Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
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
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3,507
Ratings:
12,887
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
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Photo of sluhdrum07
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had my bud pick me up a sixer when it came into friar tucks. fearing it was sold out, i was relieved and sooo excited to get it.

appearance: nice and orange/goldenish tone, almost if not completely translucent.

smell: like a produce aisle; peach, or mango, or pineapple, or... all?

taste: reinforcing that fruit, with some more citrusy flavors. i suppose i can taste the hops...its only called hopslam. god thats good

mouthfeel: like a liquified fruit smoothie. can kinda taste the alcohol, but the array of flowery fruit pretty much kills it.

drinkability: i could drink this all day, throughout the year. i want this for the summertime but i doubt if i'll find another six and if i do that i could keep it that long.

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a light copper with an orange tint. has a hazy apearance to it. beautiful white head with picturesque lacing on the glass. head stayed throughout the beer.

S: I got slapped in the face with HOPS! A lot of it. For a beer with 10%ABV it can't be detected because you keep getting punched in the nose with all the hops.

T: Hops from start to finish. Once the beer warms up a bit you do get the alcohol warming.

D: Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth and crisp. Alcohol warming once it is swallowed.

O: A True "Hop Bomb"! If this is what you like...As Emril says "BAM!" It is good stuff

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Photo of johnd513
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. The smell is in your face HOPS! Also, pine and citrus with a huge grapefruit nose. The taste has huge citrus flavors - pinapple, orange and grapefruit with a touch of honey and alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and coats the mouth with hop oil and has perfect carbonation. Drinkability is hindered only by the high alcohol content. Overall, My absolute favorite IPA. I could drink this all day if the alcohol and price were not so high.

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Photo of stockingcpl
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours beautifully. A medium amber color with a tanish-almost-light-green foamy head. The hue is a little different, but it evokes the feeling that hops are literally force infused into this brew. Lacings are plentiful. Very interesting! I'm impressed.

Smell: Yep. Hops exude from this selection. The aroma fills the nose and is very pleasant. To a non-hop lover this may be oppressive, but to an experienced beer lover, this is truely perfume. Ahhh...wonderful!

Taste: This selection is definitely a hop heavy brew. The honey provenance of this brew is very mellow and compliments the thin malt flavor. Hops however are the namesake of this type of brew, and this particular selection meets and exceeds all expectations. This is an excellent brew for pure hops lovers. The hops used are very high alpha content selections. This appears to contain American hops. I was not able to detect English or European presence in any of the flavor components.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness of the hops immediately jumps out. I was impressed with the clean snap of flavor onset. There is a little lingering that leaves the palate a little crouded, but that would be expected from an Imperial IPA. This selection would not be acceptable to a novice drinker.

Drinkability: The flavor curve on this brew is huge. The bitterness lingers but is not really an aftertaste in character. I zoomed through this 6-pack, so I guess the drinkability is high for an experienced drinker. However....this is NOT not novice drinkers. An experienced drinker, sitting by the pool on a hot August afternoon will love this!!!! GET THIS SELECTION IF YOU SEE IT!!!!

Prosit!
Nikki

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Photo of ffejherb
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA on 1/26/09.

A - Poured a sparkling clear amber-colored body with modest carbonation and one-finger creamy off-white head that retained very well and left a web of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Hopslam opens with a pungent smack of pine with plenty of sticky, juicy citrus notes. Grapefruit in particular really jumps out. Malt? Hmmmm... sweet caramel perhaps, but it is buried under an veritable mountain of hop goodness! Subtle alcohol notes also creep out in the mix.

T - Initial taste features an abundance of juicy, bittersweet citrus with an equal amount of sticky pine. Some sweet caramel malt makes an appearance in the middle to provide a bit of relief from the onslaught of hops, followed by a a moderate alcohol sting. Finishes with a warm surge of hop bitterness featuring more pine and citrus notes, if you can believe it!

M - Medium bodied with a part oily/part syrupy texture, yet still retains quite a creamy mouthfeel overall. Hopslam is moderately carbonated, resulting in some tongue prickle, and also emits plenty of alcohol warmth across the palate. Finish is unabashedly bitter with a long-lasting duration. It's almost like getting your tongue pricked with pine needles and then sprinkled with grapefruit juice!

