Twentieth Anniversary Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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)

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Added by putnam on 09-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 ADR
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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 feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid tea color with a finger of head that falls to a nice coating over top. I'd like to see a darker color in a red. The nose is sweet caramel, light nut with a distant light spicey hop. Flavor is nutty with a sweet touch of caramel. No real hop there. Feel is moderate with a light carbonation. It has a very silky charact to it. Very smooth. Overall, a nice session brew. I'm glad to see the anniversary beer is one that will appeal to a wide audience. I like it.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a semi-hazy red tinged copper, forming a modest lacy yellow head with average retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is somewhat first it has what I call an Oberon "twang", which is mostly just a lightly rubbery and cardboardy English hop profile. The traditional Bell's House flavor from the old brewery in Kzoo is absent, making me think this was brewed in Comstock. Mouthfeel is smooth and pillowy soft with a medium-dense body. Taste is like the aroma, however there is a very strong yeast presence which I don't really care for. The hops are noticeably English. Touches of lemon sprinkled with cereal notes throughout with mild to moderate bitterness and light astringency.

Ultimately, a disappointment, especially for a commemorative brew. This doesn't sum up 20 years of brewing expertise...this is frankly a dull English pale ale. I bought a sixer of this and am not really looking forward to having the rest. Skip on this one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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 mattcrill
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Label says that it is batch #7040 (according to the website it was packaged on 9/7/05...pretty fresh).

Appearance: A cloudy orange amber pour with a thick ivory head. The head disappates to a think white sudsy film.

Smell: A floral hop aroma noted with a nice sweet carmel base. Very inviting.

Taste: Very "lager-like". Carmel sweetness, a strong yeasty presence, and a touch of floral hops. Notes of apples, spices (cloves, pepper), and pears all dance off the palate. The yeast almost reminds me of a Belgian tripel. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and slick. A nice yeasty finish left on the palate.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable brew. Kind of fruity, kind of dry, kind of hoppy. A cornucopia for the palate! Nothing too extreme. It definitely scratches the beer itch and should be complex enough for most palates to find enjoyable. Recommended.

Congrats to Larry Bell and the brewery for 20 fantastic years...hopefully many more years and brews to come!

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Photo of Sudmissle
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a very malty flavor with a carmel aroma dominating. The hops are what I would call balanced for those who are lukewarm on hops.

The appearance is a deep amber with a moderate amount of lace.

Has a slightly better than average mouthfeel, slightly sticky and chewy.

It is also very drinkable as a session beer.

Now having said all that, I am a huge Bell's fan, making the drive from Detroit to Kzoo several times a year to drink the amazing Bell's brews on tap at the highly recommended Eccentric Cafe. I have to say this beer is good, but not good enough to be branded something as significant as "20th Anniversary Ale." They have so many better beers, they would have been better off just not coming up with an anniversary beer than to put this out there just to say they did it.

This tastes like a somewhat better and richer version of Bell's amber ale: Good, but not distinguished.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single's found at Rileys in Madison

As everyone has mentioned, congrats Kalamazoo Brewing Company and Larry Bell on 20 years. I consider Bell's to be the brewery that made me an absolute micro freak about a year ago. Sure I had been drinking craft beer for 3 or 4 years before that but it wasnt until I moved back to the midwest and discovered bell's that I became truly excited about beer. but i digress...

appearance: nifty little bottle...pours a cloudy pale amber with a bubbly head

smell: bouquet like, sweet malty aromas combined with floral hops, caramel as well. Smells like a winner!

taste: pretty tasty first sip...very sweet dark malts, citrus hop, lots of other fruit flavors predominately apples....aftertaste is wonderful and fruity...caramel definately present, biscuit like. Overall very sweet and tasty. Obviously extremely fresh

mouthfeel: medium bodied, hop bitterness on the tongue...refreshing, earthy, and clean

drinkability: quite drinkable, and darn good for the style

I feel fortunate to have found some of this stuff this soon after the release, its great fresh. Interesting choice for a 20th anniversary ale but batch 7000 is supposedly a beast.

Thanks again bell's!

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Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
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 orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hurray and congrats to Bell's on 20 years of brewing some damn fine beers. This one pours into my SN tulip a deep amber red with a billowing two finger head of cragly foam. Thick pacthes of lacing adorn the side of the glass. Aromas of sweet slightly nutty caramel maltiness accentuated by a fresh picked green herbal hop resin aroma. Slightly citursy, slightly spicy, I wonder what the hop bill was on this one and what they used to dry hop....nice!

First sip brings brings a crisply nutty sweet caramel maltiness that has hints of fruit and fresh biscuit. The fresh, green herbal hoppiness follows through in the flavor. Finishes clean with a lingering hop on the back of the palate...light bitterness throughout. Smooth, chewy, a downright delicious amber ale. Nothing too over the top...very well put together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and mellow carbonation that makes this one go down as smooth as silk. A new session brew while it lasts! I would have no problem spending my day drinking a six pack of this one...simply a very enjoyable amber. Cheers again to everyone at Bell's...thanks for making all the great beer!

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Photo of Brian700
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised when I saw this beer because I have been waiting so long for the batch 7000 to come out that I had no idea this one was going to be hitting the shelves.

Anyway it poured a mirky light amber color with a small white head that slowly settled to a ring around my glass.

The aroma was a very balanced smell of malt and mild hop aroma.

The taste is very much like the Bell's amber but with an extra hop addition. Very well balanced and tasty. The is a lot of malt at first sip and then you pick up on the hops a lot more in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low/medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. Great session beer. This will tide you over until the batch 7000 comes out which should be any time now I'd imagine....or hope.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is, what else, amber in color. The aroma is of malty toffee, with earthy something, maybe hops or yeast. I just wish it wasn't as faint.

The taste is malty. The hops are there somewhere. Now I am pretty sure the hops are providing this recurring theme of earthiness.

The mouthfeel is definitely thicker than the average amber ale. Since I like this beer, it is not too thick. If this were always available, I would always have it in my fridge.

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Photo of battlekow
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's 20th pours a thick, cloudy caramel color, with a smallish head and fair lacing. Smells faintly fruity, and biscuity, with a little spicy hopiness. Taste is much better than the smell, malty and biscuity/toasty that's balanced well by some spicy hops. Mouthfeel is excellent, much thicker than I would expect from a lighter ale, with a nice dry finish. Excellent for the style.

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Photo of proc
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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 clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head that falls slowly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of US hop character with some caremel and slight dark malts in the back. The flavor is very smooth and well rounded, but the citrus hops take the forefront and I think they could be blended a little better. Tasty though. The body is moderate and the drinkability is pretty good. This is a well-made beer and fairly tasty.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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 putnam
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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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