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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 840
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 31.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of jeswasgui
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poors with a moderate to thick head with plenty of lace retention. The color is a transparant orange. Had a hard time detecting any flavor, there is a hint of malt more than hops I thought. It seemed very tasteless but did have a decent ale feel to it with plenty of carbonation. Overall it is a beer anyone can drink.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really mild aroma, with only a little bit of sweetness to it. It has a bit of a rind bitterness to it, which I'm not a big fan of. It's fine, but it's not amazing.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This bottled beer was on sale for a six-pack as a featured craft ale. Boasting of Michigan barley, this is a decent American pale ale. Nice dark gold color with an aroma of delicious hops, the citrusy taste actually lacks the happiness I desired. The taste is not light, and not bad, but will keep me on a search for amazing American Pale Ales.

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Photo of Beejay
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: A pale yellow color, hazy with a large white head.

S: Light pale malts, grainy. There is almost a little bit of a lager thing going on. Not getting a whole lot of the hop aroma.

T: Grainy, a touch tart, and a little tannic. Some mild citrus, but not a lot.

M: Medium light, with high carbonation.

O: Overall this was a big miss for me.. I was expecting more from this brewery.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-07-17 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and mild lace.

S - Bread and very floral. Not much citrus. No pine.

T - Quite a bit of lightly-toasted malt, some orange, pepper. mineral, light earthy spice with good finishing bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Fairly crisp and refreshing.

O - A nice Blonde ale. Simple and tasty.

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Photo of ARoman
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is initially a muted grass and grain with a touch of stone fruit (underripe apricot?) which later emits more distinct grapefruit and lemon notes combined with crusty bread. It’s a clear and dull gold color with noticeable sediment suspended in the liquid. It’s topped by a white dense soap head that has moderate retention and lace. It’s texture is oily with an active fizziness and a medium body. Roasted flavors of grain and toffee are initially noted with a citrus sweetness. The finish is crisp and long and is initially a spike of bright citrus but turns waxy bitter with a hint of marmalade that leaves behind a wax and bread crust aftertaste.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first bottle of this was 4 and a half weeks old and reeked of skunk. The second, purchased from a different store, was 3 months old and not light struck.
L: It pours hazy gold with a slight orange tint under a 2” cream colored finely bubbled foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: The nose is a little muted due to age but clean rich malt aromas join with light caramel and a slightly sharp hop aroma.
T: Starts off like a liquid baguette with a light caramelly background sweetness and finishes with a big bitter emphasis that balances well with the well developed malt flavors.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a well balanced, big flavorful midrange beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.26/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. One of my all-time APAs. I love the slight haze, the subtle hops on the nose & the perfect malt bill to play off of the hops. I will say that a lot of the more individual flavor components tend to blend together, so it lacks complexity through the palate - for me this is not a problem (at least for this brew).

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, green hued gold color. Modest head that settles to a thin film of bubbles. Some spots for lace.

Pale ale malt base with a bit of sourness.

Well-balanced with a relatively dry pale malt start. Good hop kick in the swallow. Moderate aftertaste. Very pleasant. Appropriate body and carbonation. A classic tasting APA.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Too much hop in this one for me, but then again, this is a style I'm not a huge fan of; this is Bell's first loser in my book after three marvelous offerings (Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, and Mercury, respectively).

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Photo of EvoRich
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark yellow to orange in color. Pours with one finger of head which fades.

Smell: The smell seems very weak. It's very difficult to pick up much other than maltiness.

Taste: Very crisp and citrus like. A bit of malty goodness.

Feel: Refreshing. Nice carbonation and thirst quenching.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Brewed with barley from their own farm, it has a noticeable terroir of sorts—a trend that we hope sticks, as it’s adding dimension to the beer world. Balance and dryness amp up the drinkability to 10. The Earth doesn’t shake, but we’d make this a mainstay in our beer fridge. You can’t get much more American than this.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%

LOOK: Hazed pale amber, amazing lacing

SMELL: Orange pith, Asian pears, cracker graininess, mineral, floral, grassy

TASTE: Crispness pops; smooth, grainy, medium body, ample hop bitterness, herbal, dried hay, nutty, dried apricots, peppercorn, very dry finish

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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"...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 1/28/15.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, earth, and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a lot of grain characteristics that stand out more than the hop qualities to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Kinda reminds me of a Heinekin. Skunky sort of. More lager than pale ale maybe. Not sure to tell lyou the truth... Bottled Jan. 16th so not old per se. Reminds me of a farmhouse beer a bit as well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok beer...nothing to rave about. Probably would be better as a mid summer beer than mid winter. It poured clear gold with thin white head and not much lace. The scent was more grainy with tinge of citrus. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Overall...ok

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Photo of hophugger
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, semi-cloudy. Nice head and very nice lacing all around. Aroma is slightly piney and citrus, with a touch of malt. Taste is well balanced between the hop bitterness and citrus and the malt takes a background position as you drink. Carbonation is good and mouthfeel is pleasant and crisp. A touch of grapefruit with this one, nice !!

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Photo of mchegash
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Date: 8/10/2014

Appearance - 3.5/5
A delightful orange-gold color. A small amount of head. Fairly hazy.

