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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 obrike
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, I had to fly to Puerto Rico for two days worth of business meetings to finally have a chance to try Hopslam. It was worth it. I took a Taxi to La Taberna Lúpulo and asked if they had Hopslam..."on tap or a can?" is what I heard in response. I begin to tear up.

I ordered it on tap and was not disappointed.

Clear copper body with a thin white head. Great retention.

Not a huge DIPA aroma...but I actually found this intriguing. I knew this beer was under 4 weeks old...and not a west coast beer...so I actually kind of liked the midwest scent. Smelled fresh and hoppy without going overboard.

Big beer in every way, with an incredible balance. This is why the beer is so sought after. You can taste some of the booze, but there's a very good balance of hops and honey sweetness. I actually think the mouthfeel is nearly perfect as i found myself gulping bigger sips

I gotta say, it's a wonderful beer. The balance is superb...and it's certainly not a west coast hop bomb that seems to be the "preferred" IPA these days.

Very glad to have a chance to finally try it and certainly not disappointed.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours bright orange with slight haze, the finger fluffy white head, fades slowly. Big fruity hoppy aroma with sweet malt touch. Delish balanced taste of juicy fruity hops, honey sweetness, nice malt backbone. Bitterness comes in at the end, mostly citrus peel with a bit of pine. Medium creamy soft mouthfeel, touch of alcohol. Very good DIPA, just like I remembered it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, orange-brown in color with one inch head. Taste is wet hops, orange, citrus, and hemp. Super tasty, nice mix of bitter and sweet. Worth every bit of hype. This is a delicious IPA. Do not taste the alcohol. I could drink this all night. Right up there with my favorite beers from a great brewery. I will fight tooth and nail to find this next year. Just an amazing beer. About as good an imperial IPA as can be.

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Photo of cherche
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: nice orange body, clear, off white head with good retention and lacing
S: sweet, slightly hoppy with notes of honey, sweet and tropical fruits
T: sweet hoppiness, fruity and honey
M: nice feel, in line with where a DIPA should be
O: very good DIPA, not quite up to the hype/rating but that is a pretty high bar. On the sweet side and a little more balanced than the typical DIPA hop bomb that is more common right now. Worth the price tag and trying for sure.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caveat - this beer stuck being compared with my Tree House score last week, and Julius in particular -- perhaps not fair.

Appropriate golden honey color; fluffy, quick dissipating head, some lacing. Understated nose, maybe mango and/or tangerine. Taste has a beautiful sweetness in the front - honey flavors with some subdued citrus, followed by a powerful bitter hops punch on the back end that works well together. I have no idea where they are hiding 10 ABV.

Bottom line - this is an exceptional drinking experience - love the yin/yang with the sweet/bitter.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally landed a 6 pack of Hopslam. I curbed my expectations as i felt it was going to be a bit overhyped but was still really excited to try it. pours clean and golden. smell is malty and sweet like honey, hop character is there as well. taste is very sweet up front with hop bitterness on the back. does a very nice job of hiding the 10% but this beer failed to live up to my expectations. glad to have tried it but for how difficult it is to grab and the price tag i will likely pass in the future.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very easy drinking DIPA. I get more spiciness than sweetness. Superb full-bodied feel. Not as citrusy as I'd like, but still a decent amount of hop punch. Solid.

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Photo of jrubenst12
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This used to be one of my favorites. I'm having trouble grasping whether my palate has changed or whether this beer has lost a little bit (as it becomes more mass distributed). Still a very solid IPA, but hard to understand the price tag associated which is north of $20 for a six pack.

