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RATINGS: 2846   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
I poured this into a DFH snifter. This beer pours very cloudy. I would have liked to see it cleaner. According to the BJCP, slight haziness is allowable if it is dry hopped, but this is a bit more than that. It doesn’t seem to clear with time either. There is a huge hop bouquet even from a distance. Very strong citrus aromas, especially grapefruit, but slightly more bitter. The flavor is amazing though. It is not nearly as bitter as the flavor would have led me to believe. It is a dead ringer for actual grapefruit flavoring. The bitterness is only in the background, and there is enough sweetness to back it up. This is a great example of an Imperial IPA (except the cloudiness); perhaps one of the best i’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
Cloudy, with an orange yellow hue. White small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, visible carbonation. Nose was sweet, bitter, grapefruit, pineapple, and very hoppy. Flavour was thin, sweet, bitter, very hoppy and a somewhat lingering hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was hoppy and thin. Medium body. Truly is a hopslam to the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Rating is from bottle, confirmed by draught sample at the Eccentric Cafe. Pours a clear orange hued amber witha moderate foamy lacing head. Aroma is sweet hops, grassy and floral with an almost nectar sweet fullness. Nice hop bite up front with a strong bitter finish. Full and sweet with citric and floral notes. This lingers powerfully and has a creamy full mouth feel. A touch of effervescent tingle and alcohol mingle amazingly making this slightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3854) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
Brown bottle, 355 ml, batch 7806, via Philippe Boutin, savoured on November 13 2007; eye: burnt orange, lightly hazy, slight effervescence, creamy almond head, good lacing; nose: fresh hops, light pine, spices, light caramel, light soap; mouth: slight presence of the bubble gum that tasted like soap, lots of hops, grapefruit, good presence of caramelized malt, alcohol, some spices (including pepper and a bit of salt), finale in hops with a good presence of caramel, mild astringency, alcohol becomes more present as the beer warms up, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, slightly salty, medium to full body, slightly harsh texture, average carbonation; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 355 ml, lot 7806, via Philippe Boutin, savourée le 13 novembre 2007; œil : orangé brûlé, légèrement voilée, très légère effervescence, mousse crémeuse amande, bonne dentelle; nez : houblon frais, léger pin, épices, léger caramel, léger savon; bouche : ptite présence de gomme au savon, beaucoup de houblon, pamplemousse, bonne présence de malt caramélisé, alcool, quelques épices (dont le poivre et un peu de sel), finale en houblon avec une bonne présence de caramel, astringence moyenne, alcool devient plus présent lorsque le bière se réchauffe, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, très légèrement salée, corps moyen-corsé, texture légèrement rugueuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zethca (62) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a nice stiff head that sicks around a bit. Aroma is pungent floral hops. Big bitterness here huge hoppy aftertaste. Balanced nicely. Alcohol character really masked, wouldn’t have guessed it’s 10% ABV. Great IIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2007
This is a bitterness monster. There is hop flavor and aroma in there, but the hop bitterness wipes out all of that, almost too bitter if thats possilbe. Pours orange with an off white head. Aroma of apricots and floral hops. Flavor is sharp with apricot sweetness and a wallop of bitter hops. Hopefully the bitterness will calm down a little to be more drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 From Puddintaine via trade. Thank you! The pour was a slightly cloudy, pale copper color. The head was foamy and white to off-white. Good retention, minimal lacing. The aroma was nice floral hops with the pine and citrus notes hanging in the background alongside some nice caramel malt and hints of spice. The flavor was dominated by bitter pine hops initially. Floral hops, malt and sugar cookie come forth as it opens up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Re-rate
12oz bottle. Batch #8277. Much fresher this time. Nose similar, much hoppier but I don’t know if I could call it better. Smelled fantastic both ways, just depends on what kind of IPA or IIPA you like. Flavor is a huge difference, and this is definitely for the better. The aged bottle surprisingly didn’t lose a ton, but this is almost a different animal. It goes from a super hopped IPA to a massively hopped IIPA, if that makes sense. In the grand scheme of things that’s a big difference, at least ot my palate. Have to up the flavor 1 point, the overall 2 points.

12oz bottle courtesy of moejuck. Batch #7690, packaged on 10/25/2006, so it’s exactly one year old as of today. Should be interesting. Pours a golden copper colored body with a 1.5 finger thick white head. Very pillowy. Lacing coats the sides of the glass, and packs of foamy bubbles hang out on top of the beer for quite a while. A nice looking head is easily resurrected with a few swirls of the glass. Still smells pretty damn hoppy after all this time, but with a definite big caramel malt backbone. Also has notes of pine cones, grapefruit, phenols, oranges and grassy fields. Hop bite and bitterness is noticeable right away on the fore. Caramel sweetness blends in, followed by a pretty big blast of grapefruit hops, then some nice grassy/pine notes.Oily slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, very nice for the style. Finish is loaded with hops and sweet caramel, pretty lengthy as well. Will have to try again when it comes out next year, but this is very good even at this late stage.
Original Rating: 8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (4011) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2007
Thanks to mreusch for sending me this one. 1-year-old (Bottled Oct 2006). Pours an almost clear amber with a small off-white head. Smells hoppy with a hint of alcohol. Strong and full flavored. Lots of hops and quite a bit of alcohol too. Grapefruity hoppiness with a hint of berries. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitter finish with a warming alcohol sensation. A bit too much alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 thanks to mreusch for this treat. Unfortunately, I think I had mine well after it’s time which has been echoed in previous rates. So, disclaimer, this was not fresh. How do I know? Little or no hop presence, aroma, flavor, booze domination, and kind of a mess. Oh well, I will seek it out when this comes around again. rerate- draft- 02/18/08- wow! had this baby fresh on tap at coles, and the hop flavors were in your face and delicious. my initial rating was way off as I thought it would be given the beers reputation.

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