You may know by now that I'm on an IPA kick...and this here IPA is pretty darn delicious.
Bell's Brewery is actually very rarely available in Portland, but they generously swung by last week to drop off a slew of goods at Belmont Station (among other places). Since Bell's is also not available in our home state of Massachusetts either, Z and I jumped on the chance to have some of their beers. And, bonus: a portion of the beers sold at Belmont Station went toward the victims of the Kalamazoo shooting that same week. #awesome
Anyway - here's why this beer rocks:
What: Hopslam by Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Style: Double IPA
Tasting Notes: Grapefruit, a bit of spice, some floral notes on the background, and a ton of hops. This beer is definitely not for those who only kinda-sorta like IPAs. The hop profile is so apparent because it's made by adding six different hop varietals to the brew kettle which is then mixed with a huge dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops. Did I mention it's hoppy?
Pairing Suggestion: As with all IPAs, spicy food would be perfect with this beer. The grapefruit notes and generous hops help cut the heat, while still complementing the flavors of whatever you're eating. I, personally, would love this beer alongside some spicy Indian food.
Where Can I Find It? Here's where to find Hopslam - or any Bell's beer - near you.
Are you an IPA fan? If yes, what's your favorite IPA?