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Bell's Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,145 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 12-11-2001)
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Reviews by DrewS:
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DrewS

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Finally got around to reviewing this one and overall I'd say it's a solid pale ale. It pours out a clear golden yellow with a small white head that fades to almost nothing. Malt dominates the nose and has a sweet bready, almost biscuity aroma with some help from the yeast. Hops are there but barely play a supporting role. Good texture on the tongue and a proper medium body. Again, malt takes the stage with bread and some fruit. Hop flavor is very detectable with some earthy tones and a nice lingering bitterness. Not a whole bunch going on here with this beer but a good pale ale needs not be overly complex. I could drink this all night if I could only get more of it here in Virginia.

07-15-2003 15:23:33 | More by DrewS
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oberon

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +17%

Wow I sure do miss Bells back home (Mount Pleasant,Mi).Wow great head,nice subtle hop maybe to little for a Pale ale but good enough.Yeasty smell is wonderful would like a six pack now!Well back when I drank this beer I thought it was the greatest thing ever.

04-15-2002 09:57:22 | More by oberon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -15%

A very mellow APA.

Crisp carbonation and a healthy white head. Plenty of good flakey stuff floating around like one expects from Bell's.

The malts are mild and sweet.

The hops have some spicy flowery notes.

Very dry finish.

This beer was ok and I should note that my mom loved it but I expect more from Bell's and wasn't too enthused over this.

09-06-2005 16:10:10 | More by DaPeculierDane
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

03-19-2014 12:01:10 | More by tectactoe
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poibag808

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -12%

12-17-2011 09:06:02 | More by poibag808
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%

Batch 6821. The Bell's Pale Ale pours from the bottle into my glass a golden honey like the warm summer sun. A creamy froth of white appears on top with big airy bubbles. Aromas of sweet pale malts touched with caramel intertwine with herbal, fresh wildflower hops and light citrus spice.

First sip brings a refreshingly sweet pale malty backbone enlivend with bold flowery, herbal hoppiness that takes hold mid palate. Hints of citrus fruits and mellow spice as well. A refreshing pale ale with an interesting hop profile. It's nice to see something other than the normal citurs/grapefruit hops used in most pale ales. Lingering bitterness on the finish with wildflower hop burps!

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with enough grist to make it feel full in the mouth. Another easy drinking brew from Bell's. I could see a sixer disappearing from my fridge quite quickly. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the single.

07-30-2005 18:53:32 | More by orbitalr0x
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nycjag

New York

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

This was a pleasing enough a beer. While I tend to like pale ales this one wasn't quite in my wheelhouse.

The nose had a pleasing floral hop, but the taste fell a little flat to me. I like my pale ales with a slightly sweet maltiness and I was quite getting that. Almost like an off flavor snuck in there.

The appearance was also interesting. It was relatively clear in the glass, but had a significant amount of suspended yeast, which I would normally like, but it just looked strange in a relatively clear beer.

This beer wasn't bad, just not among their best offerings.

11-02-2007 05:43:00 | More by nycjag
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nickadams2

New York

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

A_Hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a film of lace.

S_Grassy hops and toasted grain.

T_Grassy/earthy bitter hops. Pale malt backbone. Dry finish.

M_Thin and crisp. Overall pretty refreshing.

D_Great session beer. Simple flavor and easy to drink.

09-26-2010 02:15:56 | More by nickadams2
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-13-2012 19:10:56 | More by danthehopslamman
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andrewsporter

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -29.6%

I poured this one bottle into a pint glass. Looking at the beer in the glass I was pretty excited to take a huge slurp. A dull yellow color, it looks enticing and a little bit on the thick side, mostly because of the particles floating around. It is mostly opaque.

Sloshing the beer around and first drink, it becomes immediately apparent that the beauty of the beer itself does not make up enough for the undistinguished flavor. Most points on this one come from look and perceived texture, however there is a nice bite and it's definitely drinkable, just not for the price. I'll keep searching...

10-23-2009 01:20:52 | More by andrewsporter
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NWer

Washington

3/5  rDev -12%

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.
Unimpressive pour. Pale yellow not conducive to a Pale Ale at all. No head to speak of.
I've had adjunct lagers that taste no worse than this. Very thin and watery tasting.
Not craft worthy. A big disappointment given Bell's reputation.
update: On closer scrutiny (and a few more beers) I believe I was too harsh in my initial evaluation. The pour is quite nice with a nice tight head. Taste is much better than any adjunct lager and I upgraded this beer accordingly. Still not overwhelmed though.

10-06-2011 22:18:09 | More by NWer
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Todd

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a pretty chill-hazed dirty blonde/straw beer with a thin white wispy lace. Aroma is pretty clean with notes of grain, but that's about it.

