Quinannan Falls
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Style:
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #11
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,270
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
682
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Quinannan FallsQuinannan Falls
Notes: Formerly Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager

Literally born in a dream: Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery, dreamt that he was at the mystically hidden retreat of Quinannan Falls, somewhere in the boreal north.

Neither Quinannan Falls nor the beer actually existed outside his imagination, but he remembered enough about it to sketch a recipe and label, which was put into full form by Michigan artist Kathleen Kalinowski, the following morning.

The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.
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Reviews by nickadams2:
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nickadams2 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Pale gold with a thin bone white head. Nice lacing.

S_Huge pine aroma. Very hoppy for a lager. Some citrus.

T_Hops and pine. Grapefruit. Pale malt rounds out the taste. Very nice.

M_Thin but very crisp with a nice dry finish.

D_Very delicious lager that you can drink all night.

Jul 30, 2010
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crob3888 from California

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the most quaffable craft brews I know. I could literally drink pitchers of this and be satisfied. No flaws. Just a perfect straw yellow, plenty of carbonation to cleanse the palate, a delicately floral and slightly piney dry hop over a refreshing and slightly sweet pale lager. Leagues above not just the BMC beers of the world but better than many of the flavor-bombs out there (barrel aged, quadruple hopped, blah blah blah).

Aug 25, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells very spicy and is at the end of it's life I think by the canned on date. This is at least 6 months old. very pale. Clear sudsy head. Dry hopped and clear. big bold nose with hop spice and a little citrus behind that. Crisp lemon. Malt is in there . Drinks smoothly and softly with lots of hops still int he flavor. All over bold spice. It's forward and the hops are right at the middle in the finish. Crisp and dry and breaddy. A little bitterness to finish it with piney spice. It's different but it tastes very good .

Jul 08, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Review. This is a good hoppy Lager, the hop profile is nice and it's got a great lager like mouthfeel with some good drinkability. I enjoyed this beer, It would be a good summer beer and I wish Bell's would put this in pint cans, I think it would sell well and I would buy some.

May 18, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/9/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale straw/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-medium pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy pale lager. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 13, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, huge "Thank You!" to Larry Bell & his circus for listening to the impassioned pleas of The CANQuest (tm) & putting this beer into an extruded aluminum cylinder just in time for the summer! I love yinz guys!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed this beauty open and I did not hesitate to CANduct an inverted Glug. Man, the head came roaring up & I had no choice but to back off and down. It puffed itself into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. That gave me time to CANtemplate the coming week, last week's damage, last night's damage, the RNC & other weighty ideas. It finally sat back down like a naughty school child chastised by its teacher. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, my newest supervisor, Melly Mel, told me to "Wrap up whatever shenanigans & mischief you are up to, gather all of your paraphernalia & meet me at my desk in five minutes!" Ha ha. I was engaged in hijinx, so the joke's on her. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of freshly mown grass, oven-baked biscuits and blue skies above, outdoors on a hot, humid summer's day. Hey, that was today! It smelled like today! Mmmm. Finish was dry and refreshing & if you don't think that it was just the ticket, you are out of your mind! I am packing my cooler full of it and going on CANcation.

Jul 18, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pint at Four Moon.
Bright gold, a couple fingers of white foam, lasting intricate lacing.
Clean crisp lager aroma, slight fruity grapefruit note from the Pacific NW hops.

Taste is full of grapefruit, bitter peel and pith in the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing, perfect balance of hop bitterness and a light bodied lager. Easy to drink a couple of these, just really great stuff.

Mar 23, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's - Mokena

This beer should have been available to-go years ago, 'bout time! Quinannan Falls is a bright golden libation, clear and polished with the brightness of 24kt gold. The faintest touch of haze runs through the body and carbonation seems to rush to the surface from every imaginable surface of the glass. Those bubbles help bolster an already impressive, dense, creamy white head. the foam leaves behind thick drink lines with each successive sip. This is one fine looking beer!

The nose is a thing of beauty. It's floral bready and spicy in the best of ways. The perfume-y, floral quality hits off the bat, the smell of damp flowers, before the fresh baked bread maltiness takes over the middle. Clean, freshly cracked grain is close behind. The hop profile takes on a grassy exceedingly spicy character on the finish that's perfect for the malt profile. This beer screams out to be drank. It's superbly clean.

Well, the nose on this beer about sums up the flavor as well. It's vibrant from the get go. That freshly baked bread maltiness lays down a base that runs from front to back along with the freshly cracked grain. Spicy hops kick in at the start before segueing into a more restrained floral quality mid palate. The finish is a touch of lemon rind before the vibrant spiciness takes hold through the swallow. Excellent beer!

The mouthfeel is as excellent as the rest of the beer. The body is a hair shy of moderate with a near perfect frothiness when it hits the tongue, The carbonation is snappy and active while a mild to moderate bitterness coats the entire mouth. The finish is appropriately dry, leaving me wanting another drink instantly. A summer quencher if ever there was a summer quencher.

Quinannan Falls is probably my favorite Bells beer in a lineup with some exceptional versions of their respective styles. It's bright, crisp, and downright delicious. A 12-pack of this beer in the fridge probably isn't enough. Go get some. I'm going to finish this can.

Jul 15, 2016
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Special is the word. Best AAL ever. Light in color, foamy white head, hoppy bouquet, big hop flavor, not too bitter. Out of a can, this is what craft is all about.

Sep 26, 2016
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SpongeRuiner from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Jul 27, 2013
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PirateParrot from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I've never had anything bad from Bell's, until I tried this beer.

It was the color of piss when you're slightly dehydrated, golden just like I like it. The smell was intoxicating and I couldn't wait to feel it in my mouth.

I was wrong. It tasted like someone dry hopped Miller Lite with a pine cone. I felt violated.

Jul 27, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 16, 2017
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 06/09/16 printed on the bottom of the can. A new one to me from Bells', and my second canned offering from the Michigan pioneers; acquired the six pack box from the local beer store. Can lists a 6.30% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a crisp pale greenish-yellow gold body, with two fingers of frothy bubbly white head that stays a while, leaving some okay random fluffy lacing behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is crisp, fresh, earthy, grassy, & floral. Hops come through fresh, floral, earthy, & grassy, with notes of pine, flowers, cracked pepper, and earthy wheat / dried grasses. Subtles notes of lemongrass / citrus peel. A fresh pleasant and appealing aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: good balance of earthy, grassy, piney hops, with the dry / grainy earthiness of the lager yeast.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, fluid, & clean. Very light and easy drinking stuff. Finishes dry & bitter, with residual piney hop oils lingering.

Jun 27, 2016
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andrew72sampson from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 21, 2016
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brauseboof from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 07, 2017
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6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 30, 2016
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Tigerbrau from Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 29, 2016
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the source while in Kalamazoo with Kzoobrew.

Appearance – Comes in a typical pint glass and has a golden straw color. There is about two fingers of white head.

Smell – Subtle floral hops, tropical citrus, and grassy aromas.

Taste – A crisp burst of hops up front followed by slightly bitter citrus flavors. The fruit is not as prevalent as the aroma though it is still there ever so slightly. Finishes with sweet malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall – A solid, refreshing and crisp beer. Would love to see this in six packs.

Oct 09, 2011
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malfunxion from New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aug 20, 2016
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Karenremom from New York

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 04, 2017
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jkermitj from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 02, 2017
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mrcraft from California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 01, 2019
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blissfulNemo from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2017
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kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 12, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Apr 13, 2013
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