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

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of aasher


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-16-2012 15:05:09 | More by aasher
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-19-2014 12:00:50 | More by tectactoe
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-30-2012 19:41:34 | More by Holland
Photo of warnerry


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

02-11-2012 18:36:16 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-24-2014 03:40:11 | More by threedaggers
Photo of mcallister


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

02-04-2012 22:32:15 | More by mcallister
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-01-2014 20:40:40 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-31-2012 13:25:36 | More by atone315
Photo of barczar


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

05-21-2012 22:03:46 | More by barczar
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-22-2013 12:57:11 | More by fredmugs
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-30-2012 13:51:27 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of elNopalero


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

03-24-2012 04:50:39 | More by elNopalero
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-05-2013 18:05:05 | More by DRBiser
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-08-2014 14:33:26 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

05-18-2012 01:07:29 | More by hopsolutely
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-14-2013 23:57:22 | More by mmulebarn
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

02-04-2012 04:17:58 | More by mikereaser
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-17-2013 00:20:22 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

04-07-2013 14:39:33 | More by Treebs
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-17-2012 19:02:02 | More by sliverX
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-02-2012 01:22:28 | More by TonyTalon
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-15-2013 16:19:28 | More by FrankHammer
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-17-2013 16:39:06 | More by PHBoiler
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-11-2014 00:59:00 | More by Norseman
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-09-2014 02:54:29 | More by HarmonMW
Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.