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Bell's Harvest Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Harvest AleBell's Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Once a year we scour the climbing vines of the local hopyards for the perfect hops to brew our Harvest Ale. Using only Michigan-grown hops, this amber-colored brew finds the delicate balance between hops and malt. It offers a full and robust flavor, yet still manages to be light on the tongue.

(Beer added by: Avagadro on 01-30-2012)
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a deep orange/reddish color. a small off white head that faded to just about nothing. pretty good clarity

Smell: fruity, lemons mostly, floral hops, sweet but not over sweet malts.

Taste: the floral hops come in very weakly, leaving room for strong michigan malts that are mostly sweet and intermingle nicely with light citrusy hops and fruity yeast

Mouthfeel: from the taste i'd expect something very refreshing. this came in quite bitter. other than that a good drinkable feel

Overall: this was a good and tasty beer. i expected a little bit more hops but i enjoyed the balance

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 02:02:00 | More by SportsandJorts
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Treebs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. Served in a footed ale glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin, off-white head. it recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Fruity hops with some caramel malt sweetness. Light floral notes as well.

T: Same as the nose. Fruity berries with some deep caramel malt. Pretty sweet on the malt side with an increased residual hops bitterness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Really dry finish.

O: Pretty ho-hum. Solid offering, but probably wouldn't revisit. Heavy on the malts and super dry. I'd like something a little cleaner and more refreshing if I was to drink a harvest ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 14:39:33 | More by Treebs
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition, received in May drunk in June. Expecting big hops, green and fresh. Rather subdued, pale ale describes it. Very good drinkability. Lighter coloured body, good retaned head. Hop aromas there and good, minty. Medium mouthfeel.Bottle from steven.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:04:17 | More by Sammy
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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a solid one finger cream colored head that lingers, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma is initially toasted caramel malt, with notes of toffee. Herbal hops and subtle citrus are evident. Grapefruit and apricot surface as it warms.

Flavor is far more citrus-forward, with grapefruit and bitter pith dominating. There's a fairly substantial malt backbone carrying herbal hops and pine into the dry, somewhat spicy bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with a moderately high amount of carbonation softening the dry finish.

Decidedly malty aroma, but fairly hop-forward in flavor. Finish is a bit dry, and wish the hop profile were a more complex. There's something kinda odd about the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 22:03:46 | More by barczar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a significant malt presence and enough hop spiciness to balance, the peculiar timing for a "harvest" ale has asserted itself in the spring season.

Rich auburn in color with golden highlights, the light haze offers a glimpse into the pronounced hop character of the beer. Well headed with an egg shell colored cap that lingers and laces impressively.

Malty aromas strike the olfactory sense first with the rich scents of caramel, bread crust, peanuts, and starchy malt. A balance of hops rise with spicy notes of earthy grasses and woods, floral perfumes, and freshly ground white pepper. The hops and malt are pulled together by the estery complex of peaches, apricots, and freshly cut tobacco.

Malt sweetness also plays on the palate with a moderate amount of residual malt sugars, along with dextrin-rich starch, and hearty caramels that trend toward toffee and sorghum. Floral and earthy hops turn to a slight bitterness of pine resin, grass, and spice that balances the beer in finish.

Medium bodies, partly due to the creamy carbonation but also because of the sweetness that the yeast has left behind and also because of the hearty starch character. The beer holds its texture very well until the finish where the semi-dry character of hop dryness and alcohol warmth assist the slowly fleeting malt suppression.

Gaining influence from the popular Amber Ale, Bell's interceeds the beer with earthy European-type hops for an earthy bitterness and taste. However it is unusual to see a "harvest" ale outside of the hop harvest (fall) season. The beer's base style and it's dull and broad hop character doesn't allow the hops to display properly or as vividly as "wet" hopped beers of October.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 16:27:11 | More by BEERchitect
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excellent concept, purchased at the Kalamazoo store as a special treat.

Pours an absolutely beautiful dark and warm amber, with just the right red tones. Impressive lacing, derived from surprisingly little head.

Aroma is subtle, but malt forward. Flavours are well rounded, also malt-forward, simple at the front but with many deeper roasted elements at the end of the taste and lingering into the finish. The hops aren't "west-coast" - more grassy and herbal, without the citrus or pine elements I typically associate with an APA.

No Two-Hearted, but a well-brewed beer supporting a fundamentally great idea that in my mind, is well worth the splurge.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:07:29 | More by hopsolutely
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bell's on April 27, 2012. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes. Pours a nice golden color that is quite clear with a good white head and a bit of foam. The nose carries a bit of spice and quite a bit of European hops. This smells like an IPA with all European hops. Spice, earth, and herbal qualities coming through. The flavor is very similar. Over-the-top spicy in some ways. I think this would have been better scaled back given the delicacy of some of the hops that seem to be involved. Body is light-medium with a dry bitterness through the finish. Not a huge fan, unfortunately.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 17:05:46 | More by Thorpe429
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ManiacalBilby

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice caramel color with a good head and slight lacing.
S-Nice hope scent but not overpowering, a little sweet.
T-Best fresh hop beer I've had. Nice and pleasantly hoppy with a almost tropical fruit flavor. Low bitterness.
M-Good carbonation. Nice and thick.

