Lampshade Party Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Lampshade Party AleLampshade Party Ale
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,187
Ranked #4,790
4.11 | pDev: 7.79%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Lampshade Party AleLampshade Party Ale
Notes: This big, strong Double IPA is dry-hopped with Australia’s Galaxy and the Pacific Northwest’s new-school IPA hop, Idaho 7. The hop character jumps out at you with juicy aromas of fruit punch, red berry and pineapple. The bitterness is strong, but balanced with a nice malt character.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours clear deep golden with a big white head and lots of lacing. Classic. Smells of sweet tropical fruit hops, pine resin, and caramel malt. Tastes of sweet pineapple up front, cut by a nice pine flavor, with a lot of caramel malt behind it. Moderate pine bitterness. Medium heavy. This is an IPA from another era and it's a nice flashback. It's sweet, but not the enrelenting sugar of its modern peers.

Feb 21, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Eccentric Cafe, how fun sounding.
Well, this is a 12 oz bottle, bottled November 9th, 2020, poured into my medium sized Calusa snifter.

This is a transparent gold color with a little chill haze and a creamy cap of 2 fingers. I hate the appearance category. It's so boring. Anyways it leaves pretty heavy lace up the sides, fuggit, onto the aroma.

Aroma brings candied orange peel and some lemon zest. Lots of malty sweetness to be had too. Kinda like those carameled orange rolls. Peaches. Cream. Mango. A little bit of sweet grapefruit.

Flavor brings really bright pine and really bright and sweet oranges. Some cantaloupe action too. I can't emphasize enough how sweet this is for Bell's (also without being cloying, very important). Peaches and cream. Mango. Mint. Gin. Pretty interesting.

Feel is very resinous with a bright and crisp carbonation, medium body, moderate cling, moderate heat, resiny finish.

Overall, a solid IPA, pretty sweet for Bell's, has a soft touch, and doesn't quite have the intense flavor of what I'd like to see in a double IPA. I'd almost say Two Hearted has more of an intensity to it. Still pretty decent though, give a single a whirl unless you are really into old school IPAs with a sweet twist. It's not my kind of IPA but I can't hate it. It's a good beer. At the end of the day that's really all that matters.

Jan 27, 2021
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TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/09/2020. Poured a slightly hazy orange/straw color with whitish cream head into pint glass; this was followed by nice head retention and fine lacing. Pleasant hoppy aroma with hints of earthy maltiness. Taste is hop forward but with a somewhat muted finish. Mouth is medium to full bodied with malts evident. Packs a punch @ 9% ABV but does not give it away as it's easy to suck down more than a few and not realize it. Am partial to the IPA's that are able to balance the malts and hops and are not just bitter. This is a great example.

Jan 23, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/09/2020 pours very slightly amber ale with a thin head. Aroma is hoppy and a little bit malty. Taste is hop forward and malt is present. The mouthfeel is thick, lays on the tongue but has a good after taste. Overall a fair DIPA that I was glad to try.

Jan 09, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pry-off crown cap:

"Double India Pale Ale." 9.0% ABV.

Original Gravity:

IBU: 70.

Nontransparent orange body. Off-white head.

Aroma hits on citric fruits, passionfruit, pineapple, and 2-row pale malt sweetness.

Taste emphasizes pineapple to the beer's detriment, with passionfruit and citrus (mainly mango) trailing it in prominence. Not terribly well balanced, with too much sweetness up front. though I suppose that helps it tamp down its substantial ABV.

I'd prefer a more classically bitter IIPA with a better hop profile. This ain't Hopslam, and it ain't worth buying again in my book, but it's far from bad...just a forgettable beer from Bell's that still drinks easy enough.


Dec 29, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received in Bif 12.5 from @whyteboar poured into a teku

Dense rich thick creamy off white two finger foam crown over a translucent amber liquid , very good retention , dense curtains filled with lacings , very good renteroon settles to a pencil thick layer

Aroma of the first sniff is clementine oranges, second sniff is pineapple,

Taste is grapefruit. Hint of pine , hoppy, malts

Hop bite, not too aggressive , semi dry finish , good sudsing

Good beer

Dec 20, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the back of the bottle: "PKG 11/09/2020 PRN 31314"

Appearance: The body of the beer is hazy and gold. Fuzzy shadows are visible through it. The head is eggshell white with a very large cap of fluffy foam. It has excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: A strong citrus aroma comes through with notes of tangerine and orange peel. There is a light bit of pine in there as well.

Taste: A light caramel malt-like sweetness hits the tongue first, followed by a light pine resin in the middle. The back of the tongue has a grapefruit pith flavor and it finishes with a sweet tangerine flavor. A light bit of alcohol is present at all times.

