HOPSLAM! I can’t properly describe the jubilation that January brings with this seasonal release. Being a hophead first and foremost, I was pretty excited to be the first person in town to cart a couple cases of Hopslam out to my car. I’ve yet to try a Pliny the Elder, so the only DIPA that beats this in my opinion is the Surly Abrasive. Seeing as how Surly’s distribution doesn’t make it this far south, Bell’s Hopslam is my holy grail of hops overload.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Serve at 50-55 Degrees
Enjoyed from a Bell’s tulip glass
A: Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange with a finger of thin, white head. Beautiful looking beer, not much in the area of lacing though.
S: Grapefruit, strong and sappy with notes of lemon and orange lower in the mix. Total hop overload. The honey adds a touch of sweetness. Absolutely amazing.
T: Juicy grapefruit with a pronounced, but not overwhelming sweet malt backbone. The balance is perfect. The piney hops have a moderate bite as the ale warms; it’s just something that can’t be accurately described without actually trying Hopslam. This is what IPA/DIPA lovers dream about.
M: Light-bodied, but still on the higher end of carbonation. Just a little bit sticky from the more than ample hops. So very smooth for something this big.
O: I can’t say enough good things about Hopslam. I got a heads up to try this back in 2006, and was lucky enough to still find it on the shelves as late as May. The hype hadn’t erupted yet since it was a brand new release from Bell’s. Last year Hopslam was history by the end of February, and I expect it to vanish even quicker this year. Luckily for us hopheads, this brew is just expensive enough to discourage all but the most serious of hop lovers.
I can’t stress what you’re missing if you enjoy quality beer but haven’t tried this one. The high alcohol content is very well hidden making for a smooth and drinkable DIPA. Get yours now because its going to be a memory sooner than you’d prefer.