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Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
Ranking:
#147
Reviews:
3,532
Ratings:
13,092
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,684
Gots:
3,659
Trade:
69
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Ratings: 13,092 |  Reviews: 3,532
Photo of garuda
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Bright, hazed golden with a white head that retains and laces fairly well considering the abv.

S - Pine hops up front with a honey, caramel sweetness backing it up. Pineapple and mangos come out as it warms a bit.

T - Substantial tropical fruit hop flavoring comes through up front with pineapple, with a rich honey malt backbone, and finishing with a blast of resinous pine hops. I'm not sure how this could really be improved in any way.

M - Close to a full body with ample carbonation. Smooth, creamy, slick mouthfeel with accumulating hop oils and honey coating the mouth.

D - Wow, I never even got a hint of the abv. The use and execution of the honey to create balance is both unique and performed perfectly. The hops provide an abundance of flavor and while the bitterness is there, it never becomes overwhelming. Absolutely lives up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz can into tulip. Canned on January 23rd 2017.

L: Lighter amber color, like honey. Slightly hazy. Two finger fluffy white head. Great retention and amazing lacing.

S: Strong notes of honey, strong floral hop presence. Good malt backbone as well.

T: WOW. Hopslam is an apt name. Rich and complex, perhaps the most complex DIPA I have had to date. (Including Pliny The Elder). Rich oils, Grapefruit, peppery notes. Then the Alcohol takes charge. Warms nicely. Finish is well balanced with the honey and malt.

F: Slightly syrupy but not too much, dulls a decent carbonation by a hair, light-medium body, slick from the hop oils. Warming and semi-dry.

O: Was pretty hyped for this beer and I have to say I was blown away. This was absolutely amazing. Wow. Well done Bell's.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: HopSlam pours a slightly hazy tangerine-copper with a creamy ecru-colored head that sticks around a while, retains well, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Good appearance for a DIPA, but not a world-beater.

S: The aroma, however, is pretty awesome. The honey is detectable as a background element, but the main attractions are the juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas that explode out of my glass.

T&M: Tons of tropical fruit, citrus, and slightly piney hop flavors here. Absolutely explosive flavor, even now in June. A delicate sweetness from the honey is what really masks the alcohol to me. The maltiness is lightly sweet and cookie-like, though it serves as a light background for the insane hop flavor. The finish is long, drying, and makes me salivate for more. Body is medium to full with a silky feel that's not syrupy or overly resinous and sticky. Very smooth feel.

D: By far the most drinkable DIPA I've had. In fact, this would be quaffable for a standard IPA. Despite its 10% ABV, this beer goes down incredibly easily. Hopslam satisfies hopheads, but will also likely convert many "non-believers" to the incredible potential of highly hopped beers.

Many thanks to mikereaser for allowing me to enjoy this incredible beer.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Clear copper color.
s: super floral and citrusy. Had hints of lemon, orange (not like gross orange like a winter beer but like the actual fruit orange)
t: Simply amazing. Perfect balance of citrus and hops. And the hops weren't bitter. They felt smooth and present.
M: Again, very smooth. I could swish it around and not have any negative feelings. The carbonation was also perfect: not too much not too little.

Overall quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. Super fruity with the hints of lemon and orange but also had the bitterness I love (and a smooth bitterness at that). This is the only beer I've ever ordered twice on the same night.

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Photo of bsp77
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy honey-gold with white head and nice layers of lacing.

Smell: Mango, sweet orange, grapefruit, peach, honey and pepper. Quite complex.

Taste: Exceedingly hoppy with orange, mango, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Nice counterbalance of semi-sweet mead-like malts. Considering how hoppy this beer is, the finish is surprisingly only slightly bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body from the honey, extremely smooth and creamy with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable and very dangerous at 10%. Hoppy beers do not get much better than this.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Like stepping into a hop field! HUGE I mean HUGE aromatics. The biggest whiff of the freshest hops I have ever smelled, seriously. Tons of chlorophyll. Like rubbing freshly cut grass between your hands when there turning green. Grape skin aroma with a ,now bare with me, a kinda body odor smell, yes like B-O. But not disgusting.

Appearance: Very clear. Golden in color with a slight off white head retention.

Flavor: Huge sweetness from the crystal malts balanced with a citrus hop flavor and smothered in a piney hop bitterness that dominates.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied ale.

