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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
-
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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joe1510

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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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brystmar

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:11:49 | More by brystmar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for mor

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:36:09 | More by mikesgroove
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 17:28:32 | More by AgentZero
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Brown appearance, already had me taken aback. Cream head, good size. Aroma was lagery and hoppy at the same time.

Big malt presence, but easily counter balanced by the ample hopping, which did not seem typical to style.

I had this about the same time Oracle came out last year, and thought they were both unique dipas in a world of too similar ones. This one had less bitterness and citrus feel to it, but was probably the more unique one. This had more of a nutty exterior, less citrus hopping, fuller malt body, less sweetness, way more creamy mouthfeel to it.

An interesting take on the style. Worth checking out. Not like any of the other Bell's hoppy offerings. Well, or pretty much anyone else's. If you like different, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:28:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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sidetracked

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -40%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:24:50 | More by sidetracked
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Thorpe randomly at a tasting recently, batch number was in the 8000s, so it's already a few years old. Drinks like a barleywine now.

Beer is copper and clear with almost no head, no lacing, no nothing.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, piny, dark fruits and sugars, perhaps slightly oxidized.

Beer is thick and sweet at the get go, it is malty and the midpalate unfolds to reveal more malt, no real hop presence here, just a lot of dark fruits, candies, and other implements of sweetness. The finish however is relatively bitter with a nice hoppiness there. Interesting experiment, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:44:33 | More by drabmuh
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from Ed. A mostly clear, deep copper with a pretty scant head. Nose is some oxidized caramel malt, butterscotch, pine sugars, and perhaps an odd citrus fruit. Stinging malt on the first sip, this feels more like an American barley wine than an IIPA. It's certainly of the malty sort. Grainy, caramel, lots of sugars, with a residual pine bitterness. Citrus oils. Did somebody say fig sugars? Very rich and actually works pretty well. Can you say grapefruit oils?

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:10:07 | More by JAXSON
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Tone

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel, hint of wood, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, and slight wood. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:22:36 | More by Tone
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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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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 12:55:56 | More by Jeffo
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to tickzander for this beer. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Rusty orange amber. Tiny wisp of beige head. No lace no cap.

S: Sweet caramel malt and toffee blend with a robust hop profile. Very barley wine like.

T: The flavors are rich and bold. Tons of sweet caramel malt, toffee, nuts, toasted bread. Loads of citrus fruit and pine. This is so much like a big barley wine.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation.

D: Overall very tasty and full of flavor. Maybe too rich for more than one pint but I would love to revisit this on a cold morning in front of a fire.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:37:38 | More by beerwolf77
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark orange with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Caramel, light booze, some citrus

T: Caramel, citrus, had a unique taste nite like a grape juice taste/texture

M: Medium body, some hop bitem booze

D: Pretty good. Worth a shot but not one I'd go foragain

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 05:31:06 | More by barleywinefiend
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance - carefully poured into the pint glass to keep the yeast behind. Pours a beautful golden orange color with a slightly off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a very thin layer.

Smell - piney, resiny hops with a slight orange zest citrus to it. Very nice malty, biscuity backbone with a little bit of pepper and clove to balance the sweetness. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste - very hoppy, but not in the way of a normal double IPA. The taste is more earthy bitterness without the big notes of citrus or pine, and there is a huge malt presence here. The malt is bready and biscuity sweet in a nice way. There are also some nice fruit flavors here as it warms, definitely some sweet orange and maybe a little bit of pineapple. I think I see why they call this a German double IPA...the malt body is almost like that of a heavy German lager with German hops but constructed like a double IPA. I love the experimentation here.

Mouthfeel - very nice feel, smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. The bottle conditioning really left a nice feel.

Drinkability - fairly easy going down, and I didn't realize it was 9% until looking it up on the Bell's website. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:29:43 | More by dgfair
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, opaque orange on the pour, with a solid finger plus of off-white head that laces a bit on the way down.

There's a nice floral bouquet, with much backing citrus. Solid malt sweetness for a backbone. There's a hint of caramel in there.

Nice level of bitterness; not extreme. Pleasant citrus and flowery hops. Finishes slightly malty sweet.

Feel is upper light in body, with a pleasant amount of carbonation, slightly creamy, coating a bit.

Overall, a good solid DIPA. Would love to know what brings this to a "german IPA" classification. I definitely like this more than The Oracle...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:08:07 | More by EgadBananas
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mulder1010

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. From notes

A-- Poured a darker hazy orange color. One finger off white head that faded slowly. no lacing and little carbonated.

S-- Candied orange and candied lemon peel. Just a bit of Carmel backbone to this.

T-- Carmel, orange, lemon zing and some grapefruit.

