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Bell's Hopslam (2013)

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by mjshearer1, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. broodog

    broodog Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    U mad, bro?
  2. acyl

    acyl Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Hopslam is NOT a DIPA. Its an imperial.
  3. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Not that we need to mention than Double and Imperial can be used interchangeably, but we should mention that Bell's does call it a Double IPA.
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  4. BlakeAM

    BlakeAM Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    The last part of this is so true. The six pack I bought was bottled 4 days prior and the three I had within 2 days of purchase were infinitely better than the ones I saved for 3-4 weeks.

    However, I had it on tap in that initial time period and it tasted really boozy without much hop flavor, so who knows.
  5. admiral1

    admiral1 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
  6. admiral1

    admiral1 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Thank you - I did say my beer geek flag does fly - but it is what labeled
  7. Big_V

    Big_V Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    I'd be happy to take it off your hands!
  8. 1up

    1up Member

    I am trying to actually get to the bottom of this whole Hopslam thing. Can you tell me where you are getting information about their formula?
  9. 1up

    1up Member

    I would trade you mine.
  10. schmelby

    schmelby Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    I've got 12 hopslam left dated 1/15 if you want to trade? I had 2 cases this year and didn't like it as much as last years batch. And I have a bunch of Sucks and Nugget Nectar to drink that I like better :)

    So if you or anyone else want's to trade, let me know. I'd reaaaaaly love to get my hands on some Heady Topper, Lawson's Liquids and/or Hill Farmstead.
  11. Big_V

    Big_V Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    My haul is low, not sure if I have anything you'll be interested in. Check my "GOTS" and let you know if I have it still.
  12. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    This is from someone who has never thought any DIPA was drinkable except for this years Hopslam last years was undrinkable for me I can tell you it has definitely changed and IMO for the better last years was a drain pour just like every other DIPA. When was yours bottled though some people seem to think the batches were different?
  13. Brenden

    Brenden Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Is this sarcastic?
  14. Brenden

    Brenden Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    I suppose possible batch variation can't be dismissed outright. I've had it when it's hit shelves within the first few weeks after it's bottled, on tap, and one about 9 months old that was basically a delicious DIPA/Barleywine hybrid.
  15. Beerswimmer

    Beerswimmer Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    There. I really just don't get it. It's a too sweet/not all that hoppy beer to me. I've had it again this year and I still don't get the hype.
  16. Christopper

    Christopper Member

    Location:
    New York
    Same here. Same bottled date. Boo! Won't keep me from trying it again though.
  17. Larrygto

    Larrygto Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    Had it from a cask last night, seriously smooth. If I didn't have to drive home I could have sat there and consumed lots of it!!
  18. Budinetz

    Budinetz Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Perhaps...If oxidized beer is your thing, then drink up I guess.
  19. steebo777

    steebo777 Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    13 months in a cooler will not cause it to oxidize anywhere near to being noticeable on someone's palate.
  20. acyl

    acyl Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    The shelf life of hopslam is 6 months. This is directly from the brewery.
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  21. chinchill

    chinchill Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    that would be unrefrigerated shelf life, unless they are being unorthodox and overly optimistic. Anyway, after a year of refrigeration Hopslam is a bit different, mainly being less hop-forward.
  22. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Why speculate when we can go right to the source..
    So it may be an unrefrigerated shelf life but it is also a properly stored shelf life. I do not think it is unrealistic for a brewery to state a lifespan with the understanding that the beer will be properly stored. This is not to say they expect stores or consumers to actually follow through. My thought, if you know enough to understand what the date and shelf life actually mean you should know enough to take care of your beer.
    acyl likes this.
  23. Apom

    Apom Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    Missed this one hopefully I can get it next go around because I hear it is fantastic.
  24. Budinetz

    Budinetz Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    It will absolutely oxidize to a point where it will be noticeable on your palate...Heavily hopped beer is not meant to age AT ALL and should be consumed within 6 months. Yes, it will oxidize SLOWER if kept cool, but crack one open fresh from the brewery and then age one 13 months...does it taste like wet cardboard with a hint of sherry? then it's oxidized...the beer did not age.
  25. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Barley wines and a handful of Stouts would like to disagree with you. Heavily hopped beers can age very gracefully, hop forward or focused beers may not.

