Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Single bottle (Batch 10019) poured into a Tulip glass.
Appearance: Poured a clear coppery-orange color initial with a gradual pour to keep the sediment in, but some of it got through making the beer a hazy to translucent coppery orange. Due to the slow pour I got a thin light tan head, but it grew a bit as I drank it down. Nice lacing all over the glass.
Smell: Sweet malt with some hint of oranges and citrus hops.
Taste: Like many other reviews, I have a hard time believing this one is really classified as a Scottish Ale. An American Pale Ale maybe, but not a Scottish Ale. It certainly doesn't taste like one, with a balance between caramelized malt and orange-like citrus hops. When cold the orange flavors are much stronger, and the die back a bit as the beer warms up.
Mouthfeel: Good to high carbonation, thicker than water and clings to the teeth a bit. Above average but nothing special.
Drinkability: The orange aspect to this beer is unusual, but I think it works for a Christmas Ale. I think of oranges as gifts during the holidays, and with the orange balanced out by the malt, it comes out as a sipping beer to savor on a cold evening - it's certainly festive. However, I found I could not have another one by the end, one is enough. But it is definitely not a Scottish Ale and should not be thought as such nor rated as such.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2010 23:06:20 | More by damndirtyape
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3.81/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a murky amber color with a two inch head. Lacing lingers on the glass. The aroma and the taste of this brew combines of toasted bready malts, slight fruity hop flavors and some spice type flavor. Medium body with some carbonation. Goes down smooth too. A decent ale, but nothing spectacular though.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 16:21:51 | More by ChrisL24481
3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with an off-white/khaki-colored head. Good sheets of lacing left behind.
S: Some sort of spiciness over caramel malt. Ginger perhaps?
T: Modest cereal-grainy malt foundation, then some earthy spices: ginger and cinnamon come to mind. Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie, which I guess is appropriate for the style/theme.
M: Light-to-medium in heft with decent carbonation. Thinnish for the style.
O: OK. Nothing offensive about this one, but it doesn't blow me away either.
Serving type: growler
03-06-2014 19:07:27 | More by Kendo
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.