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RATINGS: 2630   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 16/20
beertholomeus (950) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a golden color with a white head. Hop, resin, caramel, citrus, floral, biscuit, malt and oxidation aromas. Hop, resin, caramel, citrus, pine, floral, biscuit and malt flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Slightly oxidized. Hop and resin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (383) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAY 23, 2014
355 ml bottle. orange copper color, slightly hazy, with a nice frothy white head that leaves a lacing. Aromas of sweet fruits and lemon at first, pine, grapefruit, mango, some caramel backing up, and alcohol notes when swirling the glass. Pretty complex taste, caramel sweetness, hoppy hints, something like lemon, orange, maybe grapefruit, no alcohol to be found, some spicy and floral notes, so good!!!! Long aftertaste, medium sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LorenSommelier (20) - Oaxaca, MEXICO - MAY 18, 2014
Delicioso aroma a lúpulo que invade el lugar desde que se empieza a servir. La cabeza no es muy densa ni duradera, pero forma encaje en el vaso. Aroma super floral y citrico. En boca permanecen las características aromaticas, retrogusto largo, amargo y dulce. Cuerpo medio-alto. Excelente cerveza. Amarga, pero muy bien equilibrada para una doble ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1854) - - MAY 18, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – It had a deeper golden color with a slight bit of haze. The head upon serving was relatively small and faded to give a moderate level of lacing. Smell – The hops hit you from afar and hit hard. Big citrus and pine hops greet the nose with a nice aroma. These then mellow a bit as a maltier and sweeter aroma of caramel and bread mix in with the citrus and pine. Toward the very end of the smell there is a bit of floral that manages it way in to the aroma, although it is quite light in comparison the pine and citrus. Taste – The taste follows the nose quite well. There is a nice more bitter citrus and pine taste upfront with is mixed quite nicely with a big malty backbone of some bready and biscuit flavors. As the taste moves forward it sweetens up with some sweeter fruit and caramel flavors coming into play. Toward the end it all comes together and leaves a very satisfying somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet flavor in the mouth. Quite pleasant. Mouthfeel – A moderate to thicker body with a slightly lighter then normal carbonation level give this brew a nice creamy feel and allow the taste to linger and permeate the tongue. Overall – This was a nice imperial IPA. It had great aromas flavor and mouthfeel. One to look for and one to sit back and savor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (3942) - 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 (747) - 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 (1754) - 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 (211) - 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 (92) - 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.

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