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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale

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714 Ratings
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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 62 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pschul4 on 11-06-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looking into the short history of American Pale Ale, it seems that we have come a long way. What was once balanced is now malty; as our palates are shifting acutely toward the hops.But this beer ignores all that and stays true to those original American Pale Ales.

As the Midwestern Pale Ale pours it does so with a frothy intertwine of its malty body and its airy head that soon separates. Light in its hazy golden color, the beer trails with lasting retention and broken laces as the beer fades.

Its aromatics align with malty notes of fresh baking bread, light honey and thin caramel. As a skirt of hops slowly overtakes the sweeter notes, it casts a net of citrus and pine. Light yeasty notes of bread dough waft about and bleed into the beer's hoppy and malty scent.

To taste, the beer is malty, but only semi-sweet. Somewhat like the starchiness of pasta and bread- only the thin honey and caramel taste supports the strong malt structure. But the middle palate brings about the hops! Bright in its citrusy tone, grapefruit, orange zest and lime peels rise to not only balance the sweetness but ushers in a quick and crisp finish of pine shavings and light resinous bitterness.

Its medium-light body is due to its semi-dry body being lifted by carbonation and being equalized by protien-starch richness that has little taste. But its starchy middle reduces to a crisp and clean finish of mild warmth and peppery bite.

The beer's enjoyable qualities are high as its comfortable sweetness is excited by earthy and citrusy hops. Working in tandem in its balance, the beer proves to be low in offense and subtle in its appreciation. I say: "Free Midwestern Pale Ale!"

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Who needs the Subcontinent when you have the Midwest? Boom. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light corn, and a hint of both grass and flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, lemon peel, light greens, and a hint of soft biscuit way in the background. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a meek pale ale with hardly any character of its own, much less the usual strength thereof normally found in Bell's beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer creamy textured soft off white cream colored head settles on a semi clouded amber copper colored body, with thick creamy bands of chunky lacing left sporadically not in any ornate patterns. Aromatics contain pleasant bready malts, a hint of earthiness, toasted nuts with a simple single dimensioned mild citrus hop edge. Pretty pleasant straight forward mildly hopped pale ale, this is trying to showcase their Michigan grown malt and it's tasty no complaints filed here. Bready grains hints of caramel and ample bitterness in the backend to balance it out, earthy herbal flavors from the hops not much else going on here. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with natural flowing carbonation each sip is inoffensive on the palate as the next. Overall a nice session beer, one meant to be enjoyed more than one at a time and still not exhaust your live or palate.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery. Poured chilled into a tulip.

The color is hazy light peach color with thick head of white that settles to a ring with small bead and sporadic lace sticks. The smell is slightly fruity with some apricot/peach type odors with a mild sweet malt odor and light pine essence. The feel has a decent amount of bitterness with a moderate amount of carbonation and gentle malt sweetness with semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a semi-sweet presence on first sip with slight piney hop taste and mild toasted malt in the middle with spice from the hops balancing the gentle sweetness with a semi-dry finish and mild yeast tanginess in the last sips. Overall a drinkable pale with nice hop content -fairly balanced. An easy drinking but simple as a pale ale should be.

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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 11/05/12, qish I'd seen that, shame on Missouri Wholesalers, they let stuff pile up in wharehouses until stock is shifted...

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Slightly hazed, goof head retention & nice lacing

S: Grassyness & lemon peel & a bit of floral hops, the nose was the best part of this beer

T: Light biscuitty malt, grassyness & whispers of lemon up front. Grassyness & wheatyness as this warms, slight peppery spiceyness too. Finishes grassy, a little grainy with lemon zest notes

MF: light/medium bodied & crisp carbonation, decent balance

Refreshing & easy to drink, but nothing special. I'd rather have Boulevard PA which is $2 a sixer cheaper than this & way more flavorful

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clouded golden hue, snowy white head, settles to a slim collar.

Aroma: Large citric notes, some spice, plenty of yeast. Hops and yeast, that's what we've got.

Taste: Full-bodied, full of yeast-y goodness, with plenty of vibrant, citric hop notes bouncing on the palate. Much maltier than the average pale ale, and as it's unfiltered, so much more yeast-ier. I have to wonder, though, if this is different that the other Bell's Pale Ale? Is that retired, and this is it's replacement? Good questions. I'm searching for answers.

Without those, I'm still enjoying it for what it is. Hey, there's gobbledygook on the label, and as it's Bell's, it's probably terse, mysterious, perhaps poetic? Here it comes: "A blond ale reminiscent of the golden fields at harvest--made with Michigan-grown barley and a delicious blend of pale malts with a distinctive spicy, floral aroma and taste. We invite you to reap what we've sown."

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed. Packaged 07/29/13. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name, though the label description calls it a blond ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Consistency is smooth. Complexion is decent; not particularly soft or supple. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent mango colour. Sort of a reddish orange - kind of hard to pin down. Average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks a bit off for a pale ale. Not as light or clear as I'd expect.

Sm: Honey, caramel, pale malts, fruity tones (mainly mango and vague tropical character), a hint of graham cracker, clean yeast, sweet bready malts, and some doughiness from the yeast. Not as hop-forward as you'd expect (and want) in a pale ale.

I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's far from unique or special. I'm a bit concerned at this point.

No alcohol or spices are detectable. A clean inoffensive aroma of average strength.

T: Mango fruit, light pine, and some biting grapefruit citrus notes comprise the bulk of the hop profile. Pale malts, some caramalt, and a light doughy character provide the simple foundation. Lightly resinous. Hints of lime. Decently balanced, with a cohesive but not gestalt build.senses at different points in the structure. The bitterness/sweetness is off, but in different Very simple, lacking complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy.

The doughy yeast character doesn't fit the clean feel you'd want in a good pale. There's even some (admittedly light) alcohol presence here too.

Below average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

Decently put together, but ultimately quite underwhelming. I'm not a big fan and I'm not sure what they're going for with this one.

Mf: Fairly clean. Crisp, smooth, and wet. Too filling for a pale ale. A bit too heavy on the palate, with too full a body. Doesn't suit the flavour profile or the style all that well. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, rough, or boozy.

Dr: Nowhere near as drinkable as a pale ought to be, but fairly downable. I'm glad I just got a single; I wouldn't want another and wouldn't recommend this to friends. A simple swing and a miss from Bell's. Very average.

C

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a white sudsy head that fades leaving a wall of lace on the glass. It is quite decent looking with fair retention. Some spots of sediment are seen throughout solution.

The aroma isa bit dusty with biscuit grain, sulfur, toffee, caramel grain and a hint of fruity to floral almost perfume aspect. Some almost like butter is noted towards the back and it increases in character as the brew warms up.

The taste is equally buttery as the nose suggests with bready to biscuit grain. Some sulfur, grass and herbs are thrown in the mix with hints of caramel but without the accompanying sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a bit watery and well, just strange and not enjoyable enough to warrent wanting to have it again. Of all the stuff bell's makes that I had the opportunity to try, this is the biggest let down.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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