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RATINGS: 2604   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RunDocRun (2) - - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle date of 1/25/12, so nearly 5 months on this one. Poured into pint glass. A - A half finger of fine white head forms. Body is deep honey and amber. Cloudy. Not sure if itís chill haze or the natural appearance of the beer. Retention is decent. Minimal lacing. S - Citrus bomb. Tons of lemon and orange peel. Some sharper resiny and grapefruit notes as well. Grassy, slightly bready, and hints of tropical fruit. T - Malt is noticeable up front. Caramely and sweet. I also get some mango, lemongrass and pine flavor toward the front. Slightly more tangy, spicy and bitter toward the middle. Bitterness really takes hold on the sides and back of the tongue, but doesnít destroy my palate. Juicy, hoppy, and lemony finish. What I feel sets this DIPA apart, though, is its incredible balance. There is a definite smooth malty backbone that holds its own all the way through the finish. M - Medium-to-thick body. However, it is most definitely not syrupy and cloying. The finish is quite clean semi dry. Incredibly refreshing for such a big beer. Boozy warmth is just barely noticeable. Overall - The guys and gals at Bellís should be congratulated on this one. I can tell a lot of careful thought went into selecting the ingredients for this beer (rather than just chucking a ton of different hops into a strong pale ale base).


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cuso (4206) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle from trade with Douberd, many thanks Christos. Orange Golden color with medium white head. Citrus hops, malt in aroma. Solid malty base followed by nice grapefruit an piney hoppy kick. Long hoppy bitter finish. Extremely tasty beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MisoW (1047) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of Cuso, many thanks for this one. Pours orange color, white head. Aroma is hoppy, orange, floral, malty, grapefruit, vanilla. Taste is sweet, medium bitter, grapefruit, sweet orange, tangerines, malty, pine, raisins. Nice long bittersweet fruity finish. Excellent one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OneHotPepper (10) - - JUL 9, 2014
Pretty strong on the malts, in my opinion, and I definitely taste honey. Strong alcohol flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UCSB616 (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
If I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life this would be it. Quite simply the finest beer I have ever tasted. Next time it is out just get as much as you can because it is that good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bluegoosed (24) - - JUL 2, 2014
Out of the bottle this is great but from a tap absolutely tremendous in my opinion. One of my favorite beers. Really nice blend of hops, malt, pine flavors, and citrus/grapefruit. Iím amazed by the alcohol level because it doesnít show until after consumption.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (241) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Poured from bottle into pint glass: Pours golden with a hint of red, frothy white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is a hoppy explosion. Lots of resin, grapefruit, and other tropical fruits. Taste is a bit sweet, but with lots of citrus and pine hops to balance it out. Medium body, a bit sticky, pretty nice IPA. Iíd love to try a fresher bottle / on tap.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tayael (12) - - JUN 22, 2014
great ipa very smooth with strong finish.fruity combine white grapefruit and strong bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (625) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2014 edition. Reviewed from memory, drank last winter. Poured semi clear red brown with 1 finger head. Nose is sweet malty fruit, caramel, lemon, pine. Taste is more malt, piney, caramel, fruit. Bitter and sweet finish. Heavy on the malt, heavy on the sweetness. Not as hoppy as expected. This is what all the fuss is about?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (73) - GREECE - JUN 14, 2014
355 ml (12 fl oz) bottle at home. Bottled at 21/01/2014. Orange hazy color with nice white head. Aroma is light hoppy, grass and floral notes with grapefruit, malty and alcoholic. Sweet malty taste that becomes bitter and finishes also bitter and alcoholic. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. I was expecting more, probably I have to find a more fresh bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (284) - - JUN 14, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear sparkling golden orange with a fair amount of head and sticky lacing. Aroma is overpowering and inviting: intense hops, pine and floral citrus. Flavor is massive and overwhelming: Notes of grapefruit intensity, pine, honey, and an overall lingering bitterness that makes this beer jump out of the glass into my mouth. Fresh quenching finish that lingers on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden. One of my favorites. From notes 2/16/14.


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