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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 63
Gots: 16 | 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 Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Wasatch, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a white head leaving plenty of lace down the snifter. The aroma is fruity if anything, with notes of citrus, tree fruit, dried assorted fruit, alcohol and pine. In the taste, more grapefruit, other citrus, peach, and pineapple. There are also more earthy and piney elements going on which add a solid bitterness. Alcohol content is noticeable but does not detract from the flavors. Full bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, this is a Hopsoulution I can endorse. It dials in lots of fruit flavor without actually containing fruit.

Stinkypuss, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Gonzoillini, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1%

DrBier, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

billab914, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Zaphog, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Tone, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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).

TurdFurgison, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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

dirtylou, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and somewhat translucent copper. Starts with a strong bread doughy head that recedes to a thick foam covering the whole beer. Alright lacing after every sip, but quickly slides back down the glass. The aroma is a white bread crust with resiny citrus hops. The taste starts with some dry white and rye breads tht slowly move into hop territory. The hops impart an orange peel jam with some Douglas fir notes. The overall palate is a bit doughy and coats the palate very well. Lots of long lingering bitterness lingers after every sip. Thanks for the beer Bell's!!!

scruffwhor, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from SQNfan as an extra. Thanks man! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep hazy copper with a thin brown head that slowly recedes to a disk. Some visible carbonation

S: Hoppy and malty, this is on the sweeter side of DIPAs out there. Pine needles and caramel sweetness. There's something earthy and herbal in there as well as some alcohol heat. Decent

T: Starts off with a solid dose of hoppy pine bitterness with a rather big and sweet malt component backing it. In a way, it feels like drinking OJ with pulp - big and full with a solid bitterness. The finish is unique as it has an herbal feel, almost a mint/menthol character before a long lasting bitterness takes over, a little bitterer than I like

M: While fuller in body and a little more bitter than I like in my DIPAs, this one's still solid.

D: Unique with its herbal touch, I'm glad I got to try it. I'll stick to Two Hearted, though

DefenCorps, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham into a shaker.

dark copper color, mild head. the smell is a tad hoppy and sweet, but not too much. maybe a bit lacking here. taste however isn't lacking. great hop profile as well as balanced malts. on the sweeter side for an IPA with great orange and citrus notes. bitterness is almost nonexistent and ABV drinks like 6%. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a very impressive IPA from bells!

Axnjxn, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, Batch 9920. I never noticed before, but the small neck label says Hopsolution, and the larger label says Hopsoulution. A mistake perhaps? A solution to the soul?

Anyway...pours bright amber with a thick, foamy, off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass. Some lace, but not a lot. Aromas are fresh and rather bready and malty with notes of floral hops, pineapple, and slight citrus. On the palate, it's medium bodied with notes of bready malt, toffee, and caramel up front, followed by intense piny hops with some citric grapefruit as well. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable and leaves a prickle on the tongue on the finish.

Overall, it's a unique DIPA given it's up-front malt characteristics, but I love its balance. Could be what I'd expect an "Imperial Two Hearted" to taste like if such an ale existed.

barnzy78, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of brandoman63 poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a dense one-finger off-white head that shows great retention leaving lots of lacing.

S: Smell is heavy of earthy, grassy hops up front with a slight citrus scent of grapefruits as well. There is also a big malt backbone with caramel and sugar scents.

T: The taste has the same earthy hops up front but with a sweeter caramel malt backbone with caramel and brown sugar. The finish is just slightly bitter with the grassy hops but still fairly crisp.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and makes for a very creamy feel overall.

D: This is a very drinkable brew from Bells and more in the vein of an English IPA with the heavy caramel malt presence and earthy hops.

gford217, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

enelson, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2014
Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.