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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,440 Reviews
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Hopslam, I saved this beer for the end of the night so as to savor my taste buds for the hop slamming they are about to receive. Pours a somewhat hazy orange, with not too much heading, but a good enough white lacing. Smell is everything that you would want from a good Imperial IPA: resiny hops, citrus fruits, earthy hops...its got it all. I have to say that taste wasn't quite as good. The citrus notes came through well, with lots of pineapple, mango and orange along withe the hops, but I don't know, it felt as if something essential was missing....perhaps a bit more malt balance? Mouthfeel is viscous and sweet, yet bitter. One is more than enough for me in one night, but still, I am glad I had the chance to try this brew from Bell's. Maybe not the best DIPA I have had, but certainly ranks among the better ones I have tasted recently. Cheers

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

Pours a magnificent burnt copper with a thin but creamy white covering. Beautiful lacing. Rich nose of fresh, grassy, juicy citrusy hops on top of a subtly sweet and spicy malt backbone. Hops have faded just barely over the last couple months as the bitterness has died down a little and the sweet and spicy maltiness is playing a larger role in the finish. Medium to full bodied, and the carbonation is on point for what I look for in IIPAs. If you told me this beer was 10% I would have laughed at you. I am loving this beer a few months old just as much as I did fresh. This balance is perfect for me, and the drinkability is absurd.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head. Mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: huge bitterness and citrus tones leap from the glass into the nose.

Taste: nice malt base with a huge bitterness blanket wrapped around it. Grapefruits and oranges are throughout, oh and did I mention some strong bitterness ? Some alcohol tones are well hidden but warming. Despite the big IBUs for this beer it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start and smoother and dry towards th finish. Super long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers in the mouth forever after swallowing.

Drinkability: well balanced and very drinkable. No means is this a session beer, but you can easily enjoy more than one. Definite hophead beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a nice orangy amber color with a short-lived off-white head. Some lacing left behind, but not really noteworthy. Some very nice piney and grapefruit rind aromas going on, a slight dose of spicy V-8 type veggie showing up as well. Hard to discern any malt or alcohol characteristics even though I'm sure they're going on in there. Nice balance between maltiness and hoppiness, but I'm sensing the same veggie V-8 type of flavor remotely in the aftertaste. I must say that this ale hides it's 10% ABV pretty well with an assortment of flavors. Some pale maltiness, short crystal malt, hoppy profile, some residual sugars in the aftertaste. Pretty solid, but I think I've had better. Very astringent and hoppy, yet somewhat lacking.

Not sure if I'd sampled an outdated bottle. Dot-matrix coded 8277 on the reverse label.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper with a dense two finger head that disipated slowly leaving a good lacing.
S - Earthy hops with a touch of sweet citrus and a third hint that I'm at a loss to name. None the less very plesant.
T - Nice hop bomb, sweet citrus and earthy hops fought agianst each other as they traveled across the tounge. Sweetened honey and syrup brought forward a nice balance in such a hop infused brew.
M - Milky mouthfeel coming from the saturation of hops and a higher then normal carbonation.
D - Awesome brew that I could drink several of, but the 10% ABV makes it hard to have too many.

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Photo of shivtim
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy golden color with red hints and a thin, dense white head. Nose is west coast floral hops, with dense syrupy honey. Taste is surprisingly malty, then the hops kick in and linger over dark honeycomb and bitter citrus. Slight alcohol on the end balances and mingles with the lingering hops. Mouthfeel is foamy and smooth. Good drinkability except for the ABV.

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

Pours a orangy amber with a decent 1/2 inch head that settles and sticks some lacing to the glass.

Almost as soon as its cracked, the citrus smells are evident. Grapefruit and orange dominate. Some honey suckle in the aroma as well.

Taste is dominated by wonderful candied citrus fruit and pineapple flavors. A great tasting DIPA. Hop resins stick rather well to the tongue.

Mouthfeel is not thick, but right on.

This beer allows one to truly drink up some great hop flavor. I like the addition of the honey as well since it dries it out and isn't overly sticky sweet.

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Photo of Med
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice yellowish copper color with a light white head that unfortunately doesn't stick around. Lacing is fair.

S - Floral hops mingle with honey and caramel. Alcohol is present but well hidden. This is a wonderful aroma!

T - Incredibly well balanced between the citrusy hops, sweet honey, and caramel malts. My girlfriend isn't big on hops but tried to steal my glass. It's that good.

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation. I'd like a few more bubbles here. The coating is decent though.

D - I need to buy a case of this. Tomorrow.

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

This beer has a great initial palate with tremendous fruitiness and gobbs of weight which is reflected in its dark yellow color. You taste the hops but do not experience any bitterness . What separates this beer from the others in this class is the finish. It is unique and very sweet almost like a very expensive dessert wine from France(Sauternes). What a luxury drink!!!! They are going to make more of this beer for the 2009 season.

