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RATINGS: 2609   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
This already my second one of these. The first one I tasted seemed almost all tropical fruits but this time I would say it was mostly pineapple, pine, and a little mango. The aroma was great one of the best IIPA aromas ive smelled. This was bitter but not overly bitter. A little maltiness coming through but mostly hops on my end. The alcohol was well hidden in this but it was not thick or cloying. I was practically counting down the days til this came out and i hope this becomes like expedition and is released more than once a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1479) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Pours to a thick, hazy shade of dandelion yellow, with an aroma like rubbing your nose in rose petals, orange rind and cedar ashes. A gentle, whimsical peach grove leads a delicious blend of clementine, grapefruit and lemon flavors with hints of dry tobacco, some bell pepper and no presence of alcohol. Very flavorful - its bitterness is rich and warming like a thick blanket.

Updated. Bottle aged three months. Those lovely fresh fruit flavors have turned uncannily canned.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milewide (1469) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Lots of hop bitterness and citrus smell/taste. You start to enjoy it as soon as you pop the cap! The addition of honey in 2008 seems to have smoothed the flavor and hidden the alcohol---but makes it sweeter than many DIPAs. Just about perfect for hop lovers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
12oz bottle pours amber with a nice fluffy offwhite head that faded pretty quickly.. Good aroma of tropical fruits.. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, some pine there as well. Flavor is grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and some good caramel malts behind it. Smooth full bodied and easy to drink.. Nice bitter finish.. Quite balanced.. Alcohol covered well. This one is dangerously easy to drink and amazingly tasty.. Iíve been looking forward to this and I wasnít disappointed

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
I have been anticipating this brew ever since I heard there were rumors of a new bells iipa (four hearted ale anybody?). I liked this beer quite a bit. The aroma was really nice, with pineapple, mango, grapefruit, piney resin, centennial hop flowers, even smelled a little like sugar coated fruits. I liked it lot. The flavor was nice, nothing great but it was good. A lot of the same cam through in the flavors with a really big bitter finish that left you wanting to drink more. Overall another excellent beer from Bells...but would ya expect anything less from them?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Oh mother. Iíve been waiting months for this And it is good. Hops in your face. In your mouth. Just the right solid punch you need when you canít drink an IPA without hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Pours a nice orange with small but persistent head. Wow, awesome aroma of grapefruit and other citrus fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit on the tongue with a very sticky mouthfeel. Top notch IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Pours a clear golden orange with a yellowed off-white head. Resiny aroma for sure, gobs of pine and citrus with some malyt and a bot oí funk? Some pineapple as well, for the most part pretty fresh in the nose. The flavor is a bit hot woth some nice sharp bitterness torwards the back of the tounge...nice amount of malt to keep it all in check. Smooth carbonation, creamy, with hot boozey elements...sweet in front, dry in the middle with a long bitter end through the sticky finish. Pretty nice stuff, though the flavor does seem a bit metallic at times. Overall, a few minor quirks keep this one behind two-hearted for my must-buy-once-a-week list.

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