Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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

Appearance - Hazy orange color. Fluffy white head that dissapates fairly quickly.

Aroma - Intense citrus aroma. I picked up quite a bit of grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - Obviously a big hop flavor. Quite a bit of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Nice malt backbone to balance out the hops.

Mouth - Light to medium bodied with the same carbonation.

Drinkability - The beer is dangerously drinkable for 9.5%. Better watch out with this one cause it will creep up on you if you are not careful. One of the best Imperial IPA's out there in my opinion.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A nice clear, amber color with a small, creamy, off white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong, sharp pine needle at first. At second whiff I get a handful of other fruits. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Granted, all of these are minimal compared to the pine/grapefruit, but the smell is awesome. Not too much malt here, which is a tad disappointment, but it does have some slight sweetness to it.

T: Nice and quite refreshing for something called a “Hop Slam.” Hops are, of course, the winner here with pine and grapefruit/orange as the leaders. Other fruits, the lemon, apricot, and pineapple, are around as well. Some slight evidence of alcohol is found, but does not distract at all. Malts are more present than the smell and give a nice sweet, bready note to the taste in the back. Slight bitterness ends with the tongue numb from the hops. Awesome.

M: Mouth feel is not as full or thick or sticky as I would have liked, but is still good. Light/medium body with a low/medium carbonation that makes this beer go down easy and clean.

D: Insanely drinkable for the ABV. This stuff is awesome. Definitely will have to get my hands on this again.

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

A- About a inch thick white (or JUST off) head on a cloudy darker orange body.
S- Huge hops up front. Citrus, lemon grass, grapefruit, pine, and hints of orange. There is a sweet malt in there to help balance it out.
T- Big hop flavor right off the bat then some malt creeps in then the tickle of alcohol on the tongue and then the warming from the alcohol. All this is going on while the hops are just stuck in the mouth. All the aromas above come in to make the hop flavor. The malt comes through and kind of helps balance it out by adding touches of sweetness. The bitterness is all over the tongue and stays for a long time.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is very good. Huge amount of hops so for any hop head this would be a great beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer.

Poured a murky off-orange in color. I noticed some sediment in the bottom of the bottle but a bit snuck past my careful pour and hung in the beer. Thin head resting on top. Nose is malty with just a slight hop tang that belies what lies underneath.

Flavor is perfectly balanced. Hops are fruity and citrus. Like biting into a ripe orange. The first sip grabbed my attention. Malts never rise to the top but are consistently present throughout each sip providing a perfect balance. Hop oils linger around the edges of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but concealed well behind all the hops. A nice beer to enjoy a bottle or two at a time because after a couple my tongue would get numb.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance:Pours a dark golden color with about a one finger white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, Pine and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Starts with hops right up front but not overwhelming. Much like the smell there is grapefruit and pine. It ends with a malt sweetness which balances out the hops well. The hops do linger on the tongue but are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: TI think I could have a few of these in a sitting. The hops are well balanced with malt sweetness.

Yet another great beer from Bells Brewing. This is an excellent DIPA which is strong with hop flavor yet well balanced.

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

12 ounce bottle poured in to a snifter. Texas orange with a short lived creamy color head. Very clear. Orange pith, wet grass, simple syrup, honey, maybe maple are in the nose. Lots of tongue coatig grapefruit and tropical hop flavor the finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Flavor lasted from front to back for several seconds. It keeps going and going. Thin and light on the palate, a sixer of this could go down in no time. My new favorite Bells? It certainly doesn’t beat out Expo, even though its more drinkable. Your night my last longer with Two Hearted. I think Hopslam beats it out though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a slightly hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops is well balance with sweet caramel malt – the smell of this beer is really great and I can only compare with 3F dreadnaught in term of greatness. Taste is such a well balance mix between sweet caramel malt, bitter and citrusy hops and a great floral aspect to hold it all together. This is definitely something I will want and drink some more.

