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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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292 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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jscheuf

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-14-2014 01:08:14 | More by jscheuf
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-23-2014 02:01:50 | More by ejimhof
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B-Sweets

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-25-2014 03:51:25 | More by B-Sweets
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-15-2011 13:51:40 | More by Gtg642
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-08-2014 03:32:20 | More by PA-Michigander
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iwillechu

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-19-2014 23:20:40 | More by iwillechu
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-10-2013 17:15:43 | More by jamiecoppin
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page101

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-16-2012 00:16:39 | More by page101
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Williaar

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-07-2014 23:54:07 | More by Williaar
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-05-2012 12:28:23 | More by jeffthepony
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

10-06-2013 22:05:54 | More by hosehead83
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McAndrew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-21-2013 13:52:00 | More by McAndrew
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clager

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-26-2014 16:32:08 | More by clager
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter: from notes.
A: A short head retention, on a white fluffy nose. The body is a hazy orange, with a bright character in the light.
S: A grapfriut sweetness from the hops, overall a very medium intensity from the aroma.
T/M: The front is a nice hop bit and the mouthfeel is silky. Nice hop complexities and the finish ends on a dry note.
D: This is a classic IIPA, that lives up to the name. I will be going back for more of this. Easy to drink for the ABV and not too much unwanted resin characters.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 12:53:12 | More by GDBEERMAN
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ejquin

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Rusty brown with thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S: Lots of malt with some spice, caramel and brown sugar. A little rootbeer.

T/M: Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Medium bodied. Nice hop presence. Hops smack right up front and are big, but balanced nicely by malty brown sugar and caramel. Finish leaves you toungue tingling with spice. Little alcohol perception becuase the of hoppy finish, and if this is really 8.4 % abv like the last reviewer reported, that's stunning to me.

D: Again, very high for a DIPA and if it's 8.4%, then it's extremely high.

Ovr: This is a very, very good brew. Seemed to me like a Sam Adams on steroids that was much better balanced. The guy who sold me this proclaimed it "better than Hopslam" which to me it is not, Hopslam is an unbeliveable beer, but this is just simply really good.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 23:00:29 | More by ejquin
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third pairing of RFD Washington's Bell's Beer Dinner. This beer was brewed especially for Illinois, due to distribution laws, the brewery was having issues with Hopslam. To combat this, they came up with a (hop)solution: create a new beer! This was paired with Machengo macaroni and cheese with carrots, cauliflower and peas topped with brioche crumbs.

A: Insanely clear amber pour with a small white head. Decent retention and lacing. 4

S: Ton of bitter hops without a malty backbone. All about the hops with some tropical fruits like citrus and mango. 4.5

T: Follows the aroma perfectly. Citrus and orange for the fruits. Bitter hops. A small malt backbone and some alcohol add a nice balance. Very enjoyable. 4.5

MF: Really bitter and drinkable. Alcohol on the backend. 4

O: As delicious as Hopslam and very balanced. I have to try Hopslam again before I reach a final verdict as to which is better. My gut, however, is going to give it to Hopslam. The big IPA pairs nicely with the mac and cheese. They’ve done a great job pairing the beers and the food so far. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 17:13:30 | More by russwbeck
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elNopalero

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spelled this one incorrectly in my notes and it took me forever to figure that out! ISO: Editor…

Anyways. This pours a golden tan-straw color. There’s a very fruity hop profile to this, not just citrus but also tropical fruits. I’m thinking of grapefruit and pineapple, primarily. Comes through on the aroma and definitely on the taste as well. It’s a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 04:15:23 | More by elNopalero
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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- Strong papaya and pineapple notes. some citrus. Light pine, some light earthy notes.

T- Similar to aroma 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 00:42:04 | More by PaulyB83
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joe1510

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

Batch #8513

Hopsolution pours amber with hints of orange. The orange is more spread throughout the body then just highlights. A few streams of carbonation explode to the surface. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a two finger white head that falls to a thick cap after a couple minutes. The falling head leaves sheet lacing with a couple holes here and there.

A zesty citric hop quality is the first thing noticed when I take a whiff but it's not the usual suspects. Papaya is the first thing that comes to mind and leaves a nice sweetness behind. Candied orange and lime peel come along a little later before the hop profile turns slightly vegetal in a sweet sort of way. The malts come across as a cake like sweetness with the faintest flash of caramel. A clean alcohol rounds things off. The aroma of this beer is fantastic! There's a candy like sweetness in here I just can't put my finger on but really makes the aroma pop.

Everything the nose suggested the flavor delivers. A mouthwatering, sweet hoppiness gets things started. The cake like malt is an excellent foundation for the hops to show themselves off. The hop profile is very deep showing signs of papaya, orange and lime before leading into the vegetal, earthy quality. This beer is built around the hop profile and the complexity Bells pulled from the hops used is great. Hopsolution is a special beer.

