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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

2,252 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,252
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 79
Gots: 106 | 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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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 00:33:18 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-01-2013 00:59:09 | More by djrn2
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-28-2013 23:00:30 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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JamesWn

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-28-2013 20:36:16 | More by JamesWn
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-26-2013 02:41:30 | More by Guinnsslvr
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plinythederek

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-25-2013 02:13:56 | More by plinythederek
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Iustus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-24-2013 01:34:54 | More by Iustus
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barneysdad

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-23-2013 23:02:07 | More by barneysdad
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sgoro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-23-2013 23:00:03 | More by sgoro
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FosterJM

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1756th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Brick Taven, Lombard, IL

App- A darker bit of red with some browns intermixed. I like to use the analogy and it works, like a wood stain color. Had a nice dense center with a bit of lighter reddish/brown edges. The head was a nice 1/2" of off white and went quickly.

Smell- Its a malty smell with a bit of the roast lingering after the initial smell. Was a small bit of an earthy hop aroma as well. Wasnt too much here on this one.

Taste- After being a Fat Tire for so long I dont really drink Ambers anymore. I paired this with a Kobe Burger to get the malts to bring a bit of earthiness out of the burger. This beer was a bit malt forward with that distinct red ale flavor but was negligible really. Well balanced with only a small bit of bitter to it.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a bit of thickness behind. Medium carbonation and a slight amount of malts on the finish with residual bitter.

Drink- I had to drive home but would have loved to stick around for a few more pints of this nice little beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 20:05:28 | More by FosterJM
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ruckus232

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-23-2013 19:55:42 | More by ruckus232
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jlindsey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-23-2013 17:41:36 | More by jlindsey
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Clockwork12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-23-2013 05:40:53 | More by Clockwork12
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RumHam

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-23-2013 05:15:32 | More by RumHam
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callmeoz

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2013 05:03:48 | More by callmeoz
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2013 22:32:31 | More by JohnnieNepal
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-20-2013 22:20:13 | More by THECPJ
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shep8821

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-20-2013 20:14:40 | More by shep8821
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mjenkins5

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-20-2013 02:52:27 | More by mjenkins5
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Rons35

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-19-2013 22:00:23 | More by Rons35
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-18-2013 13:34:56 | More by Danielr26
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 03:30:12 | More by 2GOOFY
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #16 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Bell's is a good brewery, but this is not a favorite style of mine, so keep that in mind.

Appearance is very nice, as I would expect from Bell's, with a warm golden-brown/toasty color and a head that lingers satisfyingly. The mouthfeel also lingers satisfyingly: one thing I do like about this Amber Ale is that it's built with more stick-to-it-tiveness than what I've had in the past, it just seems like a more substantial beer than what you usually get in the style.

Unfortunately I don't get much nose, outside of a mild buttery/malt kind of thing, and the taste, while not bad, isn't noticeable enough to be "good", either. Very smooth, a hint of butter, a hint of sweet malt, a bit more assertive in the finish. That's really it.

Maybe as well constructed as this particular style can be, but this genre has a lot of mushy, tastes-like-a-whole-heck-of-a-lot-of-nothing beers in it, and so really damning with faint praise here. Not awful, this is actually a higher score than I'd expected to give it, but I doubt I'd ever knowingly go looking for it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:44:08 | More by dougbassett
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purppy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-17-2013 16:41:12 | More by purppy
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Fusion7777

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-17-2013 08:50:36 | More by Fusion7777
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.