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RATINGS: 2907   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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4.7
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Bottle, thanks Acknud! Wow what a beer. Pours a vibrant orange/amber color with a soft white head. Nice lacing. Aromas are hops, honey and more hops. Flavor is grapefruit, some honey, slight malt and more sour citrus. Bitter? Hell yes! But the honey balances this beer to perfection. I wish I had regular access to ALL Bell’s beers!!

4.7
ccoburn (22) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours a glowing golden orange with light head around the duvel tulip glass. Aromas of Amber Malt, honey, bitter orange peel, loads of grapefruit and some lemon. Flavor of amber malt and honey perfectly balanced with the hops that sting the bitter palate of the tongue. The bitterness doesn’t fade easily. Not much else to say except that this is a wonderful brew.

4.5
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
cheers tom this is a crucial double ipa- pours hazy, rusty, brown orange white foamy head. nose is brilliant, tangerine peach lychee. tastes really bitter, hops, tangerine, citrus, some lemon. big meaty mouthfeel, citrus/ tropical, very excpetional full bodied. length. lemon lime gloriousness.

4.6
knights97 (109) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 absolutely love this beer, the aroma is a sweet, honey smell to it, pours with a nice white head that slow dissolves. great hops, flavor is sweet and has a good after taste,, get a nice kick of hops but nothing lasting on the palate, one of my favorite beers.

4.3
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 Update - 2008 keg tapped 08/28/2008 Capital Ale House Downtown. Hops not as big in the nose – more floral – with a bit more bitterness coming through. Still really tasty…no score change. Clear golden orangish with moderate white head. Citrusy piney american hops dominate aroma backed with some light malt notes. Flavor is moderatly sweet of light malts and spicey citrusy american hop varieties. Medium mouthfeel with just enough bitterness to ballance out malt sweetness. With such high hopping this beer is remarkably drinkable and the alchohol is really stealthy. Everything works together perfectly, absolutely a fantastic beer. Hope they can do it again next year.

3.9
Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
Original rate: Big hazy amber. Aroma is minty, highly orangey with some ganja. Bitter body, with lots of great herbal hop notes. Well-balanced. 8-4-8-4-17 = 4.1

Subsequent rate: Hazy golden-amber and what looks like low carbonation. Aroma is minty, slightly herbal, with hints of wood and caramel. Soft body with a slight bit of stickiness. Bitterness is moderate but tempered by a honeyish sweetness. Chewy crystal malts, a hint of herbalness and mandarin. Decent, but there’s a lot of these in the PNW. 7-4-8-4-14 = 3.7

4.2
garthicus (2929) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 7, 2008
Shared with HogTownHarry, Harrys bottle (Thanks Harry!) Light tea colour body, slight off white head. Some alcohol in the nose, pineapple, hops and candyfloss, mmm. Flavour... goodness me! Sticky, maple syrup and slightly acidic quite ’earthy’ too! What a cracking beer. The alcohol isn’t overly evident in the flavour, long bitter finish.

4.1
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Draft @ the brewpub. Clear amber with a frothy tan head, nice lacing. Big floral and grapefruit hop aromas with a light sweetness. Medium body. Great hop juice bittersweet flavors are citrus floral and spruce sap with some pale malt and honey thrown in for good measure. Big hop flavors plus a sweetness without being sticky makes for a great Ipa here.

4.6
Eleventh11Man (7) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2008 does not count
In my opinion this is the best imperial IPA on the market. Pours a nice orange-gold color and the smell of citrus fruits hits you in the face. Very bitter, but not in a bad way. It is almost scary how good this beer is!

4.3
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Light amber colored with a creamy tan head. Fruity aroma of pears, mandarin oranges, and grapefruit. Aggressive citrusy hops presence is balanced by a sweet, almost honey-like malt flavor. Grapefruit rind sticks in the back of the throat in the finish. Just the perfect amount of sweetness to balance the hops, the sweetness never gets cloying, the hops take center stage, but never completely overpower. Full, creamy body, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.


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