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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 62
Gots: 15 | 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.

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Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Got this in a generous BIF box from Sopernicus. Thanks!

A - Hazy orange with an off white head resting on top

S - Sweet citrusy grapefruit aroma with a hint of mango. Smells nice and sweet with a big pile of hops.

T - Sweet malt flavors up front mingle with a nice tame citrus hop flavor. Lots of balance in this. I enjoy the hop flavor but it is really tame and subdued.

M - medium bodied, pretty smooth, normal carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable DIPA. Really tame hop flavor for one too. Not sure if that is really what I would classify that as. That being said this is a nice beer that is certainly worth trying. I could see myself putting back several of these easily. If I had a chance I'd probably pick some of this up but I wouldn't go nuts trying to obtain it.

10-15-2010 21:41:22 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It poures a hazy orange with a medium sticky white head. The aroma is sweet with tropical fruit, and grassy hops. A very sweet beer with mango notes and lots of grassy hops. It has a sweet finish that lingers. A medium bodied easy drinking (for 8%) beer. Thanks to florida9 for this one.

10-14-2010 20:17:50 | More by bonkers
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

A-Pours out a hop-hazy,orangish-amber with a quickly dissipating one finger head that left good rings of lacing on the glass.

S-Caramel malt sweetness and ripe tropical fruit upfront with some grassy hop notes and a trace of alcohol on the nose.

T-Malt forward for the style.Some subdued citrus and soft,tangy pine but mostly malt dominant flavors of toffee and bread.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.Slight syrup quality on the finish.

D-Good drinkability here.Not quite the brew I was hoping for but decent regardless.Kind of wish this was The Oracle.

10-14-2010 16:20:01 | More by StlHopHead77


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

12oz bottle into snifter: from notes.
A: A short head retention, on a white fluffy nose. The body is a hazy orange, with a bright character in the light.
S: A grapfriut sweetness from the hops, overall a very medium intensity from the aroma.
T/M: The front is a nice hop bit and the mouthfeel is silky. Nice hop complexities and the finish ends on a dry note.
D: This is a classic IIPA, that lives up to the name. I will be going back for more of this. Easy to drink for the ABV and not too much unwanted resin characters.

10-13-2010 12:53:12 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of emmasdad


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Received this one as an extra in a recent trade. Hopslam is one of my favorites, so I had some high hopes for this one. Although not quite up to that level (few are), it was nonetheless pretty damn good. Poured a nice medium orange color, with a minimal amount of white foam. Aromas of apricots, white peaches and sweet malt. Flavors of bubblegum, candi sugar and floral hops. Nicely balanced (although in favor of the hops) and very drinkable. Wish I had another.

10-12-2010 02:38:58 | More by emmasdad
Photo of seedsofchaos


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Amber orange with a 1/4 head that dissipates. Lacing is present but not impressive.

Citrusy sweet with caramel/crystal malts and artificial fruit smell in the nose. Esters on tops of sweet malts mixed in with citric hops. Smells great despite being so different.

Sweet hits the tongue first followed by greatly subdued citrusy hops. Hop bitterness is very low and this beer's place as a DIPA/IIPA is up for interpretation IMHO. An accurate style is hard to place as the smoothness and mouthfeel of this brew is similar to an Apocalypse Cow by FFF with that milky and buttery feel but the taste is so sweet and flavorful with hops... Hop candy, anyone?

Alcohol is highly masked by sweetness and drinkability borders on dangerous. Cheers to Bells for this Hopsoulution Ale as a peace-offering to its admiring neighbors to the south!

10-12-2010 01:47:51 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of kbutler1


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with a slight off white head that collars around the glass. Insane pineaple notes in the nose, wow! It smells almost like HiCi Fruit punch, with the fruity hops and the matly backbone. Sweet flavor up front with a nice transition to a hoppy, fruity flavor. Just like in the nose, the pineapple fruit flavor dominates the taste. Ends with a lingering bitterness and fruity taste. Really a different DIPA than I have ever had. Way more fruity than I am used to but this causes it to be really drinkable as well. Pretty tasty but not overly hoppy.

