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RATINGS: 2731   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Rish transparent golden orange with thick one finger white head, good lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, mild honey sweetness, peach, and a touch of alcohol. Hop bitterness is nowhere near as sharp as many IIPAs. Definately a softness contributed by the honey. Pleasant citrus bitterness checked by a soft honey sweetness. Flavors of ripe mango come to mind. Starts out juicy then finishes with a dryness from the hops. Very good, but I feel there is a little something missing on the back end.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Ive had a couple of these huge DIPAs lately and this is very solid. Doesnít stand out as much as I hoped it would, but its a good choice when you need bitter. 90 Minute seems more drinkable, but this is stronger and hoppier - which I guess is the whole idea.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle, #357 Golden pour with small quick dying head. Great hop aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Great hop flavor too, but the honey is pretty low. Alcohol is very well hidden. I am surprised about 100th percentile, but still a great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (783) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Thanks to Inkubus27 for the trade. Color was muddy orange with a thin white head. Aroma was nice with sweet/citrus aromas. Carbonation is right where it should be. It is a little on the strong/bitter side for my tastes, but a good beer overall. If you like hops, it is worth a taste, Iíd drink it again.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Bells Hopslam has a very nice light amber color with a dense matching head. The aroma is notably hoppy with citrus undertones. While I enjoyed the initial taste, the bitterness becomes biting with every swallow. That said, Hopslam does a great job covering its 10% abv with a fresh, hoppy, citrus finish. This is not a beer to drink as a thirst quencher. However, it was enjoyable nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sk8terboy240 (3) - toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
it dried out your mouth a lot on fridays but it did make me thirsty for more and more. Other than that all and all a good beer to drink on a colder day, not on a hot sweaty day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
#800 On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a beautiful golden orange. Huge pineapple grapefruit hop aroma. Sticky sweet citrusy hop presence. Goes down smoothly for a 10%. Very good & well worth the wait

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
12oz. brown bottle. Batch 8283. Served in a shaker pint. Golden with a slight haze. Appeared to be bottle conditioned. About a finger of fine bubbled white head. Huge hop aroma along with some fruit. I get strawberries for some reason. Thatís a first for me. There is a good amount of malt, but immediately the hops jump out at you. Long, lingering hop pucker. There is more fruit in the finish. Hops are slightly vegetal. Alcohol is warming. A little over the top, but that is good sometimes! A must try if you think you are a hophead.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brewmaster420 (6) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008 does not count
Great beer smells like heaven and tasts like you are in heaven and after a couple of these bad boys you might think you are in heaven

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
pours nice light amber with a decent head the clings to the glass. great use of honey in this beer. the hop profile is great and showcases the fresh citrus quality of the hops.


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