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Bell's Big Porch Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Big Porch AleBell's Big Porch Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2007)
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PeatReek

California

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solo bottle brought across the country when my parents visited for graduation - I have great parents. Pours a nice clear light amber color with a nice tight whitish-tan head puffing over the top of the glass. Smells sweet and intensely floral-hoppy. The first sip is a little bit cloyingly sweet, followed by an American hop flavor that is somewhat more subdued than I had anticipated from the aroma. The prominent bitterness cuts well against the sweetness, however.

Towards the middle of the glass, some nice malty caramel overtones are starting to come through, maybe some Maerzen flavors even. Unfortunately, so is the "dirtiness" of the hop character, and somehow these flavors don't really balance each other out. Overall, it's a sight better than most amber ales out there, but not truly phenomenal. As to sessionability, I'd probably switch after just 1 or 2.

(Batch 7872... Bell's website has never heard of it. Ha!)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:37:49 | More by PeatReek
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Plots a very nice color with excellent pearly white head. Head does not retain well but nice lacing is present.

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Bell's Big Porch Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.