Posts Tagged ‘Hopslam’

8, 9, 10, and 11 of 2012.

So, around this time of year the vaunted Hoplsam is released by Bell’s Brewing and we couldn’t be happier. So, once again we purchased a sixer of what I consider to be the best DIPA going, and we ambitiously compared it to three others.

We may have bitten of a bit more than we could chew in terms of alcohol content in this go around, but sometimes you gotta just play through the pain…or the awesome.

Here we’ve got a west coast DIPA that Bob brought back from San Francisco, an “Imperial” IPA I brought back from Buffalo, NY, a DIPA from Charleville Brewing (this one may have been a touch past its prime), and of course, Hopslam.

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Round 2.

It has been a little while since we did our first IPA sampling in our special Hopslam IPA series, and we were ready to get back at it. This time, we chose to compare some local IPA’s to the glorious god of the medium: Boulevard Brewing’s Single Wide IPA and O’Fallon Brewery’s 5 Day IPA and see how they measured up.

IPA’s or India Pale Ales came to be an export variety of Pale Ales to be sent to India. They have a very strong hoppy flavor and very bitter which was meant to survive the trip to India from England. In time domestic demand grew for the export varieties as well. (Source) (Note: Hopslam is a double IPA which is hoppier and has a higher ABV.)

We chose to drink the Hopslam last in this tasting session as not to contaminate the others…but I did find myself wanting to finish to get to the Hopslam…

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The considered.

As many of us know, it’s Hoplsam season! For the past two months, on all the forums I visit, when beer comes up, the inevitable question is when is St. Louis getting Hopslam? Why is St. Louis late getting Hopslam? Where can I get Hopslam? So, with that in mind, we’re doing a four part series in honor of Hopslam.

We are comparing other IPAs to Bell’s Hopslam.  When we went down to the beer fridge to grab some IPAs, we discovered there were far too many to drink all in one go, so we’ve decided to make this into a series. If we taste 10 IPAs in one go…what will we remember???

This will be a slightly altered and more defined direction for this column. We’ll compare IPA’s to IPA’s and such…at least the majority of the time and today, we’re comparing two IPAs to the vaunted Bell’s Hopslam: Abita’s Jockamo and Lagunita’s Hop Stoopid. How did they all fare?

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