Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,039 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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4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip. Acquired via trade.

A - Perfect amber tone, with a nice soapy, fluffy white head. Lacing is great for an IPA this big.

S - Citrus, tropical fruits and honey in the malt come through.

T - Sweetness hits first, then the hops, then fruit and honey. The hop notes are very mango/citrus and the honey adds a nice touch to the aftertaste.

M - Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. Maybe it's the honey helping, but it's got a nice creamy thickness to it.

O - I'm a fan of the bottled version, but not nearly as much as the draft pour I had near Philly. On tap, this beer is absolutely jaw-dropping. The tropical notes are much more pronounced. I'd still trade for a few fresh bottles each year though. Bottled, it drinks much more like a honey-infused version of Two-Hearted. Go Bells Go!

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4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nicely done dipa from bells, really only case each year I travel El to make sure I can get 2 cases....poured from 12oz into 32oz Steelers frozen glass mug, little finger of head and decent lacing. Looks like honey but bubbles like beer!
Honey hops citrus malt and 10%! It has it all s/t/m! Goes down dangerously smooth at high gravity and also pops the palate like other exceptional beers.
Overall one of my must haves for the year just finishing my last case bottled 2/2/12 besides 2 I will save for next year comparison! DRINK AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE!!! The 6 er my lady n I drank on vday(2/2batch) was even better than one I had tonight

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4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Pours an slightly-cloudy orange-amber with a finger of white foamy head. Head lasts for about a minute, then dissipates, leaving good lacing.

S - Smell is bitter hops with a syrupy sweetness.

T - Strong hops rights off the back (what else did you expect?) followed up by the almost-but-not-quite sickly sweet taste of honey and cloves. A slight heat is felt after swallowing at cooler temps, but becomes much more prominent as it warms, as does the sweetness.

M - Sticky and chewey with light carbonation. Feels like it coats my entire mouth.

O - Probably one of the best Imperial IPAs i've had. A fine balance is struck between the hops, sweetness and alcohol. Hard to find even when it's released in MI - Don't hesitate to grab if you're a hop-head.

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4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what I expect from a true IPA, hops, pine, bitterness! Wishing all these IPA wanna be craft brewers could taste a few done right. Next to Cigar City's Jai Alai this is an excellent brew.
A-cloudy honey amber with a nice head
S- Christmas, gotta love that Fraser fir smell
T- Terrific hops, with nice bitterness an pine
M- rolls over the tongue
O- definitely one for the cooler

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6pk of the infamous Hopslam at Woodman’s in Beloit, WI in early 2011 for $14.99.

Pours a hazy copper color with a lingering off white head. The scent is oh so hoppy! Lots of bitter hops with hints of citrus and wheat. The initial sip starts out slightly bitter and gradually builds up and finishes quite dry and bitter. This is perhaps the smoothest most drinkable IIPA I have ever had. Some floral and fruity hints in the mix as well. Full of flavor and well worth paying a little extra for. Hopslam is a must try!

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4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The acclaimed Hopslam has arrived and me more then welcoming the end of the Hopslam season I've finally gotten my first taste!

12oz bottle served in over-sized wine glass
Packaged Date: 2/10/12

A. A bright orange a little cloudy. I dumped the bottle in practically less than a finger slowly fades into soap around the glass.

S. Smell of pine, biscuity malts, and all kind of citrus notes you're just waiting to get in on with an IPA!

T. Hit the palate with big bite of hops then, a bit of citrus rush from like grapefruits, followed by the malts. A bit dry compared to double trouble.

M. A bit of carbonation in this one, but pretty creamy. Warming of alcohol at the end to let you know this 10% beer!

O. Is this beer worthy of the praise of the beer gods? Yes! Is it the really that special? Probably not but still a damn good drink!

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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

This beer pours a light golden orange with quarter inch of head that hangs around for a minute or two.

Smells of citrusy hops and honey.

Taste is like a stronger two hearted ale which is great. Hoppy flavor with honey and slight peachy malt mixed in there.

There is a definite tingle from the alcohol but the hops hide it nicely with a dry finish.

Overall this is excellent hoppy and delicious. This beer is just perfectly made just hard to get your hands on it. Also quite pricey here in southeast PA.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,039 ratings.
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