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

No doubt one of the finest dbl ipa. The color looked like a orange neon in the night. The only reason I didn't give the appearance a perfect score, I have seen larger more intense heads on other dbl. ipa's. The taste had multiple levels of flavors. First wave of pine resin to coat your palate for the second wave of intense grapefruit
then a huge fruit basket of fresh oranges,pinapple,lemon,apricots.
The final touch of fresh cut grass and sweet malts makes this a hop lovers dream. This is the highest score I haved logged in to date!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to demcorhip for this via trade!

A - Semi hazy orange hue, white head that hangs in there nicely.

S - Heavy duty hops as if that would be a surprise. Dominant citric / pineapple wound around a pine tree.

T - Hardy citric hops bite! Lightly malty. A few sips in and the taste buds numb some to the hops and it becomes a nice brew to drink. ABV is hardly noticeable.

M - medium bodied, tangy hops.

D - A good brew, drops a touch for drinkability for me because I like a bit more maltyness in my DIPAs.

If you're a hophead this is a be a beer you should try!

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Photo of furbs
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

props to murray's wine & spirits in milwaukee for supplying this great out-of-season double IPA!

appearance - pours with a bit of friendly head, nice cloudy orangeish-red color. the hops give this brew some sticky lacing, too.

smell - starts with an overpowering (yet not unwelcome) booziness, which quickly lingers into a wonderfully balanced smell of citrus, mellow grapefruit, hops, and even a little caramel. probably my favorite aspect of this beer.

taste - unfortunately not as complex as the smell, dominated by hops and alcohol. again, not an unpleasant alcohol, but definitely noticeable. a bit of the citrus character comes out in the aftertaste, tho.

mouthfeel - there is some carbonation that hits the tongue with each swig, which i think combines with the hops to give this beer its reputation as a tongue-bruiser. however, hopslam is a bit watery for me and not exactly the golden, syrupy nectar i prefer double IPAs to be.

drinkability - definitely a sipper. goes down great, very enjoyable, but i don't think i would want two in a row.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on-tap at three floyd's and numerous bottles by the case. poured a thick golden/orangey color with nice clarity. aroma was not overpowering as expected. fresh honeyed bread dough and floral, piney, citrusy notes in the nose. fruity aromas as well with pineapple and a bit of apricot. nice thick malt sweetness at the start is quickly overtaken by the ridiculous amount of hops in this beer which leads to a long, bitter finish that goes on and on. honey flavor is just right. a thick bodied and viscous beer but not too much so. luscious mouthfeel, but still some nice carbonation present. so well done it is hard to believe this is such a high abv beer. if this weren't over 9% i would have a few of these guys. alcohol extremely well-hidden. good fucking shit.
update: nose didn't jump out as much in the '11 as in previous years.
update: have had this many, many, times since, and i don't know if my palate has changed, but the last few years it seems the nose seems less fresh, zesty, and piney and more like overripe tropical and stone fruits predominantly.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, batch 7741, packaged on 11/28/06. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about a half inch white head which goes away pretty quickly. With a name like HopSlam, of course it smells like hops. Citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops dominate, with some malt in there. It tastes pretty much the same, but the citrus taste is stronger, with grapefruit, lemon and some orange in the taste, along with a piney/floral taste and some grain/malt. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with it being creamy and oily. Just the right amount of carbonation, too. The relatively high ABV isn't very noticable, and it's very, very drinkable. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely buy this again.

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

12oz bottle (I am assuming this a 2006 release) poured into a pint glass. It is copper in color with a small white head that recedes fairly quickly into a light covering. Also there is quite a bit of yeast from the bottom of the bottle that got stired up in the pour. The smell is very nice for a DIPA, hops and more hops. It is good mix of pine and grapefruit that yields a sweet bready malt smell through it all. The first sip is not as hoppy as the smell but very well balanced. It has an initial kick of pine but quickly turns to the malt and alcohol and finishes with a very nice bitter. It also has a slight medicinal flavor to it, but not overly strong. This is a good double ipa and doesn't get too sweet like some do in this style. The alcohol is just a tad warm for me, but not enough to say it is distracting. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and coats the mouth nicely. The overall drinkability is good for 9.3 abv beer. This is an excellent example of the style, not the best, but in the mid to top of the pack.

