Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,024 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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bwj344
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a beautiful orange/ amber color with a small amount of head that disappears into a Lacey remnant.

S: the citrus of the hop makes for a very pleasant aroma. There is a sense of the honey.

N: there is a bit of hop citrusy-ness up front, but vanishes very quickly.

M: there is a slickness to the beer. It is overall medium bodied with a smooth finish.

T: the citrus hop starts, but leaves quickly. The majority of the taste is this smooth, bitter/sweet combination that is truly amazing. The finish is very smooth. Not much maltiness at all, which for me, is a huge plus. The alcohol is well hidden especially considering the hop is not as pronounced as other DIPAs.

O: this is really one of my favorite beers. Admittedly, I've not had either of the Pliney's or heady topper, but comparing to other DIPAs it's amazing! I would prefer a little more grapefruit hoppiness ala sculpin, but really love the minimal maltiness that I don't really like in beers like DFH 90 minute.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Cujo65
2.98/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I look forward this ale every year and while the appearance and pour hinted of its usual, solid taste and finish, I was very disappointed with the batch this year.

The initial taste was underwhelming and it finished like wet cardboard - having to wait a year something I will no longer do especially while other craft brewers are brewing theirs regularly and not have their sit through a pretentious wait...I'd rather spend the extra money and have some Myrcenary from Odell's shipped to me.

Sorry Bell's, my group of friends and I were sadly disappointed. Good luck.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -49.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of guityler83
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A finger+ head of bright white head formed with the appearance of soap bubbles, fine ones on the bottom and larger mixed sized resting on top. The beer is a woody dark orange color with great clarity, no sediment, just a consistint stream of bubbles rising to the top.

S: Big complex hop aroma with lots of depth going on. Kiwi and guava fruits with tree sap and over rippened grapefruit to name a few. A touch of honey like aroma coming through, no real malt nose detected.

T: Pungent tropical fruit bitterness, ripe with the guava, mango and grapefruit flavors. Slight oniony character towards the middle. The sweetness of the honey comes through but melds well with the fruit flavors from the hops. A big burst of more hops seems to evolve at the end with the pine and tree sap flavors. Balance is on the hop side (of course..). Maybe a hint of boozyness but overall very drinkable.

M: A moderately big body on this bad boy for an IIPA. Carbonation is middle of the road, perfect for the style. A little alcohol warming can be felt after a few sips. Relatively clean finish but some lingering hop oils cover the tongue keeping you wanting more.

O: A pungent complexly hoppy IIPA, drink it fresh and its a great beer. I don't understand the folks that age this... its an IPA those hops are going to drop out in a flash. Drink it!

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4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


look: 5.00 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draft in a 14 oz snifter at West Reading Tavern in West Reading, PA on February 3rd, 2013

A- pours a golden amber color with a white, frothy head. Beautiful lacing throughout the glass with each sip. Head seems to stay pretty well with initial pour

S- amazing, floral, earthy hop aromas with a very subtle bready malt essence. Surprisingly for a beer with this ABV, there is no harsh alcohol smell whatsoever because the honey mellows it out nicely!
N - bisquit, pinappple, grapefruit!
T- Grapefruit, pinapple & tangerine with bitter hops mixed with sweet honey. Delicious hop flavor and smoothness with no harshness from the bittering
Great IPA that can go head to head with the top IPAs out there and it's
well balanced and beautifully hopped to deliver a hop mouthful but yet satisfying the malt heads out there! This is not a bready beer by any means but a well balanced east-west coast IPA!

M- feels amazing on the palate! Good carbonation, which a slickness on the tongue. A sweet touch from the honey but nothing overwhelming. This is a very good well balanced IPA that is easy to drink all night long!

Serving type: on-tap

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged on 01/17/14.

A: Pours an opaque golden hue with a 2 finger off white head. Visible slow rising carbonation. Lacing on the rim before I sip. Head simmers to an 1/8" before fleeting to the edges of the glass. Lots of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: All types of citrus hop aroma. Knowing there is honey you can pull notes of that out too. Some sweet malt backs it up. Really a very nice aroma.

T: Great profile of various hop flavors. This beer does a great job of focusing on the hop and not getting over powered by malt. The honey is in there and smooths out the taste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Pretty light on the palate but with a creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Very drinkable for 10%. For such a hoppy beer it leaves no unwanted stickiness in your mouth.

Overall very impressive and I can see what all the hype is about. Had to update my review after getting a real fresh bottle. Worth seeking out by any hophead.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,024 ratings.
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