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

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4.43
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Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Thanx to Paul B. (WV). Bottle dated 12/29/11. Consumed 2/6/12.

A: Deep orange honey coloring with a semi-dense clarity. A slight frothy light beige head sits atop with a moderate rate of retention. Inside a slow rise of spacious carbonation, outside on the glass a thin broken ring of lace.

S: The aroma was of sweet honey-pine with some dry grassy notes. Have to be honest was expecting much more pungency here. Moderate complexity, the honey definitely adds some balance and some sweetness to the dry citrusy mixture, while hints of lemon grind linger about though the strength was refrained.

T: Ah here comes the hops. Nice pungent bitterness that cant be held back any longer. The honey, once again shows up adding some balance and sweetness in intermittent bursts before being overtaken by the piney-grass bitterness. Respectable amount of bitterness though is refined and smoothed out by the honey makes this easy to enjoy. Toasty honey malt, spicy bite of citrus with a nice leave of grapefruit/pine bitterness.

M: spicy of citrus, medium bodied but thickens up on longer holds. Sticky hop oils and slick malt lingers behind.

O: Overall a well balanced dipa with a unique influence of honey balances this out for a remarkable, yet smoothing and respectable hop bitterness that is easy and very enjoyable to down. Had a wow moment when realizing this was 10%abv. Just a remarkably smooth and easy dipa especially at this level. The honey no doubt adds a higher OG and ABV% while still maintaining a good balance of sweetness and malt level with the hops. Nicely formatted by style.

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Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden orange with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy soapy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sheets of chunky soapy white lacing are left coating the glass.

Dank oily earthy hop aroma that's bursting with sweet citrus notes. There's also a prominent earthy pine presence as well as a bit of honey alongside a subtle malt profile in the nose.

Chewy resinous medium body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with an explosion of juicy luscious dank hops. The hops are uber fresh and provide a slightly bitter dryness that lingers troughout into a slightly hot finish. There is a very prominent citrus fruit presence with hints of mango, pineapple, lemon and orange peel. A sweet honey character comes through mid-palate, complimenting the sweetness of the citrus notes and adding to the fullness of the palate. The sweetness is balanced by a dry earthy pine presence. Maltiness is very subtle but contributes to the amazing complexity and balance of this excellent beer. Nas mentioned above their is a bit of alcohol heat toward the end of the palate but overall the high ABV is excellently masked, making this beer dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

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

on tap at the Barley House tonite into a snifter.

(A)- Pours that semi hazy golden orange hue that I look forward to every year. Produced a nice white foamy head that stuck around for a bit. Lacing all over the place.

(S)- A simple, yet eventful aroma profile. Dry, yet citrusy hops with sweet honey like malts combine to make a great smelling DIPA.

(T)- Just like the smell. An awesome blend of citrusy resin-like hop profile with sweet honey and a dry finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, and not overly bitter. Sweet, yet fruity in a citrus sense.

(D)- There are great DIPAs out there and this, each and every year when this comes out, it continues to prove itself to be one of the best. Not overly hoppy or overly sweet, but really a happy medium and balance of the two creating something that is just damn right tasty. Everyone has their favorites, preferences, and opinions, but for me, this is the pinnacle of the style.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled DFH pint glass. Beautiful amber/orange color. Short but fluffy white head, which quickly dissipates to this white collar. Lots of minuscule bubbles and excellent sticky lacing throughout the experience. On the nose, the initial scent is a lovely pink grapefruit with floral hints, followed by sweet papaya (must be the honey). On the palate, the flavor profile replicates yet intensifies the olfactory sensations. Nice full mouthfeel -- not chewy per se, but ample and all-encompassing. Virtually no alcohol burn. The finish is long and sweet, yet balanced -- meaning that there is enough malt and alcohol present to extend the finish, without any of the elements (the sweetness from the honey, the pine from the hops, the malt, or the burn of alcohol) overpowering or dominating the experience. Just a long, steady, well integrated finish all the way through. Hard to believe that anyone could actually plan for this to happen -- seems more like a coincidental miracle of divine artwork than anything designed by human hands. All in all, a tremendous experience. This beer is truly unique. I've certainly never had anything else quite like it.

