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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

750 Ratings
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 84 | 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:
Beer added by: pschul4 on 11-06-2012

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden color and is slightly cloudy. Yeast particles float throughout the glass. A thin, off-white head sat atop the glass. Some lacing remained around the glass.

Aroma - Reminded me of being drinking a SN Pale Ale while playing a round of golf in late spring/early summer. However, the beer does not compare to SN Pale Ale. The smell brought undertones of malt, floral hops, and a little bit of spiciness.

Taste - Similar to the smell; malts and spice with a hint of floral hop flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Some bitterness at the end from the hops, but not strong.

Overall - A nice, refreshing pale ale. A decently crafted brew. The appearance was not great, but flavors were there and what I was expecting to get out of the beer. I still prefer the classics like Dale's Pale Ale and SN Pale Ale, but glad I tried this one from Bells.

Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.