10-10-2010 00:53:41 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Vdubb86


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Served in a pint glass

Bonus points to Bell's for flattering my home state with this brew. "Brewed for the people of the great state of Illinois"

This particular DIPA pours a nice deep orange/amber color the head that was provide by the pour slowly is destroy leaving only a thin film on the surface. The aroma reminds of orange and malt mostly. Surprisingly there was really no hops to be smelled there is a bit of pine resin as almost a forgotten remnant in the back, but that is almost overpowered by the faint aroma of liquor. The taste is quite similar. The orange flavor mixed with deep caramel, molasses/brown sugar notes which overpower anything else. All that I can taste of the hops is a bit of the citrus and the bitterness in the aftertaste, both of which are not strong. The mouthfeel is OK, for the syrupy nature it's pretty well carbonated. The lack of hop flavor only resulting in a bitter aftertaste isn't the ideal mouthfeel for a DIPA. There are no hops to rip your tongue out here, which is not to the style, but I love it. I would say it's pretty good for a beer, but pretty off for a DIPA.

10-09-2010 20:01:59 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of nlmartin


4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

The beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark copper coloration. The head of the beer resolved to a thin cream color. The lacing makes nice concentric rings around the glass.

Smell: This is truly fantastic. The beer has caramel and chocolate malt aromas. I swear the hops are kicking up pineapple, mango and papaya.

Taste: The flavors are a perfect carry over on the aroma. The beer has some nice bittering hops at the back to keep things from becoming too sweet.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the plus side of medium. The carbonation is low but I think it works well with the beers overall character. Very slick and smooth on the finish. This beer is highly drinkable and I am already missing the beer.

10-05-2010 14:25:29 | More by nlmartin
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

10-02-2010 01:54:25 | More by mothman
Photo of Gehrig


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

The Piccadilly at the Crossing just had this arrive today, as Sam the fine purveyor mentioned, so it was a must-grab. As someone who struggled to endure the year-plus of Bell's absence from Illinois (otherwise known as The Great Abdication), I felt a sense of pride and honor for having been a Bell's fan, and for Bell's making this in honor of their loyal Illinois patrons.

Good start and look, with a fat finger of off-white foam coating a murky brown body with copper trim; nice duration and lacing. Excellent aromas, full of citrus (especially pineapple, orange, and lemon), with floral overtones and plenty of toasted malt to spare as well--very balanced and robust smell!

Good, solid taste, striking a fine hop-malt balance. Caramel and dark chocolate come forth, with a distinct floral, pine whiff to accompany the citrusy taste. More malt than I expected in the taste after the glorious smell, that is still fine with me. The hops aren't absent, but rather more restrained in the flavor than the aroma indicated.

Terrific effervescence achieves a pretty high mouthfeel score in my book, though some might disagree. I found that it significantly enhanced the flavor and accentuated the balance that Bell's achieved.

Very well done overall, and does not quite drink like a DIPA. In a way, one might be disappointed that the taste doesn't reflect the ramped-up hops and flavor. Yet this is, to me, unquestionably a success, in no small part because the malt flavor and content is unmistakable without dominating the hops.

Thanks, Bell's, from Illinois.

10-01-2010 21:26:31 | More by Gehrig
Photo of barnzy78


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

09-29-2010 19:52:42 | More by barnzy78
Photo of jsh420


4.2/5  rDev +4%

batch 9920 bottled 8/17/10

pours hazy orangish amber with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells like 2hearted with lots of malts - very floral some pine and oh the malts

taste - wow this is the DIPA i have been looking for flavor wise - rich toffee carmel malts with plenty of the floral and pine hop flavors

mouthfeel is a little heavy and sticky

drinkability takes a hit with the heavy mouthfeel but its sold in sixers 6 sixers instead of overpriced bombers is a huge plus and oh did i forget that this beer tastes amazing

09-24-2010 03:12:47 | More by jsh420
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

Nice looking reddish orange color, white head, two fingers, a little lacing. Smell is kind of eh for a 2XIPA, a little citrus and pine, a little minty actually. Taste is a little more malt forward then expected, with a good bit of crystal malt flavor. Some piney notes, not too bitter really, really needs some more hop charecter. Clean finish, plan mouthfeel.

09-23-2010 00:16:19 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of thetomG


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Nice cloudy amber colored pour. Small ring of foam around the glass with some sticky lacing left behind. Aroma is malty caramel with some slight hop scents coming through as well.

