I: Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass Series) | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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I: Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass Series)I: Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass Series)

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This the first of 7 beers celebrating a literary classic and one of our favorites, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Brewed to the season, this IPA is made with 100% German malt and hops, putting a European twist on a classic American style.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 37
Photo of ishcabibble
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bell’s brewery usually does everything well, so when I saw this IPA at my local grocery store I grabbed it. I wasn’t disappointed. A surprisingly mild American India Pale Ale that’s quite delicious. Poured into a glass, I saw a beautiful yellow-orange appear with a soapy head of foam. A citrusy mouth feel and flavor that would satisfy any appreciative beer drinker on a warm June day.

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Photo of malrubius
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Bright CLEAR gold with lasting head and lace. Very strawberry aroma with some grass and hay. Medium sweet apricot and light cereal with medium light berry and herbal finish. Medium light body medium carbo. Smooth. Very good.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, PKG 05/10/2019... poured into a fat tulip)

L: lovely off-white, tight, creamy blanket of foam atop a slightly hazy, yellow-amber liquid... foam looks fantastic and maintains a dense build for awhile... rocky, big-bubbly collar holds, but little lacing

S: spicy-floral noble hops; subtle yet firm undercurrents of potpourri, baby powder, green tea with lemon... certainly not an American hop-derived scent

T: doughy malt, mildly bitter/peppery grass up front; brief swell of toasty grain husk just past midway, bit of melon in the finish... vaguely donut-like doughy, lightly tangy malt character builds in the aftertaste, hops maintain an herbal bitter zip with soft essence dried citrus peel filling in the spaces

F: oily resins, plush malt body, long soft finish... drop-off dryness in the back of the palate, tickled with the feathery residue clinging to the front

O: perhaps more like a robust, unfiltered German pils? One with an edgier malt base (or not)?... drank another bottle from an IPA glass yesterday and the fruity flavors were more pronounced, heavier lean toward those over the malt... interesting contrast between the glass types; I'll continue to experiment with the remaining bottles

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, a little over a month old.

Hops: ??? german ones

When I think European IPA I tend to think dark copper and malt-driven, but this is not like that at all. Straw gold color, plenty hazy. Super clean beer with some interesting fruity notes. Finishes very dry. One of the better Bell's beers I've had recently.

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Photo of Beermotor
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

It looks almost exactly like Wehenstephaner Weissbier. Behaves similarly in the glass w/r to head and lacing. Very pleased with this. It's a lovely beer.

Taste? Well I normally despise IPAs but this is fabulously executed and shows the considerable skill of the brewer if I think it's drinkable. Not overwhelmingly grapefruity and bitter, most likely due to the quality of the hops, malt, and that lovely and divine Bell's yeast strain.

This is a limited run but absolutely worth the experience if you can find some.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a snulip glass, this beer pours out a clear golden until the end of the pour. It still only turns slightly hazy, with small sediment floating throughout; definitely not a haze bomb. It forms a pinky width of white crown that holds well.

The nose carries dry lemon peel, green floral notes, slightly dank. A little spiciness and some sweet honey like malt showing along side crackers.

The taste brings spicy notes, pepper, earthy, dry bread and crackers with notes of slight citrus and lemon coming through as well.

Lighter mouthfeel than I’m used to in today’s market with the juice/haze bombs, but to me it makes it easier to drink. Clean with a cracker like dry finish. Not too much bitterness, but there is a kiss.

Overall, Bells never disappoints me. They know what they’re doing.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy bright yellow with a large white head that falls away quickly leaving moderate lacing. Aroma is faint, grassy with some citrus notes. Flavor is mild as well, sweet citrus up front with a bitter finish. Feel is light and airy, nicely carbonated. Overall I really like this beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice medium to dark gold color with thick creamy white lacing that stays on top without dissipating and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - A touch of honey malt pokes through but predominantly is citrus and earthy malt with some dank spiciness. The nose is a little weak, then again, it could be the glass I poured it in.

