New Year’s resolutions for Michigan craft beer lovers: 1) Drink Bell’s Hopslam, 2) See #1.
The year’s first major Michigan beer release is already here, and it’s a doozy. Hop-heads already know what to expect, but for the uninitiated, the Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery is an accurately named double IPA, noted for a profile that contains six different hops, forming a complex balance of pungent, fruity and floral flavors.
Notably, the brew is dry-hopped with a hefty addition of Simcoe hops, a variety from the Pacific Northwest popular for its bitterness and complexity. To offset the powerful flavor combination, Bell’s adds ample malt and a touch of Michigan honey.
Despite what its name might imply, you’re not going to want to slam this one. (If you’re not careful, it might actually slam YOU.) The brew clocks in at a hefty 10% ABV, yet remains a uniquely drinkable example of the double IPA style. It’s one to be savored as slowly lengthening days signal the promise of a new year.
Hopslam is available as of Monday, Jan. 6th at all Michigan HopCat locations, and will be rolling out soon throughout our locations in other states. Join us as soon as you can, because this one rarely stays on draft for long