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Bell’s Hopslam Ale

Well, I finally got my hands on some Hopslam.  It seems as though every time I go somewhere that has Hopslam I get there five minutes after the last keg, cask or bottle is gone.  It’s been elusive in the years past.  But this year I snagged myself a six-pack.  It wasn’t cheap, that’s for certain.  I paid $27 for a six-pack at Whole Foods on P St., but I had to grab it, at least to give it a shot.

For those of you who don’t know, Hopslam is a seasonal release from Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.  It’s a 10% ABV hop monster that is brewed with honey.  When it comes out, it’s a mad rush to get it.  Whole Foods has a single six-pack limit per customer and when the bars grab kegs, the lines are around the block.

Hopslam has a huge citrus and grapefruit hop aroma right off the bat.  It smells fresh and piney and wonderful.  It pours a golden straw color in the glass and looks deceptively light.  I don’t find it to be overly bitter, but it doesn’t lose that hop flavor or aroma.  There seem to be a lot of finishing hops in this beer and probably a lot of dry hopping going on.  It finishes with a bit of sweetness, probably due in part to the honey, and a really rich mouthfeel (also probably due in part to the honey).  Any bitterness that exists comes out in the end, but only briefly.

I have to say, it’s pretty delicious and Hopslam is certainly worth seeking out.  But the next time I have $30, I might save myself the trouble and buy two six packs of Nugget Nectar from Troegs.


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This entry was posted on February 7, 2011 by in Beer, Product Review and tagged , , , .
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