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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.


3.8
   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 (3488) - 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 (648) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with soft haze. forms tight white head. Aroma hits you with pungeant citrus grapefruit and mollasses. Starts out grassy sweet quickly dominated by the tongue curling hop bitterness made up of grapefruit, pine, pear and even pineapple. Finishes moupuckering bitter that lingers just long enough. very little malt presence. Warming and Over the top.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: January 12, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy golden, wispy white head
Aroma: slightly sweet citrus aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: good hop flavor with nice sweetness, mellow bitter finish, touch of pine sap

Date: March 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.3 to 3.5
picking up more pine sweetness in the aroma but it quickly fades or saturates, adding a bit of sedement adds a nice bready yeast character the balances the sweetness and improves the overall complexity, I still don’t love this beer like a lot of people but it is starting to grow on me

Date: June 07, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: 3.5 to 3.9
picking up a ton of fruity orange and tangerine, still nice balancing hops but the fruity malt has taken over making this a great beer, a year of age is the key on this one

Date: January 22, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
Aroma: big sweet honeyed grapefruit aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, citrus hops, plenty of bitterness
Overall: too much bitterness for the sweet aroma

Date: January 28, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
a bit more balanced with the honey sweetness balancing the bitterness, still plenty of citrus but not over the top,

Date: February 05, 2011
Mode: firkin
Source: bsp
Appearance: muddy orange, creamy beige head, solid lace
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet flavor, honey and malt, lots of hops, touch of citrus, light peppery spicyness
Overall: the creamy body of the cask combined with the subdued hops make this way to dangerous

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Date: February 09, 2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2008
Score: 3.9 to 4.0
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with nice fruity hops
Flavor: strong orange and tangerine flavor from the first bottle of the batch, bitterness is just enough to add balance but stay out of the way
Overall: now this is the vintage worth raving about

Date: April 25, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: bruisin ales
Vintage: 2008
the honey sweetness in the aroma balances and complements the citrus hops,

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bridgland77 (1) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2007 does not count
hands down the best imperial pale i’ve ever tasted. Crisp, hoppy. The first sip sets the tone.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 by far, one of the best IPA’s that I’ve ever had. picked this up on a road trip down from Michigan to Florida. had no idea what to expect. the beer has the perfect balance of hoppiness to create a smooth, but not overpowering, DIPA. excellent! 4.1.08 - re-rate. lots more honey than I remember from last year’s batch. even better than before. lots of hops, but not as strong as I remember it. the honey really tones it down. but in a good way. love love love this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 9, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>shigadeyo, thanks Craig!) Really nicely-balanced...Pours hazy very slightly reddish amber with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel soft, nice, smooth, medium-full, touch of stickiness in finish. Flavor is medium bitter pine and grapefruit over caramel and vanilla. About as straightforward a big IPA as I can think of - hops are there but not overpowering, there is some nice sweet malt presence and is only a slight bit hot esp. as it warms. Nice little bitter bite in finish. A nice smooth pleasant big IPA.


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