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RATINGS: 2844   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Mildly hazy amber with a medium beige head that slowly fades away and leaves splotches of lace. Aroma of heavy hops, grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt and some earth and piney hops. Taste of citrus hops, grapefruit, mild honey, more citrus hops and enogh sweet malt tossed in to make it extremely tasty and amazingly balanced. The alcohol is hidden well and it finishes with a medium bitter finish. When I first tried it a year ago I was a bit leery of the mega hops and now Iím loving them and this is one great beer.
(original 3-16-18)
At Three Cellars tasting. Orange in color with a strange hoppy aroma, I canít quite describe. Overpowering hoppy finish, a bit too unbalanced though it bears its name well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of Haskellís. Tryin to give them more business since Total Wine came into town. Pours a honey-golden color with a 1-inch tannish head with a bit of staying power. Aromas of big hops, flowers, citrus. More hops in flavor, slight caramel malts, and pine resin. Medium/high carbonation and full bodied. Nicely balanced hop bitterness in the flavor but overall, not very complex. Still a good IIPA. Bells does great things with beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 bottle - batch 8283. a very well balanced IIPA... nothing too over the top and nothing too weak... itís really just right... although I prefer a bit more hops, Hopslam is one of the best and most drinkable IIPAs out there. pours a deep orange/amber with a solid white head. really nice deep hoppy aroma with a crisp citrus (lots of grapefruit) overtone. balanced over the palate, with the bitterness hitting the front and back... nice lingering finish. There are some honey and citrus / fruit notes on the finish as well. Overall, a great beer that is worthy of the hype and high ratings.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
umphan (2) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2008 does not count
Best beer ever assembled. Iíve got 10 bottles of the first run left in my basement, they age great. This years run says "brewed with honey" on the label is the only real difference. A local place here bought a keg for $220.00 and it could be better off of the tap. Iím not sure though, I bought a case of this years batch and from the bottle to my HQ crystal pilsner glass it smells just as juicy. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Thanks to Jason (JB175) for sending me this one. An above average IIPA, but doesnít do anything above and beyond like DFHs 90 Minute (great malt profile). Itís one of those beers thats very good but kind of a been here, done that type of brew. None the less it looks great, pours a slightly hazy amber hue with a decent head. Great flavor typical of most higher end IIPAs. Citrus fruits come through nicely. Nice and floral. This one smells great! Very nice on the palate, not too syrupy like a lot of IIPAs this high in ABV which is good, but still very full and satisfying. Overall a very good IIPA, just doesnít bring anything new to the table.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours amber with thick frothy head. Decent lacing. Could smell the floral aroma as I poured it. Very hoppy, floral, some spice, fruitiness and sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and floral with an almost candy sweetness on the finish. Some oranges and maybe some other fruit as well. Nice body with a good finish. Super beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joemeshuggah (2) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2008 does not count
Hands down the best IPA I have ever had. Extremely well balanced...hoppy and sweet. I read in another review that it is similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar, only more delicious. A very good analogy...but let me emphasize that it is WAY more delicious. This beer lives up to its hype and high ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2129) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Amber with big white head. Decent floral aroma without being seriously resinous. Taste is standard IIPA, but a bit drier. Kind of disappointing, given this beerís serious rep.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FleeVT (40) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Holy hopslam Batman, itís loaded with hops. 12oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. A moderately cloudy brew with a lighter amber color and nice 3/4 inch head. You can smell this one in the next room. Delicious! A nice balance of citrus, mango and papaya, with extreme hops. The nose on this is fantastic. Itís hoppy, but not overly bitter like some others. The palate? Again, this beer delivers. The balance is unbelievable. Citrus and hops up front with a slight malty sweetness, a faint trace of honey, and a slow finish that leaves you wanting more. Not overdone on the alcohol either, which is hard to believe at 10%. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lingers a little which I enjoy in this one. Would I order this again? Yes please! The whole package delivers, a nice brew (or two) to cap off a work week. Just full of flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2008
WOW!!!! 12 oz. Snifter Draft at Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio. During a Bellís special event they had this on draft. This is a punch in the face and a hop-headís wet dream. What else can I say! One hell of a Imperial IPA!

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