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RATINGS: 2633   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Beautiful golden amber color that retained the head for a long time. The first taste is total accentuated with the flavor of grapefruit. This is definitely one fine ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2006
excellent...light golden orange body with heavy head...aroma of sugar-infused ruby red grapefruit and light malt...flavor is very much the same, and is one of the most clean and refreshing IIPAs out there..however, the piney, grassy and grapefruit hops dominate the malt profile..nice palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Lightly hazed golden color with a tall heavy cream colored head. Rings of lace as it is imbibed. Ruby red grapefruit with some mild herbs and flowers coupled with light fruit and light malt. You like hops, you should not find may faults with this scent. Light fleshy aroma that throws things off for me. Quite a bit of fruit and flowers in this one. The last of pack here and I am starting to catch a lot of fruit an flower. Perhaps a touch too much, but still I am attracted. Lots of fruit with berries, pears, apples and other light fruit. Still a big hops presence. For me the flavors hops combine with the sweetness and create a brew that is slightly too sweet. This is a sweet brew that like Yukon Jack is way too good to think that it could be dangerous. I enjoy this a lot, and a touch more bittering balance would be welcome, but still more than enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Slightly hazy orange-gold pour with a small white head. Aroma is lots of citrusy hops and honey sweet malt with a little bit of noble hop spicinesses and a hint of orange zest. Tastes like a glass full of wet, juicy, piny hops with a little noble hop spice and a very slight malt background. Body is a bit on the thin side with a tingly carbonation. Note: Batch 8283 seems to have a sharper pine note to the hop profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
hazy straw colored pour thick off white head nice lacing. Great aroma light malts (carmel) lots of sweet hops strawberries & tropical fruits, very nice stuff. Palate is well coated lightly creamy. Flavor is some hop w/ a touch of spice lots of fruit strawberries mostly some grass & a dry finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12oz bottle. Batch 7690. Aroma: Intense grapefruit and tangerine, with some pineapple and mango thrown in for good measure. Fresh pine and resin. Subtle spiciness and a perfumey floralness. Malt comes through despite all those hops with a nice caramel note. Appearance: Dark golden in color and slightly hazed. Off-white head was full and creamy looking with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness up front with some toasted nuts and caramel flavor. Hops come in strong with a juicy grapefruit and tangerine. Resin and pine, leaning heavily towards the resin. Some floral, spice, and grassy notes into the finish. Bitterness kicks in with a nice bite, but isn’t over the top at all. A little lingering sweetness left after the bitterness fades. Alcohol is very well hidden and was only noticed a few times in the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. I was expecting a touch more body. Medium-high carbonation. Alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A very tasty IIPA. Aroma is fantastic, and flavor delivers on most of what is promised by it. A little light in the mouthfeel would be only complaint. Great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Another good beer from Bells.Aroma is of hops and malt.Appearance is a golden color with a big white head.Flavor is a nice balance of hops and malt.Palate is full with hops and malt up front and a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2006
This is hop city with a bitter end,very good and pleasant.I like my dbl.ipas and this is up there with DREADNAUGHT but not with quite the same character and hoppyness.CHEERS!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle from Rayboy via Indiana cause bells no longer does Illinois. Light floral notes are present but quickly trampled by the heavy citrus, apricot and tangerine stampede. Long dry finish of massive bitterness. A hop slam indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a short blurb and batch number on the back label, 7690, packaged on Oct.26.06, sampled after few hours in the refrigerator in a chalice. Poured a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy, foamy white head that slowly settled into a thin creamy lacing, small amount of ringed sticking. The aroma of American DIPA heaven, pine resins, floral leafiness and grapefruity and a subtle caramel in the background along with small whiffs of alcohol. Good, even and steady carbonation, and a crisp, hop slick, creamy smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Delicious hop taste without being a complete taste bud killers, only a slight numbing of the tongue, grapefruit juicy along with the a little rind, piney with a little oiliness, a subtle floral leafiness, the hop bitterness is actually pretty soft. but has a rolling, lingering presence in the palate, the alcohol is well masked, lightly warming and makes a brief flash in the taste towards the end, and a dryish light caramel malty and hoppy finish. A tasty and balanced DIPA from Bell’s, dangerously quaffable, I wish this was available in Illinois, but sadly, not.

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