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RATINGS: 2758   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
bodabing (2) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008 does not count
Draft, Jupiter Beer Fest 08 - Big Aroma; scents of hops, grapefruit, pine, carmel. Hazy body, small head. Great tasting beer. Looking forward to my next.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
12oz. pours crystal clear and golden with a nice size off white head. BIG hoppy aroma with citrus, pine, & a little sweet. mouthful is smoooooth with an earthy honey base. big hops are present but well balanced by the earthy malt & honey backbone. very yummy!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a sizable, creamy, off-white head that leaves patchy lace sliding down the sides of the snifter. The aroma is huge, and the name is certainly appropriate. As soon as the cap left the bottle, I could smell big citric hops. In the glass, the aroma is both sweet and bitter with notes of grapefruit, blood orange, light caramel, simple sugar and faint resin. Medium-bodied and quite slick with a transition to a tongue-squeezing, bitter and resinous finish. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with a fluid transition to pink grapefruit (with sugar sprinkled on top) and tight, resinous hops at the swallow. Both the hops and the sweetness linger for quite some time. For a beer packing 10% ABV and sporting a name like "Hopslam", I was pleasantly surprised to find a brew that is amazingly well balanced and supremely drinkable. I now understand why this beer never lasts more than a day or two on the shelves each year. If Bells ever decided to make this a year-round brew, it would be a permanent fixture in my refrigerator. Thanks for securing this sixer for me before it flew off the shelves, Tom!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2008
12 oz bottle pours a hazy orange. Aroma is hops citrus, sweet hops and lots of them. Flavor is sweet at first quickly followed by a smack of hoppy bitterness that finishes almost sweet. Lots of grapefruit and a little pine. Very good and much better fresh.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aesopsbeer (3) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2008 does not count
Light slightly hazy orange appearance with a very heavy hops scent with a hint of citrus. Initial bite that falls to a honey-like malty after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours lightly hazy orange-amber with a one-finger white head. Fresh citrus hop aroma, beautifully resiny. Big hoppy flavor with a little more spice coming through here than in the aroma. Honey-sweet malt underneath it all. Big, drinkable, and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
pours a clear gold copper with frothy full head. sweet fruity hop aroma. sweet front to bitter finish and honey aftertaste. fruity initial that sticks in the background and slims to the finish. bitter starts in the middle and slams in the finish. good full bodied, complex, and iteresting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2008
picked up a case on a long drive, then stopped at alittle place for one on tap. Great color smells very fresh, nice hoppy taste with strong citrus flavor. BUY IT NOW DRINK IT NOW

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of kkearn. Thanks! I had HopSlam last year but it was not fresh. May I say fresh is better for sure. Pours cloudy orange with a thin, sticky white head that leaves a good bit of lace on the glass. Smells citrusy, slight metallic twang, fresh hoppy. Tastes citrusy as well, on the sweet side of hoppy bitter. Full body, nice carbonation that fades quickly. Top 10 DIPA for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle (Batch 8278) and served in a tulip. This beer poured a clear amber color with a thin, lasting beige head that left some nice lacing. The aroma of the beer was surprisingly sweet. It was made up of huge, sweet grapefruit, mango, and orange, sweet honey, along with a hint of caramel sneaking in. The flavor consisted of moderately bitter grapefruit rind, sweet honey, ripe mango, and fresh pine needles. The sweetness of the honey along with the freshness of the hops made an amazing combonation. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slightly resiny with very mild carbonation. An amazingly well done IIPA. In a style that can be very repetative, this beer truly sets itself apart from most of the pack. Delicious!!!


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