Bell’s Brewery Hopsolution Ale

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One of my favorite places to hang out and chill is Hilltop Tavern. Why? Because even though this cozy Clifton spot doesn’t have an abundance of taps in a world in which tap numbers are like the beer version of horse power, the rotators move through quickly and can be anything from a regional seasonal to something you tried a year ago and loved to something you’ve only heard of in legends.

Anyway, I dropped in on a recent quiet Sunday evening and found that a fresh keg of Bell’s Brewery Hopsolution Ale had just been tapped. I’d never tried it, and it’s only available for a short time, so I jumped on it. Bell’s Brewery is the pride of Michigan, consistently brewing top-notch beers since the mid-1980s. What’s not to like?

I will warn you that while Hopsocution, a brilliant copper color, may look harmless; it’s a lot bigger than your dad’s beer (8 percent alcohol by volume is not to be trifled with). At the same time, I could also see how even a newcomer to double IPAs might really dig this beer. If you ever had to chew a double IPA, the accessibility of this one might surprise – it’s flavorful, with a nice balance to the bitterness, and surprisingly easy to drink. Hey, and you can impress your buddies with your outstanding taste while they sip on their Stella Artois. The moral of the story here is to grab the fleeting stuff while you can; that can happen anyplace with rotating craft taps. If you don’t like what you order, you can always backtrack to the familiar in the next round.

Oh, and if you find yourself at Hilltop, try one of the BBQ tacos or the fantastic beer cheese burger while you’re there. They will help that craft brew taste even better. Until next time, guys.