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

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,144
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,186
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.54%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
98
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Photo of TheRougeBastard
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, IMBO much better than Hopslam...in drinkability at least!

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of Beejay
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, packaged 11/5/18. Pours very hazy dark orange gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet perfumey malt with fruit and lots of big resiny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet tangy tropical fruit quickly followed big a big resiny piney hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

PKG 11/05/2018.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-toned body with an inch of off-white froth. Light lacing.

Smell: Melon toffees, orange gum, tropical-flavored candy with far lesser, more modest notes of resiny pine.

Taste: Breadcrust, biscuits and sugary, sweet toffee with bubblegum chunks. Melon water, pink guava, citrusy orange and pineapple juice. Florals, herbs. Lightly resiny, minute pine. Medium-plus bitterness adjoined to a little alcoholic heat. Finishes with a juicy perception and a noted sweetness (though not cloyingly so).

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, coating mouthfeel.

Overall: Easy-going on the bitterness, a little sweet-leaning with a newfangled hop. It was fine.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Pored with a gratuitous, billowy, creamy white foam with excellent retention. Earthy, mellow, over-ripe pineapple with floral notes and hints of mild citrus and a light boozy dankness. Medium light malty aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Mouth filling, amazing, creamy smooth feel followed by pleasant, boozy warmth. Malty and bready flavors support mellow floral and light citrus flavors with a light blanket of dank hoppiness. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by bready malt notes and a lazy boozy bite that slowly tapers through. Finished with light bready, malty flavors, light spicy bitterness and boozy notes that quickly taper to a light dryness. Great look and feel. Malty and mellow flavors and aromas that nicely hide the booziness. 

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Photo of drtth
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The lightly hazy golden amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” fluffy ivory head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin irregular island of foam while leaving patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates arches and small patches and legs of lacing.

Some of the aromas are noticeable upon opening the beer. Once the beer is poured the full range of aromas includes lots of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple), some peach, some citrus (grapefruit zest, tangerine and orange) along with some light resin. Way in the background there’s some bready malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the tropical fruits, peach, citrus and zest all showing in a complex interplay where they seem to take turns sliding forward to center stage and then back to the chorus. The malt is bready but has some caramel malt sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden here for a 9% ABV beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with some gentle persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the various fruit flavors slowly fade into the background to leave a nicely dry moderate slightly fruity and resinous bitterness to move to the back of the palate and slowly sneak out of the room.

Overall I’m enjoying this beer and finding it quite drinkable. The beer seems well made and the aroma/flavor profile is surprisingly complex and well done. This does not surprise me in a beer from Bell’s, I tend to enjoy most of their beers.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Not great. Smells like a pineapple more than any beer I've ever had. Tastes sweet, fruity, but more malty than say the Stone Ruination Unfiltered i had before this. I prefer Two Hearted but this isn't bad at all.

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

Like this quite a bit. Awesome nose and just the right amount of hop bite for me. Way more to my liking than Two-Hearted. Would definitely get more of this one !

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Photo of claminat420
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (marked pkg 11/05/2018 then prn 23123 underneath it) poured heavily into my bell's pint glass.

Appearance- a slight transparent copper color with a frothy off white tannish head. leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma- slight pineapple and floral hop notes. also detect some booze.

Taste- like the aroma. very light biscuit and caramel malt detected. maybe some light orange hop flavor also. pretty tame. bitterness is there but also nothing crazy.

Mouthfeel- solid medium body. really good carbonation.

Drinkability- pretty good but nothing crazy.

