Twentieth Anniversary Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale
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Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by putnam on 09-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy golden brown with a light tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving too few laces.

This beer has a malty aroma. It has a slight bready aroma. The hop aroma is mellow. It also has a slight toffee aroma.

This beer tastes great. It is bready. Also, it has a malty sweet flavor. As with the aroma, the hop flavor is low.

This beer goes down very smooth. It leaves a slight bready aftertaste. It might be just a little bit undercarbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the flavor.

I think this beer would be an excelent session beer. It is mild, and low enough in alcohol, that I could drink it all night long. I would, if I could get this more often. Many thanks again karst for the wonderful beer.

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Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear (keeping bottling yeast in bottle) light copper-orange color with visible carbonation whisping upward, keeping the 1" light beige head tall & sturdy. Thick lacing is very attractive.

Heavenly aroma of fresh hops, carmel & toasted biscuits. FRESH.

Sweet toasted pale malts linger on the tongue with a healthy hoppy presence. Beautiful balance of sweet (malt) & dry (hops). The rich maltiness is deftly counterweighed by the slightly chalky and dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is gentle & fluffy. Fine carbonation is lively, creating a gracefully soft texture. Medium bodied with a tad dry finish.

Drinkability is off the chart. This is extremely quaffable.

Overall a fantastic rendition of the classic Bell's Amber that has been expertly dry-hopped. I'm pleasantly surprised Bell's didn't create an eyebrow melting ale to commemorate their 20th anniversary, but expounded on their flagship ale and made it even better. I'm very pleased with this ale.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, Bell's can kick out the brews. Poured out to a amber reddish / brown color with a small head and nice lacing aroudnt the glass. Medium carbonation. Aromas of malt, hops, earthy smoke and some sweetness were present, as was a touch of spice. The taste was dead on; flavors of caramel, malt, grain and a smooth creamy touch of molassas. Great mouthfeel, very smooth and inviting. High drinkability, this would be my choice beer for sunday football games. Highly Recommended. I hope Bell's continues this beer and renames it for year round production.

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Photo of ADR
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Semi-opaque orangish amber color, medium-bubbled head with some lasting power, starts at over 1/4 of an inch in height. Good laces, dripping collars. Smells of Christmas cactus, somewhat vegetal, oily, and leafy. Carbonation is light but good, mouthfeel a solid medium in texture. Malt tones are obvious, sweet and leathery and somewhat yeast-influenced. Solid and persistant flavor profile. Good underlying hop structure, not obvious in acidity but prickly like a touch of slow-boiling asphalt. Balance is tight from beginning to end. This is not an obvious beer, but it has a solidity and is very well-composed, extremely drinkable when you buy it, better prepared and thought-out than Batch 7000 in lots of ways.

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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being that Bell's Amber is reported as Larry Bell's favorite, I am not surprized that the 20th aniv is a similar brew.

However the malts are turned loose. Conservative hops - English style and a yeast that spices the beer similar to flavors in Oberon. Alcohol stays mostly hidden but with a multi-bottle session your going to feel it.

Pours a reddish tea color with 1-2 fingers of tan dense head that expresses itself as handsome lace after it slowly dimenishes. Medium full body and round mouthfeel. Nothing out of place in balance finishes clean like a mild ESB.

Happy Aniversary Ale is always welcome at my partys.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Slightly hazed amber with a head of light tan that is a little more than a finger in height. Good retention and lace.

The nose has a good dose of earthy caramel malts with english hops. Are these german malts? Very well rounded...sweet and bitter...I like it.

This is one of the smoothest beers I've had in a long time. The malts start it off with some caramel and biscuit flavors. A touch of citrus in the middle followed by hoppy bitterness that isn't oily or acidic. Dry finish that lingers pleasantly. The beauty of this beer is that the transitions are seamless. Everything comes through with perfect timing and balance. Light carbonation tingle towards the end. This is a tasty session brew. Solid well crafted taste, a rather low earns a five for drinkability.

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Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color...pretty clean and clear for an ale....I love the nose...sweet caramel...big melted caramel candy aroma..taste is also very sweet wit ha caramel notes....perhaps a little tosted notes....body is medium to light...low carbonation...slides down the hatch very quickly for the hint of heat at all until the far late finish..closes with some fruity acidic notes.

I really liekd this when I smelled it and really liked it at first taste...the longer I drink it the tarter finish bothers me a little...still I think they hit a solid bases loaded triple with this one....I am not disapointed at all...

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Photo of carln26
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, topped by a thick off white head with great retention. Toffee/caramel aroma with just a mild hint of citrus and apple. The flavor is nicely balanced between the caramel and apple/ pineapple fruit. It really gives the impression of a toffee apple. There may even be just a touch of nuttiness to the flavor. Smooth, rich mouth feel, surprising since this is an amber ale. Great drinakbility. I was surprised when Bell’s picked this style to celebrate 20 years, but it is a great offering and tribute.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap pops to a nice hiss, I've had this once before, but again, the anticipation is high. Batch labeled as "7040"

A - Pours a slightly thicker amber with a nice red hue to it, a light fluffy head on this complements it nicely. A little foggy through the glass, but not totally opaque.

