Hopslam. The name is gold for many a beer snob. I’ve seen people on facebook and talked to people who look forward to the day it’s released. Actually, it’s a mad rush to the store to purchase it. Well, I had never had one before the Wifey and I had our annual tax day date. We ventured to the Fenton Hotel and had a very nice meal. During that wonderful evening, I tried a Bell’s Hopslam. Wow, was it good. I’ve had some pretty exclusive Michigan beers before. In my opinion, Hopslam bests them all.
It has a very hoppy taste (duh, the name tells you that), but it’s not overly bitter like other pale ales (it’s a double India pale ale, for you beer snobs out there). It has a strong hop taste at the start. The middle has a slight tart, citrus taste while the finish has nice, mild hoppy bitterness to it. Now, I am a fan of the Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s as well, but this is much smoother. If drank from a glass (like all quality beers should be), the aroma has a strong but pleasant bouquet of hops, citrus, and even a slight floral tone. One note: this is a very strong beer. It contains 10.0% alcohol, so you have to be very careful as it doesn’t taste like it’s that strong.
This beer is not cheap. I found it at my local market for $17.99 a six pack. I bought one and it was well worth it. If your local purveyor of quality malted beverages has any left, buy a six pack and enjoy. I did.