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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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:20:46 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:38:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 03:35:22 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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
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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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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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:00:26 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 02:58:26 | More by emerge077
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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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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 15:00:12 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:38:56 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 19:00:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

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

S- The soft citrus juice note gives way to a green hops note with a slight earthiness to it. There is a soft caramel malt note that comes through a bit.

T- The light caramel malt sweetness has a dry toast note to it and a green pine hops flavor that is a bit herbal. The hops also have a cinnamon/clove spice to it minus the cinnamon/clove flavor. There is a nice bitter green hop note to the finish that has a slight lemonhead flavor to it.

M- This beer has a medium 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 tasted a bit awkward together. It was not offensive but just a bit odd. Still an ok IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 17:40:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this one.

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, hoppy, slight citrus. The tastes is sweet, more on the malt side, with some nice hop notes, very slight citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, recommended. Thanks Brandon for the extra.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 22:18:14 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 07:00:12 | More by corby112
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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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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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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a half pint tumbler glass at Churchkey.

Orange amber body, with lots of rising carbonation, topped with a thin puck off white in color. While drinking gives some good ring lacing.

Nose seems very subtle and buried, some mellow pine at first which is nice but pretty closed.

Palate hits with a wonderful cask like feel and mix of solid carbonation, buttery smooth with right amount of fizz. Wonderful tropical ambush with this beer, big mango on the finish. Fruit hop angle comes with a little bit of orange citrus, and mellow light brown sugar malts.

Overall juicy hop delicious beer. Solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 21:54:31 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:54:25 | More by mothman
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dirtylou

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, Maduro-Madison

from notes

appearance: served in a bells shaker pint, golden orange body, fluffy white cloud, good retention

smell: piney, biscuity malt, light non-bitter citrus, caramel

taste: there are some interesting reviews of this one - this draft version was moderately hoppy (compared to hopslime and oracle at least)-light tangerine, citrus, bready, nutty, dry grain - the german tag is a stretch but its certainly a nontraditional dipa

mouthfeel: medium-light

overall: enjoyable and new to me - compared to hopslime its a sigh

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 23:11:47 | More by dirtylou
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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a hazy ruby red with a good 1 finger head of foam. Plenty of lacing. Excellent head retention.

The smell is nicely balanced. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit for bitterness, an ample amount of caramel sweetness. If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a treat.

The taste has big hoppiness with tropical fruitiness and some citrus and a good sweet malt flavour that does some good balancing; not as balanced as the nose suggested but it's far from being one dimensional.

The mouthfeel is just over on to the medium side, the carbonation is just under medium, and it finishes with a definite bitter bite from whatever tropical fruit flavour is the cause. Nice and it's a pretty easy drinker for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 19:42:19 | More by Bitterbill
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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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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.