Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by afdempse:
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Murky amber colored beer with cloudiness and floaties from sediment. Head dissipates and leaves decent lacing.
Aroma is great. Strong scents of freshly baked bread, with an earthy spiciness contributed by the hops.
Flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma. The bread flavor doesn't quite come through fully. Decently malty, and slightly fruity, but rather neutral and subdued. Hops come in and take over, finishing a bit edgy with yeasty notes following on.
Carbonation is good, body is medium and the finish is semi-dry. Hops seem to be a bit on the astringent side.
Overall, not bad. Certainly not in my top 10 Bell's list, however. For their "flagship" beer, it would seem like they'd put a bit more effort into getting the flavor out there.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2011 04:37:18 | More by afdempse
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District of Columbia
3.71/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Tried to rate this one to style, as it might be one of my least favorite styles. This one tasted along the lines of an ESB.
The appearance was a little on the orange side, translucent with some head along the edge. The smell was grainy with what to me is a typical British pale ale yeast. The taste follows this, grainy with a little lemon added to produce a faint copper taste that I associate with ESBs. I guess the good thing is that since it does remind me of an ESB, it does have a hop presence, which some of the style seem devoid of. The feel is a bit watery, but I think that of almost any beer in this style.
I will probably not revisit this beer unless it's the sole option, but that's due more to my preferences than the quality of the beer. If not obvious, if you're an ESB fan, I think you should give it a whirl to decide for yourself.
Serving type: on-tap
07-15-2014 21:20:02 | More by cjgiant
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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