Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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 joepais
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for hooking me up on this one

Bottle poured a nice copper with a white head that leaves quickly

Tons of piney hoppy aroma but along with that some nice sweetness

Great crisp almost snappy mouthfeel thinking about doing some hot wings with my next few

This one is well balanced for a hop bomb bitter yet sweet enough to make it extremely drinkable although 10% might be a good reason to keep them to a minimum

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

Let me start by saying... the funniest part about this beer is that a year ago, I couldn't have stomached a sip. A year later, I bought a case of this hoppy goodness.

Hopslam is an exceptional beer, and one of the best, if not the best DIPA out there.

2008 batch, bottled, poured into a tulip.

Golden orange, with a thick bodied pour. 2 Finger, slightly quickly receding bright white head.

Smell is of piney, pineapple hops. Not a ton of grapefruit

Hugely complex DIPA with tons of hops holding through the entire drink. A slightly sweet finish is what lets you know the malts/honey existed in the brewing process. Piney refreshment! A big bodied, perfectly carbonated offering from Bell's.

Drinkabilty is THROUGH THE ROOF. Holy hell I could pound these if it weren't for the high, and unnoticeable ABV. Two will seriously catch up to you, and three, well.. three is purely naptime.

If you can get this, get it. If you can't, you really should start looking.

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

Beer #31 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/31. This FINALLY arrives in VA, let's see what all the hype is about...

A: Light copper body into a tulip glass. A monstrous, white head has long-lasting retention and great clarity. Sticky Brussels lace hangs on.

S: Intense! While being assaulted by pine needles, fruit and floral notes, a balancing clover honey malt bill does its best to reign in the hops. The aromatics are awesome and fill the atmosphere w/ hop aromas. Some light phenolic notes and tropical fruit as well.

M: Light-med. body, med. carbonation. A little slick, smooth and light, moreso than most DIPAs.

T: An initial burst of sweet honey malts hit the tip of the tongue along with biscuit. Then come the hops, and they are nicely, assertively hoppy. The alcohol is so amazingly hidden in this beer I swear it could be a 6.5% to 7% ABV IPA.

D: Highly recommended. It's so well balanced with sweet malts and floral, piney hops. And it's extremely drinkable, I could put down a couple in minutes I think. Body is a bit light, but that's my only qualm here.

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Photo of jf60657
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A guy brought this to me in my store so I could try A Bells beer which is no longer available in Chicago. 12 oz bottle, poured into a glass.

Appearance: Inviting orange/yellow, opaque and lively at the same time. Head was a small but thick.

Nose: Grapefruit with sugar tones, Very tempting and one of the best smelling beers I've had in a while.

Taste: Strong citrus/grapefruit forward, very bubbly and active in the mouth. Finishes with strong Hops and after the swallow, the grapefruit comes back.

Drinkability: At 9% abvI would'nt call it a session beer at all, but great to start off or on a hot day. I actually ate some m&ms right after drinking it and the hoppy aftertaste mixed with the chocolate was fantastic.

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Photo of oldefortran
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer on tap at my local haunt and just had to try it due to my love of hoppy beers. The appearance of this beer is a light copper with a nice white head. The smell was very similar to other beers like this, very citrusy hop smell, but also had a sweet undertone. The taste of this beer is amazing. From the smell, you expect to be overpowered with hops flavor, but it is surprisingly smooth and had a slight caramel taste. This beer has a pretty hefty ABV , so you don't want to drink too many of them in one sitting. But, if you like hoppy beers, this is definitely one to try.

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Photo of jobyone
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft. Pours a cloudy Amber with small off white head. The Aroma has lots of citrus especially grapefruit. The flavor is full of hops but also has a nice sweetness. This beer has real depth with fruit and caramel in the flavor. The finish is not to bitter and lingers nicely. Really nice and incredibly drinkable for a Double IPA. I need to comapare this head to head with 90 minute IPA

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

A -Pretty light honey copper with big head and coating persistent lacing.

S - HOPS, a bit skunky feel, thats about it. It's a good thing.

T- Says it is made with honey, but I don't taste it. Sweet malt up front, followed by domineering hops to a bitter, but balanced end.

M - Good coating, hitting all the buttons, good carb.

D - Thank god I don't have a chilled 6 pack of this one...LOL.

