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Bell's Brewery: Bell's Hopslam

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 02, 2012 7:20 AM

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Coming to us from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Mich., this week's Beer of the Week is Bell's Hopslam.

The brew is a well-balanced India Pale Ale. It is a "double" or "imperial" IPA because of its high alcohol content, which is exactly 10 percent.

Hopslam features an aroma that matches the taste. Drinkers will notice a fruity aroma, and those with a keen nose will pick up a blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and different floral notes.

To balance the fruitiness of the beer, the brewers at Bell's add a good amount of malt and a dollop of honey; the combination makes for a mildly sweet body.

This beer is best served by itself, said Joe Hotek of John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St.

The Bell's Hopslam is a rare brew — it is only released once a year. And today is the day.

According to Bell's, this beer has a six-month shelf life. So go out and buy 183 six-packs in order to have one per day through Aug. 2.

And while you're out, you'll probably need to buy a shelf that can hold 1,098 bottles, too.

Cheers.

— by Jordan Montgomery


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