Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #678
Ranked #3,013
4.12 | pDev: 7.77%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Exciter250
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Why didn't I try this sooner? Forget about looks and smell, which is just fine, this DIPA is delicious. Very smooth for an 8% with almost a perfect balance of hops and malt. One of the cleanest tasting, almost juicy, strong ales I have tried.

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Photo of Jeffari2160
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bitter but not dirty, unlike a lot of other DIPAs. I was a fan of the nose coming out of the bottle, but gradually the smell turned on me. Mouthfeel is a bit too heavy.

The question always is, would I buy another six pack? Not for this one.

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Photo of Creevo
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Imperial, well done Bells. As an 8.0ABV is tasted pretty smooth and not alcoholy. Truth be told, I expected a Bell’s Imperial to be more than 8% but it was pretty good. Had as a bottled 6pk. at Fowler’s 8/24/19.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Sam Adam's taster; bottled on 04/22/2019.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, orange amber color with a one finger, wheat colored head, formed with remarkably robust and lengthy clearing somewhat reminiscent of a nitro can.
S: Bonquet floral (rose) and yeasty with aromas of citrus (grapefruit), caramel, and cocoa.
T: Semisweet. Flavors more orange citrus, caramel/molasses, cookie, and cocoa. Solid bitterness achieves excellent balance.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to strong carbonation.
O: This is a delicious, American IIPA. Flavorful and fun.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a rich malty almost orange in color, nice looking beer with nice carbonation but a small head. Aroma is excellent. Strong hops remind me of many other good Double IPAs. I tastes good but the malt kind of washes out on the way down. It lacks any bitterness and has a little sweetness that balances well. Has a medium mouthfeel and plenty easy to drink. Overall this a good DIPA, great hops linger and the palate is satisfied. I will check for this again and try to find some fresher. Bottled 4/16/2019. Shelf life 3 months. I wouldn't pour this out for that.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a dangerously drinkable DIPA! Pours a warming caramel-tinged golden amber. The aroma is light, even less than a month out from bottling, with a drying caramel-pine sticky note on the palate. Finishes clean.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Honey, grass, pine and slight citrus on the aroma. The taste is pretty much the same. Heavier on the grass and pine. Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve bottle into a tulip

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a nice two-finger head and excellent lacing.

The brew delivers a strong malt-forward base. Citrus (orange), pine, honey, grass, and booze follow.

The brew is honey-kissed on the tongue, and west-coast weedy and resiny/boozy at the finish with plenty of mild citrus, grassy, herbal and floral flavors dominating the mid-palate. .

The brew is solidly medium, if not a bit fuller, but neither sticky nor heavy. Tingly hop and booze at the finish.

This is, on the one hand, an excellent American DIPA. It checks every box. On the other hand, it doesn't stand out from the crowd of excellent DIPA's in any way, other than delivering a bit more west-coast bitterness than these malt-bombs usually do. It also could hide its booze just a bit better. Still, excellent beer.

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Photo of DavidD3
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hopsoulution looks almost like Two Hearted. It's a more translucent copper/amber shade of Bell's other offering. It has some carbonation and maintains a slight head.

The aroma and taste are hand-in-hand, here. Definitely some citrus and pine. I missed the "tropical fruit" that the beer advertises in the smell, but got some in the taste (I also had the beer right at the end of its shelf life, so hopefully it wasn't too affected by sitting on the shelf). Hopsoulution has a prominent toasty, sweet malt character that is truly delicious and excellently balances the more fruity/citrusy hop character. Although I liked how smooth it was, this could be to its detriment. There is little to no bitterness at all, here, and I would've liked to taste some. I did feel a bit of the alcohol on my palate as the beer warmed, which was also enjoyable. As others have noted, this beer is incredibly smooth. I expected it and was still taken aback. Medium bodied mouthfeel that was quite pleasant and almost creamy.

Overall, another excellent offering from Bell's. It doesn't have the traditional IPA bite, but it still exists as a supremely drinkable brew with that will satisfy most drinkers.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today at The Flight Center in Nashua for $12.00. Giving it a shot now out in The 'Zebo... Bottled 4/22/2019, so nearing the end of its shelf life.

Poured into my trusty Smutty snifter, it's a deep amber-orange color, with light carbo and some haze. Head is creamy but thin, a fine layer of light tan suds with decent lace. Aroma has some toasty caramel but lots of rich, piney citrus fruit. Nice! The feel is rather smooth, with a good, medium body.

Flavor is like the aroma, with toasty malts and a smidge of sweetness.
That's followed by some tangerine, apricot, pineapple and resiny, piney notes. Has a nice mix of malts and hops. Solid!! Prosit!!

4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's Brewery, Inc. "Hopsoulution Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 04/16/2019" and sampled on 07/05/2019
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label as usual; double IPA @ 8.0%. Ahhh, and I notice it says "Shelf Life - 3 Months" so I'm right under the wire here. This was the freshest they had at Total Wine & More so that's the best I could do. OK, so it's poured a hazy deep medium amber colored body beneath a massive head of off-white foam. It looks good. The aroma is citrusy and tropical with grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. There's some pine to it as well. It's a lot more prominent than the aroma in some of the double IPAs that I've had. The flavor follows, delivering some additional peach and mango. The malt is grainy, bready, and has a caramel component to it but the hops remain fairly dominant. It's got a decent amount of bitterness to it but it's not overdone, and I think there's a good balance there. It finishes dry with a spritz of alcohol and mainly tropical fruits lingering. Also some soft pine. Ahh, and I'm getting a little hop burn as well. The head has held up well and there's some nice lacing left behind; and in the mouth it's medium-full in body and gently crisp-then-smooth. I've got no problems with this beer but to be honest I was expecting more. Oddly, I'm not even sure where it falters, but it's just missing some of that je ne sais quoi.

