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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | 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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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 14:17:47 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

08-16-2013 18:15:04 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!"

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 08:18:44 | More by BEERchitect
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-18-2013 04:29:24 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-10-2013 06:11:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-14-2014 03:54:12 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 16:45:21 | More by TMoney2591
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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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nickfl

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-11-2013 22:44:02 | More by nickfl
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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."

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:44:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:48:24 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:50:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 13:56:18 | More by Slatetank
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:32:59 | More by jwc215
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kojevergas

Texas

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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:55:28 | More by kojevergas
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
11/26/12 on bottle
A- The hazy deep orange body supports a beige sticky film and a carbonation of big bubbles pop of the base of the glass.

S- The pale malt has a hint of hair perm with some pine hops in the finish and a light raw silage aroma grows as the beer opens.

T- The pungent bitterness has a sulfur hint and a pils male with a dry hop spice that starts to come through as the beer opens. The pine hint is a bit stronger in the dry finish and has an astringent quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel is finished with a tight little fizz

O- This beer is light on hops and is a bit too dry in the pale malt flavor. It is kind of blah tasting and a bit boring to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 14:02:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 14:28:33 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-22-2013 03:02:42 | More by XmnwildX12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-11-2014 13:08:23 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

My local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped this off for me and I could not be happier! It gives me a chance to riff on a number of subjects, not the least of which being the American Midwest.

First, let's see what his eminence, Larry Bell, has to say - From the Bottle: "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." The label depicts a "Painting of Bell's Brewery Farm [in] Shepherd, MI.

I love the midwest! It is my last bastion of hope in a dying country which I defended until retirement from the U.S. Navy. We (surprisingly) do not have much of a naval presence in the midwest, hence my infrequent visitation, but every time that I have been, I wanted to stay. I enjoy the down-to-earth attitudes which convey a simple, no-frills mentality. The people are polite, but blunt in that if they do not like you or disagree, they will tell you so without beating around the bush. Back east, we tend to be blunt and impolite, leading to fisticuffs, while out west, I am not sure that people have opinions, just random thoughts in generalities. Some of my best bumper has come from the midwest, including The Hoosiette, The Old Lady, Doll Face, and Cowgirl. I am planning a joint 21st/50th birthday party with Val Midwest to be held in her hometown of Lincoln, NE on 28 Feb 2015 and people are welcome to join us. When I finally untether the blimp of PA, I am on a beeline to the midwest, never to be heard from again. Onward!

I initially netted just over a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention, but as I noodled around in my usual inimitable fashion, it slowly fell, leaving dense, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy honey-yellow (SRM = > 7 < 9). Nose had a distinctive spiciness, almost like pepper, definitely from the hops. Mouthfeel was silky smooth, notable in the style when so many try to emulate a hoppy AIPA. The taste was evocative of midwestern ladies' hips, lips and fingertips - tangy with an earthiness that can only be developed on the farm. Yum. Ah, languorous nights in coupling like freight cars ... Big, corn-fed gals who would purr like cats and give off heat like human generators. Thankfully, no corn was evident in this beer, but the hops were definitely there in force. The finish was minty, almost tea-like in its mellowness, very much peppermint and spearmint and I was suddenly rendered very sleepy. May I wake up in a barn or atop a haystack reprising Cowgirl's action.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 07:52:16 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-07-2012 02:21:09 | More by orangesol
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -10.2%

05-10-2014 17:20:59 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-03-2014 14:48:45 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-10-2013 02:00:07 | More by BARFLYB
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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.