Chewy, solid medium body with rough grain edges / husk tannins; a mouthful of raw malted grain is what you get! Carbonation is crisp. Malt character is a bit sweet with mild fruit flavours, touch of honey. Hop character is very herbal and spicy, backed by a quick citric twang and floral flavours. Finish very dry, with an overwhelming amount of tannins on the palate.

If it wasn't for the dominating grainy tannins, this would be a pretty decent beer. However, as it stands, this is a one beer beer. Glad I gave it a try though ...

07-31-2003 21:33:03 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle, batch 7163 (11/28/05). I guess this beer is a little old, but my Dad just bought it in MI 3 weeks ago, bummer. Pours a hazy, glowing golden orange with some suspended yeasties. It has a fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, some citrus, grassy floral hops and a little DMS.

The flavor is very sweet and fruity malts at first, followed by a decent hop bitterness which lingers through the aftertaste. There is a touch of sourness. The sweetness and bitterness are not well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery, yet bubbly.

Overall, a decent pale ale. It has good bitterness, but is not well balanced. I wonder what this tastes like fresher.

09-20-2006 02:49:32 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours with a thick dense white head that remains. The aroma is of pine and citrus no distinct hop nose but plenty of grains. It is a beautiful golden color and clearly unfiltered. The taste starts with a malt sweet taste and finishes quickly with a slight bitterness and a maltyness. The mouth is smooth and never harsh and it is easy to drink a slightly better then average but only slightly pale ale.

10-28-2010 23:32:11 | More by bishopdc0
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10%

05-17-2013 01:29:25 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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bellce0

Georgia

3/5  rDev -12%

08-03-2012 22:24:18 | More by bellce0
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clarkkr

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -15%

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

The beer had a beautiful golden-amber color and a small (~1 finger) cream-colored head. It had a modest amount of lacing, and even less head-retention.

This wasn't a bold-smelling (or tasting) beer. It had a sweet malty smell with some even lighter tones of floral hops. The smell was pleasant, but not "provocative" (i.e. it didn't make me want the beer more).

The taste was nearly as mild as the smell. I was expecting more of a hop presence, as it was American-style pale. The flavor was well-rounded but mostly dominated by the sweetness of the malts. The hops add a little bit of an edge when the beer hits your mouth and as you swish it in your mouth.

The beer makes up some ground here. It's relatively thin, but the hops do compliment this well and it feels sort of fluffy and velvety on your tongue and palate.

Overall enjoyable, but not outstanding. It's probably my least favorite Bell's beer so far.

03-31-2011 22:25:06 | More by clarkkr
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

10-08-2012 03:48:00 | More by TimoP
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Twifiter

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12%

10-15-2012 20:38:44 | More by Twifiter
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Duster72

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a hazy wheat color with a slight head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is primarily floral hops with some mild malts, but there isn't much aroma there. Taste is floral hops with some mild malts, just like the aroma. More bitter than I would expect from an APA. Bitters make this less drinkable than other APAs. Not a bad beer, but not my idea of a good APA.

03-27-2007 12:14:09 | More by Duster72
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a hazy, golden yellow color, with a small, offwhite, frothy head that is billowy, and retains well. Some nice sheet lacing is noted. Body has an odd appearance, as if bubbles are in suspended animation. Actually, closer examination reveals these to be "floaties", and they're everywhere. A few bubbles fight through the mess, as they surge to the top. Aroma is lemonrind, with some peppery spice. No floral hops are noted, in spite of the label's claims. Carbonation seems weak for style, but some herbal hops bite the tongue. Floral hops(lavender) show up in the taste, as well, but it's pine cone that runs the flavor profile. This has a fresh green hoppiness that I like, and the finish is dry and bitter.
Very flavorful, overall, with pine cone hop flavor obliterating the pale malt. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but found all the "floaties" a bit disconcerting.

03-05-2004 10:47:52 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

12 ouncer sampled, pours light orangy, apricot. Cloudy with sediments, just a wisp of a white tiny bubble head, no lacing to to get excited about. Nose is sweet, bready and peppery. This is another nicely crafted and enjoyable from Bells. Moderate citrus hop bite, pepper evident. Quite dry in the finish. Fine sessioner

02-20-2005 06:47:09 | More by Billolick
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eric_berge

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-08-2012 05:18:21 | More by eric_berge
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henryclay_

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10%

05-10-2014 15:38:20 | More by henryclay_
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: 1 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey, grass, and sweet malt

Taste: toasted pale malt, sweet meadow, caramel, and grass

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start that goes bitter fairly quickly

Overall: A solid, clean, and enjoyable pale ale. One at a session is good for me, however if you are looking for a pale, this is certainly worth a shot.

09-06-2012 17:57:10 | More by tigg924
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Bell's Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.