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.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vibrant orange pour with decent head and beautiful lacing smeared Dali-like by the boozy legs produced in the sides of the snifter.

Smell is so amazing, I wish I could give it a 6. Pineapple, grapefruit, green apple, with a component of dank, grassy kind bud.

Taste has a sweet counterbalance (must be the honey) to the hops that kick in immediately upon sipping. Floral, citrus hops with a Puckering bitter finale.

I believe the hype. This is truly a unique DIPA. Not the most bitter hop bomb but a truly well crafted ale.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is hops, hops and more fresh hops with some malt and a touch of alcohol in the background. There is a lot of grapefruit and other citrus in the aroma from the hops. The taste like the aroma suggests is dominated by the fresh citrusy hop flavors. There is also a solid malt backbone, but it is overshadowed by the delicious hop profile. The drinkability is extremely high for a brew of this caliber, however it is probably not a good idea to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that is probably my favorite beer IPA/DIPA category. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with one finger of white head and plenty of carbonation.

Scent of honey, sugar, strong hops, and a bit of alcohol. Less hoppy than I had anticipated, but there is still a satisfying amount of it, as well as a great balance.

Taste of strong hops, honey, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with a lasting hop flavor and a bit of grain. This is more like it, a very hoppy Imperial IPA that doesn't have too much hop punch or too much alcohol, I love it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively.

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Photo of cnally
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden look with a nice lacing head.

amazing, floral, sweet scent. hops all over the place, but it is so smart and strong it is beautiful.

malty hoppy flavor all over this one, great balance of flavors. smooth hop finish.

heavy and destructive mouthfeel. dry in spite of its balance.

overall, a fantastic ale. the honey is not even worth mentioning, since the hops are so perfectly powerful.

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Photo of Bejogle
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After trying soooo many beers on the best of BA list and being disappointed time after time by the hype, FINALLY there's a beer that blows my mind.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a 2 or 3 fingers of head.

S: Jesus. I don't know if it's the honey or what but this beer's smell is indescribable. It's similar to the smell of Nugget Nectar, only more intense and a bit sweeter.

T: "Tastes just like it smells....DELICIOUS" - Dave Chappelle. Unbelievable blend of hoppiness and sweetness, with almost no alcohol burn at all. As close to beer perfection as I've ever tasted.

M: Just the right amount of body. It's not so thin that you're wondering if you're drinking dasani with food coloring in it, but it's not so thick that you feel like you just liquified a turkey.

D: 10 percent?? Are you kidding? It drinks like a session beer, and as such is quite dangerous.

Overall, the best beer I've ever had period. I'm a mid atlantic guy, so my craft beer foray began with Troegs. Nugget Nectar was my mecca, and this just expands on everything that was.

Well done.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A beautiful light copper color with a quickly diminishing head.

S: Piney, citrusy, and hoppy mmm.

T: Just like it smells. Absolutely marvelous! Mostly Pine with a little citrus and a slight malt backbone.

M: Oily and sticky with a nice medium body.

D: I know the ABV will catch up to me eventually but I'm drinking the shit out of this until it does! About as close to Pliny as us Eastern guys will get. A pure masterpiece!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

2008 vintage (I think) tried July 2008.

Medium sized yellowish head, lightly carbonated. Just slightly hazy bright amber color. Very fragrant, hoppy, sweet, pineapple, green grapes, earthy. Starts very juicy, a lot of pineapple, peaches, fairly sweet. Medium body. Up until the end, reminiscent of a fruity white wine. Then the finish comes on strongly and deliciously bitter and lingering. Alcohol is notiecable but hidden. Overall a very good beer, would get this again.

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Photo of psunate
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the great Brass Rail Beverage. Literally had the first 2 drafts off of a fresh tap thanks to Cisco.

A: Pours a beautiful yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head and fantastic lacing throughout the tasting.

S: maybe the best smelling draft beer ever...you can pick up on the hops, with delicious pine and citrus odors as well as the solid sweet malt and honey background.

T: In a word, incredible. Pine and citrus hops up front with an absolutely perfectly balanced malt and honey sweetened background that makes this DIPA balanced in every sense of the word.

