Bell's Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by MJR:
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
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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3.26/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
(on tap at Pistola's - served in a shaker pint)
A: fairly cloudy with dry hop residue... sun-baked golden grass color... lazy stand of head, falls flat... looks messy, raw, amateur
S: a bit flat - old dry malt, farmyard grass... dried flowers, dried citrus peel hop aromas peeking through
T: grassy-sepal, green tea-like hop bitterness - unmistakable dry hop source... hop flavors are pretty straight-up wildflower with a tinge of citrus... they weren't lying, the malt is full, bread loafy, and bold - the bitterness cuts through over it, but still some sloppy balance is maintained
M: nearly medium-bodied, added roundness from hop polyphenols, etc... tannic bitterness shocks the tongue a bit... protein-grainy flow
O: kinda like a pale ale done like a rustic, homespun saison - reminds me of Hof Ten Dormaal's Blond that I had recently, just with slightly different yeast character and more biting hop bitterness
Serving type: on-tap
05-21-2014 04:04:28 | More by Bouleboubier
Bell's Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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