Third Coast Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Third Coast BeerThird Coast Beer
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Third Coast BeerThird Coast Beer

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after our favorite coastline and a tribute to the Great Lakes region, Third Coast Beer is a crisply dry-hopped American Pale Ale. Floral and herbal hop aromas combine with a refreshing bitterness, resulting in a truly quaffable beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Ratings: 828 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of meathookjones
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This review is from a 12oz bottle sampled on 12-19-04. Cloudy straw yellow in the glass with a small white topping of bubbles. Not much lace and the puny head disappears quickly. Aroma has a touch of hops over a funky odd smell, not really sure what it is but it didn’t give me high hopes for the flavor. Taste had the same funky flavors to it with a bit of hops through in to control it. Fairly light mouthfeel but crisp. Not exactly something I would drink again. I am not sure what the hell is going on with this beer but I will avoid it in the future. Thanks to clvand0 for the sample.

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Photo of Yoopermk
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of beerhast
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of mtrog313
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of strohme2
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of JellyJacket
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of gafferjohn
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Ricklikesmibeer
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of LukeK
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of jwinship83
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pale golden yellow with a small head on it. a bit of sediment and some active carbonation.

S- almost like a macro lager, nothing good here

T- also macro lager like with a mild hoppy finish and aftertaste.

M- medium feel with lots of carbonation

D- really nothing special here. glad i went for the single bottle and not any more as i doubt id want to try it again.

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Photo of bort11
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up from Gomer's Midtown in KC. They had it listed as a limited release, and I usually like Bell's beers.

12 oz bottle, poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Color is a hazy golden orange. Ok head, but receeded quickly to almost no lace. Smell is grassy. The first time I drank this was strait from the bottle. I thought it was overly sour and bile-like, and didn't really like it. The taste improves dramatically from a glass, but still very sour. It's like lemon grass. I was warming up to the taste as I went along, but not enough to want to get this again.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice hazy amber with a small head.Nice tight bubbles rising in glass.Somewhat bready aroma with a sharp hop bite.Hops dominate the flavor but are almost overpowering.Doesnt come across as an IPA or the like.Has a sharp flavor to match the aroma.Somewhat astringent flavor.Pretty standard going down-the better mouthfeel is washed away by the overall flavor.No big deal stick with their stouts.

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Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy lemon with a one finger foamy white head with decent retention. Smells like lemons, yeast, grain, and light pale malts.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Lemon, yeast, grain, and light pale malt. Also tastes like there is biscuit malt present.

Light bodied, plenty of carbonation, and has an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. It does not seem like this fits any one style very well. I don't care much for this beer.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a weak golden/green clear with hundreds of unidentified particles floating all around. Moderate white head mostly diminishes. Aroma of corn, grain, adjunct smell that is unappealing. Do I have the High Life with floating pebbles? Natural Light? The Beast? Aroma is no appealing whatsoever. Taste - bitter and not as bad as the aroma, but still nothing pleasant. Pale grains, slight lemon taste, just not what I expect from Bells. I really, really tried to be an advocate on this one, giving it a 2nd pour, but just cannot rate this any higher.

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Photo of lhaqq
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden body with a tight white head with great retention.
S: Rice and corn, but not much smell present.
T: A bit of alcohol, some rice or corn kind of like an adjunct lager, though a bit more of a hop bitterness in the end.
M: Fine--pretty bubbly but not too much so.
D: I guess I'm usually not a fan of blonde ales. For a blonde though, it is slightly below average for what I've had. Went okay, however, with Indian food.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear and pale golden straw color with a fine white head. There is a stillness to this beer that I found quite disturbing for the style. Has some suspended sediment that seems to be frozen in the liquid like it was some sort of gelatinous substance. Carbonation is moderate, but the beer still seems to appear as if frozen in time.

The smell is a bit horrendous. Corny and biscuity, possibly even skunked hops? Funny thing how all of the beers that my drinking buddy brought back fresh from the brewery shelves seems to be out of date or badly kept; and the trip from Michigan to Iowa City is not too grueling on cooler-ed beer compared to some of the uber-fresh beers I've recieved in trade (Prima Pils!).

The taste is of vegetable oil, soybeans, and corn. Also has a bit of a sweetness backing it, and a "crisp" spicy hop bite to it... bleh. It's not too horrendous, but I might even drink a Bud over this if both were offered by a friend at the same time.

The mouthfeel has a sting to it, and leaves more of a veggie taste in your mouth. Blech. Finishes dry and spicy/herbal/skunky hopped.

Drinkability is average, but this is borderline offensive for a supposedly in-offensive style.

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Photo of arc3636
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - very pale golden, with a finger of thick white head

S - grainy, rice smell. Reminds me of mass produced lager.

T - very easy to drink, but not a lot of flavor.

M - descent thickness for such a Light beer. On the higher end of carbonation

O - true to the style, but I'm not a fan. Ended up dumping half the bottle. Was hoping more from bells, but that's more my high expectations talking (since the beer stayed within the style)

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Photo of Chappy-88
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of jlh8643
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured not aggressive but not carefully into a Pils glass. A very pale, straw yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles running to the top. Almost little to no head could be found thus almost no lacing. Body is cloudy and looks unfiltered with some floaties. Nose if floral with a touch of lemon zest. Grainy malt with some citrus hop carbonation zing in the back of the tongue. The body is very light and dry. Kinda a tangy finish. I'm sure this would be a good hot weather beer but not my cup of tea.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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