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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BEERchitect, May 21, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GRG1313, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mendvicdog, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

oriolesfan4, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

duceswild, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Zaphog, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

aasher, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

drpimento, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Holland, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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 threedaggers
4/5  rDev +5.5%

threedaggers, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

mcallister, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

atone315, Mar 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

fredmugs, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

oglmcdgl, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of 2beerdogs
3/5  rDev -20.8%

2beerdogs, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

elNopalero, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +5.5%

DRBiser, Jan 05, 2013
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Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.