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

A: Orange/gold color. Poured a 3 finger billowy white head with excellent retention. Laced in big sticky gops that slowy coated the inside of the glass.

S: Big citrus (lemon peel) and grapefruit. Sweet caramel malt. Pine fouindation.

T: Big citrus again along with assorted fruits. More distinct caramel note then powerful bittering hops in the finish.

M: Medium to full body. Well-balanced carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Good balance overall.

D: ABV alone may limit drinkability, but can't go wrong with flavor and balance.

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

*I cellared a bottle of the 2010 vintage that I opened at the same time. Note that my review and score is based on the 2011 vintage. More below*

2011: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Clean amber in color, like the tail end of a sunset. The head was pretty impressive up front, with an easy 1.5 finger retention. Sticky lacing coated the glass.

S: Easily one of the most inviting noses of any beer I've had the pleasure to consume from a bottle. Citrus through and through - complex notes of toasty, fresh hops and just peeled grapefruit.

T: Hops! Bitter, smoky hop oil immediately attacks the palate and assaults the buds. A hot sauce type of tingling follows, as if eating a raw hop pellet.

M: Nice carbonation, though I could have done with a slightly creamier presentation. Rich and weighty in the mouth and on the tounge.

D: I can't sit here and say I'd have more then one or two in a sitting, as is quite a big beer that deserves to be sipped and enjoyed over time. I let mine open up over a few hours and didn't feel the need for a second.

Overall: I really do look forward to this beer, and it again lived up to my expectations. It is certainly worth seeking out, though I do honestly believe I've had DIPA's that are just as good if not (possibly) better.

DRINK IT FRESH - see below

2010: From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Exceedingly cloudy and murky. Not what I was expecting in the slightest. The head certainly died a bit quicker then the 2011, and the lacing was sticky, but not as abundant.

S: By far the biggest difference between the two vintages. Orange soda and honey. Zero hops. If blindfolded, I might say it had the essence of a Canadian Ice wine.

T: Certainly maltier. The honey really comes out. Reasonable hints of hops considering it's a year old, but nowhere near the level of the 2011.

M: Oddly thick. I can tell it has lost some of it's carbonation over the last 365, though it is certainly not what I would call flat.

D: Slightly above average. To be honest, this came off like a mediorce Belgian style Tripel as it warmed. Now I love a good tripel, but this wouldn't be considered one of them.

Overall: I'm really glad I kept this one around for a year to compare. I have been looking forward to this for a while and now know first hand that HopSlam, without question and regardless of storage conditions, is a beverage best served fresh.

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

A: Poured with moderate head, beautiful lacing, color is light orange.

S: Nose is incredibly fresh with citrus, pine, grassy and light floral notes.

T: Taste is dry with grapefruit and pineapple, right upfront, some pine and floral notes and nice honey feel and sweetness ont he back.

M: Well balanced, booze is masked with flavor

O: Freakin as good or better than I recall it two years ago!

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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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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

From a freshly tapped keg, hops, hops, hops in the aroma and flavor balanced with liberal malt and alcohol. As the keg ages the hops die down and the malt moves forward. Find a fresh keg and drink your fill. Its a beautiful beer - brilliant gold, medium body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nomasnomore for sharing this bottle with me. Bottled on 2/2/12. Poured into Tulip. Poured a nice golden honey color with just a thin cap of white head that had minimal retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice blast of piney hops upfront, and a bit of malty sweetness noticeably supporting it. The hops were also at the forefront on the tongue, very tart and well defined pine, with some citrus in the background.

The body was nicely full and smooth, and was fairly well balanced across the tongue. Drinkability was very good, this is a rare ImpIPA I'd drink a few of at a time. Overall, one of the rare beers that actually lives up to it's hype. For me, this is a much better beer than the even more hyped PtE. Worth seeking out.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm orange body that is dense with lots of tiny bits swirling around like a hop snow globe. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles keeping everything stirred up. There is a thick creamy off-white head that last and last. It looks like there is a slight hop oil yellow hue to it but that might just be wishful thinking.

