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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale

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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.17%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pschul4 on 11-06-2012)
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tmm313

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 20:20:17 | More by tmm313
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 20:01:43 | More by brutusmuktuk
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:51:53 | More by AdamBear
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:33:11 | More by boilermakerbrew
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 05:26:43 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:17:14 | More by BMMillsy
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy yellow/orange one finger head that doesn't last.

S-A malty mess, lots of wheat, no hops very slight grass.

T-Lots of bread, malt and wheat. Not well balanced, Something is off. No hops. Orange and grass.

M-Light not much carbonation.

O-Bell's Pale Ale was bad, this was bad. If they can make Two Hearted you think they'd be able to make a good pale ale. Guess not.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 22:11:15 | More by rlee1390
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 10/27/12, so just under two weeks old. It pours into a large mug with a billowing head of white foam, copious tendrils of sticky lacing coating the walls of the glass. The head maintains itself for the duration of the glass. Color is a hazy gold with suspended micro sediment giving in a moderate haze.

Sulfuric aroma when first poured, pretty off putting, although when allowed to sit for a couple minutes the skunkiness dissipates. Left behind is a yeasty chalkiness, raw grain aromas, and some sweet malt presence. Can't say it appeals really.

Smooth feel, light carb and a mild astringency, mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste with some florals and grainy, nutty notes of basic barley malt in the middle. Pretty simple and straightforward as intended, though not especially exciting. The language on the back label calls it a Blonde Ale, despite it's name, which is more fitting for it's stripped down character.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:02:13 | More by emerge077
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 18:09:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:05:49 | More by kawilliams81
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Maninthearena

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pale Orange/amber. Pretty Cloudy.

Nose- Citrus and malted barley.

Taste- Some American hop undertones (grapefruit-like bitterness) mixed into some malt and grains. Maybe a little tannin character coming through, but not enough to conjure up the harvest as pictured on the bottle.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with some fine carbonation, a little thin for my liking. Could be so much more of a beer with some more heft.

Overall- A decent beer, but not one of Bell's best. Went downhill from pour moving towards the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:29:04 | More by Maninthearena
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Mosca

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is about as close to a pilsner as an ale is going to get. Lots of carbonation, hoppy (but not complex), with malt and yeast sharing the aftertaste.

It suffers from living during the big beer movement, but it is more fair to understand what it is: an awesome soda pop beer. A lawnmower beer. A beer with balance, one that is light without being bland and flavorless.

Don't sip it. Open up your throat and pour it back. Drink 'em in pairs, the first one to quench the thirst, then the second to remind you how good the first one was. And to remember what it was about beer that made you like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:28:15 | More by Mosca
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice, even though it is cloudy. Nose is like hay and grass. Normally, I may be okay with that. But this is a pale ale, and I feel like there should be some sort of hop presence around. It drinks okay, but it's so earthy and grassy, that it just doesn't strike me as a pale ale. I expect a lot from Bell's, and rightfully so considering all of their releases. The people that make Expedition Stout should be able to do better than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:26:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tumbler.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow, with some nice debris suspended throughout the body. (Reminds me of the Bell's bumper stickers I saw back in the Midwest: "If God wanted us to filter beer he wouldn’t have given us livers.") Barely offwhite two finger head is strong and thick. It retains very well too. Lacing is fantastic, leaving a sheet of thin foam all around the glass, all the way down. This beer looks great!

S- Crisp and wheaty, a nice summer smell up front. A little bit of citrus, and a dry floral hint are in the background.

T- Wheat. Clean, light, almost lager-like. More floral than citrus. I think a good APA should have it the other way around.

M- Slightly sticky and bitter. Not in a bad way, but it leaves the mouth feeling a little dry. Almost astringent.

O- This is not a bad beer. It looks fantastic, smells great, but the taste just falls a little short. I could drink it again... but since Bell's already makes Oberon, I think I'll be passing this one up next summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:36:44 | More by BWED
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cosmicevan

New York

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's in NY is a VERY good thing. Enjoyed from a bells tulip. Bottle date of 12/19 (2 months prior to their ny debut).

Brew poured a really nice semi transparent orange yellow with a big foamy head that hung out and had awesome lacing and visible champagne like carb. Really attractive pale.

Nose is earthy and a bit grainy almost a sweet pilsner like malt.

Taste falls a bit flat from the nose. The grain is huge and over powers everything giving an almost flax like taste. Missing the sweetness of the nise.

A bit dry feel medium bodied

Overall, i love bells and i love that bells is now on the shelf in ny, that being said this beer is not geared towards me as a beer drinker so i dont envision this being in my regular rotation like some of the other bells brews that are now readily available.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:45:45 | More by cosmicevan
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Midwestern Pale Ale comes out of the bottle a full, mostly transparent golden color. A frothy off-white head forms about an inch high initially, but it fades quickly to a few wisps on top of the beer.

The aroma is fairly light. There is a biscuity malt presence for sure. Grassy, slightly floral, with a little bit of lemongrass in the hop aroma. Overall the nose is pretty light, though.

