overall
100
100
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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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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4.6
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
I’m a hophead and I was very pleased with this brew. I couldn’t quite taste the sweetness due to the overabounce of hops in this. Very glad to have had a chance to try this before they’re no longer seasonal. Also glad to have tried this brew before major brewing companies begin to reduce the number of highly-hopped beer due to the shortage. If you haven’t tried this, do so NOW!! Even if you’re like to stick to more malty drinks, this beer can definitely be appreciated by all aspects.

4.3
CSchenning (8) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
12oz. bottle, poured into a snifter. This beer is incredible. I was extremely surprised how mellow the taste was in light of the alcohol and hop content. Just wish I had snagged more than two 6-packs...Whole Foods appears to be cleaned out!

4.2
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
awesome orange pour with a frothy head. big hop aroma. chewy hop flavor with a nice sweetness. hops are obviously the feature but still greatly balanced. alcohol is well hidden. needs to be a year round offer.

4.4
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bright orange color with a white head. Incredible aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with hints of caramel, but the hops finish the taste off. Good body, lingering all the way down the tongue. Surprsignly drinkable given the 10% ABV.

4.4
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Everybody’s talking about grapefruit, but I get mango, mango, mango on this one, which is what really makes it stand out for me. Grapefruit and pine and all that, too. Definitely more sweet than bitter to me. Way too easy to drink for the 10% it’s packing. Great beer.

3.9
hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
bottle. pours a clear honey color with a relatively thin eggshell head that kind of quickly fades to a film. huge hoppy nose, dominated by a smell i would say is what bubblegum would smell like if it grew from a plant, followed by a pretty big citrus note, with grapefruit and orange and maybe some pineapple, then some pine, maybe a bit of grass, and even a bit of spicy hop. quite a deep hop profile. the hops and malt suddenly seem to magically balance out in the taste, though, with all that same hop profile, but with an assertive bready malt taste that won’t be denied. some nutty malt notes as well. pretty big bitter finish, but well balanced. the bitterness lingers, but there’s also a strong spicy note. medium to full bodied, with a chewy oily resinous mouthfeel. like i’m drinking liquid hops. lots of carbonation that complements the bitterness perfectly. i rather take this as a souped up two hearted. the thing that makes it stand out from other 2ipas is the nutty malt and the spicy hop notes. the complexity of the hops in this one, though, is quite a bit deeper. really tasty stuff.

3.9
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Oh jeez. This beer was like chewing hops. The aroma is hops, the taste was hops, and the finish was hops. There is a slight sweetness to it in the finish thanks to the honey. However, as much as I enjoyed this beer, I’m not sure why this sold out so rapidly (I only got a 6 pack because I happened to be at the store when they got the shipment in). It’s good but the hype is far out of proportion. It’s a good beer to try, but it’ll take a long time to go through the 6 pack.

3.9
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 8, 2008
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Batch code #8386 on back label. Poured out a bright orange color, with a sticky off white head. Aromas are grapefruit, pine, clover honey. Flavors are all hops, with a little honey for sweetness. Malts are very subdued, barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel, slick and oily. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavors, but it sneaks up on you. Decent beer overall, but not worth all the hype surrounding it.

4.4
hoposaurus (3) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
This beer sold out within 2 days in St. Louis, which was disappointing considering my 100 mile drive from Carbondale, so I drove an hour the opposite direction to Paducah, KY. 300 miles, two growlers and a sixpack later, I can’t say I regret the drive. This beer has a wonderful aroma, nice hop-malt balance, and the honey is a nice touch. It’s nice to see that a big IPA can be balanced and not so in your face. There’s not much not to like about this one.

3.7
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Tasty. Pours a cloudy golden shade with a ever so faint head. Nose is mostly hop blended with a taint of citrus. Tastes of appetizing fruits, weed (the good kind), a bit a honey developing into a sweet paradox of exploding taste. Caramel and spices seem to arouse one another on my tongue. Finishes with a twang of "One night stand", to a "I want to feel you baby". Overall a superb brew.


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