overall
100
100
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

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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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4.2
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
Sampled at the Hellbilly tasting. Thanks Sparky27! Pours a nice orange color with a medium white head. Aroma is lots of hops and notes of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Flavor is similar. Some sweetness that disappears on the finish. Very tasty!

4.4
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tom’s UGT Pt. 2.
What an absolute cracker this is. Superb in every department. I got so carried away with this one I didn’t even write any notes. Luckily you have 794 other ratings to read so my opinion is not really too needed is it? Awesome American hops with a near perfect balancing sweetness. Absolute sex in a glass.

4.7
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
I’ve been looking for this stuff. Pours reddish gold, with a perfect white head that diminishes to a little white cap that lasts the whole beer through. Phenomenal bouquet of hops. Earthy hops, citrus hops, bright floral hops. All of that in this one. Mouthfeel is dead on, not too thin, not cloying. Lacing is great. There is a note of the honey sweetness to this, in the aroma and the taste, but it balances out nicely with the hops. Big alcohol content, but easy to drink. Could be trouble because it is sooo good, and you want to drink more after you finish a glass. But due to the rarity of this (especially in an area that can’t get it) you have to make sure not to blow through your stash. I will make this an annual task to get as much as possible when it is available. Could be my favorite beer I’ve had.

4.5
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2008
Ya gotta love the hops!!! Great citrusy/grapefruity flavor. Hides the alcohol well. This beer goes down far too easy...especially at 10% ABV! Polished of the first one in about 5 minutes.

3.8
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle, batch 8285. Pours a hazy, pale orange-yellow body with yellowish white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruit, hops, citrus, and candy. Flavor is more of the same with some hints of pine, ash, and honey. Nice, solid body with smooth mouthfeel. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

4.2
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 4/18/8 bottle batch 8277 courtesy of ucusty. pours a hazy red amber color with a small off white head. streaky lacing trails are left on the glass. candied citrus aroma... lots of sugary grains with orange/citrus, grassy and bubblegum hops, vanilla and a vegetal earthiness. the flavor is more like a fresh barleywine than dipa (old bottle perhaps?). much more grainy sweetness than hops... grassy, light citrus, floral (dominating but not bitter) and light ashy notes. i get honey on the finish after the second bottle (thanks sparky27) along with that same ashiness. nice slick mouth feel that leaves no sticky residue... i need this REALLY fresh from the taps... 2/1/11...grapefruit,pine and wood dominate this fresh bottle. On tap, this is amplified. Draft carbonation makes it so easy to put away. 8/4/8/4/18

4.3
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
Thanks to eaglefan538 for the opportunity to sample. Pour was orange, good head and lacing. This is full out grapefruit assault, all over the nose and tongue. Huge hop bill left your mouth crying for assistance, but in a wonderfully giddy way. Rich, full, nice malt balance. Good beer from Bells again!

3.8
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Lots of piney, resiny hops in the nose but also a sweet malt note, as well as some fruitiness, peach or apricot aromas. Nice deep golden, crystal clear, small white head doesn’t last long but leaves nice lacing. Nice balance of bitter hops and honeyed, caramel maltiness. OK, maybe balance isn’t exactly the word, you would have to be a hophead to enjoy this, but anyway the malt is there if you look for it. Light carbonation, medium heavy texture, very bitter finish. True to its name, true to style, but the flavor is a bit one dimensional to me. Heavy on bitter, but not much complexity. There are a few other IIPA’s I prefer for their taste. Still, very good beer overall.

4.3
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
Great-looking beer, with its lofty, lasting head and its hazy orange color. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. Very inviting nose -- sweet-smelling malts and sprucy hops. Mouthfeel was full, smooth and weighty -- very nice! Carbonation was spot on, too. Malts were were sweet and sticky (caramel, Sugar Daddy candy and honey) but they were tamed by a big, snappy bitterness. Some earthy-yeasty elements. Hops were bold and multi-dimensional (pine, grapefruit, bitter orange, grass). As a hophead, I really enjoyed this one, and it sure does live up to its name! Thanks, John!

3.7
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2008
Orange color with syrupy citrus smell. Strong, sweet taste fades to bitter, with notes of cloves, honey, grapefruit, lemon, and grass throughout. Kind of astringent in the end. Alcohol warms the aftertaste.


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