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RATINGS: 2754   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Cloudy, orange, and unfiltered, with a white head. Not as much aroma as one might expect, but it did indeed smell hoppy...also citrusy. And, "citrusy" best categorizes the taste. The texture; she was creamy. A fine example of a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 1   Lasting: 2   Lacing : XX
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 2   Hay : 1   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Honey : 2   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 5   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Spicy : 2   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 1   Orange : 3   Herbal : 3   Grassy : 3   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : 1   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 2   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 3   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: A rather confusing offering from Bells. Dynamic hop aromas range from the herbal character from noble hops while direct, punchy mandarine/tangerine nuances strongly hint at Amarillo Americanised hops. All the while, the body remains kinda smallish, a bit oily and leaving room for residual sugars Ė a bit like I would expect an Stone IPA and kinda failing to provide the usual roundness and nourishment I associate with a Bells. Perhaps this might be explained by the absolutely clear appearance? Larry Bell wouldnít filter, would he?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours with a crystal clear, amber-orange body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and citrusy from the hops with a light underlying malt note and a little pine. medium bodied, slightly dry and well carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Bottle, tulip glass, just opening the bottle released a flood of hop smells, tons of pine and grapefruit aroma, pours a fairly clear medium copper color. with a nice long lasting white head. Hoppy, but really nicely done, a bit of sweetness from the medium malts, hops are dominate and nicely done with no hop appearing to be too dominate. Really nice finish the gravitates between long lasting hops, and sweet moderate malts. Nice very nice thanks MrRomero.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
My Bottom Line:
A bursting hop perfume shields the nostrils and tastebuds from most of lifeís inanities. Resinous miracles, citrusy authenticity, and wooden wisdom ride the lean biscuity maltiness for a highly invigorating Imperial IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear honeyed golden.
-The hop profile is definitely reminiscent of Dreadnaughtís, which I adore, but its malt character is drier and less developed, focusing on quenching, whereas Dreadnaught would be chewy and crunchy (in my book).
-Its bubbly presence helps alleviate the bracing wooden, resinous hop bitterness.

Bottle; no date. Thx Eric!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
lewis13 (49) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit!!! Did I say grapefruit? Very unusual hoppy taste...wish I knew the hops that were used.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2007
a very nice DIPA. a nice straw colored DIPA yet, while light in color...had enough malt balance to make this DIPA truly delicious. just enough sweet malt to balance out the slight grapefruit as well as pine hop flavor. this along with the double simcoe might be my favorite DIPAs....and both are east of the Mississippi. go figure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2419) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Very aromatic! Could smell it while pouring from the bottle here at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse. Big head thatís lasting a while with some lace. Aroma and taste are exceedingly hoppy with a huge grapefruit character. A little pine in there too. Muted malt characteristics. Well carbonated. Nothing too special in the body. Looong hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (6698) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Aggressive pour yields a medium white frothy head that disappears quickly leaving some lacing and a golden honey colored liquid. The arome backs up the advertising. The flavor does as well. The only thing keeping me from rating this higher is perhaps the need for a little more malt. This is an excellent brew nonetheless and I will be grabbing a six tomorrow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Honey-brown in color. No head. Hoppy from the jump - aka 90 minute or 120 minute IPA. Hints of apricot, peaches, butter. Tangy, fruity, hoppiness without any of the expected bitterness that a 120 would bring. One of the best around.

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