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

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Bell's Pale AleBell's Pale Ale

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1,145 Ratings

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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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Photo of drpimento


4.03/5  rDev +18.2%

Point # 1: Don't try to appreciate this beer too much if trying it after Bell's Hopslam. But, as time passes and I get further into this beer, I appreciate it more and more. Picking up more nuances that I missed before. Poured with an offwhite decent textured head with some lace that last. Very slightly hazy amber color. Basic american pale ale hop flavor slightly leaning to grapefruit.

03-26-2007 23:50:48 | More by drpimento
Photo of schusterbauer


4.15/5  rDev +21.7%

i liked this bottle a lot more than when i'd had this on tap previously. (perhaps attributable to smoky bar syndrome; perhaps attributable to, what i'm getting the impression is, a somewhat inconsistent beer.)

dense golden color with a thick surging head. grains and candy sweetness in the nose. gobs of grain and yeast flavors infused with blueberry, hops, merengue. unconventional, to say the least. thick in the mouth -- it's creaminess is a strange match with the flavors, but it's a good strange.

03-26-2007 13:50:37 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of MmmIPA


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

This has to be the most un pale ale I have ever tasted.

Murky golden body with TONS of yeastys floating in it with a nice 1 finger white head.

Smell isnt hoppy at all and sorda smells like a dunkel lager.

The taste is almost a funky taste and leaves your mouth fast.I can taste malty and some small amount of bittering hops.

The mouthful is very easy and smooth and sorda refreshing.

Ya know I like this beer but its not a APA in my book.It taste nothing like any of the APA's Ive tasted.It taste more like a british beer.Good but shame on them for labeling a beer that isnt what it is.

03-25-2007 22:17:04 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of Gump


1.98/5  rDev -41.9%

Chunky sediment remains suspended in the pour, creating what looks like a glass of sea monkeys.
Flavor quickly leaves my mouth, making me wonder what I just tasted.
Some hop taste but lacks sweetness.

Bought as a single bottle. No freshness date, but I think this was a left-over from long ago.

03-18-2007 02:05:54 | More by Gump
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Adnams Tulip pint glass. Appears a rich, slightly cloudy golden amber color with two fingers of off - white foam. Minimal lacing left on the inside of the glass. Smells faintly of apricot followed by mild, flowery hops. Tastes of sweet pale malt, followed by mildly spicy, flowery hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try.

03-14-2007 13:50:31 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. in a pint glass.

A - It has a nice light caramel color with a thin layer of head that stays throughout the experience.

S - Weak, hard to pick up much aroma.

T - A little above average. I will admit that i am not the biggest pale ale person, but as pale ales go, this is one of the few I can drink and enjoy because of the mild bitterness.

M - It hits the pallet much like every other pale ale with the same lingering taste.

D - As pale ales go, this is definitely one I can sit back and enjoy a few of.

03-07-2007 05:27:00 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a murky light amber with good head to begin with, good head, good lacing. Aroma is pretty stock, should have more hops to it, more of anything really. Is this a bad bottle maybe? Some fruity hops, some caramel, but I want more. Taste is fine, hops are fine, malts are fine. Really, nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing I'd have expected from Bell's. Granted, Bell's puts out a shitton of beers, and it seems they put a whole lot of effort into other works of genius, but I'd like more out of their stock pale ale. (Now, if that wasn't subjective enough for ya...)

02-27-2007 04:56:49 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of hero27


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

12 oz bottle.
Batch 7701.

Hazy golden yellow. Many flecks of small sediment visible through the clear gold liquid.
Aroma leaves something to be desired. It was hard for me to pick up anything other than pale malts and a very light touch of hops.
I actually thought the taste was quite good for a pale ale. Nice floral hops..not overdone & not too grassy. Spices are noticed quite a bit also. Caramel pale malts round everything up well. Very well-balanced all around.
Plenty of carbonation..might want to tone that down a little if it were up to me. But it does slide down rather smooth. Certainly a sessionable beer as well. Yet another Bell's brew worth trying.

02-20-2007 04:36:06 | More by hero27
Photo of wagenvolks


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Light golden color, semi-clear and slight bubbling. THICK white head that leaves decent lacing. Some small, dark yeast or spice particles swirling throughout. Aroma is light and airy, with fruity cantelope, citrus, and vanilla. Some synthetic, perfumey floral notes as well.