Overall Impression: I've been waiting for this beer for a long time now. WOW! Huge hoppy beer. Not over done, though. Still perfectly balanced. FRESH HOPS!! I couldn't stop appreciating the aroma. This is why Bell's is my favorite. Now, go pick up a sixer and enjoy this amazing beer. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?

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Photo of HopsSlayer
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Laec
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seppe6
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Forb
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ifixufly
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BrettRybski
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mbfolk
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Rfiola
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnscooper
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MikesnoHSL
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of HardTarget
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Great label! Dude getting the hop body slam, sign me up. Honey! This just keeps getting better. 10% abv.! Talk dirty to me. Indecipherable date code?!! I take back half the fantasies I've had about you.

Aroma: Flowers, you shouldn't have. They smell green and fresh with a definite Rose aroma. Juicy grapefruits too, with some key lime and apricot, hop oils just dripping. Ok, you've got my attention.

Appearance: Murky glass shows a tan blonde body leaving wavy white lace as it passes that forms a thin curtain.

Flavor: Pretty much what it shows on the label. There's a real "wow" to the amount of big bodied hops that fall on you. The stunningly great thing here is there is so little bitter, just a twist of lime peel at the end. The hop flavor is just massive! West Coast kind, all citric. There is a flash of malt in the finish, which is really holding the package together. Scary, I just remembered the abv, but only after feeling the alcohol hit my system after 3 greedy pulls. There is a green tea aspect here too, which may be my association with the honey. A pithy Orange Juice flavor comes in once I start to acclimate.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light, carbonation medium and at an enjoyable level, the texture slick and the beer goes very dry in the finish where I'm starting to catch a little alcohol tastes.

Overall Impression: Scary. There must be an entire 17 ft. hop plant in this bottle. The flavor is just amazing; I'm reminded of Two Hearted Ale. Takes that hard to scratch alpha acid spot and leaves it raw and satisfied.
Seek: consume fresh.

Thanks to icefisherman for the trade.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look - looks delicious, golden color with 3 inches of white head.
smell - not too much aroma but you get the honey and citrus.
taste - citrus and honey and it has a sweet start and bitter finish.
feel - medium body, balanced well with the sweet and bitterness.
overall - damn good beer.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Hopslam 2014

ABV: 10%

Appearance - Nothing of note here. Apears like any IPA you'd expect.

Smell - Floral with a nice bit of evergreen. Definite presence of honey.

Taste - This is where you can appreciate the greatness of this ale. Reminded me
of Bell's Two Hearted on steroids, with better balance. The honey and malt really balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. The maltiness provides a slightly heavier mouthfeel than most IPAs.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of schris
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It had been a while since I had Hopslam - probably five or six years. Living in Chicago now, it was easily accessible, so I have sampled it many times this (2014) season. First off, I am not sure whether it's a difference in this year's batch, or whether my palate has changed, but this beer does not strike me as deserving of its name. "Slam" isn't the word that comes to mind - more like a big wet kiss. The nose is boozy and dripping with fruit and honey. The hops are present in the mix, but this beer is extraordinarily well-balanced, and has a sweetness to each element - nose, body, and finish - that really appeals to me.

I have had it from the bottle, from a snifter, a pint glass, a tulip glass, and I would drink it out of a paper cup if I had to. It pours a misty golden color, with a minimal head that quickly dwindles to a faint spiderweb. Smelling brings some hops, but again, a touch of sweet honey to smooth it out. Just the right amount of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is like a light syrup. It tastes magical, the Platonic ideal of a honey-brewed IPA, imperial or otherwise. But that sweet touch really distinguishes it, making it incomparable, to my mind, with some of the other great imperial pales I've had - Heady Topper, Abrasive, Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf. Highly recommended, but drink it fresh to keep as much of the hop presence as you can - if you're out of market and thinking about trading for it in 2014, do it now.

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4.76/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jmiah22
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hrking
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this last year and tought it was so so but I must say my pallette must be maturing because I absolutely loved this years offering..Helping was the fact this is FRESH..This had a cat piss litterbox nose but when you drink it the clean hops jump right out at you with a surprising easy drinkibility..Not over the top on anything and this delivers a clean freshness...Like walking outside on a ski slope with pines around fresh air. The alcohol is WELL HIDDEN and you can find yourself in trouble in a hurry at almost 10% and the easy drinkibility of this one! AWESOME..Hats off Larry you nailed this one!

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,092 ratings
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