Samplesode 14: Beer Wars; Hopslam vs Sucks

IMG_1486There is just too much beer in the world to only taste twice a month. In the spirit of more is better the Blind Tiger podcast team has decided to add samplesodes to the podcast lineup. These mini-episodes will feature only tastings of hopefully unique or exotic beer, often on location to keep your Blind Tiger intake at a more regular interval.

This week the Blind Tiger crew got together to pit two amazing beers in single combat.  “Two beer enter, no beer leaves!  (We drink them all!)”  It is that time of the season for two great winter beers to hit our central Pennsylvania market and we were lucky enough to get our hands on both.  We are talking about two highly prized, highly rated, and highly sought after beers; Lagunitas Sucks and Bell’s Hopslam.

Beer 1: Lagunitas Sucks

The first beer up is Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Sucks.  This beer has a bit of an interesting back story which makes its appeal all the more alluring.  The beer is lighter in ABV for a Imperial IPA with an ABV of only 7.85%.  While it may be surprisingly sweet for a traditional double ipa that normally favor a strong hop bitterness, those who know this beer was a replacement for Lagunitas seasonal Brown Sugga’ shouldn’t be surprised that a little of the brown sugar sweetness made its way into this remarkable beer.  It has a respectable 63 IBUs but won’t leave your mouth destroyed by hops.

Beer 2: Bell’s Hopslam

The final beer up for tasting is Bell’s Hopslam.  While there isn’t a quirky back story to the creation of this beer it doesn’t take away from the taste of the beer at all.  This double IPA is brutal in just about every aspect a beer can be.  It is a big, mouthy beer with a biting bitterness and a brutal 10% ABV.  It is a winter seasonal from Bells and uses six different varieties of hops added to the brew kettle and a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops to make this a bitter DIPA with a hint of citric grapefruit.  An amazing beer that our region goes crazy trying to find in mass quantity.

We hope you enjoyed listening to our battle royale (with cheese!) between these two amazing double IPAs.  I was surprised to find a unanimous decision as to which was the better beer.  This was the first time Mike got to try hopslam and getting his unbiased opinion on the matter was certainly an interesting look at this very well rated beer.

If you are looking for Hopslam in our area bottle sales have been vicious with most places selling out in hours.  If you really want a taste of this amazing beer, head to the Fridge on Sunday.  They have two kegs they are tapping at noon for hop heads to gather before the Super Bowl.  Don’t miss out.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about which you think is the better beer.

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