Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
3,523 Reviews
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
Reviews:
3,523
Ratings:
12,980
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,651
Gots:
3,603
For Trade:
71
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Reviews: 3,523 | Ratings: 12,980
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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Photo of Artronium
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just purchased a couple of sixers from Green's in ATL for $35 and change. Thankfully they had it in stock after the other two big stores sold out. I was debating whether or not to buy some this year. In Illinois one can buy as much as one wants,but here in GA one is limited to a six.I took my Boo with me, so she could buy one for me. A few years ago The Slam was special, but now with the proliferation of DIPA's it's just OK. It's extremely balanced and crushable for 10% ABV, but it's not what it's used to be for my tainted buds. I've been ageing them regardless of what the brewer suggests. Bell's still kicks ass.

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Photo of pro45
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold in color with small white head when poured from can into pint glass. Smell is citrus, hops, tropical fruit. Taste is hops, pine, honey, grapefruit pith. heavy mouthfeel. Very good DIPA but not worth the cost of $19.99 for the six pack. Over hyped for sure. To be fair, I've not had other years variations.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden peach color.

Aroma of pear, Apple, honey, some other fruity esters, biscuit malt, and mosaic.

Flavor is otherworldly. I don't know how to describe it. So smooth yet the bitterness is still there. Hints of lemon rind, apple, and honey. Bread on the aftertaste.

Slightly hot with booze, medium bodied, creamy finish.

Overall hopslam is the expedition of IPA's. I'm not a hop head so I wouldn't pay the $18 a six pack - but it's amazing in its own right.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear golden orange, produces as a small off white head that fades away leaving a ring and a nicely laced glass.
Honey is noticeable as you pour, then some flowery hops with a hint of citrus.
Fairly sweet upfront, the honey seems to stay with this.
Surprisingly creamy and smooth.
I guess I was expecting more of a hop bomb here, but this proved to be a very smooth beer. It's boozy, but easy to to drink. This is one of those beers where I kick up the ratings as I drank it. An excellent DIPA.

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

Fresh 2016 can (within a week of shipment) poured into a pint glass.

Just going to keep this short and sweet. Everything about this beer is great. From its hazy yellow-orange glow and creamy head to its honeyed hop flavor, nothing is overpowering and the flavors just meld together perfectly. Its sweetness from the honey perfectly balances the hops that hit you in the face. I'm not a big fan of hops for the sake of hops, but this brew just sings in harmony with all of the other flavors.

The only downside is that it is seasonal and must be had fresh. Other than that, get it if you can and savor it.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love it. Every year this brew helps me through January in Ohio. The honey makes it special. I get more of a floral aroma than citrus. There always seems to be a slight menthol taste to it that I really like. It drinks so smooth and that 10% is awesome.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear gold with orange. Medium, white, lasting creamy had

Smells of citrus, honey, malt with some peppery spice and pine

Tastes sweet honey and make up front with nice citrus fades to a semi dry finish of pine/citrus and light honey.

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Photo of MickeytheK
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although gifted with plentiful hops, this is a balanced IPA that hop heads and just flavorful beer lovers will enjoy. I had this on draft, and consider it more refined than Bell's Two Hearted. Wonderful aromas of citrus and herbs, creamy mouth feel and a clean finish.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated: 1/2/17

Smell: tropical fruits peach pineapple mandarin oranges tangerine floral hops sweet malts.

Taste: really sweet upfront honey sweet carmel malts middle of the mouth some tropical fruitines oranges peach pineapple more of that honey sweetness in the finish you get a very noticeable booziness floral hops some spiceiness and a bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Feel: Full Bodied creamy. Great carbonation.

Overall: I had this beer for the first time last year and loved it but since then I've drank a lot of great beer and this just isn't the same to me anymore. this is a good beer but just doesn't hold up to the other great IPA's and double IPA's that are out there now. It's a really nice beer upfront and in the middle but the finish is a bit harsh the alchool is pretty noticeable and I'm not a fan of that. This is a good beer but not a world class one.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had 2/27/14 at home. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on every years version since college. Although it's not my favorite DIPA, it is one that I will repeatedly go back to. The honey makes it enjoyable.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice shelf hop beer. Was great to try it. Nice hop aroma. Nothing too crazy or complex going on here. Just a nice straightforward IPA. Little boozy but not to crazy.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it poured from a 12 oz. can.

A golden orangish color with about two fingers of whitish head

Smells of citrus primarily grapefruit and some honey.

The citrus blends toward a tropical taste but the honey is what lingered.

A fantastic double IPA and you don't taste the 10% until long after finishing it. Get one if you have a chance

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

A heavy dark golden appearance, very thin head on the top 1/5", retreats quickly. Aroma pushes the honey pale malt edge, for being called hopslam, there is ample sweetness evident. Dry hopping with Simcoe I don't think you see that every day?

Taste is ample hops and honey. The price is huge on these. Almost twice as much as Bigfoot, can't solve that riddle. A lot of grapefruit to the hop mouthfeel, its relatively light compared to its actual size.

Its a fun beer, but totally not worth hunting when there are usually so many good hoppy beers out there.

Pretty much the standard of the Midwest over the last decade though.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 12,980 ratings.
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