Overall- not a bad imperial ipa but nothing special. would put this under more hyped up from the limited availability. not going to purchase this again but i would drink it again no prob. for the price point i woulda rather just bought two hearted. just another hipster ipa with whatever "new school" hops thrown at it. to me two hearted tastes hoppier than this.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Packaged 11/05/18.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a copper color with a good transparency about it. A small white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Some runny lace slid with the sips.
The aroma was extremely well done - pulling a honey sweet malt into bittersweet piney to floral to citrusy hoppiness.
The flavor meshed together fairly well - a full bittersweet honey malted character flowing over floral, citrusy and piney hops. Slight aftertaste of honey malts, citrusy and piney hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good for a West coast styled DIPA. ABV felt on par. Crisp bittersweet honey and citrusy to floral sweet finish.
Overall, at one time during my sipping of this beer, I thought I was drinking a re-branded Hopslam, but the more I drank the more I thought there might be remnants of the Hopslam recipe. It does have a superb "West Coast" embrace that may make this a bit different than Hopslam

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled 5 November 2018.
4.5/4/4/4.25/4
A: Pours honeyed orange with nice, creamy head and heavy lacing.
S: Smells sweet and malty, either old or a throwback classic. Hint of fruit.
T: Sadly, I think it's oldish. The promised tropical hops never materialize, and what's left is a malty-dry, old school DIPA. I'm not complaining, but I am disappointed. It's the Bell's I thought I was getting, but never would have guessed the hop bill.
M: Fullish, thickish, hoppy, and fun.
T: Kinda like flatish Hopslam. Honeyed, malty, hoppy, fun.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored and dense, so much so that some light is blocked. There's a quarter inch of creamy beige on top. The aroma is of pine and pineapple. I'm tasting tropical fruit including pineapple, melon, and grapefruit. The mouth is lightly chalky, dense, and lightly sticky.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear honey gold with an enormous white head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a blend of citrus and berry's with some dankness in the background. Flavor is sweet fruit up front and a mildly bitter bite in the finish. Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer that drinks too easy for its 9% ABV.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Nice piney bitterness with sweet caramel and citrus.

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Photo of BarleyWhyNot
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with a moderate head. Has a mellow citrus scent that leads into a malty taste up front with an earthy bitter finish. This has a great full and almost bubbly hoppy mouthfeel that finishes strong like a 9 % beer should. A great classic double from a great brewery.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional double IPA. I feel Bells just might be the best brewery around. I'm not even from the state up north. Has all the qualities of a double IPA. After a beer and a half, outstanding BUZZ:) Enjoy with caution.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey colored body; thick, frothy, sticky head. Sweet and fruity nose; dried strawberries. Honey-sweet flavor offset with a fine bitterness. Crisp, sugary mouthfeel; warm with a light alcohol presence.

One of the finest double IPAs I've come across. Nicely balanced and rich with flavor and depth.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, PKG 11/05/2018. Tall creamy and foamy ivory head holds incredible retention atop a light caramel colored ale. Sweet aroma of caramel, mango, and orange. Great balanced flavor - caramely sweetness, bread crust, and honey along with big hop notes of piney mango, orange blossom honey, and grapefruit. Full bodied, ample carbonation, alcohol is warming but not hot, balanced finish. Great flavors, great balance, another great beer from Bells!

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft, Loosa Brews, AL.

A nice amber pour, a dark imperial ipa with some white head that bubbles up but quickly settles. Heavy but thin layers of lace around the inside of the glass.

The nose on this is predominantly sweet and citrusy, with some malt on the backbone but mostly getting a juicy clementine quality in the aromas.

Again, a sweet Imperial but very tasty. Sweet citrus, hints of tropical fruit. Tangerine and mango flavors compliment a maltiness that emerges on the back end and only the slightest hint of bitter hops. The alcohol is really well masked for 9%.

Smooth, surprisingly juicy, and crisp. Not nearly as boozy as I expected, but a slightly warming quality as it goes down.

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

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 thick ring of lacing.

S: Bubblegum and sweets. Lighter tropical fruits and mango.

T/F: Sweet and grainy up front... more bubblegum, mango, apricot, pineapple, and light citrus. Bitterness is there but this one definitely favors the sweet and fruity. Sticky on the tongue... medium bodied with more fruit at the finish.

O: A sweet and fruit forward DIPA... big beer from a quality brewer, and this is just so different from both Oracle and Hopslam. A worthy addition to the Bell's lineup and a nice treat... too big and sweet for regular consumption for me though.

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Lampshade Party Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 98 ratings