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RATINGS: 2617   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (2607) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2014
Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this one!
Amber in the glass with a very floral nose. The beer starts a bit earthy and floral-sweet. The mainpart is floral, slightly sweet, probably too sweet. Floral and freshly nice. The aftertaste is long, doesn’t taste like 10%. Intense, sweet, grain and lots of hops with a nice and moderate bitterness. <vr> Interesting stuff, but a bit too sweet for me. 10/12/11/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle from Dresden, thanks man! Golden pour, nice finger of white head, solid lacing. Aroma, tropical fruit, malty sweetness, and lots of pine. Taste, oh yea, not much at first and then it explodes, malty sweetness, that leads itself into a big wallop of bitter hops, but manages to stay balanced, finishes semi dry, with a little bit of heat from the brew, medium mouthfeel. Overall this stuff rocks, I don,t usually dig double IPA’s as I find them too dry and over top with syrupy sweet malts and bitter hops but this one manages to pull it off lots of sweetness, lots of hops but balanced and well integrated. Schewweet!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1564) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
Thanks to Mark for hauling this to Europe for me! Pours a deep honey color with a hint of haze and a smallish cream colored head. The smell is caramel, grapefruit, honey. The taste is crisp grapefruit, honey, ending with some tartness and bitterness. Medium body and oily with nice carbonation structure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nveroff (1) - - MAY 11, 2014 does not count
Can't help but always pick up a six pack whenever I'm able to find it. Absolutely one of my favorites!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium of white head. Strong citrus nose. Flavors of citrus in the front and malty backbone in the middle. Fantastic beer, worth the hunt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syndicate (89) - Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Got this as an extra in a trade with Fritz123. Thanks again buddy. Pours with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Nose is big and malty with the caramel but honey being very prominent. Tastes like its 10% with a big malty resinious hit on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VoodooBear (48) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - MAY 3, 2014
Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, served in a Sam Adams pint glass. Appearance: Bright white, one finger head. Rich, crystal clear gold color. Smell: A strong and pleasing floral, hoppy smell. Taste: It’s a refreshing citrus taste with notes of hops, and honey. Everything is mellow and balanced, with no hint of the high ABV. Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation. It’s medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. Overall: It goes beyond the explosive hop character of most DIPAs and provides a more refined and balanced experience that really works. It’s a shame it’s only available once a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (917) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
ivorywhite head disappears with lacing. golden yellow colour. aroma is grainy, biscuit, hops. taste is sweetish, citrus, hop, bit piney with a long bitter aftertaste. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. a very nice balance!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2014
Bottle, poured in a small ZBF14 chalice glass. Pours dark amber with a steady white head. Smooth sweet bitter aroma of lychee, peach and grapefruit. Quite well balanced body, very soft. Taste is sweet apple pie, grapefruit chunks, bits of cardboard (older bottle?). Very nice overall! One of my favourite IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (47) - - APR 28, 2014
Appearance burnished gold, slight haze, off white head that dissipates fairly quick. Aromas of orange, peach, mandarine, slight pineapple, honey and more. very rich, strong delicious smell. Big sweet light malt and very distinct honey, followed by fairly big but not brash bitterness. This beer is 3+ months old so bear in mind. Some resin, lots of citrus and soft fruit again, perhaps some strawberries. Light body for the ABV, lowish carbonation, good length finish, with sweet, bitter and more strawberries lingering. This is a damn good beer that I’d love to have super-fresh.

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