Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by psuKinger:
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Batch #11288, bottled July 2nd, 2012 (about 2 months old). Bottle into nonic.
A: Classic hazy amber hue, with a big frothy 2-finger off-white head on top. Near-perfect.
S: Lemon grass and herbal notes. Sweet bread. Perhaps a touch of pine resin and a twinge of alcohol.
T: Lemon zest is present, as the nose indicated, but there's also a bright grapefruit flavor with a pale malt twinge here that I didn't really pick up on in the nose. I'm not picking up on much in the way of a classic caramel/amber malt profile, which is suprising based on the name of the beer. Pine-bitterness arrives at the finish to round things out.
From the nose I feared that this beer might run overly sweet. But no, this has been healthily-hopped, keeping everything in balance.
M: Light and lively, with decent carbonation and a good dry finish.
D/O: Goes down smooth. Easy-drinkin'. I could knock this back in large quantities. I'm attributing a significant percentage of the flavor here to hop addition, and therefore I do believe "freshness" would be a concern here moreso than for many other "amber/red ales". If fresh, I could blast a six-pack of this.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2012 00:58:55 | More by psuKinger
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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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