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Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a few different batches thusfar. Lovely hints of grapefruit and lemon on the palate. My only complaint is its a bit medicinal and herbal and I just don’t like Double IPAs with that character. But, it has a lovely malt character. Wish it was a tad bit brighter, but its a lovely DIPA. It’s no dreadnaught, but it’s a dawn good brew.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter. A: Bright hazy gold, creamy head that stuck around. S: Hoppy of course, very rich, lots of orange juice, raspberry, grapefruit, pine. T: Amazing. I've rediscovered the majesty of hops. More citrus and tropical fruit giving way to a balanced maltiness. Really incredible. M: Smooth, light carbonation. D: An absolute gem all around. For such a whopping ABV it's amazingly easy to drink.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle.

Pours a hazy bright orange with a fluffy two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. tha lacing is very sticky, as you would expect from a very hoppy beer.

Smell; initially this is on the floral side, but then a ton of citric aromas come wafting out of the glass, with grapefruit, oranges and lemons. I can also can detect a nice sweet malty backbone, that should help offset those hops.

Taste; as with the smell this starts out floral on the first couple of sips. Then the citrus dominates with the oranges, grapefruits and just a touch of lemon thrown in. The malts are definitely there, and provide a sweet undercurrent to the hops. On the finish I can feel the alcohol a bit in my nose, and a bit in my throat, but it never becomes distracting.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the full side, and the drinkability on this is just great. I could drink a few of these without feeling completely pummeled by the hops, but I think the alcohol would definitely knock me out.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking IIPA, pours with a deep amber body, a solid 2 finger off white head that wants to stick around, a fine yet almost vigorously carbonated ale. Thickly laced, sticky clumps cling as if holding on for dear life.

Wow. I love the aroma of Two Hearted, and this one smells fabulous too. Big slam of tropical fruits smacked me in the face. Pineapple and papaya dominates the nose, with lesser hints of melon and citrus. The hops almost obscure the malty aroma of bread crust and caramel. Im starting to drool, and really looking forward to how something that smells this good tastes.

Another wow. Huge tropical blast of tangy pineapple and papaya, hint of honeydew, that transforms into a resinous bitterness similar to grapefruit peal, almost with a pine resin character. This hopslam occurs overtop of the rich malts, with their bread crustiness and a good slam of caramel sweetness.

A big, bad assed rich brew. Lingering hop bitterness and oiliness, almost strips the tongue and the roof of my mouth and goes all the way back to my throat. Not overpowering, as is almost balanced by the rich malts with noticeable caramel sweetness and full body. Enough fine and lively carbonation to keep this one from being cloying. Some alcohol warmth soothes the stripping hop bitterness.

Pretty easy and enjoyable to drink this one. More than one might be a challenge, but if this is the first beer of the night theres not much point moving on to something else. A good, maybe even ideal session brew for the IIPA loving hopheads. Not for those who dont like hops, this one definitely packs a hop slam! Glad i found this one, have been looking for it for a while. Will definitely drink again!

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Photo of theGroove
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The quality of Bell's is delivered again. Perhaps Bell's best beer,! This is an excellent double IPA. If you love hops, you'll love this stuff. A great citrus aroma. The new batch is at 10% Alc and is very drinkable. This is easily one of my top 5 favorite beers.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 10oz flute styled glass at Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC. Pours a murky rust orange hue with minimal head. No lacing.

Aroma is orange juice with some lemon rinds on the rim of the glass. Toss in some freshly mowed grass and you got yourself a nice smellin beer.

Taste is wonderful. Compared to the bottled version, this is much smoother and the hops have seemed to take a little hiatus, which was perfect as I thought the bottled version was too astringent and bitter. This one is nearly perfect.

Full mouthfeel and great drinkability for 9.5abv. Draft is your best bet if you ask me!

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Photo of Talisker
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from grynder33 in a great trade.

A remarkable beer - certainly an extreme hop showcase. But focuses on the (to me) less pleasant bitter, puckering characteristics at the expense of the juicy citrus that California IPAs and DIPAs tend to highlight.

