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Bell’s Hopslam

Style: Double IPA (winter seasonal)
Brewery: Bell’s (www.bellsbeer.com)
Package: Bottle into Pint Glass
ABV: 10%
Gravity: 1.087
IBU: Unkown (But crazy high)
Location: Citywide Liquors (Downtown South Bend)

Aroma: Plenty of hops, very floral with hints of sweet honey. Very slight citrus aroma from the hops.

Appearance: Dark honey colored, slightly reddish. A thick and bubbly white head.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Great tasting beer, definitely one for fellow hopheads. Although it hits 10% ABV, there is only a slight alcohol warmth towards the end of a sip. This is certainly not a session beer, but something to be enjoyed on occasion.

Notes: Another great beer from this Kalamazoo area brewery. Although this is an extremely hoppy beer (Didn’t you notice the name?), it’s balanced out with the sweetness of honey to the point that non-hop lovers might even enjoy this. If you are someone who is accustomed to drinking pilsner, or any beer with the word “lite” in it and rarely stray into the world of craft beer, this is probably not for you. In fact, please don’t buy it, save it for me! However if you insist on diminishing the local supply, you can find it currently at the downtown South Bend Citywide Liquors. Feel free to post a comment with other locations you have seen this!

Food Pairing: Spicy and/or fried food goes great with this, and many other IPA’s. Other ideas include chinese, pizza, burgers, etc.

Grade: A+

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