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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

292 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 292
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 5 | 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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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-09-2013 23:53:03 | More by Boilerfood
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GRBLUE12

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-05-2013 16:39:38 | More by GRBLUE12
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joe1510

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:28:47 | More by joe1510
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davet100

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-14-2013 19:48:04 | More by davet100
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Ismaeljm

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2013 00:59:39 | More by Ismaeljm
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minterro

Colorado

3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-23-2013 04:57:52 | More by minterro
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-18-2013 03:27:45 | More by ryanpj
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radiofish

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-09-2013 21:25:18 | More by radiofish
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-10-2013 12:01:30 | More by jarrgal
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-13-2013 23:11:19 | More by ADTaber
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-10-2013 17:15:43 | More by jamiecoppin
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-02-2013 00:43:38 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-26-2013 06:15:58 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2013 22:40:20 | More by ROBSTARR
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heteroscedastic

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-30-2013 21:53:03 | More by heteroscedastic
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-18-2013 04:34:30 | More by spycow
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pukahi91

Hawaii

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-05-2013 17:45:18 | More by pukahi91
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-14-2012 00:35:21 | More by MSandahl23
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-11-2012 03:02:48 | More by MichPaul
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-08-2012 02:13:44 | More by WoodburyMN
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fredmugs

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Tap. Did some reasearch before I had this beer and I definitely agree that it is lacking in aroma. I did enjoy this beer much more than The Oracle but not as much as Hopslam. This is a very drinkable beer and by that I mean the alcohol content is very hidden. I could have pounded down several more of these and I will surely go back and get more before it's gone. For me the lack of aroma is the only thing keeping it from being World Class.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 14:40:51 | More by fredmugs
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-02-2012 04:50:12 | More by Hugonaut13
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

11-15-2012 17:35:23 | More by josephwa
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-08-2012 22:02:36 | More by ortie
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barczar

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thick half inch head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Holy grapefruit! Smells like a fresh cut grapefruit at the finish. Subtle undertones of caramel malt and resinous hops are hard to find.

Resin and skunky hops dominate the flavor initially, with grapefruit and orange pith adding complexity. The caramel malt backbone surfaces briefly to tie the citrusy hops into the slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with carbonation tending toward the lower side, and substantial alcohol warmth.

Overall, a tasty dipa. More citrus hop character than anything, on the whole. The malt is present, but not the star, and the finish isn't overly bitter. It's a bit over the top grapefruit, but dangerously drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 22:15:08 | More by barczar
Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.