Review #6,612

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold to amber. Smells of caramel malt, light pine with a little citrus. Rich sweet malt. Flavor is understated, with a good deal of crystal. Surprisingly understated in hop qualities, and not that bitter. Quite sweet.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 6/19/19. Bell’s tulip.

A: pours a crystal clear copper with one and a half fingers off white head. Leaves loads of sticky lacing.

S: piney, sweet, resinous hops. A hop bomb for sure.

T: mildly sweet, orangey arrival. Sweet, malty mid-palate, ending with a balancing piney and white grapefruit bitterness.

M: surprisingly light; mid bodied, surprisingly crisp for such a big beer.

O: classic Bell’s, in that it is supremely drinkable. Far cleaner than Lake Erie Monster, which I think of as pretty similar, but more alcoholic. I’m getting too old for these high ABV beers, but this is a great one.

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Photo of Roguer
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly dark amber, crystal clear. Good head retention.

Very neutral aroma; some citrus and pine.

Mild citrus, tropical, and pine. Coconut, lemon, mango, peach, and pineapple.

A touch syrupy feel.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle about 2 weeks old

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Floral, grassy, and piney hops up front along with a balancing caramel malt backbone

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the floral, citrus, and piney hops and then picks up the caramel notes and balancing malt. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and a mix of floral and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good DIPA that is well balanced. Nothing special though, a fairly typical west-coast DIPA

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Photo of rypkr
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty lackluster. I'm not neipa homer and prefer a classic IPA but this is just muted and a little malty for me. The hops have a nice fresh grassyness that I dig but overall it's just too much like bells 2 hearted which I never understood either.

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper colored body; excellent carbonation; dense, creamy head. Nice aroma with some pine-y punch and earthy caramel notes. The taste also exudes a rich caramel flavor with some biting hop bitterness; earthy. Medium body with a nice tickle on the palate; mostly dry feel throughout.

A very balanced and drinkable double IPA.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean amber, with a huge head of bone-white suds. Wall of attractive lace, too.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops galore! Appealing.

Taste: Full-on citrus and pine, with only a trace of bitterness at finish. Otherwise a smooth and chewy hop solution. Solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh 12 oz bottle from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $2.29) with a 4-9-2019 bottling date stamp on the label.
Pours clear with a copper-amber colored body topped with a good white head that leaves a nearly full coat of sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma: very fruity with citrus notes, particularly orange and tangerine, dominating.
Flavor: moderately strong and bitter for style. Markedly less bold and dank than Hopslam.
Feel: Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty nice DIPA. We just recently started getting Bells in CO so I hadn't seen this one before. Picked up in a sixer for about $13. Pours a slightly rusty amber with a 1/2" head that leaves huge lacing down the glass (no special drinkware, just an IKEA highball glass). Beer has a great nose on it, very citrusy and sweet. The beer itself is nicely balanced between hop bitters and sweet malt, and the alcohol really just goes unnoticed. I've been drinking a lot of sweeter, tropical-leaning IPA's lately and this is really refreshing just to have a straight, balanced DIPA. They did well with this one. I'm gonna have another.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 1/15/19 poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange with a two-finger head
S: Dry hops, dried herbs, citrus rind
T: Grapefruit & orange rind, herbs, a bit of tropical fruit
M: Lighter than expected, a touch bitter
O: A good DIPA but little that makes it stand out in today’s crowded market

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Darker than many with a clearly amber color with oranges and browns. Off-white dense and foamy head. Initial aroma is kinda' sweet. Also some herbal and earthy notes.
Seems a little thin in body not holding a rich character or slick feel. Flavors start of soft and almost subtle but build through the drink and finishes strong with prominent hop flavors and a kicking bitter finish. Malt character is strong than in many too. Maybe some of that is the early notes of the hops too.
Smooth drinking and more balanced than many others.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/5/16; drank 6/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, pine, honey & caramel flavors; faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Sweet & sticky, this is not my DIPA profile; it's OK but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty beer but a little bit disappointing since I expected more from such a great brewery. I had also been looking for this beer for a while. Pours a nice deeper amber-copper color with lots of lasting foaming head and rings of mild lingering lacing. Smells of some muddled hops, malt, roasted nuttiness, a little bit of toffee and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose, and he hops come through as some grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon and maybe a little guava. Not as much hoppy bitterness as I would’ve liked but there was a decent punch at the finish. The malt backbone wasn’t as sweet as I would’ve liked. Smooth, clean, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. All in all a good beer, I was just expecting more given its reputation.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into Long Ireland pint glass. Pkg. date 02/08/2019
Deep hazy orange, apricot color. Light white head, not overwhelming. Wonderful lacing.
Tropical, light bready scent. Fresh, very inviting smell. Really nice.
Taste follows nose. Light (surprisingly ) refreshing, a bit of bitterness with a wash of tropical flavor and finish with tingle of carbonation and a delayed alcohol warmth.
What I would call a light mouth feel. Perhaps a touch of sweet but no way sticky. Spot on light fizz.
Bell’s has been converting me to an ipa drinker starting with Hopslam. This beer is exceptional in all aspects. Insanely drinkable for an 8%er. A truly delicious beer. This is one that IMHO could win over some ipa skeptics in my macro beer friends.
Highly recommend this one.

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Hopsoulution from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 861 ratings