Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
435 Ratings
Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,404
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
435
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of GRG1313
3.02/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with copper tints and a nice firm white head.

Nose is like candied pineapple; candied fruit; fresh fruit cake; Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and mouthfilling.

Flavors are big and bold and heavy but not rich and/or fresh. Tastes a bit old, although a fresh bottle. Flavors are heavy and bitter pine, bitter light coffee, big bitter hop but without the brightness/acidic character that makes hops so attractive. Bitter carmel/toffee undertones.

Big bitter pine/old grapefruit skin finish. Not bad, just not a real drinkable or food friendly brew.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

On draft, pours a clear dark golden color with amber hues, wispy white head.

The nose is sweet malts, caramel, citrus hops and dried fruit. A little pineapple. The alcohol is apparent in the nose and in the taste. When you first sip, it feels juicy, but the bitterness and caramel take over, leaving you with a mouthful of bitter hops which dominate the citrus grapefruit and tropical fruits note. This is a bit sweeter than I like my double IPA's, but it is an old-style traditional that stays true to what it is.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definately a malt-assertive Double IPA, HopSolution shows a lot of aggression on all fronts.

The beer pours a richer-than-expected dark copper, deep amber color and with an equally deep haze. A short-statured foamstance doesn't billow over but retains quite well with a persistent white foam. The beer laces well.

Strong malt aromas display deep caramelized barley malts, seemingly from toffee or molassas. A mix of malts and esters give the impression of dates, figs, and plumbs. Hop aromas are sharp and bitter with an earthy, pine, and an overall resiny scent.

Flavors also begin with a sweet and sticky malt base. Molassas flavor is met with bread crusts, stone fruits, and intense hop flavor. Pungent, sharp, and with an aggressive bite, the hops give quite a bitter bite to go along with flavor. Still, much more earthy, dirty, grassy, and hay-like rather than the bright citrus notes usually associated with Double IPA's.

HopSolution starts and remains fairly heavy and sticky for an IPA. When the alcohols and hop dryness comes into play, the malts still insist on keeping the beer balanced toward the malty side and keeping it from drying out the way that is expected. Along with the hop bite, the alcohols reveal themselves in a harsher almost-fusal way.

Certainly an easy drink for any hop-head. But HopSolution edges very close to Strong American ales such as Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #8779 bottled October 9, 2008.

Dull hazy orange once the dregs are poured in, a little brighter in color beforehand. Thin cap of foam, but nice drippy lacing. Cantaloupe and caramel aroma, undercurrent of hop resin, all in all a fine balance of hops and malt.

Rich and full bodied, some white pepper, spearmint, and brief cantaloupe flavors. Resiny and dry aftertaste, a hint of aspirin, about as much as I can handle. Bitterness is moderate, it's tempered by a lightly sweet caramel malt that takes care of business. This is almost as drinkable as Hopslam, and will put you on your ass just as easily, so sip accordingly.

As a side note, this batch of Hopsoulution uses a different blend of hops than the first one. This batch is much more fruity and less medicinal. Cheers...

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a two inch head that clumps foam on the side of the glass

Smell: Malt-forward caramel, with a tropical salad of fruit aromatics and a slight grassy tinge

Taste: Caramel, up front, followed by bitter tropical fruit flavors (mango, overripe pineapple and apricot) mixed with a grassy, medicinal element; after the swallow, the medicinal flavor picks up a notch, though the fruit and caramel hang around underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Quite a different take on the style - can't say I would want to seek this out again

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a small, yet thick, off-white, long-lasting head. It left sticky trails of lace.

S - It smelled of warm grassy hops and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It had a great bitter hoppiness. There was a nice bubblegum flavor with some strong caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied ale.

D - This is great. I wish its distribution reached Missouri. I'd buy it often.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with huge hoppy floral notes. Taste is a great mix between some sweet caramel malt and some strong hoppy floral notes and a medium bitter dry finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent aroma. Not necessarily a style that I usually fall in love easily with but this is definitely a top example of the style while showing some creativity by using a less known variety of hops.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have gone through almost my entire 6er of this and have enjoyed every bottle of it.

