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RATINGS: 2733   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2086) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
12 oz bottle thanks to my SS! Hazy orange in color with a tall fluffed head. Grapefruit hop aroma and a little pine, definitely some Cs in there cascade for sure but a nice blend of hops. Slick medium bodied mouthfeel where I can almost feel the hops on my cheeks before I taste them. Grapefruitty flavors with a carmel base. A pretty solid IPA although lacking that extra punch to make this rise up with the true great Double Iís in this world. But hey you gotta love that label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 What is with this beer getting such great reviews. It smelled okay but tasted way too sweet and it was not bitter enough. They call it hopslam for a reason! Donít get me wrong I love IPAís but this one was not that good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenoshakid (6) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
I had this on tap at Bellís on Eccentric Day 2006 and immediately fell in love with it. Pours sort of golden brown with a frothy head. Tastes like biting into a fresh grapefruit and chewing on the rind. Goes down smooth enough to hide the alcohol. My favorite Bellís beer...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 I had this beer on tap at the 1850 Landmark Inn in Milwaukee. The beer poured an amber color with a good tightly-formed head which had nice staying pour. The aroma was very hoppy without being citrusy or piney, and had a faint sulfur odor to it (thatís not good). Taste was hoppy and citrusy like many DIPAs, yet also had slightly out-of-place notes of grass or turpentine to it. Iíve had a good number of very hoppy beers, and Iíve number experienced these particular flavor notes to this level of intensity. A bit odd. Mouthfeel was very sticky, which is somewhat consistent with the style. I felt this beer was not really drinkable. Iíd recommend trying it, but only once for curiousityís sake...hardly my strongest endorsement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noahb (6) - USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
From bottle, this beer was great. Taste was Strong grapefruit hoppiness with mild-medium bitterness overall. Body was medium and particulates were visible in the glass. Finish was extremely crisp with light citrus aftertaste. Not a beer for every occasion, but excellent super IPA without the massive bitterness usually associated with them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2006
12 oz bottle. Hazy gold with a small off white head. Big grapefruit nose, bitter rind notes. Snappy orange citrus flavors, plus a mellow caramel. Very good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a copper color with a nice white head. Hoppy aroma, with citrus notes dominating. Decent IPA, but not as bitter as I expected. There were some off flavors in this beer, a metallic and grassy mix that lasted well into the finish. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. I will try it again, and re-rate it accordingly when I get the chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rsmalek (2) - USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
My friends think I am nuts but I canít stop drinking this beer!! (Well I have to at times but...) I have been a "Hophead" for years and in my opinion this is the best Double IPA I have ever had. The only one that may have come close was Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. The hops definitely dominate the aroma and flavor and the alcohol level although not published must be +9.0% at least. If you get a chance this is a must-taste beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Thanks to Sprinkle at Crwon Liqours for this beer. Pours nice murky orange with a great head. Smells of grapefruit, lemon and pine. Taste is all hops. NIce afterbite. This beer is extremely smooth. The alcohol is noticible, but not much. I really enjoyed the floaties in this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Thanks go to black95tt for sending this my way. Poures a hazy effervescent golden with a large fizzy/frothy white head. Glorious aroma of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, pine needles. Flavor is pine and light citrus, although Iím having a lot of trouble discerning specific hop flavors. Iím getting mostly a generic bitter/sweet tradeoff, with a bit of toffee leading to a semi-dry finish. Not very biting, and with surprisingly little actual hop flavor. Wow, given the strong hop aroma, Iím kind of shocked. This would be a decent strong ale, and if malted up a bit maybe even a barley wine, but the hop flavor seems to fall a tad short for this to be an awesome double IPA. Itís balanced and enjoyable and just plain good, but with far less definitive character than its west coast competition.

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