Taste is of spiced hops with a good malt balance...otherwise unremarkable and underwhelming. Feel is good; crisp and springy on the tongue, nice hoppy aftertaste. This is not the most complicated of beers, nor overly refreshing, but it's tasty and easy to drink. Have one.

02-14-2007 03:02:08 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of VipertheIV


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

This is the first Bell's beer I tasted and enjoyed it very much. It has a golden cloudy appearance and a nice head. The aromas smelled while drinking it are citrus and the tast is citrus with a subtle hoppiness. Drank it out of a standard pint glass.

02-13-2007 15:11:17 | More by VipertheIV
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

4.38/5  rDev +28.4%

Poured into a traditional pint glass. Beautiful golden pale orange with a frisky, fluffy white head that laces itself all over the glass and top of your remaining beer. Trademark Bell's yeasty suspension as well. The nose is partially full of light, fresh citrus aromas and dry spice. Imagine the misty aroma you get when you bend the peel of a lemon or orange. Not a whole lot of hops present in the aroma, although they are slightly detectable. There is also a slight whiff of dry malt. A light and smooth body carries, what you can tell is, a brew that has been created by a smart brewer. Light hop flavor hints of aromatic citrus fruits as mentioned above. A well balanced, and again very light, malt sweetness supports the hops and does not overpower. Finishes super clean with a nice dry, fresh husk flavor. This has got to be one of the cleanest and freshest beers I've ever tasted. One could easily have a fantastic session with this beer on a very hot summer day.

02-13-2007 04:14:44 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Batch 7759. They just recently added 3 more Bell's beers to the lineup at Raleigh's Flying Saucer. Poured from a bottle a very light orange with a decent head that was mostly diminishing. Aroma was very weak. Some citrus hops trying very hard to be noticed, but barely achieving. Taste was an improvement on the aroma but still not much more than average. Good blend of mild hops and pale malt. There was a pleasant sweetness on the final sip. The peer possessed a decent carbonation and alcohol was hardly noticeable. This would be a decent session beer, likely better suited for the summer.

02-12-2007 03:37:23 | More by atsprings
Photo of arguemaniac


3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

Not bad, but not amazing either. The palate features a really nice malt sweetness, with a pleasant hint of honey, which, further into the sip, transitions into a nice balance of tasty grain and a fairly assertive hop spice and flavor. Not mind-blowingly rich, but it’s got good flavors and great drinkability. Recommended.

02-05-2007 02:09:18 | More by arguemaniac
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a semi-cloudy golden color with bits of sediment visible throughout the body. Nice touch. Head disappears quickly but does leave decent lacing behind. Nose is only medium strength but does provide hops with a piney, almost spicy nose to them.

Taste is broad and bitter with active, piney hop flavors that mellow and finish mostly cleanly. Rather dry for an APA. Mouthfeel isn't bad but could stand some straightening. Not a great beer but definitely a serviceable one.

01-27-2007 02:43:46 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Thank You CRJMellor.

Batch 7686

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small foam white head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of hops, and slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, but not what I would think of an APA, nice little bite in the finish. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA at all, could use more hops though.

01-17-2007 01:29:58 | More by Wasatch
Photo of gmfessen


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden-yellow color with particulates floating throughout the beer and has a sparkling foamy white head. Smell is not overwhelming, but is of floral hops and grainy malt. The taste is neither sweet nor bitter, but is incredibly smooth and well balanced. The beer is light in body and has gentle fizzyness about it. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, goes down very easy and could be consumed in mass quantities easily.

01-16-2007 06:04:01 | More by gmfessen
Photo of RBorsato


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Hazy blonde-ish light gold with lots of suspended sediment, a nice off-white head, and decent carbonation. Very malty Blonde Ale type aroma with little hop character and mostly a fruity ale character. Fruity ale character dominates the flavor with a touch of grain and less hop character; not sweet though. Light-medium bodied balanced American Blonde Ale....

A nice Blonde Ale ... not sure about an APA.

Per Bell's website:
OG: 1.05
ABV: 5.3%

Batch # 7756 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 01/08/07

($7.99 / 6-pack)

01-15-2007 22:57:56 | More by RBorsato
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +5%

Pours a fuzzy looking gold in color. Thick head with some great retention. Lots of lacing around the inside of the glass. I use the word fuzzy because there are lots and lots of itzy bitzy specks just floating in the beer like it is zero gravity.

