Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's 25th Anniversary AleBell's 25th Anniversary Ale

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 07-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a hazy reddish grapefruit color with an off white head leaving a pretty sizable lace. the nose is strange, notes of dough and bread up front, some spicy rye aromas, hints of pine and a decent bit of ctirusy hops with some model airplane glue behind. the glue is so wierd, not the part of getting high from it (the acetone), just the gluey smell. the taste is also different, light notes of dough and bread, spicy rye, piney and hints of wood, a nice bit of citrussy hops, peach, grapefruit, mango. there is a light soft bitterness but not strong or lingering. smooth and syrupy feel, good carbonation, crisp slightly grainy finish. its actually rather creamy on the palate with a good medium body.

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Photo of jeffwright
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rootbeerman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes 1-9-11

A: Pours dark amber with a finger of light brown/tan head. head leaves some lacing after it settled to a very thin layer.
S: a dry nutty malt which also lends some sweetness along with being a tad bready.
T: again nutty, malty and very bready. there is a certain fruity almost apple bread flavor. also a bit of alcohol as it begins to warm up.
M: this will sound odd but lightly thick, medium low carbonation
D/O: has some bock qualities as well as strong ale.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Batch #9871, bottled on August 12, 2010.

A: Translucent reddish-orange body with an off-white head that leaves little lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops Also some caramellish malt.

T: It starts off completely out of whack. The bitterness is way over the top, and there are strong solventy alcohol notes. As it warms up, however, it becomes more balances. The hops mellow out, and the malt becomes more assertive. Finishes toward the sweet end.

M: Sticky but smooth. Medium carbonation.

D: This isn't much of a milestone beer, but it's a pretty good offering. I'd like to see it become part of the regular Bell's lineup.

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Photo of sitarist
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, a nice steady stream of bubbles rise up to a fingers worth of off white head, the head falls to a top coating that leaves rings/webs of lacing.

Smells like cocaine? Im smelling pine, tropical fruits and citrus...very pungent with hints of toffee.

Taste is sweet and fruity up front with a peppery heat and numbing on the back-end. Reminds me of juicy fruit! There is a big malt body, but the hops still shine and dominate the flavors; at least when fresh.

Medium body with a velvety fizz...just a bit of bite.

This beer reminds me of Nugget Nectar! No wow factor??? Maybe because everything is so well balanced!!! This is one fine beer IMO.

Consume this one fresh if you can.

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Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint

Pours a clear bright oranged amber with a one inch head that hangs around for the whole beer and deposits random splotches of chalky lace. Carbonation appears persistent as well as abundant.

Nose: Citric hoppiness, some booze and some sweet caramel

Medium body slides down well. Sweet candied caramel and toffee notes give this beer a great base on which to stand. Hops creep in with a quick punch of floral and citrus deliciousness. The bitterness tries all its might to balance out the malts, alas, its a losing battle. Finishes on the malty side with creamy toffee tones mingling with bitter rind, as well as a little booze. The alcohol gives a welcome warming effect on the first day of December, and da 'Burghs first snow.

Bells does it again. A well hopped American Strong Ale, that teases the border between ASA and DIPA/barleywine. I vote hells yeah!

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/07/10- Had a 12oz bottle of this.
A: Dark honey; it pours a nice quarter-inch cream head that dies to a strong collar.
S: Malty honey and maple syrup, grapefruit citrus, earthy leafy hops.
T: Very creamy, nice woodsy and earthy characteristics, crisp malts, green finish, yeasty.
M: Thicker and creamy.
D: Really good.

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Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip/snifter glass. Pours a cranberry/reddish color, and as it fills the glass...appearance is hazy. About 2 fingers of creamy off-white head forms with decent retention. As it dissipates, it remains as a fizzy rim around the outside, not leaving much lacing. Just some fizz that slides pretty quick. An awesome looking beer!

Aroma is mild, and unfortunately pretty standard for an American strong ale. Nothing out of the ordinary...but overall...solid aroma. Some malts, wheat, hops, dark fruits, and mild booze.

Flavor is pretty good...but not great. I guess I expected a lot considering Bells brews some great solid beers! Sharp and crisp mouthfeel, malty and mild booze. Some hops take the foreground to add a nice characteristic. A little faint sweet toffee like flavor hits in the back end. A good amount of sweet fruit in the aftertaste rounds this beer out real nice. Overall, tasty...but not over the top.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BBP
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear dark amber color with some of the best carbonation I've ever seen. After I poured it looked like an inverse whirlpool coming from the bottom. Also sported a creamy thick head. Spectacular. Left great lacing as well.

