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RATINGS: 2754   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Thanks Santa. Cloudy orange, thin white head. Nose is huge grapefruit & resin, some light tropical notes, a bit of light toasted malt. Flavor is bitter but not overly so. Veryu piney, grapefruit rind, fruits, some light maltiness. Strongly bitter finish is the only place that the alcohol reveals itself. Absolutely stunning creamy body. How do I make a homebrew with this mouthfeel?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5205) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 Bottle. Strong resin and grapefruit nose, light flowers and fruitiness, very inviting. Clear orange pour with a huge creamy / foamy / lacy head. Strongly bitter hop juice, resin and hops, delicious sticky hoppy aftertaste. Oily full palate. Distilled buds, I say! Extreme and perfectly to style, yet repeatable - I could have two of these every night. ... Also, double-take on seeing masterfully-hidden alcohol pct. - seriously, my eyes bugged, I couldn’t be convinced this had 9.5%

Having tried a year-old bottle last week and followed it up with the really fresh stuff [8283], I’m a re-dedicated fan - one of the drinkable doubles.

January 2011 bottle from Batch [10101] -- there’s nothing in the world like fresh Hopslam. Just pure, concentrated flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle - thanks to Nolankowal for the trade! Pours a hazy caramel color with a little sediment evident and a small creamy head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and pine hoppiness, orange juice, light honey and toffee notes with lemon zest too. Sweet caramel malts are all but overwhelmed by spicy, piney and grapefruit hops, cedar and juniper notes as well. Full body and gentle carbonation. A hop lovers bounty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2006
One of three from a trade - Thanks shigadeyo! I probably should have gotten a six. This is a fabulous IPA, the kind that makes you want just one more sip after you’ve already discovered the bottom of the bottle. Grapefruit and pineapple and pine and fruit and cramel and nuts. Whohoo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Hop lovers enjoy. Copper color is a bit deceiving. Citrus flavor at first, then the hop kick in. Fantastic bitter finish makes the name fit. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Awesome double IPA, copper color with a thick off-white head, great lacing around the glass, huge hoppy nose with notes of pine, citrus & bread, medium-full body, very smooth & drinkable, creamy texture with flavors of bitter hops, citrus, yeast & just a touch of alcohol, warming finish with more bitter & dry hops, a bit more alcohol in the aftertaste as well, fantastic beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Another thanks to Shigadeyo. Aroma smells of a fresh cut pine tree and grapefruit plus a little pineapple. Very nice. Flavor is pretty sharp and tangy. Raw bitter hops. Perfect name for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dylnfrk (3) - USA - DEC 13, 2006 does not count
From Kenny Road Market. Open up a bottle and pour. Smells like a bag of fresh hops right out of the homebrew cooler.you can smell flowers, fruit, bitter and a hint of maryjane skunk(not the green bottle skunk but a sweeter version). Very little head has an almost orange glow. I agree with the other reviews of grapefruit taste. Almost like you got a bit of the skin. But grapefruit and hops are both bitter so maybe its just the bitterness and not the fruit. At $16.00 a six pack I won’t be drinking this every day. But I know a few hop heads who would love this. A great treat for yourself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1088) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Slightly murky orange pour with a lot of floaties and a small but lasting white head. Grapefruit is the dominant aroma and it smells wonderful. Taste is incredible. More citrus, grapefruit, orange and lemon stand out to me. I caught some of the bready malt in the middle, but that quickly moves to a resinous finish with a nice warming from the alcohol. Not as good as dreadnaught and maybe a bit above great divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle. Courtesy of Alan at Coastal Wine. Amber body with a delicate white head. Nose is juicy, wet hops. Lots of pine and citrus notes. Soft caramel backbone and chewy malt notes. Taste is blissful! Lots of citrus notes, caramel, chewy, sweet malts. Juicy hops and pine round this out. Body is creamy and slick with some oiliness and mild carbonation. Finishes with more hops, pine, citrus and sweet malts. Very nice!

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