D - Hopslam on draft. I've been waiting for the better part of two weeks to finally try this on draft, and it did not disappoint! Simply one of the best DIPAs out there. The alcohol presence knocks the drinkability down just a tad, but otherwise it drinks pretty good for 10%, don't it?!

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two inch light tan head that has great retention and beautiful lacing. This beer pours a golden yellow/light orange color

S- Hops fill the room as you pour this beer, its hard to smell anything else. There are lots of piny and citrusy aromas that float off this beer. Great fruit is the most detectable sent also some oranges and lemon. This beer smells like a pine tree that grows oranges, lemons and great fruit. I want the tree that this juice came from. Also lots of caramel sweetness and hints of honey.

T- Waves of honey and citrus juice play on the tongue. Oranges, great fruit and lemons, also some piny bitterness. This is a very hoppy beer but the sweet malt gives it a great balance. Lots of caramel sweetness comes through but then is overtaken by hops, but tries to come through again. Its like a battle between Hops and sweet malty flavors in my mouth and I can't tell which side I want to win. In the end the hops win and I am left with some nice piny bitterness and holds on to each taste bud. Go Hops!

M- This is a mouth coating beer the maltiness coats your mouth then the hop oil clings on. Pretty thick every part of your mouth will feel this beer, perfectly carbonated.

Overall- This is an great beer, there are not many subtleties to it but that's ok, lots of flavor great body and awesome hop character. This is one of my favorite DIPAs.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings posted are for BATCH #8277
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GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH #9505 (01-05-10) 4 Months old at review (05-11-10)

Appearance is the same as the one-year old bottle, reviewed below. Still beautiful and impressive.

The nose has a bit more piney hops presence, but that's about the only real difference. Still has a big, sweet, malty presence to back up all of that hoppiness.

Yes, this is quite a bit hoppier than the year-old bottle that I previously had. Lots of big notes of pine tar blend in with the big malty sweetness. At this point though, the hops are still overpowering the sweetness, quite a bit.

I find this body to be not as thick and sticky as my previous bottle. I don't know if that's because of the aging or if it's a recipe tweak. Still medium-bodied and Medium-to-high level of carbonation, which gives it a nice touch of creaminess.

This is nicely drinkable. It is a slight bit too out of balance for me to enjoy all of the time though.
Honestly, I think that I prefer the one-year old version a bit more. It has more balance and is easier to drink. Looks like I'll be leaving my other couple of bottles in the cellar!
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BATCH #8277(01-09-08) This one is a year old. I'll review a fresh one, once I can track down a bottle. Someday....

Nice, hazy, dark golden honey colored liquid. Two-finger head of thick off-white colored foam. Great retention and thick, sticky lacing.

Nice citrus hops are still big with this one. Orange and grapefruit, mostly. Hint of pine. Nice caramel malt presence, now. Nice floral quality.

Hops have definitely mellowed out. Quite abit, I'd guess. Still has a nice piney/grapefruity quality. Also has quite the caramel malt backbone, now. It's really a very balanced beer, right at this point. The honey is easily detectable, also, and I find it to be a very nice component in this brew.

Good solid medium body. Almost sticky, the way it coats your mouth. Traces of it stay there, even after you swallow, then slowly make their way down your throat.

At this age, I find this to be a super drinkable beer. Very well balanced and all around tasty.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into the flying fish brewing glass. I wanted to dive right into this one and not waste any time or hops.

A- Bells Hopslam comes out of the bottle a light tan color and settles into the glass with a impressive medium orange with gold & bronze highlights. It appears very transparent and upon a closer view small microdots of sediment are seen floating throughout. The one inch deep white head was impressive and creamy causing much foam & dense lacing.

S- Is out of the world piney and citrusy hops up front with honey and a slightly bittering charm. Grapefruit smells explode into the nostrils as well as grassy scents. A pleasure to smell for some time to allow some warming.

T- Hops on top of hops and so forth giving off some floral aspects. Picking up a nice amount of the honey used in this as well. This beer lives up to it's name. Some malts to combine with that honey. As with many DIPA's the grapefruits, mangos and other fruits are also leading the pack. Hopslam gets a bit sweeter with time resulting in more honey. This beer deserves all the accolades it gets.

