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RATINGS: 2764   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
12oz. brown bottle. Batch 8283. Served in a shaker pint. Golden with a slight haze. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. About a finger of fine bubbled white head. Huge hop aroma along with some fruit. I get strawberries for some reason. That’s a first for me. There is a good amount of malt, but immediately the hops jump out at you. Long, lingering hop pucker. There is more fruit in the finish. Hops are slightly vegetal. Alcohol is warming. A little over the top, but that is good sometimes! A must try if you think you are a hophead.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brewmaster420 (6) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008 does not count
Great beer smells like heaven and tasts like you are in heaven and after a couple of these bad boys you might think you are in heaven

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
pours nice light amber with a decent head the clings to the glass. great use of honey in this beer. the hop profile is great and showcases the fresh citrus quality of the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1182) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Not incredibly bitter, but still hoppy and delicious enough to leave the tongue writhing for more. Definitely quite drinkable for an IIPA. The hop profile lacks the intricacies and changing personality of the 2 Hearted, but instead hits you with a blunt solid block of hops (to steal the words from crowderm).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Whewww! Got one of the last six packs, thanks Solan. Was going to wait to have one, but I think I will put off work and test drive this beast. Pours out a nice deep amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very strong citrus, grapefruit, floral, honey,and pine. An amazing explosion of taste upon the first sip. The hops are incredibly dominant (duh!) and has an almost grapefruit dry/bitter taste. My wife almost spit it out and said it tasted just like grapefruit juice (well i like grapefruit juice!). After a few sips you start to get hint of malt and honey, but it is a struggle for them to be noticed. Be careful of the subtle 10% alcohol, it is well hidden. Finishes pretty nice, with only a mild bitterness left on the tongue, which you would expect. Overall, an intense experience of slamming hops for people who like to abuse themselves in such a manner. I might like to see a touch more of the honey or malt poke through, but otherwise, wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcart034 (36) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber/orange with only a slight head. Aroma is of hops obviously, very floral, citrus with underlying malt. Taste is extremely citrusy as one would expect from an imperial. Finishes bitter and clean. Alcohol is moderately well hidden even though it is detectable. A very nice beer from Bells, one which I’d drink as often as I could.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2008
On draft and many bottles. Good enough to rate. Hazy orange. Smells of citrus, malts and of course hops. Taste of caramel, fruit and hops. Do not taste honey as the bottles say. I believe this is a very smooth beer and love how the alcohol is disquised by this intense hops. Warms me tummy right up! Amazing beer that bells should make year round!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 2008-02-16. Orange body with a smallish off-white or beige head (3+). Big fruity aroma, modest citrus and lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, underlying hop resin. (8+) Tons of hops in the flavour - orangey citrus, more tropical fruit and pineapple as in the aroma. Flavour has a decent amount bitterness throughout, but is not abrasive and is well integrated by hop bomb standards. Alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Very good. 8+/3+/9/3+/17-18 On tap @ Cole’s in Buffalo.

2013-02-19 crisp orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, modest citrus character and notes of citrus oil. Flavour is pleasant, fairly bitter throughout, pleasant citrus melange of orange and tangerine with a mild green hop undertone. Moderate alcohol in the finish and undertones distracts from the otherwise pleasant hops. Average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. Very nice but I want just a touch more oomph to the citrus still. 7/4/8/4/15 Bottle courtesy of rudolf

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielocean03 (1) - Geist, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008 does not count
From a 12oz brown bottle, Bell’s Batch number 8278 Poured a semi-traslucent coppery hued orange with a quickly dissipating bone-white head of foam that leaves moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is primarily grassy and floral hop notes, sweet grapefruitiness, caramel malt undertones. Taste is very much of the same, big hoppiness right up front, juicy grapefruit, practically seamless transition into the malty backbone. Leaves a slightly drying lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied brew with lower levels of carbonation, washes down the gullet smooth and easy. Suprisingly well balanced, I had a few of these from last year’s introductory batch and they seemed hoppier than this. Ovearall an outstanding IIPA at any rate, would highly recommend seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Appearance: Pours a translucent, orangey body with a full, foamy white head. Smell: Wow, they ain’t kidding. Redolent scent stinking of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit. Taste: Malts are obscured, perhaps rightly so, by the extreme hoppiness. Tons of intense, juicy fruit hop flavors with a moderate kick of bitterness. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Bittersweet finish with a lingering tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Distinct oily juiciness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: Extremely hoppy, but it still displays a relatively good balance.

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