Smell - 3/5
Orange, small hops prescence

Taste - 3/5
A mild sweetness. Flavors consist of orange, hops, tart,

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Medium body. Quite crisp, good level of carbonation

Overall - 3.25/5
Not bad, just nothing in particular stands out as being outstanding

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Photo of dacrza1
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

DATE REVIEWED: August 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: O’s avoiding a sweep? (NO)...APPEARANCE: fizzy, fuzzy, pocked white head sits atop a noticeably hazy orange-yellow head; lacing is tangible but random... AROMA: funky lemon grass and some resin; bready malts balance the aroma... PALATE:medium-bodied, reasonably lively, and balanced in its mouthfeel--certainly a pale ale... TASTE: a rather straight-forward pale, with enough malt and hop resin to be noticed; beyond that, a rather flat profile that whispers floral notes ...OVERALL: the dude from Pletcher’s suggested this was the weakest of the four casemates, and though this is true, its fourth-place finish is nothing to be ashamed of; a sessionable pale ale that would compliment a variety of foods, seasons or settings...

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Backlogged review from camping in St. Mary, MT. Full notes taken on my phone.

A- Slightly cloudy golden body poured from the 12oz bottle to a goblet. A white cap builds to about one finger with a foamy thick texture. Decent retention leads to a thick frothy ring dropping sheets and rings of lace on the glass.

S- Probably just about equal balance of hops and malts for me here. Hops are spicy, floral, earthy with a touch of fruit. Malts give biscuit and pale caramel notes.

T- Hops gain an edge here and soak the taste buds with floral and spicy notes with hints of citrus, earth and grass beyond that. This is balanced by cereal grain, biscuit, pale caramelized and slight malt sweetness. Just a bit of fruit from the yeast.

MF- Light bodied with a foamy texture with any agitation. Carbonation at a medium high level and a medium spicy bitterness coats the palate in the finish.

Solid pale ale that brings a solid dose of floral and spicy notes rather than the intense fruity and citrus bombs that trend today. Spicy hops balance nicely with the malts used for a base.

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Photo of Strix
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden, decent initial head, some lacing.

Mostly a pilsnery smell, some grassy hops, and a bit of macro grain.

Macro grain/pilsner dominates the flavor profile as well. Subtle sweet and grassy notes in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, minimal carbonation.

This was all right, but didn't really excite me and seems to be rather atypical for an APA.

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Photo of etoimazo
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was introduced to Bell’s brews on tap about a year ago and was impressed. Since I’m partial to traditional pale ales I picked up a bottle of this to sample at home.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a moderate head, not much lace. Unusual carbonation with visible tiny bubbles or sediment suspended in solution.

Smell: More like a lager than an ale: malty yeasty sweet, little to no hops

Taste: Bready yeast with a crisp hop balance and some spicy bitterness in the aftertaste. Well crafted, nothing harsh about it. I’m particularly curious about this strain of ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sparkling – again, more like a lager than an ale

Overall: True to the pale ale style, this beer impressed me with its balance and its distinctive yeast character. I will seek it out again – especially if it’s fresher than the one I tried.

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Photo of CHickman
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours sparkled gold color with a ton of sediment floating around in it like a snow globe and a thick foamy 1 finger eggshell color that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very nice lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, light caramel, corn or wet brown rice like a macro lager, grass and mild spices; nose did not match the looks and was quite boring, which surprised me.

Tastes of malt, lemon zest, light caramel, faint piney hops, very light coriander, biscuit and then like the nose there was corn or like a macro adjunct lager, grass and herbs; easy to put down and sessionable if you’re not looking for flavor, but damnit this is a Bell’s brew and I expect it to taste very good if not great.

Mouthfeel is very light and almost watery, with mild to average carbonation, a thin, slick feel and a slightly grainy bitterness to end it. Overall it was nothing special and actually went downhill after the pour. Not sure why it’s so dull, but it is and seemed like any old lager that you could grab at a 7-11.

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Photo of slusk
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden hazy yellow with a dense white head . Very nice head retention and lacing. Appears to be an unfiltered beer or has some wheat... or both.

S: Sweet grainy almost corn like aroma with a nice balance of mild citrus, earthy hops. Has a pit of a pilsner like aroma with maybe some wheat mixed in. Ever so mild creamy caramel in the background.

T: nice sweet somewhat grainy malt up front balanced with a gentle citrusy floral hop. A little but of orange zest with a semi dry tart finish. I get a bit of wheat in there as well.

M: Medium light body with a slight oily mouthfeel followed by an ever so mild astringency. Moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This is a nice brew. It's fresh and crisp, not quite a lawnmower beer but close. Reminiscent of pilsner hybrid beer with a bit more hop presence. Goes down smooth and the aftertaste is fleeting which means session ale to me. Not the greatest beer ever, but certainly one I would not hesitate to order in a restaurant.

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Photo of dbossman
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light apricot hue with a large 2-inch, foamy head; nice retention and decent lacing

S: Some floral and citrus hops but mostly loads of bready and toasty malts; they (hops and grains) play well off each other but it's pretty subdued overall

T: More citrus hop bitterness in the flavors--lots more--lemon rind especially; the bready slightly sweet malts them come in and balance things out

F: Medium body and fairly creamy

O: A decent, easy-going pale ale; nice amount of hop bitterness to balance the malts but I wish there was more aromatic hops to put this over the top and make it more than what it ends up being: a decent little beer that is easy to put down and non-offensive but nothing that turns heads either

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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.