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RATINGS: 2760   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. I just love hoppy beers, and this one is hoppy in the best way. Pours hazy orange with a white head. The aroma is very floral, peach and grape, and the taste is sweet malty, alot of grape, maybe chinook hops, a bit peach that gives some freshness. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic, dry, hop finish. Another good beer from Bell´s, more please!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 I have been seeking this for awhile, and Shigadeyo grabbed me a six pack. Thanks Craig! Pours hazy amber with a white head. Sweet grapefruity hop aroma with a tad amount of alcohol in the background. Initial flavor of pale malts, lemon, apricot, and grapefruit that transitions to some mild grassy and pepper hop bite. Nice amount of sweetness. Juicy and semi dry finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Alcohol slighlty detectable. Nice beer. In fact, I just brought home a 12 pack from my travels to keep in the fridge.
Batch 8278. This years batch does not disappoint. It seems a tad drier on the finish, but otherwise still has this addictive quality to it. It is also very easy to drink. This is very unique in the world of IIPA’s. I am going to up the rating, because the more I drink this, the more I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Pour is hazy golden amber with a big bubbled off white head...smell is super strong citrus hops...lemons and grapefruit...taste is sweet lemons and citrus...some malt, but strong citrus and alcohol sweetness...nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
From bottle. Pours a clear orange with bubbly off white head. Nose is herbal with oranges. Flavor has a bitter beginning with herbal citrus flavors. Palate is smooth and not overly thick. A solid DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2006
From a 12oz Bottle, Batch #7690. Pours a transparent honey peach color with a thin layer of wispy white head. Heavily hopped citrusy aromas of spruce boughs, white grapefruit, and some softer notes of clover honey. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel thats a bit on the heavy side for my preference in the style, but it doesn’t get syrupy by any means. Some lightly sweet honey caramel malts start out the palate before a dousing hop cleansing. Some strongly bitter pine and pulpy white grapefruit finish out the cleanly bitter final smack. The alcohol is very well hidden, leaving only the the fabulous hops reside left to sting the tongue. Thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
claybuster (1) - USA - DEC 27, 2006 does not count
12oz Bottle, Obvious hoppy nose per the name, but also quite alot of citrus, taste is very hoppy (duh) and then nice citrus and pine taste, very very tasty in my opinion, no taste of the over 9% ABV just a great beer to drink. However, after drinking another IIPA following after this This seems very much as one of the better IIPA’s but not the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle from trade with OhioDad. Thanks Scott! Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation and beatiful white lacing. Earthy, floral and citric hop aroma-a lot of grapefruit. mmm. This is tasty. A bit of pine needles, more grapefruit, fresh chewy resinous hops, and a sharp and efficient malt backbone. A great double ipa with very nice balance. I like hop heavy IIPA’s and this one does it just right. This is wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle, poured orange amber, looked like orange pop, very hoppy fragrance, citrus & some flowers, malty, a white head, lots of pineapple, some pine needles, Hopslam is the Big Brother to Two Hearted Ale, one of the scents reminded me of walking through a Pine tree forest in Canada off the shores of Lake Superior, thick chewy ale, taste of malt, biting hops, lots of pine needles, like a pine needle soup, lots of orange & grapefuit, on the tongue, when drinking this Hopslam, I am going up and down a wild roller coaster of hops, leaping and bounding over a mountains of hops, woo hoo!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Unfiltered peach in color. Thin but fully sustained pure-white foam. Hefty hop aromas of cantaloupe, tangerine, mango, and pinesap. Sharp hints of green onion. Delicate honeyed malt sweetness. Vivacious bottle-conditioned carbonation expands on the palate. Body is dense and oily from the get-go, with not a whole lot of brightness to go along with it. Quickly becomes astringently syrupy and borderline cloying, due to the concentration of resinous hops. Sweetness wanes slowly as there’s just enough acidity to lift some of the sappy weight. Crisp, crackery malts generate some cleanliness by imparting a dusty dryness along with fluffy touches of fresh biscuits, as do fresh mangoes and some shimmering citrus qualities, but an unpleasant sweetness and sogginess persists. Finishes remarkably balanced, with plenty of succulent hop flavors gently caressing then deflecting the spicy and grassy hops. Soggy/overripe tangerine notes increase at higher temperatures, but the mango remains relentless and salvages some of the essential brightness. Overall, the aroma could use a bit more cleanliness and more hoppy brightness. The flavor is also on the sweet side, which causes the hops to come across as being slightly muddled. And with the exception of some chewy yeast and slightly tacky textures, the level of attenuation is so close to perfection...just not quite there. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but very close. A few very-minor adjustments would make this a real standout. A solid effort from a great brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2736) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Thanks Santa. Pours out a very attractive copper color with a nice lacing head. Aroma is of citrus and some grassy notes. Very nice flavor starts with some citrus hops with some sweet notes to add some balance. Very well balanced beer that was as drinkable as a mild ale, I honestly thought this wasn’t a double IPA until I looked at the ABV.

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