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RATINGS: 2617   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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, Bellís Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bellís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 fresh. Amber with a decent white head, didnít last long. strong grapefruit and thick hop aroma. Flavor is strong piny hops, grapefruit, coconut, pineapple...more hops. Finishes thick, decent burn from the abv. Very good fresh.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanbush2026 (4) - USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
Very pleased. Nice citrusy nose. Not as bitter as I expected, but had the sweet finish I was looking for. Pours nicely with a massive head. Doesnít have the grapefruit of the Dreadnaught that I really want in an IPA. I would drink this any day, but wouldnít put it at the very top of my list.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect? I couldnít put it any plainer! Terribly hoppy brew in aroma and taste, did you every chew on raw hops? Green grapefruit rinds soaked in whiskey. Did you say there was carbonation in there? Where? One sided fer sure. Soapy preservative finish. I will never get slammed again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
inultus (16) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2008
This beer is amazing. You have to love IPAs to appreciate it, but if you love hops and high alcohol content you will love this beer. The nose is cascade, the aftertaste is bitter and this became my favorite IPA when I tasted it, although Shortís Huma-Lupa Licious is right up there with it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFS (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
Somewhat like the month of March, with a twist: smells like a lion, tastes like a lamb. Not that lamb is a bad thing; indeed the sweet viscosity and bitter pinch meld together wonderfully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle. Batch 8277. Pours a sparkling murky cloudy pinkish amber. Lots of head, and a crazy amount of lacing. Aroma is spectacular; grapefruits and citrus out the ass. Hoppy as hell, incredibly vacuous and worthy of its own praise. Crazy good. Flavor is delectable: spicy hops and pleasant citrus interwoven with honey and ginger. Thick and syrupy, but with a nice watery and easy finish. Way too drinkable at 10%, but I feel overall itís not as striking of an IPA as Bells own Two Hearted Ale.

01/26/2008 re-rate

On draft at Melllow Mushroom Brandon. Tannish amber. Opaque. Lots of lacing, small white head. Smells like tangy piney hops and citrus. Flavor is piney hops, with grapefruit and oranges. Lacks bitterness from ultra-hoppy IPAís. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Hopheads, this is the beer you use to find converts. Pours a dark honey/copper color with a nice white head. Smells like citrus and a bit of honey. Tastes as bitter as my mother in-law with a lot of pine and an undertone of honey, very nice. Finishes clean with pine and honey lingering. A little over the top at first, this beer grew on me as I finished it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Beautiful beer in appearance, average frothy head, excellent lacing, amber and lightly cloudy....Aromas of pine and citrus hit hard, great on the palate, medium body with creamy ending. Flavors of pine, orange pulp, a hoppy finish. One of the more hoppier beers I have enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle pours a slightly hazed copper color with not much head and a slight lace ring. The aroma is of pinched orange rind, grapefruit, some spring pine all fresh and sunny like. The flavor is very balanced. It is so balanced in fact that it is extreme balance, if there ever was such a term. The honey malt is the first wave, to be followed by peach notes. In the end, you get a very nice hop show, but one that is not anywhere near over the top. It does not linger and finishes clean. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The palate is rich yet cleansing. This one lives up to the hype! There is no more deceptively quaffable beer Iíve tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Wow. That is about the hoppiest best tasting IPA out there. Heavy citrus and pine nose. Lacing that you have to chip off with a chisel! Very heavy creamy mouth feel and a long lasting bite.

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