brewed by Bell's Brewery - Kalamazoo, Michigan
with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle &
culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's
Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the
Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic
qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent
blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt
bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep
the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition
of the Double India Pale Ale style.
Beer Review by
Appearance - Pours a nice bright burnt orange colored body with some
semi-clarity and one and a half fingers of thick soapy off-white
head. Scattered lacing. Looks very nice.
Aroma - Smell is of fresh and floral hops. Grapefruit, mango,
oranges. Some honeyed biscuit malts buried in the back end. A touch
soapy. Smells fresh and juicy.
Taste - Taste is especially delicious. Smooth, creamy, juicy, and
best of all, fresh tasting. The thing has the drinkability of a
glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Grapefruit, orange /
tangerine, pine, honeyed biscuit malts.
Mouthfeel - Feel is smooth, creamy, and juicy. Bitter and resinous
on the palate for a good long while, but never does it become too
much. Medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.
Overall - A wonderful IPA, especially when you can catch it fresh,
so there is no wonder that this beer is as highly renowned as it is.
The honey adds a nice distinctive touch to an already delicious
beer. The high 10.00% abv isn't noticeable in the least. One of the
better DIPA's I've had in a long time.
Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and
a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we've grown into a regional
craft brewery that employs more than 100 people over an 18 state
area. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft
beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew
over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch
beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo. Our ongoing goal is
to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to
bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers
through our unique ales and beers.
The Eccentric Cafe
On June 11, 1993, Bell's Brewery, Inc. became the first Michigan
brewery to serve beer by the glass to the public. The Eccentric Cafe
offers customers a chance to taste many of our well known beers, as
well as small batch brews that are not distributed outside of the
pub. Visitors enjoy its warm atmosphere and spacious beer garden.
The Eccentric Cafe also features interesting food, an extensive
collection of art and ephemera, and live music Thursdays through
Saturdays. The Eccentric Cafe's entertainment schedule can be found
here or by calling 269-382-2332.
The Eccentric Cafe underwent a significant expansion and officially
reopened March 28, 2011. The core of the $3 million project is a
new, dedicated music venue in what used to be a warehouse and now
hosts musicians from across the country. Eight additional tap
handles were added, bringing our current draft selection to 20. The
restrooms were expanded and additional seating options were also
part of the renovations in addition to a transformed Beer Garden,
new patio and a new entry way.