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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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615 Ratings
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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sparx1100

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

02-02-2013 18:19:30 | More by sparx1100
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DukeX13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-02-2013 02:58:15 | More by DukeX13
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mixed and matched this one at the House of 1,000 beers. New Bell's beer? Awesome!
Bottled 10/27/12 so over 3 months old

A - Pours a small 1/4 inch of sticky white head with enough supported carbonation to keep it atop. OMG a crap ton of floaties in my glass like a heavy snowfall but it seems to be an orange yellow in color.

S - Some wheat, citrus hops, and a twang of pale malts. Smells fairly nice.

T - A touch smoother than the pale ale, citrus hops are nice but their is a sort of skunked wheat flavor I can't put my finger on. Maybe it was caused from the Blonde ale clashing with the pale malts? Other than that it's kind of drying but somewhat enjoyable.

M - Light to medium, crisp, spot on with carbonation.

Overall it's not an over the top experimental but it's quite a different take on a pale blonde ale. Maybe the rye will be better because I actually enjoy the regular pale more...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:18:55 | More by DrDemento456
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BEERWOLF1951

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

01-29-2013 00:42:29 | More by BEERWOLF1951
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Some tiny sediment particles hang around this bronze and amber, slightly hazey APA. One finger of head and a thin layer of foam for most of the twelve ounces.

The aroma is very weird. I poured this beer into a clean pint glass. There's some citric hop aromas, alittle biscuity, toasty malt. But overwhelmingly vomitous!? There's a vomit aroma thats a little off puting to say the least. My guess is I got an unlucky bottle of some sort.

Crisp and grainy palate with a lighter than expected body. Biscuits, crackers, and bread crust with a strong funky orange and earth almost barnyardy flavor. I don't really know what to make of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 15:32:55 | More by scruffwhor
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hilgart1

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

01-27-2013 12:19:25 | More by hilgart1
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biblo1979

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-27-2013 03:07:20 | More by biblo1979
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served o tap in a pint glass

A hazy lighter orange color. This beer is very floral and earthy. The hops in this beer provide a bright and pungent citrus of mostly oranges and lemon. The hops are somewhat soapy and remind me of lysol (in a good way). The beer isn't quite a farmhouse style but there is a lot of wheat in this beer, It's a borderline whear beer. It's got a ton of wheat and is very grassy and floral. This beer has a light feel and is rather easy drinking. This is a solid session able brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 23:32:09 | More by TwelveOunces
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a cloudy orange with stuck carbonation.. i see about a million bubbles just hanging out in my glass. 2 fingers of head with great lacing. yeesh, all i really smell is yeast.. and it smells like lager yeast. no hops, no barley, nothing. ok, i get a nice caramel, burnt like bitterness out of this. not bad, but seriously what gives? this isn't what an APA is supposed to taste like. i don't get it this tastes like a lager. yeasty and malty. no hops. granted ofr a lager it's tasty, but for an expired ale (if there is such a athing which i believe this is it) it's still decent. medium body, moderate carbonation, refreshing, and sessionable.

i don't get what's going on with the taste. tastes like shit beer but good for the "genre".

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 05:12:27 | More by facundoCNB
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-22-2013 20:52:57 | More by ChrisKayler
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mzeld

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

01-22-2013 02:03:40 | More by mzeld
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 1/20/13

11639 Pkgd 12/19/12

Golden yellow with a dulled cloudiness to it. Two fingers of foam are topped by loose bubbles. The head recedes slowly leaving ample lace across the glass.

Aromas of grass, honey suckle, flowers, pollen, biscuit and orange peel. Toasty and very slightly herbal. More layers of grass as it opens up. The taste and feel are both succinct. Very grassy with a hint of herbal twinge on the finish. Mild bitterness. Toasted grains throughout. The body is light, though somehow kind of syrupy. Carbonation is sharp. This beer is not one to dally.

Overall, this is drinkable but I made the right choice to hold out for a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:47:07 | More by Ryan011235
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Who needs the Subcontinent when you have the Midwest? Boom. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light corn, and a hint of both grass and flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, lemon peel, light greens, and a hint of soft biscuit way in the background. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a meek pale ale with hardly any character of its own, much less the usual strength thereof normally found in Bell's beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 16:45:21 | More by TMoney2591
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cbyrd4088

Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-20-2013 16:04:44 | More by cbyrd4088
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carlborch

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-amber. Brilliant but with significant amounts of sediment, despite pouring with care. Yeasty film sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three-quarter inch , off-white, creamy head formed. The heads dissipated quicker than desired but retained 1/8 inch after a few minutes. Fresh malt and hop nose. Crisp palate and delicious modestly bitter lingering. Certainly moreish! Rather modest carbonation. Highly developed Belgian lace. A delicious ale!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 21:18:52 | More by carlborch
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Lantern


3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-18-2013 20:50:51 | More by Lantern
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3%

01-18-2013 04:29:24 | More by spycow
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Stoshua

Missouri

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-17-2013 01:37:24 | More by Stoshua
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nUgZ

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a half finger head, a ton of suspended sediment, and some lacing.

S: Malts up front with a nice floral hop balance.

T: The taste is very much like the smell. Nice bitterness. A little watered down though.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not one I would seek out. I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:14:51 | More by nUgZ
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elBecko

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

01-15-2013 15:18:58 | More by elBecko
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-12-2013 20:56:15 | More by bacher468
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark color for the style. .

Good taste for the style (not a huge fan of PAs) . bitter. hint of some spice.

Good level of carbonation.

For me, not worth the $2.99 I spent.

I'd like it if there was not a character minimum on these reviews... I don't have much more to say about this beer but I would like to do this review for my own records.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:41:54 | More by TastyAdventure
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

01-12-2013 04:33:46 | More by beerme626
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw this at Save On and it looked new-to-me so I grabbed one. I'll cut to the conclusion - I would gladly grab some any time.

This pale ale comes out mirky. Very mirky, in fact. That was unexpected and interesting. It has great head and lace. The aroma hits you pretty quickly after opening - great finishing hops. Truly a first rate aroma for the style.

Next you taste it and you are treated to a dry, hoppy, mildly bitter (not over the top). It is extremely well balanced - perfect for the style. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter but fresh.

I could see this as an outstanding session beer. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:16:18 | More by schoolboy
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

01-11-2013 22:09:16 | More by dmorgan310
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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