Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 389
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 67
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008

A "German-style Double IPA" according to Larry Bell.
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Photo of sidetracked
2.44/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy amber with a light cream head that lingers as a thin film.

Odd smell--almost like those cheap strawberry candies or imitation fruit mixed with some caramel-like sweetness. Fairly sweet.

A nice piney/floral hop bitterness hits the tongue first ... leading to a slightly sweet, caramel malt middle. The finish goes awry and starts mimicking the aroma--cheap hard candy, sweet strawberry, some bitter hops battling strongly sweet malts. Almost cloyingly sweet.

Medium body and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation keep the beer from being too heavy.

While I didn't think Hopsoulution was terrible, every time I opened a bottle I did so hoping it was better than I remembered. "Not impressed" is the perfect way to describe this beer.

9/5/2010 (763 characters)

Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Murky light orange color with a bit of a fluffy white head. Aroma is a little rubbing alcohol and not all that appetizing. Unfortunately this comes through pretty strong in the flavor as well. The body is nice and big, a little bit of citrus hops working along the way as well. Nice sweetness. Only thing is is this forges into that hop profile that I do not care for too much. Good balance otherwise. (401 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

ah the perks of having family living in Illinois!

pours out of a 12 oz. bottle a translucent amber with about a fourth a finger of white head. dark for an ipa or double ipa.

smell is very bready with a hint of spice. not much going on in the nose.

taste is overwhelming munich malt, bakery, pepper spice malt flavors with some onion and oily floral hops in the background that are super overwhelmed by the munich malt. bad concept for this beer shows up with a bad blend of tastes.

mouthfeel is nice, I relly love how Bell's balances their carbonation and body in all their beers. Moderate carbonation, moderate thickness if that makes any sense.

I only want one of these. Should say Caramunich malt bomb with hops on label. German IPA is not a viable stlye. (764 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The opening of this matches even the hopslams of the world. A big citrus front with plenty of hops and malt. The issue I have is that the finish is milder than two hearted. A very boring finish. Sure a lot of citrus and caramel malt but a dull boring finish that even IPAs do better with.

Worth a shot but not a beer that you remember. (337 characters)

Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

fresh bottle

A: dark orange-ish in color, lots of sediment in the bottle, very cloudy beer. one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: alcohol smell, hoppy, malty, nothing special, pretty standard stuff.

T: caramel malty with the bitterness. Bready, nothing special, kinda meh. Almost a belgian style taste to it.

M: medium-ish mouthfeel, not bad, but nothing special.

D: kinda boozy, wouldn't want more than a few and at the cost of $16 for a six pack, i think i would take a pass on this one. Glad I got to try it and I am going to do a side-by-side with Oracle tomorrow. (gotta love living in Illiana!) (611 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with copper tints and a nice firm white head.

Nose is like candied pineapple; candied fruit; fresh fruit cake; Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and mouthfilling.

Flavors are big and bold and heavy but not rich and/or fresh. Tastes a bit old, although a fresh bottle. Flavors are heavy and bitter pine, bitter light coffee, big bitter hop but without the brightness/acidic character that makes hops so attractive. Bitter carmel/toffee undertones.

Big bitter pine/old grapefruit skin finish. Not bad, just not a real drinkable or food friendly brew. (568 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my 3 Floyds Imperial Pint glass. A vigorous pour gives a half inch off white head that quickly fades. Liquid is a hazy dark burnt orange. Not much going on in the smell. Some hops, but not overwhelming. Vinous fruits, bready malt and some toffee. Almost more like a blond barleywine then an IIPA. Taste at first is somewhat metallic, but by the second sip that is gone. Bitter hops, some caramel flavors, but lacking in the flavoring hops. Toffee and bread dough in the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body with light carbonation but still somewhat clean. Drinkability is good, but nothing special - there are many other IPAs and DIPAs that would would prefer. This beer is average at best, definitely not worth the $17/ 6pack price tag. (785 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this poured a hazy deep copper/amber with a creamy tan head and nice fine lacing. smell was mostly toffee and caramel, also stone fruit, some nuttiness and a vague spiciness also noted. the citrus and piney notes that i expected did not really come through for me. taste was med/full toffee malt sweetness balanced by enough spicy bitterness. not a fan of the toffee in my ipas. big, thick, creamy mouthfeel is also a bit prickly with a long bitter finish. i felt cheated because the beer guy told me this was just like hopslam and this is entirely different. (559 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks go out paco1029384756 for this one!

