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RATINGS: 2877   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. Hazy golden with ’standard’ lychee and grapefruit US hop nose. A bit of soap? Nice interplay between malt and hops - with hops winning out. Bit of pear and a salty bitingly bitter finish. Cunningly hidden alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours a hazy golden Smells rather hoppy with notes of citrus Tastes hoppy, with citrus, and a little bit of something that I couldn’t place. Finishes excellent. Overall, a wonderful beer. Big bold and high in alcohol (a great 10%), its a good thing I only got one that nite, seeings how I had to drive that nite! Good brew, keep ’em coming Bells!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head, which mostly dissipates and leaves some light lacing. Aroma is of course overwhelmingly hoppy, with heavy citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is biting hops, tart citrus ,and pine. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a lot of fizz. Not quite my thing, a bit much on the hops, but for what it is, it’s a great beer. Update: re-rating due to more experience and acquisition of a taste for hoppy beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Pours hazy copper with some light dregs making it into the glass. A quater inch of white head peaked before deminishing to a skim coat with some streaks and dots of lacework. Aromatics are fairly pungent with a big grassy, mossy note preluding the bursting citrus profile. The earthy, leafy accent is almost funky and hints at a heavy dose of dry-hopping. A heavy tangerine wave followed by pear juice and candied grapefruit round out the nose. The mouthfeel is lightish but still sticky and crisp. The pallet is fairly dry, with loads of zesty citrus and hints of spruce. Mangoes, orange zest, apricots, and melons come to mind, and a extremely light malt character is key to the balance. Bitterness is mild, firm, and smooth..Right on. Finishes with lingering fruit, some mild warmth and a lingering dry, crisp snap.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 2, 2008
What a beer run i think this is my 3rd beer above a 4.5 for tonight. Poured a orange with a fluffy head and good lacing. Aroma was citrus grapefruits. Flavor was lots of hops mostly citrus some pine. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
Shared with Pyrozoid. Clear orange poor with a small beige head and a little lacing. Aromas of grapefruit zest, oranges, peaches, pepper, pine, creamy caramel and hoppy. Sweet start but the bitter peppery bitterness hits you big time right at the end. Slightly sweeter than most IIPAs. Alcohol is present but far from overwhelming. Smooth, creamy and velvetty mouthfeel. Taste is very citrusy and very hoppy as well. Tastes amazingly fresh. A tad better than the 90 minute that i just tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler) Une biere blonde quelque peut brumeuse avec un mince collet. A l’ouverture de la biere la senteur donner un gout de sucré. Odeur de cèdre, caramel. oranges. Une biere tres fruité au gout. Excellente biere!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Another go at this one, pretty fresh to boot, and I’m not as impressed as I once was. Clear red-amber with a nice fizzy white head. Nose has fruit but its sweet, almost no citrus, almost synthetic, and lots of pine. Flavor is very sweet, malty, honey, some mango and banana, a little tea. Palate keeps the un-spritely flavor from sinking, but is too short to earn the 5/5. A little boozy in the finish. Overall decent IIPA, but this is too sweet for hop extremists, lacks the fruit refreshment and palate explosion... RR has fortunately set the bar way high.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 Hops and Honey lace this exquisitely drinkable beer. Extra points for such a smooth drinking 10% balance out the somewhat hefty pricetag. A seasonal brew that I will look forward to every year. 2011 batch was not quite as good. Lacking the honey, and the flavor is not as good as the nose.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Thanks durhambeer! Pours a rich orange color with a rather fizzy white head. Aroma is amarillo hops, with the distinctive grapefruit aroma. The flavor is great! Starts with the delicious citrusy hops bitterness up front, and moving back it tingles. As it warms you get juuuuuuust a hint of the sweet maltiness that is characteristic of a barley wine. I never coulda told you this was 10% abv. Bells really knows how to make an IPA!


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