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RATINGS: 2621   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
Cloudy light orange colour with a small white head. Hoopy fruity aroma with notes of grape and some malty sweetness. Hoppy, peach fruity flavor along a light malty sweetness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Sample from 12 oz bottle. Amber colour with a mostly lasting creamy and frothy off-white head. Big and fresh grassy, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Flavour is like a nice big glass of grapefruit juice, plus some other fruit – I think someone else mentioned passion fruit, which seems an appropriate descriptor. Medium bodied, fresh and juicy mouthfeel. Perhaps a non-West Coast IIPA to meet West Coast standards?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
From bottle, this beer was great. Taste was Strong grapefruit hoppiness with mild-medium bitterness overall. Body was medium and particulates were visible in the glass. Finish was extremely crisp with light citrus aftertaste. hopslam is a slam dunk!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Deeply hazed gold, thin creamy white head. Nose was chock full of crushed pine needle, grapefruit and orangey notes, and just a slight touch of toasty sweet malt. Flavor is straight up hop juice tones of grapefruit, florals, and grass. Starts slightly sweet, but blasts you with a moderate bitterness from start to finish. Full bodied, soft carbonation and smooth, bitter finish. Without a doubt, this will get you a hop fix. Great brew! Thanks for the hookup Eyedrinkale...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5072) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2007
12oz bottle. An orangish gold pour with small head and nice lacing. A sharp aroma of hops right there to meet you at the door. A rich malty flavor that hints of apples followed by a hard pleasant hop slam (I made that up) to finish. It relights everytime you rub your tongue through your mouth. A full rich palate that is close to perfect. A really nice beer for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 12 oz bottle. Batch #7775. Pours an attractive orange-gold with a small off-white head. The aroma is of hops, grapefruit and oranges. You can taste the hops and grapefruit. Smooth and hoppy with a bitter carbonated finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1487) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: Cloudy flat gold with a small white head. The hop aroma is like burying your head in a sack of fresh hops. Abundant are grapefruit, oranges and junipers in every sniff. The strong juniper taste along with grapefruit and ripe apricots is extremely palatable. It shows a great bitter aftertaste. This beer is quite well-built! Thanks BuckeyeBoy for hooking this brother up.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2491) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle pours a clear golden orange with a small fleeting white head. Lots of citrusy hop aroma. Grapfruit, and mandarin oranges. Flavor is failry light malt body, but tons of hops. Bitterness and flavor. Mostly citrusy hop flavors, Simcoe and Cascade tastes like. Strong lingering bitter bite. Moderate to fairly carbonated and a smooth rich finish. Very nice and worthy of high marks. Thanks to BuckeyeBoy for sharing this trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2752) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
12oz Bottle pours out a hazy light copper topped with a off white head. GREAT power aroma on the HOPS and citrus. A GREAT Double.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange yellow gold color with a light white head and light spotty lacing. The nose is bright and citrusy with some yuzu, pumello and lime peel, just light pale malts, not much in the caramel department. The flavor is nicely balanced with a clean malt body and some nice punchy bitterness. The overall flavor is grassy and very citrusy like asorbic acid. The mouthfeel is full and dry hopped. This is totally a San Diego style IPA. Nice to find something so brash and unique outside of that area. But knowing how imaginitive American brewers are, I knew it would only be a matter of time. 9.5%? Doesn’t even taste like 7. Thanks to BuckeyeBoy for this gem!

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