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RATINGS: 2761   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 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 (5090) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 honestly, still one of the best IIPAís out there. re-rate: 12oz bottle, batch #9470, from grape and gourmet poured into a snifter. the pour is a clear, bright amber with a small, bubbly, white head and lovely lacing. aroma is huge and comes bursting out of the glass with grapefruit, orange peel, a touch of mango and passion fruit, dried apricot, and mild floral notes with a touch of pine resin and a lovely, sugary sweetness. flavor is simply beautiful with the bold, bitter, slightly spicy citrus hop notes of orange and grapefruit layered with a new touch of tropical fruit that was missing in last years batches and backed by unsweetened honey, toasted caramel malt, and soft pine. palate is full bodied and bordering on sticky with excellent carbonation and a lingering, bitter, citrus hop finish. overall, still one of the best DIPAs out there and glad to see itís returned to the quality it was when i first rated it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Iím a hophead and I was very pleased with this brew. I couldnít quite taste the sweetness due to the overabounce of hops in this. Very glad to have had a chance to try this before theyíre no longer seasonal. Also glad to have tried this brew before major brewing companies begin to reduce the number of highly-hopped beer due to the shortage. If you havenít tried this, do so NOW!! Even if youíre like to stick to more malty drinks, this beer can definitely be appreciated by all aspects.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CSchenning (8) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
12oz. bottle, poured into a snifter. This beer is incredible. I was extremely surprised how mellow the taste was in light of the alcohol and hop content. Just wish I had snagged more than two 6-packs...Whole Foods appears to be cleaned out!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
awesome orange pour with a frothy head. big hop aroma. chewy hop flavor with a nice sweetness. hops are obviously the feature but still greatly balanced. alcohol is well hidden. needs to be a year round offer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bright orange color with a white head. Incredible aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with hints of caramel, but the hops finish the taste off. Good body, lingering all the way down the tongue. Surprsignly drinkable given the 10% ABV.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Everybodyís talking about grapefruit, but I get mango, mango, mango on this one, which is what really makes it stand out for me. Grapefruit and pine and all that, too. Definitely more sweet than bitter to me. Way too easy to drink for the 10% itís packing. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
bottle. pours a clear honey color with a relatively thin eggshell head that kind of quickly fades to a film. huge hoppy nose, dominated by a smell i would say is what bubblegum would smell like if it grew from a plant, followed by a pretty big citrus note, with grapefruit and orange and maybe some pineapple, then some pine, maybe a bit of grass, and even a bit of spicy hop. quite a deep hop profile. the hops and malt suddenly seem to magically balance out in the taste, though, with all that same hop profile, but with an assertive bready malt taste that wonít be denied. some nutty malt notes as well. pretty big bitter finish, but well balanced. the bitterness lingers, but thereís also a strong spicy note. medium to full bodied, with a chewy oily resinous mouthfeel. like iím drinking liquid hops. lots of carbonation that complements the bitterness perfectly. i rather take this as a souped up two hearted. the thing that makes it stand out from other 2ipas is the nutty malt and the spicy hop notes. the complexity of the hops in this one, though, is quite a bit deeper. really tasty stuff.


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