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RATINGS: 2644   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcrae19 (65) - - FEB 20, 2013
Draft in a snifter. Pours a clear, deep gold that appears almost syrupy, with very little head. Aromas of grapefruit and, as was no surprise, honey. Simply put, Hopslam smells heavenly. Full bodied and sticky in the mouthfeel, the initial taste is citrus with a distinctive hop bitterness, but it quickly fades to pleasant sweetness. The high alcohol content is masked by the other flavors, so I can see how easy it would be to drink two or three before the “slam” hits! It’s a perfect example of why it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you start! Overall, Hopslam is a surprisingly balanced DIPA—one which doesn’t rely on an over-the-top bombardment of hops but secures its remarkability through a perfect, palate-pleasing amalgam of all components. This beer lives up to its reputation.


3.5
natejgood (537) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2018
Pours a rich amber. Head leaves pretty nice looking large craters. Aroma of hops, orange and honey. Pretty good hop kick with honey and light citrus. A bit thick and syrupy in the mouth, but that's not surprising for a beer with this ABV.

4.4
Bricktop86 (956) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2018 On tap clear copper with a white head. Aroma of pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter.

4.8
NYbeerfan (21) - Binghamton, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2018
Wow didn’t know it was a 10%er until read label, unreal good taste for that . Super limited edition was $21+ tax for six pack of cans . Asked guy he explained highly limited . Went for it glad I did

3.9
gripweed57 (3045) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2018
12 ounce can. Medium gold color. Intense bitter hops right out of the gate and all the way through. Astringent and dry. Bitter and spicy, lacking in malt complexity, though intoxicating nonetheless. There is a sense of over abundance in the hop bill, as promised. It reminds me of the Beatles " Let It Be" album. Phil Spector over produced it and buried the rawness of the songs and performances of the group. The massive hop bill compares to the " Wall of Sound" approach that Spector used on Let It Be. Overall, Hopslam and Let It Be were great works, but they could have been so much more had the producers stayed true to the performers (ingredients) given talents.

4.2
MNAle (242) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2018
Fresh-smelling citrus, tropical-perhaps pineapple, with a touch of pine. Hazy golden amber with a tall slightly off-white thick head, that fades slowly with plenty of lacing. Smooth initial taste, plenty there providing a body under the hops - perhaps the honey?, citrus, middle is a bit bitter, with a strongly bitter finish and aftertaste. Very well balanced with plenty of malt supporting the hops and very slightly sweet from the honey. Moderately thick mouth feel. Bitter with a moderation from the malts and honey in the finish, eventually transitioning to a bitter lingering aftertaste. An excellent "old school" DIPA with the extra smoothing and sweetness added by the honey. Well worth the reputation and the price.

4
rcorbey (3) - Broad Run, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2018 does not count
For all the hype around this brew I was not blown away Well crafted but far from being one of the best D-IPA-'s I've had

3.8
JBell14 (176) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2018
Pours a fairly clear copper color. Nice balance. The sweetness of the honey and a mild bitterness from the hops. Very drinkable wouldn’t know its 10% without reading the can. John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
bwy (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2018
Hops and honey. That's a make-out session I want to join in on. Seriously, the honey cuts into the hops so well. Great balance and dangerously crushability. A fantastic seasonal! A Brew With You, Ep. 120

3
ozzy70 (1357) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2018
Draft at Beercade curtesy of Nick. Poured hazy golden with a white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, grassy hops. Taste was medium bitter, fruit rind, grapefruit, biter aftertaste.

3.4
hershiser2 (3886) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2018
#3.17 can from Trader Joe's. Pours a little thicker orange with a khaki head. Juicy orange dominates the nose, along with grapefruit, honey, peach. Flavor is juicy orange, grapefruit, holy honey, grasses, toasted malt, pine. Interesting.


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