Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by rundocrun:
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. "bottled on" date of 10/19/11
A - Pours a slightly hazy mix of dark copper and ruby-red. Glows fiery red in the light. Has a finger of off-white head after a rough pour. Moderate retention. No lacing.
S - Much hoppier than I was expecting for a scottish ale. I am used to getting lots of caramely malts in the nose. Piney, resinous hops, and a background of light, aromatic malt. It also possibly has some very mild fruitiness to it.
T - Lots of bready malt flavor up front. It's not necessarily that candy-like sweetness, but a milder, dry rye-like sweetness. Mild hop bitterness and medium earthy hop flavor. More bitterness toward the finish that sticks to the sides of the tongue. There is also a citrusy hop character in the finish, but otherwise it's fairly bland and lacking in complexity.
M - Thin-to-medium bodied with good, tingly carbonation. It doesn't taste too sweet, but the residual sugars in this ale leave my mouth feeling sticky and slightly parched.
Overall-- this is a decent beer. In my mind, it does not fit the scottish ale label very accurately and it is lacking in the malt complexity department. I would describe this as more of a IPA/Irish red hybrid.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2011 23:36:40 | More by rundocrun
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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.
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