Today I was called upon by my company to assist another clinical engineer at the hospital in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. It is a bit of a drive, around two hours to be exact, but it always excites me due to the fact that there is a trip to Beverage World in my future. This also makes SnobRob a happy camper. If you live around Chattavegas you need to visit this place. They literally have hundreds of different beers for sale by the bottle (create a sixer), by the six pack and a few dozen specialty 20oz bottles. The selection is top notch.
Today I happened by Bell’s Hopslam. I have long been a fan of Bell’s Brewery since my first taste of Two Hearted Ale. I recently visited Bearden Beer Market for a small purchase and grabbed a few of the New Belgium Brewery glasses. They are the perfect size and shape to enhance the flavors/aromas and they even have laser etching in the inside bottom to cause micro bubbles to rise to the surface giving you a great aroma.
Now for the snobopsys. From the first yellow/orangish pour I literally can taste the hops just from the aroma alone. Bell’s uses six different hop additions as well as dry hopping with Simcone hops at the finish. You get a huge floral and spicy citrus aroma with a bit of an alcohol nose from the 10% abv. This beer has great body and the taste is fantastic. The hops come through strong but there is a perfect malty backbone to compliment the copious amount of hops. To finish off your palate you get a nice sweetness from the honey with just a little bitterness at the end that lasts for a few minuets or so.
Final snobs: Perfect balance between huge hop aroma and flavor with a perfect amount of malts and sweetness derived from the honey addition. If you don’t like this double IPA, I’ll be very surprised. This beer is friggin’ good folks.