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RATINGS: 2761   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
The aroma is great! Amazingly fresh lemon citrus/ grapefruity hops. From the aroma you would expect it to be a bit thicker in body, but the flavor is still great. There’s enough malt backbone to balance the tart, grapefruity hops. Resiny long finish. Smooth and balanced. Nice IIPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Draft at Issac Newtons. Bottle thanks to Stoutlover72, Thanks for this awesome beer. Holy F’n smell. Very grapefruit, star ruby grapefruit smell. Fantatsic!!! Very cloudy look with thin head and stays till the end. Great flavor that may not be as good as the smell makes it out to be but whatever. Good mouthfell and slightly sticky. One of the best IIPA’s I’ve ever had! Very smooth and it’s balance is spooky*

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle at RB gathering. Light hazy golden in color with a little head. Hoppy musty aroma. Citrusy piney hops. Hoppy malty flavor. Citrusy grapefruity notes. Finish is sticky and bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced beer. Very nice beer. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Thanks to my SS for this one. Pours a hazy light gold and a thin white head- slight lacing as well. Aroma is very hoppy- mostly cent and amarillo- citrusy, light pine and tropical fruits- resinous. Nice hoppy flavor, decent malt backbone, but you can notice the alcohol come through esp on warming- fruity, and solvent-like. Finishes relatively bitter and somewhat sticky= not as dry as some west coast expamples. Pretty good DIPA, but the aroma gets your hopes too high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled October 2006, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a touch of yeast dustiness, but the beer is a lightly reddish hued, amber to copper color. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is certainly quite hoppy; it is a mix of citrus, pine and even a more dank hop note similar to onions or perhaps even garlic. The hop aromatics are certainly an interesting mix. The predominant character is that of audaciously vibrant sweet citrus and exotic fruit aromas; notes of apricots, lychee, pineapple, candied orange peel, concentrated ruby-red-grapefruit, and other tropical fruit notes make up the dominant notes. Behind the upfront hop fruit though is a touch of more raw hop character; hints of pine, menthol and that onion-like almost garlic character lurk in the back ground, just enough to add a hint of complexity. Where is the malt? I couldn’t tell you underneath all of the hops.

The taste is sweet with the fruity hop notes, in fact the sweet fruitiness just sticks around clinging to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The hop fruit notes are much the same as I noticed in the aroma, but here there is a touch of biting bitterness to add a touch of balance. You know it is a hop focused beer, when you need hop bitterness to balance other hop derived notes. The malt is buried here, playing only a supporting role, there is certainly enough malt to not allow the hops to be dominating and raw, but definitely not enough more my hop flagellated taste buds to notice. It has just enough mouthfeel / palate coating ability to help the dominant hop character along; I wouldn’t say that this was a beer you wanted to pound, but it is dangerously quaffable.

The hop character here is so smooth & even soft (despite being amped up and loud overall); the brewer definitely took a heavy handed approach with smooth fruity hops like Simcoe and Amarillo when brewing this beer. The flavor does not have much, if anything, noticeable of the onion / garlic note that I experienced in the aroma, though perhaps there is a touch of it in the finish. Really the finish is dominated by a smooth, lingering bitterness that perhaps takes on a touch of mentholated pine. I really am a sucker for these smoothly fruity, over the top, one dimensional hop bombs. This is quite bitter, though I don’t necessarily realize it most of the time. This is totally only comprises one dimension of the usual three that a beer can have (hop, malt and yeast), but it is so enjoyable in its expression of the hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12 oz bottle shared with TChrome. Cloudy golden/light amber color. Must be unfiltered because there were several particles floating in the beer. Nose was giant grapefruit hop aroma and more hop aroma – hard to pick anything else out – awesome! Medium bodied with lively carbonation, slightly chewy. Great hop flavor, bitter citrus – grapefruit and a bit of orange – incredible flavor. One of the best IPAs I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Bottle. Pours copper/orange color with a nice white head on top. Aroma is full of hops, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Flavor is definitely a hopslam! Full of big hop flavors. Definitely not an unbearable hop profile since there is quite a bit of malt backing this up. Wow, the flavor in this beer is amazing. Another damn good beer from the people at Bell’s!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6733) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12-oz., courtesy the generous crackings of BitBucket. Pours a nice medium-dark copper with a fairly thin, bubbly/sudsy white head that wanders off after a while. Big nose of orange and grapefruit, very Simcoeish. Some pine in there as well. Lovely nose. Assertive (if not insane) attack: medium high body, active carb, big bold hop flavors (there’s that citrus and pine again). Some sweet caramel malt goodness but nothing too competitive; this is the hops’ serve and few IIPA malt volleys are big enough to break it. Tingly, lingering sweet-bitter finish. Great balance and structure throughout. Wonderful stuff. Wish I could drink it all the time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is loaded with pink grapefruit, apricots, oranges with some dankness. The flavor is big and bitter, lots of citrus, but a bit too much malt sweetness and bready. Medium body with moderate carbonation and very bitter end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
bottle - Pours copper with a medium head. This beer has a wonderful aroma of grapefruit and hops. The flavor is, of course, intensely hoppy, but it has lots of malts to hold it up as well. The citrus comes through nicely and you’d probably never guess it was 9.5% abv. All of these praises said, whatever kind of hops that was used doesn’t seem to be my favorite. It was a little unpleasant in the finish, so I’d have to say that I’ve enjoyed some other IIPAs more. Still, this is a very good beer.

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