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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2008
On draft and many bottles. Good enough to rate. Hazy orange. Smells of citrus, malts and of course hops. Taste of caramel, fruit and hops. Do not taste honey as the bottles say. I believe this is a very smooth beer and love how the alcohol is disquised by this intense hops. Warms me tummy right up! Amazing beer that bells should make year round!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 2008-02-16. Orange body with a smallish off-white or beige head (3+). Big fruity aroma, modest citrus and lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, underlying hop resin. (8+) Tons of hops in the flavour - orangey citrus, more tropical fruit and pineapple as in the aroma. Flavour has a decent amount bitterness throughout, but is not abrasive and is well integrated by hop bomb standards. Alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Very good. 8+/3+/9/3+/17-18 On tap @ Coleís in Buffalo.

2013-02-19 crisp orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, modest citrus character and notes of citrus oil. Flavour is pleasant, fairly bitter throughout, pleasant citrus melange of orange and tangerine with a mild green hop undertone. Moderate alcohol in the finish and undertones distracts from the otherwise pleasant hops. Average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. Very nice but I want just a touch more oomph to the citrus still. 7/4/8/4/15 Bottle courtesy of rudolf

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielocean03 (1) - Geist, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008 does not count
From a 12oz brown bottle, Bellís Batch number 8278 Poured a semi-traslucent coppery hued orange with a quickly dissipating bone-white head of foam that leaves moderate sticky lacing. Aroma is primarily grassy and floral hop notes, sweet grapefruitiness, caramel malt undertones. Taste is very much of the same, big hoppiness right up front, juicy grapefruit, practically seamless transition into the malty backbone. Leaves a slightly drying lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied brew with lower levels of carbonation, washes down the gullet smooth and easy. Suprisingly well balanced, I had a few of these from last yearís introductory batch and they seemed hoppier than this. Ovearall an outstanding IIPA at any rate, would highly recommend seeking out.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Appearance: Pours a translucent, orangey body with a full, foamy white head. Smell: Wow, they ainít kidding. Redolent scent stinking of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit. Taste: Malts are obscured, perhaps rightly so, by the extreme hoppiness. Tons of intense, juicy fruit hop flavors with a moderate kick of bitterness. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Bittersweet finish with a lingering tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Distinct oily juiciness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: Extremely hoppy, but it still displays a relatively good balance.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pkbites (710) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Easily in the top 5 of the best beers Iíve ever had. Aroma is of caramel, malt, and grapefruit. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with an off white head that fades except for a thin veil that floats on top. Nice, semi-sticky lacing. The malty foam oozes down the side of the glass after every sip. Has a creamy texture on the palate. The first few seconds it hits the tongue itís actually smooth. Smooth as the prom queens thighs. Then the hops attack your taste buds. A painfully good bitter after-taste leaves you wishing you had bought more of this than you did. 10% alcohol? No way! There is no hint of ethanol to be felt. No burn, no high octane taste. The alcohol content is undetectable. Hopslam is amazing! Made in Comstock, Michigan it is proof that there are some American Brewers that can make excellent beer! The macros should be ashamed that they donít make stuff with this much character and flavor! Thumbs up, Bells! Thumbs up!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Wow, have to tip my cap to Bells on this one. Very close to my ideal beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin lacy head. First whiff is of orange with a little bit of pine. Flavor is dominated by a mixture of caramel malts and citrus hoppiness. Body has a creamy texture. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, feels as though you could easily finish a six pack of these in a sitting until you realize that it weighs in at 10%. Finish is smooth with minimal bitterness for a beer with this many hops. In my humble opinion this beer blows away the two hearted and is the Bells beer of choice for hopheads.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Orangish color with slight head. Smells of grapefruit. Tastes very good. Sometimes a little strong kick. Only downfall is the price.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (484) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Poured copper color with frothy white head. Aroma is very fresh ,smells like oranges, grapefruit and fresh hops. WOW !!!!! Taste is awesome, grapefruit and citrus taste are quite apparent with a bitter taste on tongue. Very hoppy but not overly, a well balanced beer with no lingering aftertaste. If you love hops and grapefruit then purchase this beer. I"m not the biggest fan of grapefruit thats why the score is not higher.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12oz bottle with 1/2inch head that dissipated quickly. Transparent amber color with some carbonation. This is the most aromatic beer I have had: strong grapefuit, hops, some clementine, and sweet malts as well. This beer does in face explode in your mouth and itís like taking a bite out of an alcoholic citrus fruit. I canít imagine how much work it took to create the great balance. Creamy, smooth finish. This beer is addictive.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2008
This beers smells wonderful. It has strong hop aromas with citrus and a bit of mild burnt sugar. The flavor is very strong hops. Even so, it is a well balanced beer. Unlike the SUPERMEGAMONSTER 3,000,000 IBU HOP beers. this one has balance and you can pick out the complexities of the malt. Very smooth and easy to drink. Donít get me wrong, this beer is VERY hoppy. It just has a good balance and a smooth finish. The appearance is smooth light mildly cloudy amber and pours with little head. Finish is top notch smooth and unobtrusive. I wait for this beer every year and as usual, this year doesnít disappoint.


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