The mouthfeel on this beer is in a very good place. The body is light and airy but with enough stick to let the hops work their magic, leaving a solid growing bitterness behind.

This beer, excuse the cliche, is dangerously drinkable. The abv is barely noticeable until the bottle is finished. The refreshing and bitter hop intensity does nothing but make me want more.

Hopsolution is actually one of the best beers I've had from Bells and that's saying a lot. The hop profile is unique enough to keep from getting boring and leaves a nice bitterness that I can't get enough of. I will pick this up constantly from now on.

Reviewed: 6/22/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:28:47 | More by joe1510
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a thick creamy light beige head and a deep caramel orange honey colored body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide through it. Great lace.

The citrus note gives way to piney hops. There is a soft caramel malt note that comes through a bit. Really nice.

The caramel malt sweetness has a dry toast note to it and a green pine hops flavor that is a bit herbal. Very nice spiritual flavor with a slight bit of spice, really this is good.

This has a solid mouthfeel with a no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has some nice hops flavors and a good presence of malt but the hops and malt flavors take time to come together.

I'm loving this as a DIPA, better than Hopslam for me based on the malt backbone. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 18:42:06 | More by robbyc1
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bar Louie in Mishawaka, IN. Served in a shaker.

Pour: Cleargden with two fingers of soapy off-white head. Leaves amazing lacing.

Smell: Dank hops, with citrus and grapefruit. Little bit of pine. Not much of a malt presence to speak of here

Taste: Follows the nose but with a much larger citrus presence. Caramel malt kicks in to provide a nice sweetness. Hops really own the show here, and the finish is resinous and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy, but with a light refreshing body. Went perfectly with my gumbo. Would never know this clocks in at 9%.

Overall: Really, really great DIPA here from Bells and I'll be honest, I think this is better than Hopslam. Wish this was bottled again, or at least saw leg distribution.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 19:10:03 | More by cfrances33
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber red with a bunch of carbonation, a film of head that leaves nice sticky lace

its certainly hoppy, but there is also a sweet malt in there as well

very well balanced beer lots of that sweet malt that is there in the nose, it then rolss into those american double ipa hops. But they aren't overbearing either. Just a bit of piney slightly citric hops

full body, medium light carbonation, lots of astringence from those alpha acids

very drinkable beer, I really wish I had more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 00:06:17 | More by Donnie2112
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six pack from Armanettis on Lincoln Ave in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours a perfectly amber color with white head and great lacing on the glass.

S: Earthy soil sweet hops with a malt kick in the background

T: Tastes just like it smells except the hops are less pronounced and the malt has taken over a little bit. I've had this on tap and the bottle tastes like the hops have faded a little bit seeing as how there's less hoppy sweetness.

M: Pretty creamy and full, just about perfect for a DIPA

D: alcohol is not very pronounced and it's a solid flavor

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:15:09 | More by dukedevil0
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of spointon ... thanks for the opportunity! Bottle marked 8513 along the back

A: A hazy copper hue with a foamy, sudsy head. Retention is pretty decent, leaving a nice lip of lacing

S: Herb and spice, rounded with a noticable malt backbone.

T: A pleasant herbal and leafy hops flavour with a nice little dash of peppery spiciness towards the finish. Again, a malt presence that is quite unexpected but certainly welcome - they add a smooth caramel flavour. Add in a tiny spot of fruitiness (more like peel or a flavouring, I suppose) and you've got one delicious beer

M: Carbonation is moderate - pretty much spot on for the brew. It provides a crispness that smooths out with the medium body, and allows a little chewiness to come out before finishing clean.

D: I found this to be a particularly tasty brew... perhaps it's because it was a little different than the standard hopbombs, but I lean a little more towards it being a balance that I found just right for my palate. Not being immediately aware of the ABV, I didn't know what I was really getting into, but it was easy drinking. I've seen 8.4% listed, and if that's the case, it's surprisingly well-hidden I'd gladly seek this out again, and would recommend giving it a try if the chance comes up. It would be great to see if they brewed something like this again some time.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 02:44:08 | More by Proteus93
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch Number 8779 -- Bottled on 10.09.2008

A: A faint copper; appears almost as if it is glowing. Cream head with decent retention. No visible carbonation and the beer is quite opaque for this style.

S: I'm getting more of the smell of a traditional IPA, and not as much of a hop-bomb smell, as associated with HopSlam and many other DIPA's. Definite sweet malt in the background.

T: Reminds me a bit of Bear Republic's Racer 5. Mild hops for this style, and some caramel malt.

M: Very smoothe. Noticeable carbonation, but not too much.

D: Could definitely drink this one for a while...Not the same honey/hop intenseness associated with HopSlam, and also a bit more malty and less assertively hoppy than Two-Hearted. A very good brew; too bad the release was so limited.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 19:51:30 | More by Thorpe429
Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.