Bell's Hopslam (2014)

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  1. jaltland

    jaltland Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I've been getting the run-around from a lot of the bottle shops in my area. The manager of the Giant Food Store beer annex says "we don't carry that" and then "we got it last year and it sold fast but we probably won't get any this year". Other bottle shops play the cryptic mind games with me. I've even had one person laugh at me. My case store sounds like it will only get 1 case and they say 28th or maybe into February. I've found my patience wearing thin. Anyone know when it's going to hit Pennsylvania? I seriously would love to just try this beer once without having a damn HA. HA = heart attack.
     
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  2. Willcook

    Willcook Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2014 Illinois

    It is delicious.
     
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  3. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    I have several cases. :wink:
     
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  4. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    Haha, whoops. Never gotten my hands on it before, and I just assumed it came in 4-packs like so many other limited/seasonal release 12 oz bottles do these days.

    (but honestly, if I got 4 bottles I'd be just as happy--I'll probably end up sending a couple to friends of mine out West anyway)
     
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  5. Fluffheady

    Fluffheady Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    I've had a bunch of them already! It might not be the best beer I've ever had but DAMN it's dangerous. 10% with unbelievable balance. So, when you're drinking it, you're like 'this is pretty good' but it doesn't change your life. When you realize the ABV and how much skill it takes to balance that, just, WOW.
     
  6. Barbiasz72

    Barbiasz72 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2013 Florida

    Anyone know when we can expect it to hit Florida? I'm dying to pick up a 6 pack
     
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  7. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (835) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Still haven't seen any in IL...well, I know certain stores have gotten it near me but I haven't come across any yet
     
  8. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    Picking mine up tonight! Gonna make an Expedition/Hopslam black & tan! I'm not bluffing! Keep an eye on the 'What Beer are you Drinking Now' thread!
     
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  9. norcalhophead

    norcalhophead Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2010 Wisconsin

    Hopslam has landed in Milwaukee - Ray's Wine & Spirits in Wauwatosa

    $17.99 6-pk / $69.99 a case

    Bottling Date is 1/16/14
     
  10. TonyJ815

    TonyJ815 Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2013 Florida

    Pensacola hasn't seen any yet... well bottles that is. I think we got some tapped at least at one bottle shop/restaurant in town, but that's it I believe.
     
  11. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (2,017) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Apparently you can pick it up today and probably tomorrow at Shangys, located in Emmaus PA. They will sell you 1 case.
     
  12. core42

    core42 Zealot (557) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Bell's has sold that at the Brewery before, it's called an X-Slam. I had it at the Roll Out The Barrel party there & it's pretty good but left me wanting. It could be that there were just so many amazing barrel beers there that X-Slam didn't have a chance to stand out
     
  13. ERRL710

    ERRL710 Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Illinois

    All Binnys have sold out of two separate shipments already.... :/ sorry man
     
  14. DevilDog0331

    DevilDog0331 Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2008 Illinois

    This is false, Bolingbrook Binny's is releasing theirs tonight at 6PM and Plainfield Binny's has not gotten theirs yet.

    Downers Grove and Naperville got their one shipment thus far last week and both sold out same day.
     
  15. arlingtonjoe

    arlingtonjoe Devotee (448) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois
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    Binnys buffalo grove sold 30+ cases in a little over an hour yesterday and they started selling at open.
     
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  16. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    As of Noon, Mike's in Waldo (Kansas City) had a couple cases left.
     
  17. ERRL710

    ERRL710 Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Illinois


    EDIT: Chicago Binnys. Haha, and im not even sure if thats true. Just what I was told by a Binnys rep.
     
  18. DevinK

    DevinK Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2013 Connecticut

    Anyone find this in NY yet?
     
  19. GotWad629

    GotWad629 Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2010 New York

    anyone seen in NY? Specifically the Syracuse area?
     
  20. BBAVUSO21

    BBAVUSO21 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013 New York

    was gonna ask the same thing. havent seen it in NY yet
     
  21. Halluxone

    Halluxone Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Georgia

    Georgia peeps, any sightings?
     
  22. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    Hey was the stout on top? I was just trying to look up some B&T stuff online and everything is guinness related so the stout's always on top. Now's I'm scared to screw it up since I figured the stout would get poured first. Any suggestions?
     
