Bell's Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Pale AleBell's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SheepNutz on 12-11-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,201
Reviews:
620
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
76
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good aroma: yeasty and fruity aroma, nice lace. Very good smooth fruity pale, with apple, grapefruit, orange and a spot of lemon. Understated carbonation as i would exepct from the style. Touch metallic, though not noticed in retry in fall 2005. Drying finish and spice aftertaste including cloves . Easy drink, not their best but a good effort.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a traditional hazy yellowish gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The head had a pretty good retention to it and a good lacing also. The smell of the beer had some fresh grain aromas with some hoppy aromas in there as well. The taste of the beer was average in my opinion. The flavors of grains and bitter hops seemed to be pretty well balanced here. The mouthfeel was light bodied with a tingling carbonation to it. Overall this beer was decent.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of freshly baked cheesecake, bready malts and muted citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and grainy malts. Only hints of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I would have no problem drinking this beer all night long. It’s not that complex but is very sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Pale Ale is your no-frills, yet standard tasting beer that's simply done the right way.

Impressingly, the beer pours a light amber, mostly golden color with the signature haze of hoppy ales. A slightly off white head caps the beer with great persistence of creamy white foam and classy rings of lace that align each draw from the glass.

Bright fruit flavors and aromas of esters and hops blend for a unique blend of appricots, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, and regular apples. Backed by malty sweetness of thin caramel and honey, the beer is very well balanced as not to allow either the malt nor the hops to gain command.

Creamy and semi-sweet to start, but the hop bitterness and mild alcohol warmth provide a malty-dry finish of grain and light resin for a crisp and zesty aftertaste of balanced fruit and bitterness.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad pale ale, just not something I would reach for on a regular basis.

Pours a pale yellow-orange, decent frothy foam. Smell is musty cereal grain and that's about it.

Taste is slightly bitter upfront, some full malt in the mouthfeel, and residual bitterness in the finish. Subdued grapefruit and grain notes. Somewhat spicy when first poured, but later subsides.

Easy to drink, with a fairly smooth mouthfeel that is this ale's saving grace.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a fluffy, small, white head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and caramel malt. Also some floral notes.

T - It tasted of smooth roasted malt, caramel, light toffee notes. It had a citrus hop kick.

M - A crisp, sharp pale ale. Also, a medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very easy-drinking pale ale. I jus wish Bell's wasn't so pricy.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, packaged on August 8, 2008, which made me happy. Pours a white, fluffy head that settles quickly. Some lacing was observed. The color is a straw hazy yellow which is quite pleasing to the eye. This pale ale is definitely easy to drink and would easily make a good session beer. The hops definitely play an important role in this beer and Bell's does a great job of not over or under-powering them.

I really like this and I think that it is a great pale ale, but I have been experimenting more with the IPAs lately and this is just to "regular" for me. Overall, a definite must try!

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: A yellowish-amber color with a good white head that laces fairly well.

S: Slight amount of hops, and a decent malt backbone to it. Not horribly complex.

T: Hops and a bit of fruits. Slightly sweet.

M: Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. No alcohol. Easy to drink.

D: Quite sessionable. While not the best APA out there, certainly a decent offering when looking to kill some time on the beach, and want a little more hops than Oberon has to offer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy hops with a little bit of herbal pine. There is some light toast and caramel in the background.

T - Bready malt with some toasted character up front with light herbal hop flavor. The herbal hops intensify in the middle with some grapefruit. The musty hops continue into the finish with moderate bitterness and some dry, toasted malt character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very herbal and dry with a good dose of dry, toasty malt that verges on acrid. The hops are a bit on the musty side for an American pale ale, but the bitterness is on the mark. Not bad, but there a lot of superior examples of this style out there and I can't see a reason to pick this over any of the beers that one would expect to be available alongside of it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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 oberon
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via concurrent trades from both biegaman & Frozensoul327, so a big “Thank you” goes out to them. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramel and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors fruity citrus, sweet caramel and a moderate hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but still on the lighter side. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could put away several of these, this is very good beer to stick with for an evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of orange highlights, a light to moderate amount of small light yeast particles in suspension, and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a almost two finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick patch, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aroms of bready and grainy malts with just a touch of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and grainy malts with just a touch of sweetness. There is a a light presence of citrus/orange rind hops that contribute very little bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very sessionable APA that I would be happy to put down all evening long, enjoyable but not overly complex and the hops are not as big as in some other offerings in the style. Easy to drink with the less intense flavors/aromas and well hidden alcohol.

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Bell's Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,201 ratings.
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