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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. A unclear orange beer with a dense orange head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with notes of citrus, alfaacid, grass, and grapefruit. The flavor is also very hoppy with notes of grapefruit - which makes it very acidic, combined with more subdued notes of caramel. The hops gives it a dry and rather bitter end, and the body is quite powerful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 12 oz bottle, courtesy of StompBrockmore - pours a cloudy, glowing orange with frothy white head and lots of floating sediment that settles slowly and literally coats the glass bottom. Aroma is pure grapefruit - not the typical grapefruity west coast hops, but ACTUAL grapefruit. Like sticking your nose in a freshly cut grapefruit. Some other tropical fruits in there as well - mango and passionfruit, some lychee perhaps? Iíve NEVER smelled any beer this fresh and fruity and lively before. AMAZING. The first sip is simply stunning. All those fruit hops combine with a big malt backbone to create a superbly balanced beer. Bitter off the bat, then smooth in mid-palate, then with a fading bitter finish. Alcohol VERY well-integrated, which could prove to be dangerous if you have a few on hand (which, regrettably, I donít). Certainly one of the best dIPAs Iíve had - this is a benchmark by which all other IPA/dIPAs should be measured. Damn - I wish this glass was a whole day long. Thank you, thank you SB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rich cloudy creamed orange body, almost hefeweizen-like in appearance, with a properly firm creamy layer of white foam sitting on top. The pungent grapefruit, melon and maraschino cherry hop nose is exactly what I dig in IPA. I certainly dig a nice dank, grassy hop nose, but the sour grapefruit sugary nose on this is even better. I can’t think of anything I like more than the smell of this beer. Perfect. Amazingly creamy and smooth, with a moderately thick body, consumed in melon and grapefruit sour hop flavors, rich in every way. This beer is good, but when warmer the nose tends to get a little boozy, smelling like dirty vodka. If this were around 8% it would be pure gold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. I just love hoppy beers, and this one is hoppy in the best way. Pours hazy orange with a white head. The aroma is very floral, peach and grape, and the taste is sweet malty, alot of grape, maybe chinook hops, a bit peach that gives some freshness. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic, dry, hop finish. Another good beer from Bellīs, more please!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 I have been seeking this for awhile, and Shigadeyo grabbed me a six pack. Thanks Craig! Pours hazy amber with a white head. Sweet grapefruity hop aroma with a tad amount of alcohol in the background. Initial flavor of pale malts, lemon, apricot, and grapefruit that transitions to some mild grassy and pepper hop bite. Nice amount of sweetness. Juicy and semi dry finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Alcohol slighlty detectable. Nice beer. In fact, I just brought home a 12 pack from my travels to keep in the fridge.
Batch 8278. This years batch does not disappoint. It seems a tad drier on the finish, but otherwise still has this addictive quality to it. It is also very easy to drink. This is very unique in the world of IIPAís. I am going to up the rating, because the more I drink this, the more I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Pour is hazy golden amber with a big bubbled off white head...smell is super strong citrus hops...lemons and grapefruit...taste is sweet lemons and citrus...some malt, but strong citrus and alcohol sweetness...nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
From bottle. Pours a clear orange with bubbly off white head. Nose is herbal with oranges. Flavor has a bitter beginning with herbal citrus flavors. Palate is smooth and not overly thick. A solid DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2006
From a 12oz Bottle, Batch #7690. Pours a transparent honey peach color with a thin layer of wispy white head. Heavily hopped citrusy aromas of spruce boughs, white grapefruit, and some softer notes of clover honey. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel thats a bit on the heavy side for my preference in the style, but it doesnít get syrupy by any means. Some lightly sweet honey caramel malts start out the palate before a dousing hop cleansing. Some strongly bitter pine and pulpy white grapefruit finish out the cleanly bitter final smack. The alcohol is very well hidden, leaving only the the fabulous hops reside left to sting the tongue. Thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
claybuster (1) - USA - DEC 27, 2006 does not count
12oz Bottle, Obvious hoppy nose per the name, but also quite alot of citrus, taste is very hoppy (duh) and then nice citrus and pine taste, very very tasty in my opinion, no taste of the over 9% ABV just a great beer to drink. However, after drinking another IIPA following after this This seems very much as one of the better IIPAís but not the best.

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