Bell’s Hopslam (365 Day 45)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Bell's Hopslam Ale

Hops are in the air in the midwest: Hopslam by Bell’s is released every year in January. Not only is it American craft beer goodness, it is hop goodness to the nth level.

For anyone that has been a beer geek for any amount of time, they have heard of Hopslam. It is one of those beers that everyone talks about, that everyone tries to get, even if they have had it before, is only around for a short period of time, and, most importantly, being a DIPA, it cannot be cellared: drink it now or give it to someone who will.

Hopslam is brewed with honey, that makes the beer finish a bit dry. The hop aroma is huge, pleasant, and full of pine and citrus. The sweetness to the taste mixed with the honey and hops is a does of pure beer nirvana.

Yes, I went and did it: I rated a beer a ten. I did have a chance the other evening to have this along side Pliny and most of us picked the Hopslam over the Pliny. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 10, Look: 10, Drinkability: 10, Overall: 10.0

Useless Fact: Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

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