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RATINGS: 2761   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raiderfost (169) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Wow! Ive been waiting for this one for awhile now and it was worth every minute. Pours a a wonderfull amber with a very small white head. Hops, citrus, hops, citrus. hops and hops.Great brew. I hope to get my hands on more. Thanks Kevin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigtaster (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Pours frothy white head and golden amber color with mild opaqueness. Strong aroma of green hops, almost like fresh cut pine. An obvious big hop flavor, citrus, light malt. Finishes long with mild bitterness. Overall almost perfect IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Iím not sure how a regional beer with hundreds of ratings and a great reputation escaped my grasp for so long, but seeing this (for the first time) on the shelf today, I quickly grabbed one. The beer pours a dark orange, slightly murky, with a large, but quickly fading off white head. Nose is hoppy and sour citrus, and a noticeable sweetness, as well. Flavor is similar...hoppy, yes, but not just for the sake of hoppiness. Itís a deep hoppiness, with alcohol notes, and some sweetness that makes the beer somewhat reminiscent of a barley wine. The finish is long, but surprisingly mild for a beer of this strength of flavor. Overall, a well crafted brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nimbleprop (6091) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Iím known around my circle of friends for knowing a lot about beer, always having a variety of beer around and as the one always trying new brews. After I finished my first bottle of HopSlam my unwitting friend asked, "Well... how was it?" As my eyes rolled back into my head I told him... "Itís like drinking adult candy." Pours a translucent amber brown with orange edges and a creamy white head that ringed the glass. The aroma is great, strong hop but not overwhelming; resin, pine, grapefruit, lemon candies, grapes. The bitter hoppy, citrus flavor rounded out with strong sweetness from the honey they brew with, caramel malts and toffee/caramel flavors. Finish has some lasting bitterness, but also some lasting sweetness. Thick and a little syrupy in the mouth and a little salty on the lips and cheeks. This beer is a lesson in balance. Hops are capable of providing more than just bitterness. Bells HopSlam proves that hops, like Peter Sellers in íDr. Strangeloveí , can be both the main character and the supporting actor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (10703) - 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 (3582) - 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.

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