For a 10% IPA, Hopslam is definitely a relatively easy drink. This year I got more sweet/honey than I have in years past. Bottom line is that it's a ver y nice beer but a bit overhyped. I can't remember a more expensive six pack in quite a while.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I finally had my first Hopslam at George Keeley's in NY, NY! They got it two days ago and were almost tapped out. I made it just in time and had two of them. Here's what I thought.
It pours a clear golden color with a nice medium sized bubbly head which dissipates into a thin lace that retains well.
As I put my nose to the glass, I was hit by sweetness. It smelled like cake and honey. Later, I noticed the abundance of tropical fruit.
As with the aroma, the taste is quite sweet. This is one big juicy DIPA; like alcohol soaked citrus and tropical fruit. I felt like I was drinking some kind of hoppy tropical island punch. One also tastes the honey and malts. The hops are there and provide an aggressive kick in the mouth that is especially felt in the puckering finish.
This one was medium to almost full and chewy. The sweetness was a tad cloying, yet, I still managed to drink two of them.
This is an awesome DIPA that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.41/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Very transparent orangish color. Forms a big 2 finger head of dense white bubbles. The can lists the ABV (10.0%) and there is a born on date (01/28/16).

S: [3.00] The nose is pretty muted. I am getting light notes of pineapple and lemon.

T: [3.50] Lemon, orange rind, peppery, a hint of sweet maltiness in the middle. A little bit of alcohol on teh tail end.

M: [3.50] Medium body and carbonation. Does not have the heavy bitter finish of a lot of IPAs.

O: [3.50] This is a good beer. I like the inclusion of some maltiness to balance things out. It is not aggressively bitter but there is some bitterness. The flavor profile is pretty good but the nose is totally lacking. I feel like it is possible to do a lot more with 10% ABV than this.

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Photo of Strike00
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice golden amber with a head that sticks around.
S: nice hoppy smell but not typical for a DIPA. A deep sweetness to it.
T: Maltier then I expected. You can taste the homey and the balanced malt along with the hops. The alcohol is prevalent in the taste.
F:medium bodied and sticky.

O: pretty good. might go for some just as good cheaper options from now on though.

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Photo of N8jones
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Slam is a refreshing XXIPA. Be careful it is smoothness, aroma, and overall mouth feel will make you want to drink the six pack, however it's ABV is 10. Great unique beer!

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Photo of Gradman44
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark, hazy golden pour, maintained white fluffy head

S- piny with bits of fresh squeezed citrus, a hint of malt enough to keep the hops from being too overwhelming, smells balanced

T- initial hoppy taste but smooth finish, not sure if it’s the malt or honey

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, coats the palate

O- Phenomenal

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Photo of DovGibor
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2/1/16 can poured into snifter glass. Crystal clear dark amber liquid with a solid head and good retention. Aroma is piney upfront with light floral and grassy notes in the background. A quick swirl reinvigorates the head and releases sweet notes of honey and malt. The aroma is big and hoppy, but not overpowering. It's meant to be enjoyed, not to knock you out.

Taste begins with sweet malt than quickly adds intense hop bitterness. It's smooth bitterness; strong but not at all harsh. Another sip presents bread and citrus notes. As it warms, a little alcohol heat joins the party.

This is a big, rich beer. Classical hops and classical malts balance well in a strong brew. Is it hype or substance? Depends on what you are looking for. It's not a modern juice-bomb IPA; it's not bittering hops beyond belief; it's intensity is old school. If you're looking for a classic beer, it will deliver.

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Photo of godlessape
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy honey sunset, topped with fluffy off white pillow that sinks slow leaving scattered lacing.
The pine and citrus aromas hit the nose first followed by burnt toffee, and a slight wiff of booze.
All the citrus and pine notes mentioned above combine perfectly with the deep rich caramel malt. This beer tastes so good I finished it wayyyyyyyyy to quickly.

This is my first Hopslam and it was everything I expected. Like a Bells Two Hearted Ale ×2.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

A nice golden color. Rich foamy head about 2 fingers with good retention.

Piney nose with a slight hint of citrus. A little sweet smelling.

Sweet with a pine resin flavor. A little bit of caramel.

Body is a little syrupy. Good carb.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear amber with a foamy white cap of head that retains well, some lacing but not much.

Nose is juicy floral hop notes - big and bright.

Flavor is a robust hop profile - juicy, dank, tropical, and a bit of citrus - it's basically all there. The touch of honey sweetness pulls this back and doesn't make it rely solely on the malt (which is muted in a good way here). Finish is long and bitter sweet - very well rounded. Much better than I remember.

