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RATINGS: 2621   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 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 (931) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Bottle: Huge hop aroma with lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a large white with orange tint head that has good retention. Very good lacing. Flavor starts pretty sweet with orange and pineapple. Big hoppy finish with lots of grapefruit, pine, and light acidity. Definitely a hop monster, but still balanced. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather creamy with very mild carbonation. Glad to find out this wasnít a "one and done". A beer that I will make sure is always around the house.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Poured with a pale color, nice white foamy head, great aroma of hops, grassy and floral, piney hop bitterness with some grapefruit flavor. The hops burned the top of my mouth and tingled up into my nose. Not the same floral/citrusy hop flavor as two hearted, but more bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2006
pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thin white head. lots and lots of hops in the aroma. citrus and floral w/ a slight pine undertone. aroma carries over into the flavor with a nice malty sweetness that almost balances it out. still a little on the extreme hoppy side, but its a IIPA, so thats fine with me. medium mouthfeel and a bitter finish. good IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2006
I would agree with Bellís description of a Tongue Bruiser. Very flavorful, but so hoppy and without any malt balance, this beer is NOT of the same class as Stone Ruination or Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Nonetheless, this may be the hoppiest tasting beer I have tasted - and I prefer 2IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2222) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 5/14/10- Sweet bubblegum aroma with plentiful hops. Aroma is very distinctive, but not dissimilar to Bells Two Hearted. Hazy copper with fine bubble carbonation. Strong alcohol profile; this brew is sweet, hot and hoppy. At various times Iíve had this beer when itís been one of the best beers Iíve ever had to just really good. This time is closer to the former. As sweet as Hopslam smells and tastes, I feel like it should be even a touch sweeter to be perfect.Thereís an alcohol harshness in the finish that wants to be cut somewhat. Still, a wonderful brew that was a wonderful addition to the beer world when it was born. Previous Rating: 7, 3, 9, 3, 17 2004 GTM. Aroma not overly hoppy, more citrusy. Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice. Very cloudy, yellow. No head. After the Eccentric Ale, this is another extremely flavorful beer. High in alcohol and lots of hops. Nectar of the gods good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Festival tap: The crowds around Bells booth were enormous and eager to try everything. Luckily I caught almost all of the specials, like this overhopped, syrupy IIPA. What malts tried to balance the onslaught of hops where sweet and somewhat toasty, the hops were massively rindy and bitter. I liked the huge grapefruit aftertaste and obvious alcohol kick at the finish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Couldy and bright orange/yellow with a good white head. Flowery and bright citrus and fruity hop aroma. A bit of creamy/oily feel to it. Citrus and flowery hop taste, dominated by sweet and fruity lemons. A great IIPA version. (7 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16) Update 2006-11-17 - Tastes less exotic, but still great. Piney green hops, standard IIPA mouthfeel, great balance. Very hoppy, more so than malty, but done well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Super pinappley- mango, very very tropical. Slight metallic notes. Iím going to have to disagree with Brad here and suggest that this isnít complex enough to compete with Dread or (especially) Hop Wallop or Avery 11 - unless you love the big fruit and donít go for earthy, iron components.

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