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RATINGS: 2678   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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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4.2
BlackHaddock (9401) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2019 12 oz draft pour during Happy Hour at Stadium Brewing on 20th March 2019. This is a beer I have been longing to try and it didn't disappoint one iota. Slight haze to the bulbous glass of the brown body, huge off-white head of foam that left some heavy lacing. Malty and hoppy with a semi-sweet base which the piney hops balance out nicely, some light citrus notes appear and a hop bitterness takes over towards the end of each sip. A delightful beer!

4.3
HourGlass13 (1503) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2019 Pours up a crystal clear golden color with a frothy white head on top. Lots of lace left behind in the glass. Some active carbonation rising up. A very pretty beer. Sweet candy like aroma. Taste is sweet, with some malts to balance out the hops. Hides its alcohol well with no burn or booze taste. Great beer all around.

3.9
thebeerbandit (243) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2019 3/16/19 Back at the apt checking in gatos before heading back to my A’s. Soft, hoppy nose. More on the herbal side. Not as potent aroma as expected. Taste is a complex hop showcase with good sweet malt balance. Lots of dank/herbal flavors and a good presence of honey-sweet malt and vague citrus. Lots of bitterness and lots of sweetness too. Palate is big and fluffy but dries quickly. Overall, it’s a big flavorful brew that really showcases some awesome hops but doesn’t have the crispness and wow factor I had hoped for. Tastes like a more floral 2-hearted. Great brew but I think my expectations were too high.

3.7
Garrold (7242) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2019 Can. 8 weeks since packaging. Mostly clear, light amber colour. Very messy, lacing, viscous, white head. Nose has dank and piny hop oil. Sticky, ginger spice malts. Taste is sweet and malty, with a big dollop of resinous bitterness. Medium body. Low carbonation. Sticky on the lips. Lingering, robust bitterness to finish. Straight forward, big hitting IPA.

4.8
freekyp (2895) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2019 There's a good reason people camp out for ir this stuff. It is a perfect DIPA. Chewy sweet malt prop up the super resiny hops. Tons of fruit flavors ranging from pineapple, orange, and berries to stone fruits. A hot wash of alcohol in the swallow reminds you that this is not a beer to be trifled with. Stinging peppery hops adorn the fade, swatting away the lingering sweetness. A monolith of brewing skill.

4.2
Livendadream (353) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 14, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2019 On tap @ growler USA! Slightly hazy bright golden color with a big fluffy off white head that lingers leaving huge curtains of lace on glass. Aromas of pine, flowers, citrus fruit and a whiff of alcohol. Tastes of sweet honey, caramel, grapefruit, resin and a little booze. Medium-heavy body, nice tingly carbonation, soft, creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a mildly bitter, mouth coating finish. Fresh, fruity, big and bold. Lots of hops but not too bitter. First time I’ve tried this and it’s amazing. Definitely worth it. I love Simcoe!

3.7
tfontana (1769) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2019 Can pour into shaker pint glass from Greg & Jane's Beer and Wine. Appearance is hazy orange with lazy, sparse sparkle, finger-width off-white foamy head with decent retention and soapy lacing. Aroma is surprisingly mild and corn-chip forward, maybe some fruit. Taste is citrus, fruit, caramel malt backbone. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with smooth, slick, late-frothy texture, average carbonation with slight numbing of the lips, crisp finish as taste. Overall, glad to have had another one of the icons. However, don't know if I had a bad can or what, but this was surprisingly devoid of hop aroma (and malt aroma for that matter--corn chip?--maybe there was something off in this can/batch) and not terribly complex. With a name like Hopslam and a reputation to boot, was expecting to be blown away (still, after 15 years) but found it merely lost in a sea of very good beers.

3.7
Bebum (1370) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2019 Clear amber. Full body, very dense and intense flavors, bubbly mouthfeel, good length. Moderately bitter, dry, crisp, well balanced Assertively hoppy, resinous, herbal, malty background. Not enough time to describe today. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
EvanFriend (791) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2019 Caramel background, the smallest hint of tropical fruit, lots of pine and citrus. A good example of what it is, but what it is is still a boring, rather one-note IPA.

4.3
Westy1130 (153) - New York, USA - MAR 3, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2019 From Can. Pours a very average golden/orange color with medium head. Incredibly pungent hoppy aroma with loads of mango, pineapple, citrus and sweet nectar. Taste is very similar to Two Hearted Ale, with a slight boozy flavor. An awesome DIPA; but goddamn, the cult following behind it has made it very difficult to obtain and very overpriced.


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