Bell’s Hopslam

It’s Hopslam. It’s got a 99 on Beer Advocate. It comes out once a year to raucous fanfare. ‘Nuff said.

This year’s version tastes much more of Simcoe hops than I remember from last year’s batch. Not that’s a bad thing. One of my favorate Weyerbacher beers is Double Simcoe. I just recalled, at least in my memory, last year’s Hopslam as sweeter.

The smell of the first bottle is very much of grapefruit and the initial taste is very pine-like. Both big characteristics of Simcoe. I find it funny, since Hopslam is brewed with six different hops that this is easily the one kind that sticks out the most. As the beer warmed a bit, I got more of a citrus taste that mixed with the honey for a nice bitter and sweet flavor.

Pretty happy I have 11 more of these.

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