- Style: Imperial IPA
- Serving: Bottle
- Volume: 12 oz
- ABV: 10.00%
Bell’s Hopslam Ale is one of those beers I look forward to its release each year. After getting word a semi-local distributor received cases, I promptly drove 50 minutes one way to acquire one. Bottled on 1/9/2012, these are extremely fresh and hopefully tasting just like I remember last year: hoppy, bitter, citrusy and sweet.
Poured from the 12 ounce bottle, Hopslam is slightly hazy and bright golden/orange in color. It’s topped with a moderate white head, and fantastic lacing and retention – patchy in the middle with thick bubbles along the outside. Opening up the nose are aromas of juicy citrus, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine needles and honey. There’s a very nice earthy bitterness to it, with a slight sweet note towards the back that I attribute from the honey.
In the taste, a wash of bitter hop oils, pineapple and astringent grapefruit notes start off. Through the mid-palate the pink grapefruit intensifies, and trails off with a sweet honey and caramel malt flavor. It’s so complex, delicious and dangerously drinkable at 10% ABV. The body is medium to full with ample carbonation. Lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue give this a smooth and almost silky texture, finishing with a bit of alcohol heat in the chest.
Well, honestly this beer is simply awesome. There’s plenty of citrus and fruit character, backed by a great amount of sweet honey and malt. It’s big, bitter, citrusy and sticky – perfect for an Imperial IPA in my book.
out of 100
Title photo from: Flickr
Shane Holland is the Editor-in-Chief for Passion Beer.
He is a self-proclaimed craft beer geek and an all around lovable dork. He loves homebrewing, everything Philadelphia, traveling and enjoying the pleasures of life.