A - Pours a dark, cloudy copper with an AMAZING two finger light brown head. The head on this beer was huge and crated with never ending retention and thick, gooey lacing.

S - This nose told me this was going to be a serious brew... I picked up concentrated does of piney and citrus-filled hops, sweet caramel malts and some spiciness and alcohol.

T/M - Very sweet up front with a roasted, caramelly biscuit malts. This is followed by a modest amount of pineapple and almost lemony zest fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is a firm medium-bodied beer with an ample syrup nature. Ample carbonation detected as well.

D - Nice, but a little to thick to be a sessionable beer for me. I was a tad disappointed with this one, but very glad I had the opportunity to try it. (806 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours coppery red color with a glistening light tan head into my newly purchased La Fin Du Monde tulip.

S-Mango with some pine and a little orange, with some caramel malt

T-Slightly bitter pine with a little mango and a slightly astringent note and some light malts with a little alcohol on the finish.

M-Light bodied and dry with medium to high carbonation.

D-Not bad, but based on the nose, I was expecting a lot more of a flavor punch. The taste was a little weak for me. (480 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy, malty, caramel-y sweetness in the nose. Lot more alcohol aromas than expected, much more so than any other IPA I've had. Is this really an IPA?

Caramel malt sweetness dominates the taste. Alcoholic warmth as it descends. Mild hops on the finish. Not much else going on here.

Only the second German-style DIPA I've had, and this can't touch the Mikkeller I had a few months back. Needs more hops, and that's not something I've ever said about an IPA before.

I don't dislike this beer; it just misses the style completely. (530 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ini a recent trade with Mulder1010. Thank!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Cloudy, burnt orange in color with medium carbonation evident. Deeper color on this one. Head slowly fades to a decent foam cap with a touch of clingy lacing left on the sides. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose for sure. Pale malts, lots of caramel, toffee and butterscotch as well. Almost barleywine like, though the hops are quite prevalent. Some biscuit notes and floral hops round it out. Quite nice really, though not really to style at all.

TASTE: Very sweet for the style, bordering on a weaker version of a barleywine. Pale malts with lots of caramel and toffee up front. Buttery and butterscotch notes, giving it a bit of an English ESB quality. Biscuit though the middle and some floral hope accompany the caramel and toffee into the finish. Very little bitterness on this one. A mild and shorter lived aftertaste has some caramel, biscuit and floral hops. Dry finish for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down slightly prickly though and finishes slightly dry. A bit of heat on the swallow. Nice stuff.

OVERALL 28/40: A German style DIPA? Don't see that at all. Perhaps it's a hoppier Doppelbock, but that's a bit of a stretch. As a beer in itself this was actually pretty good, but there's nothing German or DIPA about it. Really hard to score this one. It was more like a restrained barleywine, or perhaps an EBS on gear. Either way, it did not deliver the sought after DIPA profile. If you interested in something a little different, then this one is definitely tasty and worth checking out. If you're looking for a citrusy, piney, or bitter hop bomb, steer clear of this one. (1,869 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well this is the most recent batch of Hopsoulution, brewed about 3 weeks ago. Dubbed a German Double IPA. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I will review it as categorized on BA.

A: pours a deep, slightly hazy, burnt orange, brownish color, some light passes through, this is on the very dark side for IPAs I have tried. A bit of a tan head which hangs around, some spotty lacing.

S: the aroma is a full of earthy hops with notes of pine needles and caramel, along with a considerable booziness. The hops, while strong, don't give off a nice fresh aroma as I would expect in a freshly bottle DIPA. The hops don't seem to be very aromatic.

T: the front features some malt forward sweetness with a big dose of spiciness. The hops come in with a big bitter presence, but give way quickly to a somewhat harsh alcoholic finish. I'm not really impressed by the balance of this brew. There are definitely some nice flavors in there and a unique take on the style, but it doesn't all come together.

