Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
13,108 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 13,108 |  Reviews: 3,533
Photo of Deivos
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of tina
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of maleman
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness, or born on date listed on bottle. Pure golden amber with one finger head that receded into nice cap. Full lacing down the sides. Smells like a freshly harvested bale of hay from a flowery field. A mouthful of grass and resin is the first hint that fades into pepper. The taste is wonderful! Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, just a hint of alcohol which is not bad for a 10% abv beer. Searched far and high before I finally found this beer offered. It met all my expectations! Truly one of the best beers I've ever had! RB!

 583 characters

Photo of kmidgett
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Awesome

Full body of flavor for every taste bud in you mouth. Only problem was they only had two bottles left in the cooler and there was 3 of us. Oh well, sometimes you just have to share.


 251 characters

Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1/10/12 poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a clear dark orange with a 2 finger white head that shrinks to cover the top. nice lacing. Aroma is pine, mango, pineapple, apricot, and more tropical fruit. Flavor is pine resin, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky. Alcohol is invisible. Amazing beer.

 361 characters

Photo of gratefuld
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jimipow
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Ajax84
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of brenjames
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of SirWalkAbout
3/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of jonnyca80
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Jetree
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of illestkilla
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of hmbrewer336
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: bright golden straw with a finger thick white head.

S: BAM! hops. fruity and citrus some pine. undertone of honey

T: this is so fricken good smooth rich hopy taste with little support for the grain bill but yet easy to drink and so tasty

M: Light body with a generous carbonation that fits the beer well. Heavy with hop

O: One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. This is world class stuff. So hoppy and balance everything here supports DIPA character.

 456 characters

Photo of njport
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of FreshZ
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mrsdrabmuh
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Radegast
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of waffles
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of yergermeister
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of xnapshot
2.75/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of max9371
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Jerry
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of RageLotus
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

IMO. There really isn't too much to say about this brew than as follows. This is the best IPA that has ever touched my mouth. You folks that are stating that it doesn't live up to it's "hype", obviously like an IPA that is way different than my likeing. All is good though, it has everything that a good beer has to offer. WELL DONE Bells. You guys hit this one right on the head while crafting this masterpiece. It's making my mouth water thinking about it.

 458 characters

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,108 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.