Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
3,441
Ratings:
12,595
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
18.24%
 
 
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Photo of Samlover55
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/27/16
12oz can into tulip
L- Hazy burnt orange, huge foam head slowly dissipates, leaves lacing
S- has a citrus nose, I don't think i'm exaggerating to say slight honey aroma as well
T- this beer is real complex , seems like malt hops & honey all woven together beautifully, with the slightest kiss of alcohol warmth
F- medium bodied, nicely carbonated, so drinkable for 10% abv i gulped half of it down
O- At first i was like ok but wow what a beer, what a job by Bell's. a sessionable 10%abv double IPA with great taste, too bad i only have one

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has 2 left, figured I would drink and rate it. Poured into a snifter, can version.

Look is copper to darker orange, clear with a sizeable head. Lacing is prominent.

Smells is slightly dank, hoppy, hint of honey.

Tastes good, not great. The hoppy bitterness is there, but the honey gives it character, but not as enjoyable as it used to be.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly bitter.

Overall it's a good DIPA. It gets a lot of grief as hypeslam but some of it is rightly given. It's easier to find now, and the beer isn't as good as it was 3-4 years ago. Not sure what they changed. I do like the canned version better than the bottle. This brew is way better on draft.

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

L- deep yellowish orange, hazy. Thin white head, heavy lacing.

S- tropical fruit and grassy hops.

T- great balance of bitter hops and sweetness of the honey. Hints of tropical fruit.

F- heavier malt character than any IPA I've had.

O- great beer. Wish it was out there more than a few weeks a year.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everyone knows how this beer looks, smells, tastes, feels, etc. I find the most amazing thing about this beer is it's balance. I have waited until I finished my 15th six pack of this years release to make my opinions know. Yes. I am a beer snob and hoarder. I enjoy following a nice double imperial stout with a Hopslam. 10% ABV.....?? You would never know it it goes down so smooth. My only wish is that Bells would make this a year round beer to take away the hype of trying to find it every January and February.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a murky yellow-orange with some sediment floaters. 1 inch white head with good retention.
S: Wow! Amazing tropical and citrus fruit hop aromas. Passion fruit, grapefruit, orange, mango, and a hint of key lime. Smells juicy. Phenomenal.
T: Follows the aroma with that wonderful amalgamation of hop notes--mango, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit, and key lime. Dry cracker malt in the background. With warming, the honey note emerges.
M: Juicy tropical sweetness. Medium body (the ABV is extremely well hidden). Moderately dry and bitter throughout. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: It is hard to live up to the hype, but Hopslam certainly does. My hat is off to you Bell's! Tremendously drinkable brew (which rarely happens at 10%).

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. It's great to have a local, in person, trader. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus. Taste is piney, resin, light malts, medium bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but I was expecting to be blown away. I have had better DIPA's.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slightly cloudy / hazy. light orange and gold colors. pretty sexy pillowy offwhite head.
Aroma: First off, I certainly get a hit of some of that honey its brewed with. Then I get a remarkable mixture of semi sweet bready malts mixed with an array of citrusy hop smells. HONEY BREAD?
People claim this thing explodes with grapefruit action but I get more orange soda scents and like a tangerine or sweet sweet cutie type thing.
Taste: It's pretty good. Not mind blowingly tasty but it's quite tasty and drinkable for a ten percenter. you get just a tad of the alcohol heat. I mean there is some malt but its brewed in a way that makes that overly malty and alcohol sweetness from ruining the beer or creating off notes. I dont get much pine, i dont get much dank, i dont get crazy grassy or green matter type action that many west coast IPAs have.
I guess its balanced and delicate.
Mouthfeel: medium ish? carbonation is lively enough to keep it interesting throughout. semi oily and not so resinous at all.

Overall: I wish i couldve had a fresher can. This shits like 4 months old i believe and has encountered temperature shifts. still a good beer. cant wait to have a fresh can or a nice glass on draft.

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Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 15th January 2016 (at least as best as I can tell since the dating machine misprinted onto the lip of the bottom of the can). Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy copper orange colour with an one finger off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Crisp candied orange and caramel with some light tropical pineapple, apricot and pine.

Taste: Its quite a sweet DIPA but that should have been expected with ale brewed with honey. I get a quick hit of bitterness to start before it turns sweet with caramel, honey, pineapple and orange. The finish is bitter again with grapefruit mixed in with some honey.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, but maybe my expectations were too high and it was perhaps just a bit too sweet for me. Having said that, the 10% is completely hidden and it goes down easy.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Potency thy name is hopslam. A little bit of hops, a little bit of malt, and a lot of alcohol. I'd prefer it if the ABV was toned down a bit to let everything else stand out more, but as is it's still a nice imperial IPA.

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Photo of scaryjarbro
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been a California red wine guy for the last 8 years, and have started getting into beer again after 20+ years over the last 2 years or so. Fittingly, I've trended towards Imperial Stouts and everything bourbon-barrel aged. Significant amount of hops has been a bit too extreme for my palate. I've trended towards more & more hops lately, and the most forward-jumping progress has been what I tasted in Hopslam, which is appropriately named. I was struck by the balance of the beer, which despite it's overwhelming hops punch allowed me to at no point being overcome by the bitterness.

