Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

13,050 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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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle packaged on 02/02/12 poured into a snifter. A big thank you to my brother for picking up the 6 pack for me, now if only I could get him to join BA.

A moderate pour delivered half a finger of off white head over a yellow-orange body. After a minute or so the head has dissolved to a ring. As I peer through the translucent beer I see very little carbonation activity. Thin lacing tries but cannot seem to cling to the side of the glass.

As I sniff the beer, I find that the nose at least lives up to the name. It is like eating a bowl of mandarin oranges, grapefruit and peaches in a pine and flower garden. Now who makes a garden out of pine trees and flowers? Don't know, but that's the smell.

The immediate taste is pine and grapefruit. A floral character quickly picks up and then flows into mandarin oranges and peaches. Alcohol begins to say "hi!" after a few sips. This my friends, is good beer.

This beer is straight up medium bodied. Carbonation is there but doesn't make a big deal of itself. It isn't sticky or syrupy, the flavors flow perfectly, it moves over the tongue well and it has the dry finish you expect from the style. It's sheer genius.

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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

Serving Type: Bottle
Glass: Weizen Glass

Amber color that poured with an off-white head and nice lacing. Smells of peach and pink grapefruit with tastes of pink grapefruit and hints of clover honey. More enjoyable than the much touted Arrogant Bastard.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10913 from an awesome BA poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a warm golden honey color with the slightest touch of chill haze. Almost a fingers worth of a brilliant white head. Good lace.

S: Awesome tropical fruit bouquet...very floral, with juicy hops and oranges, peach, some pineapple, a bit of resiny pine and astringency. Alcohol is masked well.

T: Again, very little felt alcohol presence...sweet juicy hops, decent bitterness, good pine-like hop dryness, lots of tropical fruits and citrus notes, hint of spicy honey sweetness.

MF: Mouthfeel is crisp medium-light, and drys you out pretty good. Medium carbonation.

O: Loved it, its a bit more in-your-face than Pliny but I like the more robust flavors. Good, clean hops flavors, decent bitterness, complimentary malt bill. Just all around great stuff.

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Photo of Shumania
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Side by side comparison with Hopslam. 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on January 9th, 2012. My girlfriend has just gotten into DIPAs, so she is enjoying this too! It should be a good night!

A: Bright orange with an amber hue. 1 finger head that goes away slowly.

S: subtle smells of tropical fruit. Pineapple. Hint of honey in the background.

T: Bitter and sweetness mold well on top of the tropical fruit. The tropical fruit stays long on the tongue. The honey comes through nicely.

D: Some alcohol there which reminders you to sip this beer. There is a full body from the sugar and honey.

O: I love this beer. I look forward to getting a 6 pack every January. The hype lives up to the name of the beer and it is a great DIPA. My girlfriend stole the beer from me and I was forced to up one of my own.

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Photo of adrock7309
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh pour of this at Tilia in Linden Hills.

Served to me in a snifter with about a 3/4 inch cap of white foam.

This this was oozing hoppy resins and citrus notes. The sweet floral fragrance was amazing.

Body was a bright apricot orange with a slight haziness only broken by the carbonation threads coming up from the bottom. This is exactly what a DIPA should look like.

The flavors were intense citrus, some sweet grapefruit, a bit of sweet crisp malts all tied really well together with a hint of flowery honey.

So glad this is coming out in bottles here this week.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of pearljam118
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is most likely my favorite beer. I have a case and have had it on tap 3 separate times this year so I think my review is well rounded.

A - hazy, golden yellow orange

S - Fruity, tons of pineapple. If I could give this 6 I would have

T - pineapple, very hoppy but not overkill. The 10% is hidden very very well. This beer is a perfect balance of fruitiness, hops and carbonation.

M - Sticky hops coat your mouth with a good bit of carbonation

Overall - The perfect non-west coast DIPA. Since this beer is highly hyped and reasonably available there is plenty of skeptics. But this beer doesn't let down.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Oasis Micro-pub in Rockford, IL.

A - Golden, hazy orange.

S - The honey comes in quite nicely, even though the hoppiness is also very prevalent.

T - Sweet and hoppy, like grapefruit coated in a thin layer of sugar. Alcohol is well masked, almost nonexistant, and at 10%, that's impressive. I've never had a beer quite like this one... different, but in every best possible way. Amazing.

M - Thick, not too much carbonation. That honey really makes an impact on the thickness, but not syrupy by any means.

O - Amazing, remarkable, only good things to say about this stuff. Bought a bottle that I'm saving for when I need another fix. Must-try for hop-heads and beer appreciators alike.

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

Pours a hazy golden amber with a slowly fading white head that leaves stripes of lacing all down the glass. Smell is absolutely jam packed with citrus hops, complemented by a floral aroma. The taste comes through with an absolute blast of hop flavor. Citrus and floral hops all over the place with a nice bit of pine coming through as well. The malts and honey come together to form a softly sweet backdrop for the hops to shine. It also lends to a silky, smooth mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. The tropical hop aspects linger longer than the bitterness with a sweet hop finish. I usually like my DIPAs dry as possible, but this beer, as far as I've found, is one of a kind in the way the soft sweet malt flavors blend seamlessly into the intense tropical, citrus hop flavors.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,050 ratings.
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