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RATINGS: 2610   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saber2th (7) - Harrison Township, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2006 does not count
Iím not a fan of IPAís, but this beer is one of my new favorites. I have had this beer on tap and in bottle, both are excellent! The smell of soft pine and grapefruit makes my nose very happy! It is full of hop flavor, but not too bitter, which surprised me. I which this beer was one of Bells mainstays.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 HOLY HELL, this is a phenomanal beer just tasty i had huge chunks floating in mine (?) bought at cellars in woodbury MINnesota. Smells like a very strong christmas tree Mmmmmm Good. I will say that furious by SURLY has less alchohol BUT to me a MUCH more pronounced hop bitterness STILL a great double IPA SURLY furous is single IPA but like i siad way more hops flavor. this beer has JUST a hint of alchohol . but for being 9.7 ABV its masked extremely well ANOTHER great release by bells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 (BONUS BREW FROM SLIFFY.THANKS MAN)pours a thick apricot juice like looking body.(alot like kerns)not much head.aroma is apricot,oranges,pine,and ice tea.flavor is a rush of hops.(or a "hopslam")pine needles,apricots,oranges,grapefruit....its all there.pretty bitter finish.nice brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
22.11.06 12oz bottle, Batch 7690, via trade with OhioDad. Nice looking stuff is orange gold, clouded, some visible sediment, and an off-white head that recedes quickly to a thin film. The aroma is pleasant, inviting, with much citrus - mostly resembling those kickass oranges I got a Wegmans a couple months back - and some strong grassy earthtones (hay) that I did not expect. Background aromas are catty, tropical, and thereís something tucked away in there thatís like artificial pineapple flavor. Body is alive with mild eff keeping the beer feeling light and quenching. Good bitterness from front to back. The flavors really expose the catty hops, especially retronasally, and yet the predominant lingering flavor is of more citrus, almost a marmalade on light biscuits...but not quite that sweet. Very nice stuff and worth a second look but the overall impression I get it that of a very nicely done beer that turns me off slightly because of the variety of hops being used. I can see easily how this beer is held in such high regard. Oh, and, HOLY CRAP I just saw that this brew is 9.5 percent. Iíd never have guessed it over 6.5. Well done making such a drinkable beer with such massive credentials!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Light yellow/orange color with smallish pure white head. Aroma is full of citrusy, slightly herbal, juicy hops, with apricot, grapefruit, lemon. Flavor is full of largely herbal hops, hints of orange and lemon, with a bracing but not overpowering bitterness in the finish and notable alcoholic warmth towards the finish. Nice, not incredible, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Had this one on draft at the Fickle Peach. I put it between the Three Floyds Alpha King and the Upland Dragonfly. It is what it says a slam of hops. Very clean flitered for sure if you could imagine drinking a bale of hay with some frsh air on a cool spring day, bang this is it if you enjoy this try the other 2 I mentioned for sure. If youíre a fan of hoppy beers this one is a treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus and pine hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts off with the caramel and citrus flavors and finishes with the pine hops and slight alcohol. For the price I was expecting more, itís a decent double IPA but not nearly what I was expecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Batch 8277 sampled a few times within two months of its release: Has a bigger fresh piny grapefruity hoppy nose than I remember from the first release. Sweet pale and caramel malts provide good balance to the sticky bittering hop resin and crisp, slightly warming bittersweet finish. A very nice double IPA that I wish I had a few more bottles of.

First bottled release sampled on 11/22/06 (8,3,7,4,14): Pours a transparent golden bronze with a thin, lightly-lacing white head. Aroma boast a lot of fresh grapefruity and piny hops along with a touch of toasty pale malt. Body starts with some sweet caramel before being overrun by resiny sticky citrus bittering hops. Plenty of hops in this and a good amount of malt that hides the alcohol well, but itís still not as balanced as some other double IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with biegaman, blankboy and mds - biegamanís bottle. Hazy orange, average frothy off-white head. HUGE hit of pungent, fruity, resiny hops (grapefruit, mango and pineapple), it even smells acidic - very sweet too; wow. Taste - more bitter,less fresh hops - quite good, but a bit of a step-down from the aroma - long bitter citrus-zest finish, enough malt to still seem quite sweet. Average body, acidic, astringent and bitter mouthfeel, long linger - solid, if ultimately one-dimensional I2PA. Thanks, Jan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Pours a hazy golden orange with some floaties and a smallish off-white head. Beautiful citrus aroma, orange, mango, apricot, and grapefruit all present. Nice lively palate. Nice malty sweetness balanced by a strong but not too strong bitterness that leaves itself a little bit to be remembered by. Wow. Re-rate 08 - One of my faves fresh, but it seems like it loses a lot quickly.

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