Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,024 Ratings
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
13,024
Reviews:
3,528
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,659
Gots:
3,625
For Trade:
70
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a room-temp pint glass. The bottling date is 1/23/13.

A- Bright golden-orange color with a 1-plus finger head that thins quickly to a film leaving lots of lacing. It's not hazy, yet not quite clean and clear, ethier. Slow and steady bubbles. Its less than stellar looks fall into the "don't judge a book by its cover" catagory.

S- A refreshing change from the standard DIPA grapefruit/lemon citrus nose, this beer smells of pineapple, fresh flowers, and honey sweets. It's not too sweet, more candied via a touch of sweetness. The mild aromas develope as the beer temp drops, I like that.

T-Tropical fruit flavors, some malt, and a guest appearance by a bit of grapefruit. And there's no denying the honey.

M- The honey is the key for me, bringing the flavors together, coating the membranes, and making for a silky-smooth drinkable 10% abv DIPA. There's a touch of hop bite, too!

O- This brew is balanced. Clearly, for me, the result is greater than sum of its parts.

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Photo of Miller650
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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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%

Photo of NoCurse2012
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had never heard of this beer until now. As I understand it is a limited brew, I will continue to order until it runs out. I have to be careful as the 10% ABV knocks me in the dirt pretty quick. With the aroma and taste, it goes down smooth with a pleasant linger on the pallate, which makes it very easy to have too many too quick. There is a nice hint of citrus. Just right.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Rockasaurus
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hopslam FINALLY became available at my local beer emporium, so I forked over $14 (!) for a six pack. Did reality meet the hype?

In a word, yes.

The key word for Hopslam is "balance". Yes, there is the obligatory massive hoppy backbone, but it is backed by caramel sweetness and a viscous mouthfeel that beautifully offsets the bitterness. Too many dIPAs are so overwhelmingly hoppy that the cumulative effect of the bitterness increasingly drowns out all other flavors with each passing sip. Not so with Hopslam. I enjoyed my last sip every bit as much as the first, and I didn't walk around for the next 30 minutes with my tastebuds ringing unpleasantly from an overly bitter afterglow.

Outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from my local grocery store in a [expensive!] six-pack, Bell's Hopslam is an exciting seasonal tradition for West Side Michiganders like myself!

A: Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a room-temperature weizen glass, Hopslam yielded very little, bone-white head. However what IS there leaves incredible lacing on the glass when tilted to and fro, with remarkable retention. The color is a clear, light bronze with tiny carbonation bubbles faintly visible.

S: Like walking into a warehouse piled high with whole-cone hops and barley malts. A pungent, floral aroma hits the olfactories immediately, followed by a caramel candy finish. This one's definitely a smeller!

T: The sharp piney hops slam your tongue- lots of spiciness and a hint of honey, with a boozey, vaguely chalky aftertaste. It's the unsettling quality of that lingering aftertaste which brings the score down to a 4.5 for me. I'd prefer more of a rich, malt finish to my DIPA- something akin to Sierra Nevada's "Hoptimum" or Dogfish Head's "Burton Baton". This is still one of the best-tasting examples of the style out there...but it's something about these Bell's IPAs...I notice the same thing when drinking Two Hearted Ale.

M: Great mouthfeel overall. Carbonation in relatively light, and the beer hits your tongue with a crisp flow. The hops make the tongue jump a bit, but that's to be expected with the style.

O: While it's not the 'be all and end all' of DIPAs as some folks hail it, it's definitely a winner for those hopheads among us! As mentioned above, there are better examples of the style out there (particularly Sierra Nevada's "Hoptimum"), but on balance, this is a pretty incredible beer that makes every frigid Michigan January just a little warmer!

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of TheSSG
3.69/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense head with resin all over; very persistent with thick lacing. Surprisingly soft aroma is floral and hoppy...but unexpectedly subdued. Hazy, golden-honey color. Starts almost tart with a lot of citrus hops. There is a very noticeable sweetness. I'm REALLY surprised noticeable the honey is. It builds to a medium hoppiness which becomes more of a citrus/pine bitterness in the finish.

This was a HUGE letdown. It's not overly hoppy in the bitter sense (a la "Ruination") or the floral/aromatic sense (a la "Bedlam") "With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?" I expected to get SLAMMED WITH HOPS! The honey pairs very, very well with the floral hops. This is good as a floral, honey IPA...but not a very awesome hop bomb.

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4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i got one bottle of this, and split it with the wife. pours a nice golden. its clear with a white head. the smell is odd, organic and pungent. the flavor is very full, piney, but not as bitter like a lot of ipa's. its like they bottled all that bitter flavor but made it drinkable. the finish isnt harsh at all, you can really taste the honey at the back. im sad i couldnt get more of this, and im sad i gave half of it away. bells makes pretty good beer, but honestly this IS something special.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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