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RATINGS: 2907   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottled sample via Oakbluff on IIPA Saturday. Light amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge hop aroma with notes of Centennial hops (orange/grapefruit), cut grass, and a bit of sweet tropical fruit. In the mouth, this beer is still all about the hops with loads of citric and light tropical flavors. Some sweetness is present as well, but the beer is not overly malty. Good drying bitterness. Great stuff!

4.2
omhper (25104) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pale amber, no head. Enormously powerful lychee-like hop aroma. Fairly sweet wih it’s of caramelly maltto balance out the massive hop content, Like hop juice, but pleasantly soft, weaving a cottony fabric of hops around my tongue. Despite everything it still feels nicely drinkable. Very American and very good. One of the most aromatic beers ever.

4.5
IanWalker (6) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2007 does not count
I’ve been buying this in damn near every mixed six pack I’ve bought at the liquor store since it was released (one of the joys of living in Michigan - Bells is easy to come by). Hands down one of my favorite beers. Beautifully hoppy. Sweet aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor without overpowering the malt. I can’t seem to speak highly enough about this beer. If you like IPAs, try this. And if you like Bell’s Two Hearted, this blows it out of the water.

4
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle from trade with Shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! (Batch 7690) Poured a clear copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves light lacing. Huge grapefruit aroma backed with orange peel and pine. Tasty flavor grapefruit and pine with a light hint of malts. Medium body a moderate but comfortable bitterness throughout. Thanks again Craig! Plus I have another in the frig....Bonus!!

3.7
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours murky brown with lasting off white head. It has a full grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor follows suit with grapefruit juice hoppiness with hints of sweet malts in the background.

3.9
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased at John’s Grocery in Iowa City, IA. Poured a clear dark golden/light orange color. Head was white with good retention and lacing. Pungent hop aroma with grapefruit, pine resin, grass, and dried leaf elements. There is also a hint of white wine. The grapefruit nose dominates after warming up a bit. Distinct citrusy grapefruit flavor with relatively modest hop bitterness. There is also a touch of lemon and tangible alcohol, again making the beer somewhat reminiscent of white wine. This stuff must be unbelievable on tap.

4.2
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle...man this is one sweet beer. i was surprised by how good this tasted....poured a light brown with a thin white head.the aroma was very enticingly citrusy and hoppy. taste is where this guy really excels. huge hoppy taste without any bitter bite at all. incredibly smooth and palatable. although i haven’t rated many imperials, this one will be hard to top. excellent.

4.7
beerstar (19) - Reston, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
That "Commercial Description" holds no weight. Biting- no, Bitter- not so much, Bruiser- YES. This beer deserves a new class. It is neither a Dub. or an Imp.. It is a classic. A beer that does not conform to the styles that we rate by.

3.8
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
bottle at Dickinsonbeer’s on 1/20/07. cloudy golden color, off-white thick foamy head. aroma is cat piss, armpit sweat, and pine needles. flavor is sweet white sugar malt and lots of bitter hop, bitter finish.

5
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 My top beer of 2007! Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Cloudy light orange-brown. Big fruity, juicy hop aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Flavour is perfect for everything it’s not. It’s not syrupy. It’s not a BW with lots of hops. The alcohol is very restrained. Just delicious fruity hop juice. Maybe it’s where my palate is but my tongue survived un-bruised.


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