Bell's Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by MJR:
3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a burnished gold with some copper highlights. The body is surprisingly clear, being a bottle-conditioned beer. It's off-white head starts small and holds at a mostly complete cap.
Smell: The aroma is floral and spicy from the hops, with some crackery malt. Lots of yeastiness in the smell as well.
Taste: Starts off a bit grainy and crackery, then moves to a firm bitterness, complete with a bit of floral and spicy hop flavor. The yeast adds a significant amount of breadiness and mustiness to the flavor profile, throwing off the balance some. A touch of acidity appears on the finish, which is fairly bitter and spicy.
Mouthfeel: The bottle-conditioning brings a bit of creamy richness to the mouthfeel. Medium in body, with a dry, acidic finish.
Drinkability: This is a decent pale ale. It doesn't match up to many of the other brews in Bell's line-up, and it's a bit off-balance. I couldn't see myself buying an entire sixer of it, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered .
Thanks to 'Realale' for the fresh sample.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2003 19:23:28 | More by MJR
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2.75/5 rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Nothing incredibly special about this brew. It has some bitterness to it that gives it some depth, but for the most part it comes across somewhat hollow and leaves me a little underwhelmed...ESPECIALLY in comparison to the vast array of Bell's other delicious beers.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 02:52:11 | More by MJCF26
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Draft at Bells. Pours gold with minimal head. Aroma is pine, hay, citrus. Taste is sweet orange and toasty malt. Not anything to complain about here. Probably the most popular of our testers.
Review is actually for Larry's Latest Pale Ale which is not on BA yet.
Serving type: on-tap
01-17-2014 18:50:38 | More by jdb288
Bell's Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.