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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 One damn delicious beer. The aroma hits you right off; very very citrusy and hoppy, burnt oranges, touch of honey, and caramel malt. Color is orange orange orange and smooth as can be, with a thin and frothy head. Taste is almost all hops, hops, and nothing but hops. Some bitterness and orange flavor come through. Thicker than youí expect, it rolls into your mouth more like a thinner stout than an IPA. Very sweet and creamy, with a lot of flavor. Hides the alcohol well...Iíd have never guessed this was 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of jsquire. Thanks for the awesome bonus!!
Pours a gorgeous cloudy glowing thick orange with an offwhite head that stuck around for a bit. Bottle is a year old at least, so not sure how much hops have faded, but the smell is more caramelly and of orange with lighter hop backing in the nose, but still nice. Sweet hopped flavor, and the bitterness is somewhat restrained. The flavor is fruity, orange, caramel and a touch of alcohol, and the body is rich and thick, but with prickly carbonation, making for an outstanding mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable DIPA, and one I look forward to trying fresh. Great beer!

Rerate of fresh bottle. Much more vibrant hop character, obviously, along with big fruity bittersweet apricot and floral flavors. Still very drinkable, and brimming with flavor, but alcohol is a bit noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeergut666 (4) - USA - JAN 21, 2008 does not count
Now on tap at Grumpyís in Nordeast Minneapolis!! Pungent and pleasant citrus aroma. Intense hop flavor up front with a bitter sweet finish. The high alcohol does not overpower the complex flavors that are going on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
This is the perfect double IPA - floral, great nose, full bodies, lingering palate - hoppy and bitter. Still missed the honey par, but how can a chowder head like beer virgin slam the beer if he doesnít like hops...stick with Miller Lite - BONEHEAD!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Just awesome. Super fresh bottle. Great hoppy smell that filled the room with lots of grapefruit. Thick on the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden under all the hops. Like getting slapped with a fresh hops plant. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Had on draft at the Brew Kettle. Truly had no desire to try this. Not a fan of Hops, and as the name suggests, I assumed there would be lots of them in here. Then a little birdie told me I should try it. That it would be a great beer to make a hop lover out of me. I was powerless to deny this. So I ordered. The smell was overwhelmingly hoppish. And nothing else. So I was NOT expecting to like this and was fully prepared to toss the damn thing. Much to my amusement and delight, this was actually a very good beer! Very smooth, and contrary to the smell, the hops were blended so well, that they actually complemented the whole drink. Taste was sweet oranges and hops. And overall, my little birdie was right.I will have more of this to see if I too can become a hop head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a 1 cm off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is brutally strong, piney and a little citrus. Initial flavor is balanced between the sweet malts and hugely bitter hops. Flavor of grapefruit is what i get the most of. Aftertaste is very dry from all the hops. Light to medium mouthfeel, almost no lacing, almost no carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable if you are a hophead, but for the rest of us its still worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2008
golden brown appearance with slight white head. nice hop aroma with huge malt and hop flavor that are well balanced with crisp and rich flavor. outrageous

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Holy imbibature! This is the best IIPA around, sorry dreadnaught. Three words: honey, hops, and holy sh*t! Massive Honey presence. Itís everywhere, on the start and in the swallow, but the smell is ALL hops. Not even hops; it smells like you stuck your face in a lawnmower bag and inhaled the sticky fresh cut grass. Iíve never smelt better things from a beverage. The hops are extremely plentiful in taste but are only mediately aggressive, so itís like eating a hop-flavored pound cake instead of an over spiced rum cake, if that analogy makes sense. Full bodied like a bearís furry chest. Wonderful beer, best IIpa Iíve had yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1255) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 [Bottle] Pours orange-golden with creamy light tan head. Aroma is really hoppy--citrusy and grassy. Taste is surprisingly sweet with, as Guerde pointed out, a lot of tangerine. Medium mouthfeel. Although the score may not reflect it, I found the taste to be just slightly better than the aroma, but still, a great IIPA. Old rating: 9/4/9/4/17.

Re-rate: [On-tap at Stub & Herbs] Still has a big blast of tangerine, but this í11 batch is not nearly as good as others I have had. The honey sweetness was just overpowering, and made it difficult to finish. I would only rate this in the 3.5-3.6 range, so I will bump the old rating down to somewhere in the middle.

Re-rate: [Bottle from recent batch, consumed January, 2014] My second rating is definitely more in-line what I experienced this time with the beer. While it was not offensive in any way, it really just did not impress, and I will not be buying it again any time soon. Lowering rating to mid 3ís.

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