Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.74/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.
Appearance is a light amber with lots of white, foamy head. Nice lacing as well.
Smell is a bit surprising, not a lot of citrus in this, but some floral notes from the hops.
Taste combines floral and spicy flavors with some sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation, but there is an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.
Overall this is a surprisingly flavorful ale, the spicy and floral hops are really pleasant.
05-21-2013 00:33:36 | More by Dave_in_GR
3.61/5 rDev +7.8%
This one is a hazy dark yellow, just a bit lighter than amber. On top rests an off-white head somewhere between one and two fingers tall with good retention. Lacing is deposited in thick patches and in pretty impressive density.
Grassiness is big in the aroma, though some floral notes are part of that. There's a mineral edge that reminds me of particular English varietals, though I imagine that's just how it all plays together. There's a bit of sweetness lent from a citrus element and a pithy sort of dryness coming out with a note of rind.
Much the same can be said of the flavor with a few exceptions. This isn't an especially hoppy pale ale, but bitterness picks up in mostly floral and herbal notes. An underlying grains note remains stronger underneath, and a bit of peppery spice from the hops is also more noticeable. There's a touch more sweetness from notes of fruit.
Crispness comes out strong right up front and stays strong. There's also a moderately smooth feel in the light-medium body. Carbonation may have a little too much bite to it, but it works together fairly well.
05-17-2013 13:26:52 | More by Brenden
3.45/5 rDev +3%
bottle into pint glass
appearance: cloudy unfiltered light orange/yellow, huge foamy head
smell: smells more like a lager or a pils than a pale ale, sublte citrus/lemon and faint earthiness
taste: very light flavor, i feel like this is more of a lager than a pale ale, not much hop presence. Watery, and very bready flavors come through in the finish, hint of Rye as well.
mouthfeel: not much carbonation, very very light on the palate
overall: A great summer pils or lager type beer, I don't understand why this is labeled a Pale Ale, probably explains the poor reviews. Either way, if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale, look elsewhere, if you want a smooth summer beer that tastes more like a czech pils or lager (a very good one at that) try this, it has subtle flavors but not much complexity. Great session beer.
05-13-2013 02:22:48 | More by Roman5150
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
Back of the bottles labels this a home grown blonde ale.
Hazy orange to dark gold in color. Nice white lacing.
Nose has plenty of bread in the nose. Spice and light citrus from the hops.
Medium bodied with a tasty dose of spicy hops. Peppercorns, bread and a lemon zest help pull this off. Light in bitterness for an American pale ale but seemingly on target for a blonde ale. Lots of biscuity character that builds well with the noble hops. Sharp finish and a dry spicy bite.
I feel that I should be reviewing this as a blonde ale and not an APA. This is a very nice blonde ale and a mediocre pale ale. I can see why it would review so poorly.
04-30-2013 00:42:43 | More by stewart124
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.