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RATINGS: 2900   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a slightly cloudy, deep amber with a pillowy white head. Aroma full of flowery hops and sweet, doughy malts. Flavor is fairly hoppy with plenty of citrus and pine character, but this appears to be drowned out by the massive malt bill and ensuing high alcohol content. Honestly, thereís not much here for a hophead to get excited about. The sweetness is the over-the-top character here. Pretty good, but I was a bit disappointed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 overall impressive beer for high ABV but not over the top bitter. Pours an orange color with a thick soft head. Blend of much citrus and pine and the honey adds that mild sweetness that counteracts the pungent hops and high ABV. Goes down dangerously smooth and quickly. Good full mouthfeel for an DIPA. This is my "desert island" beer for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a golden color under a small off white head that settles down to a good film over the top. Aroma is interesting. A lot of grapefruit smell with a slightly sweet note that is really good. The obligatory hops piney notes, but mainly a good sweet/sour grapefruit that I really like. Taste is surprisingly mild, not the assault of hops that you come to expect from a West Coast IPA which is a definate change. Very sweet, grapefruity notes with a sweet almost sugary backing to it. A faint alcohol taste to remember it by, but mainly I get a very piney aftertaste that sits on the back of your tongue. Very good, definately deserves itís billing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Many thanks to Acknud for sending along this tasty treat. Pours from the botttle a slightly hazy, but bright orange/copper color under a creamy 1/2" beige head. Retention is strong throughout the glass with just a few streaks of lacing noted. The intial aromas were big-time essence of Juicy Fruit gum and freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice. This was nicely supported with smells of sun-drenched fresh pine needles, lemon zest, tangerine and some faint sweet honey/floral notes. The 10% alcohol shows up faintly in the aroma serving to amplify the above. The aromas were basically all about the hops, but whoís complaining? Fantastic! Palate was very smooth, silky, creamy with a nicely subtle carbonation. Flavor was extremely well balanced here between the hops, malts and honey. Yeah, it was definitely dominated by the hops; lots of citrus rind, honey drenched grapefruit and pine. But the late palate delivers a subtle, but balancing presence of orange blossom honey and light crystal malt sweetness. Finishes with a firm hop resin bitterness and a warming alcohol presence. A very easy-drinking big DIPA. As the last swallow is consumed all you can think of is "Iíd love to do another!" A must try for ALL hopheads!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
clitzy (2) - USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
I am a big fan of the Bells Brew and have been hunting this one down for awhile before a friend of mine brought one over. my biggest complaint is that it is too hard to find here. i am a loyal DFH 90 minute drinker but would drink this as my change of pace IPA if more available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Not as bitter as the arrogant bastard ruination. In fact, this brew had a much smoother flavor to balance out the hops than I had expected. Very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Batch 8278-seems very fresh. I had a Two Hearted with dinner and another nice IPA afterwards, then had this a couple hours later. Oh My God! I can only think of a couple beers that left me speechless after a first taste. This is just amazing stuff. I have officially found a new addiction. I might give a more concise description later, but for now Iím just awestruck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15454) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle, 10% at ZBF08. Very nice caramelly aroma. Good hoppiness. Nicely caramelly flavour, burning hops in back of throat. Good sweetness. 8 3 8 3 18

Bottle at Alvinne pre-ZBF09. Good caramelly hop aroma. Hazy golden colour. Very small white head. The flavour is nicely caramelly with a little sweetness. Good hop bite. Sweet, grassy and biting. 8 3 8 3 18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoptimusPrime (17) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 19, 2008
A beautiful beer. If I could live on a desert island with an endless supply of this, Iíd die happy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2008
On draft at Brewsterís in New Buffalo, MI. Smallish to no head. Light orange in color. Smells sweet, fruity and hoppy, and tastes the same. Ladies and Gentlemen, it hardly gets any better than this.

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