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RATINGS: 2844   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours very nice burnt orange color with creamy white head. Aroma is spectacular, grapefruit is the dominant fruit of a great mix of fruit and pine aromas. Flavor is very well balanced mix of the sweet honey and hops, extremely smooth despite the rather large alcohol presence. This and Bellís other IPA the Two hearted are my two favorite IPAs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
falkirk005 (27) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Amazing citrus aroma with copper appearance and thin, whitish head. True to the name, this beer is filled with hops, yet the bitterness does not overwhelm like some other uberhopped beers. Sweet hints of honey are definitely present. Doesnít taste like 10% alcohol, but felt like it after a couple. This is an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
The name says it all. Big, bitter hoppy with a touch of honey. 10% Alcohol taste is fairly well hidden, but not very complex on the palate as it moves from fruit to hops. Pours a golden orange with a smallish head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Rish transparent golden orange with thick one finger white head, good lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, mild honey sweetness, peach, and a touch of alcohol. Hop bitterness is nowhere near as sharp as many IIPAs. Definately a softness contributed by the honey. Pleasant citrus bitterness checked by a soft honey sweetness. Flavors of ripe mango come to mind. Starts out juicy then finishes with a dryness from the hops. Very good, but I feel there is a little something missing on the back end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Ive had a couple of these huge DIPAs lately and this is very solid. Doesnít stand out as much as I hoped it would, but its a good choice when you need bitter. 90 Minute seems more drinkable, but this is stronger and hoppier - which I guess is the whole idea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle, #357 Golden pour with small quick dying head. Great hop aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Great hop flavor too, but the honey is pretty low. Alcohol is very well hidden. I am surprised about 100th percentile, but still a great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (917) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Thanks to Inkubus27 for the trade. Color was muddy orange with a thin white head. Aroma was nice with sweet/citrus aromas. Carbonation is right where it should be. It is a little on the strong/bitter side for my tastes, but a good beer overall. If you like hops, it is worth a taste, Iíd drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Bells Hopslam has a very nice light amber color with a dense matching head. The aroma is notably hoppy with citrus undertones. While I enjoyed the initial taste, the bitterness becomes biting with every swallow. That said, Hopslam does a great job covering its 10% abv with a fresh, hoppy, citrus finish. This is not a beer to drink as a thirst quencher. However, it was enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sk8terboy240 (3) - toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
it dried out your mouth a lot on fridays but it did make me thirsty for more and more. Other than that all and all a good beer to drink on a colder day, not on a hot sweaty day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
#800 On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a beautiful golden orange. Huge pineapple grapefruit hop aroma. Sticky sweet citrusy hop presence. Goes down smoothly for a 10%. Very good & well worth the wait

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