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

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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

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Added by SheepNutz on 12-11-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
1,201
pDev:
14.66%
Bros Score:
2.7
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
76
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,201 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fully clouded golden brown. Off white head. Nose is so bland, it's basically lifeless. Flavor is a slight bit of a bitter edge over deadened citrus tones. This is an APA? It seems more to me like a bad version of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Or maybe a hybrid of the two at least. Either way it just seems to come out swinging, and misses. Feel is good on carbonation and decent on liquid. Overall it is drinkable, but I say again: this is a pale ale? Seems pretty wacky to me to be in the class of APA. Oh well. It was decent, but nothing memorable as far as the style goes. Might be better promoted as a summer brew.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jwc215
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy blonde yellow with a one-finger white foamy head that hangs on, leaving some trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is floral with some orange peel. Herbal/medicinal.

The taste is of orange peel and an annoying tea-like astringency. Floral and medicinal herbs back it up. Sweet, grainy malt gives it some body and tries to help it out. It has a very dry, astringent finish.

It is medium-bodied with a medicinal, imbalanced bitterness clinging to the tongue, though, again, some malt tries to do something to save it.

One is okay, but that's it. Strangely astringent. I think that something is just "off" here, though it is not terrible at all.

Not crazy about it, but glad I had a chance to have it. Thanks to dekker0 for including it.

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Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color's that of ripe apricot, the head a solid, stocky white. Aromas are explosive, spinning off citrus, primarily grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a whiff of spice. A downright friendly finish, that meets you, and greets you and treats you right. Awash in bitter, but fruity flavor, with a sensational, and long lasting drizzle of hops. Fresh, sea-foamy nose. Light body, excellent texture and mouthfeel, full of that unexplainable effervescence that permeats all of Bell's ales. It's got to be that yummy, yummy yeast. One hell of a great pale ale!

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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 Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

Thank You CRJMellor.

Batch 7686

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small foam white head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of hops, and slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, but not what I would think of an APA, nice little bite in the finish. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA at all, could use more hops though.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is different, spicy, hops ,bitter, lemon. not really what I was expecting. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a thin 1/4" head. Some light lacing developed. The aroma is fruity and floral. The flavor was a tilting act between too sweet and nicely bitter, with an orange zest tone in the background.

Medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel. The finish was somewhat dry and smooth, and the bitterness and citrus stuck out most here. Overall I thought this was a nice pale ale, and is a good tasty brew you can drink a few of.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Churchkey, I was not a fan of this beer. Beer is yellow to light amber, mostly clear, thin head, white bubbles, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is weak, malty, mild hops.

Beer is light in body and low in carbonation on the palate, the beer is mostly just a thin malt syrup flavor, nothing much else. Mild hops, no bitterness, not a repeat.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale (?) pours a light tangerine-copper color, with a sticky, white head. 1 finger of foam maintains for a good while--most of the way down.

Aroma is odd for a pale. Come to find out the back label mentions it being blond. Well, ok, the aroma sways more that way. Yeasty and some coriander and spice. A slight bit of metallic.

Taste: yeah, not sure...pa or blond? Eh, it's still good. Pale malt backbone serves well to introduce the slight spice and more pronounced (than in the nose) hops. Citrus and green pine. The bite at the end reaffirms a pale ale. The spice and yeastiness suggests blond.

Overall the beers after-bite is its strongest, or most pronounced, feature, although its looks are good, too. Light body makes it easy to drink

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with white lacing but floaties are all up and down in this beer. The aroma is a bit too mild with hints of citrus rind and spice. The Flavor is a big grapefruit and a touch of grassy, earthy spice around the edge. The bitterness fades to make this a tasty pale ale that's very drinkable. I'd like more malt in here, as there isn't much balance. There's a little biscuity malt, but hops run the show here.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excellent pale yellow color, nice thick creamy white head. Interesting aromas including something slightly cheesy? Can't put my finger on it. Ultimately fairly bland and 1 dimensional with a pretty muted hop profile. Easy drinking, moderately bitter, but in the end kind of boring. The least impressive beer from this brewery I have tried so far. All the others were pretty memorable.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a light hazy golden. This was only my second offering from Bell's, as i have to drive to DC or northern Va to get it. My first was Two Hearted Ale, so the standard was set pretty high, maybe a little too high for this one. The label describes it as "a blond ale...with a distinctive spicy, floral aroma and taste." I'd say this is totally accurate. The floral taste just does not do much for me. It's not a bad brew, and having it on a hot Sunday afternoon while working on my deck was probably an appropriate time for it, as it was light and refreshing. But just found it to be nothing special, and i'll probably not be picking any more of this up on future road trips.

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

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a very doughy malt and spicy hop.

The taste was upfront grainy, yet biscuity malt with a vibrant grassy and herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry.

Overall a very tasty, simple and quaffable pale ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are some floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with some citrus hops dominating, but not overpowering. The taste is good. It has a light pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American pale ale. It has good aroma and flavor, although they could use some body and munich malts.

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

Pours a hazy golden with sediment swirling around. Good head: offwhite, rocky, and healthy and leaves some lacing. Smells spicy and clean with some washed out grain lingering. Taste is similar. Dry and sspicy to start with clean flavors and some more of that washed grain taste. Drops off a little too quick and finishes with pepper, grain, and earthy hops. Fairly grainy and thick mouthfeel for the style. Pretty decent, but not my favorite Bell's product.

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Bell's Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 1,201 ratings
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