Bell's Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
4.1/5 rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with no apparent freshness dating.
Appearance: Poured a very fizzy dull golden color with a "soapy" head that dies quickly yet manages to plaster the glass with sticky white lace.
Smell: Very nice...sweet honeysuckle with citrusy notes, with a dash of grassy thrown in for good measure. Very different and very pleasing.
Taste: I wasn't sure how the smell would translate into the taste, but it certainly was good! Very "yeasty" and "bread-like", with all sorts of floaties in the beer broken loose from the bottle of the bottle. Nice input from the hops in the form of a slightly earthy/grassy and citrusy flavor. Throw in a smattering of bitterness and you've got a good beer in your glass.
Mouthfeel: Given how active the beer was after the pour, I'd expected a much fizzier mouthfeel. I was rewarded with a very creamy and smooth coating of the palate.
Drinkability: Very easy to finish this one. Not much in the way of a bitter aftertaste and certainly easy on the tastebuds as a result of the relative lack of hoppy bitterness. I'd gladly try this again.
Notes: Judging from several of the other reviews, it appears that some question this being a pale ale/bitter. I also found it very mild in the bitterness category, but I also really enjoyed the taste of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2003 16:21:28 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
More User Reviews:
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.
78 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.