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RATINGS: 2743   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
natronbomb8 (5) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
Hop heads rejoice! If you like hops, this is your beer. This beer packs a huge wallop and then somehow lets you down easy with its fruity finish. Itís amazing how Bells Brewery can sock you in the mouth and then tell you it will all be alright with one homerun of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LyNoel (6) - USA - APR 18, 2007 does not count
Oooh!! Yummy. The name is perfect in so many ways. Relatively potent with an intense acidity of yeast and citrus fruit. Itís light, but firm in body and creamy-dry at the finish, with a late puckering tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2007
Cloudy copper, with a slight white head. Nose is almost pure hops--grassy, piney, with a notable grapefruit overtone. Some caramel in the nose as well. Flavor is intense--orangey, very bitter, just a slight touch of sweetess.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a slightly hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops is well balance with sweet caramel malt Ė the smell of this beer is really great and I can only compare with 3F dreadnaught in term of greatness. Taste is such a well balance mix between sweet caramel malt, bitter and citrusy hops and a great floral aspect to hold it all together. This is definitely something I will want and drink some more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
The aroma was definetly great, appearance, a great color for an IPA, flavor is a bitter, fruity, hint of citrus. Flavor lingers on your palate a few minutes after it goes down. Overall top 10 list of IPA/Hoppy Beers. Personally.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
(Bottle, thanks Hopscotch and Ughsmash) Pours hazy, juice like orange. Very hoppy, tropical fruit juice aroma with tones of passion fruit, lychee, grapefruit, mango, peach, tangerine, oranges and smaller notes of grass, resin and pine. Also rather sweet with notes of caramel. Very fruity, hoppy flavour with tones of grapefruit, pine, lychee, orange peel and peach. Medium sweet and Medium to full bitter. Rather dryish. Extremely clean hop peppery mouthfeel. Lingering hop bitter and fruity aftertaste. Medium to full body. A perfect, has it all, IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Got this in Charlottesville, VA..(Lovely little town)..Batch 7806. Pours a hazy golden-amber with a thin off-white head. It smeels like delicious lemon candy with some heavy orange and pine notes. Sticky lacing. While I agree with many of the reviews that the malt backbone is nice...make no mistake, the hops dominate this brew in every aspect. I think 70ibuís is a tad on the low side. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5% Sticky, Fresh, Funky Citrus Hop Magic. YUM!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Wow, pours a dark orange. Nice white head. Smells nice and citrusy, floral, pine. Taste is hops with citrus, orange, grapefruit, peaches, tropical, nice malt backbone. I am not a very big hophead, but this was a surprisingly well balanced and tasty beer. Nice brew. Re rate: jacked this one up a few notches. Had this again recently, this stuff is good! It is a must have on tap. Just a little behind dreadnaught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2007
Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle. Pours a hazy bright orange with a fluffy two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. tha lacing is very sticky, as you would expect from a very hoppy beer. Smell; initially this is on the floral side, but then a ton of citric aromas come wafting out of the glass, with grapefruit, oranges and lemons. I can also can detect a nice sweet malty backbone, that should help offset those hops. Taste; as with the smell this starts out floral on the first couple of sips. Then the citrus dominates with the oranges, grapefruits and just a touch of lemon thrown in. The malts are definitely there, and provide a sweet undercurrent to the hops. On the finish I can feel the alcohol a bit in my nose, and a bit in my throat, but it never becomes distracting. Mouthfeel is a touch on the ful side, and the drinkability on this is just incredible. I could drink a few of these without feeling completely pummeled by the hops, but I think the alcohol would definitely knock me out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
I got the last bottle from The Cellars LexLarp in St Paul. Though they tell me it is the last one, they seem to find another case somewhere. Pours a golden orange amber with a thin head. Aroma - very very flowery sweet hops. Hops and more hops, I can barely keep my feet on the ground. Taste as an extra charged IPA on steroids with hints of grapefruit, peach and apricots. Wow! Great body with a nice touch of dryness in the finish.

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