Nose of this beer is mostly malts with just a slight peppery hoppiness to it. Flavor is straightforward leaning heavuly on the malts but balance decently with minty hops. Slight pepper tang to the overall flavor. Kind of an orange citrus fruit thing going on as well. Medium body that is slightly oily. Bitterness lingers a bit too. Nie and drinkable. It will ecome a great choice to drink during a game.

01-11-2007 03:59:45 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of emerge077


3.58/5  rDev +5%

Not a bad pale ale, just not something I would reach for on a regular basis.

Pours a pale yellow-orange, decent frothy foam. Smell is musty cereal grain and that's about it.

Taste is slightly bitter upfront, some full malt in the mouthfeel, and residual bitterness in the finish. Subdued grapefruit and grain notes. Somewhat spicy when first poured, but later subsides.

Easy to drink, with a fairly smooth mouthfeel that is this ale's saving grace.

01-07-2007 04:44:30 | More by emerge077
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%

The beer poured into the glass hazy pale golden with a low white persistent head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and citrusy. The fruit had a bit of pineapple sweetness coupled to some light caramel. The citrus presence was lightly orange and hop derived.

The flavor was malty with a nice presence of caramel which was well balanced with hop bittering. The bittering was pleasant and the hop flavor was citrusy. Nothing about the flavor was overdone, just a basic malty pale ale balanced with some citrusy and lightly grassy hops.

The finish was dry with lasting light malt and hops into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and an almost creamy texture to the mouthfeel. The dryness was spot on and left me wanting to take another drink. A really nicely achieved pale ale.

12 ounce bottle.

12-27-2006 23:05:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Grundle20


2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

The beer is straw gold in color with a touch of haze. There is an ample eggshell white head with splotchy lacing and some good retention.

This beer smells funky which is surprising because it's fresh. The scent is very similar to that of a compost pile. There is some minor floral hop notes but they are completely overpowered by whatever that awful scent is.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again the taste is rather gross. The beer doesn't taste infected. It more or less tastes as if I was chewing a mouthful of straw with a mild hop bitterness. The beer also drinks a little flat but the mouthfeel is about the only thing decent about this beer. Quite the shocker I must admit coming from Bell's.

The smell and taste just aren't up to par for extended drinking or session drinking.

Bottom Line:
Any indicator of this being a bad bottle or old bottle are out the window, this was simply an unimpressive beer. Pass.

12-25-2006 23:31:54 | More by Grundle20
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -25.8%

A light and hazy pale orange-yellow with a moderate head and some lacing. Looks more like a wheat beer than a pale ale. The taste is just very lacking in flavor. It enters the mouth with promise but has a pleasant mouthfeel that doesn't scream of over-carbonation but very carbonated in flavor. I was disappointed in this particular beer, mainly because this company's other brews are outstanding.

12-23-2006 04:42:38 | More by Neehan
Photo of jpkoch1962


2.6/5  rDev -23.8%

This is one of thier weaker beers. The ale poured a cloudy bright orange with decent head and lace. Unfiltered with plenty of chill haze. Aroma was neutral with some floral hints. The front end had mild malt aroma, some bitterness took over in the middle, but finished a bit sour. Mouthfeel was watery at best. Carbonation levels weren't bad, so I'm assuming this low gravity ale just needed something to give it character.

12-22-2006 20:10:50 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of mmmbeer


3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

12 oz. bottle, batch 7701 - packaged 11/01/06. It pours a mildly-hazed gold with some floaties and a finger of white head that leaves light lacing. The bouquet consists of pale malts, spicy/floral hops, and maybe some yeast. It tastes of a pale malt background - mainly for balance - with a nice mix of piney/grassy/spicy hops and hints of grapefruit/perfume, combining to deliver a medium bitterness. It feels nice on the palate, with natural carbonation and a lightly tingly, dry body that leaves a medium to long finish. Overall very reminiscent of SNPA except with more bitterness and less of a malt profile. Definitely sessionable if you can get it.

12-21-2006 08:40:45 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of dedrinker


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

This unusually plain pale ale is a pee yellow, and has an aroma of musty basement inhabited by a cat. Flavor is better with a restrained malt and hop presence. It is a little less than ideal for a standard American Pale Ale, but will certainly do in a pinch when decent beer is needed for mindless television watching. Having tasted the Bells Two-Hearted Ale, ans some of their stouts, I am a little let down by this rather average offering, yet I admit that most American Pale Ales that really knock my socks off could actually qualify as IPAs in disguise, much like a 20 year old senior on the Highschool Varsity football team.

12-07-2006 04:59:41 | More by dedrinker
Bell's Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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