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RATINGS: 2742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
On tap at Underground Bluz. Bellís is a brewery that offers very good beers while taking risks on unique formulas as well (Cherry Stout, for example). This is one of their best. And it just so happens to be in my favorite style. Aroma - Malty with caramel and apricot syrup. A bit bready as well. Citrus and peach also lurking. Appearance - A beautiful pour with a thick white head and a rich amber color. A lot of lacing. Palate - Thick and creamy on the palate. Medium-heavy body. Taste - Surprisingly, very little alcohol burn for a 10.5ABV. The hoppiness of the beer is undeniable, but the bitterness is so moderated by the malty flavor up front that the bitter finish is welcome and necessary. Some pine with the citrus. Overall - Drinkable and delicious. Give me a night with no where to go and I could get lost in this brew. One of the very best Iíve had.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2990) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Troublesí place. Thanks Ariel. Clear gold. Orange, hyssop, some lime and earth aroma, green and bitter, hoppy, and jasmine tea notes in the mouth. Light to medium body, green tea finish. Doesnít feel like 10%.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (186) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
BIF project. Bottle into pint. Pours burnt orange with a thin white head. Aroma is complex... Citrus peel, pineapple rind, peach, pine, honey. Flavor isnít as deep. Get done pine then orange blossom honey. Palate is a bit sticky. Great IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (599) - Rome, ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Bottle at the 7th Tasting in Belgrade-Serbia, thank you luttonm for having brought this fresh from the US. Hurray for the USA! Pours hazy orange skin, off white medium creamy head. Nose: fresh citrus with predominant lemonade character, malty background, super fresh. Wow! Mouth: the frizzy carbonation surprisingly comes out in the aftertaste, sweet orange juice, dry start, it is incredible how the sweetness balances with the hops in this one. It develops in the mouth with a velvet body. Charing beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (777) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2015
Been wanting to try this for a while now, so thanks a big bunch to my man Ryan for hookiní me up. Pour is clear light amber, with a small slightly frothy white head. Aroma has a really strong back of malty goodness. This beer knows to do some dead lift. Pine, grass, slight citrus and pineapple as well. Really well balanced. Taste is slightly sweet up front, and definitely has that honey to it, but is dominantly bitter from the middle and out. Quite thick bodied, compared to the style, with a fizzy carbonation. Really hides the 10% well.. Great stuff..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (239) - USA - APR 5, 2015
This Hopslam was a surprise from a friend, and Iím excited about trying it, having had no experience before with any Bells Brewery other than their Dark Note. If youíve had the Dark Note, youíll understand why Iím so excited about the Hopslam. Lots of brew comes with a big reputation, and I generally go in a bit cynical, just to be on the safe side. I crack the cap, pour the brew into a tulip and watch the deep, soft head rise to the top. It grows thick, eggshell white and sits right on top of the aroma, masking it with itís density. I actually have to sip it off the top to get the aroma to really come through. Grapefruit and pine with an accent of barely ripened mango on the nose,and as I sip down, that mango actually comes alive. Iím surprised to actually find that dollop of honey - big as life, and toning the bitterness. The flavor of the honey is undeniably the most apparent flavor in the brew. The full body is very appropriate for a DIPA, the carbonation lively but not buzzy, and the stickiness becoming quite apparent as I drain the glass. The foam clings to the sides of the glass as the level of the beer drops, leaving behind a thick sheet of white lace. The finish is fairly short for an Imperial IPA and as much as I was expecting to have a nasty bit on my tongue from the first sip, the balance is just too good. No bite. I like a bite. Instead, I find a hard edge on the back of my tongue thatís trying really hard to be a bitter hop experience, but not making it...quite. Itís a really solid brew, but not my favorite experience. Iím enjoying the hell out of the honey, but as for a Double IPA, I can find better.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (126) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
Pours clear golden/orange with a white semi dense head. The aroma has a strong but ballanced and fruity hop profile. The mouthfeel is very full for an ipa, definitely a strong malt backbone here. Although somewhat dense mouthfeel the beers is extremely drinkable with lots of mango, pineapple, passionfruit with plenty of maltnotes to support - slight bitterness in the end. The aftertaste is great - perfectly ballanced - nothing to dry or bitter. Pretty perfect!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigMike73 (1) - Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2015 does not count
I had it tapped. Excellent smooth IPA! Too bad it isnít a regular brew. Grab one when you get a chance.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (749) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2015
Pours hazy orange, frothy khaki head. Lacing all over. Tropical fruits, citrus, apricot pine, and oranges. Cracker malts. Flavors of honey graham cracker, grapefruit, pine hop resins. Some spicy alcohol, hop bitterness and drying finish buy the honey sweetness comes back in there. Super drinkable and balanced. Elite ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
Overrated beer, barely any bitterness and not much sweetness. I love Bells, but come on..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2585) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Golden pour, small head. Aroma of citrus, peach and honey. Taste of pine, peach, malt and some sweet honey in the finish. Abv is well hidden, did not think this was 10%. Nice iipa, but not as phenomenal as it should be according to its fame. Just like the two hearted ale, I think this one is overrated.


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