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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.46/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
3,533
Ratings:
13,107
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,686
Gots:
3,662
Trade:
69
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Photo of BillyB
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge hop head but this beer really hit the spot for me.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a thin, wispy white head.

I am overwhelmed by the aromas in this one. Piney, citrusy, grassy, fruity hops. A slight hint of maltiness in the background. So hoppy that it may be a bit unbalanced but it is a double ipa after all.

Again a slight hint of malt character but this is a bitter, sharp, bighting, carbonic hop attack on the taste buds.

Very drinkable, especially since I lean more toward maltier beers usually. I could easily have a few of these.

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

Thanks to northernbrews for this much anticipated bottle of suds.

A: Medium vibrant coppery apricot color with a lot of haze. So much haze I really can't see any activity in the glass. Head started out fizzy but settled down into a 1/2 off white semi creamy mass and is showing some staying power.

S: Loads of fresh grapefruit juice, lemon tea, lime lifesavers and kind bud. This is one seriously great smelling beer. I've had my nose in it for a while now.

T: This beer is all about the grapefruit and honestly tastes exactly how it smells (or tastes exactly how I think its going to taste after I smell it, I should say). There is some subtle watery tangerine flavors with pungent lemon rind lurking about as well. Get a sense of sugary limes about half way through the process which play well with a bready caramel foundation. Finishes extremely alcoholic, almost like someone poured vodka straight into the bottle.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Bit fuzzy but I'm not complaining.

D: I say this about almost all DIPA's, but....it lacks some of the depth I'm looking for. Yes, this is a delicious and tremendous beer. Is there anything wrong with simplicity? Absolutely not. But to hit the upper echelon of ratings IMO you need to have depth.

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Photo of GregBrewski
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale." (From the label on back of bottle) A perfect explanation of this brew, can anyone give a better one. Well here is my attempt anyway....
A nice golden/copper color with a white head that maintains its presence most of the way, leaves nice lacing. Lots of yeast suspended in the liquid, which never settles b/c of the bubbles that create turbulence. It has a smell I always love to come back to...very hop-y, mostly citrus and floral aromas. The taste is just as pleasantly enjoyed, citrus hops, spice, and faint notes of alcohol. There are some hints of yeast in the finish, but the bitterness never fades and remains in the back for a good amount of time. Its actually quite smooth in the entry, but leaves a tang and burn in the finish. Becomes even more spicy and bitter when warm.
Overloaded with hops to please those of us who can never get enough of alpha and beta acids!

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Photo of Cresant
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at Rich O's at the correct temperature. One finger of white head leaves a spiderweb of lace on the sides of the glass.The body is a rather clear brassy orange color.

Smell is sweet and pungent. Piney. As it warmed the aroma developed a cat-piss like essence. Very well hidden alcohol.

Taste was sweet, resiny, oily bitterness. A hops marmalade. Maltiness and hops boldness work together, yet remain distinct. An interesting juxtaposition of juiciness and drying qualities. Very drinkable and never cloying.

Mouthfeel was slightly oily and full/medium bodied. Fantastic. Just as good on tap as it is from the bottle.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus Chalice (just because)
Poured @ 45 degrees

A - Pours a hazy mandarin orange color with a very minimal head. Lacing (as you might expect) is minimal as well. The orange vibrancy has me intrigued. There is an abundance of yeast floaties in this brew, perhaps I should have poured more carefully. Oh well, it still looks great.

S - Gorgeous bouquet bursting with a sensory-overloading floral hopness. A biscuity fullness adds some power to the hop forefront. Can I drink this yet?

T - Strong floral hop essence that assaults the tongue in a most pleasant manner. Taste evolves into a spicy, almost-tripelesque grapefruity yeast flavor. Aftertaste is the traditional intense bitterness. Spice adds a nice twist to the DIPA and grows more apparent with warming, although the beer gets a bit more acidic and alcoholic at the same time.

M - Mouthfeel begins with a highly carbonated tingling sensation that confounds the tongue as it merges nicely with the dry bitter aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable.

D - Hmm, I almost like this beer better when its colder, but it develops more complexity as it warms. A good beer that is a real treat to drink, but it sure does smack your palate around.

As with most DIPAs, it would be nice to have access to this year round (and in Colorado). I'd say pick some up if you can and enjoy it while you can. Definitely worth a try as it throws a slight variation into the DIPA canon.

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

Bottled October 2006, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a touch of yeast dustiness, but the beer is a lightly reddish hued, amber to copper color. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is certainly quite hoppy; it is a mix of citrus, pine and even a more dank hop note similar to onions or perhaps even garlic. The hop aromatics are certainly an interesting mix. The predominant character is that of audaciously vibrant sweet citrus and exotic fruit aromas; notes of apricots, lychee, pineapple, candied orange peel, concentrated ruby-red-grapefruit, and other tropical fruit notes make up the dominant notes. Behind the upfront hop fruit though is a touch of more raw hop character; hints of pine, menthol and that onion-like almost garlic character lurk in the back ground, just enough to add a hint of complexity. Where is the malt? I couldn't tell you underneath all of the hops.

The taste is sweet with the fruity hop notes, in fact the sweet fruitiness just sticks around clinging to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The hop fruit notes are much the same as I noticed in the aroma, but here there is a touch of biting bitterness to add a touch of balance. You know it is a hop focused beer, when you need hop bitterness to balance other hop derived notes. The malt is buried here, playing only a supporting role, there is certainly enough malt to not allow the hops to be dominating and raw, but definitely not enough more my hop flagellated taste buds to notice. It has just enough mouthfeel / palate coating ability to help the dominant hop character along; I wouldn't say that this was a beer you wanted to pound, but it is dangerously quaffable.

The hop character here is so smooth & even soft (despite being amped up and loud overall); the brewer definitely took a heavy handed approach with smooth fruity hops like Simcoe and Amarillo when brewing this beer. The flavor does not have much, if anything, noticeable of the onion / garlic note that I experienced in the aroma, though perhaps there is a touch of it in the finish. Really the finish is dominated by a smooth, lingering bitterness that perhaps takes on a touch of mentholated pine. I really am a sucker for these smoothly fruity, over the top, one dimensional hop bombs. This is quite bitter, though I don't necessarily realize it most of the time. This is totally only comprises one dimension of the usual three that a beer can have (hop, malt and yeast), but it is so enjoyable in its expression of the hop.

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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.

2016:
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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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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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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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,107 ratings
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