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RATINGS: 2622   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.


4.4
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   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.

4.2
   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.

5
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
1-20-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to jsquire!
Dense amber orange with a nice fluffy white head. Hints of floral hops up front - subtle at first. Flavor is nice and hoppy - only a slight hint of a metallic finish but it is highly drinkable overall. The texture is quite interesting. It is highly carbonated but thick and creamy to boot. Nice smoothness and it is very refreshing! The texture really complements the citris flavor and floral smell.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle. Yikes thatís one citrusy nose. It smell like itís just packed full of oranges and grapefruits. Not a lot of a head, but it lasts a pretty long time and hangs above the clear, copper brew. This beer tastes fantastic...citrus, pine, and lots of perfectly balanced bitterness. Surprisingly clean for a 10%. Great stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dpjuart (1078) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours copper orange with a thick and creamy white head. Good lacing. Nose is huge on fruit. Peach, apricot, pine grass, citrus notes of orange and grapefruit. Taste interesting. Not over the top "slammy" in the hop bitterness. Thereís a good dose of bitterness balanced well with a malt backbone that adds a subtle sweetness of light toffee and honey. Thereís a huge hop flavor, fruity notes of raisin and citrus, then some grass and pine. This is an absolutely, ridiculously delicious beer. One of my favorites.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle. Code indicates that it was bottled on January 9th so this should be ridiculously fresh. Pours out like glowing honey. Nice and thick and orange with a slow forming 1 inch head. The aroma hits you immediately with a pungent grapefruit, peach, pine, orange combo that assaults your sense of smell. My mouth is watering just smelling this beer. The full frontal hop attack that this brew puts on you is countered nicely by a smooth malty backbone. It isnít balanced but thatís ok. Sharp biting grapefruit, peach, and orange tastes that overpower you and I immediately know that this is the IIPA that I have been looking for. Now, Iíve had Dreadnaught and it is special, but this easily holds its own all the way. I have a bomber of Dread that I may have to side by side with this. One other thing. Donít go thinking you can session this because that 10% will put that ass in a sling. You donít notice it until its too late. Awesome beer, awesome brewer. Got a case of this so I should be in hop heaven for a while....

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Thanks foureyedgeek for splitting the case. Shhh.. donít tell my friends. I liked this Double IPA. I wouldnít want them to know, because theyíd never let me live it down. Here he is - the Anti-IPA, the hop hater - loving this perfectly crafted beer. Ripe peaches and grapefruits abound the nose, with a rich honey background and subtle caramel malts. The taste is again, predominately peaches and grapefruits, with oranges and lemons abounding. Quite fruity, and very sweet, with honey notes underlying. A strong bitter aftertaste mixed with a gentle, warming sensation in the chest makes this a fantastic sipping brew. What I like about this one - balance. Itís key. Sure this is hoppy as all get out, but itís got the balls in the background to support it. A hoppy beer without a firm malt background is like a squealing ass guitar solo with out any rhythm instruments - not pleasant, not enjoyable, and most of all.. not necessary. This one, on the other hands, stands out above the crowd for me. The addition of honey was perfect. Best IPA Iíve had in a long time.


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