Pours a clear brownish orange. Minimal head. Nose is hop-dominated - very dry, remarkably clean for such a heavy beer - with some refreshing malt in the background. Taste is very nicely integrated - bitter American hops followed by more bitter American hops, then some more bitter American hops drying you out a little more, but all on top of a relatively dry malt bed. A tiny bit of ash on the finish here - not a pleasant wrapup. But they've managed to kepe this mammoth beer away from the sticky syrup that so many extreme beers fall into.

I don't favor the overly drying bitterness without much balance from citrus or pine. And certainly this is no session beer - one is likely to do it for you no matter how much you like it. But if you want to explore this aspect of Centennial hops, there's probably no better-made beer to do it with.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa.

Pours cherry amber with a nice white head. A very clear and sparkly pour, uncharacertistic from a Double IPA.

Smells of hops hops hops and more hops. Primarily dry hops, entirely American. Solid nodes of citrus fruit, pine, and potting soil. Very little malt presence.

Tastes like hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus fruit up front, moving into sticky, resiny pine, and ending on a more earthen, dry hop with the slightest malt breadiness at the end to cut into the bitterness.

It's a tasty beer that does a good job of messing you up, but it's completely unbalanced. Unlike Dreadnaught or Rogue's x2 IPA, Hop Wallop, and Ruination there's no yeastiness to cut into the hops, no interplay between flavors. I only bring up these great beers from 1st class breweries beacuse Bell's is a first class brewery and they're charging first-class prices for HopSlam. If I'm paying seven bucks a bottle at a bar to have a beer, it better be almost perfectly crafted.

Good, but not as good as it could have been.

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

From a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Thick, great head, with exceptional lacing. Rich golden hues. Frothy. I really couldn't help swirling it in my glass to play with the lace.

This beer smells incredible. Tropical fruity hops. Pineapple leads the charge with hoppy spice in hot pursuit.

This beer tastes almost as good as it smells. Definite pineapple taste. Mango and/or papaya are there as well in a more subdued background kind of way. Something creamy, possibly coconut is there as well.

Exquisite mouthfeel. Creamy, frothy, uninhibited bliss.

I could drink these all day. And with the non-evident 9.3% ABV, the hangover the next morning would only serve as a constant, friendly reminder of how thoroughly happy I had been the day before.

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Photo of zdk9
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, incredible beer. Very hoppy (duh)

A- A cloudly orange, with a finger's worth of beautiful white foam, stays a very long time.

S- Grapefruit, evergreen, Christmas holly. A slight sweet maltiness added to the hops.

T- Delicious- If you want to taste hops this is it. Same as the nose. Balanced with a good amount of malt, adding some vanilla and grain.

M- Pretty bitter. A reasonable cover of the alcohol level, but not the best of had. But all in all, goes down smooth.

D- This beer is so flavorful I wouldn't mind having a lot of it, but I wouldn't say it's the most sessionable beer. I'm not sold on the drinkability but perhaps I'm just being harsh.

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Photo of spdrz
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this Bell's product at Christmastime when I was visiting my family in Michigan.

I was very impressed, even with lofty expectations for the K zoo crew.

Golden orange, translucent enough to make it glow. Big rocky head that stuck around and chatted awhile.

Super fresh Centennial-style huff off of this libation...almost smell some mango piney-ness.

Surprisingly smooth for such an alkie %. Caramel maltiness balances the IBUs and citrousity. Super hoppy, and well balanced.

When I tried this stuff I exclaimed, "Just like Hop Gravy.". It had a rich mouthfeel that did not mess with the balance of malt and hops.

Drinkability: In my case...INFINITE.

In my opinion, a GREAT ale.

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Photo of cueball52
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a golden orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lace around the top of the glass. It is a little cloudy.
The aroma is sweet citrus and hops, a very pleasant smell.
It has a great mouthfeel, almost chewy.
The taste like the aroma is sweet citrus and hops. For the big hop presence this beer is very well balanced with adaquate malt to make it a very smooth taste. The alcohol content is masked well.
For being a double IPA this beer is exceptionally smooth. It would be easy to drink more of these than would be wise!
This is one of my favorites for sure.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,298 ratings