Bell's Hopslam Ale

Winter means different things to different people. For folks in some states, a slight chill in the air and a flurry of snow means full arctic gear, traffic jams, and school closings. For us here in Michigan, three feet of snow and sub-zero temps mean it's time to grab a light jacket, and maybe shoes instead of flip-flops... maybe. And while Winter may be "stout season", there's something else that beer aficionados across the country look forward to every January - Hopslam.

Bell's Hopslam Ale is a specialty release that has the power to break Winter's icy grip. Brewed with honey and dry-hopped with massive amounts of Simcoe hops, this beer will plunge your senses into a world of warm sunshine, gentle breezes, and the smell of fresh-cut grass. That is, until you have to grab your flip-flops and shovel your driveway... again.

Bell's Hopslam Ale

Style: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 10%, IBU: 70
Serving type: Bottle
Availability: Annual Specialty (January release)

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color, moderate carbonation.  Full, lingering off-white head that leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Strong pine, raw honey, and hay. Booziness is apparent.

Taste: Sweet honey notes up front, with bold, piney hops following. Floral notes on the finish. Lingering earthy spice.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth, but not syrupy. Some warmth and tingle.

Overall: A bold expression of an American Imperial IPA, and one of my favorites. It paired well the the turkey club panini I had for lunch - the crisp hop flavors playing well off the smokey bacon and creamy avocado.

Hopslam is hitting local shelves and taps as I write this - but not for long. This beer has attained near legendary status, and as such it sells out fast. So hurry now and you might just be able to get your hands on some. And while you're at it, grab an extra six-pack for the cellar - it ages remarkably well.


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