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RATINGS: 2779   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle opened with a pop and the aroma poured out long before the brew hit the glass. Oh, the fragrance...perhaps this beers most defining quality. Breathing in this one is a combination of a day at the orchard surrounded by tangerines, orange, and grapefruit and a night camping surrounded by douglas fir. The beer pours the color of the bottle with 1/2 inch eggshell head. Flavor is big and juicy. Amazing balance of hop bite and caramel malt. The alcohol is invisible. Amazing brew!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
It was burnt orange in color and poured a 1/4" white head of fine bubbles. Aromas of herb/floral hops followed by light citrus. These flavors continued into the mouth along with some honey. The palate was dense but didn’t come off as heavy leading into a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Well done and especially enjoyable for people who enjoy the herbal side of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
ZBF2008@RB table: 12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy slight brown and with a lacing white head. Solid pine hops aroma, full caramel malt base. Solid bitter hops and caramel malt flavour. Dense flavour and with a lingering pine note into the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Absolutely a beautiful beer in my mind. Huge hop aroma. A beyond crisp taste and finish. not exactly too much balance with all of the hops, but I enjoy that. complete domination of hops citrus. NICE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Golden orange pour with a white. Strong hoppy aroma, like a pine a forest. A nice sweet citrus flavor hits the tongue with bitter hops on the finish. Just the right amount of hops flavor. It is perfectly balanced. This is an amazing beer. It is fucking delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beoir (51) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
12oz bottle. wonderful aroma, hoppy. honey coats the tongue from the start. the hops build on top to a grapefruit bitterness and falls off quickly to the sweet tart honey. creamy and the hops reach to the back of the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of cmr1517. Pours a hazy amber color with a minimal head - decent lacing. Nose is sweet malt and citrus hops. Palate is grapefruit, pine, malt and a slight honey aftertaste. Mouth feel was a lot thicker and creamier than expected. A really nice IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Medium golden pour with full white head. Aroma of strong citrus, peach, and strong hops. Taste has a slight peachy flavor balancing very nicely with citrus and malt. Alcohol is hidden quite well considering the body is pretty thin. Everything seems to be really well balanced which makes this one of the better IPAs I have had. I keep saying that but they just keep getting better. If you see this, buy it. I know I will again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz. bottle into a sniffer. To me, the aroma was the most outstanding of the Hopslam’s features. It smells very fruity, of sweet citrus and even very unique notes of pineapple. This was all accompanied, of course, by piney hops. The aroma is not very strong, but it is unbelievably pleasant, unique, and fresh. It poured a hazy caramel orange with a great soft white head of descent proportion; the head faded quickly unfortunately. It has an average IIPA palate: medium bodied with a carbonated kick. However, it was surprisingly smooth. The 10% abv. is very well hidden beneath the fresh flavor of hops. At first I was almost disappointed regarding the hops, feeling as if they were not as strong as the name and reputation suggest. But, the more I drank, the more the hops came alive. There was still a remarkable balance of malty sweetness, like biting into a tart grapefruit. Overall, great IIPA. [RE-RATE] Bumping the score from 4.1 to 4.4. Sampled from a bottle again, same great look, same outstanding aroma, and even better flavor than I remember - such nice tart bitting and yet sweet grapefruit. So balanced. So NOT overly malty like many IIPAs. Alcohol hidden so well -- this combined with its soft feel and its outstandingly delicious hop profile makes this beer one of the most dangerously drinkable ones out there. One of the best in its class. Serve at cellar temp 50F. I serve nearly all my beers at this temperature and it truly seems to be the sweet spot for this one,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1255) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
This one poured a deep orange color with a medium foamy white head that left a little lacing in the glass. The aroma is of fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, and resin. A really nice fresh smell to this one. The flavor on this one is outstanding. The grapefruit and piney hops come through first but are balanced immediately by a toasty caramel malt background mixed with a touch of honey. The flavor is bold and just gets better with every sip. It has a medium-full body with a smooth finish with some slight hop bitterness on the backend. This one is perfectly balanced and full of flavor. This is easily one of my favorite double IPA’s to drink. Bells is where it’s at.

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