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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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4.5
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 thanks to ilanman for providing this one. scent of peaches and lots of hops. taste is full of beautiful hops and lots of citrus and fruit. certainly a grapefruit sensation here. this is what you should expect from an IPA. anything else is less than par. an absolutely fantastic beer. i would recommend it to anyone. very happy that i saved this for my 100th rating. i will probably base many of my ipa ratings against this one.

4
NJJereme (387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Pours into a cloudy copper color with a soft white head. Smells like grapefruit before the pour and is greatly apparent when tasting. The bitterness is felt in the middle part of the tongue. Medium to heavily bodied. Very tasty, similar to Dogfish Head 90 minute.

4.1
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2008
A honey dipped Simcoe hop with a really nice buss. One of the best DIPA I have ever had, minus Pliny the Elder.

4.3
User29624 (1683) - - MAR 23, 2008
This is some really good stuff, didn’t realize it was 10%. Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit mainly. The flavor is actually quite balanced and I thought easily drinkable. Nice amount of citrus hops and the sweet honey mixes well with it. Very good beer from Bells, one of my favorites.

4.4
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Beautiful golden orange and amber color. Aroma of just picked grapefruit and wildflower honey. Somehow the strong hop taste balances and completes the slightly sweat citrus flavor. Definitely my favorite IPA, up there with my very favorite brews.

4
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Crystal clear, golden color. Thin white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Nice bittersweet finish. Alcohol warms up as the beer opens up.

3.8
mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head & spotty lacing. Nose is pine cone & flowers. When I first received this bottle I was a little nervous. With a name like Hopslam I expected it to be overwhelmingly hoppy ( I’m not a hophead ). Actually it’s quite good. Hop flavor isnt over the top & there’s a fair amount of malty sweetness. Alcohol is tucked away in the background. I didn’t realize I was drinking a 10% brew until I went to rate it. Like I said, quite good.

3.6
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a slightly cloudy, deep amber with a pillowy white head. Aroma full of flowery hops and sweet, doughy malts. Flavor is fairly hoppy with plenty of citrus and pine character, but this appears to be drowned out by the massive malt bill and ensuing high alcohol content. Honestly, there’s not much here for a hophead to get excited about. The sweetness is the over-the-top character here. Pretty good, but I was a bit disappointed.

4.7
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 overall impressive beer for high ABV but not over the top bitter. Pours an orange color with a thick soft head. Blend of much citrus and pine and the honey adds that mild sweetness that counteracts the pungent hops and high ABV. Goes down dangerously smooth and quickly. Good full mouthfeel for an DIPA. This is my "desert island" beer for sure.

4.4
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a golden color under a small off white head that settles down to a good film over the top. Aroma is interesting. A lot of grapefruit smell with a slightly sweet note that is really good. The obligatory hops piney notes, but mainly a good sweet/sour grapefruit that I really like. Taste is surprisingly mild, not the assault of hops that you come to expect from a West Coast IPA which is a definate change. Very sweet, grapefruity notes with a sweet almost sugary backing to it. A faint alcohol taste to remember it by, but mainly I get a very piney aftertaste that sits on the back of your tongue. Very good, definately deserves it’s billing.


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