Amber Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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3.84/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The beer that helped build our brewery; Bell’s Amber Ale features both toasted and sweet caramel notes from carefully selected malts, balanced with herbal and citrus hop aromas. Capped by a clean bitterness, it’s incredibly versatile with food, but very tasty on its own.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

BEER STATS
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#13,141
Reviews:
995
Ratings:
3,203
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spectru
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy amber with a frothy cream-colored head. A rich good beer smell; A smooth rich creamy taste with a hint of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Rich and drinkable, flavorful but more mild than robust.

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle as a gift from one of our top salesmen from Detroit. Poured into a pint glass, look is a deep caramel with very little head. Now I'm a little worried about what I'm to experience..I'm not a fan of no head, typically. Uh, giggety. Gotta bring it somewhere else...so, let's waft and smell...not bad, but a tinge on the malty side for my preference. A swig, and good news - it tastes better than I expected given the no head and strong malty smell. Feels a little thick, as I feel with most "malty", no head beers. Overall a very solid beer as I've found most Bell's to be on the whole, but I think I'm usually a tougher grader that most who seem to give away 4's and 5's like candy, so my score for the Amber Ale with the cool label, while under the "norm" for the BA community, is to me a very decent beer. I'd go somewhat out of my way to drink this again, might even get up off the couch myself rather than ask the kids to get it from the fridge.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mmmmm close but not quite.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a sort of dark opaque honey color, nice fluffy tan head, moderate carbonation, many floaters, and good lacing.

I smell a sweet roasted nutty malt, along with toasted grain, bread crust, and a sweet honey/faint toffee note. Hops are moderately present among all the different smells. Overall earthy and especially woody in aroma, each note is somewhat subtle. In the larger picture, a nice comforting smelling beer.

Tastes like it smells. Is very grainy and woody. Toasted grain, bread crusts, toasted nuts, a sort of doughy malt, an apple flavor, nice grassy, floral, and earthy hops with a spiciness that is just right, along with a sweet caramel taste that supplements the backbone of the beer. Feels smooth and weighty on the palette.

Pretty great and wholesome amber ale that reminds me of the woods and the countryside.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber Ale brewed by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, with an ABV of 5.80% This American Amber/ Red Ale pours out a nice copper color with a small white head. There is also some fine spotty lacing to this brew, it does stick to the side of the glass. The smell of Bell's Amber Ale is rich with roasted grains and malts. There is also some nice hop bitterness in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up roasted grassy grains and malts. Then a nice smooth hoppy bitterness at the end. There is a lot going on in Bell's Amber Ale , I really enjoy how smooth this brew goes down. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of this brew is a solid medium. This brew would go nice with a dinner or cool day. The mouth feel is Bold, Roasted ,Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Bell's Amber Ale a Solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,203 ratings