T - Light honey, bready malt with a little bit of alcohol poking through midway. Some sweet citrus up front with a little bit of resiny orange and sweet grapefruit, then finishes with a lingering peppery citrus.

M - Big body that coats the mouth with prickly carbonation like a sprightly pils, very dry on the back of the tongue.

O - Is it a hoppy Pils or a German IPA?? It's an odd combo of German meets the U.S. but it totally works and deviates from the rest of the pack. Something different for a change ... I dig it.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a one finger creamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, bready malts and grassy earthiness.

T - The taste is grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, crackery malts, white pepper, grassy earthiness and bitter hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Easy drinking IPA. Nothing really stands out, but i would probably drink again.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m always in for a new beer from Bell’s, so I literally leapt at this in the beer store. It pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a dense light tan head. I don’t know the hop varietal used in this, but the bottle references German hops and this has a really nice succulent orange aroma, so I’m guessing Mandarina Bavaria hops are involved at some point, and there’s also a bready malt component as wells

The oranges are very forward on the taste, and are complemented by the bready malt flavor. This is really well executed, which isn’t surprising given the brewery.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated early May 2019. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour: Golden color, one finger white head. Leaves a thing ring.

Nose: some malt and crisp hops on the nose.

Taste: crisp hops, not real fruit or dank. Drinks more like a malty lager or Pilsner than and IPA. But, it’s good.

Mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation. Some viscosity but a pretty clean finish.

Overall: very drinkable, would buy again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/10/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some haze to it with bubbles swirling upwards; big chunky and rocky white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are floral along with some citrus. Some fresh bread and crackers. Some fresh grass. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More floral notes. Some lemon coming through. More fresh grass. More bread and crackers. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is an okay IPA. It's not bad at all, but it's nothing crazy. The German/European characteristics explain why this one might not be flashy, but why it is what it is. It's fine for what it is.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewed exclusively with German pieces and parts, the ingredient list may say norther German pilsner, but the beer's soul is on America's west coast. Taking those Germanic ingredients and re-proportioning them into a classic American IPA gives the style a new, traditional twist.

Pale straw like pilsner but cast in a hazy gaze, Song of Myself builds an arid, frothy swath of sea foam that delicately floats the beer. A bright and spicy bouquet of dried citrus, grassy, herbal and floral attributes decorate the nose before the taste leads with a crisp, bready, honeysuckle sweetness and a hint of dough.

In west coast fashion, the malts make a quick exit and the dance of hop begin. Lemon and white grapefruit bring a citrusy taste to the forefront. Not to be outdone, the herbal flavors soon follow with lemon grass, parsley, verbena and a bright tea character. A quick late palate of spicy grassiness follows with hints of hay, white wine and lemon pepper apply a long and gripping hop bitterness to the gullet.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the beer's fleeting malts and billowing hops ensure a crisp, clean and highly refreshing texture as a far departure of the overly perfumy or denser mouthfeel of modern hazy IPA. For old school hop heads, the long and bitter aftertaste and accompanying dryness is a home run of a taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/10/2019. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, mango, melon, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, mango, melon, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, mango, melon, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent American IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink, with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. The hop profile was pretty much what I expected. Feels like a mix of Hallertau Blanc and classic noble varieties. Very vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hop complexity; with a great clean pale malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected of the brewery. Pretty unique hop profile, but still tastes like an American IPA all the way through.

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Photo of jkblr
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 5/10/19 (2 weeks ago) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright golden yellow in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a fluffy ring and small island leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is minimal with some pale malt and traces of light grassy citrus. The taste is light malt on entry rolling into medium bitter hoppy notes of lemon, grass and earth. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. I've never had an American IPA utilizing 100% German malt & hops, and it's not what I expected. It's like they used the new school German hops that were bred to make them seem more like American hops, to make a "German-inspired" American IPA that wasn't very German at all in the end.

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I: Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass Series) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 37 ratings