S- The smell of big green grassy hops has a bold pineapple smell with some smooth floral notes and a faint herbal tea hint. This smell is all about the hops but it has a great complexity.

T- The slightly sweet candy sugar hint at the beginning reminds me of a nice Triple but it is quickly overtaken by a big juicy green hop flavor. It has notes of fresh cut grass, grapefruit and a nice bitter pine hop finish. The bitterness keeps growing after the sip for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a great hop flavor with lots of depth and hop flavor is balanced by hop bitterness, while both are being enhanced by a slight sweet malt flavor. This taste like a splash of triple and a load of hops.

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

A: Clear amber color with a 2 finger head.

S:Fruity and citrusy hops with slight honey scent.

T: The honey takes away a lot of the hop bitterness and also makes the 10%abv go down really smooth. Probably one of the smoothest 10%abv beers I have drank.

M: Smooth with Medium carbonation

D:Some will say its too strong but I feel its highly drinkable. This beer hides the 10% ABV like a 7% ABV beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/30/11 bottling. Thanks to Jakers90 for this one

A: Golden-orange, slight haze. One finger tight head

S: Hops waft off of this one right from the pour. Juicy citrus, slightly vegetal and spicy. A bit of sweet cereal malt.

T: Surprisingly malt-driven on the initial sip. Bready, slightly sweet. Lots of hops follow, mostly earthy and spicy here, with a bit of bitter grapefruit. Finish is strongly bitter, but well balanced by the malt.

M: Full mouthfeel, but not heavy. This much hops bitterness in the finish could easily go highly astringent, but there's not much of that at all. Great, long linger.

O: Exceptional balance. Dangerously drinkable 10%. If there were a bit more hops aroma, I'd call this a nearly perfect IIPA.

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

Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA. My comments on drinkability are taken from my comments on the bottled version.

A: The ale is an auburn orange color with a thick 1 finger head. The head is not too impressive by leaves a bit of lacing in the glass.

S: The aroma is a big, sweet piney hop. The fruity aroma of the hops are big and bold, leaving exciting hints of things to come.

T: The hops leap off the tastebuds like a harvest ale. They are so fresh-tasting and intense that words almost fall short in describing them. The hops are very fruity, with tangerine and apricot flavors and a strong piney presence. The hop bitterness is intense upfront and rarely fades in the mouth. The malts are not meant to stand out here and they don't. They do, however, provide a strong grainy foundation for the hops to shine. This ale is why the good Lord made humulus lupulus.

M: The mouthfeel is unlike most other DIPAs. The hops are do fresh, vibrant and intense that they are delicious from first sip to last.

D: The 9.3% abv is tough and those hops will strip your taste buds but you'll love every second of it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Please note: I only rate by whole numbers as per my rating system in my journal)

Bottle date 1/10/13, poured into a Nonic today 1/22/13

Aroma- Lots of citrus- grapefruit and orange comes to mind, a bit of sticky sweetness that could be the honey. And a bit of pine. Strong nose, very pleasing for a DIPA. (5)

Colour- Nice and clear dark orange, copper body, pours with a 1cm white head that doesn't stick around for long. Lacing is a bit sticky but gravity brings it down the side of the glass quickly. Nothing particularly special for the style. (3)

Flavour- Some citrus- grapefruit, orange in the front that sets the stage for a brief dabble of sweet honey and biscuit just before the bitter citrus/earthy starts building up fast and hits you like a truck at the end. (4)

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied but on the lighter side of the spectrum; carbonated well, a bit on the wet side. Aftertaste is that bitter hopslam that definitely sticks around for a while. Pretty much what you'd expect from a beer called Hopslam. On some swallows though, I can taste a lingering honey sweetness- as if it was not dissolved completely. It's a nice touch if intended like so. (4)

Overall- Its a DIPA that assaults my nose and palate. It doesn't look particularly special but it smells great and the taste follows the nose. It's certainly not a balanced DIPA in my opinion despite what people say as its hops, hops, and hops with a brief malt/honey interlude. But hey, that's not what I was expecting from this style of beer. I definitely like it, but in terms of DIPAs, a six pack of Sucks costs half as much as a six of Hopslam, just sacrificing a small bit of the hop aroma/bitterness and the honey character- since it's Lagunitas, there are still tons of hops in it. So, yeah this might be a better brew but for regular consumption, between the two I'm going with Lagunitas Sucks about 8 out of 10 times. (4)

Old score: 4.15

Re-reviewed with this year's new batch, bottled 1/10/2014 (eerily, the same month/day as last year's) and poured into a Bell's snifter today, 1/21/2014 (almost the same month/day as last year, seeing a theme here?).

