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RATINGS: 2624   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a short blurb and batch number on the back label, 7690, packaged on Oct.26.06, sampled after few hours in the refrigerator in a chalice. Poured a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy, foamy white head that slowly settled into a thin creamy lacing, small amount of ringed sticking. The aroma of American DIPA heaven, pine resins, floral leafiness and grapefruity and a subtle caramel in the background along with small whiffs of alcohol. Good, even and steady carbonation, and a crisp, hop slick, creamy smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Delicious hop taste without being a complete taste bud killers, only a slight numbing of the tongue, grapefruit juicy along with the a little rind, piney with a little oiliness, a subtle floral leafiness, the hop bitterness is actually pretty soft. but has a rolling, lingering presence in the palate, the alcohol is well masked, lightly warming and makes a brief flash in the taste towards the end, and a dryish light caramel malty and hoppy finish. A tasty and balanced DIPA from Bellís, dangerously quaffable, I wish this was available in Illinois, but sadly, not.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Amber/orange pour that immediately creates white foamy head. Head quickly vanishes only to leave behind thin lace. Aroma is huge. Flowers with big citrus/grapefruit overtones. Hops are slamminí with this one. Bitter, smooth, and very very good. Medium lasting finish leaving you with the need to pour another. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Gold hue color with a great white head. Citrus nose with some pine and hop hints. Huge hops! That last and last and last. Very nice and smooth, well balanced all around. GREAT!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 12 OZ bottle from shigadeyo (Thanks!). This pours a hazy golden copper with an average size white head. Nose is citrusy, pine and a bit catty. Taste is the same with lots of hops...mango, and cattiness...a bit of a grapefruit/orange rind aftertaste. Still it is all hops and all good! And wooooe is me..i see it is a IIPA? I had no idea, lol...i thought it was just an ipa....it is the lightest bodied easiest drinking 10% iipa ever! No hint of the alcohol!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Bellís Hopslam 12 oz bottle Packaged 10/06, slammed down 11/06 Medium pour in a tulip glass. Poured hazy amber with a large frothy somewhat lasting (thanks in part to a constant flow of myriad tiny bubbles) slightly off white head,with a think ring of lacing. Yeast suspends beautifully like Aurora Borealis. Smelt strongly of grapefruit, spruce, with moderate pepper, barnyard, essence of joy. Taste was upfront strong bitter ruby red grapefruit followed by a strong piny earthy bitterness on a never-ending finish. If you wait it out it turns grassy, then flowery. Palate was medium bodied, silky smooth and cream, softly carbonated, moderately astringent and light alcoholic warmth. Overall, everything is amazing about this beer, except maybe the flavor profile. It was so smooth and tasty for its strength it left me wondering where the complexity and promise for cellaring was. Also slightly tasted like pellet hops or hop concentrate, if there is such a thing. I want to love this more but itís daftly simple for a double IPA and too perfectly balanced when young. Iím torn and confused, intrigued and mesmerized. Damn you Larry Bell, I finally have a double IPA crack my top tier. Excellent work for now, but lets see what you can do for me down the road for the next 5 years. Off to the oubliettes you go, Hopslam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Hazy golden color with a small beige head. Aroma of floral/grassy/vineous hops. Flavor of bitter grapefruit. Not much malt and the alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Dark golden, slightly cloudy, no head at all...Strange aroma indeed! Very hoppy, with some interesting herbs and grassiness. Hops dominate in the aroma, but especially in the flavor. Not too sweet like many Imperial IPAs. In fact, it is pretty dry and refreshing. Floral notes help to mask the high alcohol, which is barely noticeable at all. Nonetheless, this is definetly a sipping beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4991) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Thanks to moejuck for this - hazy straw color, with fizzy, quickly fading head - juicy fresh hop aroma, with loads of orange, mango - quite assertive bitterness, but it doesnít overpower the beer like in many other examples of the style - pineapple, apricot, oranges and other citrus/tropical fruits - just mildly sweet, just enough to balance the high bitterness - I suspect that this will get much lower marks as more people try it, if only for the fact that it isnít as "in your face" as many will expect, but it is nicely balanced and well done - I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 12oz bottle via trade with bgburdman9. Orange/reddish in color. Nice white head with the aroma of oranges, pineapples, and piny hops. Thick and sticky. Taste like pineapples. Slight alcohol burn along with sharp hop bitterness. Better then I thought it would be. Thanks, Brian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 fresh 12 oz bottle.... tons of pine and citrus seep out of the bottle before ive even tipped it over; surely this is two-hearteds bigger badder brother. lighter-bodied than i expected, as its not much fuller than two-hearted but the alcohol and hops punch is huge. crisp pale malt flavors hide in the background, while hidden, theyre clearly there. bitter through and through, but its not a caustic bitterness, more of a through-and-through bitterness. not a beer i would really drink a significant quantity of but it certainly hits the spot for a double IPA. reminds me very much of the centennial bitterness of two-hearted but there are some flavor and aroma hops that i cant quite put my finger on.... i think i prefer two-hearted. good stuff anyway!

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