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RATINGS: 2755   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.


4.2
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2007
This is one of my favorites. Open the bottle, pour in a chilled glass and let this one sit for a few minutes. The hop aroma is outstanding and the flavor is great all the way down. Has an outstanding finish as well. I love hops, and this beer is serious about that. For the level of hops in this beer, it is surprisingly balanced! Itís quite pricey, but it is worth the treat once a year when they brew it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HarryHood (2) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2007 does not count
The most well balanced double IPA Iíve had, this beer deserves itís high rating. Instant hop explosion when opened, citrus and floral aroma goes straight to your face. Let it warm a bit, this one gets better as you get to the end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Another bottle acquired through a generous trade with pantanap. Thanks! Upon pouring this viscous hazy golden liquid, the area surrounding the glass was blown up with massive earthy hops aroma....a very good sign. Minimal head, but this brewís heavy malt and grapefruit aroma is intense! Tons of tree sap flavor with more citrus/grapefruit that ends in a serious hop profile. Very earthy finish with a good warming alcohol coat on the tongue, lingering flavors of syrupy malts. One hell of a DIPA. I wish I could get my hands on more of this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bells, why did you have to leave Illinois. Another beer to miss. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a ephemeral white head. Powerful aroma of citrusy, piney hops, peaches, and flowers with a touch of spice. Rich bodied. The flavor was robust and refreshing with the citrus hops taste coming through. Damn good drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Can smell this one from across the room. Flavor and aroma both seem tipped towards the citrus(grapefruit) side of the scale to me. A bit too much alcohol near the end of the taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Much thanks to theisti for this one. Batch 7741. Beautifully hazy orange pour with nice IPA head. Piney and citrusy nose than tells me Iím going to love this beer. Big malt and hop profile that is just incredibly balanced....pine, resin, citrus, apricots....all the great flavors. Full bodied mouth feel that finishes smooth and pleasingly bitter. I would drink this beer everyday if I could get it. Thanks theisti!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
The color was hazzy, golden with orange hues. The head was foamy, fizzy, frothy, and cream colored. The aroma was sweet, apricot, and dry hops. The flavor was alcohol, sweet/slightly bitter, hoppy, citirs, and apricot. The palate was medium-bodied and smooth. The finish was dry, warm, and apricot.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dvhunter (4) - Albany Park, USA - JUL 4, 2007 does not count
Bottled. Pours a light amber with a foamy head. Aroma: pine, pepper, citrus. Flavor is very balanced, with a noticeable malt profile that sets the stage for a giant hop blast. Sense of hop resin, syrup. Makes many other IIPAís taste like hop tea. Alcohol very well hidden until the last 1/4.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Holly hops! As a newcomer to American Craft brews, Bells is becoming my favorite brewery! Man, this is a great beer. Pours a nice orange with a bit of carbonation. I am amazed at how well the 9% is hidden. Very balanced big beer. I need to get my hands on more. Thanks to drewbeerme for this 12oz bottle.


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