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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Typical dark honey IPA body with a medium ring of bubbles and very thin patchy film of bubbles. Good lacing. Nose-big PNW citric grapefruit nose with a touch of alcohol. Taste-fry, medium to high bitter, very bitter on the finish, Pine-Sol, medium alcohol, weak orange juice, apple, juniper, rubbing alcohol, pinecone. The bitterness is once and well done, but that is really all that this has going for it. I like the fact that it isn’t sticky sweet. On the other hand, it has an unpleasant bathroom cleaner quality to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Hazy orange pour, small white head. Aroma is fresh citrus hops. Flavor is a lot of caramel malt, grapefruit, floral hops, and a resiny bitterness. I really expected more dry-hopped flavor and aroma from this and not so much caramel. Lots of bitterness but not much on flavor. Update fresh on tap: A ton of hoppy aroma, ton of fresh from the vine hoppy flavor, a touch of sweetness, velvety smooth and did I mention the hops?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 This was the beer that got me hooked on imperial IPA’s. You can smell the hops as you pour. Some alcohol flavor is present. Not overly bitter. Tried again 2009. This seems to have gotten much sweeter than it was two years ago. Great malty backbone that balances very well with the strong hops. Still a great beer but not what it once was.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
topherbecker (4) - USA - SEP 24, 2007 does not count
I have nothing bad to say about this beer. Amazing hop aroma and flavor. Well balanced though. This is a hop head’s dream. Beautiful citrus and floral hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Orange-amber body with suspended sediment, large off-white head. Nose is spicy and fruity with hops. Firm spicy/fruity semi-sweet body with moderate finishing bitterness. Some alcohol presence. 8 4 8 3 17 RERATE 2/08: Draft. Hides the alcohol remarkably well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cajun (197) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle - Hazy orange with creamy orange head. Flavor is very hoppy with orange peel and grapefruit / citrus. Notes of hops, floral, citrus, grass, dry malt. Bitter finish. Big taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Pours a hazy light orange color with floaties and a thin white head. Superb aroma of resinous and citrusy hops. The beer leaves a dry feeling in the mouth, there’s a solid flavor of resinous and citrusy hops with a decent malt backbone and a bitter finish. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. I love IPAs and Imperial IPAs, Bell’s does those style with extreme effectiveness, hopslam is a testament to the brewery’s talent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (644) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 06 Version from thebeercellar. Thanks again. Wow. Still has tons of hops in it. I can’t wait to try one fresh. Cloudy orange with a muted white head. The aroma is very grapefruity with some elements of pine. The flavor is so balanced. Full of malty sweetness and lingering hoppy bitterness. Stunningly sticky, I finished it ten minutes ago and it is just now leaving my mouth. 1/26/08 Fresh bottle, thanks Ty. The aroma and flavor are much more bold. Still very balanced. Delightful. I would love to have access to this all the time. 2/9/08 Second bottle from Ty. Worth upping the score a bit. The only beer I’ve had that has more straight up grapefruit smell and taste than Sweetwater’s IPA. Damn, what a great beer. I wish I had more access to this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Updated 2/19/07, fresh Batch 2277. This was everything I remembered and then some. When fresh, it seems less buttery, with the honey really playing a smoothing role over the intense hop profile. Great beer!

Original rating 9/6/07, over six months old. Pours a cloudy, orange-amber color with some sediment. Small, off-white head eventually settles to a thin film with a prominent rim. Excellent spider-web lacing coats the glass. The aroma is beautiful, showing intense citrus and piney, resinous hops over a buttery toffee background. It literally smells like a freshly squeezed Florida navel orange was infused with melted toffee and hops. The flavor just expands upon the world-class aroma. Citrus hops explode into the mouth like a tsunami, while ample caramel and toffee malts follow behind to quickly and carefully put the taste buds back into check. Long, pleasing, citrus hoppy finish. The body is on the heavy side of medium and is somewhat sticky, though I am more than willing to overlook this minor flaw. What an absolutely fantastic beer! One of the best IPA’s in the world, without question. I love Bells Brewery!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper with a medium frothy off-white head that is mostly lasting leaving nice lacing. Hoppy floral aroma brings out the citrus while the bold flavor brings out the piney notes and grapefruit. Well balance and finishes with a bitter bite. Refreshing and superb!


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