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RATINGS: 2844   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bright orange color with a white head. Incredible aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with hints of caramel, but the hops finish the taste off. Good body, lingering all the way down the tongue. Surprsignly drinkable given the 10% ABV.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Everybodyís talking about grapefruit, but I get mango, mango, mango on this one, which is what really makes it stand out for me. Grapefruit and pine and all that, too. Definitely more sweet than bitter to me. Way too easy to drink for the 10% itís packing. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
bottle. pours a clear honey color with a relatively thin eggshell head that kind of quickly fades to a film. huge hoppy nose, dominated by a smell i would say is what bubblegum would smell like if it grew from a plant, followed by a pretty big citrus note, with grapefruit and orange and maybe some pineapple, then some pine, maybe a bit of grass, and even a bit of spicy hop. quite a deep hop profile. the hops and malt suddenly seem to magically balance out in the taste, though, with all that same hop profile, but with an assertive bready malt taste that wonít be denied. some nutty malt notes as well. pretty big bitter finish, but well balanced. the bitterness lingers, but thereís also a strong spicy note. medium to full bodied, with a chewy oily resinous mouthfeel. like iím drinking liquid hops. lots of carbonation that complements the bitterness perfectly. i rather take this as a souped up two hearted. the thing that makes it stand out from other 2ipas is the nutty malt and the spicy hop notes. the complexity of the hops in this one, though, is quite a bit deeper. really tasty stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Oh jeez. This beer was like chewing hops. The aroma is hops, the taste was hops, and the finish was hops. There is a slight sweetness to it in the finish thanks to the honey. However, as much as I enjoyed this beer, Iím not sure why this sold out so rapidly (I only got a 6 pack because I happened to be at the store when they got the shipment in). Itís good but the hype is far out of proportion. Itís a good beer to try, but itíll take a long time to go through the 6 pack.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 8, 2008
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Batch code #8386 on back label. Poured out a bright orange color, with a sticky off white head. Aromas are grapefruit, pine, clover honey. Flavors are all hops, with a little honey for sweetness. Malts are very subdued, barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel, slick and oily. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavors, but it sneaks up on you. Decent beer overall, but not worth all the hype surrounding it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoposaurus (3) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
This beer sold out within 2 days in St. Louis, which was disappointing considering my 100 mile drive from Carbondale, so I drove an hour the opposite direction to Paducah, KY. 300 miles, two growlers and a sixpack later, I canít say I regret the drive. This beer has a wonderful aroma, nice hop-malt balance, and the honey is a nice touch. Itís nice to see that a big IPA can be balanced and not so in your face. Thereís not much not to like about this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Tasty. Pours a cloudy golden shade with a ever so faint head. Nose is mostly hop blended with a taint of citrus. Tastes of appetizing fruits, weed (the good kind), a bit a honey developing into a sweet paradox of exploding taste. Caramel and spices seem to arouse one another on my tongue. Finishes with a twang of "One night stand", to a "I want to feel you baby". Overall a superb brew.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDickerson (3) - Utica, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
I love a lot of Bellís brews and this has to be one of my favorites. It not only represents a great Double IPA, but it letís you know that Kalamazoo is a little demanding of the quality of their beer. Larry Bell said, "Drink this and shut up!" You got to give the guy cradit with this well balanced brew that takes itís grapefruit, pine,and honey notes to give your palette the time of itís life. It almost makes you feel guilty for enjoying other Double IPAís. What a fool I am. If I only knew it got this good, I wouldíve broke their hearts years ago.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
archmik (3) - Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
What a beer to rate as my 1st. What can one say.. Hops, hops and more hops.But the sweetness stands out as well.The color is fantastic.Piney, grapefruit blasts.Drank it celler temp. Maybe a slight cooler would have been better. Anyway, fantastic stuff!!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScotYankBard (16) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
The olí Hop Slam. This brew is great for all the hopheads out there. If you love cascade hops this brew is for you. I personally didnít take to the overpowering grapefruit flavor of the cascade hops, but the 10% alcohol catches up with you. Enjoy hopheads enjoy.


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