Appearance: Hazy copper body, one-finger white head, good lacing, average retention
Smell: Caramel, toffee, honey are at the forefront. Hops- citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral notes are in the background.
Flavour: Crisp grapefruit, tangerines, resinous pine flavours cut by caramel and toffee sweetness. Resounding pine and floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Just right for the beer. Aftertaste is a strong pine, floral bitterness that leaves the palate very dry. One of the more bitter beers I've had in this new year which still makes this a sipper.
Overall: My palate has clearly adjusted to all kinds of DIPAs over the past year and I still find this beer to be incredibly bitter. It's not juicy as I'd like though the sweetness does help cut into the hoppiness. For what it is, it's a solid value but I probably won't buy a full sixer again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Back label says 10914 PKGD, so no readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that bears little retention and fritters down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass leaving bumps of lacing. Surface foam is in a mold pattern indicating healthy yeast.

S- Grassy, pungent hops along with sweet, biscuity malts. Quite floral and almost perfumey.

T- Bright, intense bitterness assaults the palate but holds back enough to let the malt duality play its part. On second sip, the hops don't let up and continue to make their presence very known. Upon the third sip, one notices that the booze is quite toned down for a full 10% ABV. By the time the fourth sip is taken, you can start to notice the honey come in and complete the sweet finish that the malts begin. After the fifth sip, the palate is almost fully acclimated to the hop bite and can now appreciate the synchronization of all ingredients in the flavor profile. Remarkable.

M- A dry afterfeel plus jaw clenching from the bitterness, at least during the first few sips. Medium-low carbonation.

O- I like it better on tap, but this is still a leader among IPAs.

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

Finally, finally get to try this.

A-Pours a lightly hazed honey color. Slow bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Head is off white and retains quite excellently. Rings of thick lace cling to the glass. Looks great.

S-Thick, ripe, juicy hops. Smells very, very resinous. The honey matches the hops excellently and is a great addition that adds complexity. Alcohol is masked very well. Hops are very fruity and citrusy. Piney hops lend a great bittering aroma too.

T-Holy mother this is an absolutely delicious beer. Hops begin very citrusy and tropical fruity. Immediately after an overwhelming hop bitterness sears the tongue. In between, the bread and caramel malt (enhanced by the sweet honey) calms the palate. Then another big flash of lasting piney and grassy hops strike again. Very bitter and resinous, and very delicious. Lives up to the hype easily.

M-Big bodied and very resinous. Carbonation massages the tongue and adds to the feel. Lasting bitterness just stays forever. Excellent feel. Honey flavor adds depth to the feel.

O/D-One of the best beers I have ever come across. Bitterly bold and extravagantly hopped. What an awesome beer. I would kill to be able to have this available to me more easily. This is a killer beer that lives up to the hype and I am so happy to have tried this!

Edit (2/19/14): After trying this again, as my experiences have heightened I have found that this beer is not as much as I initially made it out to be. Still delish, though.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham into a bells pint glass.

pours a beautiful golden color with an inch thick white head. smell is of honey and citrus and hops. exquisite aroma. honey is very prominent. taste is quite balanced. in your face hops at first followed by the honey and sweet malts. alcohol undetectable. criminally easy to drink. medium bodied with medium carbonation

overall a great DIPA , though 2 hearted isn't much different, and is everywhere year round.

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant deep golden color with a hint of copper and a frothy one inch bone colored head that lingers, dissipating slowly and leaving spotty lacing.

Fresh cut grass, resin, cat urine, pine, and dank hops form the initial aroma. Grapefruit, lime, and a touch of honey sweetness are also present.