M- This goes down smooth throughout the 12oz and finishes on the dry side.The honey helps the slight lack of malt to help offset the hops without drowning them. A bit of a slick oily presence to it. Very drinkable at 10% & a hop profile this huge. Alcohol is a non-factor in this case. Medium bodied with good carbonation ad every sip is an eye-opener.

D- I would go through a few of these before it caught up with me but it would be a beautiful ride. A bit on the pricey side but what isn't these days. I would love to drink this occasionally throughout the year but that's impossible without the hops fading after 6 months. Perhaps brewing this twice a year would be a solution.

One of the top tier double IPA's in my eyes.

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

Golden with orange tinge. 3cm off-white head.

Lots of citrus on the nose and some pine. Not as much floral notes as many west coasters, but very nice. Well, perhaps it is floral... But not in the same way. Light, bright, citrus fruits.

Coats the palate nicely. Some malt backbone and a bit of a grainy taste, but the citrus hops dominate with a little bitterness at the end. Much less than expected. There is sweetness, even beyond what's suggested from the malts. Not a super clean flavor as with Pliny the Elder, but still very nice.

A bit sticky. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated with medium-sized bubbles.

This is rather drinkable. Very inviting hop profile, but the lack of a clean palate limits its refreshing qualities. The sweetness and lack of a bitter bite make it even more drinkable.

An impressive brew. I think I like it more than the Dreadnaught IPA from Three Floyds, but there is likely to be a side-by-side (maybe with Buckeye '76) in the future. Plenty of interesting hop character, but I think the slight over-reliance on sweetness detracts from the beer - makes it a bit too accessible at the expense of excellence. Nonetheless, it is a great beer.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped off the top and immediately the aroma of orangey hops fills the air.

A - Quarter inch head which fades in half and sticks around for the whole ride, cloudy orange hue, very slight sediment can be seen if looked at closely.

S - Very pungent orangey hoppiness, slightly smoky brown sugar malts.

T - Taste starts out with an oily hoppiness and sweet brown sugary malts. Hops get much sweeter and get a more orangey and citrusy flavor, along with a dryer, toastier, smokier malt flavor. Finish leaves an orangey bitterness with a bit of brown sugar.

M - Medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.

D - Alcohol aside, this beer is a bit lighter drinking than some double IPAs. Overall though the flavor is completely original and the aromas are great.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little nervous walking into this beer. As a longtime fan of 2 Hearted the idea of bells making a "seriously hoppy beer" left me... well... concerned.

The smell. Grapefruit. Yup. Grapefruit and lots of it.

The first drink I was really expecting something painfully tart and hoppy. But it was remarkably smooth and floral. Very smooth indeed.

Would I get it again? I'm not sure, in my humble opinion this is probably one of the best hoppy beers that I've ever had. With that said... 16.99 a 6-pack? Hrm... I'll stick with good ole' 2 hearted for now.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness stamp on case 1/6/09. Into a Chouffe tulip glass...

A - Bright orange body with off tannish head. Two fingers of head, that leaves some lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit. I mean lots. Pine and resin round out the big hops. American pale malt keeps the aroma light and focused on the fruits. Quite the celebration of hops.

T - If you like hops, this is the beer for you. Hop bite kicks my ass from start to finish. The honey seems to be doing a good job keeping the malt profile dry, with only a small amount of toastiness coming through. Strong grapefruit seems to dominate every flavor in this beer, whether sweet, tart or bitter. Burn in the finish reminds me that this is in fact a 10% APV brew.

M/D - The body is light enough to drink more than one.. as long as you don't have anywhere to do... This is what it is, a big celebration of hops. I'm kinda curious what the malt in this beer tastes like, wonder if any will make it long enough to tell me... If you are looking for balance, go somewhere else. Impressive how many different flavors the hops do pull off here, so cheers to that!

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper-orange color that is crystal-clear. Finger-and-a-half of off-white head that lingered for quite some time. Left rings of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Right out of the bottle the smell is immediate grassy and piney hops. In the glass, grapefruit aromas dominate, backed by the grassy hops.

Taste: Strong grapefruit flavors hit the pallet first, with a blast of bitter, grassy hops. Both the grapefruit sweetness and the bitterness of the hops linger for quite a while, providing a nice balance to the beer. The two flavors complement eachother exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick for an IPA, which is good. Body is heavy enough to stand up to the strong flavors. Nicely carbonated as well. Perfect.

