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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 18/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a clear orange amber color. Strong ruby red grapefruit, sweet caramel, and some alcohol in the nose. Amazingly well balanced. Caramel and toffee taste with some florals and pine, but the bitterness really doesnít come in until the end. Not at all overpowering. Great milky body. Just an all around great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle: Very good double IPA. Tastes a little like Stone Double, but not a strong. Good hops flavor and finish. However, hops is a little underdone for my tastes. Very easy drinking though. I will enjoy the rest of my six pack.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2008
12oz bottle, Batch 8283. Pours hazy amber in color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet,citruis hops, HOPS and HOPS with bitter finsih. There is no taste of alcohol but you will feel it. Very outstanding beer for hop heads.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
While others seem the like this beer, I felt it was actually a bit over what I like. Still a really good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 This certainly ranks near the top. Wonderful honeysuckle mango sort of nose with distinct hop character. The taste is sublime as the hops are quite aggressive, though far from astringent. Whatever it is that they did, they did it well. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
12 ounce bottle, pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick, rich and long-lasting cream-colored head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma on pour is all sticky, resiny hops, with lots of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and floral character along with a dollop of sweet honey. Delicious fresh flavor and surprisingly balanced for such an obvious hop showcase. Totally hop dominated (with just a touch of pale malts), but not overbearing or astringent. Again, a bit of honey sweetness underneath it all. Palate is full and syrupy, with moderate fine carbonation. Excellent hopbomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
bodabing (2) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008 does not count
Draft, Jupiter Beer Fest 08 - Big Aroma; scents of hops, grapefruit, pine, carmel. Hazy body, small head. Great tasting beer. Looking forward to my next.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
12oz. pours crystal clear and golden with a nice size off white head. BIG hoppy aroma with citrus, pine, & a little sweet. mouthful is smoooooth with an earthy honey base. big hops are present but well balanced by the earthy malt & honey backbone. very yummy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a sizable, creamy, off-white head that leaves patchy lace sliding down the sides of the snifter. The aroma is huge, and the name is certainly appropriate. As soon as the cap left the bottle, I could smell big citric hops. In the glass, the aroma is both sweet and bitter with notes of grapefruit, blood orange, light caramel, simple sugar and faint resin. Medium-bodied and quite slick with a transition to a tongue-squeezing, bitter and resinous finish. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with a fluid transition to pink grapefruit (with sugar sprinkled on top) and tight, resinous hops at the swallow. Both the hops and the sweetness linger for quite some time. For a beer packing 10% ABV and sporting a name like "Hopslam", I was pleasantly surprised to find a brew that is amazingly well balanced and supremely drinkable. I now understand why this beer never lasts more than a day or two on the shelves each year. If Bells ever decided to make this a year-round brew, it would be a permanent fixture in my refrigerator. Thanks for securing this sixer for me before it flew off the shelves, Tom!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2008
12 oz bottle pours a hazy orange. Aroma is hops citrus, sweet hops and lots of them. Flavor is sweet at first quickly followed by a smack of hoppy bitterness that finishes almost sweet. Lots of grapefruit and a little pine. Very good and much better fresh.

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