Bell’s Hopslam Ale is a seasonal, limited edition gem that is in currently in season. Many local businesses were only given a fraction of their requested amount from the distributor. This trickled down to the consumer, so if you were lucky to find it, you could only get one or two six packs. At a price point of $20/sixer, that might be a good thing.
The delicious double-IPA, has a amber/honey color with a subtle head. Its bouquet is extremely hoppy, almost floral. If you have ever wondered why people smell their beer, this beer is a great intro to understanding the practice. It smells soooo GOOD!
This is likely accomplished through the complicated ingredients and brewing process Bell’s puts this amazing nectar through. From the Bell’s site:
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.
It’s taste matches its smell one for one. I actually found myself sipping incredibly slowly to maximize the experience. An absolute solid experience.
It took me 4 stores and 3 days to find it, but I finally located it at Earthfare in Windermere. I perused the beer selection, (which by the way is pretty extensive and eclectic there). I had to ask for the Hopslam, the girl disappeared in the back and returned with the prize.
I was told that only people that ask for Hopslam get it, and even then its max 2 per visitor. you might still be able to find it there. If not keep an eye out for it next year. It goes fast!
Special thanks to CBCer Steve for his well thought out review of Southern Tier Creme Brulee Imperial Stout:
Pours thick and very deep brown, but not quite black with a lacy tan
Sweet, delicious and rich.
head. Nose is absolutely amazing – loads of vanilla and caramel, but also some roasted malts, sweet cake, and even a hint of anise. Taste is best described as opulent; amazingly rich and creamy with heavy vanilla and burnt caramel, like what a cupcake store smells like on a good day. Some alcohol on the first sip, but the richness overwhelms everything else. If you don’t like things overly sweet – this is not the beer for you; but as a single dessert beer it is the best I’ve ever had.
My mouth watered when I read his review. Might be having dessert first next time!
Delicious and refreshing Pale Ale. The Full Sail brewery has a full complement of beers in their offering, and the Pale Ale is a fine representative. This beer tastes just like a IPA light,
Tip it back slowly. Enjoy, it's easy like Sunday morning.
in the sense that it has the refreshing crisp finish with only the slightest lingering hops flavor.
A solid Pale Ale. The brewery’s website itself says it all “ Feeling out of whack? Put on some music, crack a Pale Ale, and readjust your balance.”
ABV 5.4% IBU 37 Cheers!
Brewed with fresh,locally harvested hops, this Easton PA delight was “imported” by my great friend Pete. Slightly mild hop characteristic plays through the entire draw. Great amber hue, and at 6.2% a delicious late summer sipper. If you can find it, tip it way back.
Tip it Back. Delicious and refreshing smooth bodied ale. Clean finish and goes great with a burger. Found it in NC foothills near Boone.