S - You get malts, but heavier on the hops. A nice rich aroma that can be smelled once the cap is popped.

T - A very hearty ale. Where the hops where heavy in the nose, it seems the malts take the leading role here. Other nuances can be noticed if one tries.

M - Very rich when it hits the pallete, but washes down very watery, a little off key, but as for me, I liked it.

D - Considerably high, this beer is very light, doesn't kill your taste and goes down very easy, at mid 6 ABV, you won't mind at all having two or perhaps three .
A shame it's a one-off, because it is very good, but very worthy of their twentieth anniversary

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Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crimson blush on tawny. No deliberate topping to mention. The smell of raw mash reminds me of Biere de Garde as practiced by La Choullette or Jenlain. It is a winy bouquet, suggestive of flower-filled caves. The hop profile is absent any grapefruit or nose-bleeding mintiness. Fuggles? Low acid, integrated bitterness, silky textured when just cool. Caramel, tea and cereal flavors. Gobrew mentioned that this doesn't seem to have the Bell's "house" flavor. I agree. Very clean. Limp lemon flavors on the finish. Darn good. Fascinating balance.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. An amber ale seems kinda boring for a special edition anniversary beer, but they done good with this one so kudos.

Pours a...well golden-amber color with a nice finger's-worth of snow white head that lasts the entire glass and leaves good lacing. Smell is heavy on the malts, with floral/citrusy hops and some light tropical fruit and alcoholic vapor. Taste stays strong on the malts with a significant floral hop presence as well, with notes of grapefruit and cider along with a slight alcoholic bite at the end. Got sweeter as it warmed. Reminded me more of a dopplebock with the sturdy malts, though a hoppy one - most similar to Capital Blonde Dopplebock. One of the more flavorful amber ales I've had, lots of character. A solid way to commemorate 20 years of great craft beer.

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Photo of proc
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer to be christened as an "Anniversary Ale".

This one pours out to a dark, bronze color in the glass with a moderate-sized head. The aroma is that of biscuits and malt. The taste is very good, with hints of caramel present. This doesn't seem to have that typical Bell's "yeasty"/signature profile. Very clean, easy to drink. This reminds me of an English ESB.

I could drink this one all night. Larry and crew...make this one a regular and it would be a regular in my 'fridge...

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark amber with orange edges and a tight, off-khaki head. Caramel roll malts, cooked vegetables, brown sugar, herbal/vegetal hops. Rich toffee with rummy fruits and a bready backbone. Vegetal, herbal hops follow with some bitterness. Malt wins out in the end though. Rummy fruit sweetness mixes with Bell’s yeast in a long finish. Not as smoky as a Scotch Ale, but sufficiently malty to be one. Me gusta. Full-bodied, with a silky, creamy feel. Nice. Yum. Good work Bell’s and happy 20th anniversary!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed amber appearance, beneath an adequate layer of fuzzy froth.

Dense and sweet fruit in the nose, plenty of noisy hops, as well, but mostly a malty thing. An amped-up amber is in the offing.

Big entry onto the palate, a thick, swaggering brew that lands wherever it likes. Sweet and delicious. Good, sturdy, full bodied, with a hoppy buzz that's always hovering below the dominant malt factions. Very warm and friendly. Yum. I'm liking it...

There's only one bottle at my disposal as we speak, but I'll pick up more, for sure, as this is a brew that's so tasty, I'll not want to stop at one bottle in a session. This is tasty stuff, and an excellent way to celebrate two decades of Kalamazoo brews!

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Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours redish gold with a short head. Great lacing.

Smells delightful, but is a little faint. Tastes delicious. Rich malty body with a little bitterness. Mixture of fruit and caramel that finishes with a bitter bite.

I'm usually picky about my carbonation, but this one is right on. Balances nicely with the body.

At 6.7% this could be dangerously drinkable. I can easily see myself putting down a 6-pack or growler of this way too fast.

I'm not sure exactly what it is, but this beer really impresses me. Overall it has great balance with great flavors. Nothing is really off and the 6.7% isn't noticable. Go buy this beer and be merry!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a blue label. bell's logo is front and center with "twentieth anniversary ale" below that. under the name is an image of what i'm guessing is the brewery. there are warehouse doors on the right, a tower in the center with an american flag, and some other tower in the courtyard in front. "a special ale brewed to commemorate our 20th anniversary. we belive it's worthy of the honor." batch number is 7040. according to the bell's website, this was bottle was packaged september 7, 2005. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a hazy red orange with a nice inch and a half creamy off-white head in a stein mug. color is a little off. highlights are orange and the shadows aren't very red or amber either. head retention is good and lacing is pretty good. there is a suspended smokey shape in the middle of the brew.

smell: malty sweet and lightly hoppy with light citrus hop aromas. mostly caramel and a bready or cookie tone.

taste: very malty. caramelly cake with a taste of apple when i breath over the brew. warming alcohol flavors. there is a lightly spicy hop character and bitterness is mild, not balancing. finish is sweet with a yeasty bitterness at the back of your tongue.

mouthfeel: lightly residuous. nice medium body with good carbonation. rolls smoothly and swallow is velvet. i enjoy rolling this around in my mouth every sip. nice mouthfeel.

drinkability: good drinkability. alcohol is there and warming, but well masked. tasty with an excellent mouthfeel.

overall: the american amber/red ale is a catch all syle, but the color is still off. that kills the review a bit, but other than that, this is an excellent beer worthy of better overall reviews imho. one of my favorite reds. flavorful with an excellent mouthfeel. a must try anniversary. thanks to mlh1227 for this try.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with some yeast clumps falling out into ther beer. Small white head. Body is a bright hazed orange.