Drinkability: This beer absolutely surpasses the hype. It is an absolutely phenomenal beer, and has become my favorite IPA. I don't know if this is supposed to be part of the review or not, but the *only* thing knocking down the drinkability is the price. 18 dollars for a six-pack is a bit prohibitive, despite how good the beer is. Other then that, there is very little I can criticize from this beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sipping this on tap at the
Flying Saucer while typing this out on my crack berry.

The beer is presented in a 10oz globe style glass. This beer pours a dangerously hazy honey-orange with a huge 3 inch head that left, surprisingly, very little lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of west coast citrus with east coast pine. Unfortunately, there really isn't any distinct fruits available in the nose, like with so many Diva's. The flavor is amazing. This beers flavor sums up what I'm always looking for on the first sip of a DIPA. Huge blasts of mango and peaches with some grapefruit trying to wiggle its way forward in the flavor profile. Absolutely magnificent. Also the malt backbone really adds a subtle sweetness the background of the hops. The mouthfeel is everything I want in a DIPA. Full and resiny, leaving a distinctly piney residue on the palate. All I can say is, Larry Bell, take a bow.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden with slight head.

Smells of grassy/floral hops. Cascade if I'm not mistaken.

Tastes of glorious Cascade hops. Enough malt to keep it balanced, but the hops come through nicely.

Good Mouthfeel.

This was my first bottle of HopSlam and I found it quite enjoyable. I'm not the prototypical Hop Head, but enjoyed it none the less. Highly recommend.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.

A: Pours a yellowish hue of amber with a frothy white head when pouring vigorously that reduces down....lots of lacing on the glass.

S: lots of sweet citrus and lots of hops! the alcohol scent can be barely noticed

T: definitely a hop SLAM...the flavor is dominated by sweet hops with some slight notes of the alcohol and a nice bitter finish that mellows more as it warms

M: very well balanced between being thin enough to be refreshing but creamy enough to feel full bodied

D: super easy to drink, i'd probably throw a lot of these back without realizing it and then get hit with the booze...i've even found myself craving one during the day and my mouth waters

love this beer, it's definitely one of my favorite DIPAs and favorite beers overall

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Photo of jpaltan
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colored with a thick head that persists (even from a growler). smell is all hops - grapefruit and citrus. a little nose of biscuit in the back too. taste is a bit sweet up front, then the hops come in and balance and then back to a sweetness in the finish. notes of citrus, especially lemon and grapefruit fill this beer. alcohol is well hidden for 10%. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy yet has plenty of carbonation.

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

Wow. What a beer. Its hard for me to write a clear-headed review, But I'll give it a shot. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Golden orange color, slightly hazy with a slight off white head. Lacing is thick as I drink it down.

S- The name is accurate, you get a big whiff of citrusy hops. Grapefruit overtones bring the sweetness to it.

T- This beer kind of threw me off, as I expected overwhelming bitterness from the hops, but the first flavor I get is almost sweet, followed immediately by the syrupy pine flavor that I love. Such an outstanding mixture of flavors.

M- Pretty much a medium bodied beer, without too much bite from the carbonation. Really nice feel.

D- The only problem I see with the drinkability of Hopslam is that you want to keep drinking it until the 10% smacks you in the face. My new favorite DIPA!

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a fridge temp bottle into a room temp glass.

A lacy, off-white head floats atop a honey/amber colored body. Beautifully translucent. Head recedes after a minute but leaves a curtain of lace and spiderwebs behind.

Smells like pine sap infused with citrus juices. These aromas almost overpower faint scents of honey and malt.

The hops are HUGE! Pine and citrus explode in the mouth leaving behind a detritus of sweet honey creamy malt.

This is a great beer, so I feel almost guilty when I want the mouthfeel to be thicker. I understand that it isn't a stout, but because it is so freakin' good, I want it to be thicker and to linger on the tastebuds. Too bad...

I could drink these all day. Or, I could drink them all day if the 10% abv didn't put me to sleep after a sixer.

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Photo of jrw5061
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly golden colored. Good half inch head on top. good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet, malty, citrusy, piney. This beer smells absolutely amazing.

T: Taste is exceptional. It starts out a little sweet and malty and then finishes w/ a bitter citrus piney taste. This beer is perfectly balanced. The taste of the honey comes through and helps to blend all of the flavors through perfectly.

