Bell's Hopslam 2016

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  1. YoudownwithABV

    YoudownwithABV Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2013 Tennessee

    It's available in the Memphis market as of 02/09/16.
     
  2. lionelhutz23

    lionelhutz23 Initiate (126) Jul 21, 2014 Florida

    Picked up a 6 pack. I just don't love this beer anymore. Still perfectly good as long as you know you're getting a booze, sweet and malty IPA.
     
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  3. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    On the other side of the coin, I've traded for some NE beers over the past 6-9 months and have the complete opposite opinion. I don't think they're bad, but I don't see them being any better than what I'm already drinking around here (and don't have to pay shipping for). But, that is what makes it so great - different stuff out there for everybody.
     
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  4. DesMoinesMike

    DesMoinesMike Crusader (781) Mar 23, 2008 Iowa

    Arrived in Des Moines yesterday, 20.99 a sixer. To be honest this batch was a letdown. Almost no nose or hop profile. It was canned 2/2 so it's still fresh. I'm considering taking the other 5 cans back to the store.
     
  5. bigbadwanger

    bigbadwanger Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2015 Iowa

    not worth the $.
     
  6. red94tt

    red94tt Disciple (358) Nov 27, 2008 Michigan
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    Different strokes for different folks I guess. Limited availability and a high overall rating will result in that. I mean look at you....you recently waited 5+ hours in line for a brew that fits a similar description: Hazel's Nuts
     
  7. Breaking_Beard

    Breaking_Beard Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Michigan

    I understand where you are coming from, but Hopslam is a widely distributed and easily available beer that can be found on the shelf over the period of a month or so, Hazel's nuts is a brewery only release that sold out in a few hours. I would not call those similar descriptions. This year's run of Hopslam likely exceeded the total output of Oddside for an entire year.
     
  8. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Bought a sixer last week - $16.99, I believe. I only managed to score two bottles last year and none the year before that, so my history with Hopslam doesn't go too far back, but I think this year's beer is really, really nice. Yes, you have to know what you're getting into. A classic Midwest DIPA: high alcohol, good amount of malt sweetness, more East Coasty in terms of the flavor, and not a ton of hop bitterness. That said, I think it's a wonderful beer and worth the dough once a year. I'll happily be enjoying my last few cans.
     
  9. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,273) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'll probably pass on Hopslam this year unless a few cans show up in the singles cooler. I doubt that'll happen.
     
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  10. red94tt

    red94tt Disciple (358) Nov 27, 2008 Michigan
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    Yea, I don't think Hopslam is distributed in a quantity that allows it to sit in most places for a month or so. One of my local stores sold out of HS in 20 minutes, the other in an hour.

    The amount that Bells sends out dwarfs what Oddside did with Hazel's, you are correct, but it's also spread to a much larger footprint than just the one city that Oddside resides in (for their brewery only release). Quantities of production aside, they are both only offered for a small/short window and they have a high demand/large following so yes, I would still refer to it as a similar (not exact) situation.
     
  11. phishgator

    phishgator Defender (634) Jul 1, 2005 Florida

    It showed up in SWFL this morning. Fort Myers Total Wine and More and also at the ABC Liquors south US 41.
     
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  12. Uconnelmo

    Uconnelmo Zealot (531) Jan 2, 2015 Connecticut
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    What have you had a chance to try?
     
  13. Adenn1

    Adenn1 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting and Weis Market in East Norriton each had a case or two arrive yesterday. At $24 for a six pack I will pass...it's good...but too many other DIPA's out there for much less and just as good.
     
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  14. runondirt

    runondirt Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2015 New Jersey

    not bad at all. not as malty as some. actually great nose imo. definitely overpriced at 4.50 a can tho compared to what else i can get around here for less.
     
  15. PuckIt

    PuckIt Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Available in pittsburgh, $16-$18 for a sixer...fairly limited and going fast.
     
  16. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,136) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    Manager at a Total Wine let me open a 6 pack and grab a couple singles....worth a shot, maybe?
     
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  17. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I've had Heady, SoS (and their session version), and Lights On. I think I got a couple others in trades, too, but can't recall. I think I've learned with beers like these, it's just not worth the shipping, etc. with trading for them, when there is beer just as good IMO nearby.
     
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  18. cello

    cello Initiate (81) Oct 17, 2013 Pennsylvania

    picked it up at a local distributor that has to purchase through Shangy's in the Lehigh Valley area. PA pricing tends to suck. I believe his cost was $70.
     
  19. Uconnelmo

    Uconnelmo Zealot (531) Jan 2, 2015 Connecticut
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    lights on is probably one of my least favorite from treehouse, heady is pretty overrated as well imo sip of sunshine is a great beer but not after a month old.
    We will have to get some better treehouse,trillium,hill farmstead, out to ya
     
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  20. Tbone2131

    Tbone2131 Disciple (338) Nov 17, 2014 Connecticut

    Deccicos in Brewster, NY. $20 and going quick.
     
  21. aleckpa

    aleckpa Zealot (558) Dec 20, 2010 North Carolina
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    I surprisingly just picked up some in Hickory, NC at Lowes Foods for $16.99.
     
