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RATINGS: 2760   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
god why cant i get this beer here at home without it being a pain? what did i do to deserve only a taste? two bottles at a local bar. loved every second and cent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjc (1) - chillicothe, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008 does not count
Great aroma and a taste that comes at you twice. nice appearance. Not the perfect beer but very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thin lingering white head. Pretty sweet, thick, blunt floral nose. Flavor is more of the same, with a first bitter, then sweet finish. Palate is very nice and creamy. Overall a very solid brew, but not quite as great as I was hoping. I think I prefer the two hearted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Really, sweet and citrus aroma. So sweet. The pour is a dark amber with one finger head. The flavor really isnít all that I was expecting. Itís hoppy, but really malty without a very complex character. The plate is pretty creamy. But itís not nearly as good as I had anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 poured a beautiful copper-orange color with a thin light orange head into a snifter. smells a bit like oranges too, also pine and other citrus. nice malt backbone that has hops popping out all over it. bitter spicy flavor that isnít really my preference but I can still appreciate it. spiciness carries over into both the mouthfeel and the finish. the 10 abv goes wholly unnoticed until you try to stand up afterwards. itís not really my thing but Iím glad I tried it anyway.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
farlane (5) - Leland, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2008 does not count
If I had had this beer 15 years ago when Bellís was getting rolling I would have probably wet my pants. Itís a testament to how far theyíve come that I can say itís good, but not great. (for great see Bells Two Hearted Ale). Nice creamy head (not super enduring though). Itís way hoppy, but the nose is a bit stanked at 40-52 deg which put me off a bit. Iíll try it again a bit warmer. You can definitely feel the 10% alcohol but itís not overly present in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
thanx to ElMatador for this.poured copper with a small lacing head.Full onslaught of fresh hops streaming out of this.This is definately a hop head dream beer. Lots of piney hop flavor.Quite smooth and easy to drink.Lots of freshness in this.The alcohol didnít make its presence at all.Hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle from jessbnjess (thanks babycakes!). Pours reddish with somewhat small amount of head. Aroma is slightly hoppy along with some malty sweetness. Taste starts off with piney hop bitterness and followed by caramel malt background. Way too smooth for a beer of this heft. I thought I could drink a bunch of these, had I had multiple bottles. Palate was thicker than average and finished bitter. Good stuff, though I must say I was expecting more hops.

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