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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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3.9
OldMrCrow (2440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Bottle courtesy of the great miketd who tossed this baby in as a bonus -- thank you!

Pours a golden orange, glowing and beautiful, a nice near-white head that lasts pretty long for the ABV and retains powerful lacing along the sides of my tulip glass. The aroma of this beer is ridiculously nice. Hops all the way; fruity with lots of pear and pineapple, but also herbal the way I love it so, man I’m just out there in the experimental garden at the UM botanical gardens some summer in Ann Arbor, drinking deep those herb aromas. Heck, one sniff of this beer and suddenly I remember the whole route out there, out Geddes past Route 23 and left on Dixboro, past the housing developments that were already starting to mar the Michigan countryside.... Beautiful flavor. Perfect balance, no sticky over-roasted grain, just powerful fruity hop goodness, no palate ruinition, just tropical-fruit hops, steeped in honeydew, with slight hints of resin and a smooth mouthfeel that would leave you thinking 7% if it weren’t for out utter burst of flavor that could not be explained below the 10% that this actually musters.

Spendid beer; a worthy big brother to my all-time favorite Two Hearted. 9/4/8/4/17=4.2

Second visit, April ’09. Nowhere near as impressed this time. It’s alright, but basically a big sticky IIPA. I’d much rather have a two-hearted. I’d go about 8/4/7/4/14=3.7 this time. I’ll average the ratings.

4.1
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
[To Celebrate my 1500th rating - thanks for providing me with this Papsoe!] Hazy orange with huge off white long lasting head. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of melon, grapefruit and hops. Sweet flavor with loads of hops and notes of melon, grapefruit and carame. Soft mouthfeel and a very bitter end. Lovely!

3.8
bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2008
Bottle. Malt, grapefruit and red berries in the aroma. tart flavor with grapefruit and red berries, pushing the firm oily hop character into the background. Soft, tasty, well balanced, still with a firm bitterness, especially in the aftertaste. Nice!

4
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter...Nice orange color w/ a one finger white head that lingered around and provided some film. The nose was fruity and hoppy. It smelled somewhat like white grape juice mixed with some citrus juice. Flavor was a terrific mix of caramel, citrus, and subtle spice....a little sweet a little bitter.The palate was oily, w/ a slightly bitter dry finish that quickly faded. AWESOME DIPA!

3.6
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
poured an orangish amber with about a larger head, that stayed as a film. Aroma was fresh fresh hops, like from the freezer in my garage, quite floram and spicy. Flavor was good, spicy, citrussy, with malt and alcohol really holding up. Well balanced IPA, but the flavor just wasn’t quite there, I enjoyed two-hearted more. mouthfeel was full and oily. A good beer, but I didn’t love it.

4
douglas88 (9194) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Bottle thanks to Drnk_McDermott. Pours a cloudy orange with a frothy white head. The aroma was just great; some fruity and ripe hops. The taste was initially not really bitter, instead it was a smooth and tasty malt with some sweet citrus. The finish is dominated by a lasting bitter hops, but not brutally bitter. Some honey also. Just pure goodness.

3.8
mmmbeer (1425) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Well, let’s see what all the hype is about- 12 oz. bottle (Batch 8277) poured into tulip. Poured transparent dark copper orange, thin white ring around the glass for a head, aroma of citrus and floral hops. Hits the mouth with a defined medium body, hops are present throughout the tasting and even after swallow, finish is complete, slightly bitter, and has a slight honey note (go figure that one), alcohol is not noticeable at all. Color me unimpressed- it’s contemporaries (DFH 120, Avery’s Maharaja, Stone’s Ruination) are unique in their own ways, Hopslam seems a bit run of the mill for a double IPA. Major let down- you can purchase 2 6er’s of Two Hearted for nearly the same price as 1 6er of Hopslam back in Michigan when in season. Do that instead kids, and quit hyping things up.

4
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - APR 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 JRerate: On tap at Barleys-Columbus OH. Nice hop nose. Sweet, hoppy, tangy, fruity and VERY fresh. Thick mouth. Very nice beer. just what we need-another review of this beer. Gold, no head. strong hop nose. Smooth taste not a hop bomb. Similar to 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. Nice beer.

4.2
bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark amber color with a thin white head, sweet aroma of peaches and hops (though not overpowering, more subtle), taste is only slightly hoppy up front but the hops really come on in the finish, very nice DIPA. Glad I finally got my hands on one of these.

4.1
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Not much to say except that hopslam is special. There’s honey, there’s pineapple, there’s plenty of stuff characteristic of great IIPA’s. Extremely drinkable and tasty. I want a keg of this. Get me a keg pepsican and I’ll thank you.


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