MF: medium body, medium to low carbonation, nice mouthfeel

D: This beer is not bad, but I must say I'm a bit disappointed. Hopslam is one of my favorite DIPA's, and I've heard ravings about the Oracle (haven't tried yet), but this one just doesn't seem to be a cut above like most of Bell's products. I wish I would have just found a single or two of this beer as it is a bit spendy at $14 per six given its quality (1,420 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, batch 9920 (8/17/10), with another heartfelt thank you to Jeff (AleWatcher) for even more fantastic beer I never would have been able to try otherwise. Every box is thoughtful and delicious, without exception. Thanks once again, buddy!

Pours a very deep, ruddy, rusty amber bordering on brown. Cloudy, with a one-finger off-white head that settles in fairly quickly. Poor retention, iffy lacing. Bump to adjust for over-valuation.

Nose is very syrupy, rich caramel, dense and toasty, with a sweet citrus note that is reminiscent of an orange liquor perhaps? Again, rich dense, and sweet, though I was really hoping for a bit of brightness in there that never came through. Quite a bit of alcohol coming through. Any hop character is just swallowed by a malt base that doesn't have nearly enough complexity to hold up to that end of the bargain.

Taste follows suit. Hops are there with a grapefruity character, but barely emerging from the deep caramel malt body that shows a lot of density. Thick and fruity, a bit dull (not boring, but lacking brightness), just a bit astringent, light alcohol warmth. Leaves the tongue feeling just a wee bit tingly. Deeply bready, toasty, caramel body surrounds the citrusy, almost fruit-cakey hop character.

Mouthfeel is dense, oily, almost gritty, leaves the tongue feeling tingly and just a bit numbed. Sticky, full bodied, light carbonation; you know you're drinking a DIPA. Probably the best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability is hurt by the density of the beer; big malt body, huge mouthfeel, lots of alcohol. This is a big style, no doubt, but the drinkability on this one is definitely not exceptional. (1,689 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade from Gillard. Thanks bud!

Hopsolution is a very hazy, ground-water dingy copper with a fine scummy tan-orange head. Leaves some lace, which is rare for this style of beer. Yeah, I've seen better beers, but I won't hold it against this one... much.

Smells rather odd, once you get past the initial hop blast. There are some interesting things going on here, not all of them easy to pick out. The hops are apparently something called "Smaragd" from Germany (?!?!) and are characterized by a dirty, earthy and acidic smell, at least in this beer. I'm also getting some big sweet caramel-malt notes and Seville oranges. Alcohol and more hop juice finish it off.

Tastes quite bitter and dry, with a medicinal, acidic quality (those weird hops?) that's not entirely welcome. The very sweet toasted-orange and syrupy malt is tough, but cannot overcome the bludgeoning it receives from the hordes of filthy, noble hops. This beer is simply overhopped, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, finish is dry and super hoppy; reminds me of bitter grapefruit. There is an intriguing earthy, burnt sugar note that lingers on the palate at the conclusion and this partially atones for the sins previously committed by this brew.

Drinkability is simply ok. I actually recommend trying this, those bizarre, vowel-hating Smaragd hops provide such a different experience that it's hard to be upset at this beer for long. (1,441 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that had some decent retention and left some lace on the sides.

S - Nice caramel backbone with some estery sweetness and a little booze showing through. There is mostly floral and piney hops with some mild bittering on the end.

T - Taste is about the same as the nose, with a slight alcohol finish. That is probably my biggest complaint about the beer as the finish is detrimental to the overall taste. It's fairly non-descript, but okay.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Not bad, nothing I would have again. (568 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of SQNfan, bottled 5/23/08. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins, and dark fruit. Flavor is quite malty with some light fruits and iced tea in the background. Unfortunately the hops have faded in this beer and it's not in the best condition. I will rerate if I get a fresh bottle.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.5/5 (409 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

On draft, pours a clear dark golden color with amber hues, wispy white head.

