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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (819) - 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 (6864) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Not incredibly bitter, but still hoppy and delicious enough to leave the tongue writhing for more. Definitely quite drinkable for an IIPA. The hop profile lacks the intricacies and changing personality of the 2 Hearted, but instead hits you with a blunt solid block of hops (to steal the words from crowderm).

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dchmela (2819) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Whewww! Got one of the last six packs, thanks Solan. Was going to wait to have one, but I think I will put off work and test drive this beast. Pours out a nice deep amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very strong citrus, grapefruit, floral, honey,and pine. An amazing explosion of taste upon the first sip. The hops are incredibly dominant (duh!) and has an almost grapefruit dry/bitter taste. My wife almost spit it out and said it tasted just like grapefruit juice (well i like grapefruit juice!). After a few sips you start to get hint of malt and honey, but it is a struggle for them to be noticed. Be careful of the subtle 10% alcohol, it is well hidden. Finishes pretty nice, with only a mild bitterness left on the tongue, which you would expect. Overall, an intense experience of slamming hops for people who like to abuse themselves in such a manner. I might like to see a touch more of the honey or malt poke through, but otherwise, wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcart034 (36) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber/orange with only a slight head. Aroma is of hops obviously, very floral, citrus with underlying malt. Taste is extremely citrusy as one would expect from an imperial. Finishes bitter and clean. Alcohol is moderately well hidden even though it is detectable. A very nice beer from Bells, one which Iíd drink as often as I could.


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