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RATINGS: 2616   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2007
12oz bottle. Hazy amber with a thick white head. Nice citric hop aroma, with a sweet background; like canned peaches. Hops dominate the palate, with a long bitter finish. I expected a bit more when i smelled the beer; but iíd gladly drink it again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Nice deep amber aroma with a hint of white foam. Nice citrusy floral aroma. Slight malty sweetness gives way to delicious lemony hoppy goodness. An amzing beer that drinks smooth and leaves just a slight hint of hops in the mouth afterwards.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2007
FOURTH TRIAL: This is a great beer for any hop-lover, although I have to admit that itís tasted a bit different each time Iíve had it. This time it was great, other times itís a bit too sweet for my taste. It pours a golden yellow with very little head (there is a good bit of lacing though). The aroma is slightly peachy with a lot of nice, clean hoppy citrus. The taste is similar, but thereís a definite warming and you can taste the alcohol (not in a bad way). This beer is less malty that some of the recent DIPAs Iíve had, but the little malt flavor it does have is a nice caramel. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and it leaves a nice sticky bitterness on the back of the tongue. Overall, a great Double IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy orange with a rich white head. Big and merciless hops aroma of pine-needles and grapefruit with sweet undertones of nectarines. Full-bodied with pungent flavour of grapefrui, orange-peels, pine-needles, hot pepper and alcohol. Grapefruit and alcohol in the bitter finish. An extreme and oh, so tasty beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2758) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Big time shout out to da Illinismitty for this brew. Pours an extra cloudy orange with a little white head. The nose on this one is super fresh. Hops come out in a very citrusy fashion with strong herbal, maryjane notes. Lots of definition on this nose, very spicy but not biting. The flavor is not all the bitter, but filled with grapefruit and lemon. Malts are medium sticky and balance things out quite well. The finish lets some biting citrus presence nip the tongue just a bit more. This is a very tasteful, clean, and fresh tasting IIPA. Not really a monster like some others in the style, which is neither a good or bad thing.
[Feb 24, 2008]
Bottle split with Tronraner. Man, Hopslam destroys. There is a ridiculous amount of fresh, herbal, citrusy hop quality in the aroma. Deep, spicy pine, grapefruit, ganja. The whole nine yards. Mouthfeel is sticky with loads more hop devastation and a smooth, malt presence to balance out things. Perfectly clean and deep.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnskibum (5) - New Brighton, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007 does not count
Hands down my favorite IPA. The nose is hops of hops and yet enticing. Truly Imperial style. Expensive but worth it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy amber color with decent white head. Aroma is of rich ctrus notes which dominated my nose along with a faint nose of alcohol that lets you know that itís an IIPA. Taste is extremely citrusy with a lot of orange coming through. A hint of nectarine in the finish as well as some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is very resinous and oily. Nice sheets of lacing as the beer is consumed. A very solid IIPA!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
golden body, big fluffy white head that faded down pretty quickly. nose is hops ontop of hops ontop of hops, with some hops mixed in, and a hint of citrus. there was almost so much bitter hoppiness that it was sweet. flavor was just massive doses of hops, some flowerly lightness to the front end, but the back was a slick oliy bitterness that was just short of being overwhelming. the fact that is did come up short is actually what makes it so good...it seems that they found the perfect balance of enough malts to keep the hops in check, but still keep them almost invisible in the flavor...this is everything an IIPA should be.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Pours out a nice deep golden yellow color with a medium beige head. Aroma was exremely hoppy with nice hints of grapefruit and some slight sweetness. Flavor is very hoppy witha nice grassy, grapefruit finish. WOW this is a very good IIPA

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottled sample via Oakbluff on IIPA Saturday. Light amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge hop aroma with notes of Centennial hops (orange/grapefruit), cut grass, and a bit of sweet tropical fruit. In the mouth, this beer is still all about the hops with loads of citric and light tropical flavors. Some sweetness is present as well, but the beer is not overly malty. Good drying bitterness. Great stuff!


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