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RATINGS: 2784   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrownALEx (382) - Portland, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma: citrus hops, slight honey mixed with body odor. Appearance: pours a clean golden color with a glorious white, fluffy head that does not leave willingly. Great lacing left by the head that will not go away. Taste: spicy and citrusy at the same time. Some honey notes are there as well, chased by alcohol. Palate: hops and more hops up front that end with bitter hops and more bitter hops at the end. The finish is rather sweet as well. Overall: from the first smell of hops and armpits (not a bad thing for beer) to the bitter sweet finish (as in bitter from hops and sweet from honey) this beer is almost unbeatable. Must try. You wont be disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2768) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2016
February 10, 2016. Can. canned January 14, 2016 (marked 11416).
Light hazy golden with a large creamy white head. Aroma is sweet fruity and malty with toffee, ripe pineapple, lychee, resin, some pine, citrus and alcohol. Taste is sweet, quite bitter and slight boozy. Finish is sweet toffee, resin, tropical fruits with mango, lychee and pineapple, bitter piney and light grassy notes with some boozy notes. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Good, but a bit boozy and a bit heavier on the malt character than I prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ahuth (137) - - FEB 8, 2016
Can. Pours cloudy copper. Has thick white head. Has a big bold hop tastes piney floral hop. Has a sweet dry after taste. Grapefruit and honey taste. Excellent imperial IPA. Dangerously drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaxyBeerFan420 (7) - - FEB 8, 2016 does not count
12oz poured into a snifter. This was pretty damn good but it doesn’t live up to the insane hype following it. The honey really makes this beer unique. I’m glad I got a super fresh 6 pack and I will certainly enjoy every bit of it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpar73 (797) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Can. Hazy orange color with an off- white head. Aroma of hops, pine and fruits. Flavor of fruits, grape fruits, pine needles and hops. Long dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (215) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2016
2016 Can. Pours a gently hazed bright orange with an appreciable head, leaning towards the modest size. Syrupy nose like wading through a purée of mango and tangerine, each and every stonefruit, pineapple, some grassiness, and of course a bit of booze. Flavor of some heavy citrus rind, vegetal lemongrass, tropical purée, silky but perpendicular honey texture and sweet grassiness. Easy body and finish for 10%. Bit of a sweet stale grassy linger. I know this is an annual affair and a hot commodity, but...I’m not certain why. It’s far too syrupy and fruity. Maybe some pine or floral/herbal elements to cut through and balance. I’m not trying to seem like "that asshole", but take a step back from the hype and it can become easy to see that you’ve had some DIPAs much more unique and enjoyable than this. Hate to be that guy, but I guess I have to be that guy for this brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (184) - Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
12oz can. Pours orangish hazy with thick off white head. Aroma is Citrus, Pine and Resin. Taste is sweet fruity citrus pine with a sweet grapefruit pine finish. I’d never guess it was 10%. Well balanced and very hoppy. It was definitely worth the chase.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madelfonatree (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2016
January 20, 2016 enjoyed February 6, 2016 in a Hopslam tulip. Look - I overpoured. Head is white and medium to large bubbled. Body is murky orange. There is a lot of lacing. Smell - Musty. Honey. Grapefruit. Taste - Musty. Lemon. Grapefruit. Honey. Malt. Sweet. Orange. Feel - Santana and Rob Thomas Smooth. There is no alcohol. Watery at that. Overall - Would I rather have a Floyds? Yes. Would I rather have a Hoof Hearted? Yes. If I was a fifty year old that drank beer by the pack each day, this would be my go to. Honey and mustiness balance the malt so well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (257) - - FEB 5, 2016
Aromas of papaya, cantaloupe and honeydew melons, then crackery malts and floral hops. Taste is pine needles, papaya, red grapefruit, and cracker malts with pepper. Finish has pine resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMeHo (1) - lake villa, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
Aromas of white pine , blue spruce, douglas fur, and other Pacific conifers. Sweet scent of dole pinapple.. freshly sliced, not canned. Mouthfeel is velvety, similar to meringue.. but smoother, like whipped cream. Notes of bubblegum, green crack marijuana.. the nose is enveloped by the woodsy, piney smell of a lumber dept. at Home Depot. Overall, a very well balanced, tasty rendition of the Double IPA, with an Imperial IPA finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LizardKing (5) - East Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
Without a doubt the best ale I have ever had! Have to get some more before my store runs out!

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