Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #679
Ranked #3,015
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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Reviews by hughesm12:
Photo of hughesm12
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

God's greatest gift to brewers might be hops. The brewers of Bell's Brewery takes full advantage of this gift with a strong IPA that retains just enough malt sweetness to contend with the absorbent alcohol and to add a vibrancy the complex hop blend being employed.

Bright golden and gleaming with racing carbonated streams, the modestly hazy beer is sun-kissed amber with a sturdy lather of foam. A well-melded hop medley captivates the nose with all-things citrus, tropical, herb and spruce. Its taste is juicy with malt sweetness without cloying; granola, caramel and honey registering on the palate early.

The full-bodied ale simply blooms on the middle palate. The excess malt sweetness drifts and the residual sweetness offers a radiant and branch-ripened character to the impressions of fruit from hops. Pink grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, pineapple, passionfruit, grape and lime all come out to play with the seemingly fructose-laden sweetness remaining.

As the taste finishes, its the true vegetation of hops the closes the story- bitter with deep pine resin and rife with fresh grassiness, an herbal component is leafy and chive-like with tea-like, citrusy herbs of lemon verbena and sassafras. Its bitterness latches onto the gullet for a long piney aftertaste with simmering spicy warmth and citrus peels riding closely behind.

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Photo of CEEALAN
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours with a color of deep caramel with a mild citrus aroma that is less hoppy than expected. Taste is fabulous, leading with grapefruit and a bit of honey quickly transitioning to a smooth and somewhat dry finish that leaves you craving the next sip.

This is a very, very easy drinking double IPA that I could imagine either sipping slowly after dinner or drinking outside on a summer day. This is a very drinkable beer that does not sacrifice much complexity, and is one of the best double IPAs I've tried recently.

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Photo of apendecto
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Hopslam should be. Yeah, I said it.
I'm a huge fan of the non-double digit DIPA's out there. Eight percent seems like the perfect sweet spot. Between this and Two Hearted, your bases are covered.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an interesting amber hue with one finger of tight foam. My first aroma and taste characteristic that i picked up for some really strange reason was chocolate. i don't ever think of IPA's and chocolate but this one had something that rang that bell in me, perhaps it was the marshmallow taste that I got as well that sparked a neurological pathway connection or something. I got the same effect from Founders Red Rye. Anyway the chocolate that I picked up was incredibly pleasant with an IPA which is another mind blowing anomaly in itself. About halfway through the chocolate faded and gave way to a thick malty taste with hints of orange zest that brought me back to the IPA level Im used to. Excellent beer in every way.

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Photo of IndyHopHead
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome double IPA, easy drinkability for a double IPA. Balanced nothing about the beer really pushes forward, it's like a toned down hopslam! Awesome beer and recommend for any hop head like myself!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Holiday Market’s 60th Anniversary party held at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was served in your standard tasting glass, and showed an orange straw coloring. It held a creamy one finger head of stark white foam that retained well. This dissipated slowly, leaving etched patterns of lacing around the glasses. Dense, persistent haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderately active. The aroma gave sticky sweet nectary and massively grapefruity hops, lactic creaminess, granular white sugar, leafy green vegetals, strawberry, raspberry, and Anjou pear fruitiness, eucalyptus and fresh aloe plantiness, gingerbread loaf, clean pale and sugary caramel maltiness, basement mustiness, shaved ginger root, and Tutti Frutti bubblegum tartness and cloy. The flavoring followed much in the same way, with hearty citric, herbal, and resinously piney hop bitterness, steely pale and tannic caramel maltiness, sunflower seeds, stark phenolic plastics, orange rind bitters, vanilla bean and oaky woodiness, wax, lavender, juniper, and jade florals and saps, white flour, chicory weed, pickled ginger, and eucalyptus. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was light. Each sip afforded nice froth, cream, slurp, smack, and pop, although with excessive warmth it became a bit watered through. The mouth was left with a stinging astringency dryness and a metallic slickness to it. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, this was a great beer. It was super fresh and amazingly sticky. Man, there is so much grapefruit here to go around. It’s great. By the end of your glass the bitterness of those hops is enough to get to you, but it just clicks. From the nose, all the way to the creaminess of the feel, things just click. Aside from the citric components of the hop profile, they showcase a fantastically fresh floral and herbal showing that even out performs the nectary and fruity cloying side of it. This makes for an even fresher, more organic and plant-based feel to the beer. This is enhanced by the harsh dryness on the back, making for an interesting, and cool offering. We’ll probably lose friends for the following statement, but having had plenty of Hopslam, Oracle, and Mars, this offering is Bell’s best big IPA to date. It even gives the illustrious Two Hearted a run for its money. There, we said it.

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Photo of Lahey
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Quetzolcotl
1.92/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell: Caramel, and bready grain. No hop aroma
Taste: bitter and malty. No discernible hop flavors
Mouth feel: Thick and chewy

Overall: a shitty DIPA with surprisingly no hop character to speak of. My bottle was a month old. Maybe it was stored in a hot truck the whole time.

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

A - Clear, no floaties, medium orange copper color with a frothy white head. The color is very vibrant.

S - Very juicy nectarine, tangerine, orange aroma. There is some herbal/hemp smell that emerges as the beer warms, but very, very small traces of it.

T - Very juicy, tangy nectarine, oranges, and nectarines. A hint of spiciness and finishes with sweet, resiny bitterness.

M - Thick and full bodied with creamy carbonation.

O - Solid. Recommended. I bought an entire case and it's priced perfectly in the $40-$45 range.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rcjennings
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NSXAG
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Mild... light tropicals and citrus. A bit vegetable-ish. Malts outweigh the hops here.

T/F: Sweet caramel malts and grains gives way to a tropical and citrus hop profile. Well balanced with bitterness. A bit of pine and floral on the back end. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue. The finish is mildly bitter.

O: A solid DIPA. Not as good as 'Oracle' or 'Hopslam', but still solid if a bit more malt forward than I would have liked.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TLA
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raime
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ahhhhh...there are few things better than going to your local craft shop and seeing that your favorite brewery has a beer you've never had sitting in the singles section. This should be a nice treat while hopefully watching the Indians smack around the Tigers. Go Tribe!.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky amber with a finger and a half of rather dense white head. Low carbonation on the initial inspection.

Smell - Surprisingly bready with a much larger malt aspect that I had suspected. Some of that THA grapefruit hop going on in the background. Not an impressive nose to be quite honest.

Taste - Now things kinda switch around. That two hearted ale esque grapefruit presence is more on the forefront with the bread being all present although taking a back seat. Not much else going on in the flavor department so I'll move right along.

Feel - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Swallows a touch thick and a bit sweet.

Overall - Not very impressed with this especially coming out of bells and the beer only being a month old. If ever there was a two hearted ale light, this would be it. It is perfectly drinkable with no offensive flavors, but surely lacking.

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Photo of Nszuch8
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler at State Line in Elkton upon the employee's recommendation. Attractive with a big white head that lasts and an understated, balanced odor. The taste is big citrus and resin and caramel but dry in the finish. This doesn't taste like it is packing eight percent and shows almost no hint of alcohol. This is extremely well crafted and while it may be lacking in complexity, this is tasty and extraordinarily drinkable.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Luckydog91
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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