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