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RATINGS: 2624   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle from Sprinkle. Light amber pour. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Kind of fruity as well. SWeet hoppy flavors. Unlike the type of 2IPAs Iget out west. Well balanced with just a little too much sweet. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Hops slam (my) bell.
Sell hops balm (to me).
Hops (as big as an) Elm (squash my) balls.
Smell lab hops.
(Huge) hop slab smell.

In unity, "lo has kilo" (of hops).
Thanks Illinois.

Bless (the) hop mall!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
12oz bottle from Artusory. This orange-colored ale poured with a decent white head, eliciting a floral hoppy aroma. One can taste all 70 IBUs, yet the bitterness is not overwhelming due to just the right mix of maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2007
12 oz bottle courtesy of hopdog. Hazy pale golden-orange beer with a thick white head. Heavy layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Fresh orange aroma, lemon and grapefruit citrus as well. There is also a floral/fruity flavour in this as well. Fresh pine and spruce sweetness. There is also a lightly caramelly maltiness that adds a sweet touch to all of the juicy hops. Flavour is very hoppy, sweet grapefruit, orange and apple sweetness hiding behind all of the tropical orange/mango/pineapple hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable except as a cooling sensation. Awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Re-rate Batch 11656, All the same as below but less of it. Weak everything. This beer is either getting worse or I’ve had too many way way better IIPAs, but this was just very underwhelming and not at all what I remember. Either way, it’s worth a re-rate for sure. Batch 7775 (1/29/2007) [7-4-8-4-17=4], Dark orange in color with small white head, some lacing, and lots of carbonation. Nice strong aroma with typical fruit and hop filled scents. Flavor is excellent. Packed with hops, but flavor is balanced towards the end with surprising berry and grape. Very nice and not over done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle. White small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, visible carbonation, cloudy, and an orange yellow hue. Nose was sweet, bitter, grapefruit, pineapple, and very hoppy. Flavor was thin, sweet, bitter, very hoppy and a somewhat lingering hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was tingly, hoppy and thin. Medium body. Too hoppy tasting for my palate, but a hopheads delight IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 2/19/13, cask. Soft off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pineapple, some spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pineapple/pine, some spicy. Medium-full body, some resin. Very smooth for the ABV, alcohol well contained. (8/4/9/4/18)

(3/7/07, bottle) Hazy amber body topped by off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, some pineapple -- "bright" hoppiness that was missing from the previous time I tried it. Sticky medium-full body, alcohol hardly noticeable. (8/3/9/4/17)

(1/28/07, 12oz bottle, Batch 7806) Small beige head atop clear amber body, nice lacing. Very aromatic -- aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit -- syrup and fresh fruit at the same time. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, pineapple/pine, caramel. Lots of bitterness here. Resiny medium-full body -- alcohol well-masked. Sadly, the wonderful aroma translates into something of a muddle in the flavor -- not bad, but I expected more after the inviting smell. (9/4/6/4/13)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7942) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2013 Bottle. Honey, strong pine and grapefruit hops aroma. Cloudy orange-yellow color with small head. Slightly sweet orange-grapefruit-pine hops flavor - very light malt. Nicely balanced. Very nice and drinkable - alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Truly outstanding from nose to aftertaste impy IPA since it is not overly sweet or have the harsh alcohol burn like many impys. Citrus note is not over the top either. Divine bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cupofthree (1) - USA - JAN 27, 2007 does not count
Christ, are we drinking the same beer? I guess in the search for "complex" and "deep" flavor we’ve wandered into the realm of the totally unpalatable. Astringent, gin-like, OVER-HOPPED! I expected bitter but this flavor truly goes over the top. If you smoke stoggies and eat kippers all day this type of beer might be appropriate for your tongue-flayed lifestyle. For experimental imbibers or those who desire to discourage fride poaching.

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