Yep, it’s Hopslam time. Some call it “hypeslam” because it’s a lot of hoops you have to jump through to get any. The bottle shops are one thing but only the bars with the big Bell’s sales get this.
You know I don’t like IPAs very much. Well, I don’t know about that, but they’re certainly not my favorite. Double IPAs, however, I do like a good bit. Still not my favorite, but a good bit.
And Hopslam is a good representation of that.
Every year, Hopslam is released in limited quantity and it’s a different recipe every year. This is 10% ABV, always a bonus. BeerAdvocate has it as 4.46 out of 5. Untappd has it at 4.35 caps out of 5. I liked it. I rated it at 4.75 out of 5.
Have you had it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it, or just have a hankering for more, you should head down to City Beverage and grab your sixer. But, you need to hurry because when they’re gone, they’re gone. This is a very limited edition. Hurry on down there.
Listen to this week’s episode of The Less Desirables and hear what Danielle, Bethany, Jeff and Tim think about it.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire. 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.” – Bell’s Brewery