M-- Prickly on the tongue. Reminds me more of a sweet tart. Medium carbonation and a little. Hops really pick up in the mouth. More of a grapefruit carmel finish that is earthy.

T-- Like a lot of this but just not as big a citrus as Western US IPA's are. Not as crisp and earthy is OK. Would try this again as ticks a lot of boxes.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:58:20 | More by mulder1010
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Brewery, Inc. Hopsoulution. The beer with hops, and soul, apparently. For the good people of Illinois, bless their hearts.

Burnished orange, hazy appearance, slim white head, stays as a slight ring.

Aroma: bright, bold citrus; orange, lemon, tangerine, maybe mango. Very pithy, even piney. Hoppy, but restrained, not too crazy.

Taste: boards the palate boldly, a fierce blast of hops that runs around the mouth, and fades back just a bit. Stays firm and lasts through the the finish. Medium body, full flavor, citrus and tropical fruit, splinters of pine. Good, even-tempered double IPA, can't peg the ABV, but I'd guess around 8%...IBU? 90? Got to give it up for the mouthfeel, hops keep coming, never really give up.

Hope this helped heal the wounds of troubled Bell's lovers & hop addicts of Illinois.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 11:25:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hopsolution pours a deep hazy amber color with a 3 cm off-white head. Pretty good retention and some nice lace sticking on the glass.

Smell: Full caramelized malt aroma, backed with a strong punch of juicy grapefruit, resiny pine, and some earthy / floral notes.

Taste: The taste starts out with the full caramel malt, with some bready notes as well. The flavor transitions to some lightly herbal notes, following through with a full floral hoppiness, a splash of juicy grapefruit, and finishing with sticky pine hops. Finishes a bit astringent with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The smooth creamy mouthfeel here is almost more noticeable than any of the flavors. Sticky and juicy from the hops, with above average carbonation wrapped in a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: Although I found this quite pleasant and drinkable, it really did not differentiate itself from some DIPA's made in the same mold - caramel malt with juicy hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:22:14 | More by KickInTheChalice
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pdoran10

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:28:36 | More by pdoran10
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 9%, Batch # 9920 (Aug. 17, 2010)

Thanks to sweemzander for the hook-up with this bottle!

A - Brilliant golden hues brighten up the already gorgeous bronze color very well. Good clarity to boot! A small one-finger head sinks down quickly but leaves great thin lace on the glass.

S - Smooth and creamy caramel and toffee has a pretty large presence right away. It removes from the hops a bit. Spritzy and refreshing hops follow up with slight notes of white grape and freshly cut pineapple. I admire the malt backbone but it overtakes the hops just a bit much.

T - There is a fantastic hop complexity hiding behind the rich maltiness in this double IPA. Loads of caramel-covered biscuit topped with toffee shavings are up front. Digging deeper reveals a bouquet of noble floral notes, pressed white grape, and overly juicy pineapple. Delicious.

M - Medium-bodied and exceptionally smooth going down, this double IPA maintains a nice refreshing quality throughout while finishing a touch on the dry side and nicely balanced in terms of bitterness. Warm alcohol comes through retro nasally.

D - This beer proves, once again, that Bell's makes one mean double IPA. They know their hops and balance. And while this was a great brew, it's a little too much on the malty side for my liking. I would have loved to see the hops a touch stronger.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:04:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally, a beer made just for me. Yips. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose exhibits a strong honey-dripped biscuit backbone covered by a thick sheath of porous pine sap and orange peel. The taste adds some strong caramel to the former and a dry white grape, nigh Riesling-esque, to the latter. Everything pops more, but this also causes a stronger clash between the two. The zazz and lack of balance cancel each other out, leaving us pretty much back to where we began. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that yearns to be dry. Overall, a very nice DIPA, not quite great but well above good. Glad to be an Illinoisan here.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 07:19:21 | More by TMoney2591
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dismal

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours light amber kind of orange color with a small white head that quickly fades leaving just a bit but that pretty quickly fades as I drink it. The smell is good but not quite what I was expecting. Some hops, mainly some grapefruit. A lot of malt and caramel. Almost smells sweet. Though both are good for a Double/Imperial IPA this is not what I was excepting from both the smell and taste.The taste is pretty malty and caramel is pretty present. There are hops there mainly grapefruit and a bit of pine in the background. Starts off sweet and ends slightly bitter. The 8.4% ABV is hidden very well, I could do quite a bit of these. Overall not perfect for the style and definitely not what I was expecting but I actually really like it. Pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 21:08:35 | More by dismal
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GRG1313

California

2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 06:32:58 | More by GRG1313
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 19:24:18 | More by Kegatron
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:25:35 | More by JohnQVegas
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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.