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RATINGS: 2841   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrKrinkle (10) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2008
I was somewhat hesitant about this beer, seeing it as just some other kind of beer that Bells would throw out. I was disillusioned. This is a great beer. Heavy on the citrus notes, but not overwhelming and does not linger too long. The hops taste balances very well. Utterly delicious

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
csjones1 (7) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2008 does not count
I thought 2H from Bells would be the best I would ever encounter. HS beats it hands down. The sweet smelling and tasty grapefruit tricks you out of the 10% you’re throwing down. Which can talk back to you later for sure. Also talking back is the $16/6 pack....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CP (124) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Let me tell you folks this beer is pouring real good this season. It explodes on the palate with flavors of flowers and wheat. This beer really "hopslams" your palate if you hold it in your mouth for long if that makes any sense. It’s hard to believe this is 10% as the alcohol is not apparent in the least. Not sure if I would drink this regularly but it is a nice change up from darker beers. For me this is similar to Three Floyd’s Broo Doo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Very, very nice. Slightly hazy and cloudy in it’s golden hue. Smell of floral and hops. First taste is definately grapefruit and slight citrus. The hops then kick you in the teeth. Finish is clean and refreshing, like the first signs of spring after a Minnesota winter. This beer is definately something you can sink your remaining teeth into. Just be careful, the 10% alcohol has a tendency to sneak up on you. This is one of my favorite beers, IPA or not. Just wish the price wasn’t $14 for a six pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Amazing sweet aroma of floral and citrus hops. Nice flavor that starts out with the sweet honey and resolves into extreme hops. Nice bitter finish leaves the mouth ready for another sweet sip. This is a really good double IPA. Definately one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdclust (2) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2008 does not count
Excellent brew. Cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Hoppy but balanced. Finishes rather bitter, which I imagines is expected from a brew named ’Hopslam’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 12 oz bottle. 2008, This beer is amzingly delecious. Aroma of floral and citrus. The taste is all hop, the end is bitter. I found a hoppy beer that actually has a bite!!! Would and want to drink again and again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Im in love with this beer! One of the most beautiful hoppy beer I have ever had. Nice hazy amber color, with a burst of sweet hops in the nose. Paid $13 dollars for the 6 pack but it was worth every penny!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Shared this with Grant & Lori. Aroma initially pretty grassy but then settled into warm passionfruit and citrus. Overall candy smell. Head was think and creamy - like marshmallow fluff one would use on chocolate ice cream. Color of amber - fairly clear, minimul haze. Enjoyed the flavor & palate - full mouthfeel with a tinge on the finish. Strong flavor of alcohol initially then moving to bitter hop and finished sweeter. Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Poured into a snifter, this beer takes on a nice dark goldenrod color with a one-finger off-white head. Wonderful scents of piney hops and succulent citrus emanate from the glass. An interesting orangey hop flavor concomitant with some oily piney hops as well. Doughy malt provides stability and balance. Mouthwatering, delicious beer. Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Very smooth. The alcohol is entirely unapparent and a 12 oz bottle leaves me wanting more. Very deserving of its high rating.

Rerate: Oh how young I was when I wrote this! Upon a second tasting, it’s obvious that this beer, while good, is too sweet and lacks the bitterness of a top-tier double IPA. Gotta dock points for that.

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