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RATINGS: 2609   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeSammy (537) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2008
1-16-08 shares the sweetness and overwhelming taste of hops that imperial IPA have. Grapefruit and guava sweetness. Surprisingly smooth. No strong hints of alcohol. This is a quality beer from a quality brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Batch 8283. Pours a surprisingly clear, dark golden/orange with a medium sized white head that quickly recedes to a rim of bubbles around the edge. I can smell the fruity hops while pouring. Aroma is hoppy as hell. Syrupy, sweet, sticky hops. Hard to pinpoint specifc aromas the hops are giving off - I donít particularly get any citrus or pine and no fruits jump to mind, itís just hoppy. Maybe some grapefruit. The aroma reminds me of a super fresh DFH 90 minute or perhaps Portís Hop 15. Flavor is big time grapefruit, hoppy, leafy, sweet, only moderately bitter (for the style), with a tingly sensation on the tongue. Thereís a hint in the aroma that this might be cloyingly sweet but thankfully that is not the case. Bellís is probably my favorite brewery and I had very high hopes for this beer and I think I was letdown a little bit. It is still excellent just not mindblowing in the same way a fresh Dreadnaught or Summer Yulesmith is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Pours deep orange with a fully receding foamy off-white head. Aroma of oranges, grapefruit, and tangerine. Tastes of orange juice, resinous citric hops, bitter acids. Mouthfeel is full bodied, resinous with moderate carbonation. I love Bells, and I am admittedly not a hophead, but this certainly is unique. Even though I really didn’t enjoy this beer, good job Bells. I would like to cellar this beer, just to see what remains after a few years.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Pours a cloudy medium orange-amber-gold with a thin, fine white head which is quite beautiful. The aroma is dominated by candied orange peel with primarily sweet but also dry malt notes alongside some alcohol characteristics. Dense, heavy bitterness in the flavor which is, of couse, dominated by hops and comes across as indistinct herbal/vegetal and not particularly piney or citrusy. This is a "darker" hop profile which is well-served by the sophisticated malt aspects. Despite the sweetness in the nose, the robust malt flavor is quite dry in the mid-palate with only a small amount of sweetness up front and in the finish. A high alcohol component is evident as expected, and is well integrated into the body. The finish is long and bitter with quite a bit of alcohol warmth. The overall balance of the beer is very good while conveying an extreme amount of biterness alongside a lot of alcohol. Kudos to bells for a well-poised "bruiser."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 13, 2008
On tap at Bellís Eccentric Cafe. The hops hid the alcohol extremely well. But the hop pofile was a little too gparefruity for my palate. My definitely dangerously drinkable. Didnít even realize it would be on tap-- guess our road trip worked out ok.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (704) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a bright amber color with a slight foamy head. Sweet sugary malts roll into a slight alcohol tinge. Finish is big hops. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Yes, the hops are everywhere in this beer, but the sweet malts balance it out well. Nothing is out of proportion. The hops donít bury the beer as the label would imply. Either way, another solid Bellís.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (774) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Okay so I am not a hops fan but I have to give this beer credit. It pours a definite amber/orange mix with thick tan to white head. The flavor is overpowering with hops and grapefruit. The first thing I thought of with the flavor was grapefruit. Hops are, obviously considering its namesake, quite prominent. Body is medium to light.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
I would agree with Bellís description of a Tongue Bruiser. This has more hops in it than any other beer Iíve tasted. If you want to just suck on some liquid hops kool aid. This is the beer for you, but this ones is great and has alcohol....Hey HOPSLAM.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
I picked up a couple of bottles of this, and Iíve just had the first. I think Iíll wait a long while to take out the second, and then it will probably only be to trade with someone. Yellow, hoppy...itís not bad in that it has sufficient body to satisfy my palate, and the hops arenít ridiculously out of balance in some astringent-monster kind of way, but it still lacks in dimensionality. The alcohol is really well hidden. Itís still just a boring hop party.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa í07. Quite possibly the perfect balance between being a great beer and session drinkability that Iíve ever come across. Most high-gravity beers I can only drink a few in a night, but I think I could drink this all night long. Pours an excellent deep orange color with perfect size head. Smell is dominated by pine/citrus, very refreshing. Taste is the same - strong pine/citrus flavor with a great balance of hops/malt. I would have guessed this was 6-7% ABV had I not seen the label. Would love to have a case of this!


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