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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SheepNutz on 12-11-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,203 |  Reviews: 621
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled July 11, 2011. Pretty fresh. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy gold/yellow with a one finger white head that leaves very nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is grainy, grassy, and floral with hints of spice and citrus and some biscuity malt. Good to very good strength. Leaves a bit to be desired for a Pale Ale, aroma comes off more between a Blonde Ale and Pilsner.

Flavor is grassy and floral hops with some grain and biscuit malt, finish features some nice lemon citrus. Some sweetness in the middle with moderate bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a bit oily, good carbonation.

A solid Pale Ale, although not the best out there and not the best beer Bell’s is brewing. Still, it is fairly tasty, crisp and refreshing. Glad to have tried it, but won’t become a regular in the rotation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I sure do miss Bells back home (Mount Pleasant,Mi).Wow great head,nice subtle hop maybe to little for a Pale ale but good enough.Yeasty smell is wonderful would like a six pack now!Well back when I drank this beer I thought it was the greatest thing ever.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very mellow APA.

Crisp carbonation and a healthy white head. Plenty of good flakey stuff floating around like one expects from Bell's.

The malts are mild and sweet.

The hops have some spicy flowery notes.

Very dry finish.

This beer was ok and I should note that my mom loved it but I expect more from Bell's and wasn't too enthused over this.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of poibag808
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6821. The Bell's Pale Ale pours from the bottle into my glass a golden honey like the warm summer sun. A creamy froth of white appears on top with big airy bubbles. Aromas of sweet pale malts touched with caramel intertwine with herbal, fresh wildflower hops and light citrus spice.

First sip brings a refreshingly sweet pale malty backbone enlivend with bold flowery, herbal hoppiness that takes hold mid palate. Hints of citrus fruits and mellow spice as well. A refreshing pale ale with an interesting hop profile. It's nice to see something other than the normal citurs/grapefruit hops used in most pale ales. Lingering bitterness on the finish with wildflower hop burps!

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with enough grist to make it feel full in the mouth. Another easy drinking brew from Bell's. I could see a sixer disappearing from my fridge quite quickly. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the single.

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Photo of nycjag
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasing enough a beer. While I tend to like pale ales this one wasn't quite in my wheelhouse.

The nose had a pleasing floral hop, but the taste fell a little flat to me. I like my pale ales with a slightly sweet maltiness and I was quite getting that. Almost like an off flavor snuck in there.

The appearance was also interesting. It was relatively clear in the glass, but had a significant amount of suspended yeast, which I would normally like, but it just looked strange in a relatively clear beer.

This beer wasn't bad, just not among their best offerings.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a film of lace.

S_Grassy hops and toasted grain.

T_Grassy/earthy bitter hops. Pale malt backbone. Dry finish.

M_Thin and crisp. Overall pretty refreshing.

D_Great session beer. Simple flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of andrewsporter
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one bottle into a pint glass. Looking at the beer in the glass I was pretty excited to take a huge slurp. A dull yellow color, it looks enticing and a little bit on the thick side, mostly because of the particles floating around. It is mostly opaque.

Sloshing the beer around and first drink, it becomes immediately apparent that the beauty of the beer itself does not make up enough for the undistinguished flavor. Most points on this one come from look and perceived texture, however there is a nice bite and it's definitely drinkable, just not for the price. I'll keep searching...

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

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.
Unimpressive pour. Pale yellow not conducive to a Pale Ale at all. No head to speak of.
I've had adjunct lagers that taste no worse than this. Very thin and watery tasting.
Not craft worthy. A big disappointment given Bell's reputation.
update: On closer scrutiny (and a few more beers) I believe I was too harsh in my initial evaluation. The pour is quite nice with a nice tight head. Taste is much better than any adjunct lager and I upgraded this beer accordingly. Still not overwhelmed though.

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Photo of Todd
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a pretty chill-hazed dirty blonde/straw beer with a thin white wispy lace. Aroma is pretty clean with notes of grain, but that's about it.