Dulled grapefruit, orange peel, resin, and fresh cut grass open the flavor profile, with a fair amount of bready, fairly sweet toasted caramel malt carrying into a fairly bitter, biting finish. Herbal and earthy hop notes add complexity. Pine is evident in the aftertaste. Mint emerges as it warms.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation, some astringency at the finish, and a significant amount of alcohol warmth.

A balance in extremes, in a sense. The sweetness of the malt juxtaposes the bitterness of the hops, and the hop flavor is excellent, albeit not as complex as some of the newer hop varieties.

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Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orangey-amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A huge aroma of hops that smacks you the second you open the bottle. Also has a big citrus presence.

T: Tastes of hops, pineapple, a piney element and some malt, Complex, vibrant, powerful and extremely tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable Imperial IPA. Not for the faint of heart, but a great beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, batch 7741, packaged on 11/28/06. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about a half inch white head which goes away pretty quickly. With a name like HopSlam, of course it smells like hops. Citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops dominate, with some malt in there. It tastes pretty much the same, but the citrus taste is stronger, with grapefruit, lemon and some orange in the taste, along with a piney/floral taste and some grain/malt. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with it being creamy and oily. Just the right amount of carbonation, too. The relatively high ABV isn't very noticable, and it's very, very drinkable. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of tigg924
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, orange-brown in color with one inch head. Taste is wet hops, orange, citrus, and hemp. Super tasty, nice mix of bitter and sweet. Worth every bit of hype. This is a delicious IPA. Do not taste the alcohol. I could drink this all night. Right up there with my favorite beers from a great brewery. I will fight tooth and nail to find this next year. Just an amazing beer. About as good an imperial IPA as can be.

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

A: Orangy-Amber in color. Slightly cloudy. Thin head, good lacing.

S: Citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit) and sweet honey

T: Complex yet perfectly balanced. First taste is sweet clover honey moving into the citrus (grapefruit, lemon) with a bitter zing to follow. Finished amazingly clean and dry.

M: Medium-heavy body. good carbonation that doesnt get in the way but helps aide in the balance. slightly viscous and oily without being sticky.

D: Amazingly complex yet balanced brew. A lot of extreme flavors in here that do not overpower, yet they compliment eachother exceptionally well.

Notes: Obviously out of season, but that doesnt diminish the overall excellent quality of this beer. It's a different animal.

Update 1: Had a fresh bottle in February of 2010. Very different hop bitterness obviously but still earns the marks from its previous sampling.

Update 2: Had on draft for the first time on 1/26/11. Still an exceptional beer - A little less honey in the taste due to the uber freshness of the hops and also slightly lighter body but still smooth and oily. Earns same grades as previous reviews so no seperate listing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of the thousands of people trying this I consider myself special getting an entire growler fill (felt I overpaid though spending 23.25 for the fill)

A - Stunning IPA color, bright golden light amber with a light head that does make for some bubbly lacing.

S - Not so much "in your face" hops smell but I did get pine and citrus with a very well placed honey.

T - I couldn't believe how light the flavor actually was. Harsh at first making me think the IBU's were around 70 or 80 my palate adjusted itself. After the second pour the honey and hops played a symphony on my tongue. The malt base being the most complex I ever seen I could barley detect the ABV unless warmed but in my experience it was best served cold. Amazing.

M - It was pretty hard to get a feel but mostly medium bodied even warmed it was still very drinkable.

D - Wow it was amazing and worth every penny (which I kept telling myself in a drunk state) I could never imagine killing off a mini-keg within a few days time because just 5 put me under. Still to date it was one of the most drinkable DIPA's I ever got my hands on. If you can find a sixer for under 20 bucks buy it. It will be worth every penny.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

aggressive pour into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden color with a thick off white head. Sticky lacing to the side of the glass.

Smells: Pine, citris, grassy, grapefruit, bready malts, and honey.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pinapples, and buttermilk biscuits with honey! Great balance between malts and hops. Mild bitterness with lots of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Slicky, creamy, and sticky. Dry and resinous hop oil finish.

Drinkability: Great DIPA! This beer is Bells poster child and represents the Michigan brewery well.

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 12,977 ratings.
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