Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,040 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Its now been 3 weeks since Bells started distribution on Long island and ive been able to get 2 six packs already at 20$ a pop. Alot of complaints from the local beverage distributors about the lack of Hopslam ie (1 case per delivery) of course i always have a reservation on all the hard to gets though.

This beer definetly lives up to the hype. Probably one of the most refined DIPA i have ever had. From start to finish this beer has a mouthfeel like no other. i do believe the alcohol is a little overwhelming but im attributing this to being a few weeks old and lossing a bit of its hop character. All and all i enjoyed this very much and found it to be a very refined DIPA but probably could of been slightly more balanced.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - golden amber pretty cloudy, had great head that went away.
Smell - sweet honey, very hoppy smell, grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit smell
Taste - bitter, very hoppy, sweet. Hangs onto your taste buds.
Feel - to much carbonation but other than that fairly smooth.
Overall - pretty good beer but not worth the price or hype.

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4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to taste a couple IPA's before having this Hopslam and I could see why it was so coveted and pricy. This beer is a very refined IPA, with a beautiful yellow color, a nice smooth taste, not overly bitter and psychotic like some of the more hoppy IPAs, but still hoppy enough to have a distinctive fragrance. The nose was not overpowering, it was very delicate, and the keg had been tapped 12 hours before. The mouth feel was really good, it is a beer that feels uniform. It is overall a great Imperial IPA, definitively one of the better IPA around East.

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4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours about a half inch of creamy white head. Leaves a nice lacing in the glass. In the nose I'm getting a nice caramelized malt back bone and of course HOPS! I'm mainly smelling pine but I do detect some honey. In the flavor, I'm getting the bready malts again. Although there is a ton of hops, this beer has a really nice malt presence. The hops hit hard mid-palate on, and then the honey comes in to make the ending bitterness very pleasant. It feels smooth and goes down way too easily. Be careful with this one..
Overall- This one's a sipper! I'm not saying this because it's overwhelmingly bitter or anything; I'm saying it because: 1) it's 10%!! And 2) The flavors really came out as this beer warmed up a little. At first I thought, man this beer just isn't as good as last years version, but then I gave it a chance to warm up and man I was on board! It really is a very unique beer. Definitely a must try

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: light golden orange in color, semitranslucent, average head keeping about 1/4" of lacing around the lip.

S: picking some pine, pineapple and resinous aromas. This is te part were i suck the most at, sometimes i feel that i've sniffed too much and that took all the aroma away!

T: my oh my, i know they say it's a "hopslam" and probably the honey it's doing i's trick on this one, but this is one heck of a balanced ipa. Seriously i have nothing to complain about in this department. No resinous taste, no hop overshadowing other flavors, no nothing!

M: balanced, medium bodied, tangy, slightly bitter and then it's gone.

O: it's impossible not to give this beer a great rating it's got all the great characteristics of an IPA and then some; it's balanced from the first sniff to the last sip, it has such a friendly flavor profile, even if you're not into IPA's you're bound to enjoy this one!, I don't see it being a hop bomb, but in my case that's good because i enjoy drinking different beers one after the other and this won't ruin my palate. It's a definite must try if you can get your hands on one and even better if it's fresh!

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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a frothy white head with short retention. Excellent lacing, especially along the edges.

Aroma is very strong. Pine and citrus, led by grapefruit and orange peel. Mango. Pineapple. A hint of alcohol. A touch a caramel malts.

Taste follows the nose. Leads with resinous pine. And as the name indicates, the hops punch you right in the mouth. Tropical takes over after a bit, with grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple, and a squeeze of lemon juice. A slight hint of booze, but overall it is masked very well. Good deal of bitterness, which pairs nicely with the pine resin.

Medium bodied. Goes down pretty smooth for 10%. A bit sticky. No bite from the alcohol.

Overall, despite popular opinion of Hopslam seeming to have lowered over the last couple releases, this is still an excellent beer, especially for hop lovers. And for a prestigious beer, the price isn't bad, either. Recommend.

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2.72/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Was very excited to try this beer but unfortunately a big let down for me.

Ok appearance, great smell and a nondescript mouthfeel. I just got way too much honey and it really muted what smelled like a great hopped up beer.

After trying this beer and having other beers of the same style I have to say this beer is mediocre and really a victim of its hype.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,040 ratings.
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