    I have had plenty of aged Hopslam over the years and I can honestly say I have not noticed significant oxidation over the course of 13 months. You lose bitterness and the crispness of the hop flavor. A gentle citrusy flavor still remains along side a sweet almost biscuity malt back. I get all that but I have never experienced wet cardboard or sherry at this point in time.

    Now I am not saying it is not possible but saying it will definitely happen is potentially as misleading as saying it definitely won't. Regardless of oxidation or not this is still a beer that is best served fresh.
  26. ravot

    ravot Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I aged a hopslam on accident once, after i opened it, it was definitely delicious. Hoppy? nope. sweet? yes.

    on a side note, i ran into a liquor store that had 2 sixer's of hopslam. i thought about freshness on it, i decided to get it, but realized it was a cash only venue. i'll get it tomorrow. i know it'll be there. it's in a neighborhood where the demographic doesn't match the product selling (not all the product)
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  27. Budinetz

    Budinetz Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Duly noted. I will have to try a bottle before its freshness date and well into the year after...and what i was getting at is that beer with a formidable amount of hop flavor, aroma, bitterness, etc will suffer from oxidation. Obviously I am aware that barleywine and stout will age well, among other styles. The styles I have experienced oxidation with have been the Amber ales, Imperial Reds, IPA's, DIPA's, and a few Barleywine's that have had an overwhelming amount of hop aroma and bitterness, despite the abv. I feel more often than not, I get oxidation from these styles after too long and I have ruined it for myself by trying to age them, when I should have just cracked them and enjoyed. I wouldn't want anyone else to make the same mistake! Beer is meant to be drank at it's peak of perfection, the way the brewer intended!
  28. atomic

    atomic Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Opened one of my 2013 hopslams last night and must say, its tasting delicious, at least to me. Personally I'm not a fan of bitterness, so IMO it tastes better now than it did fresh. But thats just like, my opinion, man.
  29. Stevedore

    Stevedore Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Anyone know what the latest bottling date on Hopslam is? I grabbed some as soon as it first came out, but want to make sure my final sixer of this vintage is as fresh as can be.
  30. TheFugitive

    TheFugitive Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    2013 was another disappointment
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  31. TonyJ815

    TonyJ815 Member

    Location:
    Florida
    I haven't been able to find any in Pensacola for weeks now. (outside of the bar that is) This year's edition is good, but I think I enjoyed last year's more so.
  32. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Member

    Location:
    Florida
    I have store like that. I love it! They had hopslam in the cooler for about a month. Think I ended up buying all of it.
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  33. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Latest I saw was 1-28. Not sure bottling went into Feb or not.
  34. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I know in years past I've had Hopslam with Feb bottle dates on them.
    But I havn't seen any this year.
  35. Squiggy

    Squiggy Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    A grocery store in my area still has like 5 cases of Hopslam just sitting there.
  36. tommyz

    tommyz Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    where are you at in Michigan
  37. Squiggy

    Squiggy Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Up north
    Petoskey area
  38. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I just drank my last two bottles of Hopslam. Dated Jan. 15, I think. Had them in the fridge the entire time. Tasted incredibly smooth. Now I wish I bought more.
  39. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    Yeah I saw some Sunday night at the Total Wine in Tucson and asked the clerk what the date was and she came back to me with a big smile and said "it's still good, it was bottled on 1-19! I politely thanked her and informed her that it still tastes good but doesn't have the hop profile that I desire. They were keeping two cases behind the counter like it was gold when they should have it on one of the corner aisles marked down to sell. On another side note, since I love the taste of Hopslam so damn much, what else tastes like it? I haven't had anything yet myself.
  40. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I hate that liquor stores do that. If its been out for a couple weeks and no more people are asking about it, put it back on the damn shelves!
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