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RATINGS: 2732   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Big time shout out to da Illinismitty for this brew. Pours an extra cloudy orange with a little white head. The nose on this one is super fresh. Hops come out in a very citrusy fashion with strong herbal, maryjane notes. Lots of definition on this nose, very spicy but not biting. The flavor is not all the bitter, but filled with grapefruit and lemon. Malts are medium sticky and balance things out quite well. The finish lets some biting citrus presence nip the tongue just a bit more. This is a very tasteful, clean, and fresh tasting IIPA. Not really a monster like some others in the style, which is neither a good or bad thing.
[Feb 24, 2008]
Bottle split with Tronraner. Man, Hopslam destroys. There is a ridiculous amount of fresh, herbal, citrusy hop quality in the aroma. Deep, spicy pine, grapefruit, ganja. The whole nine yards. Mouthfeel is sticky with loads more hop devastation and a smooth, malt presence to balance out things. Perfectly clean and deep.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnskibum (5) - New Brighton, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007 does not count
Hands down my favorite IPA. The nose is hops of hops and yet enticing. Truly Imperial style. Expensive but worth it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy amber color with decent white head. Aroma is of rich ctrus notes which dominated my nose along with a faint nose of alcohol that lets you know that itís an IIPA. Taste is extremely citrusy with a lot of orange coming through. A hint of nectarine in the finish as well as some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is very resinous and oily. Nice sheets of lacing as the beer is consumed. A very solid IIPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
golden body, big fluffy white head that faded down pretty quickly. nose is hops ontop of hops ontop of hops, with some hops mixed in, and a hint of citrus. there was almost so much bitter hoppiness that it was sweet. flavor was just massive doses of hops, some flowerly lightness to the front end, but the back was a slick oliy bitterness that was just short of being overwhelming. the fact that is did come up short is actually what makes it so good...it seems that they found the perfect balance of enough malts to keep the hops in check, but still keep them almost invisible in the flavor...this is everything an IIPA should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Pours out a nice deep golden yellow color with a medium beige head. Aroma was exremely hoppy with nice hints of grapefruit and some slight sweetness. Flavor is very hoppy witha nice grassy, grapefruit finish. WOW this is a very good IIPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2033) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottled sample via Oakbluff on IIPA Saturday. Light amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge hop aroma with notes of Centennial hops (orange/grapefruit), cut grass, and a bit of sweet tropical fruit. In the mouth, this beer is still all about the hops with loads of citric and light tropical flavors. Some sweetness is present as well, but the beer is not overly malty. Good drying bitterness. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20449) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pale amber, no head. Enormously powerful lychee-like hop aroma. Fairly sweet wih itís of caramelly maltto balance out the massive hop content, Like hop juice, but pleasantly soft, weaving a cottony fabric of hops around my tongue. Despite everything it still feels nicely drinkable. Very American and very good. One of the most aromatic beers ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IanWalker (6) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2007 does not count
Iíve been buying this in damn near every mixed six pack Iíve bought at the liquor store since it was released (one of the joys of living in Michigan - Bells is easy to come by). Hands down one of my favorite beers. Beautifully hoppy. Sweet aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor without overpowering the malt. I canít seem to speak highly enough about this beer. If you like IPAs, try this. And if you like Bellís Two Hearted, this blows it out of the water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle from trade with Shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! (Batch 7690) Poured a clear copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves light lacing. Huge grapefruit aroma backed with orange peel and pine. Tasty flavor grapefruit and pine with a light hint of malts. Medium body a moderate but comfortable bitterness throughout. Thanks again Craig! Plus I have another in the frig....Bonus!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours murky brown with lasting off white head. It has a full grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor follows suit with grapefruit juice hoppiness with hints of sweet malts in the background.

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