Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bells Hopslam - Tom #11

Hey all, its been a busy pass couple weeks for Gus and I. But back with another review and to stick with th Bells theme we are going to look at Hopslam by Bells. This is a huge IPA that every hop head seeks out once it is released sometime in late January.
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About the beer: 

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 10%

IBUs: N/A
Availabilty: Winter (6 packs)

Info from Bells 
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.

I poured this into my Dogfish Head IPA glass
Appearance: This brew pours a golden hazy amber color with a finger and a half of pure white fluffy head. Great carbonation bubbles throughout the glass.

Aroma: I have to say this brew was a lot more milder than I expected having a name like Hopslam. The aroma was very sweet with a touch of honey. Almost gave it a flowery smell to it. One the back end you pick up on some of the orange and citrus smell swirling around with a hint of hops on the very tail end of things. Very interesting smell for such a big IPA.

Taste: So the aroma definitely carries over to the taste as the brew is definitely sweet. But the Hopslam title definitely comes into play now! Great honey flavor that subdues the hops mildly being that this is a full hop assault on the pallet. Being 10% I found no sign of the alcohol present with zero burn. No malt played any role that I could dig out which is where the hops fully come out to play. Solid balance throughout and not over bitter.

Verdict:  Overall this is a fantastic brew. Solid all around and glad I finally got to try it. I gotta give this brew a solid and well deserved A+. Well done bells and great job brewing what I think is one of the most balanced beers I have had the pleasure of tasting.

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-Tom