It’s that time again beer lovers! It’s time again for Bell’s Brewery to once again send their seasonal Hopslam to sellers down south. What that means for you is that if you haven’t tried Hopslam, you better start your research now and figure out where to get it, assuming you can still find it. If you’ve tried it before, then you’re no doubt keeping your secrets to yourself in the hopes no one else will catch on. In short, when Bell’s seasonal Hopslam starts shipping out to the various states, this wonderful craft offering is snapped up like gold in the Klondike!
Hopslam has already shipped to many states in the North and Midwest, and has just been shipped recently to states in the south, beginning back on January 20th, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. You’ll no doubt have noticed how I waited until the 25th to post this article. Sorry, but I had to get mine before I let the cat out of the bag to craft beer noobs! No offense. Pardon me to for emphasizing southern offerings also. It’s just that the South is where I was born and bred!
Hopslam is just what it’s name suggest, a veritable hoppy delight, and one of those seasonal beers that fans wish would be on the shelves year-round. At 10% ABV, it not only packs a punch for a beer, but packs a TON of flavor as well. Heck, even the smell is enough to make your mouth water, consisting of strong floral and citrus odors. When you taste that strong hoppy flavor though, with its strong citrus, piney, grassy, and honey mix, you’ll immediately see why craft beer lovers crave this each season.
Hopslam pours with a dark, gold color, and has almost a whole finger length head. With almost no carbonation to speak of, the lacing after the pour sticks to the glass and lasts an unusually long time, and you can almost see the flavorful elements afloat within the dark golden nectar of your glass. I absolutely love this beer, and have found few to contend with it.
The folks at RateBeer.com give it a rating of 100! They go on to describe the beer so aptly, that I thought I’d just quote them here…
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 repetoire. 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.
Any description however, does it little justice. You simply have to try this beer. With that said, let the chase begin. Sorry, I cannot divulge where you might find the beer, but a touch of work on google and you should be able to track down some Sherlock Holmes-like clues. Best of luck! Your tongue will be glad if the mystery is solved!