshest hops I have ever smelled, seriously. Tons of chlorophyll. Like rubbing freshly cut grass between your hands when there turning green. Grape skin aroma with a ,now bare with me, a kinda body odor smell, yes like B-O. But not disgusting.

Appearance: Very clear. Golden in color with a slight off white head retention.

Flavor: Huge sweetness from the crystal malts balanced with a citrus hop flavor and smothered in a piney hop bitterness that dominates.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied ale.

Overall Impression: I've been waiting for this beer for a long time now. WOW! Huge hoppy beer. Not over done, though. Still perfectly balanced. FRESH HOPS!! I couldn't stop appreciating the aroma. This is why Bell's is my favorite. Now, go pick up a sixer and enjoy this amazing beer. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jumpin Jehoosefat! Someone swapped my Hopslam with ruby red grapefruit juice! The appearance not so much, but the smell and taste quite a bit. Appearance is fairly typical DIPA orange amber with rocky cream colored head and lace. The smell is grapefruit mostly, with some tomato and butter notes. Yeah, weird I know. Taste is ruby red grapefruit all the way. Crazy grapefruit. Soooo bitter. I'm a dyed in the wool hophead and this even puckers me a bit. God, it's almost like grapefruit candy or soda or something. Unreal. The tap version is sweeter and more of a pure pineapple juice, like a two hearted grandaddy from what I remember. This is just vicious grapefruit. One of the most bitter beers I have ever had.

Mouthfeel and drinkability? Both pretty good. Creamy mouthfeel with good weight. Drinkable to me, but I would eat hops if I lived in the Pacific Northwest, so I don't know if normal people could drink this realisitically. On tap this stuff is more approachable and palatable in its sweetness and balance.

Overall, fantastic. Too bad it sold out so quick.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness indication, this was over $15 for a sixer, near Ann Arbor, MI. Pours cloudy orangy/apricot, near white head, that leaves nice, scattered and spotty lacing. Big and bold citrusy/resiny hop nose. Thick, chewy and smooth. Fine, fine stuff, god I love a world class DIPA like this one. Everything is in place here, nice job by Bells. Lots of citrus and hoppy goodness. Smooth and perhaps a bit more accessable and drinkable then the Stone 10th offering.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WowaWoowa! This is really a super premium brew. Not at all the aggressive hop demon evil gypsy potion I was expecting.

Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a large head and great lacing. The aroma is initially hoppy, but with an exceptionally sweet citrus element as well. The last reviewer who detected the cat urine is hilarious. I kind of pick up on that as well now that I read that, but wouldn't have otherwise. Apricot jelly is prominent as well.

The taste is initially restrained until you swallow. The aftertaste is an explosion of peach, pineapple, and apricot with some hop bitterness in the finish. That's right! A little hop bitterness in the finish. That's it. A veritable fruit basket, this one.

Mouthfeel is lively yet smooth and the drinkability is ridiculous. It would be so easy to put too many of these away. One of the best beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Maestro
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing! I ordered a pint and didn't know that it was 9.3% alcohol. In fact, I didn't know until I checked on here. The beer is so flavorful and great that it is difficult to think that there would be so much alcohol. The nose is very fruity...mango and passion fruit. Taste is phenomenal. The malts are sweet and they pair well with the citrus hops. For whatever reason, they have managed to isolate and remove the grapefruit taste that is common in double IPAs. This little trick makes for a unique DIPA. Mouthfeel is juicy. Drinkability is awesome...beware the high alcohol because it is definitely under the radar.

Well done, Bells!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.65/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Very hazy golden copper brew with about one finger of foamy white head that dissipates in about a minute leaving decent rings of lacing in its wake. Streaks of lacing up and down the glass. A pretty beer.

S - HOPS!!! Very strong. It practically fills teh room with hop aroma. Grapefruit pith and a strong, but soft pine (simcoe hops possibly, or one of its ancestors). The smell is strongly of resin. A bit of white peach. Alcohol is a little noticable at higher temperatures (If the mouthfeel wasn't so caustic, I would have drank this much faster and I never would have found this out).