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Photo of pacothrash
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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 charlesw
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off... A big thanks to, sigh. OK, fine. I mean, my name ends up in these, too, I guess. So thanks to spacecoyote for the bottle. There. I said it. Happy? And in the future I'll try to do better and acknowledge traders. Really. Honest. (No, this diatribe has nothing to do with spacecoyote - just with those who think it good to give credit for sources.)

Anyway, it's beer. It's decent beer, really. Pale color, good and lasting lacing, smells sweet and bitter. Tastes sweet and bitter but, well, frankly, not balanced. Way too sweet for way too little bitter. The too sweet then comes across as too thick for the carbonation level and all of that leads to low drinkability.

How is this different than the double bastard I had right before it? Well... The DB has more bitter to balance the sweetness. It also has a much much darker color. And the bitterness... Has a different quality to it. This one is like drinking fuggles. Which is fine, and all, but tastes like an IPA. The DB... Has a deeper feeling to it - more breadth and a better bitter quality. I guess... IMO... The DB comes across like an American barleywine should. This one comes across as an IPA.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dyan for the trade and ncvbc for the extra.

Once again, my Bell's product has a different ABV. Bottle says 10% ABV (whoo! for once it's actually stronger, haha).

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color, not too much head, only a decent level but leaves some lacing.

Smell has a hop aroma for sure, but it is quite a bit sweeter smelling than I imagined, some sort of fruity aroma (possibly grapefruit?) accompanied with a very piney hop scent and citrus elements. Can't make out any of the honey that's mentioned though.

Taste has a good hop kick to it right off the bat that lingers and slowly changes to a slight sweetness, still can't make out any honey but it probably contributes to the balance at the end.

A very well balanced DIPA, I can't even make out that it's 10% alcohol, so that bodes quite well for this beer.

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

12oz. bottle.

A - Amber/orange cloudy body with 1/2 inch white head that quickly diminished. Lots of lacings around the glass as you drink.

S - Smell is AMAZING!!! Amazing hop nose bursting with juicy citrus fruits (grapefruit and pineapple and pine needles?.

T - Sweet and citrusy up front, then a bit of honey flavor in the middle, then huge hop explosion at the end which is deliciously bitter.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice and hoppy.

D - Highly drinkable DIPA. Goes down very easy for 10%. Got to love Bells, got to love Hopslam. Can't find a single thing to fault. Favorite beer to date.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden orange, not a huge head, but it leaves at least some lacing.

S: fruity with lots of citrusy hops, slightly piney.

T: Burst of fresh juicy strawberries, fruity esters, citrusy hops, and some lingering grapefruit. Definitely fruity, but also clean. Some piney flavors hang in the background. However, there is also a touch of honey-like sweetness, even though honey is highly fermentable and the attenuation on this beer is reaching 85% - the beauty of Hopslam. Fresh, the alcohol is almost undetecteable, but with a month or so it pokes its head out a little bit. Great amount carbonation, suprisingly smooth and creamy, but there is still a little bit of a bite, which I kind of enjoy.Definitely not a "tongue bruiser."

Drink this as fresh as possible!

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Photo of sfoley333
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Poured a golden color with orangish hue and foamy white head nice lacing. Smell is dominated by citrus and pine hint of pineapple. Taste is dominated by grapefruit with some pine resin but not as bitter as a lot of DIPA because of its sweet malt base. Mouthfeel is creamy and a low carbonation feel but still carbonated. A pretty drinkable double IPA.

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Photo of srobertson59
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Lot 8277)

A - Poured a hazy honey orange with slight amounts of sticky foam. Foam dissipated quickly leaving some elegant lacing.

S - Hops hit the nose with a bit of honey sweetness in the background.

T - Juicy citrus explosion! I was tempted to wipe my chin as if I had just bit into a huge grapefruit! Pine overtones quickly fill in for the juiciness. Hops are out front on this one.

M - Velvety and creamy with little prickles of carbonation to the tongue. Very balanced on the exhale.

D - This is a remarkable brew. It's a shame it is a seasonal...umm...maybe it's a good thing as I would love to drink these often.

Label says 10% ABV...sure doesn't drink like it, but it does tend to sneak up on you.

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Photo of marcpal
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you monkeyknife for sending this one eastward.

