Saturday, May 25, 2013

Beer: Bell's Hopslam

Bell's Hopslam is a craft beer phenomenon. It's released in limited quantities, once a year, and subsequently sells out very quickly in Bell's distribution region, despite it's relatively high price (around $18 for 6 12 oz. bottles). It's a strong 10% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with honey, and despite the hype, it is truly world class.

Rich golden in appearance, with nice white foam. Superb lacing. Aroma is breathtaking...floral, grapefruit citrus, a little pine. Absolutely appealing.
Flavor is sweet but with a sustained hop sharpness. Maybe the honey is the balance? Pine, sweet grapefruit, and really very enjoyable. The high ABV is concealed well, too. 

This is a superior IPA, and one I'll definitely re-experience again.

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