T - The flavor is actually pretty mild. It has a bit of a pine and grapefruit flavor upfront that shifts into a mild pine bitterness aftertaset with a touch of grapefruit pith. The alcohol is very detectable in the back of the mouth. Pretty boozy. This isn't even very bitter really. Where are the 106 IBUs? I don't think this could be about 65. I really expected more flavor out of this beer.

M - Drying (partially from the alcohol) to the point of it being hard to swallow. I am having trouble drinking this with a glass of water. Seriously, this beer goes down about as smoothly as a shot of cheap vodka. Ridiculous. On top of that the carbonation makes it a bit harsh.

D - I love hops, but this mouthfeel is unbearable. A beer that I can barely choke down with a huge glass of water is not a drinkable beer by any standards. I don't think I will have this again. It is definitely not sessionable. It might go with some foods since it has a somewhat mild flavor. All and all a beer I don't care for - it makes your breath and burps smell very nice though.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Long neck, brown glass 12 ounce bottle sealed with a standard brass crown cap which has the Bell’s logo on it. The main label projects a “hoppy” theme with its fresh green background, in the middle of which is a dude laid out apparently floored by three giant Hops. No freshness date or strength listed but the reverse label has an inkjet code of “7690” on it. Described as “A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?”

Appearance: Pours with an incandescent hazed nuclear barley sugar pineapple shine. The turbid body is literally stuffed full of feisty little hop floaters that dance around like dust particles in the sunlight, rising and falling with each mouthful. Dirty white head lines the top of the fluid with a 2” deep head that rises nicely and fluffs up like your favorite pillow. Conditioning is middling but has a fighting nature. Minimal sliding lacing and a cracking overall presentation.

Nose: A terrifically pungent organic nose to say the least! Awash with a tropical fruit punch which is heavy on mango and a luscious watermelon. Tangerines smoke the arena as fresh piney hops leap out and tug at those nasal hairs that peak out at the bottom of your nose. Fruity tones and fleshy hops are all welcome. Virulent strength really entices. Top marks here.

Taste: A strafing orangeness slides through and up to the middle from the beginning. Backed by apricot juice, peach halves and orange fleshed watermelon seeds - the finish starts to beef up with a freshly harvested hop dimension. The hops have bitterness but tend to exhibit much more of a juicy hoppy feel rather a dry bitterness as is often experienced, this aspect really appeals to me. Zingy orange pith and a citric punch mix with the pine hops and trail fresh hop oil on the tongue that lasts for some time.

Mouthfeel: Big body, viscous to the eye and equally thick to the palate. This has a deep rooted orange backbone with hops and a supporting malt frame that can handle itself in a fist fight.

Drinkability: If I had read the back label and been given this brew I would say that they were not for the same beer. This does not have any of the harshness that the label description projects, moreover it has a very charming and alluring demeanor which is fruity, healthily fleshed out and full of fresh hop bonus. Get a Case of this if you dare, you know you just may find yourself working through faster than you planned. Drinks like a "regular" IPA rather than a Double, though I am sure the alcohol will creep up on you if given the chance.

Overall: Superb, a lovely fruity fresh fleshy IPA which I found to be far from “biting” and “bitter” to be perfectly honest. Superb!!

A Slammin’ Hoptastic “Pat on the Back” to BigHuge for this beauty.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017: 4.33
Bright clarity with a sheet of lace down the opposite side of the glass.
Aroma is nice out of the gate, dank hops with some signature sweet pineapple.
Taste is moderately bitter with a clover honey aftertaste minus any sweetness.
A touch boozy, sticky on the lips but not overly sweet at all.
Overall seems a touch dialed down, but could be a fatigued palate. Will try again soon.

Great as ever, punchy tropical pineapple flavor, light sweetness.

2011: 4.59
It's been over 4 years, time to re-review.
How palate's have changed. This is pretty much hop crack, can't get enough. Sweet citrusy aroma, purely intoxicating... tropical hints of mango, and candied pineapple. Hugely resiny hop flavor, sweet and bitter with pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe notes. Firmly bitter aftertaste, very drying too from the 10%, yet no trace of the ABV in the taste. Dangerously drinkable for sure.

