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RATINGS: 2758   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2008
On friggin tap at Brews in Granville Ohio... nice poor with a decent pillowy head. Beutiful hops feal in my mouth. Fruit, citrus, pine and flowers with a nice bitter ending one of my favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flatmatt (1250) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2012 Re-rate 1/26/12, on the last couple bottles of my first sixer this year. Well, itís not uncommon for me to, at times, get to wondering whatís so great about IPAs in general. Every year, this manages to come along and set me straight. So fresh and juicy, so awesome. I upped this rating to a 4.6 last time I rerated it, but itís about time to max out the rating scale on this one.

Previous re-rate: Re-rate 1/16/09. 12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a nice, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is heavy on grapefruit and floral aromas, with some mild honeylike sweetness. Flavor is great, very strong grapefruit hops, with floral hops and again a moderate sweetness supporting them. A bit of biscuity malts are present to underscore the hops, but this one is all about the hops. The alcohol can be sensed very subtly in the bitter finish. Still puts the other IIPAs Iíve had to shame, and as such it unfortunately makes finding a satisfying IIPA all the more difficult by comparison. Iíll have to agree with my earlier review, too, that the label illustration is pretty entertaining. 9/5/9/5/18

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thooper41 (549) - BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to stfun: pours hazy amber brown with a slow dissipating white head, aroma very strong on hops, flavor lots of pine flavored hops and a hint of malt to back it up very unbalanced and i love it. great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brianprentiss (677) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2008
what can i say, it doesnít get much better than this. one of my favorite types of beer and this one is a standard to be aspired to. the smell is amazing and the hops, while definitely "in your face" are wonderfully tasty. bottle from Charlotte, NC

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackOut (43) - East End, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2008
Another nice surprise from bells! Pours nice orange color with thin head, full of taste and aroma, sweetish at first, that honey flavour really does it, caramel and obviously hops, finish is a bit dry and bitter, alright balanced good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours darker than expected deep amber color with tons of fluffy white head. I canít wait to try this one on the beach in the summer. Seems to have a summer theme when drinking it. It has tons of tangy flavors that hit your mouth from all directions. Not a typical IPA, Bells put a twist on this one. The honey laced hops makes the beer taste like juicy. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
debianlinux (10) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Possibly the best all-around beer Iíve put in my mouth. The citrus notes are crisp, the hops literally slams your palate and the whole bite is tamed and sexualized by the meady notes of fermented honey. Have sampled this several times on draft and from the bottle. The beer is cloudy enough but a freshly tapped keg will leave scaly particulate coatings inside the glass.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Wow! Really feelin this one.Poured a hazy amber with 1/4 white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Piney/tangy finish. Another amazing product from Bells! Thanks to john-adam for the hook-up(for free).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Batch 8285 bottle from Discount in Milwaukee, WI. Light orange amber with medium, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is a very strong citrus and fresh hops, some pine, this litterally smells like fresh hop pellets. Big hop bitterness with fresh pine and citrus flavor, caramel, so resiny yet balanced. Full creamy body. This is an absolutely amazing fresh IIPA, it is so sad that we cannot get this in Chicago anymore. I also am glad that I have a sixpack of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 draft @ redlight redlight. Very strong piney and citrus aromas, aroma is dominated by sweet resin. Pours golden amber with a dense white head, looks great. Sweet citrus and pine resins, bitter hop flavor, definitely balanced for the amount of hop flavors, its not extremely bitter but excellent hop flavors. re-rate cask @ redlight redlight. Wow sticky pine resin on the nose with citrus peel. Pours cloudy golden blonde with a thick white head. Sweet honey malts with huge grapefruit flavor with piney resin, the aftertaste is all pine resin. On cask the mouthfeel is very smooth, thereís extremely low carbonation.

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