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RATINGS: 2573   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2007
From a bottle. I bought this one at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City. It is great to see the big Bells beers in Iowa. A slightly yellowish and long lasting head tops a dark gold and orange body. The aroma is fresh hops with pineapple and mango. Lots of tropical fruit. There is also some nice amaretto behind that initial hop pungence. The initial taste is massive pineapple and grapefruit, but not quite that sweet. In the back of the mouth, you get notes of brown sugar and almonds. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, yet this is easy to drink. A very well made and relatively balanced IIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Bottle. Bottle opens to a pungent pineapple citrus aroma with a light hint of maltiness. Color is bright orange with a frothy tan head. Flavor is strong grapefruit hops but not too overbearing and evens out on the finish to a mellower malt balanced bitterness. Palate is lightly creamy and rich with good carbonation. Fairly straight forward and well balanced beer featuring a strong citrus flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Re-rate...Batch 8225 or something similar...Pours a nice coppery hue. Aroma is overwhelmingly pleasant, with some citrus, piney, and earthy notes pleasant. Iím guessing several types of hops were used here, with a surplus being put on the aromatic hops. The flavor is really not balanced all that well, but judging by the name of this beer Iím guessing that was Bellís intention. The hop flavor profile seems to lean on the citric side, and it isnít nearly as imposing as I anticipated, which is not a bad thing here. I wouldnít guess this was any where near 10%. The malt profile doesnít really come through well, and I taste honey more than malts. Iím also guessing the honey is what bumps this up to 10%. All in all, this is good stuff, but I would still take Bellsí Two Hearted IPA, which is cheaper and a more well-rounded IPA, over this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2007
the color is almost orange with a nice aroma of citrus fruit and hops. it bites you both in flavor and alcohol content. citrus and hops dominate while the beer is underlined by a rich malty flavor. very solid from start to finish. i really enjoyed this assault of hoppy goodness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle from Batch 7806 consumed within one month of the bottling date. Warm, hazy orange body with a notable conditioning load and creamy soft-white head. Sweet hop profile in the nose with notes of papaya, mango, grapefruit, and resin, plus an underbelly of light sticky malt and alcohol. Nice tropical fruit hop characters in the flavor. Delivers a modestly bitter sensation. Very good and very tasty without a doubt. But just a little too sticky and understated for me to rave about.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1260) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
The smell is the wonderful sharp citrus aroma of hops, and the pour is a cloudy amber, with almost no head. The flavor... well, itís hoppy, a strong citrus flavor that has the slightly oil mouthfeel of a good IIPA. Alcohol content is very well hidden, and this is amongst my favorite IIPAs to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebrownbomber (6) - Walker, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
Slightly opaqe orange color. Pours with very little head. Nice citrus hoppy(obviously) aroma. Citrus flavor with a heavy hop kick, but not as bitter as expected. Almost has a barlywine feel to it. Slighty oily finish that diminishes quickly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Cloudy orange color. Aroma of floral and citrus--especially grapefruit-- hops. Flavor like a grapefruit bomb--very zesty and bracing, with some tangerine, but not all that bitter. Body comprised more of a lighter cookie malt than the richer caramel/toffee malt of other 2IPAs. Leaves a mild "citrus oil" finish on the tongue. Actually quite resfreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Wow, this was like... completely awesome. Not just brutally bitter, but awesome hop flavor that makes you think you are sucking the juice out of a head of hops. YERM.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Pours a lightly cloudy hue with a light white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, a hint of oatmeal, and grassy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of the same with pineapple and grapefruit. Nice brew. I love bells.


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