Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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621
Ratings:
1,203
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When I looked at the style information on this website, I looked to see if it went as an English pale ale. That really tells you where this review is headed doesn't it?

So, back in 2001 when I arrived in the Midwest, there were a few beers that could rock the hopwagon. For whatever reason, Bell's was putting all their hoppy eggs in the Two Hearted and Hopslam baskets. This shit was like an afterthought. Poured a honey like color that revealed a bit more malt than you standard pale ale or even ipa in this day and age. Was the malt toasted more, did they go Golden Promise, did they use the similar colored honey malt? All three? Who knows, but the bottom line, this beer was decidedly on the maltier side of balance compared to those hop monsters from the turn of the century in Kalamazoo.

So where did this beer find its niche? Well, it wasn't overly bitter, it did showcase a decent grain collection, get your loving imagery of the grain elevator and shit in the heartland and bam here you go. What was this hopped with? Liberty or something similarly tame? Either way, it was a pale ale that leaned away from the hops like its brothers.

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Photo of Foxman27
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopHEAD1522
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jodio
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BadFishNY
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TryThemAllOnce
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, packaged date 9/92015 - (over 4 months ago... uh oh.) Poured into a snifter glass.

Never tried any products from Bell's until this one, apparently a poor choice. It does little in any area to impress, very quickly disappearing head, little aroma, a bit over-carbonated, and worst - just does not taste great or even interesting. One of my worst recent buys. Sad that there are 5 more bottles to not enjoy. Will someone take them away?

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Photo of Zylod
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wells2123
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 50marathons
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice clean hop flavor. Lemon and honey in the front.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

{from notes}
A good looking pale ale with a hazy, yellow-golden body topped by a good head.

The aroma is, perhaps lightly mild for a APA and slightly more yeasty. The flavor is mildly fruity and spicy. The hops mainly come out in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: a bit too light bodied but well set carbonation level.

O: very good.

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Photo of csv
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moondoggy68
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BennyDsIPA
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Guiness on top.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jzlyo
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat middle of the road, decent session all around.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baile208
1.88/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Seems a little bland and not as flavorful. Smells a little grassy and color is golden amber. Taste is a little musky with hops and malt. Yeasty.

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Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 1,203 ratings