Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,510 Reviews
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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Reviews: 3,510 | Ratings: 12,892
Photo of CrimeDog
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this beer...
I agree, big pine and grapefruit flavors and the caramel malty backbone is great...
However, it was a little boozier than what I was expecting. I know that it's a 10 percent beer but I feel like a Simtra has a less boozy taste than this.
I think this is a great beer, but I'm not sure I'm going to drive several miles out of my way again for this....

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Photo of SixpackSlim
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been on my hit list for some time now. I was able to find a case at my local beer hub and I grabbed it all up as quick as I could. This IPA doesn't disappoint ... it's a must try .

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Photo of Terp96
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 from a can. Pours a deep amber with minimal head. Nice lacing. Smell is of sweet malt, slight bitter grapefruit and pine. Taste is exceptional. Grapefruit bitterness, malty and honey sweetness, and some piney bitter dry finish. Nice warming from the alcohol. A little boozier than I remember. Excellent.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally happy to get a sixer of this one.

Canned 01/16/17

Pours golden honey color with one finger head. Good clarity, not seeing any floaties or sediment. Head recedes to thin film.

Smell is not overly aggressive but has good dose of grapefruit, orange, cereal, and yes, I pick up the honey.

First taste is pretty sweet up front coupled with some citrusy tartness and bitterness. Can really feel the balance of the cereal sweetness and piney, citrus flavors. Some of the honey flavor comes thru too and it adds to the sweetness. Some caramel too, but for so much sweetness, the orangey and grapefruit flavors are in tune with all of it. Zero alcohol detected.

Heavier side of medium bodied, a touch syrupy and mouth coating but only a slight bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is ample for the body.

I really wanted this beer about six years ago when first getting into craft beers but never scored and stopped actively searching it out. Finally able to get some now that it seems some of its luster has faded. But I can see why people like it so much. Extremely well balanced and the honey adds a touch not normally found in the newer DIPAs. Maybe a bit overpriced but probably not so much considering it sells out so fast.

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Photo of Dhoadley
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding beer. There's just a hair more honey sweetness than I like in my IPA, but the citrus and piney tones balance it nicely. It really is a world class IPA. Enjoying tonight on draught in MI, home of Bells.

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Photo of Riff
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange color with about two fingers of white head that clings a little to the glass. Smells of malts, honey, floral notes, and citrus. Tastes of delicious. Very smooth, just a little hop bite to it, heavily citrus flavors, orange, mango, a little pine at the end, and a solid malt backbone to bring it all together. Well balanced brew. A little pricey for a six pack, okay maybe a lot pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with good foam and lacing. The smell is so nice, loaded with hops, sweet honey, pine, citrus. The taste is very very smooth, this is an IPA that I can really get into, very smooth hops and even pine bite, just a really well balance beer with nothing over the top all just working perfectly. I have to say this is one of my favorite IPA so far, just smooth and well balanced. The finish is mild and clean, very pleasing tastes and leaves you wanting another sip. Very nice beer.

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Photo of ItsRONman
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Much more floral than I remembered from a few years ago. Sticky/chewy, thick head, and the honey is odd to my taste buds but adds to the overall feel. The booziness of this beer is perfectly balanced out by the floral character and piney bite. It's solid to me mainly because it's a 10%er that doesn't lose much of its softness to the alcohol. It's big without being overwhelming. Awesome brew.

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice light color which doesnt usually scream the amount of hops that are in this one but it definitely packs a bunch. They honey really balances it out and I was happy to randomly try this in Charleston, SC.

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Photo of Chasegator
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz Tulip
Look- Golden with a light head
Smell- Citrus, hops and sweet honey and light malt. Complex.
Taste- more of the same as the nose but very crisp. Flavors of citrus and hop start with a sweet honey aftertaste.
Feel- light bodied
Overall- Fantastic beer. For the ABV this beer is very light on hops compared to other IPAs. The honey and malt add a sweet aftertaste for a very good and complex beer. Definitely worth a try for any beer lover.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden bronze with three fingers of off-white head. Leaves heavy lacing.

Piney, resiny goodness in the aroma when first cracked open, followed by a honey graham sweetness that has a relatively dry, powdery finish. Just a kiss of alcohol behind.

The taste has some of that same dry sweetness up front with a touch of tropical fruit added to the mix. There's clear alcohol throughout, with a mellow piney hop bitterness on the backend that slowly sneaks up on you.

Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, with a fairly strong astringency from the alcohol.

There's a lot going on in this one. Maybe a bit overhyped, but still excellent.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can package date 01/14/17,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.

Thick,creamy,slightly off white colored head,that stands just under 2 fingers tall.Beautiful lacing that sticks to the side of the glass.Hazy dark gold in color,with an almost orange hue.Medium clarity.Medium carbonation

On the nose I get citrus fruit notes,mango and grapefruit,along with piney hops,and some earthy malts.Maybe it's just me but I think I am getting some caramel,probably from the malts.

On the palate I get mostly bitter piney hops up front,backed by some citrus and some sweet malts on the back end to balance it out.Also getting some spices and floral flavors in the middle.

The body is on the border of thin,and medium with a good dose of oxidation on the tongue.Dry finish with a slightly chalky mouth feel.

