Bell's Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
3/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
A- pours a hazy saffron yellow with gold and lemon highlights and an absolutely massive amount of micro particles floating around. some are decent size chunks maybe yeast? i don't know. the bottle calls it a blond ale in the description so the light color indicates maybe some sort of style crossover? off white head is near creamy and looks pretty hoppy, ending up as a slick bubbly mass covering half the beer surface. nice thick lace tiers crust over quickly holding up a nice soapy ring of foam. the sediment is kinda appealing.
S- sweet and buttery, raw grains and floral hops. a touch of immature caramel and barely toasted bread and bright tangerine clementine citrus. some butterscotch, some marshmallow, this ale has a rather sweet candied aroma like marmalade. spicy as well with notes of cumin and a cardamom type menthol coolness with faint cedar. woodsy and light tobacco. summer-ish.
T- a load of raw grains and dried pasta followed by a quick noble hop bite that levels out into something more citrus, something dusted with powdered sugar. white pepper, grains of paradise, sunflower seed, and lightly browned biscuit with some lemon pith pretty much round out the flavor profile. not quite malty, but very pale grainy, and the meek spiciness of the hops don't really stand out against it. tastes incomplete, undercooked. would get a much better rating from me in the blond ale category.
MF- as light as the color indicates and fizzy front to back. plenty of astringencies as alpha acids and tea like tannins collect on the tongue with moderate dryness. sharp bitterness is a day late and a dollar short and would have been more appreciated if introduced prior to the finish.
D- more like a well malted pilsener with some ale complexities, this one seems a little strange to me. though guidelines are just that-- this is a decent brew, but adhering to the APA category, this one falls way under expectations. perhaps bells could be less rebellious and rename this APA as a hopped up blond, wherein i would have gratefully given it a better review.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2008 07:55:14 | More by hustlesworth
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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.