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RATINGS: 2840   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1639) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6172) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2007
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!>>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
retailgiant (9) - USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
On tap at JP OMalleys in Allentown PA Very good, strong IPA, flavor covers the high alc % well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 2/19/12: 12oz. Bottle (Bottled 1/9/12).: Aroma of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine. Poured amber orange in color with a tiny, off-white head that was really just a film on top of the beer. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and a hint of malt. Medium body. Tingly, then very dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, pine, resin, grapefruit, tropical fruit finish is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout. 8/4/9/4/17=4.2 1/14/07: 12oz. Bottle. Thanks to Mr Bendo: Aroma is all hops, citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Smells great. Poured orange in color with a great, big, slightly off-white, dense, rocky head that lasted. Great lacing. Tons of particles, big and small. Very cloudy. Sparkling. Flavor is very hoppy. Notes of grapefruit, pine, mint, and hops. Not sweet or sour. Surprisingly only medium to heavy bitterness. Huge hop presence hides the 9.5% ABV well. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Creamy texture. Long bitter finish. Very hoppy, but not as bitter as it could have been. Why call it Hopslam at only 70IBUs. This beer should be 140IBUs. 9/4/8/4/18=4.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3373) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2007
batch 7690, 12 oz bottle from my SS. Pours with a huge, creamy off-white head that rides over a hazy, medium orange body. Moderate bready malt aroma punctuated by a juicy, pineapple-mango hop aroma. The flavor balance goes heavily to the bitter side with this IIPA. Pineapple mango hop flavor that finishes and bitter. Iíd like a bit more dryness with a IIPA that has this amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
1/13/07. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained as a generous gift from mwsf on RateBeer 12/23/07. Pours a lightly hazy but still opulent golden tan with medium-sized pale off-white head, variously rocky and creamy, lasting long in a thin patty. Lacing is wonderfully dense and falls in patterned swaths, sticking from the top down. Floral and grassy bouquet with tons of fruits-- tangerines, grapefruit, bruised mango, overripe orange, and something oddly funky. Not quite sure if the funk here is from the hop combination or a fermentation character. No sign at all of alcohol, a notable achievement with this strength. Flavor is correspondingly grassy and fairly phenolic with some drying, straw-like presence. Brightly hoppy and citric with several of the same fruits, strong but balanced bitterness. Thereís some fruity tangerine-zest acidity and perhaps even saltiness in the finish. Malts take a dignified back seat overall, providing a crackerthin extra-pale toasty flour taste and letting the oily hops do the talking. The resultant body seems to shrivel up and fall off with the flavor in the finish, but for a Double IPA thatís better than having a body that is too full or syrupy and coats your tongue; it only means youíre primed for another sip just as soon as you finish the preceding one. Thereís also a lingering, lightly-scratchy tickle of the straw flavors. Iíd love to try this if they squeezed it a few points drier in the final gravity (without upping the phenols or creating any alcohol apparency), or with an EXTREMELY fresh sample or a dry-hopped keg. Still, itís hard to fault it for much of anything in particular (except for maybe that funk in the nose), as the alcohol is damn near undetectable and itís criminally quenching and drinkable overall. A damn good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle @ Sersdfís. Nice pour. Hazy orange pour with a fine, foamy white head. Mega hoppy, tropical aroma, thick, sweet, and nice. Grapefruit, resin, all the nice elements a IIPA should have. Very similar palate, great bitter notes, huge finish. Nice warming alcohol, thick, chewy flavor. Really nice. Fresh and thick on the palate. Really, really nice. A really good example of the class, very balanced.

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