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RATINGS: 2760   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
The name says it all. Big, bitter hoppy with a touch of honey. 10% Alcohol taste is fairly well hidden, but not very complex on the palate as it moves from fruit to hops. Pours a golden orange with a smallish head.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Rish transparent golden orange with thick one finger white head, good lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, mild honey sweetness, peach, and a touch of alcohol. Hop bitterness is nowhere near as sharp as many IIPAs. Definately a softness contributed by the honey. Pleasant citrus bitterness checked by a soft honey sweetness. Flavors of ripe mango come to mind. Starts out juicy then finishes with a dryness from the hops. Very good, but I feel there is a little something missing on the back end.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Batch 8285 bottle from Discount in Milwaukee, WI. Light orange amber with medium, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is a very strong citrus and fresh hops, some pine, this litterally smells like fresh hop pellets. Big hop bitterness with fresh pine and citrus flavor, caramel, so resiny yet balanced. Full creamy body. This is an absolutely amazing fresh IIPA, it is so sad that we cannot get this in Chicago anymore. I also am glad that I have a sixpack of this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 draft @ redlight redlight. Very strong piney and citrus aromas, aroma is dominated by sweet resin. Pours golden amber with a dense white head, looks great. Sweet citrus and pine resins, bitter hop flavor, definitely balanced for the amount of hop flavors, its not extremely bitter but excellent hop flavors. re-rate cask @ redlight redlight. Wow sticky pine resin on the nose with citrus peel. Pours cloudy golden blonde with a thick white head. Sweet honey malts with huge grapefruit flavor with piney resin, the aftertaste is all pine resin. On cask the mouthfeel is very smooth, there’s extremely low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
Bouteille brune de 12 oz. Dès l’ouverture de la bouteille, des arômes invitants de pamplemousse et de résine se manifestent. Belle robe orange, légère mousse blanche. En bouche, elle est, de façon surprenante, relativement douce et laisse le houblon s’exprimer sans jamais devenir trop amère. Arrière-goût très long où on retrouve un goût de zeste d’orange. Une très bonne DIPA, qui gagnerait simplement à être un peu plus maltée.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
had this on tap at Old Chicago in Evansville, IN. I can’t imagine any beer being better than this... (although, not for the faint at hart). For a very hoppy beer, this is extreamly well ballanced.. great nose, great kind of reddish color. If you love IPA or other hoppy brews, you NEED to check this one out

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Perfectly balanced iipa. Nose is piney resin and beautiful hop. Alcohol is definitely there but, hey let’s be honest, we want that. Great mouthfeel. Finish is sweet, hoppy, and long. Let it warm up a little before you dive in and you will be justly rewarded. I’d love to have it on a hand pull sometime.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours very nice burnt orange color with creamy white head. Aroma is spectacular, grapefruit is the dominant fruit of a great mix of fruit and pine aromas. Flavor is very well balanced mix of the sweet honey and hops, extremely smooth despite the rather large alcohol presence. This and Bell’s other IPA the Two hearted are my two favorite IPAs.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
falkirk005 (27) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Amazing citrus aroma with copper appearance and thin, whitish head. True to the name, this beer is filled with hops, yet the bitterness does not overwhelm like some other uberhopped beers. Sweet hints of honey are definitely present. Doesn’t taste like 10% alcohol, but felt like it after a couple. This is an outstanding beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Pours a nice amber color and the glass I poured has a little hop haze effect. Smells like citrus or grapefruit. Laces the glass well. Tastes like a double IPA with the upfront hop blast and has a nice malt backbone to it to balance it out. Overall one of the best double IPA’s I’ve had.


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