This is a very good IPA citrus and pine on the nose,bitter hops on the palate,nice mouth feel.Not much to complain about on this one.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold, nearly amber, with a thick creamy head. The head was quite large in size, but fell quickly to form a thin white cap, slightly thicker at the edges. lacing is everywhere with this one. Completely clear, with a small amount of carbonation rising to the top. As always I get tropical fruit with these DIPAs, but the addition of honey makes this a real treat. I get undertones of grass, it's floral, piney, and bitter to go along with the fruit.

I get very little of the fruit flavors the nose promised. Instead I get heaps of pine, fresh cut grass, resin. This is the first beer I can truly call dank. I get hints of grapefruit at the beginning, and then right at the tail end, along with the honey sweetness. Right in the middle of the beer, it reminds you that it's not something to ignore, with a huge alcohol bite to accent and strengthen the piney flavors.

The beer is not as dry as I'd heard, with the honey helping keep the beer very drinkable. It's still very bitter, with the honey only there to help cut down on the bite. It's ABV is also not hidden at all, and a long with the high amount of carbonation I felt in the mouth, this beer was very light and thin bodied, but never in flavor. While IPA still isn't one of my favorite styles, I am glad I was able to try this giant of the craft world. I would buy again.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden bronze in color 1 inch white thick head
Smell: big malt along with someone shoving and entire bouquet of wild flowers into ur nose
Taste: big malt, ethanol and than your chewing on flowers... and more flowers
Feel: big carbination, medium to heavy body... a big double ipa that's a little hard to drink past the first beer.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before. Orange to amber in color, moderately opaque. One finger of fluffy white foam with good retention. Aroma is floral, earthy, citrus. The taste follows, some citrus and pine from the hops. Big floral, herbal, earthy flavors. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, creamy. Moderately bitter finish, with slight alcohol heat. Very good.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange into a tulip, two-inch white head, spotted lacing left behind. Smells of pine, resin, fruit woods, dried citrus peel. New leather and and iced tea mix. Taste is malt forward, followed by bitter (almost acrid) hops. Very strong black pepper on the tongue, almost overpowering. Nice mouthfeel, fine carbonation, smooth. Taste just doesn't do it for me, left with just a harsh, burned flavor to me. Will try again, though.

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Photo of slowhand50
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First experience with Hopslam today. Big first taste, nice finish. Not alcohol forward like some 10 percenters. Starts strong and gets better in the glass. Deserving of its accolades.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/11/2017. Poured into snifter glass. It pours hazy golden-amber with one full finger of foamy, bright-white head and lacing with nice retention. It smells of sweet malt, honey, peach, and pine. The taste is a wonderful blend of biscuit, sweet malt, bitter hops, honey, and sweet fruit. Rather than one taste at a time, it seems to all happen at once. It's absolutely delicious! This ale is medium-bodied with with a rather thick, creamy feel, with pleasant carbonation, and a punchy 10% ABV that gives it substance. Overall, this is superb DIPA, equally appropriate for casual drinking or paired with a good meal. It absolutely deserves its stellar reputation and world-class rating BA rating.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This classic pours a golden orange color with a two finger head. Smell and taste are citrus, honey, a little pine, & sweet malt. Everything melds together well for a nice smooth double, easy drinking for 10%.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear pour with a moderate persistent head
Smells faintly of sweet malt, mosaic, peach, honey
The taste matches the nose pretty well, holy crap though this has booze? Completely hidden (especially for 10%).
Slightly more viscous than anticipated, a tad but much for the style. While the booziness was hidden from the taste, you certainly can feel it warming on the backend.
Overall great stuff, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, deep orange in color. Foamy head with streak lacing. The aroma is stone fruit, butterscotch, caramel malt, and orange zest. Citrus, fruit, and floral notes in the flavor, along with some sweetness from the honey and malt. Grapefruit and some herbal qualities kick in after the initial fruit taste. A bit of hops bitterness in the aftertaste, along with some alcohol vapor. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of Philsadvns
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brew. Pretty pricey, but worth it for an occasional indulgence I guess. Looks like beautiful golden goodness, smells and tastes like the name says-hops. The honey rounds out the bitterness to make a purely smooth beer.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10oz draft pour into a snifter is a bright gold colored body floating a thin and tight white head. Lacing is consistently spotted.
Aroma is bitter hop, pine, resin, and a slight sock hint.
Flavors are citrus: lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, and bitterness. No booze heat.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and slightly dry with a bitterness left behind. Medium to high carbonation.
My pallette has definitely changed; this is easier to drink than I recall. Easy drinking and no booze heat make for a dangerous combination. Well done.

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

Unconditionally so smooth. Iam a iipa man and indulge daily....so sad i can't get it year round. Absolutely put together perfectly. Any body disagrees aint true to the brew. Peace

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Photo of Buck89
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku. A clear amber-orange color with a resilient and lasting foamy white head. The aroma was full of pine, earthy notes, oranges, and muted bready malt. This was very drinkable for such a big beer - citrus up front with a nice mix of dank, resiny flavor and pine needles. The malt is there and the slight sweetness balances against the warming on the finish.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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