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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
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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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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Averwo

Iowa

3/5  rDev -10.2%

12-08-2013 01:40:40 | More by Averwo
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TheSteak22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +19.8%

12-06-2013 18:49:30 | More by TheSteak22
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maviola

New York

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

12-02-2013 04:42:30 | More by maviola
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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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Red_Thunder

Iowa

3/5  rDev -10.2%

12-02-2013 00:27:37 | More by Red_Thunder
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-01-2013 16:22:18 | More by dcbeers
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-01-2013 03:47:52 | More by jsprain1
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-28-2013 17:44:31 | More by Givemebeer
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kazam55

Iowa

4/5  rDev +19.8%

11-27-2013 00:11:27 | More by kazam55
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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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EN27

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-25-2013 00:58:13 | More by EN27
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RockAZ

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 1/2bbl for $69 with a two week old kegging date, served in Imperial pint glasses.

Had some trouble with my opinion on this beer so I held back an extra day with a fresh palate and reread the other reviews. Some quotes from them: "mild, bland, watery, leaning toward English Ale style, not enough hops, metallic, strong grain taste, odd yeast/malt tones from> lager? wheat?". All these are valid I think, but not necessarily negative. Some said it was in inoffensive session beer and that is I think its strongest point, IMHO. I looked at other Pale Ales and find that the ones I like best are either hop forward versions or real British style milds, so this one really misses all the points I look for in my Pale ales. But I like it anyway.

I bet I would not like this at all in the bottle, I can tell it is too mild for this IPA guy. What I will do later today is run some through my "Randall" glass after I pick up a few pouches of fresh hops from the store to see where that takes this beer. At @42IBU's (accd to one source), but I bet a bump to 55 or so would really rock this beer into my flavor zone.

In any case, I do recommend you try this beer on draft when you can, and steer clear of any stronger hop flavored beers before you do as it will poison your opinion on it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 16:52:55 | More by RockAZ
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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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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Hazy gold, 1 finger soapy white head, little lacing.
S - Very little aroma, some bready malt, a little pepper.
T - Watery taste, some bread and biscuit malt, rye, pepper, some other spice, very little hop character.
M - Very thin, watery, forgettable.
O - This is a really lame APA, no good display of hops, weak flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 23:30:47 | More by Omnium
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JackMiller1007

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-18-2013 19:00:30 | More by JackMiller1007
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northstar23

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-18-2013 02:37:37 | More by northstar23
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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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utopiajane

New York

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours golden with an orange blush on it. It has quite a bit of sediment and it's very cloudy. The head is fat and off white and fell slowly to a ring and film on top. Left soapy lace. Nose is citrus and a sweet malt. The citrus is faded a bit but it's orange peel and stone fruits. The malt is biscuit and honey on the nose. The taste is muddled. It's got a body that is a bit thick and it travels the palate slowly because of that. It's not crisp or light. The carbonation is prickly and that's a good thing and adds to the drinkability. The fruits combine for an all over citric taste that has a bit of pith and hop floral . The cracker malt starts out strong but then that taste flattens out in the drink and there's hardly any finish. Spice doesn't come forward until mid glass and by then there is a bit of hop oil to add to the slow body. Has a some herbal in the finish. It's just ok.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:53:12 | More by utopiajane
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MalKen

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-14-2013 22:21:07 | More by MalKen
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JSchock7

Kansas

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-12-2013 09:00:04 | More by JSchock7
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-10-2013 02:40:41 | More by MaxOhle
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Qbdoo

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-07-2013 22:57:53 | More by Qbdoo
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marcb105

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-07-2013 15:02:13 | More by marcb105
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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