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RATINGS: 2617   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 [Batch 7806] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, melon, tangerine, caramel, light citrus, and honeydew. Taste of pine, toffee, resin, light dough, citrus fruits, mint leaf, and some cinnamon. Bracingly bitter, with moderate alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
One of my favorite beers. For its strength, it is remarkably refined and smooth. Hop to ya mutha!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
12oz bottle Batch 7741 courtesy of mreusch- A medium amber body with a nice white head and has a nice aroma of citrus, hops, and grapefruit. Taste of hops and more hops with a nice bitterness on the back end. A great tasting IIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 16 oz. draft at Ashleyís. Golden orange, decent white head, citrusy, tons of hops of course, very strong, well-balanced and complete. Mmm.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
12 oz bottle (Batch 7806)

Iíve been saving this for a while and finally decided to open it. After all, it was unlikely to become more of a hopbomb with aging. It had been stored in the fridge as long as I have held the bottle which has been about two months now. My palate might be adjusting because this was not as intense as I thought it would be from the description. Still, it certainly earns the category of double/imperial IPA without a doubt.

Aroma / Appearance - A coppery translucent body is decorated by a three-quarters finger height head. The thick lacing clings to the sides as if to indicate the levels at which the sips were taken. The nose of caramel, resin, grapefrui, orange and chocolate liquer reminds me of a young barleywine. It was very inviting; I could smell this one for fifteen minutes or more before my nose would burn out.

Flavor / Palate - The thick mouthfeel clings to the throat and tongue as the flavors unfold on the eager senses. Creamy caramel, vanilla, malts and the base bitterness create a rich complexity. The resinous grapefruit aftertaste intensifies over the course of the bottle until by the last sip it is pure hops. However, at no point is it so strong as to overwhelm the palate - it has a nice balance to it which makes it all the more enjoyable. It would be nice to put this side by side with a Ruination and see how they compare.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07. Clear pale gold, nice head. Kicking hop aroma that reaches well out of the glass and just pulls your nose in Flavor hops kick in hard, grapefruit and a little pine, some grass. Finish mildly bitter Sweetish medium bodied palate

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Big thanks to Matt for this one. Pours a hazy golden color with a white fluffy head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Big hop flavor with some hints of pint and citrus. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
The aroma is sweet white grapes and lementine oranges. I can smell it from a few feet away! Pours a syrupy golen color body with a nice small off-white head. Flavor starts off with the same sweet grape/citrus as in the nose. This is quicky followed up with a more bitter hop tase thatís very grassy/piney and a good bit of earthy lemons coiming back in the finish. When this first came out I bought 2 and drank one, which I wasínt overly impressed with. The second of the two is the one Iím rating. Itís been cellared for about a year.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 Pours a nice clear orange color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The nose on this baby is perfect, a big, thick, soapy smell with a dosing of citrusy fruit and oh yes...hops...love the hops. I was impressed by the complexity of the taste and the mouthfeel. This is a mother of a beer...after each sip, I discovered something new and wonderful about this beer. A nice piney, grassy aftertaste lingers on the palate. I got this one as a single, and I am sad as watch the beer disappear...oh well...time to stock up on more of this. This is the best IIPA I have tasted to date.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2007
bottle: pours orangish with a white creamy head, with some floaties. aroma is very citrus hops, pine and caramel malt. tha flavour is a rush of goodness sweet malts mixing with a wonderful hop bitterness of citrus and pine. for all the hops it seems to be pretty balanced with the sweetness. a great beer.


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