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RATINGS: 2849   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours yellow with an average white head. Aroma is citrus. Taste is fruity. Almost orange and some sweet bubblegum. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2007
12oz Bottle courtesy of LeopoldStoch! Thanks!!! Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Smells of oranges, and lots of other citrus. Slammed, this ainít no joke, tastes very similar to the notes. But damn, this is awesome, everything i expect from Bells and much more. Awesome brew and a must try for Hopheads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1769) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours hazy orange, with a white head. Aroma is floral grapefruit, oranges, and caramel/sugar. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, spices, and sugar. Ends bitter. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a hazy yellow, orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is floral citrus hops with some malt background. Flavor is real bitter, spicy, grapefruit hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Pours a beautiful pale golden into my crappy micro-light pint glass. The head on this beaut is solid and steady with sticky lacing. The smell is piny and boozy all at once, which kinda leads to it being a bit over balanced. Think Iíll let it warm up a dram, let some hops kick up. WOW, warming it up a tad was a damn good Idea this bad boy gets sticky and power hopped, but, alas the booze still rears itself with this background creamed butter taste. If you like hops with a balanced respectability, this beer is for you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3984) - Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013

++++ Re Rate 3 February 2013 ++++
12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Batch 11696 packaged 01/09/2013. The pour is a mostly clear golden with a one inch white head. The aroma is strong bitter hops, bright tropical pineapple fruit, and honey malt sweetness. The taste is the tropical pineapple fruit hops, moving quickly to a dank resin, and then closes with toasted malt and a touch of the honey. The honey seems much more subdued compared to the 2012 and 2009. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a light warming alcohol in finish as the beer warms. This was back to the beer I remember in 2010. (9,4,8,4,16 - 4.1)

++++ Re Rate 2 February 2012 ++++
12 oz goblet draft at Martin City Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a light haze golden orange with a very small light white head. The aroma is honey herbal, strong citrus hop, and a malt sweetness. The taste is big on the herbal honey initially, followed close behind with the light clove, floral jasmine, orange citrus, resin, and a dry husky malt grain. Some additional floral in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, active crisp carbonation, and a dry finish. Some light alcohol is present as it warms. Solid as always, though each year seems to be less of the revelation of the first time I had it. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)

++++ Re Rate 28 January 2010 ++++
12 oz bottle grabbed for me by Dansting. Batch #9502 stamped on the label, packaged on January 5, 2010 - at time of drinking, this is 23 days from hitting the bottle. Served at about 45 degrees, in my generic tulip glass. Pour is mostly clear straw golden copper with a firm two inch off white head. Head falls slowly with thick coating lacing. Pretty beer. Aroma is full, yet soft pineapple fruit hops, along with a heavy dose of resin and toasty biscuit maltiness underneath. Really nice balance, fresh, clean, hop forward. This years version does not have nearly as much sweet (almost cloying) honey that last yearís iteration had. Taste is the resin hops first, quickly followed by citrus / citric hoppiness. The malt of the nose is present, but is certainly in the back seat to the hops. What malt gets through is the biscuit / toast of the nose. Hop flavors are really big, brash, almost even abrasive. Palate is medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation, and a dry, tongue scraping finish. Residual heat is present in the long after taste, not sharp alcohol heat, more of a slow burn - expected for the size, and didnít detract too much. The aftertaste also features a bit of a dusty peanut shell taste - I have certainly had this with these uber-hoppy beers before. Always a fun one to try each year. (9,5,7,4,16 - 4.1)

++++ Original Rating 17 January 2007 ++++
Bottle. Poured into imperial pint. From the pour, this looks delicious. Cloudy yellow orange pour. Smallish head with some layering. Aroma is hop (of course) but catch some grassiness and citrus in there too. Taste is an expression of the aroma, with fabulous body. The taste had almost a cask quality to it. Just a ton of complexity in the taste, from initial to finish, where there is a nice bitterness. I was shocked to see 9.5% on this one, since I did not at any point detect alcohol. In fact, I had two of these quite easily. As mentioned by others, this is a dangerous brew. (8,5,8,4,17 - 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Great IIPA, great...most tropical/floral flavors Iíve had in an IPA. This beer set itself apart. Bells beer is impressive so far. Hmm...Hopslam or Dreadnaught...Hopslam or Dreadnaught...Ali or Frazier...and the winner is...Hopslam!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle from the Beer Yard. Pours turbid dark straw with floaties. Aroma is huge tropical fruit, resiny hops, mango, black pepper, tangerine, honeydew, peach, guava. The flavor is tropical fruity, very hoppy, balanced well by caramel malt, with the mango, tangerine, honeydew, even watermelon hints, plus pineapple and papaya. Very complex aroma and flavor. Toward the finish, it gets a bit dry and a tad astringent. Take 2 parts Stone 10th, add 1part Weyerbacher 11, a dash of Dreadnaught, and a syringe full of Hop Whompus, and you have this beer. Just marvelous!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 2007 edition. Draft at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati,OH. Oh I liked this a lot! Has a huge hop aroma for such a big beer - 10%. The citrus hop aroma and flavor is just bursting throughout. The 70 IBU rating seems a little low for an IPA@, but there is more to a great beer than IBU, late addition flavor/aroma hops contibute greatly to a beer without affecting the IBUs all that much. This beer will warm your heart and soul. GREAT JOB BELLíS!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
clear dark golden with a great pearl white head. great lacing. aroma pineapple citrus (lime) and something funky. something that reminds me slightly of sazz hops. nice solid toasted malt notes. flavor bitter sweet slightly tart lime pineapple and pine. almost salty. full but lively mouthfeel. very bitter almost salty finish. alcohol only noticeable by the slight warming sensation you get on the finish. dangerously drinkable. it seems a bit lighter and much more drinkable than the typical IIPA. nice beer. well done.

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