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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

260 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 260
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A "German-style Double IPA" according to Larry Bell.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008)
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Pellinore1

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber, producing two fingers of slowly fading, light straw head.

I smell floral, fruity hops, offset by notes of bread and biscuit. There is a good deal of caramel sweetness here, too, not what I expect from a double IPA.

The flavor presents an interesting balance of hops and malt. Floral, fruity hops seem to come forward first, followed by caramel and biscuit. The finish then leaves a lasting bitterness on the tongue.

This beer drinks quite smoothly, and has some pleasant carbonation. The ABV is quite well hidden.

As plenty of other reviewers have noted, this really doesn't fit the expected profile for a DIPA. I'd be more likely to label it a Strong Ale or Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:28:40 | More by Pellinore1
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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a 10 oz cocktail glass.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly fu sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Earthy, slightly pungent hops. Smells sort of like an amped up Two-Hearted.

T- Taste follows the nose with piney hops and a pronounced bitterness. More citrus notes than in the nose with some grapefruit and lemon coming through.

M- Lingering sharpness with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- If you find Two-Hearted to be too mild, go for this one. While it's not even close to as good as Bell's trophy winners, The Oracle and Hopslam, it packs a powerful hop punch that will tide you over while you wait for the aforementioned beers' release dates.

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Served on tap at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo in a pint glass

A- Nice clear medium-dark amber, darker than Two-hearted, with a nice white head that lingered and stayed surprisingly long throughout.

S- Nice citus and pineapple, and pine with a medium bitterness. Sweet malts help back up the hops.

T- Similar to aroma but with less citrus and more pine with a bigger bitterness than I was expecting. The malty sweetness is still there and makes this a very balanced IPA.

M- Great carbonation and very easy drinking considering the ABV. It's only one point lower than Oracle but it drinks more like Two-hearted.

O- I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and am glad I found it. I was worried it was only distributed to Illinois. I found the hop profile more to my like compared to Two-hearted, I'm just not that into giant floral notes. To me this beer is more similar to Oracle and Hopslam's profile, like if those two had a baby brother, and has more balanced sweetness with the big hops, which is my preference with IPAs. Wish the bottled this stuff for places other than Illinois, I would buy all the time.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.