Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
13,075 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.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylelenk
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle. 14 days old. Pilsner glass...

A-Tiny head left over with nice cascading. Traditional IPA color...maybe a little more copper.

S-Wow, it's been years since i've truly appreciated a Hopslam. I've had them in between but never gave it the appreciation it deserved (usually in a bar). Smell is incredible. All the qualities that you love in an IPA. Lot's of sticky hops with some pine and sap tossed in. Very earthy.

T-Where it gets interesting. Alcohol is so absent for a 10% by volume beer. I picked up loads of fresh citrus and grapefruits. The beer is so smooth in an amazing way. Very easy to drink this like a session beer, only to wind up as a mistake later.

M-Nice and viscous for an IPA. Very easy drinking and leaves little aftertaste (something I often hate with heavy IPA's. Would love to cleanse the palate with one of these in-between meals.

O-IPA's aren't my favorite style (I more like malt forward stouts/porters/barleywines), Hopslam is something that begs for more.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fressshhhh bottle from a trade poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a light burnt orange color that is very appetizing for a DIPA and leaves about a 3/4 inch frothy head that is pure white. Leaves a gorgeous lacing as you drink it. Thumbs up

S: Smells like citrus, grapefuit, fresh pine, and an overload of hops. I'd use this as an air freshener if I could.

T: taste is a little bitter, thats why I only gave it a 4.25. Very citrusy still with a hopslam (whoaaaa) all over the place. Some slight molasses, nectarine, guava and finishing with a slight alcohol burn (to be expected of a 10%) but it is very delightful in this instance.

M: Full bodied mouthfeel, slightly oily but enjoyable. Piney hops hang around for a long time

O: Very solid. I was expecting to be blown away by this after hearing about its anticipation for so long so I suppose I was slightly disappointed but it was a fantastic DIPA. I'd still put sucks ahead of this and categorize this with Hoptimum. Would seek out again for the price.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Please note: I only rate by whole numbers as per my rating system in my journal)

Bottle date 1/10/13, poured into a Nonic today 1/22/13

Aroma- Lots of citrus- grapefruit and orange comes to mind, a bit of sticky sweetness that could be the honey. And a bit of pine. Strong nose, very pleasing for a DIPA. (5)

Colour- Nice and clear dark orange, copper body, pours with a 1cm white head that doesn't stick around for long. Lacing is a bit sticky but gravity brings it down the side of the glass quickly. Nothing particularly special for the style. (3)

Flavour- Some citrus- grapefruit, orange in the front that sets the stage for a brief dabble of sweet honey and biscuit just before the bitter citrus/earthy starts building up fast and hits you like a truck at the end. (4)

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied but on the lighter side of the spectrum; carbonated well, a bit on the wet side. Aftertaste is that bitter hopslam that definitely sticks around for a while. Pretty much what you'd expect from a beer called Hopslam. On some swallows though, I can taste a lingering honey sweetness- as if it was not dissolved completely. It's a nice touch if intended like so. (4)

Overall- Its a DIPA that assaults my nose and palate. It doesn't look particularly special but it smells great and the taste follows the nose. It's certainly not a balanced DIPA in my opinion despite what people say as its hops, hops, and hops with a brief malt/honey interlude. But hey, that's not what I was expecting from this style of beer. I definitely like it, but in terms of DIPAs, a six pack of Sucks costs half as much as a six of Hopslam, just sacrificing a small bit of the hop aroma/bitterness and the honey character- since it's Lagunitas, there are still tons of hops in it. So, yeah this might be a better brew but for regular consumption, between the two I'm going with Lagunitas Sucks about 8 out of 10 times. (4)

Old score: 4.15

Re-reviewed with this year's new batch, bottled 1/10/2014 (eerily, the same month/day as last year's) and poured into a Bell's snifter today, 1/21/2014 (almost the same month/day as last year, seeing a theme here?).

Appearance: Hazy copper body, one-finger white head, good lacing, average retention
Smell: Caramel, toffee, honey are at the forefront. Hops- citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral notes are in the background.
Flavour: Crisp grapefruit, tangerines, resinous pine flavours cut by caramel and toffee sweetness. Resounding pine and floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Just right for the beer. Aftertaste is a strong pine, floral bitterness that leaves the palate very dry. One of the more bitter beers I've had in this new year which still makes this a sipper.
Overall: My palate has clearly adjusted to all kinds of DIPAs over the past year and I still find this beer to be incredibly bitter. It's not juicy as I'd like though the sweetness does help cut into the hoppiness. For what it is, it's a solid value but I probably won't buy a full sixer again.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly off white head that settles to a thing film. A swirl shows plenty of carbonation. Golden orange body. Sticky drippy lace.

Heavily hopped nose with a large sweetness from the honey and malt. Grapefruit, orange, pine, tropical, graham cracker.

Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, sweet honey, and bready malt. Really nice flavor going on.

Smooth and creamy with a slightly biting bitterness. Well balanced in sweet and bitter as far as a hoppy DIPA is concerned.

Highly enjoyable. The abv makes it a little hard to enjoy a bunch of it.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pilsner.

Appearance- a clear honey hue, what little head goes away quickly. 3.75

Aroma-YES! Grapefruit, tons of grapefruit, tons of citrus, honeysuckle, apricot. 5

Taste-hops come in light, honey, dried apricots, orange- grapefruit, hops come back strong in the finish. 4.5

Feel-biter but a bit watery, lightly coats mouths, some alcohol, a lot more watery then expected. 3.75

Overall-very drinkable double, I'm not to familiar with this style but this is one of the best I've had. Citrus fruits are all over this up down and around. I see the hype, but then again i dont see why this cant be a year rounder. this is going to be my measuring stick for double ipa's. 4.25

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,075 ratings
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