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RATINGS: 2761   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Thanks to Peter for this bottle. Pours a dirty burnt orange with a slight small, but ever lasting head and lacing. Wonderful aroma. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and pine, but there’s some caramel, biscuits, and sugar there too. Taste is equally balanced with a strong malt taste of biscuits, caramel, and sugar. Hop flavor is wonderful and significantly less bitter than I expected. Tons of lemony/orangy/ hop flavor. The bitterness in the finish is strong, but not compared to others in the style. There’s a well rounded piney wood aftertaste, and the malt presence still lingers. Drinks creamy and smooth all the way, feels a little thick in the finish, but that’s fine. I could fault this beer, but what for?

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Dangerously drinkable, heavy sweetness with a powerful mix of hops. Very piney, resinous, grapefruit. But this is just way to easy to drink for a 10% DIPA. And thats a very good thing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Aroma is earthy and sweet caramel with a bit of toastiness. Nice amber orange color with a light tan head that remains until empty. Very bitter with medium sweetness which is very typical of the style. Big body with a creamy texture. Finish is very bitter. The alcohol could be less pronounced in my opinion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle. Batch ID #7806. A hazy rust-colored pour with a thin light-tan head. A strong aroma of oranges, pineapples and resiny pine needles. Full-bodied and sticky. An ample base of malts and caramel starts things off. A good deal of juicy fruits present (peaches, pineapples and pears) that I don’t remember when I first had this months ago. Aging has definitely added some fruitiness and mellowed the presence of alcohol. Finishes with some pepper and lots of drying, bitter hops. The alcohol is very well-hidden. I’d like to thank this beer for getting me ridiculously drunk countless times.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Slightly hazy copper, a nice sticky cap of white. Big green minty, cola, spicy hops; marmalade riding along underneath, and a touch of weed. Juicy Fruit flavor, pear, peaches. Sweetness blends so softly with the hops that the bitterness is pretty restrained overall. Ginger, musk, a bit of toasty baguette. Palate is soft and delicate--though there is a bit of alcohol heat. Pleasant, very drinkable beer. The aroma especially felt like a nice step away from the usual IIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Update: 2008 Batch 8283. The aroma is still the same. Taste seems a bit thicker which makes me question the new qualifier, "Ale Brewed wit Honey." Was it always brewed with honey? Taste seems heavily of grapefruit and a decent bitter pine taste. Damn......this is an exceptional beer. Pours a light amber color. Smells of Dole’s pineapple juice; very citrusy. Taste of hops and grapefruit and finishes with a bitter taste that lingers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2007
’06 bottle thanks to moejuck. Lots of tangerine in the front. Lime as well. No malt flavor to hold anything up. Heavy prickly carbonation, coupled with disappearing flavor in the back. Bitterness hides and then slowly creeps up on you long after the swallow. Lingers for a long long time. I really like the flavor I get, but it just doesn’t hang around long enough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
12 oz bottle from dmac621. Poured a golden amber color, with a decent white head. Smells of grapefruit, pine and citrus. Tastes of bitter hops and grapefruit. Very good IIpa.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Amber colour with frothy off-white head. Fruity nose with dark notes of hops, grapefruit, orange, pine needles and resin, slight hints of coriander. Very complex. Fruity, hoppy taste with apricots, grapefruit, orange and heavy notes of hops. Very complex, rather vinous and surprisingly balanced. A huge IPA and a serious hop monster. Brilliant! My kind of beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
Beautiful orange golden body with a big white head; Big very pleasant hoppy nose (exactly what I needed) lots of ripe sweet grapefruit- and orange juice; Big soft deep bitter sweet body; Long bitter finish ending quite dry, lots of grapefruit peel and sweet cookie aromas. Like I said, exactly what I needed!


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