Bell’s Brewery has been crafting artisanal beer out of Kalamazoo Michigan since 1985. They routinely find themselves at the top of many industry best breweries lists. Bell’s most sought after and highly rated limited release beer is the Hopslam. The annual release of Hopslam is routinely one of the most hyped up events of the craft beer world. Waiting lines, sell-outs and long drives to distant stores are commonplace upon Hopslam’s distribution. The fervor for Hopslam continues as its is consistently rated as one of the best double IPA’s in the world by websites like Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. Just last week, for the first time Hopslam had become available in New York. Needless to say, we at BWG were anticipating Hopslam and were excited for an awesome all-world beer. It has solid flavors from nose to finish – full bodied earthy hops and sweet maltyness. This ale is brewed at 10% ABV. Bell’s adds a bit of honey to the brewing process to even out the bite. The honey is effervescent on the pour, but fades quickly, being overtaken by a depth of heavy hops. After tasting the Hopslam we stared at each other and said, “Wow, this is good.” And at the same time also said, “Wow, this isn’t as good as we thought it would be.” For us, Hopslam ends up being a victim of its own hype. A very good beer to be sure, but one that falls short of being considered to be one of the best beers in the world for its style. It’s good, but certainly not worth going out of your way for – and it comes very close to not being worth its $20 per 6-pack price tag… Locally available at Village Beer Merchant and other vendors while supplies last. Rating:92/100.
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