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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Im in love with this beer! One of the most beautiful hoppy beer I have ever had. Nice hazy amber color, with a burst of sweet hops in the nose. Paid $13 dollars for the 6 pack but it was worth every penny!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Shared this with Grant & Lori. Aroma initially pretty grassy but then settled into warm passionfruit and citrus. Overall candy smell. Head was think and creamy - like marshmallow fluff one would use on chocolate ice cream. Color of amber - fairly clear, minimul haze. Enjoyed the flavor & palate - full mouthfeel with a tinge on the finish. Strong flavor of alcohol initially then moving to bitter hop and finished sweeter. Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Poured into a snifter, this beer takes on a nice dark goldenrod color with a one-finger off-white head. Wonderful scents of piney hops and succulent citrus emanate from the glass. An interesting orangey hop flavor concomitant with some oily piney hops as well. Doughy malt provides stability and balance. Mouthwatering, delicious beer. Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Very smooth. The alcohol is entirely unapparent and a 12 oz bottle leaves me wanting more. Very deserving of its high rating.

Rerate: Oh how young I was when I wrote this! Upon a second tasting, itís obvious that this beer, while good, is too sweet and lacks the bitterness of a top-tier double IPA. Gotta dock points for that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Pours medium dark amber/copper, forms little to no foam head. Aroma strong of pine resins, hops, a bit of grapefruit and flowers. Flavour is full bodied, somewhat sweet with a hop bite that says "I want more!". Honey comes through in sweetness, simply a delightful beer, kick ass DIPA! Bought at Priscellaís in MHC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2587) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Split 12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Slightly hazy golden orange with lasting flat head and lace. Fresh hop aroma. Sweet and citrusy with hop flavor and drying finish. Medium body and carbo. More like an imperial fresh hop than a double/imperial IPA. And I love fresh hop beers. My favorite of the imperial IPAs so far. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
From a bottle. Pours amber with small white head. Aromas of sweet, citrusy grapefruit, and floral notes. Taste is just like the aroma, very citrusy and floral with some fresh cut pine flavors. Not a real bitter hoppy taste more sweet and citrusy which I like. Didnít know this was 10% when I was drinking it, alcohol is hidden very well. Very delicious brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2008 does not count
Just picked up this years batch, and oh my is this stuff still good. Copped a six pack last year late in the season that found its way to From the Vine well after season, and I have craving this ever since. As far as IIPAís go, this one is balanced extremely well. Strong hops, warm sweet malty finish. Yum. Bellís hit a homerun with this surprisingly January release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 fresh. Amber with a decent white head, didnít last long. strong grapefruit and thick hop aroma. Flavor is strong piny hops, grapefruit, coconut, pineapple...more hops. Finishes thick, decent burn from the abv. Very good fresh.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanbush2026 (4) - USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
Very pleased. Nice citrusy nose. Not as bitter as I expected, but had the sweet finish I was looking for. Pours nicely with a massive head. Doesnít have the grapefruit of the Dreadnaught that I really want in an IPA. I would drink this any day, but wouldnít put it at the very top of my list.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5309) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect? I couldnít put it any plainer! Terribly hoppy brew in aroma and taste, did you every chew on raw hops? Green grapefruit rinds soaked in whiskey. Did you say there was carbonation in there? Where? One sided fer sure. Soapy preservative finish. I will never get slammed again.

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