1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

678 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 678
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 48 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 678 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ONUMello
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottling date 1/16/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange color with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Aromatic, with strong malt, florals and just a hint of hops
T: Lots of grain, florals up front then an absolutely empty midpalate and a slight hop note on the finish
M: Medium-bodied, again empty midpalate, otherwise decidedly average
O: In general I'm a fan of Bell's but unfortunately this is probably my least favorite beer I've had from them. There's just not a lot of complexity or anything intriguing on the palate.

ONUMello, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Bockerdoppel91, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of mccallisters_dali
3/5  rDev -10.4%

mccallisters_dali, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
11/26/12 on bottle
A- The hazy deep orange body supports a beige sticky film and a carbonation of big bubbles pop of the base of the glass.

S- The pale malt has a hint of hair perm with some pine hops in the finish and a light raw silage aroma grows as the beer opens.

T- The pungent bitterness has a sulfur hint and a pils male with a dry hop spice that starts to come through as the beer opens. The pine hint is a bit stronger in the dry finish and has an astringent quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel is finished with a tight little fizz

O- This beer is light on hops and is a bit too dry in the pale malt flavor. It is kind of blah tasting and a bit boring to drink.

rhoadsrage, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ooftu
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

ooftu, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of rodlavers
3.25/5  rDev -3%

rodlavers, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 02/06/13. Emptied into a shaker pint.

Looks a hazy golden blonde, almost looks like a wheat ale. No real collar formed. Thin lip of suds and surface spore foam resides. There are even tiny floaties in suspension.

Floral in aroma. Notes of dead grass, white pepper, and biscuit bread. Mild herbal quality dries out the nose even more.

Appealingly dry and unmistakably floral and grassy. Specialty and pilsner malts can be tasted. Dry and crisp for an ale. Late estery notes remind me of crabapple in the finish. Lightly soapy. Swallowed up by more bittering dryness.

Drinks decently. Pins-and-needles effervescence generates the coarseness in the mouthfeel. That seems a little mucky mixed into a slightly oily body.

Not too shabby for a pale. Unimpressive, but sessionable. Not the best from Bell's.

thecheapies, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Localdrinklax, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy yellow/orange one finger head that doesn't last.

S-A malty mess, lots of wheat, no hops very slight grass.

T-Lots of bread, malt and wheat. Not well balanced, Something is off. No hops. Orange and grass.

M-Light not much carbonation.

O-Bell's Pale Ale was bad, this was bad. If they can make Two Hearted you think they'd be able to make a good pale ale. Guess not.

rlee1390, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of GeePee
3.25/5  rDev -3%

GeePee, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with an attractive two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Strong malt aroma that is grainy and slightly musty. A touch of lemon grass as well.

Malt forward flavor. Slightly toasted and bready. A touch of peppery hops add some flavor but this is a malty first beer. Dry character.

Solid body and carbonation. Nice drinkable texture is a nice feature.

Not sure what Bell's was trying to achieve with this beer. Certainly is not going to appeal to beer geeks but I enjoyed the malt profile and I even liked the hops used. Just wish there was more hop balance.

morimech, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy golden color, with lots of head and lace. Impressive looking!

S - Malty grain and barley. Not any hop aroma.

T - Mild and malty. Nice and Smooth.

M - Highly carbonated.

O - A decent pale ale. A very malty, not much hop, pale ale. Not bad at all, but I prefer a little more balance

BeerDawgs, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Gschaf
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Gschaf, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ridgeline23
3.25/5  rDev -3%

ridgeline23, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Kubrickx, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of SeriousALEment
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

SeriousALEment, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of elchingen
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

elchingen, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of joliok
3/5  rDev -10.4%

joliok, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Lukass, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color, produced a average white head, nice retention and it left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma of the ale contained husky grain, citric hops. Light/Medium bodied, there was a foundation of malted grain, fresh baked bread, and a strong dose of citric hops. A little off balance in favor of the hops, but overall its a nice session beer and an average example of the style.

GossageBrewery, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of CSFerrier
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

CSFerrier, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

wilfonzo, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

SpongeRuiner, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of plinythederek
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

plinythederek, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Mar 03, 2013
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.