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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | 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: 79 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +5.5%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

aasher, Jul 16, 2012
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 2beerdogs
3/5  rDev -20.8%

2beerdogs, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of sliverX
3/5  rDev -20.8%

sliverX, Jun 17, 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 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 hopsolutely
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

hopsolutely, May 18, 2012
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 ManiacalBilby
4.7/5  rDev +24%
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.

ManiacalBilby, May 06, 2012
Photo of zachary80
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

zachary80, Apr 30, 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 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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Zaphog, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

korguy123, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TonyTalon, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

atone315, Mar 31, 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 denimdemon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

denimdemon, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of ploobs
1/5  rDev -73.6%

ploobs, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of NSaad23
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

NSaad23, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of TheMonk41
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TheMonk41, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of CPditka
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

CPditka, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Kbogac
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Kbogac, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of flpiii
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

flpiii, Feb 12, 2012
Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.