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RATINGS: 2573   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottle from Chris (styles) Thanks! Ive wanted to try this for a pretty long time since most Bells beers are awesome. Pours out a light yellow color (surprising..) with some orange hints. Not much of a head at all. Smell is pretty much hops, grass, grapefruits, some other citrus elements. Taste is bold and bitter with some very strong notes of hops. There isnt a whole lot of sugars from the malts going on here to balance out this monster hop beer. It is good, but I think Iíll stick with Two Hearted. However, I am glad to have multiple bottles of this left back because now when I want to get a brutal double IPA, I have one. Reminds me alot of Hair of the Dog Blue Dot in more ways than just appearance.

drank another one today, and its much better a little warmer than i originally had it. bumping up the ratings a bit, this was good ass beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle from Footbalm. Strong citrus and pine aroma, lemon, pomegranite, acid. Very well balanced, good complexity, no off aromas, but just kinda boring. Pour is a cloudy gold with a decent head. Similar taste of rich hops, though a bit soapy, a little "unripe" tasting, if it were fruit. Definitely showcases hops for everything they are, though. A bit boozy and hard to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Had on draft at Peachís Bar in Yellow Springs, OH. Wow! What an fantastic beer. Drinking this was like biting into a grapefruit, it was so explosive with citrus hops. The aroma was fresh and floral and again, loaded with hops. One giant, wonderfully hoppy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2007
12oz. bottle Batch7690 thanks to SS. Murky orange/amber color with a small off white head and lots of floaties. Nice hoppy aroma of orange marmalade, grapefruit and some pine. Flavor starts off mildly sweet and malty, then quickly becomes quite bitter. Grapefruit pith, light pine and a sort of sourness that reminds me of sneaking tastes of my auntsí whiskey sours when I was a kid. A different kind of IIPA which I liked very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goblincat (379) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Pouring a cloudy orange with white head. The nose is a bitter citrus, The taste is loaded with orange, sharp hops, grape fruit, and a nice warming finish. Bellís continues to amaze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Thanks to Shannon for this one! Clear straw-golden with ample small bubbles. VERY citrusy. Aroma is orange/lime citrus with a tropical tinge. Starts surprisingly smooth then turns very hoppy but surprisingly (and a bit disappointlingly) not as bitter as one might expect. The aftertaste leaves a tropical fruit flavor. On the whole, this beer reminds me of SunnyD. High alcohol is noticable, but not overly "hot". Very good, but not crazy good. Followup: the next year Shannon came through again, and that one was CRAZY good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Hazy orange pour with white lace head that coats the glass. The aroma is absolutely enticing! Sweet chewy hops. The flavor matches wonderfully. I donít want to write, I just want to drink more! Why or WHY canít bells ship to NY. A phenomenally tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 12oz bottle. i believe about 8-10 weeks old now. pours a nice orangey pale with big head. nose is very nice PNW hops, grapefruit, peach, mango. taste is very citrusy, mango, hops are pretty messy, but this beer is bitter at first but finishes sweet and in the end doesnít leave a big bitter bite. a refreshing beer but the hops are too messy to make this a great beer.3.6.

2/17/08, bottle, 2008 vintage. Thanks to kan for picking 2 of these up for me. aroma has big herbal, vitamin like, and grassy hop notes with some alcohol behind it. flavor is pretty bitter with good dose of boozyness right there with all those hops. Iím still not blown away by this beer but I think this vintage is much better than it was last year.3.9. 1/14/09, bottle, uberfresh í09 batch, smells nice, peachy hop notes. flavor has peach and grapefruit. body is watery, and palate short. not really that hoppy compared to the current double ipas on the market. pretty underhopped, but still tasty and no where near the hype it gets every year. 3.7.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
On tap at Flying Fig in Cleveland. Light golden color. Aroma is grapefruit and floral. Taste is citrus, especially grapefruit, and some malt at the end. Alcohol well concealed. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle; pours a hazy light golden color with a nice off-white head that dissipates down to a slight ring and a whisp in the middle, lots of sediment that floats and eventually freezes like itís in jello; minor lacing. Welcoming aroma of strong grapefruit, some melon, floral, and a touch of caramel/toffee. Taste follows with more biting grapefruit hops on the outset, a tamer malty finish, and enough lingering aftertaste to leave you wanting more. A very nice palate all the way through. This is one amazing IIPA and a hop fans nirvana! Highly recommended.

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