Smell: Hoppy and floral, slightly sweet, some burnt malts also.

Taste: Good but hard top nail down. A very sweet beer, a hint of maple and carmel, a little tartness and some slight grassy malt close out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, not a lot of CO2. Different.

Drinkability: I am not sure what Bell's was going for, this is a beer that is hard to pin down, in limbo between styles.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an inviting reddish amber beer with very little head. There was very little aroma as well. But what there was was good, including a slight fruitiness. The taste is great. Very well balanced, I usually prefer hoppy beers but this is great to drink. It is a nice full bodied beer and is very smooth. It is also very easy to drink. I hope this one ends up on tap somewhere nearby.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

This beer poured a cloudy red amber color and formed a light tan bubbly head that left latticed lace as it subsided An aroma of malt, hops, coffee and toffee. The flavor was of hops, malt, and caramel. The body was medium light and silky. The finish was silky and slightly astringent. Another good beer from this brewer, if not one of favorite styles.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours with a nice head the dissipated slowly. Nice lacing along the edges of the class. Nice amber in color.

Smell: The first thing that hits the nose is a nice citrus aroma with notes of Carmel and malt. Also some bread smell is present.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is a citrus flavor and then bitterness. I get a nice maltiness on the back of my tongue. Also some hints of toffee and some bread flavor are present.

Mouthfeel: Nice Mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting, very drinkable.

Once again, another good brew from Kalamazoo brewing. Congratulations on twenty years and here’s to another twenty.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kev for cracking this one open with me. Cheers! 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. A decent amount of lacing. The smell is fairly fruity, and slightly floral. Some light orange aroma, and a little bit of hops as well. The taste has lots of pale malt up front, just a slight sweetness. There's some honey in there. The finish has a great balance of hops. The mouthfeel is extremely thick and really coats the entire mouth. The drinkability is fantastic for a nearly 7% brew. Wow, I really really enjoyed this.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light coppery color with lots of suspended particles floating around in it. Small, firm ivory cap. Little lacing sticks as its fairly drippy.

Aroma is subdued in malty sweetness. Toffeeish and kinda toasted. Light floral hops add a faint herbalness to it.

Taste is well-rounded in a tamimgly calm, present, softening load of sweet berry-like caramel malt, with a sliding toffee edge of toasted grains and ghostly nuttyness. Nice little herbal/floral hop notes decorate the finishing areas while keeping the malty sweet presence.

Body is about medium with a low, smooth carbonation level. Super smooth and lightly silky; the malts create a heavenly score of smoothness across the palate scale. Drinkable by a ton. Bell's has fashioned a nice session ale for the anniversary, so drink up.

Oh, and Happy Anniversary Larry, keep up the good work!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Aroma is quiet and subtle, but grows in some intensity with time. Largely malt based that seems to hold a vienna malt quality.
Head is fairly short lived, but the ring is persistent. Nice amber of red/orange/gold. Attractive color.
I really like the malt character of the flavor. It's not very sweet and it's somewhat dry. Bitterness presents strongly in the middle and tapers, but lingers through the finish. Fair amount going on in each sip and each sip seems to emphasize a different quality. I like a beer that keeps me interested throughout the glass.
Despite a thinnish/watery(?) quality at times this beer seems to maintain a feel of some density. Carbonation is nicely balanced.
I like this beer. Interestingly balanced. Nice flavors. Easy to drink. Has a session beer quality, yet maintains a body and flavor of substance.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... From Bell's website: The Batch ID that you entered '7040', is a Bell's Twentieth Anniversary Ale. Your Bell's Twentieth Anniversary Ale was packaged on September 7, 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the coppery amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with heavy foamy lacing. Aroma is fresh all around, grain, hops and light fruitiness. Flavor is ample malts upfront, even some chocolate notes, coupled with well-balanced amount of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth over the tongue, with excellent drinkability. Another pleasing Bell's brew here.

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Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a small egg white head. Some lacing. Aroma was of caramel and butterscotch along with a bit of fruity hoppiness. Taste brings the same flavors. This beer leans towards the malty side but is finished nicely by some floral and spicy hops. All the flavors are full and contribute nicely to this beer. The Bell's house yeast seems noticeable here and lends a slightly sour, slightly buttery element to the body. Sometimes I don't like that but I think it works here. Overall this is a solid beer and easily sessionable.

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