Had a very light pale ale (4%) sitting on an ounce of Belma since last Friday, so 5 days. Took a sample, fairly disappointing... especially compared to the other kegs I had also just dry hopped (2 other 4% pale ales, 1 with US Goldings, the other with Citra).
Pretty much duplicated my observations when smelling all 3 packages of hops last week, the Belma was by far the mildest and least interesting.
I have noted this as well. Compared to other high alpha aromatic hops, this one is VERY subdued. I will say, however, the flavor is pleasant and inviting despite being mild.
Did a low gravity Northern Brewer LME MO blonde with 1/4oz at 20min, 1/2oz at 10min, 2oz in hop rocket and 1oz. dry hop. The beer is pleasant and well balanced. The SO likes it, so that is a win. As mentioned, mild strawberry and melon flavors. Citrus/crisp when cold, but seems to fades as it warms. Low levels of grassy notes. I think it would definitely be a good compliment to a strawberry wheat or blonde, but other hops would be better used in a hop forward beer like APA or IPA....