Overall; this is the best IPA/DIPA I've ever had on draft without a shadow of a doubt. The 10% ABV is well-hidden. Hopslam is pefectly balanced and well worthy of its hype and praise...Fantastic in every aspect. Again, certainly in my mind and taste buds the best IPA/DIPA I've ever had on draft.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so cracked this with patronwizard olieipa and aimstatus. excited about this.

pours a butterscotch gold. with a one finger creamy head. clearish.

smell is strong on citrus. malts.

taste is very malty. old. past its prime. i think i need to try this beer fresh.

its a good beer. but im not really feeling it right now. so this is a shitty review so sue me. i want a fresh one.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Mauerhan for sharing this beer with me.

A: A nice mix of copper and orange colors with a somewhat decent head. A little murky in appearance...but a good looking beer.

S: Smells a little old; malty with a subtle amount of hop character. I also pick up a citrus quality...orange perhaps?

T: After finding out that this particular bottle was released almost a year ago, I'm suprised that the hop character is still present...but the malt profile is a bit too strong for me to really enjoy. I don't feel "Hopslammed" from this beer at all.

M: Little carbonation with a decent amount of body. Nothing too special.

D: Good. Alcohol is hidden very well and the flavor profile is quite nice.

Overall: I don't think I'm doing this beer justice, since I'm having a one-year old bottle...but I do think this beer may be a little over hyped. Worth a try if you are given the chance. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Not much for head, a nice golden orange color to it.

S: Pine and citrus, very very nice, what a great aroma. Makes my mouth water. Probably the best smelling IPA I've had.

T: Not as bitter as I anticipated. Bitter throughout, some sweetness from the honey, and the funkiness from the Bell's yeast.

M: Slightly thin, but good and well carbonated. Keeps the drinkability up. Must remember it's 10% abv.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: clear light, golden brown

Smell: rich hops/pine. grapefruit. rich honey sweetness to compliment the hops

Taste: consistent sweet hoppiness start to finish. hint of sweetness (probly from the honey) - just enough to lend complexity. honey not very present

Mouthfeel: low-med carbonation. feels like your mouth is coated with a layer of fine bubbles. flavor sticks around well after. med body

Notes: this is a big IPA. this is what an IPA should taste like. the fact that it is brewed with honey is brilliant. the honey is never really present in a forward sense, but is happy working its magic in the background with its sweet offering in the aroma and the rich body it has and the stick-to-your-mouth persistence.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange, much clearer than any IIPA I've ever seen. Slight 1 inch head with great retention. Smooth spider web lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- HOPPY! An sweet aroma of citrus hops combined with a very spicy floral scent.

T- My new favorite IIPA. Huge hop punch with a tad bit of sweetness. Also a bit surprised at the tad bit of caramel that I'm tasting from a beer that was bottled 4 days ago. Hops are of the floral taste and I also get a sweet honey packed citrus taste. Amazing hop complexity in this beer.

M- Crisp and very well carbonated for such a newly bottled beer. This beer leaves a tart and bitter hopfilled aftertaste in my mouth. I absolutely love the aftertaste and mouthfeel of this beer.

D- SMOOTH, DELICIOUS! Very easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked.

Well.. I'm very lucky to live in Michigan and to have unlimited sources of this amazing brew over the next few months. It's going to be my beer of choice until it's sold out everywhere!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber color with a large frothy white head that was lasting with excellent lacing.

Heavy complex sour citrus aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation.

Medium to heavy sour citrus bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to armietaj for this extra. Has sat a year, so it'll be interesting to compare this to the fresh stuff that will be released pretty soon.

A. Nearly perfect visuals, a big and thick hazy copper orange that radiates beautifully with a contrasting creamy buff foam.

S. The age comes through hear a lot, as the hops are still present but are giving off an old tea-like smell. Has a wet hop scent to it, good caramel, a some sweetness to it. Showing some barleywine characteristics here.

T. Start off very smooth with some sweet caramel. The hops are still alive and kickin', but are definitely more subdued and come off much more smooth and conservatively. Ends with a slight off after taste, but it's not displeasing.

Can't wait to have some more of these, its good now, which mean it'll be even better fresh and up for review again.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hops in this one slam into you like a novacaine hurricane and don't let up until you tap into submission. Beautiful gold pour with a massive citrus and floral aroma that largely features oranges. Some honey in the flavor on top of the aforementioned ingredients. For serious hop lovers only.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy orange-amber, with little head. Thin lacing down the glass. I am a bit concerned with this bottle since I've had this on tap and this ain't lookin the same.