Flavor is also super malty with caramel, hops, and a hint of citrus present... finish is a bit roasty.

Good interesting beer and definitely something I'll be drinking more of.

09-18-2010 05:58:41 | More by thetomG
Photo of AleWatcher


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured this into a pint...

The beer is a reddish copper color with a 2 finger tan head. The beer shows tons of bubbles streaming up the sides of my glass-- it is effervescent and lively. The head has average retention and leaves behind thick spots of lacing as it settles.

Weird for me to be smelling chocolate-esque malts in a DIPA? I don't know... but I think I like it. The nose also gives off a roasted caramel and toasted bread note. The hops aren't as big as I was expecting... This is another in a long line of beers with "hop" in the name that aren't the giant hop-bomb I was hoping for.
So for a second, I'll pretend that this beer is called something else...
The finish is a little chalky with VERY mild bitterness. The taste shows off some sweetness and some earthy, floral, and spicy hop notes. The beer is smooth and easy to drink.

Halfway through the glass, I'll note that the lacing looks lovely-- like an intricate and delicate lace doily.

The smell and taste are not what I would expect from this beer... but perhaps this is a situation where I should let o of my affectations and expectations. The beer is unbelievably easy to drink: for the last 5 nights I have come downstairs with one of these, set on reviewing it... and for the last 5 nights I have finished the beer before I was done replying to my beer mail! Easy to drink doesn't do it justice!

This is an excellent daily drinker of a DIPA-- nice medium body is big enough to keep me satisfied while the flavor is bold and complex enough to keep me interested.

09-16-2010 02:55:26 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of homebrew311


3.3/5  rDev -18.3%

Well this is the most recent batch of Hopsoulution, brewed about 3 weeks ago. Dubbed a German Double IPA. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I will review it as categorized on BA.

A: pours a deep, slightly hazy, burnt orange, brownish color, some light passes through, this is on the very dark side for IPAs I have tried. A bit of a tan head which hangs around, some spotty lacing.

S: the aroma is a full of earthy hops with notes of pine needles and caramel, along with a considerable booziness. The hops, while strong, don't give off a nice fresh aroma as I would expect in a freshly bottle DIPA. The hops don't seem to be very aromatic.

T: the front features some malt forward sweetness with a big dose of spiciness. The hops come in with a big bitter presence, but give way quickly to a somewhat harsh alcoholic finish. I'm not really impressed by the balance of this brew. There are definitely some nice flavors in there and a unique take on the style, but it doesn't all come together.

MF: medium body, medium to low carbonation, nice mouthfeel

D: This beer is not bad, but I must say I'm a bit disappointed. Hopslam is one of my favorite DIPA's, and I've heard ravings about the Oracle (haven't tried yet), but this one just doesn't seem to be a cut above like most of Bell's products. I wish I would have just found a single or two of this beer as it is a bit spendy at $14 per six given its quality

09-10-2010 00:35:45 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev -1%

Pours hazy dark orange in color with a slight white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is caramel malt and mild dark fruit. Surprisingly, no appreciable hops.

Taste is bready, malty and sweet. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Dark fruit comes on strong with generous raisin and date. Earthy, woody, and nutty. Nice alcohol warmth. Finishes with a mild musty herbal/earthy English bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy.

Strange... a DIPA that tastes like an Old Ale. Hops take a backseat to the caramel malt and dark fruit sweetness. Very dry, woody and earthy. I'm not sure that it's tagged under the correct style, but I'm sure that it is tasty.

09-09-2010 23:48:51 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of crossovert


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

12 oz bottle. Batch 9920.

It pours a hazed brownish orange/red. The head is frothy and white and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

The smell is bizzare. I have never smelled a DIPA this fruity. It smells like strawberry taffy. There is also a lot of candied orange peel. Very sweet, some candied lemon in there too.

Taste has some of the candied orange carry over along with some hoppy bitterness. This beer does not taste like an average dipa. The bitterness is there but not very persistent. There is a lot of alt here but it doesn't really overpower the hops, rather accenting them. It tastes like candied fruits. There is a bit of herbal pine that creeps in but it is overpowered by the fruity candy taste.

