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RATINGS: 2748   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vordeburg (2) - Clarkston, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2008 does not count
Iím a huge fan of insanely hoppy beers, this is far from dissapointing. I want to make out with this glass of beer. $17 for a sixer, but damn! Canít be beat. Plus, I support Bellís as a regional company willing to take a risk. Chicagoland anyone? Pulling out from a huge market because your distributers refuse to carry anything but your flagships is awe inspiring.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Perfect pour, if I do say so myself. Beautiful pillowy head. If I could fit my noggin in the glass Iíd probably lay down on it for a while. Amber color. Aroma = full power. Maybe one of the most pungent beers that Iíve encountered. Taste = a bitter, citrusy hop roundhouse to the palate. Absolutely delicious, although the alcohol is a bit more present than in the first three bottles from this sixer (bought a few weeks ago). Scratch that, just the first few sips. Fairly solid malt balance. An extreme brew for sure, but not too bad considering itís 10%. If you drank a sixer of these youíd be hopblitearted. ADDENDUM: Raising the overall impression. Probably due to the high alcohol or simple palate habituation, the last third of the beer is absolutely amazing. The hop "slam" has worn off, now itís smooth, malty goodness with a sweet hop finish. Amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3040) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Piney and citrus hop IPA to the max!! There is deep caramel flavors as well. even at 10% this beer hides it very well. a beer you must try!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 The aroma is very and I mean very hoppy with pine, citrus, pineapple, as well as sweet malt and honey. The appearance is orange amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma and very good. The palate is smooth. Overall this is killer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Draft. Pours a cloudy Amber with small off white head. The Aroma has lots of citrus especially grapefruit. The flavor is full of hops but also has a nice sweetness. This beer has real depth with fruit and caramel in the flavor. The finish is not to bitter and lingers nicely. Really nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle from Party Pak. This one is a keeper. Crisp and satisfying. Balanced. Hops are insane on the nose. Flowers, brown sugar on grapfruit, fresh butterflies and sunny breeze. No bees luckily. It begs for Independence Day grilling and family reunions. Slides down into my happy, now hoppy belly. My tongue owes me one here. Sweet candy (no apples, no something better) malt is perfect compliment to surreal hoppy flowers. Nice bite in the end makes it like drinking relaxation. Alcohol is faint and cleans the palate. I dare say maybe a bit big, but the most drinkable 10% I have had. Can I say I love this beer, yes. Top-rate. Thanks Bells!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerman6686 (5087) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Pours a bright orange cloudy color, aroma of strong piney hops, tastes of tons of piney/citrusy hops with a nice malt background. Palate is a bit thin, but in this case thats a good thing, because this beers hides the alcohol better than any beer ive ever had without a doubt.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Smells of oranges, strong citrusy scent, but mainly oranges. Taste is hoppy and citrusy all the way through. Like everyone else said, the alcohol is hidden very well and doesnít feel heavy at all. Great job, probably in my top 3 DIPAís. On a side note, there is a local microbrew shop that has a ton of this on the shelves. If anyone canít find it and wants to trade, pm me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a bright orangish-amber color with a medium head that dissapates fairly quickly. The aroma is rich with citrus, hops, and even a touch of honey (as the bottle says). The mouthfeel and palate are rather large without being overpowering for the flavor. The bittering hops are so prevalent in the taste, this beer lives up to its "tongue bruising" hype! There are also elements of citrus (lemon) and a touch of sweetness at the nose. The flavor is also incredibly balanced for such a huge specimen. Wow!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
nuplastikk (4918) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 12oz bottle. Intense lemony hop aroma (amarillo?), very well done. This one is really unique, it really manages to do something special with the strong hoppy beer. Straightforward filtered orange-tan color, very deceptive. Intense citrus flavors, and the honey helps to smooth out any semblance of syrup domination. A true classic. Worth the hype.


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