Mouthfeel: Medium hop bitterness and a medium-light body. Good carbonation. A bit of a raspy hop finish which is fine but noteworthy. A light alcohol presence.

Overall: It's a great beer that has a good balance of citrus and pine hop flavors. It leaves a nice bitter presence on the tongue after each sip. This would pair well with a strong flavored sandwich like a reuben or a smokey BBQ pulled pork or brisket sandwich. I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

Dec 19, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice clear light amber color
Aroma has malt, tropical and citrus hints
The taste follows the nose with a unique malt, tropical and citrus flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A well made DIPA

Dec 19, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 11/09/2020

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden copper color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which also leaves a very nice small island, with some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), some sweetness, piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), nice little touch of sweetness, very nice pine note. Medium Body, ABV hidden very well, pretty drinkable for a brew this high in ABV, kinda chewy, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Big Beer for sure.

Dec 07, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque bright orange with a white creamy head. Smell is muted with some sweet berry smell,fresh hay. Taste is stone fruit with a tropical pineapple melody. Really quite flavorful. I really like the retro label, he was getting some that night.Feels super well balanced, nicely carbonated,finishes sort of juicy. This is above your standard DIPA. I find it exceptional. Overall Bell's slams it out of the park- Nicely done. I wish I could make a beer like this.

Dec 06, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11/19/20 into pint glass. Pours a clear gold (SRM 5-6) with a nice eggshell-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is a slight caramel sweetness underlying an incredibly juicy onslaught of red grapefruit, lemon, mango, and orange. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky. Carbonation is perfect. Finish is clean and slightly sweet, fading to a definite but pleasant bitterness. Overall, this is one hell of a good DIPA!

Dec 01, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With their Oracle DIPA fresh in the memory banks and HopSlam on the horizon, Bell's is proving that even the holidays have room for stronger IPA.

Golden amber and held in a reasonable hop-derived haze, the frothy Lampshade Party Ale immediately swoons the nose with citrus and tropical scents, along with a soft herbal complexity of perfume and pine. A firm maltiness sets the stage for taste with a honey-dipped, candied caramel sweetness.

Quickly met with the citrusy hops and the balance starts to quickly turn from malt sweetness and toward hop dominance. The middle palate gleans with mandarin orange and a lighter taste of red grapefruit. A fast flood of tropical flavors lead with bold pineapple and then a general fruit punch character as the beer's bitterness tightens. Piney, resinous and laced with fruit peels, the bitterness is strong in the beer's final impressions.

Creamy, malty and still somehow hop-dominant, Lampshade finishes malty-dry and with a long linger of cuacao liquor and botanical gin spices. Its a throwback balance but with modern hop varieties- a perfect beer from those wanting to escape the haze.

Nov 30, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & excellent lacing

S: Pineapple. pine& breadyness

T: Follows the nose, dry with a little grassyness & tangerine, lime & green melon up front. More pine, oranges & breadyness as this warms, along with a little grassyness. Finishes dry, piney with pineapple & orange

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation & good balance

Easy drinker for the style & ABV

Nov 28, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold color with lots of vibrant carbonation and thick frothy white head.

S - Dank citrus aroma.

T - Pineapple, citrus, and berry with a light malt base. There's some slight booziness permeating but doesn't detract overall from the beer.

M - Big soft body that ends dry on the back of the tongue and wet in the rest of the mouth.

O - Solid - yes. Like the lingering citrus on the backside of the sip.

Nov 26, 2020
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GDoggyC from Tennessee

2.64/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I saw this I immediately picked it up thinking "PLEASE don't let this be yet another NEIPA style...if I come across one more juicy hazy "fluffy clouds" IPA I'm going to shoot someone!" Well I get it home and pop it open and guess what. Tastes like every other NEIPA I can't stand. It's probably incredible if you like the style but this is NOT a WCIPA. I mean I loved Homestyle by Bearded Iris when it first came out and that was my first intro to the style. And they nailed it. But after 30 days they ALL taste the same to me. Bring back the west coast please! Never thought I'd be rummaging through my favorite places trying to score something other than Stone IPA, SN Torpedo, BP Sculpin, Elysian Space Dust, or Six Points Resin (Fav DIPA for the past two years). Please come back LOL!

Nov 25, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous golden copper color, just a smidge of hop haze, and a light tan head that provides ample lacing as you progress through this deceptive DIPA. The nose is ripe berries (thank you Idaho 7 hops!), and a healthy dose of pineapple and tangerine aromas.

The berries are forward on the taste as well, and they’re delicious. The pineapple and tangerine flavors seem to have a drying impact (if that makes sense), and there’s a caramalt flavor at the end of the taste.

