Bell’s The Oracle vs Kalamazoo Hopsolution Ale
Double IPA vs Double IPA
10.4% ABV vs 8.4% ABV
We haven’t done a faceoff for quite a while, and we love the idea of making beers defend themselves against their similar bretherens. You’ll remember that last time we forced Bell’s Hopslam to go head-to-head against the Troegs Nugget Nectar. Today we’re making Bell’s face off once again, with another contender – itself. Sort of.
The Kalamazoo Brewing Company emerged in Illinois back when Larry Bell yanked all his product out of the Land of Lincoln. We here were sadly Bells-free for a pretty long time, until Bells dipped their toes back into the Illinois market with some semi-Bells beer. The KBC released some pseudo-Bells clones like an “American Unfiltered Wheat Ale,” obviously an Oberon clone, amongst some others.
Karl spoke with Larry back when that happened, which you can read about here . Fast forward to three years later, and Kalamazoo has changed its attitude from “tiding you over” to “Illinois exclusive.” Indeed, the Hopsolution is an IL-only beer and Oracle is available in most of the Midwest…except for Illinois. Somehow we got the two under the same roof – so which state(s) will emerge as the lucky ones? Will we be forcing Illinois to suffer the lack of Oracle? Or will we Chicagoans be sneering at the rest of the Midwest saying “neener-neener, we’ve got the better beer”?
Two different Double IPAs, essentially from the same brewer, for different markets. Who will reign supreme? Let’s find out! Continue reading