theisti (3851) - Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013
++++ Re Rate 3 February 2013 ++++
12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Batch 11696 packaged 01/09/2013. The pour is a mostly clear golden with a one inch white head. The aroma is strong bitter hops, bright tropical pineapple fruit, and honey malt sweetness. The taste is the tropical pineapple fruit hops, moving quickly to a dank resin, and then closes with toasted malt and a touch of the honey. The honey seems much more subdued compared to the 2012 and 2009. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a light warming alcohol in finish as the beer warms. This was back to the beer I remember in 2010. (9,4,8,4,16 - 4.1)
++++ Re Rate 2 February 2012 ++++
12 oz goblet draft at Martin City Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a light haze golden orange with a very small light white head. The aroma is honey herbal, strong citrus hop, and a malt sweetness. The taste is big on the herbal honey initially, followed close behind with the light clove, floral jasmine, orange citrus, resin, and a dry husky malt grain. Some additional floral in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, active crisp carbonation, and a dry finish. Some light alcohol is present as it warms. Solid as always, though each year seems to be less of the revelation of the first time I had it. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)
++++ Re Rate 28 January 2010 ++++
12 oz bottle grabbed for me by Dansting. Batch #9502 stamped on the label, packaged on January 5, 2010 - at time of drinking, this is 23 days from hitting the bottle. Served at about 45 degrees, in my generic tulip glass. Pour is mostly clear straw golden copper with a firm two inch off white head. Head falls slowly with thick coating lacing. Pretty beer. Aroma is full, yet soft pineapple fruit hops, along with a heavy dose of resin and toasty biscuit maltiness underneath. Really nice balance, fresh, clean, hop forward. This years version does not have nearly as much sweet (almost cloying) honey that last yearís iteration had. Taste is the resin hops first, quickly followed by citrus / citric hoppiness. The malt of the nose is present, but is certainly in the back seat to the hops. What malt gets through is the biscuit / toast of the nose. Hop flavors are really big, brash, almost even abrasive. Palate is medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation, and a dry, tongue scraping finish. Residual heat is present in the long after taste, not sharp alcohol heat, more of a slow burn - expected for the size, and didnít detract too much. The aftertaste also features a bit of a dusty peanut shell taste - I have certainly had this with these uber-hoppy beers before. Always a fun one to try each year. (9,5,7,4,16 - 4.1)
++++ Original Rating 17 January 2007 ++++
Bottle. Poured into imperial pint. From the pour, this looks delicious. Cloudy yellow orange pour. Smallish head with some layering. Aroma is hop (of course) but catch some grassiness and citrus in there too. Taste is an expression of the aroma, with fabulous body. The taste had almost a cask quality to it. Just a ton of complexity in the taste, from initial to finish, where there is a nice bitterness. I was shocked to see 9.5% on this one, since I did not at any point detect alcohol. In fact, I had two of these quite easily. As mentioned by others, this is a dangerous brew. (8,5,8,4,17 - 4.2)
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great IIPA, great...most tropical/floral flavors Iíve had in an IPA. This beer set itself apart. Bells beer is impressive so far. Hmm...Hopslam or Dreadnaught...Hopslam or Dreadnaught...Ali or Frazier...and the winner is...Hopslam!
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Beer Yard. Pours turbid dark straw with floaties. Aroma is huge tropical fruit, resiny hops, mango, black pepper, tangerine, honeydew, peach, guava. The flavor is tropical fruity, very hoppy, balanced well by caramel malt, with the mango, tangerine, honeydew, even watermelon hints, plus pineapple and papaya. Very complex aroma and flavor. Toward the finish, it gets a bit dry and a tad astringent. Take 2 parts Stone 10th, add 1part Weyerbacher 11, a dash of Dreadnaught, and a syringe full of Hop Whompus, and you have this beer. Just marvelous!
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 2007 edition. Draft at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati,OH. Oh I liked this a lot! Has a huge hop aroma for such a big beer - 10%. The citrus hop aroma and flavor is just bursting throughout. The 70 IBU rating seems a little low for an IPA@, but there is more to a great beer than IBU, late addition flavor/aroma hops contibute greatly to a beer without affecting the IBUs all that much. This beer will warm your heart and soul. GREAT JOB BELLíS!!!
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear dark golden with a great pearl white head. great lacing. aroma pineapple citrus (lime) and something funky. something that reminds me slightly of sazz hops. nice solid toasted malt notes. flavor bitter sweet slightly tart lime pineapple and pine. almost salty. full but lively mouthfeel. very bitter almost salty finish. alcohol only noticeable by the slight warming sensation you get on the finish. dangerously drinkable. it seems a bit lighter and much more drinkable than the typical IIPA. nice beer. well done.
guzzler67 (1653) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber appearance with a medium size white head and good lacing. After inhaling the strong hoppy aroma I had to breathe through my mouth. Beautifully layered scents of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, peach and resin. Big hop flavors as well; resins hit the tongue first and as the nectar rolls back, it picks up more flowery and citrusy qualities. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, long, long lasting finish.
Braudog (6284) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Draft at KClingers. Bright orange-yellow with a thin layer of white foam. Holy crap ... this is one of the biggest hop-fruit aromas Iíve ever experienced, almost orange-blossomy. Follows with the same flavors, big and oily, tart and tangy, like an orange soda on steroids. (#2649, 1/14/07) <<Rerated from a bottle, 2/16/08, ... same impressions! Wow!>>
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Cloudy orange pour with white tinges. Fully diminishing white head, leaving a few fat bubbles and some decent lacing. Looks very oily. Aroma is all hops, obvious citrus smells are orange, grapefruit, tangerine, big pineapple. Pine needle scent is splintering, concentrated. Flavor is more of the same, Hopslam truly is an apt name. The backside of the mouthfeel brings some of the most intense, pounding hop oil to tastebud penetration Iíve encountered. Lovely taste with no unpleasant bitterness. The light finish is not as lingering or resiny as I expected making this beer very quaffable. Pretty boring though, as it is incredibly one dimensional. Very fresh and expertly crafted, Iím somewhat torn on how to score this.
retailgiant (9) - USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at JP OMalleys in Allentown PA
Very good, strong IPA, flavor covers the high alc % well.
DrnkMcDermott (2994) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Batch #7690 bottle, Jan. 2007. Pours with a big head in a shaker glass, that dwindles quickly to some rocky lace. Deep copper color with the usual Bellís floaties. Big catty and piney hop smell, the kind men like. Taste is big and brassy. Piney hops just donít stop, backed up by a thick and sticky malt. Not as deep a roast as other IPAs, but pretty hearty and with some nice ale fruitiness. Little alcohol burn to find. Excellent hop bomb. Should I lay this down for later or enjoy it while its hops are fresh?
Update, same batch, but 5 years later: All this talk about the new Bellís Hopslam made me crack open one from my 2007 stash! Still some citrus hop to it, but mostly faded. Alcohol much more noticeable, but gone a little phenolic, or rubbery from yeast in the bottle. Lot of sludge in the bottom. But I bet yíall want some.