This is as close to perfect an Imperial IPA as I've had and ranks as one of my top 10 beers of any variety. It's also single-handedly opened up my palate to greater hops in other ales. Spectacular beer, and I'm at a 99 rating for it. Kudos to Bells for this genius product!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2 months ago, poured in snifter. Pretty clear golden orange appearance. Finger white head that doesn't go away with great lacing. Smell is pretty intense orange zest, honey, and overall very citrusy. Taste matches the smell, but a little more malt foward. Hoppy resin comes through with a hint of citrus. Quite boozy, but ethanol doesn't dominate. Overall a pretty big beer and doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's great to see a Michigan beer on the top charts. This is a very solid beer, but not the best of the best. It doesn't have the flavor profile of a TreeHouse brew, or the complexity of a HT or Hill Farmstead, but a super alternative. Definitely worth trying. I would agree with the BROS' rating of 94 on this one.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 10-6-15. Boston shaker. At 16 bit video arcade.

A: pours a golden orange with five fingers barely off-white head, little visible carb, outstanding lacing and very good retention of a thin off-white cap. Beautiful beer.

S: malty, vague citrus and resin, pine and honey. Really it smells like it tastes, a very sweet hoppy beer. This was an old can. I'll need to get my hands on a fresh one next year, and re-review.

T: very sweet arrival, malty mid palate with loads of pine and citrus, then here come the hops rounding out the back end, with a solid and lingering bitterness. Quite boozy, though alcohol is detectable, it never overpowers or becomes unpleasant.

M: thick, syrupy, slick, quite modest carbonation.

O: glad I tried it, I like it; if readily available, might make it a regular DIPA. I love Bell's dearly, but this just does not live up to the hype.

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Photo of EMH73
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy, deep amber in color with a well retained one and a half inch head and excellent lacing. Smell is floral,citrus fruits, and honey. Taste is that of ruby red grapefruit, mild hops, honey and a slight bitterness. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap when down in Nashville. Pours a hazy orange hue with a cream-colored head. It left behind a few rings of lacing. The aromas have a nice honey scent with some floral, pine and lemon. The taste follows suit with grapefruit, blood orange, melon, citrus, caramel, and honey. The beer is really smooth and finishes clean. Overall this is a great beer and worth seeking out if you have not tried it yet. Cheers!

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is orange citrus, pine, and honey. Taste mimics the smell fairly closely - citrus, pine, orange blossom, nice malt backbone, and the sweetness from the honey cuts the hop bitterness well. Slightly boozy with a syrupy or oily mouthfeel. I don't think it's worth the trouble that some people go through to get it, but definitely one of the better double IPAs I've had.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. A 10% alcohol - double IPA where the boozy alcohol taste is no where to be found. I get a lot of fruity flavors although the can says honey on it. This has tremendous flavors with a mild bitter after taste. Dangerously drinkable which has you wanting more.

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Photo of fx20736
3.29/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack of cans from Consumer's Beverages in Kenmore NY, Feb 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Opaque apricot, thick white head head, nice lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit; guavas in syrup?

Taste: Bittersweet, like Orange Marmalade

Feel: a little syrupy

Overall: too sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of jradar
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Billowy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Sweet candied citrus smell with slight hop undertones; not as effervescent as most IPAs this gravity. Warm alcohol burn with grapefruit, orange, and sweet honey flavor that gives way to a boozy aftertaste on the swallow. The feel is where Hopslam truly excels though; medium-light oily slick mouth feel that is exceptionally smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really lovely beer. This may be the the IPA for non-IPA drinkers. A hint of bitterness, a hint of sweetness, amazing floral aroma. I am glad to have this...easily on the list to have again

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Business trip took to me to Chicago. I took myself to Binnys.

Can poured into stein

Clear honey amber with a dense frothy off white two finger foam cap

The aroma is felt when pouring. Pine, grapefruit, floral....nice

Hops on the back and the side of the tongue. Taste lingers without biting.

Smooth almost creamy with no bite but I feel the alcohol

Great beer, I can see what all of the fuss is about. Very good trip.

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Photo of FBarber
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft.

Poured a nice orange-ish color with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell was a nice bouquet of tropical fruits, floral notes and pine with undertones of perhaps mango? Very fragrant, just a bit hard to discern individual aromas.

Taste followed the nose with a nice array of tropical fruits initially before giving way to a piney, sappy bitterness on the finish. Prominent malt backbone to this beer provided flavors of caramel malts with a slight honey sweetness. Personally this is a one or two and done kind of DIPA for me. Lots of hop character really taxed my palate pretty quick. Not a knock on this beer, just not one I can drink a lot of.

Feel was nice, bit of thickness from the honey and malts, but not overly so.

Oerall a really nice DIPA. Not my personal favorite, but I can see why so many people swear by it.

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Photo of Ross_Bend_Brewing
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This seasonal beer has a warm alcohol taste and mild hop flavor. The hop bitterness rises up to meet the sweet honey and malt however the beer doesn't dry out enough for my preference. Excellent head and lacing. Very clean and crisp. At 10 ABV you want to pace yourself with this one!

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light straw color with an off-white frothy head that sticks around the whole time. Lacing slides along the sides of the glass and the aroma of sweet hops rise up. Pine and floral make up the nose with slight citrus and sweet honey making itself known in the taste. Solid bitterness cut by the honey offer up a smooth DIPA that hits the spot and the head!

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Photo of cambabeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All the talk about this, really excited to have found it on tap at my local bar here in Gainesville. $8 for a snifter later, and here we are. This beer is exactly what it says, a "slam" of hops. This beer is so crazy packed with hops, piney, and floral. The alcohol is warming toward the middle, boozey. Sweet like honey toward the end. Really good.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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