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RATINGS: 2630   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Just barely hazy orange-ish gold; nice little creamy head dissipates into just barely a ring. Aroma is lively, floral, citrus, grapefruit. Quite bitter but strangely refreshing; citrus, floral, pineapple, honey, sharply bitter but still not terribly out of balance; probably just about the best concealment of 10% alcohol Iíve ever had. Body is medium-thin. 100th percentile? Probably not. But really good.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bif (1577) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2015
On tap. Served a copper color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, bit of pine with atouch of malt sweetness and hint of herbs. Taste of grapefruit, malt, caramel sweetness and nice touch of honey. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, a solid hop feel without being over powering. Very well balanced, a rich feel that is not found in most beers. Well worth checking out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2903) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Some light booziness shows up as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding double IPA style. All around awesome complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (476) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Twelve ounce bottle from trade with Chris* from Mt. Lookout (thanks, Chris!). Medium yellow/orange hue, big sinus clearing nose with lots of grapefruit, assertive bittersweet taste with a ton of reisin and an almost vinous character. Balance favors the malt which is not what I would expect from a beer called Hopslam. Still, a delicious brew. Not quite worth the hype and very high price, though. Tasted on May 16, 2014. *not the same Chris as Dr. Silverworm

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TH28 (166) - - JAN 19, 2015
12oz bottle. Bottled 1/8/15 (only 13 days ago) Appearance: brilliant clarity with a golden/orange color and a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma: A punch of citrus with notes of orange and peach, with an underlying grassy, piney base. Taste: Really rich and sweet maltiness, almost candy like, with definitive citrus flavors. Resinous, strong hop bitterness slowly builds and comes to a crescendo after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with a low carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Bitterness and dryness grows after the swallow and lingers with some resin on the tongue. Overall: Very light and balanced for a double IPA, with the richness of the malt standing up to the hops. This causes the bitterness to slowly increase as opposed to an abrasive punch in the face. Aroma is complex and inviting. Great IIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
razzanof (44) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
From a bottle. Aroma of honey, peach, and mango. Appearance is an amber, with white foam. Taste of bitterness and medium sweetness. Bitterness remains on the palate. An excellent DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justkoehn (20) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Little head and some lacing. Dark straw color. Honey cuts the extra hops. Really smooth taste for double IPA. One of my favorites ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msbernac (804) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle Aroma-honey, peach, mango Appearance-amber, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, medium sweetness, lightly sour, Palate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter finish Overall-perfect

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JasonWB (6) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
Absolutely love this beer. One of the best ipas available anywhere. Nice full bodied flavor and hopped to an out of this world level. If you like super hoppy beers this ones for you!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pressboxjoe (236) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
In September 2008, I went to Three Floyds for a great dinner, leaving with a case of Alpha King, but somehow only one Dreadnaught. The next day I rolled into the Bellís Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, late enough that the kitchen was closed. So the story went, they had brewed a special batch of Hopslam for some occasion and so thatís how I came to have two glasses of it on tap. The beer was the only good thing about the visit though. I have been welcomed more warmly by employees of the Motor Vehicle Commission. Whatever it was I should have done to get in the bartenderís good graces, I did not do. But the whole place was a scowlfest. At least she was willing to wordlessly pour me some unbelievable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phikus (94) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 This was good but I donít see the hype. There are several beers of this style I find more balanced and complex. This had a nice aroma of pine and grapefruit. Unfortunately there was some unflavored bitterness, and I love this style of beer. Through this bitterness came through a honey smack sweetness that was neither great or awful. I would drink this again for sure but there are a lot of other beers of this style I would go for first.


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