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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
THE BROS
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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Eaglefan344, Oct 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

moodyxc9, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

hosehead83, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

bigbeers84, Oct 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

mattsucks, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

cardsfan, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of PieOhMy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bulldog Downtown

A. Hazy amber like honey. No head. Pencil thin lacing.

S. Grassy. Piney. Lemon peel. Pepper. Cut flower.

T. The taste does mimic the wonderful smell. All those aromas come through. Fresh and bitter.

M. Medium. It has a backbone. Foams a bit. Finishes with a bit of booziness.

O. Very well done. English style IPA. Not my favourite of the style but tastes great. The hop profile is awesome. Right up front. Maybe too much heat. Excellent nonetheless.

PieOhMy, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mccallisters_dali, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

MNBeerGeek, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MNBeer1017, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Beerlover, Sep 23, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap@ blue door pub

A-pours a beautiful mostly clear golden amber color with nice lacing and a nice fresh looking cap thru out
S- was average it was tropical and fruity with malts and hops
T- way better then smell good god it starts with huge amounts of smooth tropical hop flavors of mango pineapple grapefruit citrus with nice sweet malts non bitter hops explode in the mouth with so much taste
M- smooth /sweet and delicate no bitterness in the hops but hugh flavors of dank resinous hops ABV is so well hidden perfectly carbonated
O- so delicious and tropical in taste no bitterness in the hops superb 2ipa

gatornation, Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

McAndrew, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

woodchip, Sep 21, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev -1%

sahd-1, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Boilerfood, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

GRBLUE12, Sep 05, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Ismaeljm, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

minterro, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ryanpj, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.