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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | 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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3/5  rDev -10.4%

BMart, May 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

markcp, May 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Gatordaddy, May 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

ZEB89, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

amcaleh, May 02, 2013
Photo of stewart124
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.

stewart124, Apr 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

bpfrush, Apr 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

yuenglingade, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

LuckyJohn, Apr 25, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance- Pale Orange/amber. Pretty Cloudy.

Nose- Citrus and malted barley.

Taste- Some American hop undertones (grapefruit-like bitterness) mixed into some malt and grains. Maybe a little tannin character coming through, but not enough to conjure up the harvest as pictured on the bottle.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with some fine carbonation, a little thin for my liking. Could be so much more of a beer with some more heft.

Overall- A decent beer, but not one of Bell's best. Went downhill from pour moving towards the finish.

Maninthearena, Apr 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

psmith161, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

plato, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

StoutIrish, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

rmehughes, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

klesniew, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of thedoubler55
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%

A: A cloudy gold color when you pour almost brown like caramel, has almost no head at the top and very minimal lacing.

S: Slight hints of corn, and the malts come through.

T: Nothing special at all with this beer, smells like a normal pilsner and taste like one too, was not impressed with the taste on this one. The taste is bland with corn and malts throughout slight hop notes.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Overall I would have to say this was the worst beer I have had from Bell's, there was nothing good about it.

thedoubler55, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

InfragilisBrew, Apr 17, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a slightly hazy, golden/copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, hop oils, slight floral hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of citrus (grapefruit?), hint of nuts, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, not complex, but good appearance and session-able.

Tone, Apr 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.3%

CreightonSM, Apr 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Fakexican, Apr 12, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a caramel color with a 2 finger off-white head. Big bubbles and blotches of lacing remain.

S- light caramel, lemon, light spice and pine.

T- pale malts, caramel, lemon, light citrus rind/pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Syrupy surprisingly with crisp finish.

O- just a ok beer. A little to golden ale/pilsner ish for me. Maltier than a pilsner but just not like most pales.

kawilliams81, Apr 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Kyrojack, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

PackenGreen, Apr 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

FreshZ, Apr 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

bdtva, Apr 06, 2013
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.