Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

128 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 823
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pschul4 on 11-06-2012

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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 823
Photo of Chiefy770
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 8/01/2013) into a pint glass.

A rather thin, yet stable white foam head sat on top of a hazy, dark gold body.

The aroma was dominated by the malts with a front of a floral-herbal blend.

The grains stood out in the taste. A good hit of citrus in the aftertaste.

Overall: Not bad. Interesting flavor balance. The relatively light body makes this a great APA to throw back on a sunny afternoon.

Bottom Line: Good brew, nothing to write home about though. (490 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midwestern pale with Michigan barley is a worthy attempt but comes up a bit short.
Color is golden and a bit light for a pale, maybe more towards a blonde. Has a hazy appearance, and sports a really nice fluffy bright white head.
Aroma lacks hops. I can detect none at all. Malts are nutty and bready. Taste is for want also, drinks flat with a nutty grainy malt flavor no hops that I can tell.The finish is abrasive and dry.
This beer is only a month old so its not stale hopefully the recipe will be tweaked as they become more familar with their own particular barley. (571 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cooperish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a mild grainy aroma. The taste is the same; very grainy, balanced, strong malt flavors, with hints of hops. Very drinkable and nice body, but rather light in flavor. Overall its a very mild and maltier Pale Ale, nothing to special, but its enjoyable. (314 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 02/06/13. Emptied into a shaker pint.

Looks a hazy golden blonde, almost looks like a wheat ale. No real collar formed. Thin lip of suds and surface spore foam resides. There are even tiny floaties in suspension.

Floral in aroma. Notes of dead grass, white pepper, and biscuit bread. Mild herbal quality dries out the nose even more.

Appealingly dry and unmistakably floral and grassy. Specialty and pilsner malts can be tasted. Dry and crisp for an ale. Late estery notes remind me of crabapple in the finish. Lightly soapy. Swallowed up by more bittering dryness.

Drinks decently. Pins-and-needles effervescence generates the coarseness in the mouthfeel. That seems a little mucky mixed into a slightly oily body.

Not too shabby for a pale. Unimpressive, but sessionable. Not the best from Bell's. (812 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper with a sturdy two finger head.
S - Malts and hints of floral
T - Grains are the most noticeable part of the beer, has a bit of spice.
M - Medium body that finishes fairly smooth.
O - Nothing stands out here, Bells make exceptional beer. This is not one of them. (275 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged on 10/03/13.

A: Pours a hazy golden allowing just a bit of visibility. A white head sits on top of the brew. Lots of tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the surface. Leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Malt forward aroma from the barley in this one. A good amount of grain with a emanating sweetness. Hops are difficult to find.

T: Quite a malty pale ale. Starts with a heavy dose of malt that transitions into a sweetness. A splurge of hops hits you once you swallow bittering the back end.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Leaves a touch of stickiness after you swallow.

Overall not a very impressive beer but it would be a good transition from macro brews. Glad I got a single bottle. (742 characters)

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Pale Ale by Bell's. Beautiful light golden color with a nice barley, malt smell. Just the right amount of carbonation to leave a slight tingle on your tongue. Taste lingers a little on your tongue which is a pleasant bread flavor without feeling you feeling over stuffed. Overall a great "light beer." (308 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is the same as the former "Bell's Pale Ale". Tried to find info on the website, but it was futile.
Nonetheless, I've been trying for a long time to finish off reviewing Bell's standard and widely available beers and I think this one just about finished that "ticking" task.
This is a surprisingly malt forward and hop background pale ale. Kinda' of the opposite of the standard pale ale in these parts - Summits EPA. Pale malt aroma and a soft spiciness to the somewhat grassy hops. Not complex or strong, but pleasant.
Dense but small white head. Cloudy pale gold body.
Very doughy flavor malt profile with soft hop flavors rolling in and around with a noticeable, but again, soft bitterness on the finish. Hops soften, fade and blend more as it warms with the pale malt character becoming more upfront.
Kinda' on the more side of carbonation (I'd prefer a little flatter), but not excessive. Nice bigger soft feel.
Real standard and basic. Good and solid.
Relatively fresh with a 5/13 bottling date. (1,016 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a balanced mix of citrusy hops and caramel malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing interesting stands out in the smell or taste. This would make for a good session beer for someone who is getting into craft beer. (675 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain - touch of honey - hint of hay. Pretty clean. Very mild.

The taste is of sweet grain with a honey-like character - a touch of light caramel weaves in and out. Sweetness is balanced by grassy, drying, bitter hop touch in the finish.

It is pretty creamy. Smooth. It has a nice, refreshing lingering dryness.

A sweet, becoming bitter-ish, basic American Pale Ale. It is on the mild/light side of the style spectrum. An easy-drinking, balanced ale. (547 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - orange with a big, soft, pure white cap of dense head that has great retention

S - bready, doughy malt

T - bread, faint toast, citrus, mild hop bitterness; very light flavor

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a disappointing pale ale. The flavor is very mellow. It's predominantly malt with a faint hop presence, but there is little to get excited about. It's really easy to knock this back, but it's boring all the same. This won't be a beer I'll pick up again. (487 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy unfiltered light orange/yellow, huge foamy head

smell: smells more like a lager or a pils than a pale ale, sublte citrus/lemon and faint earthiness

taste: very light flavor, i feel like this is more of a lager than a pale ale, not much hop presence. Watery, and very bready flavors come through in the finish, hint of Rye as well.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, very very light on the palate

overall: A great summer pils or lager type beer, I don't understand why this is labeled a Pale Ale, probably explains the poor reviews. Either way, if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale, look elsewhere, if you want a smooth summer beer that tastes more like a czech pils or lager (a very good one at that) try this, it has subtle flavors but not much complexity. Great session beer. (824 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of pale malt with a bit of herbal hops.
Refreshing flavor with floral, herbal and citrus hops, notes of oranges, tea bags, spices and American yeast. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
A malty and yeasty APA, but still crisp hopped with a huge drinkability (355 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A-dark hay colored with a nice stable white head and some lacing.

