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

Bell's Harvest AleBell's Harvest Ale
BA SCORE
63.4%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 101 ratings
Bell's Harvest AleBell's Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#20,986
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
101
Liked:
64
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
12.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a solid one finger cream colored head that lingers, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma is initially toasted caramel malt, with notes of toffee. Herbal hops and subtle citrus are evident. Grapefruit and apricot surface as it warms.

Flavor is far more citrus-forward, with grapefruit and bitter pith dominating. There's a fairly substantial malt backbone carrying herbal hops and pine into the dry, somewhat spicy bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with a moderately high amount of carbonation softening the dry finish.

Decidedly malty aroma, but fairly hop-forward in flavor. Finish is a bit dry, and wish the hop profile were a more complex. There's something kinda odd about the mouthfeel.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml C and C bottle. Bottle number 870 of 1041.
Batch #K10818

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-orange with a foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pine, grass, subtle yeast.

T - Pine, orange peel, soft spices and some sweet bready tones.

D - Nicely carbonated with soft body.

O - Light, fizzy and highly refreshing. Unique flavors and appealing. I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummmm-O! Served at a good temperature with a lovely, thick, foamy, creamy, light tan-to-cream colored head that settles after a bit and loads of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, apricot amber with a variety of bubble trails. Aroma is a very volatile blend of hop, caramel, malt, and a little fruit. Flavor is like nose, fairly dry, only a hint of sweetness, slight tang, and just right bitter, great balance. Body is full, chewy with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length to perhaps slightly long, very easy drinking. I want more!

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Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 745 of 1041; Chalkboard in the Eccentric Cafe lists the draft version at 5.7% abv. I assume this is the same batch.

A - Pours a nice reddish orange with one and a half fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and coats the glass i lacing.

S - Aroma is quite floral, with some sweet citrus, herbal notes, some biscuit and toasted malts and a hint of spiciness.

T - Initial sweet citrus yields to a lightly resinous hop bitterness. Nice combination of malts and hops. Finish is dry hop bitterness, slightly herbal. Very well balanced and enjoyable taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is very creamy. A bit of dry lingering bitterness. Just enough carbonation, but definitely on the low side.

O - Very enjoyable, well-balanced APA. Would love to see this become an annual release in bottles.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of patre_tim
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown with moderate carbonation, topped with a finger of off white head.

Smells of malts and toffee.

Tastes of malt, toffee, dough bomb, pine and citrus orange hops.

Medium body, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation.

Drank at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI, Oct 3rd, 2016. Enjoyed with Cameron, and the Brisket Dip off the menu.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes.

This pours a warming amber-tan color with decent foaming.

The aroma is spicy, earthy, with dry, grassy straw notes.

For a harvest ale this doesn’t “pop” the way I had expected. There’s some straw and earthy-orange citrus flavors, balanced enough of a caramel-malt backbone so that nothing really stands out in the combination.

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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fargrow
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden orange in color with a fluffy, pillowy head of white holding long retention and leaving a sticky lace behind.

Resiny, earthy hops showing floral attributes, light toasted malt, some sweet bread qualities, orange marmalade, pine, and white pepper.

A very good beer with tremendous creamy smooth mouthfeel that finishes prickly with carbonation. Piney, grassy, floral, pepper, toasted malt, crunchy ripe breads, lemon grass, orange marmalade and more. A great easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of _morandi_
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bell's Harvest Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 63.4% out of 100 with 101 ratings
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