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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.