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RATINGS: 2634   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blizzardlover (44) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 A Ruby, and lovely cloudy appearance. At 9.5% alc it has a bit of an alcoholic taste which creeps up on you while you are still sober. Incredible hop bouquet - like taking a drag off a mid-summer’s flower. Nice sudsy head. Easy to drink. Smooth and inviting. Overall, one of the better beers I have ever had. This is an unusual beer. I just poured another. A vigorous poor, and the head does not lose control. This addictive beer minds its master. After 2 of these, I think I am drunk. Hmm...too bad danger is not a category. Wife’s input: nummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Poured a golden amber with a small creamy head. Nose is pungent grapefruit hops, citrus, pine. It even smells sticky. First taste is all hops, this is a crisp refreshing citrus brew, lots of spruce and pine and grapefruit. Very dry finish. Exactly like the name says, hop SLAM!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2007
120z bottle. Batch 7741. Hazy and finely sedimented. Amber golden hued with a finger width of creamy off-white head. Total citrus and grapefruit bomb. Creamy vanilla aroma. Peppery and piney nose. Wonderful full aromas. Surprisingly smooth and rich. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter fullness with a noticable yet not overwhelming alcohol burn. Great complex layered flavors. Sweet smooth malts. But this beer is all hops. And a great layered profile of hops it is. Still so smooth with a clinging lacing head. Stick and fruity body. Citrus and apples. Slight berry note. What will this become?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - 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 (5264) - 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 (1542) - 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.

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