Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Bell's Hopslam Delivers!

Get slammin' with Bell's Hopslam! This is one incredible brew that has found the perfect balance between hops, malt, and alcohol. What a pleasant drinking experience...and at a deceiving ABV of close to 10%, it'll get real pleasant right quick. And, the folks at BA and RB seem to universally agree. If you're looking for a Hop Wallop that's just a bit more balanced, this is it. If you're looking for a Pliny the Elder with a bit more alcohol, giddy up. If you're looking for a cleaner Ruination, a hoppier 90 Minute, or an ever-so-slightly softer Hopsickle, you've come to the right place. If you haven't guessed it yet, I really found this beer to be practically perfect in so many ways. Oh, and I've rhapsodized the hops, but what about the flavor you say? How about pineapple, grapefruit, fresh hop flavors? Sound good? How about smooth, lively alcohol playfully intermingling with these flavors. Ok, I'll stop now. Patrick at The Drafting Room came into possession of one of these kegs recently and it has quickly become a fan favorite. In the spirit of full disclosure, our friend Mr. Curtin tipped us off over at his site in his 12/24 posting. Thanks, were 100% on the mark.


Adam said...

I might have to stop by there today on my way through. Its really that good eh?

Bryan Kolesar said...

I always try to hold back on being too over-the-top or glowing in my reviews...cuz there's always the risk that I'm an outlier in my tastes.heheh.

But, I think in this case, it was well-deserved. So, if you can pull off the road for 15 minutes at TDR before you hit the turnpike, I'd say it'd be well worth it. Now, to turn over the wheel to Mrs. B is a different story :-P

Eli said...

Wow, I've been waiting to try that one. I'm hopping to make a beer run soon, and I'm hoping I come across it.

Nice use of comparison, really helps me 'get it'.

Jeremy said...

Matt and I stopped by TDR tonight... the keg of Hopslam has apparently kicked because they only have bottles now and they are about $6.95 a bottle if you drink it there... if you get a bottle to go they are about half that price. I tried Matt's Hopslam and it was excellent! I got two bottles to-go (which is how I found out the to-go price is cheaper) and Gabe and I are going to sample them tonight. While I was there I tried the Left Hand Snowbound... which was also very good and worth a try. Thanks for the excellent review and comparison Bryan.