shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009
Batch 7690 ~ Packaged on October 25, 2006
11/20/2006: Wow, my mouth is watering just smelling this beer! The aroma reminds me of a freashly opened can of mandarin oranges in light syrup mixed with some fresh peaches. The beer is a hazy bright orange color with a large foamy, cream-colored head. Even after the head falls, it leaves a nice bubbly crown and heavy, detailed lacing. The flavor is rich and packed with a wonderful apricot/peach hoppiness and a sweet malty base . The long finish is slightly sweet with hints of alcohol, grapefruit, and a smooth hop bitterness. It has a slightly thick body and feels great in the mouth. This beer is extremely well balanced and the alcohol is amazingly well hidden for the 9.5% ABV thatís in there! Be careful with this one because it goes down extremely smooth and fast! Bellís Hopslam isnít quite a juicy as Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA or sweet and thick as Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA. However, it somewhere in between the two and packs a great apriot/peach/orange/grapefruit flavor!
12 fl. oz. bottle. Score: 8/4/9/4/18 = 4.3
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Batch 7690 ~ Packaged on October 25, 2006
11/18/2009: Bellís Hopslam Ale... Aroma: Still plenty of hops, although not quite as vibrant or juicy, more like aged; dried candied pineapple, red grapefruit, tangerine and clementine peel; some toffee malt. Appearance: Cloudy tarnished gold color; frothy crown; plenty of floaties. Flavor: Plenty of toffee and caramel; moderate bitterness; nice accompanying alcohol burn; aged/dried citrus and apricot; the floral qualities are coming through more now. Palate: Fairly thick, although still very smooth. Overall: This beer has become a very nice barleywine-style ale!
12 fl. oz. bottle. Score: 8/3/8/3/17 = 3.9
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2010 This brew is a hazy orange/amber color with a medium thick cream-colored head that dissipates slowly. Thick coating of lace on the entire glass. Huge grapefruity hops in the nose, along with a touch of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with a rich hoppy character that is full of zesty citrus and some pine, along with the nice sweet malt and honey that balances it all. The alcohol is well-hidden but you can tell it is there. Some sweet malt and fruit flavors are underneath as well. The finish is nicely bitter and lasting, retaining the citrusy hops feel. Not one of the "punch you in the face" IIPAs but a wonderfully balanced and delicious beer that I look forward to every year.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - batch 7690 - Aroma is juicy fresh floral hops, earthy citrus hops and alcohol. Pours orange with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is incredibly balanced for such a hop bomb. Lots of carmel follows the intense citrus and floral hops. Palate is sticky and tart. A very nice brew for the hop lover in all of us.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A really good IPA. Exciting bright orange color with a white head. Aroma of acidic citrus and pine - taste to follow. Alcohol flavor is definately present. Hoppy and delicious. Bells does IPAs the right way - a terrific brew. My full rec.
jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle, Obvious hoppy nose per the name, but also quite alot of citrus, taste is very hoppy (duh) and then nice citrus and pine taste, very very tasty in my opinion, no taste of the over 9% ABV just a great beer to drink. However, after drinking another IIPA following after this This seems very much as one of the better IIPAís but not the best.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 A hazy apple cider candle color with a small head. Strong pine aroma with what seems a crystal malt backing. Pine taste some citrus. Good palate as no alcohol or plastic taste. Gets watery at end. Does not remind me nor is it better than 2-heart, which is a shame.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a nice gold color with a nice, fluffy white head. As one would probably guess, the hop smell is very prevelant. I smell a very heavy earthy tone to this beer, lots of pine and citrus. Taste is a little more on the citrus side, with a little bit of the pine in the after taste. Seems to have just a bit of sweetness to it. Oddly enough, this was not as hoppy as I would have thought. The malt in this beer compliments the hops making this one great beer.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, the name does indicate what you get. Shiney golden color with a short lived white head that left some sticky lace. The nose does not wait for you to sniff it to make itself known. Huge pungent hop nose of pine and resin. If you like hops, you will like this beer. The alcohol is well hidden under all the flavor. Grapefruit rind, candied orange peel, pineapple, resin, apricot all explode on a stage of enough caramel sweetness and malts to support them, but just barely. This is a huge beer, and I think it did in fact bruise my tongue, but it is a solid example of this extreme style.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh yeah shit, This thing was loaded with grapefruity hops. Close to DeRanke XX. A bit of sweetness keeps this in place but shit is hoppy?? The sweetness seem to come from some kiwi I think. VERY GOOD
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Bottle. The beer pours to a nice orange body with a creamy white head. Nice lacing. Tons of medium-slow speed carbonation rises up the body. The aroma is filled with citrus fruit galore. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, Turkish apricots, nectarines, and Mandarin oranges. Pine trees as well. Very nice. The flavor is like Iím eating what fresh hops smell like. Oh so delicious and bitter. Oily and resiny. Oranges, pine, and malt. Full bodied with well hidden alcohol. Lots of oils.