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RATINGS: 2634   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Finally. A new Bells reaches the chain-trenches of Jax locally provided by Total Wine. Been waiting for this one for a while. Ages perhaps. Enough to dust off the ol’ cap-cracker and dig in. Popped this sucker, and immediately, was overwhelmed by wisp and wasps of honey due, and a bouquet of hops Garden of Eden style, served sunny-side-up. A further sniff and huff of the fragrant aroma and the fine folks at Method should certainly consider to market. Pours a lively gold and fuzzy hue. Taste bites even before the palate is wet. Hops, o’ glory of hops, fancy wedding bouquets of flowers, honeydew strong enough to fight off the imaginary hummingbirds that the 10% ABV provides me. Pine notes mix in like a love affair with the Alps, and a chewy gentry of warm, moist banana bread. Convergence of a syrupy like texture tends to slow down de addict’ like consumption, into a full 5 course, savored meal. If there was something to top their Two Hearted Ale, this is it, though perhaps a bit heavy to session on. But man, I was checkin some ol’ rave clips from 1992 and thought to myself....i’d fancy some...well never you mind. If you have to ask; you’ll never know!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle received in trade. Thank you umich03jm! Bottled on January 8, 2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden with a rather small offwhite head that leaves lots of spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and fruity with caramel, honey, pink grapefruit juice, pineapple, star fruit, freshly cut grass, pine needles, kumquats and lemon zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity with crackers, biscuits, caramel, dark honey, grapefruit juice, mango, pineapple, freshly cut grass, pine needles, alcohol, orange zest, lemon zest and hints of chives. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny sticky sweet, astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with crackers, caramel, dark honey, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, pineapple, freshly cut grass, pine needles, chives, alcohol and lemon zest. Pretty much perfect within it’s kind of DIPA but not what I want in a DIPA. Give me a crisp fruity superhoppy dry Hill Farmstead DIPA and I’m on my knees begging for more but that’s not the kind of beer this is. This is a malty, sweet, bitter and quite boozy DIPA and it does a helluva job being just that!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (44) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Tap. Pours a golden orange color. Really not a strong hoppy aroma. The aroma is similar to the bottle, contrary to what I had remembered from last year. Substantial malt and some honey underlie a strong bitterness, providing nice complexity. Very tasty. A full bodied and nicely malty DIPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vomit (175) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Hopslam hey? I slammed some and found it wanting........to be Blatz. It’s not. But it’s good. Or not. Would I recommend this to a "friend"? Maybe. That is IF I had any friends. I don’t. So I’d pound some of this and than slam some Blatz to purify the palate. Think about it.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Geraldusek89 (17) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Currently sitting in the brewery cafe sipping fresh Hopslam on draft. Amazing. Pours a honey gold, great lacing, with a sweet, dank aroma. Taste starts off with a wave of bitter booze that melts away into that honey, hoppy goodness. Again, amazing. Kalamazoo is a cool little town, too. Great daytime roadtrip from Chicago! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bif (1580) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 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. Well worth checking out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2919) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Some light booziness shows up as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding double IPA style. All around awesome complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (476) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Twelve ounce bottle from trade with Chris* from Mt. Lookout (thanks, Chris!). Medium yellow/orange hue, big sinus clearing nose with lots of grapefruit, assertive bittersweet taste with a ton of reisin and an almost vinous character. Balance favors the malt which is not what I would expect from a beer called Hopslam. Still, a delicious brew. Not quite worth the hype and very high price, though. Tasted on May 16, 2014. *not the same Chris as Dr. Silverworm

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TH28 (167) - - JAN 19, 2015
12oz bottle. Bottled 1/8/15 (only 13 days ago) Appearance: brilliant clarity with a golden/orange color and a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma: A punch of citrus with notes of orange and peach, with an underlying grassy, piney base. Taste: Really rich and sweet maltiness, almost candy like, with definitive citrus flavors. Resinous, strong hop bitterness slowly builds and comes to a crescendo after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with a low carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Bitterness and dryness grows after the swallow and lingers with some resin on the tongue. Overall: Very light and balanced for a double IPA, with the richness of the malt standing up to the hops. This causes the bitterness to slowly increase as opposed to an abrasive punch in the face. Aroma is complex and inviting. Great IIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
razzanof (46) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
From a bottle. Aroma of honey, peach, and mango. Appearance is an amber, with white foam. Taste of bitterness and medium sweetness. Bitterness remains on the palate. An excellent DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justkoehn (20) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Little head and some lacing. Dark straw color. Honey cuts the extra hops. Really smooth taste for double IPA. One of my favorites ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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