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RATINGS: 2764   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of Monger. Thanks, James! Pours an attractive, cloudy pink-grapefruit color; whitish head with decent retention and lacing. Fantastic, dank citrus aroma: tons of grapefruit, mango, and lemony hops with a touch of tartness; mouthwatering, to say the least. Excellent balance in the mouthfeel: plenty of citrus and piney hops, dank and juicy, hints of tangerine, backed by a solid malt backbone (suggesting maple syrup and sugar). Light piney bitterness and dryness at the end. One of the best IIPAs Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 tried to get this beer for two months and had almost given up, then in a matter of a couple of days, I end up with 13 bottles! first rooftoprogue gives me a bottle, then my son brings me a 6 pack, then Styles puts a 6 pack in a box of beer for me. thanks to all. great citrus aroma and flavor. delicious in every aspect from start to finish!!! so drinkable it could be dangerous at 9.5%. hopefully Bellís will make this a regular or at least a seasonal brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2426) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit. I could almost stop at that, but there were also notes of hops, and other citrus fruits such as oranges and passion fruit. The aroma itself is very refreshing. Flavor is bitter citrus/grapefruit with plenty of hops and some malt and yeast rounding it all out. Finishes bitter, and delicious. Mouth has the right amount of carbonation for an Imperial IPA. A very tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Wow, aroma is 3 parts grapefruit, 1 part orange, 1 part banana/misc tropical fruits. Appearance is cloudy orange with small white puff head... looks good to me. Initial flavor is huge bitter grapefruit followed with enough malt to keep the bitterness from being overbearing. Alcohol is barely there at all in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Strong passion fruit qualities that make it very akin to Three Floydís Dreadnaught. Strong floral aroma and red coloring, excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
12 oz bottle, via joebrew. Pours a very cloudy dark yellow gold with alot of small chunkie floaties in suspended animation. Frothy white head one finger in height left lots of lacing. Aroma is of pungent piney and citrusy hops in mass quantities. Thereís some malt there but it is in the background and slightly doughy. Flavor is a little muddled to me, the hops are a little dulled by the soft doughy malt and heavy yeast. Maybe youíd call this "balanced", but I prefer a cleaner crisper malt profile that resides behind the hops, not interwoven amongst. Mouthfeel is creamy with very fine perfect carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky and resiny. This was pretty decent, but a little disappointing. I think I wanted a little more heavier malt presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Ok, about time that I rate this thing. 12oz bottle that ross split with me, Thanks alot b/c Iíve been wanting to try this stuff. Pours out a cloudy light amber which both ross and I agreed that the color was lighter than expected. Not too much of a head, just a white ring of carbonation. Aroma is pretty much just like picking up a handful of hops and taking a whif. However, there is a slight grassy sweetness as well. Taste is hoppy as the name says and this stuff was slightly sweet but not as much as I thought it would be. To me, this thing tasted big on grapefruit and pine. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of JCapriotti. Pours a very cloudy amber with a small, off-white head. Extremely fresh aroma of pine needles and peaches - some really great esters up there. Medium body with some sweet caramel, but otherwise completely dominated by the excellent aroma hops that donít leave any excessive bitterness. Lovely indeed. 291206

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to Styles. Porued a murky golden coor with a white head. The aroma of hops is very present. The taste of hops and citrus is great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
I was fortunate to have it both from the bottle and from the tap over the holidays...hazy, white head, hoppy, flavorful of fruity goodness.

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