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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

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | 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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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37%

01-28-2012 13:53:01 | More by Imsothirsty
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +37%

12-16-2011 15:26:41 | More by Goldfoot
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BeaBeerWife

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

outstanding amber, as it has always been, under it's traditional name Bell's Amber. The original founder of this recipe is quite talented and I look forward to enjoying his new line-up of brews at Muskegon Brewing & Distilling, Michigan... (once it opens) hopefully later this year!!!

I've got the 2008 edition, right on the label. I also have some of last years left over, of which they did not put the year on the label.

PS - do a taste test of this brew with Bell's Amber!

:)

07-29-2008 02:40:00 | More by BeaBeerWife
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Nice hazy copperish red in color and a little bit of head

nice light herbal aroma and some toasty on the nose

it's some and biscuity on the malt and rolls into a smooth, herbal slightly citric hop finish.

smooth medium body, nicely carbonated snappy astringencey that dries the mouth through the finish

very drinkable beer, I really wish this was available regularly in my area. It seriously would be a regular beer that I would drink. It's almost perfectly balanced, tasty yet inoffensive. This might be a perfect drinkin beer.

09-30-2008 01:15:50 | More by Donnie2112
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Jorge

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance: Rich, cloudy brown; light tan head, which quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Pleasant, slightly funky nose; a blend of hops and malts.

Taste: Mellow, slight hoppiness, chocolately malts, slightly acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly medicine bitterness if you let is rest on the tongue.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, a delicious brown ale. More distinctive than the Bell's Best Brown.

06-16-2008 01:45:06 | More by Jorge
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Donnelj

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Very nice amber. I wish I could get this at the store.

Plots a very nice color with excellent pearly white head. Head does not retain well but nice lacing is present.

Smell is not much to talk about. Slight grassy aroma but very slight.

Taste is quite pleasant. It's a mild beer with slight hoppiness. Finish is crisp and refreshing. great session beer!

Mouth feel is nice but a little thin feeling.

Overall a very good product by Bells!

06-18-2013 23:06:26 | More by Donnelj
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BrewMichigan

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

I bought this one at Meijer. Doesn't seem too exclusive if I can get it in Flint, anyways...

A - A hazy amber color.
S - Not a whole lot of aroma, slight hop smell.
T - Much more malty than hoppy. Has a slight english character to it but not fruity. More biscuit flavor than other American Ambers but very clean finish.
M - Good mouthfeel, not too slick, not to astringent.
D - I could do a couple of these on the "Big Porch" on Mackinaw.

Overall a very solid beer but nothing to write home about. This could be very good on a hot day at the lake.

06-04-2008 13:57:24 | More by BrewMichigan
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MDekker

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours out a rich, hazy amber color with a nice finger of head. Some of disappears pretty quickly, but some lingers as well. Good lacing. The aroma is nothing fancy, but quality malt and hops, somewhat floral - what you'd expect from an amber, and done well. The flavor goes pretty quickly to the hoppy end of things, with some slightly toasted malty notes heading straight into pine and citrus. In the mouth it's fine, and it goes down really easy. I've been more than happy with this one from Bell's, although I must say that I'm biased some since I'm from Michigan.

06-21-2007 02:06:11 | More by MDekker
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn fo the assist!

2008 Batch # 8470

A: Pours a lovely & hazy looking tarnished copper color with a creamy, off-white, 1 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly to a swirly skim and thick & bubbly ring. Sticky sheets of lace.

S: Nice aromas of citrus and gradually a little pine bough. Toasted malt, biscuit-y yeast, and an earthy herbal hop finally emerges around mid-glass.

T: Dry, toasted malt and dry, peppery hops counter the citrus/pine flavors as well as the nutty yeastyness. Great toasted malt and roasted nut in the finish.

M: Opens pretty dry and astringent and quickly becomes juicy and oily in the middle. During the finish a peppery/herbal quality takes hold and keeps things interesting.

D: Excellent drinkability. I really liked the nutty flavors that came out as its' temperature rose. Another great summer beer!

06-06-2008 22:47:59 | More by GbVDave
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

This stuff is super fresh. Picked it up at Bell's on July 22 and the bottled on date is July 20!

A- Pours a light copper red color with a thick foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Some nice caramel malt aromas and light fruits come through in the nose.

T- Plenty of clean grain flavors with toasted malt and caramel coming through. A bit of floral hops make themselves noticeable with a light bitterness that helps to balance the sweetness. A bit pedestrian in flavor maybe but still quite good.

M- Light bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp with very well hidden alcohol.

O- Overall this was a very solid brew. I would pick this up often for grill outs during the summer as a substitute for Boston Lager and Elliot Ness.

07-25-2011 02:02:03 | More by projectflam86
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-01-2012 03:48:28 | More by HoneyLamb
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-22-2011 01:40:27 | More by Another6Pack
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-17-2011 00:08:58 | More by TasteTester
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JamesZ

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-08-2013 16:17:48 | More by JamesZ
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-19-2011 14:15:38 | More by mmcnaughton
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xav33

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Bells Amber Ale aka Big Porch Ale
12 oz bottle
Packaged 03/07, rung 05/07
Moderate pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear amber with a large fizzy fairly lasting light yellowish brown head with tiny lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel and leafy hops.

Taste was upfront strong bitter green hops and moderate sweet caramel followed by a strong bitter roasted malt mushroomy yeast black tea and dry leaves with moderate caramel sweetness on an average length bitter finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly creamy, softly carbonated, and light to moderately astringent.