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Photo of Landshark67
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since drinking this dbl IPA, I have been on a quest to find even more. Being in Michigan has helped but my sources are drying up. IMO - This beer is exactly what a double IPA should deliver from the initial aroma thru to the lingering finish.

Luckly, I found 2 cases at a local beer store this weekend. (5/10). That should hold me over for a while.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with freshness code: 8285.
Label illustration depicts dude flat on back after being slammed by giant hop mass. Nice visual metaphor.

Pours a light copper with a thin, creamy, egg-shell colored head. Minimal carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Initial nose of pineapple and lots of it, followed by notes of spruce, honey and cinnamon bread.

Starts off sweet - citrus, honey and brown sugar, moves on to a well-balanced amalgam of piney hops and malt. As it warms, Hopslam becomes bitter, yet never biting. Finishes dry and, at 10% Alc., somewhat hot.

Sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Very hard to believe this clocks in at 106 IBUs. Extremely drinkable for such a high ABV. Not all that sessionable, but worthy of slamming two.

Three Floyd's take note. This is what Dreadnaught should aspire to be.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange, not quite clear. Big off-white head. Leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S - huge blast of sweet mango, very tropical

T - powerful mix of hop flavour, bitterness, maltiness, and alcohol. More mango goodness, but also lots of grapefruit. Aftertaste is incredible, hop flavour lingers forever.

M - somewhat sticky, but by the time you swallow, the bitterness and drying alcohol have more than cleansed your palette. Overall body is med-light. Alcohol is smooth, but it's tough to mask 10%, so it's pretty warm.

D - flavours and aromas are oustanding, and incredibly easy to drink

The few Bell's beers I have managed to sample have all been absolutely top notch, and this is no exception. This has everything that I'm looking for in a big IPA. Not much more to say, except believe the hype!

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

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Photo of drlumps62
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber color. Appears cloudy orange in the glass. Good retention. Exceptional lacing. Smelled predictably heavy of hops. Tastes bready, piney. Alcohol cleaverly hidden within. This brew is right in my wheelhouse, so I am slightly partisan to what it offers. That being said, I have been courted by a few brews that promised what this one does and they didn't deliver. This one does. I love it.

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Photo of mhewes
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a good white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S : Lots of hops in the smell. Some honey an dfloral notes.

T : Lots of hop flavor but not too overpowering. Some good honey and citrusy flavors in it also.

M : Real smooth. Good carbonation

D : It's 9.3% ABV? I can't believe that. I didn't taste it at all. Awesome beer and really drinkable.

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

Pours a beautiful clear rich amber color with 1/2 inch of thick foamy eggshell colored head with nice retention and great lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, grapes, and oranges. Tastes of grass mixed with sweet honey with a light biscuit backbone and a finish of grapefruit, orange peel, and a juniper tasting dryness, definitely a slam of hops. Medium in body with good carbonation and semi-syrupy but still smooth and sweet with a sticky dry bitter finish. Very easy to drink and extremely pleasant for a hop lover with an appropriate name. A little high in ABV to session, but it'd be well worth dealing with the aftermath the next day.

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Photo of drxandy
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a standard pint glass from 12oz
poured a beautiful hazey golden color kinda thick and resiny

smells like a hop bomb! loads of hop oils blowing up your nose, citrus peel and honey

tastes like bitter hops, citrus, sweeter edge honey/caramel malt, the alcohol heat has died down a bit from the bottle i had earlier in the year, blended nicely but the hop smack has faded a little too - still drinking great though, tastes like it's in its prime.

mouthfeel felt oily and coated my mouth with lucious hops, bitter and crisp

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy orange/brown color with a thin white head.

S - Hoppy and sweet. There is also a floral characterisic. Fantastic hop aroma.

T - Very hoppy, but not overbearing. There is a nice malty sweetness (honey) that helps balance the hop flavors. Excellent blend of the two tastes - and the alcohol bite is refreshing.

M - Medium to full bodied. Could stand to be a little heavier, but it still is enough to support the flavors.

D - Delicious - can't say much more.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Hopslam Ale (12oz. bottle): Thanks to saucya or aksorak for this! Poured from bottle into pint glass. Golden color with a small head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sweet citrus hops, with a little resin and sweet malt underneath. A little tropical fruit too. Very nice smell. Taste hits you with bitter, resiny, hops at first, then a little citrus and bready malts. This beer has a medium body and is lively in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly high if you're into the style, which I increasingly am. Overall I'm pretty into this beer. Exactly what I was looking for today.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle from batch 8277, bottled on January 9, 2008. Decanted into a pint glass.

Pours a clear honey yellow with a thick white head. Great retention - fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Bready and honey smell up front. Some leafy and citrus-y hints following. Overall, it reminds me of mead, which makes sense given the "ale brewed with honey" on the label.

