Ninkasi is the name of the Sumerian goddess of beer and brewing. She was worshipped in what is now Iraq around 3,500 BCE. She was also born of “sparkling fresh water.” to “satisfy the desire” and “sate the heart.” Her name means “The lady who fills the mouth”, and she is our one supernatural link in the divine world of beer. There is a hymn written in her honor by an unknown Sumerian poet on a clay tablet in 1800 BCE that describes an ancient brew made of sprouted barley, sweet aromatics, and honey or dates. I am sure that this brew was amazing, but if you wanted a beer fit to be served to a goddess it might very well be Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan.
Hopslam is a seasonally released Double IPA available from January to February that pours with an inch of off-white colored head. Hopslam has a golden amber/orange color. The hop aroma is more intense and pleasing than any other beer that I have experienced. It has an intoxicating pine & citrus aroma with grapefruit being most prominent citrus fruit in the aroma but also there is also a hint of orange. The grapefruit hits your nose like a freight train unaware of an upcoming railroad crossing. The carbonation is light but just what you’d expect from a IIPA. Right away you taste honey and residual sweetness, although the sip finishes quite dry. Like their website says, “A biting bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam what did you expect?”
I am a huge fan of every beer that I’ve had from Bell’s Brewing Company. If you’ve never had Hopslam I highly suggest that you do. Find out when your local liquor store has it because it goes quickly and buy in quantity because it is worth it. I haven’t ever said that any beer was my absolute favorite, but this one takes that prize. “Bell’s Hopslam is my favorite beer ever!” Praise be to the goddess Ninkasi and Bell’s Brewing Company for giving us Hopslam.
Consumed: Stone Levitation Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy A Keg