Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Kalamazoo Hopsoulution AleKalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale
BA SCORE
86%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 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:
#3,378
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
435
Liked:
374
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8513

Pours a fully clouded orange hued brown with a creme head. Nose is grapefrut and pineapple juice. Flavor is leaning towards malts with a citrus edge to it. Overall fairly earthy. Sticky feel on liquid. Low carbonation. An easy drinker that carries no abrasion. I like when my DIPAs are like this.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tattorso for including this in a trade!

Pours orange amber with a thin tan head that has nice staying power. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/piney with some caramel, fruity esters and alcohol.

The taste is floral/piney with a sturdy caramelish backbone. A DIPA that leans BW-ish in taste. There is a slight astringency and some alcohol in the finish.

Medium-bodied, yet strong. A bit of a raw texture.

A nice piney, raw sipper.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel, hint of wood, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, and slight wood. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Brewery, Inc. Hopsoulution. The beer with hops, and soul, apparently. For the good people of Illinois, bless their hearts.

Burnished orange, hazy appearance, slim white head, stays as a slight ring.

Aroma: bright, bold citrus; orange, lemon, tangerine, maybe mango. Very pithy, even piney. Hoppy, but restrained, not too crazy.

Taste: boards the palate boldly, a fierce blast of hops that runs around the mouth, and fades back just a bit. Stays firm and lasts through the the finish. Medium body, full flavor, citrus and tropical fruit, splinters of pine. Good, even-tempered double IPA, can't peg the ABV, but I'd guess around 8%...IBU? 90? Got to give it up for the mouthfeel, hops keep coming, never really give up.

Hope this helped heal the wounds of troubled Bell's lovers & hop addicts of Illinois.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this to use as a trade add-in. Batch 8779 from October 9th, 2008.

A - Amber, creamy one-fingered head that dissipates quickly to a nice lace. A little cloudy with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, & hops. There's a bit of caramel and floral scent in the background. Isn't the strongest smelling DIPA I've had - kind of understated.

T - Quite bitter one the front palette, then sweetens to a malty biscuit sort of flavor. Not much of an aftertaste. Some boozy alcohol flavor as well. I seem to be getting different flavors than reviews of earlier batches, and I vaguely remember that they changed the recipe a little recently.

M - A little bit of tingle, but mostly smooth. A little more watery than I like.

D - Drinks incredibly well for 8.40% - I could certainly have a few of these in an evening, although I'd probably regret it the next morning.

Unfortunately, it's not Hopslam or Two-Hearted, but it's a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this one.

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is sweet, malty, hoppy, slight citrus. The tastes is sweet, more on the malt side, with some nice hop notes, very slight citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, recommended. Thanks Brandon for the extra.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Thorpe randomly at a tasting recently, batch number was in the 8000s, so it's already a few years old. Drinks like a barleywine now.

Beer is copper and clear with almost no head, no lacing, no nothing.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, piny, dark fruits and sugars, perhaps slightly oxidized.

Beer is thick and sweet at the get go, it is malty and the midpalate unfolds to reveal more malt, no real hop presence here, just a lot of dark fruits, candies, and other implements of sweetness. The finish however is relatively bitter with a nice hoppiness there. Interesting experiment, interesting beer.

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Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Pours a copper color with a white head leaving plenty of lace down the snifter. The aroma is fruity if anything, with notes of citrus, tree fruit, dried assorted fruit, alcohol and pine. In the taste, more grapefruit, other citrus, peach, and pineapple. There are also more earthy and piney elements going on which add a solid bitterness. Alcohol content is noticeable but does not detract from the flavors. Full bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, this is a Hopsoulution I can endorse. It dials in lots of fruit flavor without actually containing fruit.

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Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of fredmugs
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Tap. Did some reasearch before I had this beer and I definitely agree that it is lacking in aroma. I did enjoy this beer much more than The Oracle but not as much as Hopslam. This is a very drinkable beer and by that I mean the alcohol content is very hidden. I could have pounded down several more of these and I will surely go back and get more before it's gone. For me the lack of aroma is the only thing keeping it from being World Class.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sweemzander
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a lightly hazy caramel amber color with some mahogany highlights. Produced a good frothy tan colored head with some good retention.

(S)- A good burst of pineapple and grapefruit citrus up front. A mellow dry pine wood behind that. The citrus really takes the forefront.

(T)- Wow, very different from the smell. A big piney resin blast on the front end. In the middle, it has a dry cotton-like citrus and bark consistency. Alot of wood flavors in this.

(M)- A good carbonation level to it. I like the citrus profile, but it is kinda an afterthought to the big dry, almost bitter wood notes.

(D)- A different take on the style. Far more woody and dry than typical, but the citrus does come though on the finish. Good stuff though, almost takes on a more amber ale character the more I have of it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl: rich grains and hops, some pine and grass. This also has a light fruit sweetness up front and then is balanced by the hop – there is a lingering grapefruit in the finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a hazy ruby red with a good 1 finger head of foam. Plenty of lacing. Excellent head retention.

The smell is nicely balanced. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit for bitterness, an ample amount of caramel sweetness. If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a treat.

The taste has big hoppiness with tropical fruitiness and some citrus and a good sweet malt flavour that does some good balancing; not as balanced as the nose suggested but it's far from being one dimensional.

The mouthfeel is just over on to the medium side, the carbonation is just under medium, and it finishes with a definite bitter bite from whatever tropical fruit flavour is the cause. Nice and it's a pretty easy drinker for the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't expect this one to be so dark colored, its pretty much brown. Aroma was unique, remember that Stone double german ipa? Similar, you get lager yeast and hops up in here.

Wow, how is this . . . German? Maybe I'm thinking pilsner but this is supposed to be an ale right? This was also equal parts brown ale. Toffee, more cream than bitter bite. The hop flavors are a little muddled, some fruit, some cocao, some citrus. Its a little boozy.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 435 ratings
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