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RATINGS: 2764   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Date: January 12, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy golden, wispy white head
Aroma: slightly sweet citrus aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: good hop flavor with nice sweetness, mellow bitter finish, touch of pine sap

Date: March 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.3 to 3.5
picking up more pine sweetness in the aroma but it quickly fades or saturates, adding a bit of sedement adds a nice bready yeast character the balances the sweetness and improves the overall complexity, I still donít love this beer like a lot of people but it is starting to grow on me

Date: June 07, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: 3.5 to 3.9
picking up a ton of fruity orange and tangerine, still nice balancing hops but the fruity malt has taken over making this a great beer, a year of age is the key on this one

Date: January 22, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
Aroma: big sweet honeyed grapefruit aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, citrus hops, plenty of bitterness
Overall: too much bitterness for the sweet aroma

Date: January 28, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
a bit more balanced with the honey sweetness balancing the bitterness, still plenty of citrus but not over the top,

Date: February 05, 2011
Mode: firkin
Source: bsp
Appearance: muddy orange, creamy beige head, solid lace
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet flavor, honey and malt, lots of hops, touch of citrus, light peppery spicyness
Overall: the creamy body of the cask combined with the subdued hops make this way to dangerous

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Date: February 09, 2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2008
Score: 3.9 to 4.0
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with nice fruity hops
Flavor: strong orange and tangerine flavor from the first bottle of the batch, bitterness is just enough to add balance but stay out of the way
Overall: now this is the vintage worth raving about

Date: April 25, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: bruisin ales
Vintage: 2008
the honey sweetness in the aroma balances and complements the citrus hops,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bridgland77 (1) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2007 does not count
hands down the best imperial pale iíve ever tasted. Crisp, hoppy. The first sip sets the tone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 by far, one of the best IPAís that Iíve ever had. picked this up on a road trip down from Michigan to Florida. had no idea what to expect. the beer has the perfect balance of hoppiness to create a smooth, but not overpowering, DIPA. excellent! 4.1.08 - re-rate. lots more honey than I remember from last yearís batch. even better than before. lots of hops, but not as strong as I remember it. the honey really tones it down. but in a good way. love love love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 9, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>shigadeyo, thanks Craig!) Really nicely-balanced...Pours hazy very slightly reddish amber with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel soft, nice, smooth, medium-full, touch of stickiness in finish. Flavor is medium bitter pine and grapefruit over caramel and vanilla. About as straightforward a big IPA as I can think of - hops are there but not overpowering, there is some nice sweet malt presence and is only a slight bit hot esp. as it warms. Nice little bitter bite in finish. A nice smooth pleasant big IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
Nice floral hop aroma. Pours a lovely orange-yellow with a thick head. I thought the malt was overdone, giving it almost a sweet barley-wine type of profile. Still flavourful and overall solid brew, with a lingering hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 This might be my dissapointment of the year come award season in december. I was expecting something truly stunning. Something that would tingle my buds with that hop explosion I thought was promised. Instead I had a funky hop malt combo that was really a dulled down experience. Maybe a fresh one would suit me better, maybe. It improved as I sat and sipped, but from a 2.5 to a 2.9. Rerate- Fresh bottle and damn thats good. Now I see why people are buying it buy the case in bunches. I honestly could have just sat there and consumed 3,4, 5 bottles of this. Unfortunatley I only had one. Bring Bells back to Illinois so I can keep a case of this in the fridge at all times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle 7806 from The_Epeeist. Pours with a little head of large bubbles that die immediately. Quickly fading small bubble surround the hazy orange-amber color. Nice strong hop aroma on the pour, but fades to very mild long-boil malty caramel honey notes. I taste a mellow, well blended hop-malt infusion. Heavy body. Not a hop bomb like I expected, but an excellent brew. I wonder if it has been aged a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Notes from a trip to Grand Rapids. Pours a translucent copper with a small fizzy white head. Aroma is caramel malts, citrusy sweet hops, apricots, and honey. Flavor is a bit sharp and unbalanced, with a ton of bittering hops. I think the name suits the beer well. Body is thin, but the long lasting bitterness makes up for it. Not a bad brew, a bit extreme, but itís supposed to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/28/2008. Keg was about 6 months old. Clear golden amber body with a small creamy off-white head. Caramel and cirusy hop aroma, but somewhat diminished. Very mellow citrus and light resiny flavors on a gentle caramel background. Full body with moderate carbonation and a resiny hop finish. Still good, but not nearly as good as it is fresh. 7/3/7/4/16 - 3.7 (left out of overall score, since itís much better fresh) Bottle. Batch 7806. Clear brilliant copper body with a small creamy white head that rapidly diminishes. Aroma of sweet caramel, sugar, fruit and citrus hops. Sweet caramel flavor with a delicious citrus hops compenent. 8/3/9/4/17 - 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Loved this beer. Poured a murky off-orange in color. I noticed some sediment in the bottom of the bottle but a bit snuck past my careful pour and hung in the beer. Thin head resting on top. Nose is malty with just a slight hop tang that belies what lies underneath. Flavor is perfectly balanced. Hops are fruity and citrus. Like biting into a ripe orange. The first sip grabbed my attention. Malts never rise to the top but are consistently present throughout each sip providing a perfect balance. Hop oils linger around the edges of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but concealed well behind all the hops. A nice beer to enjoy a bottle or two at a time because after a couple my tongue would get numb.

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