  23. core42

    core42 Zealot (557) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    I actually take that back it wasn't Black & Tan style it was mixed together as an Imperial Black IPA
     
  24. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    Hey that sounds good too!
     
  25. kcp85

    kcp85 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2012 Missouri

    Closest I got was an empty box at the liquor store. No dice for me but I did pick up some Palate Wrecker. Will have to do for this year.
     
  26. Adirondack47

    Adirondack47 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2013 New York

    A little bird landed on my shoulder this morning and told me that it will be arriving at the distributor next week and should first see shelves on 2/3 in what I'm told is very, very limited supply. Price point is supposed to be $19.99/6 pack.
     
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  27. JRBecks

    JRBecks Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    This sounds great, let me know how it turns out!
     
  28. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (649) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio

    got lucky found two bottles today a store happen to have sitting. should be interesting
     
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  29. mbrasi

    mbrasi Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2008 Ohio

    Try Speedway stout and hopslam, I love fresh hopslam but after a couple weeks I like to start mixing it.

    I call it SpeedSlam.

    It mixes like an imperial black IPA, and it's awesome.
     
  30. metaltff

    metaltff Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Kansas

    Picked up a 6pk today, can't wait to try
     
  31. BEERschlitz

    BEERschlitz Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2013 Michigan

    Palate Wrecker = better than Hopslam anyway
     
  32. BEERschlitz

    BEERschlitz Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2013 Michigan

    Guy must have bought his 4 pk
     
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  33. snaotheus

    snaotheus Poo-Bah (6,276) Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    Hopslam is a beer I'd written off. I expected to never get a chance to try, since Bell's doesn't distribute out here and I never happen to be in Chicago at the right time.

    But, my in-laws (who don't give a shit about beer, but happen to be crazy shoppers) managed to track down a couple sixers for me. They'll fly here in a couple weeks for my daughter's third birthday...and I'll get to try Hopslam.

    I'll tell you, I'm really excited.
     
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  34. IroquoisPlisken

    IroquoisPlisken Initiate (0) May 21, 2013 Ohio

    I picked up a 6 pack bottled on 1/11. I drank the first two one night and thought it was really good but maybe not as good as the Sucks that's also in my fridge. I had my third bottle a few days later and it absolutely stunned me. It was spectacular. Why is that? They were nearly different experiences.
     
  35. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (12,258) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Showed up in SW Missouri today, have at it truck chasers....
     
  36. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,841) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Oh, a couple of weeks from now? Don't bother, the hops will have faded by then. Just kidding!
     
  37. core42

    core42 Zealot (557) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Your palate. So many things can influence it & cause subtle (or more noticeable) differences every time you drink one
     
  38. TheRemyLeabeau

    TheRemyLeabeau Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 Ohio

    Dude it is scary how much I agree with you. I have recently gotten my gf into IPAs and craft beer (I know spec-fucking-tacular amirite?) and we agreed Sucks just blew it away this year. But then, a couple days later, which was Wednesday, it blew my mind and I ended up drinkin like 4 of em lol. Yeah that's hilarious man I am right there with you. Especially because I don't care what people say, I adamantly believe IPAs are only good fresh. I respect everyone's opinion but mine is that most IPAs (especially singles) are a drain pour after a month. Some can last maybe 5-6 weeks max. Headhunter within a week of it being bottled is my favorite IPA but after 3-4 weeks it's so damn bitter that it's undrinkable IMO. So it's weird that Hopslam seemed to taste better a few days later. Probably just all in my head!
     
  39. TheRemyLeabeau

    TheRemyLeabeau Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 Ohio

    I know everyone will thread bully me but I swear you guys I have no idea how Hopslam held up after 6 months or better yet a year! Did you guys cellar it or something? I was under the impression it has to be refrigerated and I tried it after 6 months, 9 months, then a year and it got worse and worse. I kept it refrigerated the whole time, after a year it tasted like a wine attacking an IPA in a death match. Sorry few beers deep :wink:
     
  40. brewdlyhooked13

    brewdlyhooked13 Poo-Bah (3,982) Oct 7, 2002 Ohio
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    Cock and Bull in Hyde Park is having a Hopslam tapping at 6:00 PM Thursday, serving them up in Hopslam glasses that your get to keep. Probably won't get there in time, so more for you!! :-)
     
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