The nose is sweet malts, caramel, citrus hops and dried fruit. A little pineapple. The alcohol is apparent in the nose and in the taste. When you first sip, it feels juicy, but the bitterness and caramel take over, leaving you with a mouthful of bitter hops which dominate the citrus grapefruit and tropical fruits note. This is a bit sweeter than I like my double IPA's, but it is an old-style traditional that stays true to what it is. (519 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a medium amber color. Little lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is fruit- pineapple, grapefruit, grass, and a little caramel malt. A little on the weak side for me. Taste follows suit here, very fruity. Feel is medium, syrupy, with a little dry aftertaste. Overall, not great- but worth trying. Cheers. (334 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a lightly hazy caramel amber color with some mahogany highlights. Produced a good frothy tan colored head with some good retention.

(S)- A good burst of pineapple and grapefruit citrus up front. A mellow dry pine wood behind that. The citrus really takes the forefront.

(T)- Wow, very different from the smell. A big piney resin blast on the front end. In the middle, it has a dry cotton-like citrus and bark consistency. Alot of wood flavors in this.

(M)- A good carbonation level to it. I like the citrus profile, but it is kinda an afterthought to the big dry, almost bitter wood notes.

(D)- A different take on the style. Far more woody and dry than typical, but the citrus does come though on the finish. Good stuff though, almost takes on a more amber ale character the more I have of it. (853 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Batch 9920.

It pours a hazed brownish orange/red. The head is frothy and white and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

The smell is bizzare. I have never smelled a DIPA this fruity. It smells like strawberry taffy. There is also a lot of candied orange peel. Very sweet, some candied lemon in there too.

Taste has some of the candied orange carry over along with some hoppy bitterness. This beer does not taste like an average dipa. The bitterness is there but not very persistent. There is a lot of alt here but it doesn't really overpower the hops, rather accenting them. It tastes like candied fruits. There is a bit of herbal pine that creeps in but it is overpowered by the fruity candy taste.

This is an interesting beer, I dk if I like it or hate it, it surely could be a polarizing DIPA if it was widely distributed and more people could try it. (874 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to lurchingbeast for this most generous extra in a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a finger cap of off-white foamy head. This retains with a ¼ finger of froth that leaves back a rich cascade which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy feeling with a deep smelling mix of bitter earth and sweet tropical citrus. I'm getting some pine in this as well. Malts come out against the back of the nose with a thick graininess. Probably a little too much so.

The taste is bitter with earthy grapefruit and citrus peel. Resins cut across the tongue with some sharpness. This is balanced with a backbone of fruit, caramel, and chewy toasted graininess, which really has some thickness in the backend of the profile. The finish lingers with dryness and resins. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, with a prickly creaminess that sits on top of some underlying heft, although the alcohol thankfully mostly stays out of the flavor profile.

Overall not too bad but the heaviness of the malt and beefiness of the body made for a combo that started to wear me down some by the time I got to the bottom of the glass. Lots of grainy malt here but it unfortunately isn't really interesting enough to warrant its overly generous presence. I liked the fact that they shot for something different with this but I'd gladly take a Two Hearted over this any day. (1,456 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a two inch head that clumps foam on the side of the glass

Smell: Malt-forward caramel, with a tropical salad of fruit aromatics and a slight grassy tinge

Taste: Caramel, up front, followed by bitter tropical fruit flavors (mango, overripe pineapple and apricot) mixed with a grassy, medicinal element; after the swallow, the medicinal flavor picks up a notch, though the fruit and caramel hang around underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Quite a different take on the style - can't say I would want to seek this out again (607 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking reddish orange color, white head, two fingers, a little lacing. Smell is kind of eh for a 2XIPA, a little citrus and pine, a little minty actually. Taste is a little more malt forward then expected, with a good bit of crystal malt flavor. Some piney notes, not too bitter really, really needs some more hop charecter. Clean finish, plan mouthfeel. (360 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a bottle at my parents' house in Chicago over the holidays. I've been wanting to try this for almost 1/2 year, ever since seeing it for sale at Sams in June. The beer looks dark orange with a thin head. The smell is very DIPA-ish, strong hops are dominant but with lots of malt sweetness. The taste is right on the line between a DIPA and a barleywine, really sweet and bitter. Maybe closer to barleywine, I wouldn't have guessed it was only 8.4% ABV. The body seemed thick but not excessively thick, nicely done but a little strong in presence (while actually being somewhat weak in ABV). (595 characters)

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.