Bell’s Brewery
Hopslam (2013) (Review)

Bell’s Brewery is located in Galesburg, Michigan

Bell's Brewery - Hopslam (2013)

Bell’s Brewery – Hopslam (2013)

Bell's Brewery - Hopslam (2013)

Bell’s Brewery – Hopslam (2013)

[quote]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.[/quote]


is the conversation that I had with every single store that I went into: “Hey, do you guys have any Hopslam? No? Are you going to get any? No? Thanks…” All of them. Every store. No Hopslam to be found. Then one day I am walking around a liquor store that I don’t really visit much anymore because they have a lot of beers that have been sitting for a long time (and not the good ones that are supposed to sit for a long time) and I turn a corner and I see a green label being put on the shelf. IS THAT A HOPSLAM? You’re damn right it was. I told the guy to just quit putting them on the shelf and hand them all to me and no one would get hurt. I bought 6 in total. 3 that I drank and 3 that I ended up sharing out of the kindness of my heart. I was so excited for this journey that my taste buds were about to go on…

The Stats:

  • Alcohol by Volume:  10.0%
  • Original Gravity:  1.087
  • Shelf Life:  6 months
  • Dates Available:  Winter seasonal
  • Available Packages:  Bottle, draft

The Pour:

Beautiful orange amber with a white foamy head that lingers leaving good lacing and a slight haze

The smell:

Big, strong aroma of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine hops over the top of some lighter hints of pale and  some caramel malt. Lots of honey sweetness.

The Taste:

A nice, strong  honey flavor is in the background during the full on hop assault. Alcohol is noticeable with a slight burn. I was a big fan of the honey influence with this brew. Its not really a big, heavy honey, but really light, lifted sweetness. Goes well with a decent malt base that hides well in the background allowing the fruitiness to come through with pineapple, sweet pine sap and sweet grapefruit there. Some slight caramel. Surprisingly well balanced. One of my favorite brews in a long while.

The Mouthfeel:

Medium bodied, really nicely carbonated. Slight bitter dry finish with sticky sweetness.

The Verdict:

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Hopslam and it did not disappoint for me. This was my first year actually getting a few and I grabbed every one that I could find.  If you are ever lucky enough to come across one or a few then YOU BETTER GRAB THOSE DAMN THINGS AND TAKE THEM HOME IMMEDIATELY AND HIDE THEM FROM EVERYONE. Seriously, buy them. ALL. There is a reason this thing is rated Number 6 in the world.


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