The highly sought-after Hopslam Double IPA from Bell's Brewery (Michigan) has already started hitting shelves and taps this week throughout the Midwest, but there is no need to worry that they forgot about the South. Hopslam will begin shipping to Alabama on January 20.
Each year when Hopslam is released as the winter seasonal for Bell's Brewery, craft beer lovers all over the country take notice. It is easy to see why once that hoppy goodness touches your lips. This Double IPA (DIPA) gets its hoppy bite from six different hop varieties along with a substantial dry-hop addition, but it achieves a delightful balance thanks to a fair amount of malt and the addition of honey to cut the bitterness with just the right amount of sweetness. Once the brewing process is finished, you are left with a 10% DIPA that remains both easy drinking and refreshing. For more information, here's the full brewery description of Hopslam:
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.
Bell's has packaged Hopslam in six packs of 12 oz. bottles and in kegs (kegs are reserved for bars and restaurants only). For my readers in other states, here's the full shipment schedule:
- January 6 ** - Michigan
- January 13 ** - Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona
- January 20 ** - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Kentucky and Pennsylvania
(**) These dates indicate when the beer will ship to these areas, and not the exact date for release. Actual release dates will depend on the distributor that represents Bell's in your area.
If you happen to display some or all of the symptoms of being a hop head, I suggest you track down a sixer of Hopslam to curb those cravings for a bit. Keep an eye on your favorite craft beer retailer's website and/or social media accounts for exact release dates and times. This beer is sure to disappear before I can get an update on this page, but I'll try my best once that information presents itself. Good luck and happy hunting out there. Prost!