Bell's Hopslam (2013)

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

  1. MCain04

    MCain04 Jan 3, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    This isn't just first world problems, it's elite first world problems.

    First off, be glad you can get Hopslam. A lot of people can't. If you got it and don't like it, don't buy any more. I'm sure it's not the first beer you haven't liked.

    Second, Hopslam is, in my opinion, quite good. I'd say the majority of people list it in their top 10s of DIPAs. Because of the limited release, everyone gets their expectations ridiculously high. PtE and Heady are available year-round, this is not. Don't fault Hopslam for having an unfair hype. It's a damn good brew.

    Third, Hopslam is not that expensive. PtE is $4.50/375ml at its cheapest. $2.50-$3/12oz is not something to gripe over. DFH 90 min is around this price point, as are many DIPAs. When you make a brew that's ABV is 10%, a lot of product goes into it that raises production cost.

    Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but it really pisses me off that it's hip to hate on Hopslam. I don't love Wookey Jack and everyone else seems to, but I don't complain about the $7 bottle price, I just don't buy it. Hopslam will sell just fine without all your negative criticism, but stop piling on, it's getting annoying.
     
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  2. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
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    That's weird, most of the comments seem to be from people who do in fact like Hopslam but notice something off about it this year. Don't see anyone using the word "hate", just airing their disappointment in the particular bottle(s) they've tried.
    Me personally, I've had (and loved) Hopslam in the past. Bottled, on tap, even from a firkin. What I've had this year tastes way off, no big DIPA hop flavor whatsoever. I had a Palate Wrecker the other night and that is the Hopslam I remember in regards to hops. Give me the bottle date of that Hopslam and I'll be all over a couple of 6 packs at the $16 I paid, all day every day.
     
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  3. KevinGordon

    KevinGordon Dec 16, 2012 North Carolina

    For everyone in North Carolina still waiting for Hopslam, the distributor has had it in their warehouse for 2 weeks now. And they're just sitting on it. Losing freshness day by day. I've heard something about how they're trying to make sure each and every store in NC gets Hopslam on the same day. That and they are waiting on the 2nd shipment from Bell's. Either way, this is getting ridiculous. Just give it to us already. I've heard Tuesday, maybe even Wednesday. But if it gets pushed back again, I say its time to grab the pitchforks and light the torches
     
  4. MCain04

    MCain04 Jan 3, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Fair enough. To me, having had Hopslam fresh within a week of bottling, it tasted as good as it ever did. I don't think it ever tasted like Palate Wrecker - that is over the top with bittering hops. The Hopslam hops are most tasting hops. Perhaps your palate has changed where you now prefer beers with higher IBUs. I will say though, having a Hopslam 3-4 weeks fresh is very different than <1 week. Much less aroma and hop flavor, honey starts overpowering. Perhaps you had an old bottle.
     
  5. schildres

    schildres Oct 14, 2010 Maryland

    My local store emailed me that it was in and with in the day he sent the emil it was sold out..can't wait to crack this one open!

    Cheers!
     
  6. TryppZ

    TryppZ Feb 3, 2013

    I agree with you on this one. It has less of a hoppy bite, a tad more sweet and boozy, and like the 2012 batch, there's a bit more of a simcoe or citra (cat urine) presence. It is still delicious, but not exactly the HopSlam I've enjoyed for the past couple years.
     
  7. OleDixie

    OleDixie Jan 24, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    McBroom's. Just called and reserved a case that morning when I saw (via facebook) Hopslam came in. The dude working at McBroom's said they were out by the time I made it there after work. I'm lucky I had one reserved. Waiting for it kinda sucks but you'll be happy very soon.
     
  8. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    TW in Newport News sold out on Friday. I got 1 6pk.
     
  9. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Nov 3, 2012 Louisiana
    Beer Trader

    Anybody know where I can find this online? I swear this is my white whale.
     
  10. mjhood92

    mjhood92 Feb 5, 2013

    So... Got the last six pack at my local store last week and now looking for something new to try that is similar. Any suggestions? (That are available in Alabama...)
     
  11. NickHerrmann

    NickHerrmann Apr 18, 2009 North Carolina
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    Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: Sam's Quik Shop ($18/6pk) released 1/2 of their alottment this morning at 9am, and will be releasing the remaining bottles at 5pm tonight. Carborro Beverage received shipment this afternoon and has began selling. I am sure all local Total Wines are now distributing. No announcement from Bottle Revolution or Triangle Wine Company as of this writing.
     
  12. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My Pittsburgh store ordered 20 cases and received 4.
     
  13. caponeduke

    caponeduke Jul 28, 2011 North Carolina
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    Total wines are gone last I heard and triangle sent their email this evening.
     
  14. brewsader

    brewsader Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    i'm drinking some right now, and i really have no idea what to think of it. i'm enjoying it, and it's without a doubt a great brew but it's not what i was expecting, as i was expecting something so mind blowing i'd have to pick my brain up off the floor after my first sip. i think the hype ruined this beer for me.
     
  15. mscudder

    mscudder Jan 22, 2012 Georgia
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    This is a great beer. However, it is likely the most overrated beer in the history of craft. A smooth honey base makes this easy for those prone to bitterness to find it amazing. Complexity is lacking. The amount of booze they pack in is impressive though...
     