The mouthfeel is substantially dry, in line with what is IMHO a WCIPA, making this beer exceptionally poundable, which is where the “deceptive” comes into play, because you forget you’re dancing with a 9% ABV beer until you get that subtle alcohol burn at the very end of the taste as the beer settles after a substantial pull.

I have too many “favorite” breweries to count on two hands, but if I was asked to name my favorite brewery, Bell’s is on the shorty short list.

Nov 22, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/09/20.Pours a full golden with a full one finger pillow-like head that never completely settles.Juicy papaya and pineapple,some grassiness is detected as well.That papaya and pineapple stand out on the palate,I get some sweet onion and herbal/grass in the back end as well.I like the fact it's not a full on juice bomb there is a dry bitterness in the finish wich I really like.Well rounded with some of the new and some of the old of American IPA styles.

Nov 22, 2020
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JohnFred4 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: much lighter golden than I expected; the other Bells DIPAs in my flight (currently sitting at the brewery) are much darker, tawny orange

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: again, I get a lot of honey, but it's not too sweet (much less sweet than the Double Two Hearted)

Feel: much lighter than expected

Overall: dangerously quaffable. what's the opposite of a session beer?

Nov 15, 2020
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

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

Exceptional DIPA! Lampshade is a hoppy, malty "party"in a bottle, you get a solid malt mouthfeel with a hoppy-resinesqe aftertaste. Totally delicious and extremely drinkable!
2020 release! Lampshade is an awesome D/IPA that isn't "smack you in the face" dank & hoppy, but enough is in there that with it's malt bill, everything comes together perfectly!

Apr 01, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 11/05/2018. Sampled on February 16, 2019.

The appearance is a cloudy looking light golden-amber with a tremendous, lasting frothy white head. Lacing.

Sadly, this bottle is over four moths old and its stale malt character is beginning to show in the aroma with some buried pine. No significant alcohol character that I can make out.

Smooth, medium body.

The m,alts are toffee sweet yet going stale after four months and the pine hop character has faded as much as it has in the aroma, Mildly bitter end. It was probably pretty decent back in November 2018.

Feb 15, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A murky brown amber in color with a somewhat small light tan head. Extra points given for the labeling on this.

S: Lots of tangerine, with rich and sweet tropical fruit. Citrus and honey.

T: Tropical fruit, a hint of dank, and citrus from the hops. Caramel in the finish.

M: Medium light, with a bite from higher carbonation, dry finish. Somewhat surprising how light this feels with the higher abv.

O: Overall pretty good brew. Fairly well balanced, although the malt is a little.

Feb 06, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.82/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Classic shimmering amber with a large, airy khaki foam, Lampshade features them old school bitter piney hops paired with graham malt, some ruggy pungency and a sharp boozy grapefruit delivered crisply and finishing semi-dry.

Feb 04, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, packaged 11/5/18.
Pours hazy orange-amber with a medium size, creamy, off-white head that has good retention.

Aroma - sweet with floral and fruity notes including pineapple.

Flavor - tropical fruit notes, mainly citrus, that are soon joined by some piney hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - medium-full bodied with lively, medium carbonation.

Overall: a fine DIPA that reinforces my belief of a particular fondness for the Idaho 7 hop.

Jan 30, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a creamy off white head. Excellent retention and sheets of lacing.
Smells of caramel, toast, strawberry, grapefruit, peach, mango, and pine.
Tastes of toast, honey, pink grapefruit flesh, white grape, mango, strawberry, raspberry, maple syrup, and a hint of pine. Leans pretty sweet but is ridiculously balanced.
Medium creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated, oily and slick.

Jan 19, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours dark orange--nearly copper--with a nice 1-2 finger head, and good lacing throughout. Nice-looking brew.

Classic DIPA aromas--tropical fruits forward (mango/pineapple); followed by citrus (darker citrus--grapefruit/orange, not lemon); and then some resin/piney goodness at the end. Muted floral notes. It "checks the boxes" but doesn't "wow." The aromas are good, but they don't pop.

The flavors are a definite step up from the aroma. Although the strong malt sweetness is still there with a caramel/honey quality, and there is some pleasant citrus juiciness, the hops come through with much more of a vengeance, and from the evergreen end of the continuum, with a generous helping of "dank." Dangerously close to being skewed toward the bitter end of the spectrum for a DIPA, it manages to hold on thanks to a citrus/booze finish that cuts through it all.

The mouthfeel is solid. Medium-bodied but still slightly drying at the finish.

Overall, a solid DIPA, which is no surprise given the source. It hits all the right, and expected notes. I would definitely recommend, especially for those who are looking for a more-bitter high-abv IPA. However, I agree with others that there are other examples (i.e. Hopslam) that are better and more remarkable.

Jan 05, 2019
Lampshade Party Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 146 ratings