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RATINGS: 2747   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours copper color with very thin head. Aroma is like sticking your nose is a handful of fresh hops. Overpowering in a good way with a sweetness lingering just offstage. Taste is complex and amazing. Hops... sweet... hops again... then citrusy sweetness. I tend to write off IPAs, as they all tend to seem pretty much the same to me, but this one is amazing.

Rerate: On my third straight Hopslam tonight and it burns. It burns! And itís so good. Yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of theisti. Pours a orangish amber with a thin off-white head. The nose is pine and citrus hops. Taste is hoppy, hoppy with a sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium with a bitter hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2008
From bottle : Pours a nice shiney copper color, with a thin layer of foamy white head, that diminishes into a small thin ring around the edges. Amazingly strong hop smell, almost smells like weed. Taste is really well balanced. It wasnt to overpowering with the hops, but you could tell they were there without doubt. Ends with a somewhat strong bitter bite. Medium bodied with a kind of sticky feeling palate. Didnt really get any alcohol tastes or smells. Very nice IIPA, glad i had the chance to drink some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2008
aroma is sour and earthy. flavor is bitter, tangy, hoppy (obviously). Mouthfeel is very carbonated but light finishing. very pleasing, iíll be buying this again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3390) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 thanks to mcbackus for the bottle! Oh boy, iíve been wanting to try this for a long time. Batch 7690. Hazy orange color, a nice beige head, with good retention. Aroma is loaded with grapefruit, citrus, and resiny pine. There is an explosion of flavour in my mouth, all sorts of grapefruit, lemon, orange, mandarin, and a loverly piney finish to it all. This is the definition of man candy. The 10% is hidden extremely well, itís nowhere to be found, outstanding beer! Ok Re-rate. I just had a fresh bottle that was a gift from a dear friend. This beer fresh is an absolute slice of heaven. The grapefruit aromas are unreal! i love citrus, and man this is the beer for me! It really was like drinking a sweet grapefruit juice, my god it was outstanding! not too bitter, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found! amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Thanks to the bottle shop down the road who has an ample supply of this wonderful treat. Iíve been picking up a bottle or two whenever I stop in, this is such a delicious hop experience. Sparkling rich copper pour with a thin filmy head, nice lacing, and lively carbonation. Beautiful, bountiful aroma of aggressive American hops. Fresh grapefruit and lemon with pine, pine, and pine. The intense aroma is such an eye opener. Bitter on the palate with a puckering sourness, balance by a thick malty body. The flavor is a fresh explosion of the aroma. Amazing citrus fruits dominated by a strong grapefruit taste. Plenty of evergreen along with oranges and limes. Potent malt backbone, it really ties the hops together. Sharp and floral, this is great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1560) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours a clear amber color with a light lacing head. Strong citrus and hoppy aroma. Definitely kicks you in the face. Strong, citrusy flavor. Almost acidic, but really good. Tastes like liquid hops! Canít really sense the alcohol. But itís a really well put together beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2008
WOW!! I was punched in the face by the huge hop aroma upon opening the bottle. Lots of piney, citrus in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick with a very long finish. Slight alcohol burn in the finish. Big hop bomb that hop heads will love.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
Thank you linus_stick/Alan for this very nice beer. Itís dark golden with a huge, nice and creamy head. The aroma has notes of resin, grass, pine, caramel, mango and some mild cheese. The mouthfeel is oily and the flavour is delicious and full with a light sweetness and a nice bitterness, that gros during the very long finish. The notes are orange/tangerine, mango, grass, resin, a hint of apple and caramel. Itís very delicious and harmonic! 2560

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lweiberg (118) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a nice orangeish something or other, brings the buzz while not being very thick. Smells very light and floral/fruity and reminds me a lot of 3Fís Alpha King except with more alcohol, which is a pretty good situation to be in.

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