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RATINGS: 2748   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2007
Another one from SoLan. This guy is a baller. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a very light white head. Very enticing looking. Monster grapefruit hops smell, with some pine in the background. Light citrus surrounding the hops. Almost smells like pure grapefruit juice. Taste is quite powerful and distinct. You get that big grapefruit in the taste as well, with the alcohol presentng itself up front and in your face. Kind of bitter finish, a little tart, but satisfying. Hops are big, bold, and big again. Now this is a double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Draft at Capital Ale House Innsbrook, part of the post 10k recovery plan. If I had been thinking, which I wasn’t after running 6.2 miles, I would have told Maniac and Starfireming we were going. Oh well. Hey Maniac, they had this on tap again! Medium orange, decent fine head. Aroma was hop focused, mostly grapefruit with a touch of pine. Some gummy malts hold it all together nicely, biscuit flavors barely emerging, while the focus remains squarely on a standard hop offering of grapefruit, pine, and a touch of pineapple. Nice stuff here. RERATE: 2/9/11 of the now painfully hard to find and rare Hopslam. Not quite as drinkable as it used to be, hops are touch more abrasive, alcohol a bit more present, but still a really good beer. The hype these days is incredible, only got a sample of it due to the generosity of Derek and An to the JRHB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5029) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a hazy typically carbonated body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was of the malt hop variety. The very hoppy mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a mellow aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of nothing but hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Cloudy light orange color with a white head. The aroma has the requisite grapefruit, citrus, and pine smells. The taste is smooth and creamy which adds to the uniqueness of this one. Bitter and slightly sugary. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Cloudy, orange, and unfiltered, with a white head. Not as much aroma as one might expect, but it did indeed smell hoppy...also citrusy. And, "citrusy" best categorizes the taste. The texture; she was creamy. A fine example of a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 1   Lasting: 2   Lacing : XX
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 2   Hay : 1   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Honey : 2   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 5   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Spicy : 2   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 1   Orange : 3   Herbal : 3   Grassy : 3   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : 1   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 2   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 3   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: A rather confusing offering from Bells. Dynamic hop aromas range from the herbal character from noble hops while direct, punchy mandarine/tangerine nuances strongly hint at Amarillo Americanised hops. All the while, the body remains kinda smallish, a bit oily and leaving room for residual sugars – a bit like I would expect an Stone IPA and kinda failing to provide the usual roundness and nourishment I associate with a Bells. Perhaps this might be explained by the absolutely clear appearance? Larry Bell wouldn’t filter, would he?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours with a crystal clear, amber-orange body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and citrusy from the hops with a light underlying malt note and a little pine. medium bodied, slightly dry and well carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Bottle, tulip glass, just opening the bottle released a flood of hop smells, tons of pine and grapefruit aroma, pours a fairly clear medium copper color. with a nice long lasting white head. Hoppy, but really nicely done, a bit of sweetness from the medium malts, hops are dominate and nicely done with no hop appearing to be too dominate. Really nice finish the gravitates between long lasting hops, and sweet moderate malts. Nice very nice thanks MrRomero.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
My Bottom Line:
A bursting hop perfume shields the nostrils and tastebuds from most of life’s inanities. Resinous miracles, citrusy authenticity, and wooden wisdom ride the lean biscuity maltiness for a highly invigorating Imperial IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear honeyed golden.
-The hop profile is definitely reminiscent of Dreadnaught’s, which I adore, but its malt character is drier and less developed, focusing on quenching, whereas Dreadnaught would be chewy and crunchy (in my book).
-Its bubbly presence helps alleviate the bracing wooden, resinous hop bitterness.

Bottle; no date. Thx Eric!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
lewis13 (49) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit!!! Did I say grapefruit? Very unusual hoppy taste...wish I knew the hops that were used.

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