11-29-2006 A 4.1
Hazy yellow-orange pour, unfiltered with suspended particles. Lots of foam, which recedes to a frothy sheet on the sides of the glass. Smells potent, of concentrated pine and floral hops.

Taste is bracing at first, but not a whole lot more bitter than the Alpha King I just had. Hopslam feels a bit more slick and resiny, with notes of pine and bright grapefruit.

Overall, IPA's aren't the first thing i'll reach for, but this is very approachable. A great new offering from Bell's...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly clouded apricot orange copper hue with a large white head leaves behind even streaks of lacing in my snifter glass. Aromatics have deep grapefruit peel explosions going on with a mild sugary malt presence with light grassy notes and mils biscuit malts with a huge alcohol presence in the nose. Flavor contains deep bitterness with the 109! IBUs bit at times each sip seemed to overwhelm me with the grapefruit peel oily feel to balance all I can detect is a very mild biscuit breadiness from a combonation of the yeast and malts complete coats the palate I just feel that it's a bit one dimensional with the citrus peel effect and boozy alcohol I'm down for a bit of some balance and I adore their Two Hearted so I figured they could pull off an incredible DIPA as well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with strong carbonation and a sickingly oily texture tickles the nose with citrus pungency. Drinkability is mediocre for me an expressive and unique double IPA I'm just looking for more balance even within some huge hop bombs out there there's still a rediculous malt bill...after a bottle of this it would get hard to drink plus for 44 bucks a case I would pass on that quantity. I will continue to try I've already had it on draft side by side with Hop Wallop, kinda unimpressed with this supposed gem.

Update: bottled 12/29/11 released January 2012:

What can I say I'm burping up hop candy come and enjoy here's my review. I've drank this beer every year since it's release every year enjoying it a bit more...sadly I looked back at 2006 and didn't realize how low I had scored it then. Never re-reviewing to realize that I've definitely enjoyed it much more than that as a whole. Brewed 12-29-11 that's as fresh as a six of Hopslam gets, and I've got 3 six packs at about 17 bucks a pop. Appears a slightly hazed golden orange hue with a creamy white thicket of head forming thick with chunks of scattered lacing. Aroma is usually explosive with grapefruit peel in this beer, and it still is with a sugar coated layer of candied hops. So green so fresh with hops, I can't get enough of each smell no real booze coming out in the nose, but there's a deep ridden hop pungency that makes you recognize. Flavor wise this seems to have fermented out a good bit this year not much honey sweetness and the yeast ate the heavenly malts and honey to unleash the devilish ten percent alcohol, which is showing up a bit more than I've realized in the past. No big deal I'm warm in the chest and still enjoying one of the hoppiest beers around, get slammed by the hops. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils carbonation really wraps itself around the palate, medium bodied flowing down. Overall a once a year beer experience that I won't soon forget, and look forward to every year.

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Photo of klewis
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Brew Kettle, Strongsville, OH - 11/26/06

A: Pours a hazy golden with a frothy head. Tons of lacing left on the snifter.

S: Strong hoppy aroma of garden vegetables.

T: Exploding with hops, flavors of celery, pine, and bubble gum combine to make a surpisingly balanced taste.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation and a creamy texture.

D: One of the best DIPA's that I have had. Can't wait to get more.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$12.99 for a 6'er of 12oz bottles. ABV and OG not listed on the website. Pours out to a slightly hazy golden peach, forming a nice rocky white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Bottle-conditioned. The aroma is huge with hops...sticky, oily, resinous green Centennial hops with a touch of pungency and body odor twang. The thing that stands out most is the huge peach and pineapple notes...lovely. Cleanly fermented and sweet in the nose. Mouthfeel is slick and dextrinous with a medium-dense body and nice stickiness upon the tongue. Taste is all about the floral and citric hops, as described above with some nice crystal malt husk peeking through and a full residual sweetness. Slight musty oxidation note. Bitterness is medium and lingers long on the tongue. Slight alcoholic, boozy astringency and fusels in the aftertaste. Drinkability is quite good for a beer of this flavor and ABV due to it's excellent balance. IMO, this is better than current 2-Hearted, and is as almost as good as 2-Hearted used to be about 2-3 years ago.

