421. Bell’s Brewery Hopslam Ale
Got this bottle from a friend in New Hampshire and was glad to finally try this beer. Double IPAs are one of my favorite styles of beer and no doubt this is a good one. Appearance is fairly typical of the style with a nice orange color with off white head. Aroma is not as big as I had hoped with some floral and pineapple but not very aromatic.
Taste has much more hop character with plenty of citrus and tropical flavors. Enough malt sweetness to balance things out but as you would expect this one is mostly hops. Overall this is an excellent brew that anyone should make an attempt to try but I think Maine Beer Company’s Lunch and several offerings from Hill Farmstead are better and more readily available to us in the Northeast.
Pros: Nice hop profile
Cons: Aroma is not as big as expected
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 60+
Brewers Website: Bell’s Brewery
Brewers Description: Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.