Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
13,002 Ratings
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
Ratings:
13,002
Reviews:
3,525
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
2,655
Gots:
3,614
For Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,002 |  Reviews: 3,525
Photo of nkelley77
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

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

Photo of Beer_lover89
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of booga73
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip. This is my intial review from the very first time I had Hopslam. Extremely fresh in January 2010.

A. Big 2 finger head. Excellent head retention. Very good lacing. Nice dark golden orange color.

S. Smell is all hops. Sweet delicous hops, Citrus and piney hops. smells very much like fresh hop oil, if you have ever crushed a hop cone or pellet in your hand, can detect some of the honey sweetness among the more biscuity than sweet tasting malt.

T. Taste might be the perfect balance between hop bitterness and a biscuity malt with the extra addition of honey sweetness. Tropical fruit, peach, orange. This is a truly delicous beer. The honey might not be apparent as the actual taste of honey, but it provides a sweetness that sets this beer over the top.

M. medium bodied. very smooth the 10%abv is almost not apparent. Just a hint of lingering bitterness from the hops.

D. Extremely drinkable. This beer does not drink like a DIPA. This is definitely one of the best DIPA's out there. What I like most is the balance of the sweetness from malt & honey and the huge hops. The only complaint about this beer is that it is seasonal.

*Hopslam is almost 2 different beers between fresh and aged. Fresh is one of the best DIPA's in the world. I myself think an aged Hopslam is still a very delicous beer, but it is definitely a different beer than fresh. Aged Hopslam is a sweet malty delicous beer. Hopslam is so good that I drank 3 cases of it this year*

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Photo of Satan70
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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

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

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Sunset orange with gold and copper hues. Small head that quickly dwindles to a bubbly white film.

S - Freshly squeezed grapefruit, mango and peach. Slight caramel malt and honey notes. Outstanding aroma.

T - Enormous, bitter grapefruit and mango in the foreground. The hop bite and bitterness is very intense. A solid caramel malt backbone brings in some sweetness in an effort to tame the explosiveness of the hops. Complex citrus and honey notes show up followed by a long bitter finish.

M - Crisp, smooth, medium body. Dry finish with warming alcohol.

O - As a huge fan of Two Hearted Ale, I've been anxious to get my hands on a Hopslam. I've been rewarded. The complexity of this beer is stunning. One of the best IPA's around.

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

A- Poured into my favorite snifter... a light somewhat fizzy 1/4 inch head appears and disappears leaving some spotted lacing. Beer is light amber color and slightly cloudy

S- At first, has a mellow citrus nectar aroma. After some swirls of the glass a bitter skunkiness combines with the citrusy honey smell... delicious

T- At first sip, wasn't getting a lot of the honey... but as the beer warms a pleasant yet subtle honey flavor accompanies the awesome bitter hop flavor... superb!

M- Light medium body with light medium carbonation

D- I wish I had been able to get more. Wasn't expensive, but would have been worth every penny had it been more

CHEERS!!

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Photo of kuhndog
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LukeK
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ledouge
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LAp
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a deep, cloudy honey with a 1-2 whitish foam head. Smells of citrus and honey. Taste overwhelms at first with honey, which slowly gives way to resinous hop (a hop character that complements the honey palate particularly well). Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than most DIPAs. Overall, very unique for the style. Thicker and sweeter than I would have anticipated. Probably not a beer I'd line up every year to get, but a solid, fresh take on DIPAs.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, goblet, coded 9552 on the bottom of the rear label. Huge thank you to farrago for making my first trade awesome.

Pours out a very nice honey gold that tends towards orange and seems slightly chill hazed. Worthwhile off-white head with pretty good retention.

I began smelling the sweet hoppiness as soon as the bottle was popped. This has definitely faded, no doubt, but retains significant tropical (mango, passion fruit, pineapple) and sweet orange zest in the nose. The malt and what I'm sure lots of people perceive as honey is very potent, very sweet. Candied orange peel comes to mind.

Sweet honey-like malt backed up by solid but not pounding bitterness that is in the vane of orange and grapefruit pith. When this warms much at all some solvent alcohol shows up and enhances the bitterness with orange oil and pepper components. This is a solid beer even after three months.

I'll concur with a review several people below me and say that the carbonation could use a boost. The prickle would help nucleate the lupulin goodness.

The warming is there and I find the exposed malt/honey profile pretty nice. I'm glad that I've at least gotten to try such a buzzed beer once, but couldn't justify the $16 plus sixer every season.

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Photo of lobos62
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Afroman
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bruindre
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Snow81
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden orange

Smell: nice floral and citrus notes on the nose

Head: not much head dies out right after the poor

Taste: Great! super hoppy but find when its fresh it seems a bit hot with a mouthfull so this gets better with age...3 years

Weight: has some maltyness to it but still lighter style DIPA

Finish: The hop lingers after for quite a bit with some stickyness going on.

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Photo of Jpepe08
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JratBones
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.43 out of 5 based on 13,002 ratings.
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