A bit boozy and the hops/slight oxidation/slight fusels combo can be rough, especially as it warms, but overall, a decent DIPA. I'll stick to Stone and Centennial IPA.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I swear that when i poured this i saw a hint of green in there for a second...like the hops were pureed right intot he beer or something. In the glass though its orange and full of little sediment bits floating around, like dirty pond water (in a good way). Small white head and mena looking lacing. Very inviting. Smells like grapefruit and melons, which reminds me of 3F's Dreadnaught. I am excited, Taste is very bitter on the first sip, in a citrusy kind of way. Alcohol is very had to detect underneath. Flavors of honeydew, grapefruit, hops (wait, no hopsLAM). It's really the grapefruit-iness that stands out. Not too heavy or syrupy, just full bodied and slightly fizzy on the tongue. Very drinkable, which is a problem because i cant afford this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange appearance. Slightly hazed. Bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is substantial and weblike.The nose of this beer pure and simple kicks serious ass. All the citric goodness of lemon rind and pink grapefruit pulp along with canabis and smokey pine resin. The taste translates all of that goodness from the nose onto the palate. The bright citric tones of grapefruit and lemon. And smokey, resinous, raw Mary Jane. Bitterness is not clean, but not real abrasive either. Kind of in between. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Body is a little better than medium. Toffeeish malt way in the background, but there nonetheless. A top notch IIPA no doubt. One of the absolute best as a matter of fact.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. This beer is a perfect golden color with a fairly strong carbonation hitting the surface. A finger of stark white head falls to a full coating over top. Clarity is fantastic on this brew. This brew glows it is so brilliant. Aroma is thick with sweet grapefruity hop. Very sweet and luscious. The caramel malt underneath is sweet as well, but with a alcohol spiceyness in there that breaks the sweetness of the caramel and hop up. It is very juicy. Taking a sip, I get a combination of grapefruity hop and an alcholol spiceyness. The caramel malt hits after the initial taste as a mild sweetness. It finishes with a pepperyness from the hop, along with a more mild bitterness. I really like the major sweet hop flavors that dominate this one. Mouthfeel is thick, with a mild carbonation as well. It sits strong but is not syrupy or offensive. This one is really working well for me. I enjoy the fact that the hop manifests itself more as flavor than as bitterness. It really is a beer that doesn't need to be sipped, but should be due to the alcohol. I think Bell's has a winner.

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Photo of bwyker
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks x1000 to nlmartin for the bottle. Poured into a snifter.

Hazed, tangerine-orange body with light white foam that quickly settles to a patchy ring around the glass. Smell can be summed up in two words: grassy hops! Damn! Taste is also dominated by grassy hops with citrus coming through in the middle. Splash of alcohol detected in the finish. Drying, light body mouth feel. You can feel the burn of bitter hops and alcohol all the way down to your gut. Out-f'n-standing beer! To put it into perspective, it reminds me of my unforgettable Pliny experience at Tria in Phlly. Could drink this forever if my teeth could withstand the enamel removal!

