Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bell's Hopslam is an IPA brewed with honey, and it is, of course, a ridiculously hard beer to track down. Or, it has been. But I finally found some at a regional beer store... in fact, there were two six-packs on the shelf, mingling casually with the other every-day IPAs. A full six-pack of Hopslam was twenty-four bucks. I bought two single bottles. This is my second of the two.

Hopslam couldn't possibly live up to all the hype, but having said all that, it is undeniably very good. It pours bright, amber orange; the head is average and fades to a bit of lace. The aroma is complex. Floral and grassy hops, citrus, rye, and I think some of that honey show up in the nose. The flavor is all big, bright, strong hops up front. The rich, semi-sweet malt comes through at the end. The honey is not a big presence in the flavor, it's mostly there in the smell. This isn't one of my favorite IPAs, I won't go out of my way to buy it again and I won't pay high prices for it. But I have to admit, it's a fine beer.