Unfortunately the flavor really follows the nose. There is a bit of malt sweetness up front with a biscuity tone to it. A rising bitterness has a mostly grassy character, with a little bit of citrus and lemongrass as well. The finish is lemony and bitter, with a rather unpleasant aftertaste. There is not that much here, and what is here is not that good.

The mouthfeel is within the normal range for this style. Smooth, filtered, with a lightly crisp and moderately creamy carbonation. The body is a little bit lighter than medium for what I would expect.

I am rather let down by this offering from Bell's. I can usually pick something up from them and feel confident knowing that it will be a solid beer. While there is not anything technically wrong with this beer, I feel they are insulting the great beers that come out of the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 07:19:52 | More by KickInTheChalice
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is pale yellow and hazy. It is topped with about two inches of off-white head.

S - I get a lot of malt. I was hoping for a little hops. It is sweet caramel and a little grainy.

T - Again, all malt. No hops to liven it up.

M - Moderate.

O - Boring. I have had some great pale ales this summer and was hoping for another. This was a big swing and a miss. I would much rather drink Oberon all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:09:01 | More by buschbeer
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grass, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some lemon, grass, and some hay/straw.

Overall - Not really a APA, more of a helles or some type of oktoberfest beer. Not what I was expecting. It's an okay beer, just a little boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:50:09 | More by spinrsx
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puckinright

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale ale's catch a bad rap. In a 'big beer' world they seem to be looked down upon. With that said, pale ale's when done well have a lot to offer & Midwestern Pale Ale is a good example.

Beer pours a dark, cloudy amber color w/ a frothy two finger head. Good retention and solid lacing. Smells of malts. Tastes of heavy malts and breads up front w/ a crisp, refreshing hop bitterness on the back end. Well carbonated and medium bodied mouth feel.

Very good example of a pale ale. If I lived in Michigan, it would be a goto session beer. Alas, I do not. So this is a one off for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 20:06:39 | More by puckinright
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12 oz bottle (bottled 9/9/13) into shaker pint

a - big fluffly white head, golden color with some noticeable sediment

s - biscuity, malty, slight hop aroma ( might be due to the fact that it's 4 mos old)

t - light malty/bready, lemon, bitter

m - low/medium body, medium carb, bitter finsh

o - ok brew. i've had before fresher and remember it about the same. neighbor left this in my fridge from Christmas party and was getting low so figured it was time to drink it. not sure i'd buy this

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:17:07 | More by maxcoinage
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color, produced a average white head, nice retention and it left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma of the ale contained husky grain, citric hops. Light/Medium bodied, there was a foundation of malted grain, fresh baked bread, and a strong dose of citric hops. A little off balance in favor of the hops, but overall its a nice session beer and an average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 20:14:58 | More by GossageBrewery
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Als of hampden

A- a hazy dark wheat color with yeast suspended throughout. No head and no lacing so I was leary.

S- honey and caramel malts but it has the smell of a lager rather than a pale ale. I though I bought a pale ale.

F- a skunk like flavor in the mouth. the malts taste overbearing and sour. I don't get the caramel or any other flavor that comes through.

M- light bodied and carbonated as well as gassy. It bubbles all the way down like champagne with sour apple malt.

D-Eh....I could do worse but could be much better. less than average beer and I wont buy it again. I love Bells but I think they missed the mark with this one unless they were going for a Budweiser like brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 19:46:43 | More by Dodo2step
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottling date 1/16/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange color with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Aromatic, with strong malt, florals and just a hint of hops
T: Lots of grain, florals up front then an absolutely empty midpalate and a slight hop note on the finish
M: Medium-bodied, again empty midpalate, otherwise decidedly average
O: In general I'm a fan of Bell's but unfortunately this is probably my least favorite beer I've had from them. There's just not a lot of complexity or anything intriguing on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:50:52 | More by ONUMello
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark color for the style. .

Good taste for the style (not a huge fan of PAs) . bitter. hint of some spice.

Good level of carbonation.

For me, not worth the $2.99 I spent.

I'd like it if there was not a character minimum on these reviews... I don't have much more to say about this beer but I would like to do this review for my own records.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:41:54 | More by TastyAdventure
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 11/26/12. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Super hazy, gold appearance. Very nice head that amounts to about 4oz of foam, and it stays for a long time. As nice as the head is though, it doesn't seem to like clinging to the glass much.

Smell: Something about it is quite strange... I think it's the heavy amount of grass and dirt I pick up in it, but the traces of spice and malt bring it up.

Taste: First sip was very good, but then the reality came in ... Midwestern Pale Ale is unfortunately only an average beer. I get that nice mouthfeel on the beginning of each sip, and then the malt. As you'd expect from a pale ale, pretty muted. The finish is kind of putting me off with this one the more I drink it... there's more bitterness than anything, and seemingly grass in place of hops in the flavor department. As some other reviewers have said and as the bottle says... "BLONDE ALE" is what comes to mind with this beer more than anything.

Midwestern Pale Ale is a respectable pale ale. Many people find pale ales to be on the boring/uninteresting side, and I agree... but I like a good one every now and then. If you like pale ales that are more on the bitter side, try this one from Bell's ... though be expecting to drink more of an American Blonde Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:06:49 | More by Alextricity
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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