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RATINGS: 2651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
All around great beer. The aroma was pungently good with floral hops and a sweetness coming from the honey and malts. Quite possibly the most appetizing aroma I have experienced from a beer in a long time as it had all aspects of a good beer aroma, and the strength of the aroma was unmatched. This beer is definitely over the top flavor wise. The hop profile is both bitter and floral, and the malty and honey sweetness balances out the hops beautifully. The flavor profile is as broad as the best Imperial Stouts, but it a much lighter drinking beer as the lighter malt roasting does not weigh down the palate as much. It was a treat to find this beer in Texas, and I will be looking for more in the future. It is hard to think what could improve on this beer, as this is at the top of my list.

GlasgowTAD (2015) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2018
Can at Sparkys Roadside Barbecue, poured into a jar obviously. Pours amber with a pillowy white head. Aroma stanks of caramel with some minute floral notes. Taste is dominated by caramel sweetness with some oily hop notes. Would like to retry this fresh as the hops have severely diminished - but it drank nicely as a caramelly barleywine. Almost syrupy body

chicagobears (494) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2018
Can. I’ve had this a few times but never got around to rating. The flavor is full on hop bitterness and concentrated. The honey balances it out a wee bit. It leans more to the citrus side. Not very complex but it has a very good palate. The alcohol is noticeable.

ryDawg69 (4) - - MAR 5, 2018 does not count
Overall, thought this beer was overrated. Being that the hop-slam comes out once a year, the wait truly isn’t worth it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

VsXsV (4609) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2018 Can, special delivery from MacBoost. Thanks, sexy beast. Almost clear deep amber liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, dried fruit, strawberries, caramel, apricot and marmalade. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium to high bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine, caramel, sweet fruit and light boost. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty competent old school IIPA, quite bitter without being astringent and the hops profile is quite nice. I feel like this is a beer I would've loved 5-7 years ago but right now it's not really my jam. There are so many good, hoppy beers these days, and malty IIPAs is not my preferred vessel for it. Though man, the smoothness of this makes it a nice delivery method for high boost.

Alpha10 (901) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2018
2018/02/27 - Pours a clear orange copper colour with a thin, soapy, off white head that quickly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is citrus (grapefruit, orange), tropical fruit (lychee and light pineapple), pine, apples and honey. Almost has cider notes. Taste is honey, pine, citrus and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, with smooth carbonation and a dry, astringent, lightly boozy finish. Very enjoyable, but didn’t meet my expectation given the hype. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mrjaxson (643) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2018
Aromas of oranges, grapefruit, pine resin and some hard-to-define spice all pour forth from the ever-so-attractive snifter of Hopslam. The body is silky smooth with the generous hop influence dancing around the edges but never overwhelming. The influence of the honey addition on the finish creates the most unexpected long, sweet conclusion to a double IPA I've ever encountered. Enjoyed on tap and genuinely spectacular.

mzaar (3839) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2018
Fat @ Spring Lounge, NYC. Disigt orangefärgad med ett vitt skum. Dofter av apelsin, ananasjuice, blomster och kåda. Smakinslag av apelsin, ananas, karamell, honung och tall. Snyggt balanserad sötma/beska. Fyllig kropp.

natejgood (539) - 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.

Bricktop86 (1005) - 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.

NYbeerfan (30) - 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

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