Feel is solid but mostly typical. The honey smooths things out a bit. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light golden appearance thick head. Smells of light hops and a little honey. Taste is pretty subdued. Certainly doesn't wallop you with hop flavor. Pretty nice to have that subtle hop flavor. Not a fruity hop, more a flowery, grassy. Nice sweetness from the honey. Taste of the alcohol in there. Overall, glad to pick up a six pack this go around. Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice golden orange amber color that's clear with a good white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - pine and grapefruit, mango, peach, legitimately good, some caramel malts balance it out
T - grapfruit, citrus zest, mango, peach, lots of citrus. Pine. Balanced by a nice caramel malt presence. Sweet.
M - light to medium mouthfeel. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste is sweet grapefruit, mango, peach, orange.
O - great beer. Can't complain about anything here. I disagree with this being hyped. It's not a dank ipa, it's more sweet/clean tasting but it is perfect for the style just not the most up to date, seems like everyone wants their ipas as fans as possible now.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Golden orange with thick white head. Aroma: Hoppy grapefruit and citrus notes. Subtle alcohol notes, but not overpowering considering the ABV. Doughy malt notes appear over the intense hops. Taste: Straight forward hoppy and slightly malty. Warming boozy effect on the way down. Surprised at the subtleness given the ABV. Aftertaste: Balanced and warming on the back end. I very much liked this one and was amazed by the drinkability given the ABV.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a traditional pint glass. Very nice color and a nice head. The aroma of hops was plentiful. The taste was a very satisfying hops deliciousness! Great beer!

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Photo of drew42e
3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey orange with decent head. Aroma is "hoppy" but i think the simcoe that is not my favorite aroma. Hops and malts pretty balanced and i do get a little honey, but just underwhelming flavor profile. Finishes a bit boozy too. I generally am pretty close to the average rating for top beers, this is a rare outlier, bit disappointing for a top 200 beer

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass

L: Pours a semi-opaque dark golden color. Two fingers of thick creamy white head leave generous lacing on my glass.

S: Citrus and honey... fruity.

T/F: In a word... 'yum!'. Malts are up front with some honey sweetness... gradually giving way to a fruity citrus hop profile. Orange zest and grapefruit... well carbonated and resinous/oily on the tongue.

O: Just a fantastic beer, and one I really lucked into (I went to the local beer store... arriving at the same time as the delivery truck... saw the guys in line... joined them... and voila!). One of those hyped up beers that lives up to expectations. Delicious... and probably the best beer I've had from Bell's.

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Photo of Jaskok
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i am having this years hopslam after my first taste of hop juju, maybe not fair sampling after such a great ale as hop juju. last year i had hopslam on tap on opening day, was far better on tap than bottled or canned. no big surprise. i was kind of disappointed last year after that experience. but still a great ale.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopslam is somewhat of a unique animal. Honey isn't typically part of the mash for an imperial IPA, but it seems to work here. The honey does more than lend a large amount of easily fermentable sugar, the flavor and aroma of clover honey comes through when drinking it. Head was pretty substantial upon the pour, a mix of medium and small sized bubbles, bright white, topping an amber colored and lightly hazy liquid beneath.

This is a beer that features malt and hops in equal measure. The name is somewhat deceiving, as while the hops are definitely big and in your grill, the malts are just as pronounced. I got some pretty ripe melon, almost a fermented melon smell, along with pine needle and citrus oils in the nose. There's a flowery bouquet as well but I can't pin it down more than that. Flavor brings in the honey, and a pretty deeply resinous malt punch. Hop bitterness is assertive enough to keep the malts in check and reward each sip with a pleasant finish on the sides of my tongue.

There is booze to be found in the aroma, I get the essence of it when exhaling after a swallow. Mouthfeel is on the sticky side, not a sugar bomb but certainly not what I'd call a dry or crisp finish. I actually wouldn't mind if that part of this beer was lightened up somewhat, but then I suppose it wouldn't be Hopslam anymore.

Great beer, worth trying to anyone that has never had it. That said I don't think if it was harder to get that I'd really go nuts trying to find it. One or two six packs a season seems plenty to me.

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