Chewy, solid medium body with rough grain edges / husk tannins; a mouthful of raw malted grain is what you get! Carbonation is crisp. Malt character is a bit sweet with mild fruit flavours, touch of honey. Hop character is very herbal and spicy, backed by a quick citric twang and floral flavours. Finish very dry, with an overwhelming amount of tannins on the palate.

If it wasn't for the dominating grainy tannins, this would be a pretty decent beer. However, as it stands, this is a one beer beer. Glad I gave it a try though ...

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Photo of Beaver13
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 7163 (11/28/05). I guess this beer is a little old, but my Dad just bought it in MI 3 weeks ago, bummer. Pours a hazy, glowing golden orange with some suspended yeasties. It has a fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, some citrus, grassy floral hops and a little DMS.

The flavor is very sweet and fruity malts at first, followed by a decent hop bitterness which lingers through the aftertaste. There is a touch of sourness. The sweetness and bitterness are not well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery, yet bubbly.

Overall, a decent pale ale. It has good bitterness, but is not well balanced. I wonder what this tastes like fresher.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick dense white head that remains. The aroma is of pine and citrus no distinct hop nose but plenty of grains. It is a beautiful golden color and clearly unfiltered. The taste starts with a malt sweet taste and finishes quickly with a slight bitterness and a maltyness. The mouth is smooth and never harsh and it is easy to drink a slightly better then average but only slightly pale ale.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of clarkkr
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

The beer had a beautiful golden-amber color and a small (~1 finger) cream-colored head. It had a modest amount of lacing, and even less head-retention.

This wasn't a bold-smelling (or tasting) beer. It had a sweet malty smell with some even lighter tones of floral hops. The smell was pleasant, but not "provocative" (i.e. it didn't make me want the beer more).

The taste was nearly as mild as the smell. I was expecting more of a hop presence, as it was American-style pale. The flavor was well-rounded but mostly dominated by the sweetness of the malts. The hops add a little bit of an edge when the beer hits your mouth and as you swish it in your mouth.

The beer makes up some ground here. It's relatively thin, but the hops do compliment this well and it feels sort of fluffy and velvety on your tongue and palate.

Overall enjoyable, but not outstanding. It's probably my least favorite Bell's beer so far.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Twifiter
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Duster72
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy wheat color with a slight head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is primarily floral hops with some mild malts, but there isn't much aroma there. Taste is floral hops with some mild malts, just like the aroma. More bitter than I would expect from an APA. Bitters make this less drinkable than other APAs. Not a bad beer, but not my idea of a good APA.

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Photo of merlin48
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden yellow color, with a small, offwhite, frothy head that is billowy, and retains well. Some nice sheet lacing is noted. Body has an odd appearance, as if bubbles are in suspended animation. Actually, closer examination reveals these to be "floaties", and they're everywhere. A few bubbles fight through the mess, as they surge to the top. Aroma is lemonrind, with some peppery spice. No floral hops are noted, in spite of the label's claims. Carbonation seems weak for style, but some herbal hops bite the tongue. Floral hops(lavender) show up in the taste, as well, but it's pine cone that runs the flavor profile. This has a fresh green hoppiness that I like, and the finish is dry and bitter.
Very flavorful, overall, with pine cone hop flavor obliterating the pale malt. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but found all the "floaties" a bit disconcerting.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, pours light orangy, apricot. Cloudy with sediments, just a wisp of a white tiny bubble head, no lacing to to get excited about. Nose is sweet, bready and peppery. This is another nicely crafted and enjoyable from Bells. Moderate citrus hop bite, pepper evident. Quite dry in the finish. Fine sessioner

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Photo of eric_berge
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey, grass, and sweet malt

Taste: toasted pale malt, sweet meadow, caramel, and grass

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start that goes bitter fairly quickly

Overall: A solid, clean, and enjoyable pale ale. One at a session is good for me, however if you are looking for a pale, this is certainly worth a shot.

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