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RATINGS: 2760   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2006
12 oz bottle: Incredibly floral hopped aroma, with wonderful fruit overtones to the massive hop aroma, Pours a clear orangish amber with a big fluffy off-white head that just sits and lingers. Flavor is quite fruity, not harsh at all, wonderful hop characteristics, quite bitter, but undeniably smooth. Palate is quite pleasing with a fruity overtone that is almost like a fruit roll up. This isnít bruising to the taste buds at all, but itís unlike any Double IPA that Iíve had. That said I think this stuff is fricken great!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours a yellow gold with a nice, foamy head sitting on top. Nose is sweet, hoppy, grapefruit. Flavor is delicious, more grapefruit with some honeydew. Very creamy mouthfeel, makes for any easy drink. Not at all harsh, but an incredibly smooth 2IPA. No doubt would have this one again. Thanks to ogglethorp for the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3539) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
12 oz bottle. Yellow orange with a light haze. Small egg shell head. Orange zest and fresh cut grass. Candied ginger and later musk. Juicy and resinous grapefruit and nectarine. A little fizz then a clean and airy, drying finish. Faint cherry counters lingering hops. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
#972, On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis IN. Yellow with a big white frothy bubbly head, nose is very very hoppy with a bick kick in the front. Taste is strong with hops and citrus and pine, very agressive and not malty at all. Almost overly hopped and can use some malts but still damn good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
agl108 (908) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 12 oz. bottle at Flat Rock Saloon. Pours gold with thick head that surprisingly quickly disappeared. Pungent citrusy nose with pine. Flavor is a blast of citrus with a sharp grapefruit bite and extremely bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Had at 3 sons tasting in wexford and liked enough to buy a bottle. I must say that this is a very interesting double ipa. Would have never guessed at the 9.5%. Pours a dark orange color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is light and citric, grapefruits and lemon especially. Flavor is also pretty light and almost bubbly on tongue going down. Hops are more of an accent than a harsh overpowering "slam" like one would expect. Overall, very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Thanks Santa. Cloudy orange, thin white head. Nose is huge grapefruit & resin, some light tropical notes, a bit of light toasted malt. Flavor is bitter but not overly so. Veryu piney, grapefruit rind, fruits, some light maltiness. Strongly bitter finish is the only place that the alcohol reveals itself. Absolutely stunning creamy body. How do I make a homebrew with this mouthfeel?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5239) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 Bottle. Strong resin and grapefruit nose, light flowers and fruitiness, very inviting. Clear orange pour with a huge creamy / foamy / lacy head. Strongly bitter hop juice, resin and hops, delicious sticky hoppy aftertaste. Oily full palate. Distilled buds, I say! Extreme and perfectly to style, yet repeatable - I could have two of these every night. ... Also, double-take on seeing masterfully-hidden alcohol pct. - seriously, my eyes bugged, I couldnít be convinced this had 9.5%

Having tried a year-old bottle last week and followed it up with the really fresh stuff [8283], Iím a re-dedicated fan - one of the drinkable doubles.

January 2011 bottle from Batch [10101] -- thereís nothing in the world like fresh Hopslam. Just pure, concentrated flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle - thanks to Nolankowal for the trade! Pours a hazy caramel color with a little sediment evident and a small creamy head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and pine hoppiness, orange juice, light honey and toffee notes with lemon zest too. Sweet caramel malts are all but overwhelmed by spicy, piney and grapefruit hops, cedar and juniper notes as well. Full body and gentle carbonation. A hop lovers bounty!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2006
One of three from a trade - Thanks shigadeyo! I probably should have gotten a six. This is a fabulous IPA, the kind that makes you want just one more sip after youíve already discovered the bottom of the bottle. Grapefruit and pineapple and pine and fruit and cramel and nuts. Whohoo!


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