S - Awesome hoppy, spicy aroma. Floral and citrus with pepper.

T - Nice hoppy presence, bitterness up front. Lingering bitterness almost that of a orange rind. A slight alcohol burn toward the end, hides the 10% well tho.

M - Medium body, smooth. Medium, but perfectly carbonated.

D - I could drink all night but the next day would hurt. Great beer tho.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.37/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thehand hooked me up with this bottle. Thanks thehand!

Pours an orange/amber color with a small creamy head. Little retention, which is a bummer.

Very floral in the hop department. Orange blossoms and grapefruit scents mingle with a caramel malt backbone.

Starts with a caramel malt sweetness coupled with flowery hops. Finishes creamy sweet with mandarin and honey notes.

I'm thinking this would have been outstanding had it been fresh and on tap. The addition of honey almost gives off a sweet hop flavor. Hop ice cream. Yum.

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Photo of sleazo
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours an slightly cloudy orange with a tiny head that dissipates to a small slick within seconds. The actual liquid looks fine but where is the head?

S_Sticky pinecone hops mix with a candied malt sweetness. A bit of honey like sweetness

T_Hugely bitter up front with a huge piney assault on the senses. A good malt presence in the form of honey soaked sourdough bread. There is some acidity too as everything plays well together.

M_On the thicker side and just less than syrupy. A nice carbonation despite the lack of head plays well too.

D_Another delcicious Bell's offering that falls flat in the looks department.

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Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-orange, nice head.

Smell: hops, citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange, etc), and clover

Taste: Nice sharp citrus hops up front, then sweet finish. I get lots of citrus and straw - lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, etc. After the swallow you can taste and feel the honey.

Mouthheel: Medium-body, more than I expected. You can feel the honey

Drinkability: Tasty and enjoyable, I try to get some every year


Tried fresh 2-12-09

Similar, with less complexity, more bitterness, less fruit and honey. Graded down accordinly.

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Photo of chicagospots
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has to be one of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted. Bells Two Hearted Ale is my favorite beer in the hoppy category. Bells Hop Slam is a turbo-jolted version of the Two Hearted Ale with more alcohol and hop character.

This is a sipping beer. For me it's too powerful (10% ABV) to have more than one. I drink it from a snifter glass to get my big nose in the bowl and let the hops tickle my olfactory glands.

You'll find the usual citrus, grassy notes from the hops with just the right amount of bitters.

Hop Slam is only available in January and I believe most of the distribution is in or around the midwest so stock up. The brewery is in the Kalamazoo Michigan area.

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Photo of hopdog
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottles multiple times!

What a cool looking label! Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Had strong fresh green leafy hoppiness aroma with orange peels. Sticky. Tastes of oranges, caramel, floral, with a grapefruit finish. Smooth and way too easy to drink. Alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the trade.

Pours a hazy dark honey color with a off white head. It leaves a nice thin layer and good lacing. Smells sweet more than hoppy, but pine comes through the malts. Taste is nice and balanced. It's creamy and sweet with a nice bitter aftertaste. A great beer that I would gladly take more of.

Edit: I received fresh bottles from the 09 release.

A much larger hop presence, smells of pineapple and citrus drenched in honey. A much more pleasant experience fresh.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Batch 7806] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, melon, tangerine, caramel, light citrus, and honeydew. Taste of pine, toffee, resin, light dough, citrus fruits, mint leaf, and some cinnamon. Bracingly bitter, with moderate alcohol.

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Photo of ATPete
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

i was lucky enough to drink 7 of these in the past 3/4 months. took notes through out, and the conclusion is that this beer is absolutely killer. Beautiful orange brown color, small white head. Amazing pine notes in the nose, sweetened grapefruit and orange peel, lots of earthy grassy hops battle with the fresh, semi sweet citrusy hops, all of this is overseen by a very rugged malty backbone adding incredible balance. Coating but smooth, the 10% ABV is completely masked by the beers more than impressive flavor profile. Some say this beer is best fresh but i was equally impressed with every single bottle i cracked open, my most recent being 11/2/08. Cant wait to get some more this year. Safe to say i highly recommend this one.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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