M: Medium body. A little creamy feeling.

D: Very drinkable beer. At 10% and with a truckload of hops this beer will knock you out if you drink too many though. I saw it happen last night.

Bottom Line: This is one special brew. I think it is my new favorite DIPA. I was scared it wouldn't live up to the hype but i can certaintly say that it does and possibly surpasses it. If you can get your hands on this beer definitely pick up a case while supplies last. It's worth every penny even at 60 dollars a case. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big white chunky fluffy head with excellent retention... Hazy orange honey color... Slight very slow distinctive carbonation...

S - Sweet citrus scents dominate... Tangerine... Lemon... Grapefruit... Orange... Pineapple... Piney hops... A faint hint of honey...

T - Piney hops are front and center and then rise in intensity until they crescendo and the alcohol takes center stage... A subtle earthy tone then comes to the surface... The taste lasts well after the swallow... The citrus scents which were noted in the smell are extremely mild and subtle in terms of taste... Exactly what one would should expect from a brew with such a name...

M - Medium bodied with a lush creaminess... Crisp... Smooth carbonation... A slight warmth and burn from the high ABV... The hops bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth and throat... Not as oily as many of the style which is a nice surprise... A faint smokiness is detected as part of the aftertaste...

D - BOOM - A definitive hop bomb... I was slightly disappointed as I expected a slightly more well balanced brew based on the hype, but that doesn't detract from the stellar craftmanship...

Note - I absolutely love the label...

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Photo of Pamola
4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beaut in a trade from d0b. thanks to him for something new and exciting.

A: Poured into a tulip with one finger tight little head. It dissipates very quickly but leaves more than lacing. closer to a foam caking than lacing. very very nice. Color is a brilliant golden with a little haze (could be chill haze).

S: Absurdly strong and singly citrus hop aroma. Don't really know what to say other than straight up grapefruit. Despite how delicious it smells, I don't know how something so unbalanced could be rated so high in general.

T: Starts straight bitter then the grapefruit creeps in, ending in a sublime honey sweetness. Balance isn't as as crazily skewed as the aroma. Slightly over the top but really damn tasty.

M: Little thin upfront but rounds out a little. Any activity on the tongue or palate is due to alpha acids burning your face off.

D: Dunno really how to come at this one. I know it's a very popular brew and it is in fact tasty but I wouldn't want it often simply because it doesn't seem like something i could drink more than 2 of without Tums or whatever kind of exoskeleton allowed the alien to have acid blood. What can I say. Tasty, fruity, and intense but very unbalanced.

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

A peachy grapefruit flower punch to your traditional understanding of an IIPA. Definitely more of a citrus taste than last year. One of the best beers I have every had. For $16 a six pack, it better be. I wish there was a way to store and cellar this beer so that it could last until next year's release.

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Photo of slammgrass
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Hopslam immediately brings thoughts of wildflower honey, bitter soapy hops, and the pith of an overripe clementine. Slightly medicinal tasting. Thick mouthfeel, but astringent and clean. Orange golden hue like viscous unfiltered honey; beautiful hue. Heavy body, warming. Notes of brown sugar, turmeric, molasses, whiskey on the nose. Not to be missed. If you are a fan of the Bell's brewing style, do not miss this beer. At 10%, I'm about half-way through my pint, and feeling it.

Poured into a glass on 1.24.09
Excellent lacing, retained about ΒΌ" of head, maintained about 1/16" of an inch of head throughout the pint. Would not miss this on draft, as I'm sure it would be a knock-out.

Cheers Bell's for another amazing brew.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Bell's and was really excited to try this one out. Thank you Bell's for continuing the seasonal in a terrible hop market.

Pours pale yellow with rigorous, velvety head that stays intact. Nose is astringent, sweet, grassy, piney, citrusy hops. The honey is unmistakable. The taste is more honey, with an almost-soapy astringency and a candy sweetness. The bitterness is so well balanced by the honey; where so many good IPAs trail off into a metallic aftertaste, this one stays beautiful throughout. Feels thick and tasty, and leaves a bit of a sweet sticky film on your lips.

I've heard Dreadnaught comparisons and they are valid. I think I prefer this one; it retains more of the astringency and bitterness of the style. This is my new 2nd favorite IPA (Pliny stays on top).

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 12,887 ratings.
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