This is an interesting beer, I dk if I like it or hate it, it surely could be a polarizing DIPA if it was widely distributed and more people could try it.

09-09-2010 03:06:27 | More by crossovert
Photo of sweemzander


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

09-08-2010 17:36:52 | More by sweemzander
Photo of antoines15


3/5  rDev -25.7%

fresh bottle

A: dark orange-ish in color, lots of sediment in the bottle, very cloudy beer. one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: alcohol smell, hoppy, malty, nothing special, pretty standard stuff.

T: caramel malty with the bitterness. Bready, nothing special, kinda meh. Almost a belgian style taste to it.

M: medium-ish mouthfeel, not bad, but nothing special.

D: kinda boozy, wouldn't want more than a few and at the cost of $16 for a six pack, i think i would take a pass on this one. Glad I got to try it and I am going to do a side-by-side with Oracle tomorrow. (gotta love living in Illiana!)

09-07-2010 23:58:41 | More by antoines15
Photo of tapman


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

About the color of an amber ale, light to moderate orange, the head is relatively small head that disappears almost immediately. Appears unfiltered which is a plus. Did I mention the nice cake of sediment on the bottom of the bottle? Well, dig it.

Smells like Tangy Taffy candy, bubble gum, fruity medium-kilned malt, a little hot alcohol if you swirl the hell out of it. I love the bright aroma, though I miss the west-coast grass-like properties.

Beefy, fruity and earthy hops balance a lightly flavored malt blend. Flavor is not as big as the nose and tastes like it could have handled a lot more middle-addition of hops. Bitterness isn't big at all which does help to bring out the other flavors. A hint of some citrus as it warms. Glad I didn't hit that review button yet.

A little heavy, but fine for the style. Feels like 8.4% and that isn't too bad. Could have appreciated an even chewier texture for the taste to make this a sipper. As it is this one is going down too fast.

A good beer compared to what I've had. To me Founder's Double Trouble had more flavor and the Green Flash is just so great. Basically, I think this one could handle more hops to be honest. Still a fine offereing from Bell's. I hope to try a new vintage next year.

09-07-2010 03:48:11 | More by tapman
Photo of bashiba


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a nice deep amber with a light but sticky white head.

The smell is light buscuity grain with a bit of green hops.

The flavor is very balanced for a Double IPA, nice big buscuity and caramel grain body with an equally large fresh hop finish. The hops are less of the typical West Coast Citrus style and more of a medicinal funky and earthy hops, maybe warrior or nugget.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily like a double IPA should be.

Easy to drink and tasty, could be a regular in fridge if not for the price and extreme rarity.

09-05-2010 23:33:24 | More by bashiba
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance -- Pours a rich burnt orange with almost no head and just enough haze to catch light. Even headless it's beautiful.

Smell -- What is going on here?? LOTS of distinct hop aromas: juicy fruit, apricot, tangerine and grapefruit, herb garden. As far as malt, it's hot biscuits with a big dab of honey.

Tate -- The hops are very eclectic: predominantly earthy and herbal, although pine, citrus and juicy fruits are there. Honeyed biscuits, melon, and plum come out in the malts. Alcohol is evident. Overall, balanced and eclectic. No hop bomb here, perhaps for the better.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, slick, with moderate prickly carbonation. A bit oily from the hops. Faint alcohol warmth.

Drinkability -- Probably wouldn't be my first choice, but it's certainly interesting. Worth a shot for sure.

09-02-2010 23:02:05 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of nkersten


3.08/5  rDev -23.8%

Poured from bottle into my 3 Floyds Imperial Pint glass. A vigorous pour gives a half inch off white head that quickly fades. Liquid is a hazy dark burnt orange. Not much going on in the smell. Some hops, but not overwhelming. Vinous fruits, bready malt and some toffee. Almost more like a blond barleywine then an IIPA. Taste at first is somewhat metallic, but by the second sip that is gone. Bitter hops, some caramel flavors, but lacking in the flavoring hops. Toffee and bread dough in the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body with light carbonation but still somewhat clean. Drinkability is good, but nothing special - there are many other IPAs and DIPAs that would would prefer. This beer is average at best, definitely not worth the $17/ 6pack price tag.

09-02-2010 21:03:35 | More by nkersten
Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.