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Bells Kalamazoo IPA - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bells Kalamazoo IPABells Kalamazoo IPA

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BA SCORE
79
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62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 12-23-2010)
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facundoCNB

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4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice clean copper pour, lots of visible carbonation, 2 fingers of fluffy white head leaving behind great amounts of lacing. smells of piney hops, grassy, herbal, and grapefruit notes with a hint of caramel. lots of bitterness up front with a malty bready backbone.. bitterness wears off comes back as citrusy and then finishes with a lingering bitterness. medium body with moderate carbonation.. creamy mouthfeel. this is a really delicious ipa, definitely does not disappoint. feels and looks like hopslam, but is a completely different beer. side note - this is the first bell's beer i get in a bomber!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:17:44 | More by facundoCNB
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As its murky golden and amber color awaits, the ale springs to action with a cream and somewhat dense pour. As the beer separates from foam its ivory column of froth ensues. Long lasting in its retention, the ale trails with intricate lacing designs left behind on the glass.

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Bells Kalamazoo IPA from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.