12oz bottle poured into one of those fancy sam adams uber glasses.

A: Orange with running carbonation. Spidery, patchy lacing was stuck on the glass after the initial inch or so of head.

S: Not sure if the sams glass actually pronouced the aroma more but man it is pure bitter hops. Sweet citrus fruits, grapefruit mainly, and the malty sugar/honey balance for the alcohol fitting.

T: Nothing short of great. There arent many beers out there like this one. nothing short of wow! True feat of balance.

M: Nice mouthfeel that drops the oil texture right away and knocks you out from really wanting anything else to follow this one up. Leaves a zing on the tongue and the throat in a good way.

D: Doesnt get much better than this for a hophead. Truly delicious and unbelieveably drinkable with the hidden abv for the most part. As much as I was a bit let down by the wallop, this one was all the bells and whistles it was played up to be.

Im eager as hell to get my hands on some more of these bad boys. I could live off this and the two-hearted, Bells to jersey please.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My glass is glowing with shades of delicious copper-deep orange, and woody browns. Head isn't very large but there is already lace reaching to the top of my glass, not to mention the big yummy bubbles. Aroma is packed full of sweet candy orange-tangerine, creamy peaches, apricots, sweet berries/soft aromatic flowers....dank. Taste is a pile of happy hoppy. Mmmmm. Candy-like, not cloying, fresh and fruity with just the right amount of bitterness. Malts have a presence but the hops are certainly at the front. Nice smooth, grainy/resiny texture are quite nice. Drinkable indeed.

Overall this is a good solid delightfully hoppy beer.

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

I got 2 bottles of HopSlam in a trade with Tilley4, thanks Jason!

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, orange/copper color with a small white head that fell to a thin layer, leaving some small bits of lacing.

S - total hop aroma, citrus and pine scents.

T - excellent tasting brew, the hops are all around from start to finish, just the right amount of malts, perfectly balanced flavor.

M - medium bodied with a light, clean carbonation feel.

D - a beer drinking experience like no other.

Final Note: my taste buds are numb and I'm a happy camper.

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Photo of Overlord
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Bell's brewery has got some stuff going on. I've come on late to most of their beers, but so far it's been hit after hit after hit.

Pours a surprisingly pale amber .. almost as much yellow as orange. Big white foam head settled down quickly to a thin crust. Superb mouthfeel: oily, viscous, and perfect. Smells like grapefruit and a hint of pine; no real malt or tropical fruit in the smell.

Taste is abundantly rich with grapefruity and piney hops, some caramel malt sweetness, and something a bit more tropically sweet. Just an absolutely superb DIPA.

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Photo of jwc215
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

Pours clouded amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of - well - plenty of hops - Pacific NW hops dominate - a plethora of citrus/grapefruit with resiny pine and some tea-leaf. A touch of caramel indicates that this is going to be a super-hoppy beer with some balance. This is what an Imp. IPA should smell like!

The taste holds true to the smell with alcohol mixing in. Bitterness tackles the palate with just a hint of rounding caramelish malt. Alcohol interferes just slightly - if it were even a tad bit tamer - this would be a perfect "5" in my book. As it is, though, I'm far from complaining about. This is just loaded with hops, but with a nod from the malt to keep things together.

Medium-bodied with alcohol sharpness, it could be a bit chewier/fuller, but, again, no complaints. It holds up just fine, though alcohol washes out some of the aftertaste.

This puckering brew is bold and daring. The alcohol makes itself known, but still holds up on drinkability for the sheer pleasure of it all. A hop-head's delight!

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Photo of dondeez21
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I traveled nearly 200 miles round trip for a case of this beer. Overall I feel the trip was worth every second. Hopslam has an aroma that is compared to none. IT packs a nice punch but at the same time it has an equal hop/malt profile. One sip is not enough. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally caved in and bought some. I actually broke my promise not to buy anymore beer for awhile until I bought this one. The big sign at the liquor store saying Yes, we have hopslam was too much for me.

A - Really a beautiful beer to look at as it sits in my goose island tlip glass. Color is a clear golden orange that has a nice sheen to it that makes it rather attractive to look at. When i first poured i, it has a huge foamy, fluffy head that made this beer rather beautiful but have to take away a half of a point because it faded away kinda quick and did not leave the kind of lacing that I expected.

