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RATINGS: 2621   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 The last of my first six-pack. Good stuff, easy to drink, too easy for a $13 sixer that weighs in at 9.5%. Tulip glass. Gold tinted orange body with a persistent head. Tropical aroma, almost pineapply with orange, pine, and wildflower honey. Lots of malt and malt sweetness at first, you actually think for a second that this is a malt bomb, but the hops are there, though restrained for an imperial IPA. Reminds me of the DFH90 but with a slightly more harsh bitterness (Centennials?). The flavor is very fruity along with lots of floral, and to a lesser extent, piney flavors. There is a bracing, but not overdone, bitterness at the finish along with tons of residual flavors and some semi-aggressive alcohol, especially as the beer warms. Well done Bells, this is a great beer. 4.2

[b}RE-RATE 2009 edition @ 10%. This is the last of the 2x6packs I have purchased over the last week. One from the initial six pack and the entire second six pack was finished today. Aroma is wildflower honey and piney and spicy hops. Taste varies, depending on the temp. Right now I am drinking a bottle in the mid 50ísį and noticing a little heat, this was not something I have noticed before. Mostly there is a nice pine flavor, strong but not overwhelming, as well as some coconut & pineapple, blood orange and grapefruit, and some strong herbal notes. A very, very tasty beer. 4.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
otis0014 (1) - USA - JAN 26, 2007 does not count
Hopslam was recommended to me by a real Hop Head. I typically enjoy Dunkels. I am shocked at how good this is. Very hoppy aroma and taste, but incredibly well-balanced. Hops are well balanced among bitterness, flavor, and aroma, while being supported very well by malt content of this beer. Local price is abut $15 for six, but, I will buy more. Very very good! Iíll try brewing one like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JFGrind (1847) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2007
No idea Hopslam was a 2XIPA when drinking it. A pine aroma, and pineapple/citrus flavor backed with sweet malt. Bitterness and malts were in perfect union. I sampled two bottles, first one was proper temperature (about 45 degrees). Second bottle was ice cold out of the cooler but amazingly the hop presence did not diminsh from the temperature drop. After consuming Hopslam my friends and I gushed for fifteen about how Bellís makes great beers. Kudos, Kalamazoo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 A deep orange color with a nice creamy head. A piney aroma with a little citrus. I was thinking this was around 70 or 80 IBUs and I was correct. A very citrus beer, that was oddly well balanced and sticky on the palate. Very good. Re-rate. Wow. Sticky, not citrus but passion fruit/mango with a spicy-piney bitter finish. Stays with you for a long time. Very drinkable, very good. Re-rate 2008 Jan 28th Get more honey and astringent bitter hops now, everything else is still there, but I get more harsh flavors, including alcohol. 848316

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4404) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Murky orange color with no head. Incredible hop aroma of orange, flower and, well, hops. Duh. Wow... the taste is incredibly smooth. Tons of bitter orange hops with a little piney leftover. Oddly enough, it is not overpowering at all. Very nicely done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2007
bottle, pours very beautiful golden orange with light haze, mellow offwhite creamy head, and lots of bubbles. Aroma is insanely hoppy. Itís like smelling the juices of a pile of hops... Tastes exceptionally floral hopíd and thereís a lot more grain malt sweetness than I expected. Itís not overpowering at all. It isnít as bitter as I thought it would be, like many IPAs...but this is quite delicious and filling. A truely full bodied hop-heavy brew. Amazingly delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours a nice golden orange color, with a small white head. The aroma is that of pine, citrus(heavy grapefruit and lemon) as well as pretty much no malt. The flavor echoes the nose, an explosion of hops with the pine and grapefruit dominating the palate. This is the epitome of IIPA with an unbelievable hop presence, but it is not so bitter you canít swallow it. I love this beer! Why is it not 100%?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Okay after already drinking two sixers of this beer I will finally rate it, snakeboy from Drakes be damned...Served in my GI IPA tulip: The pours is a clean golden hue with a fading frothy head and okay lace. The aroma is pure bless with lots of tropic and citric fruit esters, some pine and pepper, light bready malts, and a note of alcohol snap.

The flavor profile backs up the nose with a MOSTLY BALANCED fruity and bitter taste and some soft grainy malts. The finish is astrengent and metallic but works within the framework of the beer. Truly a straight forward yet not remotely boring big hoppy beer. The mouth feel matches the flavor components exactly, everything is where it should be.

Get ya some right now. It is all you should ever want in a IIPA. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, I DIG IT, IT ROCKS!!! Top 50 worthy IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 22, 2007
bottle. aroma is big citrus, piney skunk, and touches of sweet tropical fruit. flavor is big hop with a tangy sweet maltiness the blends quite well with the hops. bitterness is moderate and the beer is very drinkable. very good ipa that want to have fresh on draft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 from a shared 12 oz bottle. Orange/light amber in color. Aroma is grapefruit, orange, some pineapple like hints. Taste is citrus, grapefruit and orange, even some mango thrown in. A light to moderate amount of bitterness throughout the taste and slightly lingers in the finish. Bittering is lower than other commercial DIPAís that I have had, but the sweet fruit qualities of the malt and hops together really blend nicely together. I am thinking a bit like Oskar Blues Gordon, but better. I would like to get my hands on more of this.

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