Bell's HopSlam

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Type: American Double/Imperial IPA
  • Brewed by: Bells Brewery
  • Availability: Fall
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  • Region Available: Sweden, USA - FL, IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, OH, PA, VA, DC, WI
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Light
  • Serve at Temperature: Tepid
  • Container: Snifter and Tulips
  • Website: http://www.bellsbeer.com/
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  • 10.00% 
  • 521/3686 
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A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect? O.G.: 1.095 IBUs: 70

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Reviews: 6

  • Mar 6, 2011
    bmcraves (1)Rank: Beer Novice
    4.6
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    Suprisingly easy to drink, wonderfully hoppy brew. Bitter like it's supposed to be, but not overwhelming as it may appear to be. Quality brew from one of the best in Michigan.
  • Mar 3, 2011
    dukebrian (3)Rank: Beer Novice
    4.9
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    Picked this up at RFD in DC, poured into a traditional pint glass. While it's reputation as a monster IPA definitely precedes it, I was expecting something closer to Stone's Ruination IPA. However, the honey flavor acts almost like malt to balance the beer effectively to give all of those wonderful hop flavors and aromas without absolutely destroying the palate. Overall a top tier beer.
  • Feb 2, 2011
    lucklys (49)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: IPA Lovers
    4.9
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    Poured into my tumbler, it was a crystal clear, bright and sparkling honey-golden-amber color with virtually no visible carbonation. I managed to build a 3-finger head through a vigorous pour, but once it settled, it held a creamy 2-finger white head of fluffy soap bubbles with excellent retention. There was quite a surprising amount of lace that lined the glass in intricate sheets while a thick island of large soapy bubbles mingled with a thin covering of minuscule bubbles that covered the rest of the liquid. Hopslam carried a very nice head for such a huge Double IPA.

    My nose was immediately vanquished by the aromas as I poured the beer from the bottle into the tumbler. As soon as I opened the bottle there was an enormous explosion (and I cannot stress how huge this was) of floral, grassy and citrus hops that bombarded my nostrils. The subsequent mushroom cloud offered a rich body of zesty grapefruit, sour orange, tart pineapple and even light melon notes near the edges. All of the hoppy-ness was beautifully rounded out with softer florals, fresh cut grass, and a sweet honey slathered over faint biscuity malts. Somewhere along the process of whiffing all this beer, some hints of pine managed to peek through, but they were far from consistent and stayed fairly well hidden. Overall, the scent was remarkably fresh and green - like walking through a botanical garden on a dry spring day. Even with all of huge aromas and the amount of hops that come out in the nose, nothing in the smell was overwhelming or burned. It may very well be on the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure of sniffing.

    Once it was finally in my mouth (though, honestly, this was the third Hopslam I've had since it was released), there was a very bitter, tart, but crazy smooth wave of resiny pine flavor - or at least more than what was in the nose, though the zesty orange, grapefruit and even some lemon were definitely alive and kicking. Rather than being sharp and biting, like one might expect from a Double IPA packed with 6 different hop varietals, all of the hops were smoothed out fantastically with the sweet honey and light bready malts. Again, nothing was overwhelming or completely took out the other flavors; everything worked together perfectly, and in doing so, any trace of alcohol that might be expected from a beer with 10% ABV (holy wow) is obliterated. Due to the fact that the alcohol is so well hidden, Hopslam is very, very easy to drink, though being as smooth as it is and so well-rounded doesn't hurt either. I did find that when the drink first hit my lips, it started off dry, but by the time I swallowed, it almost felt slick across my tongue, ending only slightly dry and with a very light bitterness that gradually died away before the next sip. Holding a medium mouthfeel with light carbonation kept it from being spicy, and even though I found it difficult to pick out the alcohol, it definitely started hitting my brain after half the glass.

    In complete honesty, if you aren't sure if you're a fan of DIPAs or even IPAs in general, this beer is something I would recommend to all of the fence-sitters. Regardless of the amount of alcohol, both the nose and flavor come together so ridiculously perfectly that you would be hard-pressed to find another beer that might convince you that these two categories are not all that scary.
  • Jan 26, 2011
    SHines2010 (1)Rank: Beer Novice
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    Pleasant aroma and appearance. Flavor seemed to lack the bite that I expected and resulted in a sour finish. Not really a big fan of high hop brews
  • Jan 22, 2011
    mcnealc31 (205)Rank: Beer Drinker
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    Bell's Hopslam has a huge, white head, but the color was paler than I had expected. The hop aromas hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. The aroma is chock full of the familiar hoppy flavors of grapefruit and pine. The flavor is very interesting. The hops are definitely there, and huge, but the addition to honey adds a sweet finish. It's dry, the hops linger longer than the honey, and you won't find better lacing.

    Bell's Hopslam does have a ton of hops, but I wouldn't say it's as overpowering as I expected. Despite the 10% ABV, that isn't overpowering, either. Considering how much is going on, it's amazingly well balanced.