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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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91
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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 64
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

nmann08, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.95/5  rDev -27%
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.

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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

brentk56, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definately a malt-assertive Double IPA, HopSolution shows a lot of aggression on all fronts.

The beer pours a richer-than-expected dark copper, deep amber color and with an equally deep haze. A short-statured foamstance doesn't billow over but retains quite well with a persistent white foam. The beer laces well.

Strong malt aromas display deep caramelized barley malts, seemingly from toffee or molassas. A mix of malts and esters give the impression of dates, figs, and plumbs. Hop aromas are sharp and bitter with an earthy, pine, and an overall resiny scent.

Flavors also begin with a sweet and sticky malt base. Molassas flavor is met with bread crusts, stone fruits, and intense hop flavor. Pungent, sharp, and with an aggressive bite, the hops give quite a bitter bite to go along with flavor. Still, much more earthy, dirty, grassy, and hay-like rather than the bright citrus notes usually associated with Double IPA's.

HopSolution starts and remains fairly heavy and sticky for an IPA. When the alcohols and hop dryness comes into play, the malts still insist on keeping the beer balanced toward the malty side and keeping it from drying out the way that is expected. Along with the hop bite, the alcohols reveal themselves in a harsher almost-fusal way.

Certainly an easy drink for any hop-head. But HopSolution edges very close to Strong American ales such as Arrogant Bastard.

BEERchitect, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with huge hoppy floral notes. Taste is a great mix between some sweet caramel malt and some strong hoppy floral notes and a medium bitter dry finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent aroma. Not necessarily a style that I usually fall in love easily with but this is definitely a top example of the style while showing some creativity by using a less known variety of hops.

Phyl21ca, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%
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

mikesgroove, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #8779 bottled October 9, 2008.

Dull hazy orange once the dregs are poured in, a little brighter in color beforehand. Thin cap of foam, but nice drippy lacing. Cantaloupe and caramel aroma, undercurrent of hop resin, all in all a fine balance of hops and malt.

Rich and full bodied, some white pepper, spearmint, and brief cantaloupe flavors. Resiny and dry aftertaste, a hint of aspirin, about as much as I can handle. Bitterness is moderate, it's tempered by a lightly sweet caramel malt that takes care of business. This is almost as drinkable as Hopslam, and will put you on your ass just as easily, so sip accordingly.

As a side note, this batch of Hopsoulution uses a different blend of hops than the first one. This batch is much more fruity and less medicinal. Cheers...

emerge077, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a small, yet thick, off-white, long-lasting head. It left sticky trails of lace.

S - It smelled of warm grassy hops and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It had a great bitter hoppiness. There was a nice bubblegum flavor with some strong caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied ale.

D - This is great. I wish its distribution reached Missouri. I'd buy it often.

zeff80, May 10, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Kegatron, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8513

Pours a fully clouded orange hued brown with a creme head. Nose is grapefrut and pineapple juice. Flavor is leaning towards malts with a citrus edge to it. Overall fairly earthy. Sticky feel on liquid. Low carbonation. An easy drinker that carries no abrasion. I like when my DIPAs are like this.

RblWthACoz, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this to use as a trade add-in. Batch 8779 from October 9th, 2008.

A - Amber, creamy one-fingered head that dissipates quickly to a nice lace. A little cloudy with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, & hops. There's a bit of caramel and floral scent in the background. Isn't the strongest smelling DIPA I've had - kind of understated.

T - Quite bitter one the front palette, then sweetens to a malty biscuit sort of flavor. Not much of an aftertaste. Some boozy alcohol flavor as well. I seem to be getting different flavors than reviews of earlier batches, and I vaguely remember that they changed the recipe a little recently.

M - A little bit of tingle, but mostly smooth. A little more watery than I like.

D - Drinks incredibly well for 8.40% - I could certainly have a few of these in an evening, although I'd probably regret it the next morning.

Unfortunately, it's not Hopslam or Two-Hearted, but it's a solid brew nonetheless.

MasterSki, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tattorso for including this in a trade!

Pours orange amber with a thin tan head that has nice staying power. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/piney with some caramel, fruity esters and alcohol.

The taste is floral/piney with a sturdy caramelish backbone. A DIPA that leans BW-ish in taste. There is a slight astringency and some alcohol in the finish.

Medium-bodied, yet strong. A bit of a raw texture.

A nice piney, raw sipper.

jwc215, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a small ring around the edge, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, pine needles, earthy hops, dash of fresh fruit and plenty of mildly toasted sweet malt.

T - Starts off with toffee and pine resin quickly being joined by the earthy and fruity hops and finally the sweet caramel malt. Finish is a little sweet with some backing dryness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, sweet feel with some dryness after each sip.

O - A decent DIPA. I am always interested in trying new to me Bell's beers but I have had better from them.

orangesol, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy golden amber orange color with a thick frothy yellowish beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves a good bit of soapy lacing on it's way down.

Citrus floral hop aroma with only subtle malt presence and hints of dank, resinous hop oils, grapefruit citrus peel and pine.

Nice chewy resinous mouthfeel with a bitter yet floral hop blast that lasts throughout lingering over the subtle malt backbone into a crisp sweet dry finish. Slightly creamy body with a lot of dry pine hop flavor as well as hints of sweet citrus peel. The sweetness and bitterness are really well balanced and they are countered nicely by a subtle malt backbone. Although the backbone provides a nice balance, it doesn't take away from the hoppy goodness, rather it makes this beer extremely quaffable. I wish I had another bottle.

corby112, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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

barleywinefiend, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have gone through almost my entire 6er of this and have enjoyed every bottle of it.

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a hazy orange hued gold. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: Grapefruit citrus, bready malts, lots of pineapple which is awesome, and pine hops.

Taste: I am loving the pineapple in this beer. It is so clean. It also has a grapefruit citrus flavor with pine hops and some bready malts. A bit of alcohol shows.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very refreshing. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, this is a very drinkable dipa. I have had a lot of this and still want more. Much better than this years batch of oracle. The pineapple was simply awesome. Very happy with this one.

mothman, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ejimhof, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Gonzoillini, Aug 21, 2014
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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.