S- Hops immediately. Some spicing, and a sweet slightly fruity malt aroma. A bit of citrus too and some pine.

T- This is where it went downhill for me. There was a good hop flavor, and good spices, but after not too long the taste just fell off of my tongue. The aftertaste isn't impressive either. It almost has an old fruit taste. Notes of caramel which don't last for long either. If I focus on the minute pine taste from the hops that's left behind I can appreciate this one a little.

M- A little less than a medium body. Quite creamy though and carbonation is good. Somewhat dry on the finish.

D- I'm gonna let this one slide as something they could have just tossed together for the 25th Anniversary occasion. It doesn't represent the taste that's available in their other offerings, and just seems off. This is my opinion. I'm glad that their other beers are the ones they're making more of.

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Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of sweethome
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy dark tan or gold. Nice lacing. Sweet nose of carmel malts, pineapple, dried fruits.

Nice full mouthfeel, generous entry, big and flavorful. Mid-mouth, this beer drops quickly - kind of disappears. Then builds back at the end with nice balance. In some ways, this reminds of a muted barleywine. A big beer, not overhwelming, but big, flavorful and warming.

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Photo of whallgren
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of twkirkby
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Birthday, Bell's.

A radiant reddish brown body, slightly transparent around the edges but opaque through the thick part of the glass, and a white head which crests high and laces.

Notes of toasted barley and oats in the aroma. Highly bready, little bit of the hop aroma, but centered on the malts.

The grains are highly punctuated in the flavor. A dominant lightly toasted barley flavor just kills it, but there is a balance in the latent bitterness, a buttery one, the hops fill in the finish. Butterscotch and vanilla are present as well.

Creamy, frothy mouthfeel and a real sticky one.

Very earthy and bready, and honestly if you are in the mood for it, it will be deliciious. Not a ton of depth, but a good bread bomb.

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Photo of DrIPA
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biglobo8971 for the great mystery box!

A - Slightly cloudy deep orange copper color with an average lasting off-white head that leaves practically no lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel, apricot esters. Big toasty/bready malts. Sight solventy alcohol aroma.

F/M - Caramel, bready/toasty malts, dried stone fruits. Earthy/piney and little bit citrusy hops with a medium-firm bitterness. Medium-full bodied with a slick and oily mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Solventy booze in the finish.

D - OK, but the rich sweet malts and thick oily mouthfeel make this a sipper. Probably couldn't put down more than a single bottle of this to myself in one sitting, but it was pretty good.

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Photo of kels
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fittingly enjoying from my Bell's pint glass.

Pours a dark coppery shade with complete clarity. Mild carbonation is visible within, and the initial 1 finger fizzy head fades immediately to a watery skim. Slippery spots of lace hang on the glass just long enough to be noticed.

The nose is pretty light, but there are tones of rich malts, alcohol and honey.

The beer is pretty flavorful and rich, although it doesn't remind me much of a strong ale. The grapefruit hop bite borders more closely on an IPA. The barley is richly caramelized and acts as a nice base for the notable alcohol. There's a warmth that adds body and roundness, almost like the oak in a barrel-aged beer. Raisin and tart apple show up in the finish a bit. Feel is moderate with low carbonation and a great deal of stickiness in the finish.

Drinkability is pretty high. It's not so much to the style as I've experienced it, but it is a nice, tasty beer.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Brown/ruby colored body with an off white head resting on top.

S - A sweet aroma mixed with a bit of citrus hops. Pretty mild hop flavor but it is definitely there. Maybe a bit of sweet caramel as well?

T - Sweet caramel and toffee is what hits me first. A bit of some zest from a citrusy hop flavor. Reminds me a bit of candied malt I've found in some Belgian brews. More on the malty side than the hoppy one but the hops make a nice subtle contribution to the overall flavor.

M - medium bodied, kind of syrupy, real smooth

D - Pretty drinkable. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this one but this isn't it. I really enjoy it however. The hops make a small contribution but a vital one that keeps this from being too sweet. I could see myself picking up more of this in the future but I would not go crazy trying to get it.

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Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 it's a Bell's night on new years eve. Haven't had this one either.

A: Light brown - nice head that leaves skim on the glass

S: Sweet malt, raisin, caramel, nice

T: sweet caramel, raisin comes through nice.

M: Easy to drink - smooth

D: Easy to drink - could go for another

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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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