First hopslam experience

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I decided to pick up a six pack of Hopslam this afternoon. I had seen it on the menu at a local restaurant we frequent, but they were always sold out. Most expensive six pack I've purchased $18. But I have to say, it has surprised me. So much flavor and aroma. I'm also pretty lit from the 10% alcohol.

This is definitely something unique. I told SWMBO, I've never had a beer like this before. So floral, so much nose, and that slightly heavy body from just a touch of honey somewhere in there.

I was going to do a kolsch next, but I might try a clone of this as I saw there were threads with some ideas.

Anyone else care to chime in on Hopslam. It is definitely an interesting, and IMO quite worthy brew.
 

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There is a clone thread on here somewhere, a quick search will probably find it, but I'd have to agree, Hopslam is Great. I had it for the first time about 3 weeks ago, Damn! yummy!
 

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Check similar threads at the bottom of the page. I see 3 there right now about the same thing. I do agree, it is a damn fine beer.
 

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I tried it a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed it, but still am not sure why it is soo exclusive/expensive.

I was skeptical at first; I generally do not like double beers, or Imperial yada yada... I think that more often than not they are unbalanced. But this was really good. Very balanced, I was surprised it was 10%. No syrupy-ness about it. Very clean and tasty.

I would give a clone a try too, but I am not anywhere near trying to fabricate a recipe.

Luck. and share your findings.
 

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https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/hopslam-clone-137117/

9 pages of good info for a hopslam clone. The letter from Bells is especially helpful. Good luck and happy brewing.:mug:

Btw, it costs more to make imperial beers so that is one reason why they cost more (especially if they also have huge hop bills and/or need extended aging). Not defending the price but I buy it every year like a lot of people so I guess it's worth it to us.
 

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Hopslam is one of my favorites, any of those combinations of recipes listed will get you in the ballpark if it's not an exact recipe, I'm about to do a second version of it here soon.
 

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Hopslam is another reason Bells is awesome. Its hoppy but fruity and juicy. Only had it once but it was a treat.
 

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I've heard a few people mention they think the hops are a little less pronounced this year. I wonder if there has been a change in equipment since the expansion. I emailed and the response said they haven't changed the recipe.
 

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Had my first last week as well.

It was delightful.

Have one more in the fridge.
 

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I've heard a few people mention they think the hops are a little less pronounced this year. I wonder if there has been a change in equipment since the expansion. I emailed and the response said they haven't changed the recipe.
I'm trying it for my first time, and honestly I would hope something is amiss with this year's. The hops don't pack much of a punch at all in comparison to the sweetness (from the honey I'm guessing) and the alcohol bite. It did get a lot better after letting it warm up and breathe a bit in the glass.
 

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I'm trying it for my first time, and honestly I would hope something is amiss with this year's. The hops don't pack much of a punch at all in comparison to the sweetness (from the honey I'm guessing) and the alcohol bite. It did get a lot better after letting it warm up and breathe a bit in the glass.
To be perfectly honest, Hopslam has always been a bit sweeter and usually pretty smooth compared to a lot of other IIPAs. I didn't perceive the alcohol any stronger than any previous batches, myself. For 10% I think it's very mild.

What I think sets this beer apart is the comparably low amount of bitterness to the massive hop flavor and aroma, which I'm not noticing as much of this year. It was a bit better after letting it warm up a bit, but I never had an issue in previous years.
 

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Gave it a second try tonight, and wow, infinitely better. Still a little sweet for what I was expecting out of a IIPA, but by gosh, the aftertaste is divine. I don't know what I was tasting last night that seemed sharp, it may have been from the fact that I hadn't had a beer for the past two weeks. Definitely gonna have to pace myself on these last four bottles.
 
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