Bell's Hopslam (2014)

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  1. Greenbuckeye

    Greenbuckeye Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 Ohio

    FYI.... 1/10 is what I am drinking tonight!
     
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  2. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    I got one six pack this year so far and I'm down to one that I'm saving for a special occasion next week. This beer is still phenomenal. I did a side by side with Lagunitas Sucks the other night (because that beer seems to get a particular amount of appreciation) and it wasn't even close. It was like Muhammad Ali versus Charlie Brown. From the first sip to the last, Hopslam won on every front.

    I know a place where I can drink it on draft and I'm still considering going to have one tonight. Also I'm really hoping for a new shipment to come around the area so I score some more.
     
  3. Biff_Tannen

    Biff_Tannen Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2013 Missouri

    Drinking my first one of 2014 right now. So so good
     
  4. Wylde

    Wylde Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2008 Ohio

    Actually I did email them and got a response fairly quick. Unfortunately though, they dont do any nutritional calculations on any of their beers. All he could tell me was how many calories they estimate it be and that most of the calories come from the alcohol.
     
  5. mesatrin

    mesatrin Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Jan 20th for PA. I will need to start looking around
     
  6. j0elanz

    j0elanz Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New York

    Anyone see this stuff popping up yet in South Florida? I heard first week of February for Total Wine (Pinecrest), but looking for an alternative source.
     
  7. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (221) May 30, 2010 Michigan

    That kinda sucks, thought they would have that info available. sorry.
     
  8. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    Picked up a case today that was bottled on 1/11/14!! Talk about fresh.
     
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  9. A2HB

    A2HB Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2013 Michigan

    Drinking a 12/20 now. I can tell you guys that are getting the fresher batches, let it sit a few weeks and the hops become much more pronounced. The first one I drank had much more citrus to it but now I'm getting bitter hops and that delicious honey finish more so than the citrus. This is one of the best beers I've ever had! Which isn't saying much considering I've only been drinking craft beer for about 8 months but still, I know good beer when I drink it and this is good beer
     
  10. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (6,462) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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    Picked up a sixer of 1/10 yesterday, drank it that night. It tastes just the same as it did last year- which is very good.

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  11. JDizzle

    JDizzle Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 Indiana

    I just drank a Victory Hop Ranch right before popping the first Hopslam of the year.... huge mistake. The Hopslam taste like a muted watered down DIPA, with little to no "HOP"slam. Dammit!
     
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  12. drmcleod10

    drmcleod10 Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2013 Missouri

    I've been cracking the 12/27's delicious. Had 3 on draft last night and ver similar, not sure how fresh the keg was either way both delicious.
     
  13. VanBeer

    VanBeer Initiate (159) Apr 9, 2007 Indiana

    Did you drink the whole sixer in one sitting? Just picked up a 1/10 batch. The first one I've seen this year. Very floral.
     
  14. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (6,462) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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    Er. Nice catch. Drank the first one in the sixer last night.
     
  15. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,841) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Dig the Portsmouth Brewery glass!
     
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  16. VanBeer

    VanBeer Initiate (159) Apr 9, 2007 Indiana

    I love Victory. Where did you get the Hop Ranch?
     
  17. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,178) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Got my Hopslam sixer today at lunch....bottled 1/11....11 days ago...damn that's fresh brew!

    Drinking my first one now....freakin' tasty as I remember......yum

    Sure wish this beer did not cost $17.99 / six, would love to get some more!
     
  18. JDizzle

    JDizzle Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 Indiana

    Jungle Jims in Cincinnati. I travel there for work. What a Kick Ass place!! They had Black Ops just sitting around as if it was normal. Having an Ithaca Flower Power IPA right now and it's $$$.
     
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  19. stbroome

    stbroome Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2007 Minnesota

    I was at the same fight last night and witnessed a far different outcome. I thought Sucks mastered the duck and weave and fought back with vicious body-blows. Hopslam came out as a former undisputed champ, realing after a brutal loss to Heady Topper and continued to show his age. Sucks was thinner and quicker to the palate and definately demonstrated his training in tropical notes, where Hopslam relied on more of a malt backbone while being winded on the ropes.

