Boiling Pot
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,776
Ranked #33,221
3.72 | pDev: 7.53%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
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Photo of justinp444
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass on draft it is a golden yellow crystal clear with a inch and a half thick white head. Smell of grapefruit, bit of lemon, fresh biscuity malt, juicy fruit, and a bit of grass. Taste is fresh lemon and grass with a big biscuit malt flavor and a bit of caramel. Mouth feel is crisp and moderate to full with a light to moderate body. A fantastic American pale ale.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A criminal $7ish at M-Brew in Ferndale... man, that's a helluva lot of money for a 4% pale ale.

Alright so this won't be the most useful review in the world... let me just say that this is inoffensive in taste, offensive in price. I mean, it tastes like a low ABV craft ale. There's some sort of subtle mango or apricot vibe somewhere in there which makes it a bit different, but it's not something I'd seek again, especially if it's normally this expensive anywhere else. It's just a sessionable, watery, not very interesting and quite forgettable beer.

Not sure why Bell's decided to send this one out... should have gone back to the drawing board before this. They can do better -- one of the worst Bell's beers I've had. Bland, pedestrian, one-note.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very odd mix of flavors in this one, maybe it's the oatmeal throwing things off.

Some usual hop characteristics upfront, and then a weird tea/soup broth/porridge flavor kicks in. I've honestly never experienced a flavor like that in a beer before, and I have no idea what it really is.

On the whole, I didn't like it but my wife enjoyed it. Certainly unique, not something I would venture to try again, though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet orange flavor with pine and toasted caramel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The problem with American pale ale is that it is just a pale ale. As the threshold for American ale shifts hoppier and hoppier, Bell's recognizes the trend and devises a relaxed taste and strength that doesn't back away from the needs of the modern drinker.

Their Boiling Pot pours an indeed pale gold color with trickles of light amber shining through. Carrying a modest haze and a foamy cotton swath, aromas share more with IPA than of the classic pale. Pink grapefruit, lemon and freshly zested orange all play on the nose while an initial taste is malty with light caramel, angel food and faint honey.

As the flavors blossom through the middle, the bready sweetness of malt relaxes and the taste of hops begin to enunciate. Citrus and herb prance delicately with tea leaf, verbena and bright citrus peel. As the ale trends dry and bitter to balance, its more resinous character builds and allows for the fleeting taste of fresh-cut grass and lightly muddled chive, spruce and mint.

It's medium bodied texture seems light as the finish is largely clean; void of the throat gripping bitterness of IPA that such inferred hop aromas and flavors have trained us to expect. Crisp, refreshing and with a hint of biscuit-type maltiness, the balanced ale holds true to its word, right down to the final waning sips.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very resiny and piney aroma, with moderate citrus presence.

Flavor is resiny, crisp, and moderately bitter. The citrus is more pithy than tart. Very easy drinking beer.

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Boiling Pot from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 57 ratings