Brewery: Bell’s Brewing Co, Kalamazoo, MI
Beer Style: Imperial IPA
Well, this is a springtime favorite of mine. The honey really gives this a unique sweetness. Yes, it’s a 10% DIPA, but you wouldn’t know with how sweet it really comes off. Borderline Barleywine (and if you age it, that’s basically what it becomes). This one is for hop-heads and barley-heads alike. Hopslam is definitely one of my favorite beers from Bell’s.
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.
Original Gravity: 1.087
Shelf Life: 6 months
Dates Available: Winter seasonal
Available Packages: Draft. 12-ounce cans packaged in 6-packs and mini-kegs (2016)