  22. shawn14526

    shawn14526 Initiate (108) Dec 11, 2009 New York
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    10 cases still sitting on the floor as of today here in Rochester, NY. Been here a week, they've probably sold 3 cases so far. Maybe.
    [​IMG]
     
  23. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,376) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Picked up a single, excited to try it.
     
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  24. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    I scored a six pack. It was "okay" at best, sure not going out of my way for more. Much rather have the Nugget Nectar sitting next to the 'Slam. And much cheaper in price.
     
  25. Wiskey_33

    Wiskey_33 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2014 Georgia

    Drank a sixer with some buddies last weekend in GA.

    Meh. I buy it each year for the novelty. I'd never wait in a line or pay a ridiculous price for it. Plenty of beers I can get year round that are better. Tropicalia to name one.
     
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  26. JimmyNguyen

    JimmyNguyen Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2015 California

    Hopslam is slowly popping up in California this week. Bought 2 cans (that was the limit) @ about $5/can on Monday the 8th.. just saw 2 local pubs posting hopslam on tap today.
     
  27. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I find a comparison of Tropicalia and Hopslam to be a tough one to make, with Tropicalia being an IPA and Hopslam DIPA. Just too different - I love them both, and have been drinking both over this week. I did have Ghost in the Machine and Hopslam back to back, and preferred the Hopslam.
     
  28. Wiskey_33

    Wiskey_33 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2014 Georgia

    I see what you're saying, but the fact is that people still freak out over a beer that's mediocre at best at the end of the day. Too many options out there that I don't have to pay up charges for due to demand. I'll take a Hop Stoopid over a Hopslam more times than not.
     
  29. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    It's just different opinions and taste buds, that's all - we all probably know of beers that we don't understand why people line up for or put forth a big effort to get. I love the beer, but am completely fine with people not digging - sometimes I wish more people wouldn't like it so I could get it a bit easier! I gave a buddy a can of it during the Super Bowl, and it wasn't his style...then I gave him a Tropicalia and that was more of what he was looking for.
     
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  30. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,273) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'll give it a try. The store where I bought it last year kept their stock under the counter, handing them out a sixer at a time (limit 1, on request). They probably won't split them up, but it's worth checking out.
     
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  31. BaseballNBeer

    BaseballNBeer Initiate (114) Apr 22, 2015 Michigan
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    A lot of dick-swinging in this thread as of late. Plenty of people coming here to proclaim victory over Hypeslam for another year. The truth is that Hopslam is a very limited release with a premium cost. That seems to sway way too many peoples' opinions on each side of the beer. Why people want to constantly compare it to the new kid on the block or the next door neighbor and declare Hopslam to be a faded legend is beyond me. Just drink what you like. A beer isn't better or worse because of where it's from or how rare it is and no one's better for liking something else or not liking Hopslam.
     
  32. Jdiggity

    Jdiggity Initiate (35) Jan 24, 2016 Florida

    It is in SW Florida and I imagine the rest of the state. It's no limit and stocked at Total Wine. Just a stack on a pallette on the sales floor. The rep I know said that there are 50 cases at my local TW. Time to head out and get some if you are in FL. I got a sixer for myself last night and one for my neighbor...Spread the love.
     
  33. rdoggg

    rdoggg Devotee (426) Sep 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Lehigh valley. Wegmans. Similar distributor pricing as well. Singles available at bottle shops.
     
  34. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (721) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Thanks
     
  35. David_Deas

    David_Deas Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 North Carolina

    I agree its not a wondrous IPA, but Hopslam is not mediocre either. Thats too harsh.

    In the land of extreme IPA's, which is where the landscape is shifting, it doesn't offer much of any satisfaction for people seeking to have their jaw broken with every sip. But for regular people who just want a good IPA it offers one of the most approachable takes on the style you will find anywhere, imo.
     
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  36. glass_house

    glass_house Zealot (576) Jan 10, 2014 Ohio
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    Geez, I'll consider myself lucky that I live close to the Pittsburgh area Whole Foods. Grabbed a sixer for $16.99. Any more than that and I'd probably pass. Also grabbed a six of Nugget Nectar for $11.99. While I do enjoy Hopslam, NN is also fantastic. Yes, they're different, but NN satisfies my hop craving equally as well and is the better value by a mile.
     
  37. phreshbeer

    phreshbeer Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2010 New York

    swiftway beer on long island has it. also grimm lambo.
     
  38. vileplume

    vileplume Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2015 Arizona

    I thought it was good this year, if maybe a little thin. Had em out of a teku, i'll try one straight from the can. Also the dude wanting to take them back to the store can just send em my way, this is one beer i refuse to let my snobby palate ruin. Its still what it is, a hot boozy dipa with all-star hops, none of these new oddballs that taste like herbs n spices.
     
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  39. Qwest_35

    Qwest_35 Initiate (153) Feb 4, 2013 Florida

    I'm actually really digging this years batch! Drinking one now actually, no complaints from me..
     
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  40. tpop

    tpop Initiate (92) Apr 17, 2010 Arizona

    Scottsdale, AZ TW had them on the floor today @ $19.99/6. Grabbed a few for myself & to send to some buddies w/o distribution...
     
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