Bell's Harvest Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Once a year we scour the climbing vines of the local hopyards for the perfect hops to brew our Harvest Ale. Using only Michigan-grown hops, this amber-colored brew finds the delicate balance between hops and malt. It offers a full and robust flavor, yet still manages to be light on the tongue.

Added by Avagadro on 01-30-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
100
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
30.08%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
8
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 100
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a almost clear reddish orange with a few inches of white fluffy foam that left a good bit of lacing as it faded.
S - Aroma is faint with a very pleasant sticky resin smell, slightly piney slightly citrusy. Very nice aroma.
T - Light malts are followed by a sticky grassy taste. You really get that fresh hop flavor. There are notes of pine and citrus as well. Very enjoyable flavor.
M/D - very light bodied beer with a light amount of carbonation that I think helps to focus on the hops. Very drinkable and would love to have more of this.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a deep orange/reddish color. a small off white head that faded to just about nothing. pretty good clarity

Smell: fruity, lemons mostly, floral hops, sweet but not over sweet malts.

Taste: the floral hops come in very weakly, leaving room for strong michigan malts that are mostly sweet and intermingle nicely with light citrusy hops and fruity yeast

Mouthfeel: from the taste i'd expect something very refreshing. this came in quite bitter. other than that a good drinkable feel

Overall: this was a good and tasty beer. i expected a little bit more hops but i enjoyed the balance

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. Served in a footed ale glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin, off-white head. it recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Fruity hops with some caramel malt sweetness. Light floral notes as well.

T: Same as the nose. Fruity berries with some deep caramel malt. Pretty sweet on the malt side with an increased residual hops bitterness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Really dry finish.

O: Pretty ho-hum. Solid offering, but probably wouldn't revisit. Heavy on the malts and super dry. I'd like something a little cleaner and more refreshing if I was to drink a harvest ale.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip
Bottle #181
Bought at the Bell's General Store

A- Clear dark amber pour with a two finger soapy off white head. Slowly deflates to a thin messy cap leaving chunks of sticky lacing around the rim.

S- Sweet malts up front with a slight citrus and floral hop bouquet. There isn't something that stands out more than the other. There is a digestive cookie presence that works well with everything.

T- Floral hops with a touch of grass. Digestive cookie continues in the taste. It's bitter enough to make me smile yet not kill the palate so you can't enjoy the rest of the beer. Quicky dry, bitter finish.

M- Little lighter than medium bodied. Nice and chewy for a APA and has wonderful carbonation.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up from the brewery gift shop in December. Marked as bottle no. 596 of 1041, and batch K10818.

A: This beer boasts a copper-tinted amber color, with great clarity. It is a little lacking in the head and lacing departments, but looks appetizing nonetheless.

S: Aroma is delicate, and well-rounded, with several resinous and citrus notes present.

T: Light and dry; toasty maltiness upfront, resinous bitter hops in the middle, and fruity citrus in the finish. Very light, yet full of flavor.

M: Light in body, and clean in texture. The carbonation is spot-on, providing just enough effervescence to round out the otherwise light body.

O: A very well made APA, and one that I am quite fortunate to have found. I doubt many other bottles will be available, but it should still be available at the pub on-tap. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark orange/amber color with a nice thick foam. Slowly melts to a thick film with great lacing all the way down. Smell is very subtle malt, sweet hops and floral. Taste is malty with a nice hop finish, almost juicy. Well balanced with citrus and spruce. Nothing overwhelming. Carbonation is mild and mouthfeel is a little heavier than expected. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of flpiii
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 618 of 1041, my wife picked this up for me along with some other choice beers from The General Store at Bells in Kzoo...she rocks! We split this one and poured it in to our standard pint glasses.

A-Pours a copperish color with just under a finger of a cream colored head. Retention is decent and there is plenty of lacing coating our glasses.

S-The nose on this is plentiful, but not what we would call over-powering. Smelling caramel and some faint floral's, along with a breadiness quality...very pleasant.

T-Very sweet up front full of citrus goodness! Hits you with a hint of malt and finishes with good hop retention.

M-A good earthiness with a hint of prickly carbonation, not overwhelming...but it's there. Ultimately a smooth ride.

Overall-Nice beer...We have become fond of this style over the last year and Bells does not disappoint here. We enjoyed this and will look forward to it again next year.

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Photo of ManiacalBilby
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice caramel color with a good head and slight lacing.
S-Nice hope scent but not overpowering, a little sweet.
T-Best fresh hop beer I've had. Nice and pleasantly hoppy with a almost tropical fruit flavor. Low bitterness.
M-Good carbonation. Nice and thick.

Overall- Couldn't have asked for more.

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Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.
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