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RATINGS: 2617   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
I paid $16 for a 6 pack... Appears a glowing golden orange with a creamy, 1 finger white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. Whatís this other mess going on? Tons of yeasty proteins and hop residuals floating in suspension with no visible signs of CO2. That doesnít look overly appealling. Smell is extremely herbal up front with hints of skunky mary jane, flowers, tea leaves, black pepper, citrus zest, pineapple, grapefruit, along with some biscuit. Taste...again, this strikes me as a very herbal brew moreso than a citrusy one. Flavors are highlighted by bitter herbs & spices, pine resin, grass, sweet citrus...hmmm. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, sweet up front, grassy, herbal... dare I say medicinal, or solvent? Alcohol is evident. Wow...based on this bottle, Iíd be willing to vote this one as the most over-rated beer that Iíve had in í07. Last year, my vote went to Stone Oaked Bastard. This certainly isnít a terrible beer, itís just very overly hyped IMO and Iím not feeling the love. It sort of reminds me of a recent homebrew that I did, where I used a boat load of 6-7 different hops and hoped for the best. It turned out alright but a bit muddled, much like this with every aspect of hops being represented from herbal, to skunky, to citrus, etc. I just donít get it. Maybe the next bottle will change my mind. Iíve only got 5 more to compare it with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
I canít believe I havenít reviewed this yet. Iíve drank so much of this stuff! Poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a slight 1/2 inch head. Plenty of suspended "flakies" in the glass. Plenty of very good lacing is left on the glass. Smell is of citrus hops and just a tad of piney hops. Taste is incredibly juicy. A refreshing taste that has plenty of hop presence. Itís just a tad bitter, but itís so juicy that itís balanced well. This is a very easy drinking beer. You donít even notice the alcohol at all. This is a highly sessionable beer. As Iíve drank many of these on several occasions. This is another great beer from Bells. This is worth seeking out. Especially at itís price point, itís an easy choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a purty yellow orange with a nice, lacing head. Nose was not as huge as I expected, but piney/citrusy nonetheless. Hits hard with alcohol and bitterness that really hides the hop character. Not much there if you can wade through the bitterness. Obviously a huge, well crafted beer, but way over-the-top to be considered a fine beer. Obviously a lot of hopheads have rated this beer...but Iíd love to try a fresh one from the tap!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep orange, crystal clear. The aroma was amazing -- big pine needle, grapefruit rind, and a bitter sweetness. I was a little bit let down with the flavor, as it didnít live up to the aroma. It was very hoppy, and the pine/grapefruit notes were kind of subdued. The finish was extremely bitter. Nice overall, but I wanted some more sweetness to go along with the bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottled, Batch 7690. Poured a chunky medium orange with a couple minutesí worth of white head. The aroma is where this one really shines!... huge juicy fruit and floral hop candy just lures you in... grapefruit bitters and meat, sweet caramel, and pears all come into play.
The flavor was ever-so-slightly skewed toward malty sweetness... caramel and grapefruit at the core were just decadent... heavy pine, grapefruit, and juicy pears provide an ideal higher level of bitterness... alcohol is present only to accent the bitterness, provide warmth, and give you that tingly feeling on the backside of your gums... long, drawn-out sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit finish. "Succulent" is an ideal descriptor for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
This beer had such a massive amount of citrus hops it felt like one of those vitamin C tablets you let desolve in your mouth. Massive orange pithy taste with an acidic citrus finish. Some nice tropical fruit notes develop as well, hints of mango and grapefruit. Iím amazed you donít taste any excess alcohol on this one, I didnít realize the ABV was so high. Iím not sure they could have found a way to put enough malt sweetness in this one to counter the citric burn, this one will really stick to your palate, so donít plan on drinking much afterwards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 13, 2007
12 oz bottle: poured yellow orange with a small white head. Particles are floating in it and looking inside the bottle, I can see why. Thereís a fairly thick layer of yeast inside. Citrusy hop aroma with nice caramel malty notes coming through. The flavor is very nice with big juicy hops. Light sweetness on the tongue followed by some moderate bitterness. I was expecting something a bit bigger and richer from an IIPA but this is still a nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a large white head that left a lot of lacing. This has a powerful hop aroma of citrus and pine. A big bitter kick up front fades to fruity citrus and pine flavors, followed by a sweet, caramel maltiness. Although the end is sweet, it does leave a bitter aftertaste. Iíve had beers with more than 70 IBUs but this is one of the more bitter ones (at least that first taste is).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2007
The aroma was a strong citrusy presence with caramel malt and a deep estery fruit character.The citrus fruits were namely orange and grapefruit and were well done. The beer was cloudy/hazy with a white persistent head which lasted well to lace the glass. The flavor was strong citrus, but remained well balanced with a strong malt backbone. The hops were resinous with a strong citrus presence of more orange and grapefruit coupled with caramel. Alcohol was a factor in the flavor but did not detract. The body was nearly full with a creamy mouthfeel due to a moderate level of carbonation. Overall a very nice Double IPA, with some sizable alcohol warming that occurred post consumption. Too many of these and you certainly might end up "slammed". Pint at Tylerís.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 12, 2007
Very fruity and orangey zest to this nice ipa. A big hop kick in the middle slightly bisquity and chewy. Full bodied, finishes a bit sweet but very well made overall good balance hop to malt ratio. Well hidden alcohol.

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