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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American 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

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Reviews by macher0:
Photo of macher0
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours medium amber color, high clarity, and a thick egg shell head. The nose is great: papaya, pineapple, and citrus. The taste went south as the tropical fruit gave way to harsh grass. The malt level is medium to medium high. Medium bitterness. This beer is a little thin, but has an appropriate level of carbonation.

This was about as expected. Not bad for something available on the shelf or at a bar.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Quetzolcotl
1.92/5  rDev -53.3%
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 TheBrewo
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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 IndyHopHead
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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 jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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 CEEALAN
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +7.1%
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 Lahey
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Phigg1102
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came in a goblet a slight hazed tangerine-like color with a steady half finger white head atop.Very fruity in the nose with mango,pineapple,and orange really came thru,slight grapefruit rind sharpness as well.I found the grapefruit rind notes more pronounced on the palate but the mango and orange also come thru,a pretty hefty slightly sweet biscuit malt element is there as well.A top notch use of hops here,great flavors and complexity here.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I would classify this beer as a very sessionable Double IPA. Nice citrus and pine on the nose and on the palate. The body is what makes this so drinkable. A light enough body to keep pouring another one in the glass but with the flavor and feel of a well crafted DIPA.

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4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacubz
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slycy690
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ravenz98
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolvmar
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spring 2018 12 oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour: deep golden color with hints of ruby. Nice two finger head. Not much lacing but a nice ring throughout.

Nose: citrus and pine dominate. Aroma is clearly evident and very pleasant.

Taste: grapefruit, pine, a little bready malt sweetness with hop bitterness on the back end. Pretty clean without a lot of aftertaste. This is a lot like Hopslam but without the tinge of honey. Refreshing although maybe a bit heavy for a hot summer day. But perfect in the spring.

Mouthfeel: chewy, rich, some oiliness but also a clean finish. Moderate to high carbonation. Really nice.

Overall: this is a really good DIPA. Sweeter than Two Hearted, not as sweet as Hoplslam. It could easily be a go to beer.

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Photo of Dbrulet
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boxerjay
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle - bottled 5-5-16

Pours out in typical IPA/DIPA fashion

Nose of hearty tropical fruits, and resiny hops.

Soft and well rounded DIPA..has barley wine characteristics, which is nice in a DIPA sometimes. Moderate hops, fruity goodness and ample malts on the underbelly...all in all delicious and dangerously drinkable....go get some

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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