S - Smell is a lot of the bitter hops which i found rather surprising. Also thought the fruity aspect tended more towards the grapefruit line of fruit also with a bit of lemon in there as well. There iis also a slight mixture of sweeter mango flavors as well which is typical given a DIPA and its big malt background.

T - now this is one heck of a beer. it is a nice mixture of sweet and hops but on the whole the hops dominate. The mango, sweet fruit flavors are there but they are more of a compliment to keep the hops from being overpowering. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste in the mouth that just lingers and you can feel it just attacking your taste buds. will definitely need to refresh before drinking something else especially if I want to really taste it. Have to say they also do a very good job at hiding the alcohol in this one as you can't even taste it's existence.

MF - a nice mixture of carbonation and cloying sweetness that mixes in well with the flavor profile of the beer. it is not to thick for this type of beer and I hope how the carbonation goes well with the hoppy flavor of this one and just like how the hop flavor sticks around so does the carbonation. After drinking one is left with a slight tingly feeling in the mouth.

D - really one of the better DIPAs I've ever had and especially drinkable given the price for the style. Definitely a beer worth 14 bucks a six pack and like having one of this style in a small bottle since I don't have to think hard about whether I want to drink a whole bomber or not. Really a beer I would reach more over and over again and thinking maybe I should have bought a whole case if I didn't have so much beer already. If you can find some definitely worth picking up a sixer and enjoying it as soon as possible so that you get the full hop profile.

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Photo of association330
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a orange-golden color with a light-golden, two-finger head that fades to a cap and leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pine. A little alcohol, which is to be expected given the 10% ABV.

T - Grapefruit, with a bit of a pine finish. Given the name, I was expecting an extremely bitter hops profile, but it is incredibly well-balanced with just the right level on the finish. Alcoholic burn is well-hidden, and you are left with only a nice warming effect.

M - Oily and moderate. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - ABV is high, so I knocked off half a point, but these are so perfectly balanced, I could easily drink a few of them.

Probably the best IPA/DIPA I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of dsigmon
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not sure of all the hype when I was luckily able to try this on tap. This definitely did not dissapoint.

A: Poured ruby orange (low lit bar) with perfect hazy white head. Lacing was very apparent after each sip.

S: Very fruity/pine scent up front, sweet honey and fruit cake like aroma to follow.

T: This guy hit the spot..then so did the next, then the third. Starts off with a the hoppy fruit and dissapates into the yummy sweet but not too sweet fruit cake in the smell. Ends with the honey and malts balanced with the pine/fruit.

M: This was bar none the best mouthfeel of an IPA I have ever experienced...atleast that I can remember to this point. Very oily and thick in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation so as not to induce a large belch after each sip but not flat, just perfect.

D: Top notch. I was exposed to many differnt options of amazing beer on tap and could not leave this one. After two on an empty stomach getting thrown back fast, maybe it's too drinkable.

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

I've often walked right past this beer at my local beer store. For some reason I blindly thought that this beer wouldn't really be worth a try. Well, was I pleasantly surprised when I had a chance to sample this beer on tap at Ashley's in Westland.

After ordering a Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, the waitress suggested we try a Bell's Hopslam. Being someone who wouldn't imagine passing up a chance at a free beer sample, I politely agreed.

This beer has a fairly cloudy golden-yellow look to it. Head was minimal to non-existant. Aroma was very strong and hop flavors were very well pronounced. Ended up finishing off 4 pints of this and didn't regret it one bit. Each sip was as good as the last. And with a 10% abv, I sure was glad I had a DD...

*note* Have not tried this beer out of a bottle yet.

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Photo of chrismilner20
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Whole Foods on PST in DC. From at 12oz bottle into my trusty Goulden Draak tulip.
A - Poured bright amber with1/4" finger of white head that quickly fades. Good lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma. Citrus/grapefruit aromas are dominant. Some spruce at the end also.very nice clean smell

T - Citrus hop flavors are the showcase. There is some pine with a slight sweetness,like honey I guess. Wonderful hop flavor. Big flavor with no overpowering bitterness of other DIPAs.
M -Very thick almost oily from the hops. Good body with a nice alcohol warmth.

D - One of the best DIPA I have ever had. Pretty high abv at 10% but hidden very well. I would get this one again

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,431 ratings