Overall, this was a great amber. Some of that unique Bell's flavor is there (the yeast I think) Balanced on the malt with a good afront oh hops and yeast bitterness.

05-21-2007 06:51:51 | More by xav33
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mentor

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9%

Shared with my wife on June 13, 2008...our 10 year Wedding Anniversary. An appropriate beer for this evening, as we honeymooned on Mackinac Island and enjoyed an evening in the Grand Hotel.

Pours a half finger off-white head over a murky orange-red liquid. Smells invigorating malt wet sweet with drying flour character. Biscuity malt and toffee...actually, quite a bit like Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing. Upon swirling, has the honey and grape aroma much like Midas Touch from Dog Fishead.

Tastes malt wet with chalky driness and clear maraschino cherry flavor. Not quite a tang, more of a spicy zing. Could be partly contributed by the sharp fine carbonation. Yes, carb is a clear sting on the papillae and mixed with floral hoppy flavor. Hop flavor is lightly citrus, but also nutty rising up retro-nasal. Beer is cellar temperature now, nearly flat, and the sweet hangs in a very pleasant way. Esters are minimal, but are very light, such as a dash of canned pear syrup. Some earthiness adds a nice counterpoint.

I could definitely drink another. With searching, this beer is deep, but to the wandering mind, the beer comes across as light and easy to drink. Carb was a bit strong to start, but cooled off upon swirling. Md-light in the mouth.

06-14-2008 06:22:23 | More by mentor
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ brown color, with an off white head. In the aroma, pils/ saaz hops, and a small roasty malt. In the taste, roasty malt, dry caramel, coffee, and pilsner notes. A bitter and medium mouthfeel, and a dry roasty aftertaste. Interesting, tastes like a cross between a pils and a brown ale.

08-30-2008 19:22:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Mildly hazy, amber-gold body with some little sediments suspended. Small, tight-bubbled, creamy, beige-white head. Good lacing. Toffee-infused biscuit malt on the nose, with light cocoa, candied pears, yeast, and mildly floral hops. Caramelly biscuit malt with mildly sweet fruits. Yeasty, spicy hop finish with clean, balancing bitterness. Medium body, with a creamy feel. Nice.

01-08-2008 00:30:00 | More by alexgash
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manodepaz

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

I drank this out of a 12oz stein glass...pour is a darker than amber/lighter than copper hue with an off cream colored head that settles....nose is unremarkable...slightly perfumed with a touch of floral hop aroma but nothing of particular note. On the palate a pleasant, above average maltiness with a nice hop finish on the back of the tongue that lingers. Frankly, the malt really comes through in this beer, but in a good sort of way. A very smooth taste overall, I could drink 2 or 3 of these over an afternoon, a very pleasing session brew (ok, it is 6% ABV which means it is a bit alcoholic for a session beer, but I stand by my statement). This beer is above average for Bell's, not quite Pale Ale territory but definately on par with their Amber Ale. A solid effort worth checking out if you're up on Mackinaw Island or in a Meijer's in Kalamazoo.

05-18-2007 00:37:48 | More by manodepaz
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 5/28/09.

A - Hazy, gritty-looking amber/caramel-colored body with about a finger of off-white foam that reduced to a thin veil and left a bit of lace around the sides of the glass. Lots of tiny particulates are suspended throughout the body.

S - Aroma is a blend of light citrusy, spicy and herbal hop notes paired with a sweet caramel and bready malt character.

T - Flavor kicks off with very subtle citrusy and herbal hops and a sweet caramel malt aspect. Finishes with a distinctive spicy, bready maltiness with a toasted grainy character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Sweet, slightly spicy finish with scant hop bitterness.

D - Drinks like a malty pale with a distinctive grainy finish and a spicy flair. Not one of Bell's more memorable brews, but a good enough session beer at the very least.

05-28-2009 23:59:41 | More by ffejherb
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Dalem

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

As a Michigander with an interest towards tasty suds anytime a new Bell's brand hit's the shelves my local beer monger will find me getting out my wallet for a six or two. This season they introduced Big Porch Ale to the general public. It is named in tribute to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island who are selling it as their house brand.
What you get in this amber is a very inviting, very crisp and leafy summer (the season Mackinac is known for by most people) scent, bold upfront taste of a bold hops and a bit of caramel & cream and a slight bitter in the aftertaste that reminds ya that you are drinking a Bell's but not lingering long to wear out it's welcome. I just finished up some yardwork a bit ago, went and sat on my own porch and opened one of these. It's hearty enough to get ya with it's own little kick but clean enough to hit the spot. I used to think I wasn't much of an amber fan (thought's of Killian's still dancing though my head maybe...Never liked the stuff) but I've been finding myself enjoy certain one's here and there lately. I've heard that Big Porch is just Bell's regular Amber with a different label. Ya know what though. I don't feel duped though really. It cost me the same price as any of their other ones they make (well...save for their Hop Slam and Hell Hath No Fury of course) and it's nice to know, in a way, that after this seasonal run is gone I can still go pick it up in it's regular clothes (provided it is exactly the same. Out of all the Bell's I've tried I don't believe I have ever picked up their amber...but I think that goes back to what I was saying about bad Killian memories.)

06-10-2007 20:58:01 | More by Dalem
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snansel

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-06-2014 18:05:29 | More by snansel
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midlifec

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-25-2014 22:18:07 | More by midlifec
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-12-2013 14:09:39 | More by MSandahl23
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Bell's Big Porch Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.