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RATINGS: 2731   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours a clear rustic orange color with a finger length head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves a soapy lacing. Smells of dank, funky fruits like grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, and papaya. Get floral and a fresh-cut grass smell, as well as some carmel sweetness from the malt. Taste starts with some dank grapefruit, lemon, mango, as well as some grass. Slight bitterness. Then in the middle, you get some honey sweetness, as well as some breadiness and carmel from the malt. More malt backbone than I expected. Then the finish molds the carmel sweetness with dank hop flavors. Get some grapefruit, mango, apricot, tons of floral, more grass, good amount of pine, almost like a bubblegum flavor, some booze. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol. The bitterness level rises through the flavor profile. Low full body with a slick and oily mouthfeel. Carbonation on this beer is great and makes it much more enjoyable. The addition of honey to this beer is a nice touch and really does help balance the beer a little more. Does an excellent job showing off the hops. Does it live up to the hype? Not quite in my opinion, but it is still an excellent double IPA.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cool_Bond (1754) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
Fruity, sweet and floral fragrance. Well hopped, sweet and floral flavor. Quite so heavy bitterness that fills the upper part of the mouth for a long while. Delicious beer but give it a medium ranking anyway. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (794) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to kraddel, thanks alot sit! Also thanks to tderoeck for arranging it to be in my hands. Looking forward to trying this beauty. Pours orange with a small head that dissolves quickly. Cheesy, some grapefruit, mango. Smell is quite dissappointing I must say. Fortunately the taste is sooo much better. Exotic fruits and bitterness, evenly balanced by a big bodied malty, sweet base. It's a good thing I'm not getting the honey out of this, because I hate honey. Good beer, but I'd take Pliny or Heady any day.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPagan5 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Finally can get this in so cal. Bev mo I think spouse got it. Perfect IPA with out crashing in on palate, big grapefruit notes in aroma and taste. Some little toffee, mostly hops, awesome brew

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GrinchY2K (6) - Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Doesnt get much better than this. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Had strong fresh green leafy hoppiness aroma with orange peels. Sticky. Tastes of oranges, caramel, floral, with a grapefruit finish. Smooth and way too easy to drink. Alcohol content well hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peterschreurs (70) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
On tap. Served a copper color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, bit of pine with atouch of malt sweetness and hint of herbs. Taste of grapefruit, malt, caramel sweetness and nice touch of honey. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, a solid hop feel without being over powering. Very well balanced, a rich feel that is not found in most beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asceticbrewer (56) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2015
12oz to tulip. Pours a dark golden orange with a thick yellowish off white head. Aroma is dank, tropical fruits, and hop bitterness. Taste is dank bitterness, with a crisp semi-piney bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Mmm smells like a bouquet of hoppy chronicky flowers. Wow. This has got quite a kick. Bitter. Nice and floral.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1240) - Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy, bright orange with white head. Aroma is very citrusy, lemons, grapefruit, tart. Taste is highly bitter throughout, medium bodied, medium carbonation, long lingering bitter finish, very hop forward beer. Overall, nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2015
On tap at bells. Good sweet grassy scent. Not a ton of hips in the aroma. Looks stunning. Tastes hoppy and sweet at the same time. Aftertaste is not bitter. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for such a big DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fr5ed (57) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Reviewed 2/22/12. Magnificent. Almost as superb as the cask version of this I had last night at Redlight Redlight. A definite 4.5 out of 5 stars. Third only to Pliny the Younger and Elder. Video review: https://youtu.be/LrgDC-yQG9o


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