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RATINGS: 2606   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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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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.

jbuzz (839) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2008
A Tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. A surprising Double IPA. So much hops that you can easily identify the citrus in it. Smooth only the slightest of bitterness. Definitely worth a try.

kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House (FL) on 3/15/08. Pours dark, clear golden with a thick, frothy head. Strong grapefruit and citrus aroma, very hoppy. Flavor: grapefruit, citrus, with a bitter start and finish.

esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Mildly hazy amber with a medium beige head that slowly fades away and leaves splotches of lace. Aroma of heavy hops, grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt and some earth and piney hops. Taste of citrus hops, grapefruit, mild honey, more citrus hops and enogh sweet malt tossed in to make it extremely tasty and amazingly balanced. The alcohol is hidden well and it finishes with a medium bitter finish. When I first tried it a year ago I was a bit leery of the mega hops and now I’m loving them and this is one great beer.
(original 3-16-18)
At Three Cellars tasting. Orange in color with a strange hoppy aroma, I can’t quite describe. Overpowering hoppy finish, a bit too unbalanced though it bears its name well.

Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of Haskell’s. Tryin to give them more business since Total Wine came into town. Pours a honey-golden color with a 1-inch tannish head with a bit of staying power. Aromas of big hops, flowers, citrus. More hops in flavor, slight caramel malts, and pine resin. Medium/high carbonation and full bodied. Nicely balanced hop bitterness in the flavor but overall, not very complex. Still a good IIPA. Bells does great things with beer.

craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 bottle - batch 8283. a very well balanced IIPA... nothing too over the top and nothing too weak... it’s really just right... although I prefer a bit more hops, Hopslam is one of the best and most drinkable IIPAs out there. pours a deep orange/amber with a solid white head. really nice deep hoppy aroma with a crisp citrus (lots of grapefruit) overtone. balanced over the palate, with the bitterness hitting the front and back... nice lingering finish. There are some honey and citrus / fruit notes on the finish as well. Overall, a great beer that is worthy of the hype and high ratings.

umphan (2) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2008 does not count
Best beer ever assembled. I’ve got 10 bottles of the first run left in my basement, they age great. This years run says "brewed with honey" on the label is the only real difference. A local place here bought a keg for $220.00 and it could be better off of the tap. I’m not sure though, I bought a case of this years batch and from the bottle to my HQ crystal pilsner glass it smells just as juicy. Enjoy!

MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Thanks to Jason (JB175) for sending me this one. An above average IIPA, but doesn’t do anything above and beyond like DFHs 90 Minute (great malt profile). It’s one of those beers thats very good but kind of a been here, done that type of brew. None the less it looks great, pours a slightly hazy amber hue with a decent head. Great flavor typical of most higher end IIPAs. Citrus fruits come through nicely. Nice and floral. This one smells great! Very nice on the palate, not too syrupy like a lot of IIPAs this high in ABV which is good, but still very full and satisfying. Overall a very good IIPA, just doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

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