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