Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
Ratings:
435
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at The Bulldog Northeast.

A: Burnt orange in color with a two-finger white head. Retention is excellent, with sticky lace coating the sides of the glass.

S: Some caramel malt up front, but it is soon dominated with grassy, floral hop tones.

T: Much like the smell. Caramel and toast to start, with some fruity esters on the mid-palate. Finish is dry, with massive floral and piney noble hop character.

Notes: This beer is medium to full-bodied, with incredible balance and a slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, despite being 9%. Overall a very tasty brew, and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to try it.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Michigan Brewers Guild in Ypsi. Pours golden with frothy head. Smells of straight bitter hops and pine. Taste is pure pine and bitter, but one dimensional. Dryish mouthfeel, medium body, heavy carbonation. Not impressed with this one. Only okay. This was so one dimensional as to be just extremely boring. Not a bad beer, but not much to it.

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Photo of Rich540
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 6 ounce snifter (then a ten ounce half-pint glass) at Beer Run in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 1 February 2012 (last night).

A: Light head, good lacing. Clear orange with some bubbles.

S: Phenomenal! Loads of hops and soft fruit. Complex, spicy, foreign hops.

T: Light and interesting. Lots of fruit. It's a bit dry. (The rumour is that the keg got stale and, while it is vaguely reminiscent of a stale Saltine, it is no less excellent for that.) Hops are piney and bitter and don't taste very German.

M: Malty and bitter. The beer is more substantial than I first believed.

O: A riotous good beer with excellent balance between the excellent malts and the engaging hops.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a medium amber color. Little lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is fruit- pineapple, grapefruit, grass, and a little caramel malt. A little on the weak side for me. Taste follows suit here, very fruity. Feel is medium, syrupy, with a little dry aftertaste. Overall, not great- but worth trying. Cheers.

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3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy, malty, caramel-y sweetness in the nose. Lot more alcohol aromas than expected, much more so than any other IPA I've had. Is this really an IPA?

Caramel malt sweetness dominates the taste. Alcoholic warmth as it descends. Mild hops on the finish. Not much else going on here.

Only the second German-style DIPA I've had, and this can't touch the Mikkeller I had a few months back. Needs more hops, and that's not something I've ever said about an IPA before.

I don't dislike this beer; it just misses the style completely.

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Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.96 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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