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Photo of rayjay
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Via trade with akorsak, batch # 7690. Hazy wheat colored ale with a solid head that laced the glass. Extremely potent hop nose full of grapefruits and citrus rinds. The head is solid and it leaves a lace all over the glass. The range of flavors from the hops is quite extraordinary; ironically the only thing it lacks is extreme bitterness (which I don't seem to miss). Loads of dried fruit, citrus fruit, pine, leather, bug spray, and HOPS. Maybe zeus, tomahawk perhaps? The malts are there but play a minimal role; they kind of taste like light rye malts. The finish is clean, leaving you only with the intense smell of hops up your nose and down your throat; this is a beer that really makes you smell like beer. The way the hop bitterness fades away reminds me of a wet hopped beer. Alcohol is undetectable. This is one beautiful IPA. The burps from this one actually taste better than certain beers I've had! I was surprised to find it's rated at 106 ibu; I would have guessed down in the 70-80 range like Pliny the Elder. This may be the first 100+ ibu beer I really enjoyed. Heres to many more!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and pleasing hop aroma that initially began (and to some extent stayed) of softer resin. This was followed by a grassy quality and eventually settles with grapefruit. Additional hop qualities of flower. At times pick up a brief malt sweetness. No alcohol noted. Not overpoweringly strong, rather pleasant and soft, but there's an intensity (almost like body) to each whiff that feels powerful, and takes you back - like smelling ammonia.
Pours with a slow developing 1/2 inch head of mostly white and settles from middle to the edge (which stays kinda' big before settling into a ring - never seen that way before). Lots of lacing that lingers firmly on the sides of the glass. Amber of gold/orange with a bit of a haze preventing true clarity. A lot of sediment on bottom of the bottle.
Unique profile of hop bitterness and flavors. The malt adds a touch of sweetness up front, then makes a second appearance towards the finish that's made up of toast (toasted bread?). Everything else is hop based, but it's never out of hand, or excessive in any way. I really like the resiny flavors, that somehow never get too intense or biting. Also, I like the way the hoppy flavors grow throughout each sip (especially grapefruit), building in intensity from start to finish and then linger and slowly fade away during the long drawn out finish.
Carbonation is done very well...small, very soft and fine. Medium body with a good amount of smoothness. Yet somehow it's thick without being heavy. In time some alcohol warmth (that creeps up). With all the hop intensity, it's somehow still has a cleanness to the feel.
This is a pretty amazing beer. Somehow unique amongst the style in it's cleanness, different malt flavors, balance and lack of being intensely overwhelming. This isn't for everyone, but is should please the vast majority of hop heads. I worry about a hop hangover (I guess I'll know tomorrow). There is so much going on here that I'm glad I have several bottles to sample, as I believe each one might be a unique experience.

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4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[edit] 12/3/06
I have re-visited this beer after enjoying a mini session (4) last night. I have determined that one must enjoy multiples of this beer to truly rate drinkability and taste. The initial hop assault needs to run its' course and "condition" ones tastebuds. Drinkability goes from a 4 to a 5. Taste was upgraded as well from 4 to 5. Do yourself a favor and set up 2 or more of these before reviewing. This was my personal experience.

A totally unexpected gift from feloniousmonk received today. Poured into my spankin' new Gavroche mini-tulip. This is the first beer I've had in a week, since splitting a Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier with my lovely Wife at curbside outside Orlando airport.

A - A golden-amber, slightly cloudy hue. Decent carbonation. I poured fairly conservatively, so not much head.Good lacing.

S - WOW!! I almost jumped this to the front of appearance. The smell of this beer is fantastic. The first note I got was mango, which I quickly got a second opinion on from my 13 year old son....yep...Mango. Definate pineapple as well. The pine kicks in on the tail end of these, riding their coattails.

T- Quite different from other DIPA's I have enjoyed to date. The mango is up front here as well, along with an extremely resinous hop flush that spreads to all corners in a hurry. The alcohol makes its' presence known in a rush as well. A bitter oily, boozy fruit cocktail finish spreads down the gullet before the ABV depth charge is triggered. Very reminiscent of Two-Hearted at first, then morphing into another universe.

M - Quite a bit creamier than I had expected. I made a point NOT to read reviews of this one, as I have been actively pursuing it. (I hope to snag a case tomorrow) So I had no pre-dispositions or expectations. As things warm a bit, the malt becomes more tongue-coating.

D - This one is definately not a "pounder", say like a 90' or Hop Whore. I will savor every single one of these I am fortunate enough to get my hands on S L O W L Y, to the last drop.

All in all, another solid Bell's production. Much anticipated and VERY much appreciated. If you are a hopivore like myself, get you some. Thanks Al, for the pleasant surprise.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,076 ratings
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