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RATINGS: 2603   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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clitzy (2) - USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
I am a big fan of the Bells Brew and have been hunting this one down for awhile before a friend of mine brought one over. my biggest complaint is that it is too hard to find here. i am a loyal DFH 90 minute drinker but would drink this as my change of pace IPA if more available.

strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Not as bitter as the arrogant bastard ruination. In fact, this brew had a much smoother flavor to balance out the hops than I had expected. Very nice

HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Batch 8278-seems very fresh. I had a Two Hearted with dinner and another nice IPA afterwards, then had this a couple hours later. Oh My God! I can only think of a couple beers that left me speechless after a first taste. This is just amazing stuff. I have officially found a new addiction. I might give a more concise description later, but for now I’m just awestruck.

MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle, 10% at ZBF08. Very nice caramelly aroma. Good hoppiness. Nicely caramelly flavour, burning hops in back of throat. Good sweetness. 8 3 8 3 18

Bottle at Alvinne pre-ZBF09. Good caramelly hop aroma. Hazy golden colour. Very small white head. The flavour is nicely caramelly with a little sweetness. Good hop bite. Sweet, grassy and biting. 8 3 8 3 18

HoptimusPrime (17) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 19, 2008
A beautiful beer. If I could live on a desert island with an endless supply of this, I’d die happy.

jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2008
On draft at Brewster’s in New Buffalo, MI. Smallish to no head. Light orange in color. Smells sweet, fruity and hoppy, and tastes the same. Ladies and Gentlemen, it hardly gets any better than this.

MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a white head. Aroma is the smell of a mango snapple fruit drink. Taste is very hoppy, bitter, and crisp with a nice clean finish. Though I wouldn’t say that this is a bad beer its not one that I will drink very often. The smell is just so odd to me that I wasn’t able to enjoy it the way that I felt I should have.

Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Deep orange with a thick and frothy head has a strong, floral aroma like potpourri. Actual flavor has a tremendously nutty and bitter quality, reminiscent of toasted walnuts, highlighted by a syrupy orange finish. A perfect sipping beer on a cold, rainy afternoon!

WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish-tinted amber with a wispy white head. Aroma is syrupy sweet, with strong notes of grapefruit and apricot complemented by some subtle notes of roasted malt. Taste is dry and sweet, with a long hoppy citrus flavor building up to a pleasantly bitter finish. Not a complex brew, but very good at what it does.

bpowers (24) - USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 12 oz bottle. Poured a golden/amber dark honey color with a small white head. Head quickly dissapates and ends up being pretty much a little film sitting on the top of the beer. Aroma is allmost all FRESH hops. Realy piney, citrusy and freshhhh scent. It smells bitter, and fresh from the garden/vine. A little malt also present in the nose. Taste is a little more well balanced than the aroma suggests. Good malt backbone to balance the huge hop flavor. Again taste is distinctively fresh, bitter hops. Different than many IPAs and IIPAs on that fresh quality. Aftertaste is suprisingly not better. I was expected a big bitter kick like in the Victory HopWallop but the honey it is apparently brewed with must temper that some. Alcohol can hardly be detected. Mouthfeel is nice, its pretty heavy and carbonation is weak. But it both suits this style well and is what you expect from an IIPA on those fronts. All in all, a great and suprisingly drinkable IIPA with a great fresh/bitter hop taste. Too bad it sells out of everywere in about a week.

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