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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,551 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,551
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 104
Gots: 200 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle from world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours a brilliant amber with orange hues.
aroma is malty, hint of hopsack, bit of carmelized malt.
flavor is malty, hopsack, carmelized malt, hint of citrus.
great beer over all, old stand by for most of us michiganders.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle bought for $2.09 at Ozzy's in Waverly, OH, bottled on 05/09/11. Poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Not so much amber as it as very hazy golden/orange when held to the light. Outside of the light it looks like a regular amber ale, but holding it to the light reveals a different color as well as some sediment/yeast in suspension. The body is topped by a 2-finger off-white head of frothy foam which sticks around and leaves strings and webs of lace all over the glass. A fantastic looking brew.

Smell: Good stuff going on here. Most notably, as the amber style would have, there are evident notes of toffee and toasty caramel from the malt used, but this is greatly balanced by some floral and slightly piney hop aromas. Hanging in the balance is there a hint of fruity esters and some bread/biscuit aromas. Definitely on par for the amber ale style, but enticing and inviting. Very balanced.

Taste: And this is why I love amber ales. Maybe not my favorite of the style, but dead on for an American style amber ale. There are flavors of roasted malt on the front of the palate, followed by sweet toffee. The finish brings floral and piney flavors to the tongue, and maybe just a touch of some citrus such as grapefruit. On the back of the palate, flavors of bread hang around. A very well-balanced and drinkable amber ale.

Mouthfeel: On par for Bell's other beers. Medium body, but this one has lower carbonation as well as a much drier finish than something like Oberon, and has a big sticky finish with bread and pine flavors lingering. Very drinkable due to its balance.

Overall: A great amber ale. Maybe not my favorite (a title which belongs to Troeg's HopBack), but certainly worthy of trying. Balanced, drinkable, and plenty of complexity in the flavor. Would love to make this a staple in my fridge.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium copper with a 2 finger bubbly white head. Lots of sediment floating around. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a hint of floral and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by caramel in the middle and toasted malt with just a hint of hops at the finish. Mildly bitter, dry and smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any problem.

Overall: Very good beer overall and one of the best I've had in the style. I would definitely recommend it. Another solid offering from Bell's.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,551 ratings.