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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 10
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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.