Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Bell's Imperial Red Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
33 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stortore on 07-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
33
pDev:
6.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Imperialjake
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too sweet. Too bitter. Too toasty. Too rich. Too floral. Too dry- brewers hear it from all angles. But no other beer really captures it all an usually in impeccably true balance than the red ale. As the Bell's brewing team rework the ale to give it a unique "Bell's" thumbprint, an imperial status with increases strength, flavor and complexity is born.

Their Imperial Red Ale is a deep amber, light mahogany beer that crowns with a rich ecru swath of foam. Its bright and balmy scent rolls onto the senses with toast, citrus, pine, grass and a mild tropical flare. Its taste though its more sided with the malts. Caramel, toffee, nutty and of bread crust, hints of peanut skins and granola become apparent.

As the middle palate unfolds, the malts digress and the hops pull forth to bring the taste into even keel balance. The remnants of malt remains semisweet, toasty and toffee-like while the floral hops round on the palate with pink grapefruit, fresh orange zest and pineapple. As the bitterness grips the throat, it takes on the character of grass clippings, muddled pine needles, and a peppery alcohol spice.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's weight is kept in check by the drying power of both hops and alcohol. Each acting as a drying agent to keep the strong beer drinkable and dangerously refreshing. As the piney and citrusy bitterness grows, the finish begins to side more with hops to give impressions of red IPA in a toasty, malty dry afterglow.

 1,467 characters

Photo of heddar33
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldvines
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of malprep
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mightyspan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kenai4
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lorihall1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mumbled
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris24tian
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of gearbike
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a reddish orange with a finger plus of a frothy white head that sticks around forever and leaves behind some serious lacings along the side of the glass. pretty strong clarity with just a touch of a haze

Smell: strong malty character. mix of toasted malts and sweet caramel. caramels hint at dark fruits. fairly boozy and strong smelling

Taste: opens up with a bready to toasted grain malt taste, sweetens up with caramel and toffee, hinting at the dark fruit aspect of the malts. backend has some citrusy hops and a good kick of booze.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, pretty heavy.

Overall: another great red from bell's but way behind others of theirs (this goes to 11 and roundhouse IRA) being most similar to roundhouse but lacking alot of the creaminess and smoothness in character that the other has.

 823 characters

Photo of atrocity
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Bell's Imperial Red Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 33 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.