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

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

barczar, May 21, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

warnerry, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

xxcarpxx, Nov 11, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

deakin, Nov 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TheMonk41, Mar 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

KCBeerNerd, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

CPditka, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Rob315
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Rob315, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mendvicdog, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

stortore, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Zaphog, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Gfunk, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jhillwastaken, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

aasher, Jul 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Jens_Hauser, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

atone315, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Thorpe429, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

threedaggers, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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

SportsandJorts, May 03, 2013
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Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.