Overall- Couldn't have asked for more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 17:24:00 | More by ManiacalBilby
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummmm-O! Served at a good temperature with a lovely, thick, foamy, creamy, light tan-to-cream colored head that settles after a bit and loads of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, apricot amber with a variety of bubble trails. Aroma is a very volatile blend of hop, caramel, malt, and a little fruit. Flavor is like nose, fairly dry, only a hint of sweetness, slight tang, and just right bitter, great balance. Body is full, chewy with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length to perhaps slightly long, very easy drinking. I want more!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 01:17:05 | More by drpimento
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml C and C bottle. Bottle number 870 of 1041.
Batch #K10818

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-orange with a foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pine, grass, subtle yeast.

T - Pine, orange peel, soft spices and some sweet bready tones.

D - Nicely carbonated with soft body.

O - Light, fizzy and highly refreshing. Unique flavors and appealing. I am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 21:11:17 | More by HuskyinPDX
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip
Bottle #181
Bought at the Bell's General Store

A- Clear dark amber pour with a two finger soapy off white head. Slowly deflates to a thin messy cap leaving chunks of sticky lacing around the rim.

S- Sweet malts up front with a slight citrus and floral hop bouquet. There isn't something that stands out more than the other. There is a digestive cookie presence that works well with everything.

T- Floral hops with a touch of grass. Digestive cookie continues in the taste. It's bitter enough to make me smile yet not kill the palate so you can't enjoy the rest of the beer. Quicky dry, bitter finish.

M- Little lighter than medium bodied. Nice and chewy for a APA and has wonderful carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:49:30 | More by korguy123
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elNopalero

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes.

This pours a warming amber-tan color with decent foaming.

The aroma is spicy, earthy, with dry, grassy straw notes.

For a harvest ale this doesn’t “pop” the way I had expected. There’s some straw and earthy-orange citrus flavors, balanced enough of a caramel-malt backbone so that nothing really stands out in the combination.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 04:50:39 | More by elNopalero
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Kbogac

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark orange/amber color with a nice thick foam. Slowly melts to a thick film with great lacing all the way down. Smell is very subtle malt, sweet hops and floral. Taste is malty with a nice hop finish, almost juicy. Well balanced with citrus and spruce. Nothing overwhelming. Carbonation is mild and mouthfeel is a little heavier than expected. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:56:36 | More by Kbogac
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flpiii

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 618 of 1041, my wife picked this up for me along with some other choice beers from The General Store at Bells in Kzoo...she rocks! We split this one and poured it in to our standard pint glasses.

A-Pours a copperish color with just under a finger of a cream colored head. Retention is decent and there is plenty of lacing coating our glasses.

S-The nose on this is plentiful, but not what we would call over-powering. Smelling caramel and some faint floral's, along with a breadiness quality...very pleasant.

T-Very sweet up front full of citrus goodness! Hits you with a hint of malt and finishes with good hop retention.

M-A good earthiness with a hint of prickly carbonation, not overwhelming...but it's there. Ultimately a smooth ride.

Overall-Nice beer...We have become fond of this style over the last year and Bells does not disappoint here. We enjoyed this and will look forward to it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:47:15 | More by flpiii
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warnerry

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 745 of 1041; Chalkboard in the Eccentric Cafe lists the draft version at 5.7% abv. I assume this is the same batch.

A - Pours a nice reddish orange with one and a half fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and coats the glass i lacing.

S - Aroma is quite floral, with some sweet citrus, herbal notes, some biscuit and toasted malts and a hint of spiciness.

T - Initial sweet citrus yields to a lightly resinous hop bitterness. Nice combination of malts and hops. Finish is dry hop bitterness, slightly herbal. Very well balanced and enjoyable taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is very creamy. A bit of dry lingering bitterness. Just enough carbonation, but definitely on the low side.

O - Very enjoyable, well-balanced APA. Would love to see this become an annual release in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:36:16 | More by warnerry
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mcallister

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden orange in color with a fluffy, pillowy head of white holding long retention and leaving a sticky lace behind.

Resiny, earthy hops showing floral attributes, light toasted malt, some sweet bread qualities, orange marmalade, pine, and white pepper.

A very good beer with tremendous creamy smooth mouthfeel that finishes prickly with carbonation. Piney, grassy, floral, pepper, toasted malt, crunchy ripe breads, lemon grass, orange marmalade and more. A great easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:32:15 | More by mcallister
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a almost clear reddish orange with a few inches of white fluffy foam that left a good bit of lacing as it faded.
S - Aroma is faint with a very pleasant sticky resin smell, slightly piney slightly citrusy. Very nice aroma.
T - Light malts are followed by a sticky grassy taste. You really get that fresh hop flavor. There are notes of pine and citrus as well. Very enjoyable flavor.
M/D - very light bodied beer with a light amount of carbonation that I think helps to focus on the hops. Very drinkable and would love to have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:17:58 | More by mikereaser
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Avagadro

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up from the brewery gift shop in December. Marked as bottle no. 596 of 1041, and batch K10818.

A: This beer boasts a copper-tinted amber color, with great clarity. It is a little lacking in the head and lacing departments, but looks appetizing nonetheless.

S: Aroma is delicate, and well-rounded, with several resinous and citrus notes present.

T: Light and dry; toasty maltiness upfront, resinous bitter hops in the middle, and fruity citrus in the finish. Very light, yet full of flavor.

M: Light in body, and clean in texture. The carbonation is spot-on, providing just enough effervescence to round out the otherwise light body.

O: A very well made APA, and one that I am quite fortunate to have found. I doubt many other bottles will be available, but it should still be available at the pub on-tap. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:01:47 | More by Avagadro
Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.