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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Thanks to moejuck for this - hazy straw color, with fizzy, quickly fading head - juicy fresh hop aroma, with loads of orange, mango - quite assertive bitterness, but it doesnít overpower the beer like in many other examples of the style - pineapple, apricot, oranges and other citrus/tropical fruits - just mildly sweet, just enough to balance the high bitterness - I suspect that this will get much lower marks as more people try it, if only for the fact that it isnít as "in your face" as many will expect, but it is nicely balanced and well done - I like.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 12oz bottle via trade with bgburdman9. Orange/reddish in color. Nice white head with the aroma of oranges, pineapples, and piny hops. Thick and sticky. Taste like pineapples. Slight alcohol burn along with sharp hop bitterness. Better then I thought it would be. Thanks, Brian.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 fresh 12 oz bottle.... tons of pine and citrus seep out of the bottle before ive even tipped it over; surely this is two-hearteds bigger badder brother. lighter-bodied than i expected, as its not much fuller than two-hearted but the alcohol and hops punch is huge. crisp pale malt flavors hide in the background, while hidden, theyre clearly there. bitter through and through, but its not a caustic bitterness, more of a through-and-through bitterness. not a beer i would really drink a significant quantity of but it certainly hits the spot for a double IPA. reminds me very much of the centennial bitterness of two-hearted but there are some flavor and aroma hops that i cant quite put my finger on.... i think i prefer two-hearted. good stuff anyway!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
12oz bottle (thanks Josh!). What a cool looking label! Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Had strong fresh green leafy hoppiness aroma with orange peels. Sticky. Tastes of oranges, caramel, floral, with a grapefruit finish. Smooth and way too easy to drink. Alcohol content well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Pours a hazy golden amber with an average off white head. Aroma of very fresh hops, earthy, grapefruit, orange and hints of alcohol. Flavor of bitter grapefruit, pine, alchol and lemon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 9, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head. The aroma is full of hoppish qualities of grapefruit and pine. The flavor is excellent with citrus and pine and the finish is sharp and pronounced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2010 Bottle. Light amber with a frothy head. No dought the hops produce a good bitter brew with nice fruity tones. Just tastes so fresh like a harvest ale. Normally I donít enjoy the big floral almost perfume tones but Bells does it perfect. Alcohol might be hiden well but drink 2 and you will feel it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10662) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured amber color with a large frothy white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium sour citrus bitter flavor with a medium sour bitter finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Soft-colored copper-orange pour that is amazingly clear and carbonated for the heft of this brew. Aroma is rich and powerful with its strong notes of pine and citrus and a nice dryness in the end. Palate is heavy and enticed from the hop profile. Flavor is an expected double IPA tartness up front with a prickly pine character dominant, before a brief dryness that finishes remarkably clean. The impact of the hops both in the nose and taste are truly impressive. For the alcohol and weight of this beer it is incredibly drinkable. I didnít think Two Hearted could be improved upon. I am happy to be wrong.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle: Clear orange in color with a medium white head. Aroma, pine, some pine needles, some resinous notes, and then some more pine with a splash of citrus. Basically my dream come true for the aroma. Flavor, some light maltiness, and then the resinous piney notes, with some fruits to it as well. Nice bitterness on the finish, but the flavor isnít as bright as the aroma would lead you to believe. Still itís damn good.


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