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RATINGS: 2746   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
Hangover (1086) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Slightly murky orange pour with a lot of floaties and a small but lasting white head. Grapefruit is the dominant aroma and it smells wonderful. Taste is incredible. More citrus, grapefruit, orange and lemon stand out to me. I caught some of the bready malt in the middle, but that quickly moves to a resinous finish with a nice warming from the alcohol. Not as good as dreadnaught and maybe a bit above great divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5456) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle. Courtesy of Alan at Coastal Wine. Amber body with a delicate white head. Nose is juicy, wet hops. Lots of pine and citrus notes. Soft caramel backbone and chewy malt notes. Taste is blissful! Lots of citrus notes, caramel, chewy, sweet malts. Juicy hops and pine round this out. Body is creamy and slick with some oiliness and mild carbonation. Finishes with more hops, pine, citrus and sweet malts. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub this beer poured a dark golden amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was strong, sweet and full of pineapple, resin and fruits. The flavor was strong sweet pineapple, grapefruit and resin that coats and overwhelms the tongue and will not leave. The mouthfeel was thick. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Great eggshell tan head that lasts and lasts, on top of a cloudy amber base. Wonderful lacing. Nose of sweet malts and citrus. Taste an explosion of bitterness and citrus and pine with good sweet malts underneath ... unusual to be this bitter and this balanced. Merely average mouth ... given the cloudiness and the nose I expected a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Pours a cloudy amber with auburn hues with tiny flakes throughout. What a nose! Incredibly complex. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango and orange rind with a hint of fresh cut flowers. Initially very crisp on the palate but mellows out very nicely. Creamy hops. Citrusy. Orange rind. Grapefruit and lemon zest. Excellent interplay of fruit, malt and hops. It finishes with mild notes of citrus with a very hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while. One of the best IIPAís Iíve ever had.

2009 fresh bottle. Nose presents itself with a lot more harsh and abrasive hop notes. Chemical, chlorine pool, plastic and a overly gritty malt profile. Flavor follows suit. Really lacking balance and the freshness of the hops in previous batches. Missing the juicy, oily, resinous hop aspects. To harsh and unrefined this year. 6/4/7/3 - 16 - 3.6 - Adjusted score = 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
The aroma is great! Amazingly fresh lemon citrus/ grapefruity hops. From the aroma you would expect it to be a bit thicker in body, but the flavor is still great. Thereís enough malt backbone to balance the tart, grapefruity hops. Resiny long finish. Smooth and balanced. Nice IIPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1697) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Draft at Issac Newtons. Bottle thanks to Stoutlover72, Thanks for this awesome beer. Holy Fín smell. Very grapefruit, star ruby grapefruit smell. Fantatsic!!! Very cloudy look with thin head and stays till the end. Great flavor that may not be as good as the smell makes it out to be but whatever. Good mouthfell and slightly sticky. One of the best IIPAís Iíve ever had! Very smooth and itís balance is spooky*

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle at RB gathering. Light hazy golden in color with a little head. Hoppy musty aroma. Citrusy piney hops. Hoppy malty flavor. Citrusy grapefruity notes. Finish is sticky and bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced beer. Very nice beer. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Thanks to my SS for this one. Pours a hazy light gold and a thin white head- slight lacing as well. Aroma is very hoppy- mostly cent and amarillo- citrusy, light pine and tropical fruits- resinous. Nice hoppy flavor, decent malt backbone, but you can notice the alcohol come through esp on warming- fruity, and solvent-like. Finishes relatively bitter and somewhat sticky= not as dry as some west coast expamples. Pretty good DIPA, but the aroma gets your hopes too high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled October 2006, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a touch of yeast dustiness, but the beer is a lightly reddish hued, amber to copper color. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is certainly quite hoppy; it is a mix of citrus, pine and even a more dank hop note similar to onions or perhaps even garlic. The hop aromatics are certainly an interesting mix. The predominant character is that of audaciously vibrant sweet citrus and exotic fruit aromas; notes of apricots, lychee, pineapple, candied orange peel, concentrated ruby-red-grapefruit, and other tropical fruit notes make up the dominant notes. Behind the upfront hop fruit though is a touch of more raw hop character; hints of pine, menthol and that onion-like almost garlic character lurk in the back ground, just enough to add a hint of complexity. Where is the malt? I couldnít tell you underneath all of the hops.

The taste is sweet with the fruity hop notes, in fact the sweet fruitiness just sticks around clinging to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The hop fruit notes are much the same as I noticed in the aroma, but here there is a touch of biting bitterness to add a touch of balance. You know it is a hop focused beer, when you need hop bitterness to balance other hop derived notes. The malt is buried here, playing only a supporting role, there is certainly enough malt to not allow the hops to be dominating and raw, but definitely not enough more my hop flagellated taste buds to notice. It has just enough mouthfeel / palate coating ability to help the dominant hop character along; I wouldnít say that this was a beer you wanted to pound, but it is dangerously quaffable.

The hop character here is so smooth & even soft (despite being amped up and loud overall); the brewer definitely took a heavy handed approach with smooth fruity hops like Simcoe and Amarillo when brewing this beer. The flavor does not have much, if anything, noticeable of the onion / garlic note that I experienced in the aroma, though perhaps there is a touch of it in the finish. Really the finish is dominated by a smooth, lingering bitterness that perhaps takes on a touch of mentholated pine. I really am a sucker for these smoothly fruity, over the top, one dimensional hop bombs. This is quite bitter, though I donít necessarily realize it most of the time. This is totally only comprises one dimension of the usual three that a beer can have (hop, malt and yeast), but it is so enjoyable in its expression of the hop.

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