Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,053 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stevepat
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First time from a can and brought cross country to me by a friend.
Look is a deep amber and quite clear with a persistent head that brims over the pint glass from this 12 oz pour.
Smell is sweet and hoppy. Floral and lightly grassy it brings to mind beer flavored candy.
Taste is exceptionally balanced in a beer this strong. Leading with a maltiness that blends nicely into the honey backed up and finished off by delightful bitter/floral hops.
Feel is full and smooth. Creamy and lightly effervescent, it fills your mouth and doesn't leave the tongue willingly.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite double IPA and certainly in my desert island 6-pack. Sweet without being syrupy and not overshadowing the hops it is, to me, the standard bearer for the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a sampler glass 6oz

A:Poured a light golden color with small amount of head with a nice lace that clings to the edeges as yo finish the brew

S:smell of light honey,citrus,grape fruit,with a lot of pine in there nice bitter smell comeing through

T:hops hops hops hops theese hops just cling to your tongue and take it on a magical ride.a little honey sweetness at first not as sweet as I was hopeing for but then the hops come through and slam you hard in a verry good way

M:wet verry oily the hops don't leave your mouth for a wile they just hang around with a bitter dry finish

O:if you love hops this beer is for you it is a realy great diipa I was expecting a lot more honey sweetness but there wasent much there it was a damn good beer tho and I hope I can get a hold of some more and some other bels brews they seem like a very good brewery

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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

S - overwhelming scent of roasted pineapple.
T - sweetened pineapple, honey, pine resin. Orange peel and a touch of mango linger on the finish.
M - coats the tounge with sweet honey. Not as bitter as I would expect.
O - if you like dipa's, I would put this on your list of "must try" beers.

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4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled 1/15/13) into a snifter, beautiful orange amber with a white foamy head that lingers leaving good lacing, slight haze

S: grapefruit, tangarine, citrus, weed, musty hop smells, pine resin, floral

T: palate destruction of hop bitterness, grapefruit peel, pine resin, lemon zest, honey, malt sweetness come through in the middle, finish is dry hoppy resin

M: full and oily, good carbonation, alcohol completely hidden, aftertaste lingers

O: My favorite description of this beer was "like your cat ate your bag of weed and then pissed on your christmas tree." That pretty much sums it up. This doesn't have the tropical fruit qualities of Pliny or Heady; it is a direct jack hammer assault on your taste buds. That being said, it is absolutely excellent. Thanks Jeff for hooking this one up!

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass. Bottled Jan 9/2013. Served out of the fridge. Acquired in a trade from FrostyWG.

A: Clear, amber orange, trace of micro bubbles, thin, white frothy head that dies pretty quickly to a small bit of lacing. (is more hazy if you drain the bottle)

S: This is my first go at Hopslam, but I'd say the nose is already starting to fade on this, similar to other reviews. That said, sweet florals, lighter tropical aromas that aren't super sweet/acidic, and a light, sweet honey smell.

T: Out of the fridge, less floral and sweet, with a little more citrus and mellow tropical fruits, finishing slightly piney/grapefruit in the aftertaste. As it warms the malts and honey sweetness is more forward and pronounced, and it does get a bit more bitter.

M: Light-Med carbonation, medium body, very balanced, no real presence of alcohol except for a slight warming in the aftertaste, pretty neutral MF, a little sticky but that is about it. Very drinkable.

O: If I had to sum this up I would say it is like the younger sibling to Heady. Perhaps people don't like comparisons, but, I would say their hop profiles are similar, with Hopslam being perhaps a bit more tropical and sweet, with slightly less hop feel at the end. Both are extremely balanced and smooth which to me is what really separates these top notch DIPA's. That being said, Hopslam is a very good beer, though not the Hopslam I was expecting. i really like the floral/sweet honey undertones to compliment the hops, a nice touch, otherwise what you get is probably one of the more easy drinking DIPA's out there. Not sure it is worth the hype as it wouldn't be at the top of my Hop list, but it certainly is worth trying and one day it'd be nice to try a more fresh batch.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,053 ratings.
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