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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
THE BROS
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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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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not sure of the age of this brew or what the status is on distribution, but here it goes.

A. Pours amber with a small thin head.

S. Honey with some oxidation; similar to David Bell is 21.

T. Very little flavor with a touch of honey.

M. Thin body.

D. One and done.

BeerAndBourbon, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Sixpoint
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I normally like Bell's beers, but this one was off the mark. Not that it was offensive in any way, but it was no two-hearted ale!

for real though, what is? ;-)

The reality is, for not trying to impress, this beer left me unimpressed. There was a stale hop bite that seemed more like a lazy jumping-jack calisthenic, rather than the let's-do-some-bikram-yoga hop blast in your face two-hearted ale.

there I go again on two-hearted.

which beer am I reviewing, anyway?

bad boy

Sixpoint, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of mikerap100
3/5  rDev -17.8%

mikerap100, May 25, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Zaphog, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of robbyc1
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to pimp? one of my traders for this bottle, 12 oz, code tells me that it was bottled on March 27, 2007. No worse for ware after one year.

Nice white head on top of a mild orange color, could not see through it, slight haze.

No nose to speak, the flavor is meh, as the kids say, ok but slight hops, slight malt, easy to drink but not much flavor, maybe it is a bit old, but seem fine.

Decent mouthfeel, fuzzy, nice and decent but not my favorite of this type, just solid.

robbyc1, May 05, 2008
Photo of mrebeka
3/5  rDev -17.8%

mrebeka, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a murky brown with no foam at all

S - nothing too outstanding here, just a light malt aroma with a bit of piney hops

T - light malt taste and some piney hop flavor, Some pepper feel to it and bready malt, but nothing much more than that.

M/D - smooth, light bodied, but nothing too outstanding. Just a basic flavor.

mikereaser, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of moshea
3/5  rDev -17.8%

moshea, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the Bell's retail shop. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very light copper color with a good white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. The nose has a bit of bread plus a touch of cream-like yeast. Bready throughout. Very much so. The taste is mildly malty; again, there is a bit of light sweetness and a very mild earthy character plus gobs of bread. There is a light tannic grainy bitterness there as well. I'd waited awhile to try this one and it was quite disappointing. Too bad.

Thorpe429, May 03, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet at the Grand Hotel.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with just over a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades quickly leaving hardly anything behind.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, mildly fruity. Pretty simple.

Taste: Quite malty, bready and mildly sweet. There is a slight bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, tingly carbonation, and a hint of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Just an average amber ale. Nothing unpleasant, but not a whole lot of complexity either.

oline73, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Danielr26, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Brew33, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of gmfessen
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of Bell's and must try any new available brew by them; as such I had to pick this one up. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy amber color, reminds me of apple cider in appearance with a thin creamy looking head on top. Smell is not overpowering, it is sweet... primarily amber malts with a tinge of grassy hops. I was pretty disappointed with the taste. It starts with a slightly sweet amber profile, followed noticeably by a slight alcohol bite and finishes grainy... this is definitely NOT their amber beer. This was my least favorite Bell's I've had and you can check my profile if you like... I've had most of them. The mouthfeel is pleasant, medium bodied with a viscous, creamy carbonation. Average drinkability. Overall, this beer is OK, but I have grown to expect more from Bell's than this... I will not be getting another sixer of Big Porch.

gmfessen, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of luciusgilmer
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass and mug.

An earlier reviewer claims this is just rebadged Amber. The differences are enough that I still prefer the Amber mightily. I buy this every summer because Meijer puts it on sale for cheaper than most Bell's can be had for. So that's that (they're currently $6.80 a 6 pack, pretty cheap for this expensive brewer).

A: nice and colorful, like most Bell's; a thick, bubbly head, rich amber color.

S: Nothing special; a bit spicy.

T: Solid, but to me, not as sweet as the regular amber; I agree with the biscuit taste comment. I like it. But it's more bitter than the Amber.

M: Fine; it's carbonated but smooth, and hits a few taste buds with sharpness.

D: I'm less impressed by this, but it's easy to get for cheaper than Amber, so I drink it every summer (last 2 years, anyway).

luciusgilmer, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks to Chad Ferris for this extra!

Pours a dark, murky amber with of yeasty floaters in it and a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Retains with a thin layer across the top that leaves some light lacing. The aroma is actually a bit subdued. I'm getting some bready smelling malts with a touch of sweetness, as well as some light citrus and floral accents.

The taste is a mix of toasted and caramel malts with a tinge of citrus character making its presence known as well. I'm also picking up a bit of a light hop profile in the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tad too much prickly carbonation for an overall softer flavor profile.

Decent Amber. I'm not sure what was up with the yeast and subdued aroma. Old bottle maybe? Still drinkable though, as I had no problem polishing off the bottle.

Kegatron, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of PeatReek
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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!)

PeatReek, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 bottle.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bready malts, sugar, honey, and sweet fruit. Smells sweet but it's pretty good.

t - Tastes of bready malts, smooth pale malts, fruity malts, and caramel malts. Not as sweet as the smell, somewhat of a drop off.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A pretty good amber ale. The taste was pretty standard for ambers but I enjoyed the smell a lot. Would try again but not seek out.

mdfb79, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cpferris for this one. Opaque hazy muddy gold with a beige 1 finger head. The foam dies off quickly leaving little lace. Aroma is caramel malt with overripe peach. Flavor is much the same, with a firm caramel maltiness, peachy fruitiness, and an additional hoppy finish that's a bit piney with medium bitterness. A little bit bland honestly. Medium thin body with lots of carbonation.

illidurit, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Roar-Calhoun
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Roar-Calhoun, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of alfie
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

chrisbokmuller, May 10, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

SiRCRX, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

gratefulbeerhead, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nightcap.. of sorts.

hazy amber with inches of pillowy foam. buttery malt nose which oozes grapey scotch ale vibes... not sure why. first sip solidifies the malt handle on an overall flavor, and further sips bring out the sugar-stewed apple, overripe fig, grape jelly and grainy stuck-mash sweetness. this beer tastes very fresh, and extremely unbalanced. drinkable? hell yes. would i drink more than.. say.. two? no. why? because the beer itself reeks too strongly of raw ingredients.. serious fresh ingredient chops that don't long for quelling. reasonable beer, just nothing like what the idea advertises and nothing like what i wanted to drink. o well.

goodbyeohio, Sep 19, 2007
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Bell's Big Porch Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.