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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
I picked up a couple of bottles of this, and I’ve just had the first. I think I’ll wait a long while to take out the second, and then it will probably only be to trade with someone. Yellow, hoppy...it’s not bad in that it has sufficient body to satisfy my palate, and the hops aren’t ridiculously out of balance in some astringent-monster kind of way, but it still lacks in dimensionality. The alcohol is really well hidden. It’s still just a boring hop party.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa ’07. Quite possibly the perfect balance between being a great beer and session drinkability that I’ve ever come across. Most high-gravity beers I can only drink a few in a night, but I think I could drink this all night long. Pours an excellent deep orange color with perfect size head. Smell is dominated by pine/citrus, very refreshing. Taste is the same - strong pine/citrus flavor with a great balance of hops/malt. I would have guessed this was 6-7% ABV had I not seen the label. Would love to have a case of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Pours a golden orange with almost 2 fingers of creamy head that dies down to a layer sitting on top and huge lacing throughout. Smells of gynormous hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Tastes delicious. Huge hops, citrus, rind, grapefruit, pine and HOPS. Nice malty balance that lets this not be too over the top. I might not be getting the full hopslam effect since this is not a freshly bottled sample but this is up there and a delicious brew. Alcohol hides nicely and carbonation is perfect. No bitterness lingering. A classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Amazingly delicous. Citrus, pine and creamy hops. Hop juicyness does not linger but what does linger is great. Full body even looks good in the glass. Big fruit flavor of pinapple, grapefruit, lots of malts and nice rich body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11249) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Bottled. Thx to Ughsmash for this gem. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head, which is sitting perfectly on top of the beer. Citrus, herbs, flowers and sweetness in the aroma. Intense pinearoma. Very delicious. Flavour is very piney, almost sharp. Fresh citric, light sweetness and flowers again. Full bodied and very dry. Qutie refreshing. Heavy bitter end with light piney and citric notes. This is a beer to crave for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
I poured this into a DFH snifter. This beer pours very cloudy. I would have liked to see it cleaner. According to the BJCP, slight haziness is allowable if it is dry hopped, but this is a bit more than that. It doesn’t seem to clear with time either. There is a huge hop bouquet even from a distance. Very strong citrus aromas, especially grapefruit, but slightly more bitter. The flavor is amazing though. It is not nearly as bitter as the flavor would have led me to believe. It is a dead ringer for actual grapefruit flavoring. The bitterness is only in the background, and there is enough sweetness to back it up. This is a great example of an Imperial IPA (except the cloudiness); perhaps one of the best i’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
Cloudy, with an orange yellow hue. White small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, visible carbonation. Nose was sweet, bitter, grapefruit, pineapple, and very hoppy. Flavour was thin, sweet, bitter, very hoppy and a somewhat lingering hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was hoppy and thin. Medium body. Truly is a hopslam to the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Rating is from bottle, confirmed by draught sample at the Eccentric Cafe. Pours a clear orange hued amber witha moderate foamy lacing head. Aroma is sweet hops, grassy and floral with an almost nectar sweet fullness. Nice hop bite up front with a strong bitter finish. Full and sweet with citric and floral notes. This lingers powerfully and has a creamy full mouth feel. A touch of effervescent tingle and alcohol mingle amazingly making this slightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3581) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
Brown bottle, 355 ml, batch 7806, via Philippe Boutin, savoured on November 13 2007; eye: burnt orange, lightly hazy, slight effervescence, creamy almond head, good lacing; nose: fresh hops, light pine, spices, light caramel, light soap; mouth: slight presence of the bubble gum that tasted like soap, lots of hops, grapefruit, good presence of caramelized malt, alcohol, some spices (including pepper and a bit of salt), finale in hops with a good presence of caramel, mild astringency, alcohol becomes more present as the beer warms up, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, slightly salty, medium to full body, slightly harsh texture, average carbonation; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 355 ml, lot 7806, via Philippe Boutin, savourée le 13 novembre 2007; œil : orangé brûlé, légèrement voilée, très légère effervescence, mousse crémeuse amande, bonne dentelle; nez : houblon frais, léger pin, épices, léger caramel, léger savon; bouche : ptite présence de gomme au savon, beaucoup de houblon, pamplemousse, bonne présence de malt caramélisé, alcool, quelques épices (dont le poivre et un peu de sel), finale en houblon avec une bonne présence de caramel, astringence moyenne, alcool devient plus présent lorsque le bière se réchauffe, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, très légèrement salée, corps moyen-corsé, texture légèrement rugueuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zethca (62) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a nice stiff head that sicks around a bit. Aroma is pungent floral hops. Big bitterness here huge hoppy aftertaste. Balanced nicely. Alcohol character really masked, wouldn’t have guessed it’s 10% ABV. Great IIPA

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