Taste is really quite dynamic for something that's marketed as a being some tricked-out hop experience. This really doesn't compare to other DIPA's I've tried. But this isn't bad - the honey really balances the flavors. There's some pretty heavy hop flavors, but the bread, yeast, and honey makes the taste travel well.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected. Feels like a mead. I like it.

I was really surprised by this beer. I expected just another over-hopped double IPA, but got something pretty dynamic instead. One of the best Bell's offerings I've tasted. I will definitely keep coming back to this one.

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

Bottle. Batch 8277. Pours a sparkling murky cloudy pinkish amber. Lots of head, and a crazy amount of lacing. Aroma is spectacular; grapefruits and citrus out the ass. Hoppy as hell, incredibly vacuous and worthy of its own praise. Crazy good. Flavor is delectable: spicy hops and pleasant citrus interwoven with honey and ginger. Thick and syrupy, but with a nice watery and easy finish. Way too drinkable at 10%, but I feel overall it's not as striking of an IPA as Bells own Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice burnt orange with a light white head that disappated quickly leavign a lace arounf my glass.

Aroma is sweet, dank, citrusy, guave like with hints of acetone.

Taste is slightlty bitter, some notes of solvent. Nothing amazingly overpowering as I might have expected with this beer. I get some hints of honey, and residula sweetness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied. I gues the sugar and honey make this one of them IIPA's of the non-chewy variety.

Drinkability- Amazingly drinkable for a 10% beer. I could easily polish a coiuple of these off. It certainly is a sneaky beer, doesn't taste like the abv reports.
Carefull with this one.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this as a gift from thickerfreakness. Thanks Charles! I appreciate it.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It pours a hazy transparent copper orange. It produced a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin spotty crown. A swirl of the snifter brought the head right back. It had much better head retention after the glass was swirled. It left behind a minimal bit of lacing.

Smell - Man this smells pretty damn good. It smells very sweet, with notes of heavy caramel mixed with honey. No DIPA would be complete without a heavy does of hops, and this beer is no exception. The hop notes bring about lots of fruit scents - orange, pineapple, a slight hint of grapefruit, and tangerine. It also has a nice bitter pine scent as well.

Taste - What a tasty beer. The beer opens with the flavors of grapefruit and pine which then meld with the honey and caramel component in the middle. The end of the flavor is awesome. Orange and tangerine citrus finish the flavor with the pine making a small appearance but then makes it presence felt in a lingering bitter aftertaste. Yummy.

Mouthfeel - It is medium bodied. It is very smooth and creamy. The carbonation level is fairly moderate. I would have liked a little more carbonation to keep the beer feeling lively.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. I thought Bell's did an awesome job with Two Hearted, and they did an equally impressive job with this one. It is very easy drinking, and at 9.3% ABV it is also pretty dangerous - the ABV is hidden extremely well.

Thanks again Charles - I am cracking open my Dreadnaught next!

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Photo of 0110x011
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy coppery-orange with a full 3-finger head that just won't quit. Sticky lacing everywhere. I can smell the hops without even sticking my nose in the glass. Smell is heavenly. A veritable bouquet of every smell that makes a DIPA good. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grass, flowers, you name it its in here somewhere. I could keep my face in this glass for hours! The flavor is more on the earthy side of the hop spectrum, with a bit of tangerine & caramel showing through. The expected hoppy-bitter finish was more of a kick in the face than I was hoping for, which throws the balance for me, but nevertheless, this is one of the best examples of a DIPA that i've found. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet soft and creamy. A pleasure to drink, and a must for any hophead!

Thanks to Tilley4 for the pleasure!

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Photo of SQNfan
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It was burnt orange in color and poured a 1/4" white head of fine bubbles. Aromas of herb/floral hops followed by light citrus. These flavors continued into the mouth along with some honey. The palate was dense but didn't come off as heavy leading into a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Well done and especially enjoyable for people who enjoy the herbal side of hops.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wcudwight for this one!

Hopslam is deep gold. Slightly hazy. The head is big, thick, creamy, and sticky. Wonderful looking DIPA.

All hops in the aroma. Very inviting citrus and tropical fruits; mainly orange and pineapple. No denying what this hoppy delight is all about!

On to the taste and feel, no surprises here: this one's a big and crisp brew, intensely hoppy, and surprisingly smooth. Noticable grapefruit. There's a bit of alcohol towards the end and in exhale. Good tart aftertaste. I was looking for a sweeter counter-balance to the hops; nevertheless, this is a fine beer and worthy of high acclaim.

Highly drinkable for such a bomb. No problems there.

No doubt, Hopslam delivers! I'd love to see how it holds up in a blind tasting as one with a sweeter malt profile might win out (for me at least).

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
98 out of 100 based on 3,440 ratings.
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