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

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale
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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A "German-style Double IPA" according to Larry Bell.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch # 8513

A: Pours a dark burnt-orange color. Like blood orange fruit. Capping this is a thick and creamy, tan-colored, two finger head with excellent retention. Lots of lace left in the glass.

S: Aromas of pine and lemon. Probably due to the noble hops used. Also noted were aromas of herbs, dry & toasty malt, caramel, and earthy/natural spices.

T: Much like above. The malt never loses its' dry qualities but gains a slight caramel sweetness as it warms. Plenty of pine, citrus, and earthy herbs/spices. Sort of what a high quality health food store would taste like without the patchouli and BO!

M: Dry and spicy throughout. The malt contributes to much of the sweetness here. A fresh, herbal, spiciness adds a tremendous amount of zest to the mouthfeel.

D: Very different, very refreshing, and very enjoyable. An entirely welcome addition to the Bell's portfolio!

Batch # 8779

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint on 2/4/09.

A: Pours a perfectly hazy, dark-orange color with a small-ish, bubbly cap of light-tan foam. The head recedes to a sticky ring and a skim that consists of "bloppy chunks" of foam. Specks of lace are left behind and the carbonation is rather still.

S: Aromas of creamy caramel, tangy melon, pineapple, freshly mown lawn, tart red apple, toasty malt, berries, and an underlying ripe and fruity sweetness.

T: My tongue was greeted with a big wash of spicy pineapple and caramel followed closely by pine tar, red apple, grapefruit, white pepper, dry toasted malt, and some herbal/floral hops. Found a bit of lemon or bitter orange lurking in the background, as well.

M: Very resinous and sticky. The middle turns spicy and peppery and those traits continue on long into the finish. Peeks of dry pineyness mingle with prickly hops and sticky sweet pineapple.

D: This batch seems a little more conventional than batch # 8513. A little more juicy fruitiness, a lot less smelly hippy health food store! All 4.5's.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 436 ratings