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RATINGS: 2616   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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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.

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.

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.

TomDickerson (3) - Utica, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
I love a lot of Bell’s brews and this has to be one of my favorites. It not only represents a great Double IPA, but it let’s you know that Kalamazoo is a little demanding of the quality of their beer. Larry Bell said, "Drink this and shut up!" You got to give the guy cradit with this well balanced brew that takes it’s grapefruit, pine,and honey notes to give your palette the time of it’s life. It almost makes you feel guilty for enjoying other Double IPA’s. What a fool I am. If I only knew it got this good, I would’ve broke their hearts years ago.

archmik (3) - Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
What a beer to rate as my 1st. What can one say.. Hops, hops and more hops.But the sweetness stands out as well.The color is fantastic.Piney, grapefruit blasts.Drank it celler temp. Maybe a slight cooler would have been better. Anyway, fantastic stuff!!

ScotYankBard (16) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
The ol’ Hop Slam. This brew is great for all the hopheads out there. If you love cascade hops this brew is for you. I personally didn’t take to the overpowering grapefruit flavor of the cascade hops, but the 10% alcohol catches up with you. Enjoy hopheads enjoy.

hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Why is this not sold in ILLINOIS? Damn this is a great beer! This has to be my favorite IIPA, even better than FFF Dreadnaught. Poured an amber traslucent color (almost glowing), light head, quickly fading. Floral/ wet hop aroma. Taste like sweet candy and hops perfectly balanced citrus taste. Incredible beer. At 10% you would be shocked as the alcohol belnds in nicely. Can’t wait to go to Wisconsin to pick up some more of this spectacular beer.

london1o1 (14) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
I don’t understand. It’s incredibly hoppy, and has a decent amount of bitterness to it, as well as substantial alcohol content, but the commercial description of, "A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale," seems not only incorrect, but also far less appealing than the actual product. The alcohol is fairly well concealed, and the bitterness is perfectly balanced with a powerful floral sweetness. This floral sweetness also makes up most of the aroma, which has strong grapefruit characteristics. This is one of the most well-balanced, complex big hop beers on the market.

BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 First of all, I have to send out a huge thanks to SpudClampDawg, who sent me some of this out of the kindness of his heart. Thanks also go to franksnbeans and tytoanderso, who also hooked me up with a couple bottles. Pours a relatively clear golden-orange color with a moderate off-white head. Spectacular fruity (citrus), floral aroma with a bit on pine. Moderately sweet citrus entry with slight piney undertones that carry into the bitterness that the hops provide. Not overly aggressive or bitter, which was quite enjoyable. Way too easy to drink for a 10% beer. Great beer, thanks a ton to everyone who sent me some, because I am going to love having these around.

raiderfost (171) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Wow! Ive been waiting for this one for awhile now and it was worth every minute. Pours a a wonderfull amber with a very small white head. Hops, citrus, hops, citrus. hops and hops.Great brew. I hope to get my hands on more. Thanks Kevin.

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