Hopslam will only be available in cans and on draught in 2016

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by WillHuberm, Sep 22, 2015.

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  1. glass_house

    glass_house Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2014 Ohio

    I've purchased two beers in case quantity over the past 6 months--Two Hearted pounders and Best Brown pounders. Keep up the good work Bell's. More cans!
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  2. markgugs

    markgugs Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey

    I think it's hilarious that people still think a can imparts ANY flavor whatsoever.
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  3. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Pooh-Bah (2,773) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    Great news, imho. 12 oz cans are the best packaging format.
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  4. krl2112

    krl2112 Pooh-Bah (1,620) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I love screw caps as they are the best but synthetic corks work just fine and are actually better long term cellaring as they don't break down like natural corks when opening a bottle.
  5. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Maven (1,324) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    Good. I think ALL beers should be in cans.

    I'd prefer the 16oz cans but 12's are fine
  6. gopens44

    gopens44 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,374) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    I have a 2013 and 2015. I plan on a side by side of the '15 and '16 while probably looking to crack the '13 most any time. Glad to hear that it has become tasty, as I've been hit and miss with aging DIPAs and such. Burton Baton was excellent, 90 Minute was a nightmare. I also have a blasphemous experiment going on - I'm putting a year on a can of Heady.....Hopefully the Department of Beer Welfare and Protective Services does not come to my house and remove it from my custody.
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  7. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    I'm going to petition Bell's to change the packaging for Hopslam to bombers. They can price it at $9 a bottle. So even though the price per ounce nearly doubles, because $9 a bomber is about middle of the pack for bomber pricing, everything will be all good.:rolling_eyes:
  8. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,923) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    but....math is hard:wink:
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  10. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri

    I have one more '14 left. Hoping I can save it until the '16 release. You're right, some DIPA's are hit and miss aging. Hopslam was pretty perfect. As for the Heady, good luck. I would never judge. I've only had it it once or twice. No way it was going to sit around long enough to age lol.
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  11. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Maybe I'll finally get around to trying it this time around.
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  12. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Bombers being outrageously priced still doesn't change $18/sixer being ludicrous as well. I know Bell's can do no wrong though.
  13. riverlen

    riverlen Pundit (766) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    I think the 12 oz can is the perfect size for a 10% abv.

    Generally speaking I like cans because they save space and cans protect the beer better than bottles. I'll tell you something else, draft is simply a giant can. Who doesn't like draft?

    I'm quite surprised to hear that some people have problems with Two Hearted in cans. I buy the bottles when the cans aren't available, otherwise it's cans. I've had bottles and cans side by side, poured into shaker pints, and have found no difference. But that's me.
  14. riverlen

    riverlen Pundit (766) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    Glass is very easy on the environment. In all aspects, manufacturing, recycling and even landfill. Aluminum is resource heavy to manufacture and more resource heavy than glass to recycle. However, aluminum is 100% recyclable, the same aluminum can be recycled until the end of time. It's also less resource heavy to transport because it is a lot lighter than glass. In balance, I don't know if aluminum is just as good as glass on the environment but they are both good materials.
  15. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    No 16oz? WTF?
  16. markgugs

    markgugs Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey

    except that modern cans do not impart ANY flavor to the beer, so...
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  17. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Who cares if its can or bottle. Its a great beer that I have had once. I refuse to pay $20-22 a six pack or $8.50 a bottle at a bar. Not seen it on draft but imagine its $8 a 10 oz pour. Maybe it will be more available and I can get a case for $65 and split it with friends. If not I am ok buying something else from Bells. I really like Cherry stout( Sorry you dont)and Java and Kalamazoo cost less for a case than 2 sixers of Hop Slam

  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    How do "Budlight" cans differ from the "craft" beer cans? In the US (and worldwide), both craft and non-craft brewers use cans from the major manufacturers - Ball, Crown and Rexam, the latter of which is the process of being purchased by Ball. (In fact, ABInBev sold some of their can plants to Ball soon after the merger of the two companies.)
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  19. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Maven (1,324) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    Hey! Get yo' facts OUT OF HERE! :angry::angry::angry::angry::angry::angry::angry::angry:
  20. wdberkley

    wdberkley Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2015 Illinois

    I'm going to catch hell for this one....but Lagunitas makes piss water, so I wouldn't base my opinion anything they say...
  21. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois

    WooHoo, now we can play beer hunter with a proper beer, seriously cans seem to be the way to go for so many different reasons.
    I'm sure that the hop profile will last at least a week in these cans instead of two or three days in the bottles, JK, just wanted to be the first to type that.

    I did see three cases on a garage shelf this morning, eleven sixers just sitting there left from the eight cases I saw earlier this year, almost cried
  22. dsimmons

    dsimmons Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2013 California

    I have no problem with cans, they travel well and have no negative impact on flavor. Hopefully 1/6th keggs will be available as well.
  23. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Maven (1,477) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    All I'm saying is I've never experienced a taste difference in craft cans, but in the past have gotten tinny or metallic taste from some macro cans.
  24. mstrcrwly

    mstrcrwly Pundit (888) Dec 21, 2013 New York

    Fine with me..always drink it as soon as i get it so not a big deal
  25. phillyhops

    phillyhops Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 New Jersey

    Didn't get it until over a month after it was bottled last year so it was a pretty big let down. Hopefully the can can retain a bit more freshness so I can judge the beer accurately this time
  26. jarbraj

    jarbraj Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2014 Georgia

    The people who don't love it are wrong tbh
  27. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,627) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    The price and all of the hoopla continue to amuse me.
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  28. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    Of course they're wrong, but I'd bet the over on 50% of craft drinkers thinking it tastes better out of a bottle. Hell I've seen people rejecting NYFRB and moving on to "coney island" now that it's only in cans. That's a real head scratcher.
  29. jarbraj

    jarbraj Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2014 Georgia

    It's ridiculous. People always say that cans taste metallic but kegs are made of the same material...
  30. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Yea, I'm that guy, it was better 7-8 years ago. Bring back that fruity hoppy monster, not the dank pine version.
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  31. munsonptr

    munsonptr Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Sweet. Now just cross the border over into Mass.....
  32. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Beer cans are made of aluminum with a water-based polymer lining to keep the beer from reacting with the aluminum, kegs are made of stainless steel.
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  33. schramlo

    schramlo Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2014 Michigan

    Damn, I paid 18.49 per sixer from my work, and that's with a 30% margin.
  34. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I don't care if it came in a soup can as long as it came to Connecticut.
  35. Tbone2131

    Tbone2131 Pundit (866) Nov 17, 2014 Connecticut

    Won't stop me from crossing into NY to pick some up!
  36. fmccormi

    fmccormi Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2010 California

    Same here. I've no desire to drink a beer that big in a 16oz container that I can't even put a stopper in (which is the only way I justify opening high-ABV bombers half the time).

    Well, I mean, I've some desire for that. Just not a lot of desire to get that drunk that quickly.
  37. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    Sound great if you can find it. Everybody grabs it and reserves it like its gold. Its a game of luck if you can purchase it.
  38. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Pooh-Bah (1,910) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    The anti-can crew is hilarious. Can you guys do global warming next?
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  39. MadeInTheMitten

    MadeInTheMitten Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2015 Michigan


    A middle finger and a fire-bath to the 300'th customer who asks if we have it in bottles.
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  40. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Grand Pooh-Bah (3,581) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    Very cool. Cans are especially a good idea since they preserve freshness better. Now, if only I actually get some time I'd be happy. :astonished:
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