Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

810 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 112 | 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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Ratings: 810 | Reviews: 141
Photo of mchegash
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

Photo of MGibson
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Refreshing beer slight hoppy taste and flowery aroma

Photo of dacrza1
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

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...

Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Strix
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of etoimazo
3.54/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of CHickman
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of slusk
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of beergoot
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber body with a thick, creamy head; loads of foam rings on the glass. Fully roasted grain smell with a pinch of ripe apricot floating about. Mild grain flavors carrying a soft, sweet maltiness with a dirty hop bitterness underneath it all; cardboard. Soft and smooth feel with a medium-light body; dry.

A fair brew with an overall weird (if not disagreeable) flavor. The malt sweetness is underwhelming while the hop bitterness is too sharp and the overall feel seems overly dry. In many ways it comes across like an astringent slice of semi-dessicated tangerine. I'd give it a second shot, but I'm in no hurry to revisit this beer anytime soon.

Photo of delta490
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold with a thick foamy white head. The head has great retention (aided by huge carbonation in the Sam Adams glass) and leaves some slick lacing. The aroma is very mild with light bread notes and hints of grapefruit citrus. The taste is about the same and seems pretty bland. It's also pretty thin and has a bit too much carbonation for me. It's not terrible, but it could use more flavor.

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label on the back has a brief description of the beer and it lists the abv at 5.2%.

Appearance: Midwestern Pale Ale has very thick and creamy off white head which hangs on well. It sits on top of a deep golden/light amber body with some hazing and yeast sediment floating around. As I drink it makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a sweet bready and malty character with a light herbal, almost mineral like hop note for balance.

Taste / Palate: Up front it has sweet honey and orange marmalade flavor with a smooth bready base underneath. Light herbal and floral hop notes move in and a good balance of hop bitterness to the finish. It has a solid medium to full body and the palate feels smooth and balanced with carbonation.

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Honey yellow with a slight orange tinge, cloudy with a dust storm of yeast particles within.

S: Caramel, hard water, dried grass, very light essence of orange. Light and delicate smelling.

T: A caramel orange quality that is light, not syrupy or sweet, but it feels as if it would become that until it suddenly turns to a bitterness that is long and dull and continuing like an English style. The bitterness is more pronounced than the prior caramel like quality. Its more of a ruby grapefruit pith, not the flesh but the pith and a little flesh together. A certain cereal malt as well.

M: Light syrupy body, but clean bitter dry finish. Medium low carbonation.

O: Drank in Frankenmuth, MI where I picked it up at Kroger. Great brew, love the almost syrupy feel that ends in a smooth clean finish, the way it toys with the mouth is great.

Photo of Immortale25
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Mothlight Asheville. Poured into a pint glass. Bottle says PKGD 12/13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/1 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet Bready malt with just a tinge of hops.

T- The sweetness continues as the Bready malt makes for a light easygoing flavor with a trace amount of hop bitterness just like in the aroma.

M- A bit on the thin side with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Nothing thrilling but it's not as bad as the score would leave you to believe.

Photo of gogreen99
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The light golden color is nice in this pale ale. Very pleasant citrus notes with a yeasty bite to it. Minimal hoppiness is pleasant. Overall the flavors of this beer work well together to create one of the lesser known Bells Brews. I highly reccomend.

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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."

Photo of BrewMaven
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Last of the mixer sixer pours a nice looking hazy deep gold. Minimal head that regressed to a ring after a minute or so.

Smell was primarily husky grain and a bit of skunk..Old bottle?

Taste wasn't much better than the smell. Musty with a bit of grainy sweetness and some skunky hops tailing off at the finish.

Medium bodied with pretty dense carbonation.

Not a beer I'd seek out again but still better than the macro garbage.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's in NY is a VERY good thing. Enjoyed from a bells tulip. Bottle date of 12/19 (2 months prior to their ny debut).

Brew poured a really nice semi transparent orange yellow with a big foamy head that hung out and had awesome lacing and visible champagne like carb. Really attractive pale.

Nose is earthy and a bit grainy almost a sweet pilsner like malt.

Taste falls a bit flat from the nose. The grain is huge and over powers everything giving an almost flax like taste. Missing the sweetness of the nise.

A bit dry feel medium bodied

Overall, i love bells and i love that bells is now on the shelf in ny, that being said this beer is not geared towards me as a beer drinker so i dont envision this being in my regular rotation like some of the other bells brews that are now readily available.

Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of pale malt with a bit of herbal hops.
Refreshing flavor with floral, herbal and citrus hops, notes of oranges, tea bags, spices and American yeast. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
A malty and yeasty APA, but still crisp hopped with a huge drinkability

Photo of patpbr
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper with a sturdy two finger head.
S - Malts and hints of floral
T - Grains are the most noticeable part of the beer, has a bit of spice.
M - Medium body that finishes fairly smooth.
O - Nothing stands out here, Bells make exceptional beer. This is not one of them.

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark yellow, not much of a head. Aroma is light wheat. Flavor is dominated by wheat with hints of lemon. There is medium carbonation, but with very little hops or bitterness. I find this to be a pretty solid pale ale despite the lack of complexity.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12 oz bottle (bottled 9/9/13) into shaker pint

a - big fluffly white head, golden color with some noticeable sediment

s - biscuity, malty, slight hop aroma ( might be due to the fact that it's 4 mos old)

t - light malty/bready, lemon, bitter

m - low/medium body, medium carb, bitter finsh

o - ok brew. i've had before fresher and remember it about the same. neighbor left this in my fridge from Christmas party and was getting low so figured it was time to drink it. not sure i'd buy this

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Pale Ale by Bell's. Beautiful light golden color with a nice barley, malt smell. Just the right amount of carbonation to leave a slight tingle on your tongue. Taste lingers a little on your tongue which is a pleasant bread flavor without feeling you feeling over stuffed. Overall a great "light beer."

Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.