Hopsoulution | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A remarkably drinkable Double IPA that pays tribute to one of Mother Nature’s finest creations, as several hop varietals combine for massive aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and pine. A mild caramel malt character and dry finish provide balance.

Added by TheBrewo on 09-16-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,042
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
620
pDev:
7.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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31
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Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDoHo
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/10/18 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright honey amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thick cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is citrus and pine with caramel sweetness intermingled. The taste is equal parts semisweet bready caramel and piney, fruity, citrusy bitter hops. Neither side really establishes dominance. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is some definite hop stickiness left on the tongue and a lasting bitterness. Overall, very good. Old school DIPA here.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark orange with a fingers worth of white head

S-tropical fruits, citrus, and light malt sweetness

T-sweet malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and a bitter hop finish

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a nice DIPA, easy to drink, but not the most exciting

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Photo of Qwest_35
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quackershnoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: rich, orangey-gold color; slight haze; pillowy white head

Aroma: mango; pineapple; orange; pine; hops; some caramel maltiness; slightly floral

Taste: starts bright-tropical and citrus fruits; moves into a decent grain bill through the middle; fruits return with big pine notes and a good hop bite at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied; slightly juicy; nice thickness; prickly and bright carbonation

Overall Impression: I like this a lot; everything you really want from a DIPA; big robust flavors; not too one dimensional; good hop bite; not quite as good, but certainly up there with Hopslam for me

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Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well I guess they changed the label on this beer. This is one of those "first trade" beers I remember when it came out. Back when double ipas weren't all that ubiquitous.

One thing noticeable right away was the color of this beer. Significantly darker than most, this was an absolute amber to light brown color, with an off white head about 2/5" deep. The aroma paired an almost oktoberfest like malt bill and caramel with a mix of proprietary hops giving off tropical fruit aromas and traditional ones giving some citrus and tree.

Taste is a maltier than expected (until you see the appearance/color) affair, but there was still plenty of hop contribution flavor wise from both traditional and the proprietary hops. Bitterness somewhat tempered with the caramel waterfall going on. This is a unique ipa that I really can't think of much in the way of comparison. I would guess there is some Amarillo, Simcoe, maybe Zues or Cascade in this one. Was Citra around when this came out? I dunno, but this beer throws a little bit of everything in your way.

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Photo of Lahey
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Having this out of a bottle, packaged 8 days ago (4-9-18)
Clear amber with a light head that dissappears into a thin ring with spotty lacing.
Smell is pine, orange peel and caramel malt.
The taste is similar, piney and citric. Maybe a hint of lemon with orange. The beer is well balanced, plenty of malt backbone. I find myself liking it more as it warms. It's a little subdued for a fresh ipa, but well made.
Feel is thin enough to be an easy drinker, medium carbonation.
Overall not a bad beer, just doesn't have that pop I expect from a limited release. A solid bell's ipa, but it's like two hearted at 1% stronger. Not one I'd buy a 6 pack of again, I'll just get two hearted next time.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Calraven
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easy drinking IPA for 8%. Has notes of tropical fruit and citrus with metallic finish.

Nothing too fancy but nevertheless an enjoyable IPA. Rarity is only thing that makes it truly special.

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Photo of egoo33
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MKrauss
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlandy
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of axf4129
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip. Can't read the bottle date.

L: Sunset orange, cloudy, half finger off-white head, lacing has good stick to the glass. Quite pretty.

S: Tropical citrus hops, mango, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, hints of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose, lots of tropical hop flavors, with hints of pine and even some floral notes.

F: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, hop oils slick on the tongue.

O: Not the best DIPA but a good one, another good beer from Bell's.

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3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hopsoulution from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 620 ratings