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RATINGS: 2624   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 repetoire. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
12oz. My bottle was clear orange (I didn’t think bell’s filtered!) with a white/orange head. Aroma is pretty strong especially as it warms, mostly grass, sweetness and bitter citrus. Flavor is extremely hoppy with bitter fruit, great acid and pine from the hops. Mouthfeel is the winner of this offering with a really interesting viscosity that coats the palate partnered with soft carbonation. Very good, but a bit of a disappointment and lacks the complexity for me to consider it excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Not bad. good flavor but the finish was a litle too light for a Double/Imperial. A must have for us hop lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Bottle. Pours a golden/amber color, with a medium white head, and nice lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, as the name would imply, with grapefruit, pine, juniper, and some sweet caramel. The flavor is very hoppy, so much so, that you can’t really taste the malt at all. There is a little burn in the hops at the end, that says "you’re going to need tums tonight!" I do get a faint but of caramel in between the pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Maybe after some aging, the flavor will settle some and I can re-rate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrKrinkle (10) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2008
I was somewhat hesitant about this beer, seeing it as just some other kind of beer that Bells would throw out. I was disillusioned. This is a great beer. Heavy on the citrus notes, but not overwhelming and does not linger too long. The hops taste balances very well. Utterly delicious

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
csjones1 (7) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2008 does not count
I thought 2H from Bells would be the best I would ever encounter. HS beats it hands down. The sweet smelling and tasty grapefruit tricks you out of the 10% you’re throwing down. Which can talk back to you later for sure. Also talking back is the $16/6 pack....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CP (124) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Let me tell you folks this beer is pouring real good this season. It explodes on the palate with flavors of flowers and wheat. This beer really "hopslams" your palate if you hold it in your mouth for long if that makes any sense. It’s hard to believe this is 10% as the alcohol is not apparent in the least. Not sure if I would drink this regularly but it is a nice change up from darker beers. For me this is similar to Three Floyd’s Broo Doo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Very, very nice. Slightly hazy and cloudy in it’s golden hue. Smell of floral and hops. First taste is definately grapefruit and slight citrus. The hops then kick you in the teeth. Finish is clean and refreshing, like the first signs of spring after a Minnesota winter. This beer is definately something you can sink your remaining teeth into. Just be careful, the 10% alcohol has a tendency to sneak up on you. This is one of my favorite beers, IPA or not. Just wish the price wasn’t $14 for a six pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Amazing sweet aroma of floral and citrus hops. Nice flavor that starts out with the sweet honey and resolves into extreme hops. Nice bitter finish leaves the mouth ready for another sweet sip. This is a really good double IPA. Definately one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdclust (2) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2008 does not count
Excellent brew. Cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Hoppy but balanced. Finishes rather bitter, which I imagines is expected from a brew named ’Hopslam’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 12 oz bottle. 2008, This beer is amzingly delecious. Aroma of floral and citrus. The taste is all hop, the end is bitter. I found a hoppy beer that actually has a bite!!! Would and want to drink again and again!

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