Incessant
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,028
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,381
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
41
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
92
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IncessantIncessant
Notes: Double New England Style IPA with mango, pineapple and big tropical hop aromas.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BEERchitect:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Where imperial strength meets juicy tropical is where Bell's Brewery rests with their hop bomb of an ale nouveau beer. Brewed in the New England style but yet potent, they are indeed incessant in their search for perfection in this style.

Very hazy but just off of turbid, Incessant pours with a deep matte orange glow. As a frothy eggshell foam builds, its scent bursts with radiant tropical fruit aromatics. With a backup of citrus and orchard fruit, the tantalizing perfume leads to a sweet maltiness of shortbread, honeysuckle and light cereal.

Then as the ale washes the middle palate, its malt influence starts to waver and the hop dominance ensues. Leading with tropical flavored fruits, a succulent taste of mango, pineapple, passionfruit and kiwi precedes a followup flavor of lime, orange and grapefruit. As the juiciness of honeydew and peach round out the fruitiness, the ale trends moderately bitter, but balanced for a taste that converges at sherbet, gin and spruce.

Full bodied but refreshing still, the beer holds onto its sharp and bitter bite for a peppery, woodsy and herbal finish with a long and fruit-forward aftertaste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beersampler6
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting NE IPA from the amazing Bell’s. Packaged 5/4/20 date printed on can. Pours a hazy yellow color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing with a couple small rings. Smells of fresh pineapple, lemon, tangerine and grapefruit. Also malt, creamy vanilla and some weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose, great balance and flavor, quite juicy, higher ABV was well hidden. Smooth creamy slightly soft mouthfeel, great carbonation. Well done Bell’s!

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DangerDawg
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manthon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Nordic pint glass canned on 5/4/20. Pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace as it slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is ripe melon, peach, mango, apricot, and grapefruit. 4

Taste follows cantaloupe, peach, mango, apricot, mandarin, and grapefruit. 4

Mouthfeel is big, soft sticky carbonation not dry, and at 8.5% bold but rather easy drinking. 4.

Overall nothing wrong with this one, but missing the great NEDIPA feel and a little too sweet. 4

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparty1224
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brief Review:

O: We asked, but did they deliver? I’d say not quite. For starters, this thing isn’t that hazy, if at all. Aroma and flavor is nice, but nothing really stands out. Very bitter on the finish. It’s a very nice beer, hitting the spot this Memorial Day Weekend. But doesn’t really hit what they were going for style-wise.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd53grif
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is citrus and orange. Tastes of grapefruit and orange. Smooth. Not any noticeable hoppy bitterness. Will pick this one up again.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDis
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, canned 5/4/20. Pours hazy orange gold with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is lots of sweet tropical fruit with some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit with a well balanced finish of piney resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice NE DIPA.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dtm426
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$ 4.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.250/oz). Purchased 5/15/20 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store. Reviewed 5/23/20.
Stamped on bottom of can “PKG 01:31 050420”. Stored at home upside down at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Pale gold (SRM 4), hazy.
Body – Pale gold (SRM 4), murky and opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, medium density with many surface rocks, average retention, diminishing to an three to nine mm ragged crown and a complete cap of varying thickness with many rocks. Small pieces of foam remain hanging on the side of the glass.
Lacing – Fair. Narrow irregular band of tiny bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3.25 – Weak grapefruit and tropical fruits, no malt, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 3 – Very weak and fruity, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol (8.5% ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma and surprisingly no gastric warming. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 Basically odorless and tasteless, should offend no one. By the same token, it should suppress any excitement. Remarkably easy to drink at 8.5% ABV - without reading the can one could easily mistake it for a lawnmower beer. Label is very garish with a pink and green abstract design with the admonishment “PUERTO RICO DO NOT LITTER” and “Shelf Life – 3 Months” in silver on a pink background. To me this seems to be a caricature of a NEIPA.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yeah. Alright. Ok. Here we are... Rifht when I poured the son of a gun, initial thoughts was that it wasn’t a Hazy. I mean, dang thing looked bright and orangey like the sun setting over the pacific, rather than a murky looking New England storm. That being said, it still pours Hazy enough to not be a Brad Pitt Westy, ya feel me?

The aroma is there like your girlfriend that you should have broken up with 3 yea ago. It gives you a second thought. Again, it feels a lil more West Coast with Orange citrusy hops like the great County your boy Raul is from.

As I mosey along, I think about my life. What could have been and what will be. Was it right for Raul to drop down on one knee? Is one lil soldier enough...? Oh, the beer! Yeah, again, it leans a lil more Westy like Gavin Newsom - but don’t be scurred, my friends. There also is a lil Charlie Baker haze in there.

At the end of the day, it leaves your boy a little confused on what kind of identity this beer is as to which one it portrays. But at the end of the day, it’s tasty enough that Raul don’t care where it’s from and who it is.

Life can be that beautiful, my children.

Cheers!

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Photo of LRinker1
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Before discovering New England IPAs, I was not a hug fan of traditional IPAs. That all changed when I had my first Old Nation M-43. That has been my gold standard. Since that time I have sampled many....all of which fell short of M-43. However, it now has a new equal. Bell's Incessant was wonderful....I'll be back for more of this.

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Incessant from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 41 ratings