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a hazy orange hued gold. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: Grapefruit citrus, bready malts, lots of pineapple which is awesome, and pine hops.

Taste: I am loving the pineapple in this beer. It is so clean. It also has a grapefruit citrus flavor with pine hops and some bready malts. A bit of alcohol shows.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very refreshing. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, this is a very drinkable dipa. I have had a lot of this and still want more. Much better than this years batch of oracle. The pineapple was simply awesome. Very happy with this one.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch Number 8779 -- Bottled on 10.09.2008

A: A faint copper; appears almost as if it is glowing. Cream head with decent retention. No visible carbonation and the beer is quite opaque for this style.

S: I'm getting more of the smell of a traditional IPA, and not as much of a hop-bomb smell, as associated with HopSlam and many other DIPA's. Definite sweet malt in the background.

T: Reminds me a bit of Bear Republic's Racer 5. Mild hops for this style, and some caramel malt.

M: Very smoothe. Noticeable carbonation, but not too much.

D: Could definitely drink this one for a while...Not the same honey/hop intenseness associated with HopSlam, and also a bit more malty and less assertively hoppy than Two-Hearted. A very good brew; too bad the release was so limited.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to lurchingbeast for this most generous extra in a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a finger cap of off-white foamy head. This retains with a ΒΌ finger of froth that leaves back a rich cascade which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy feeling with a deep smelling mix of bitter earth and sweet tropical citrus. I'm getting some pine in this as well. Malts come out against the back of the nose with a thick graininess. Probably a little too much so.

The taste is bitter with earthy grapefruit and citrus peel. Resins cut across the tongue with some sharpness. This is balanced with a backbone of fruit, caramel, and chewy toasted graininess, which really has some thickness in the backend of the profile. The finish lingers with dryness and resins. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, with a prickly creaminess that sits on top of some underlying heft, although the alcohol thankfully mostly stays out of the flavor profile.

Overall not too bad but the heaviness of the malt and beefiness of the body made for a combo that started to wear me down some by the time I got to the bottom of the glass. Lots of grainy malt here but it unfortunately isn't really interesting enough to warrant its overly generous presence. I liked the fact that they shot for something different with this but I'd gladly take a Two Hearted over this any day.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of vfgccp
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for mor

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a small ring around the edge, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, pine needles, earthy hops, dash of fresh fruit and plenty of mildly toasted sweet malt.

T - Starts off with toffee and pine resin quickly being joined by the earthy and fruity hops and finally the sweet caramel malt. Finish is a little sweet with some backing dryness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, sweet feel with some dryness after each sip.

O - A decent DIPA. I am always interested in trying new to me Bell's beers but I have had better from them.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally, a beer made just for me. Yips. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose exhibits a strong honey-dripped biscuit backbone covered by a thick sheath of porous pine sap and orange peel. The taste adds some strong caramel to the former and a dry white grape, nigh Riesling-esque, to the latter. Everything pops more, but this also causes a stronger clash between the two. The zazz and lack of balance cancel each other out, leaving us pretty much back to where we began. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that yearns to be dry. Overall, a very nice DIPA, not quite great but well above good. Glad to be an Illinoisan here.

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

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a half pint tumbler glass at Churchkey.

Orange amber body, with lots of rising carbonation, topped with a thin puck off white in color. While drinking gives some good ring lacing.

Nose seems very subtle and buried, some mellow pine at first which is nice but pretty closed.

Palate hits with a wonderful cask like feel and mix of solid carbonation, buttery smooth with right amount of fizz. Wonderful tropical ambush with this beer, big mango on the finish. Fruit hop angle comes with a little bit of orange citrus, and mellow light brown sugar malts.

Overall juicy hop delicious beer. Solid brew.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 435 ratings
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