S-weeds and herbal hops. Smells aged, though it isn't. Good strength

T-grains with a slight hint of aged hops, almost weedy. Slight bitterness. Matching after-taste. The flavors are strong but not really good. This tastes almost amateur.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-tastes like a microbrew pale ale. Doesn't taste like what Bells should be making. Very boring. Won't get again. (472 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty straw color, with a chill haze. Frothy white head forms and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma of floral and citrus inducing hops. There is also a small grainy smell. In the taste, mild grass, resin, grapefruit and orange citrus going against a sturdy biscuity malt character, and an even finish. Bitterness is dialed in and the malts provide enough caramelization and breadyness to balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated, but a bit loose on the feel. Overall, this is a decent east coast style pale, and a good session beer. (533 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a single file of "bubbly" easing from the floor of my glass....
smells like 'adjunct and cheap crap.....
taste is.... yeah, adjunct and cheap crap.... especially while tasting with this Pappy burnt onto my tongue. not great. not even really good..... Bell's just came to SOCAL and, okay, it's alright. but this one is not great by any yardstick.... but I supoose it is "okay"... (381 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip for review. Appears a somewhat cloudy yellow. Lacing clings to the glass alright. Smells of wheat crackers, hay, and some citrus hops - maybe Cascade. Tastes sweet upfront with a tinge of bitterness and some citrus hops towards the back end. Feels medium with decent carbonation. Overall, slighty above average for a pale ale these days. This is definitely refreshing, just not a great representative of the style for craft beer. (449 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange body with a fair amount of unfiltered particles. Poured a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing.
S- Mainly bready. Super slight touch of citrus and malts.
T- Taste threw me a little. Much sweeter than the nose. Bread, lemony citrus, light orange, and a touch of caramel. Almost sour at times.
M- Medium body. On the creamy side. Dry finish with a strange lightly sour bitterness.
O- This was ok to me. BMC drinkers would probably love it. In fact, it would probably be a good bridge into craft beer. (514 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus hop. In the taste, a bit dryer and watery than expected, a mellow hop and a balance maltiness. A small bite, yet mainly smooth and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry, light malt in the aftertaste. Mellow and easy, balanced and enjoyable. (350 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark yellow, not much of a head. Aroma is light wheat. Flavor is dominated by wheat with hints of lemon. There is medium carbonation, but with very little hops or bitterness. I find this to be a pretty solid pale ale despite the lack of complexity. (262 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy yellowish orange with strong fluffy white head. Smell seems off, with some citrus, sweet honey, funkyness. Very little hop influence in the flavor and aroma. A bit sweet, some honey, wheaty flavors, seems slight off, a little yeast, hay. Low to medium carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel. A bit of a miss here by Bell's. (334 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH signature glass; translucent yellow-orange with a thin white head that leaves sticky fine lacing as it fades into a nice ring of foam with lively bubbles feeding it.
Smells of crackery toasted malt, grainy, bit of diacetyl, metallic, slight hint of crisp hops.
Taste is crackery-sweet malt, toasted grain, slight crisp generic hop flavor and a slightly odd flat bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall, this is a bit boring. They could have upped the hops considerably without going too bitter, and it would have really expanded the flavor of this one. The simplicity of this beer would make it a good bridge for macro drinkers working their way into craft, though.
It's that type of session beer that you'd drink during a party, when you don't want to have to think about what you're drinking, but still want to drink something palatable. (882 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Honey yellow with a slight orange tinge, cloudy with a dust storm of yeast particles within.

S: Caramel, hard water, dried grass, very light essence of orange. Light and delicate smelling.

T: A caramel orange quality that is light, not syrupy or sweet, but it feels as if it would become that until it suddenly turns to a bitterness that is long and dull and continuing like an English style. The bitterness is more pronounced than the prior caramel like quality. Its more of a ruby grapefruit pith, not the flesh but the pith and a little flesh together. A certain cereal malt as well.

M: Light syrupy body, but clean bitter dry finish. Medium low carbonation.

O: Drank in Frankenmuth, MI where I picked it up at Kroger. Great brew, love the almost syrupy feel that ends in a smooth clean finish, the way it toys with the mouth is great. (846 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a caramel color with a 2 finger off-white head. Big bubbles and blotches of lacing remain.

S- light caramel, lemon, light spice and pine.

T- pale malts, caramel, lemon, light citrus rind/pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Syrupy surprisingly with crisp finish.

O- just a ok beer. A little to golden ale/pilsner ish for me. Maltier than a pilsner but just not like most pales. (456 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 2-6-13, so not the freshest...or even close.

Pours a hazy, full golden color. Nice, 2 finger, frothy head that retains and laces very well. Very light hops scent on the nose for a pale ale. Lighter malt is the dominant flavor in the smell. Taste is of solid malts in the beginning and middle of the drink. Some hops take over towards the end of the brew, with only a light bitterness to balance out the malts. Nothing terribly grounf breaking as far as hops in a pale go. About what you expect in a pale ale as far as weight. This would fall into the everyday beer category if you were a Bell's local. (613 characters)

Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.