    The world of beer boxing is always exciting and every match is worth the price of admission. Next weekend Surly's Abrasive may be ready for a few rounds with Hopslam.
     
  20. stbroome

    stbroome Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2007 Minnesota

    My case was bottled on 1/11. It's already WAAAAAY past it's prime. :grinning: I like my DIPAs more into the future.
     
  21. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Aspirant (267) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    FWIW, I find Sucks more comparable to Enjoy By than Hopslam.
     
  22. Biff_Tannen

    Biff_Tannen Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2013 Missouri

    :confused:
     
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  23. henrichsj

    henrichsj Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2013 Iowa

    Anyone in Cedar Falls willing to part with a bottle? I will pay you well! Liquor store got it in at 1:30 this afternoon and all 11 cases were gone by 3:30 pm. I missed the boat and am not happy!!!
     
  24. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    On freshness, I am thinking this beer will still be 90% what you would expect it to be after 2 months for sure if kept cold.
     
  25. Danmullens1

    Danmullens1 Poo-Bah (1,501) Mar 24, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Where in Wisconsin.
     
  26. Danmullens1

    Danmullens1 Poo-Bah (1,501) Mar 24, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Where in Wisconsin? Gotta get some.
     
  27. core42

    core42 Zealot (557) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Maybe my palate sucks but, in the past, I've had 3-4 month old Hopslam & been very happy with it. Even 6 month was good but not AS good & 1 yr Hopslam was different but still tasty to me
     
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  28. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,965) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    Star Liquor in Ashland
     
  29. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I agree! I hate the "dump the 2 month old IPA" discussions. I have had Zombie Dust that is over 6 months old and it rocked. I am going to age a few bottles of Enjoy By at 3, 4, & 5 months just to see what happens. My assumption, very little will happen and it will still rock.
     
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  30. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (6,462) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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    Had no problem finding it in Madison- the Metcalfe's at Hilldale just had it sitting there for $16.50 a 6pack. And I know other places have had it for a few days.
     
  31. JasonR1975

    JasonR1975 Zealot (572) Jun 11, 2013 Michigan
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    Agree, took a little heat for admitting to buying some on clearance Memorial weekend last year, $10.99/6. Six month old Hopslam is still better than 95% of the IPA available on your shelf at any given time.
     
  32. Theogre83

    Theogre83 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2013 Kansas

    Hopslam to be released tomorrow (1/24) in KCMO.
     
  33. jroberts8811

    jroberts8811 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 Missouri

    yep. second that.
     
  34. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (746) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    Funny, I find Hop Stoopid more comparable to Enjoy By than Sucks.
     
  35. imtroy703

    imtroy703 Devotee (421) Nov 13, 2009 Virginia
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    HAven't seen it yet. Not at Cardinal Liquors in IL nor Woodmans in Kenosha.
     
  36. Justdoit1234

    Justdoit1234 Defender (672) Jan 24, 2014 Minnesota
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    Come over the border! Haskells has it for $1599!
     
  37. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    Yeah, I came here to post that. I've seen a few different stores that will be getting it tomorrow for sure. Hopefully the truck-chasers don't get it all. I just want one 4-pk and I'll be a happy man.
     
  38. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    It's true that Sucks came out as the leaner and youthful contender that had given it a decent odds ratio among the bookkeepers, even against an established favorite in Hopslam. However it was not to it's advantage against the formidable malt backbone which supplanted a flurry of flavor punches that ended the event with a signature sweetness for the supporting crowd.

    Currently experiencing the match up between 'Slam and Kuhnhenn's DRIPA. It appears to be more of an even struggle for the reigning champion, although DRIPA has exposed some lack of preparation in allowing a pronounced alcohol stomach to be openly exposed.
     
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  39. core42

    core42 Zealot (557) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Man that's nice, leaving 2 bottles behind for someone else
     
  40. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (588) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    A handful of years ago you could grab a pint after pint on draft at Quotations in Media. My how the times have changed.
     
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