  16. Benny3000

    Benny3000 Apr 4, 2012 Michigan
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    A 3-4 week old Hopslam does not lose its hop flavors. Its rather consistent for the first month or two. Consistently the best IPA in the world.
     
  17. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    o_O
     
  18. Revenant

    Revenant Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Your avatar is pretty sick. Hail The Boognish!
     
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  19. PaulG

    PaulG Oct 10, 2012 Minnesota
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    Just had some as well. Better than last years.
     
  20. sibesa

    sibesa Jan 24, 2013

    Good beer!!! Hoping to try it again soon!
     
  21. shibby575

    shibby575 Dec 28, 2010 Indiana

    Just found a couple cases at my out of the way honey hole. This is one of my favorite beers, and is my wife's favorite, with zombie dust a close second. I believe there be no more anywhere around, including at bells as I stopped there last weekend and they had none. Enjoy it folks it never lasts long enough. I think it tastes just as it always has. Fanfreakintastic!!
     
  22. Holsie

    Holsie Jun 27, 2012 South Carolina

    An exceptional brew. Since its introduction, so many more "over the top" things have been introduced that it no longer seems as unique as it once did. Even so, it remains an annual must have that many including me cannot wait for. Very few things taste like it and can hide 10% so well.
     
  23. jar72404

    jar72404 May 31, 2009 Florida

    This is my fourth year drinking Hopslam and I think it's as good as usual. While it's possible the recipe or production has changed detectably, I think it's far more likely people's palates have changed (assuming they've even actually had it multiple years).

    If you think this year's batch is off, just wait til you try NEXT year's batch. It's really boring compared to previous years' releases.
     
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  24. thampel09

    thampel09 Apr 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    This was the first year I was able to get a hold of some hopslam (2 bottles) and have drank one thus far. I highly enjoyed it.
     
  25. Soloveitchik

    Soloveitchik Feb 7, 2013 New York
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    bells cant come to NY soon enough!
     
  26. sdpaul

    sdpaul May 2, 2012 California
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    Those are so bog boys...Hopslam is a good beer not great..glad it is only a once a year
     
  27. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    This year hopslam much malter for sure.
     
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  28. baconman91

    baconman91 Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Hopslam (isn't) all that Esp. for what they want for it $$$$$...SO many Others out there better.
     
  29. HoshuaJobbs

    HoshuaJobbs May 12, 2012 California
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    I cringe when I see it displayed unrefrigerated.
     
  30. baconman91

    baconman91 Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    ..sorry, I know some folks might be Mad at that. -- wasn't my intention...just sayin'.
     
  31. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    Really disappointed after finishing my last of 6 bottles last night that I purchased back in Mid January. While 4-5 weeks is a while to sit on a good, fresh IPA, I was still suprised at how malty this became in such a short period of time. No surprise you can still find this on sheves after almost a month and a half...
     
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  32. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Feb 20, 2013 Florida
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    My first post, and first yr tasting it. First was from a snifter on tap. Unreal and lived up to the hype for sure. I bought 18 bottles at 16.99 a 6. It's still fanatastic. I will say the draft was better. It may be because it was my first taste of it, though. I also can't compare to other years, but I have had some fine IPA's, and HS stand up to them, imo.
     
  33. ChitownSpartan

    ChitownSpartan Feb 25, 2013 Michigan

    Bells most certainly makes 4 packs. Case in point... Bells Black Note Stout.

    Also if you enjoyed Hopslam, try Greenbush Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA. It is 112 IBUs so talk about a hop bomb. It is also brewed with honey and in my opinion quite a bit better than Hopslam. And its less well known, so more fun to bust out at your next tasting party.

    Enjoy :)
     
  34. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    No,
    Bells doesn't make 4 packs of Hopslam.
     
  35. legend8706

    legend8706 Oct 31, 2012 Virginia

    Was lucky enough to try a Firkin of Hopslam on Friday at a local bar and wow it was delicious! Just an amazing ale either way!
     
  36. DinoFight

    DinoFight Jan 23, 2013 Arizona

    Am I a bad person for making Hopslam beer brats? If so oh well, made some yesterday and man it makes some good brats. Still have some bottles that I got from the beginning of February and haven't yet noticed the quick hop drop of some people have mentioned. Still one of my favorite special release beers.
     
  37. kdb150

    kdb150 Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Comments like this are funny. Of course it is lacking in complexity, it's a freakin DIPA! Heady is the only DIPA I've had that can properly be said to have complexity. The rest may hit a few different flavor notes of hops, but that is worlds away from "complexity" the way I think of it when it comes to beer, wine, or spirits.
     
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  38. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    I had a 1/3/2013 batch on Saturday and the hop / freshness had diminished significantly.

    Plan on drinking a lot of GL Alchemy Hour DIPA over the next few weeks while that's super fresh. Mosiac piney / spicyness FTW!!
     
  39. tstigz

    tstigz Dec 6, 2010 Illinois

    It is a little more Maltslam this year and less Hopslam compared to other years, but it's still great and I don't regret buying a case.
     
  40. Brenden

    Brenden Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    This is because it doesn't change from one year to the next in any way whatsoever. Psychology is a funny thing, I guess?
     
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