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

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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
Ranking:
#17,561
Reviews:
1,002
Ratings:
3,241
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper body with white head

Smell - grapefruit, tea, caramel, apple

Taste - toasted caramel, apple skin, tea, hint of grapefruit

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, citrus in the back with a bit of hop bite

Overall - tasty amber ale here. Solid - worth a try

price Point - $8.99/6 pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of lsudduth
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JimboBrews54
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bankboy66
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izraelc
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy rich amber color with a thick foamy head. Nice malty character with a little hop bitterness. Very smooth. Clean finish. Delightful.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Medium amber colored pour with thick creamy white lacing.

S - Toasted sweet caramel, slight earthiness, a hint of citrus.

T - Toasted caramel malt from start to finish and finishes malty with mild citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body.

O - Not my beer style but could easily recommend this as a gateway beer to many Macro drinkers. Well brewed.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good amber ale. Crisp, clean, snappy and not too sweet. Very good beer alone or with food. Will definitely buy this again.

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

Ok

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Photo of dvmin98
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwm51662
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wtpbod
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickles
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasty earthy beer that gives fat tire a run for it's money.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle stamped 062018 on neck poured Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Large tan pancake batter head with good retention and small lacing. Gold body with lots of sediment / suspended particulates. 4.25

Smell - Corn, honey and malt. 3

Taste - A little thin, bitter, and maybe a bit coffee. Citrus rind. 3

Mouthfeel - Mostly clean with a little bit of an astringent finish. 3.75

Overall - Interesting beer that doesn't conform to standard expectations. Not a session beer but worth trying. 3.75

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Photo of Zopiac
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally, enjoying this classic, love the style and this example, since RedTail Ale was my first craft.
a) Color along would get this to 4, and the off white head and lace lift it to 4.25.
s) Ample hops, grapefruit, floral, outweighed by caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee.
t) As expected the caramel malts, without being too sweet, balance with more subtle herbal, floral, earthy hops. Some grapefruit. Really excellent food beer profile.
f) It's medium body and mid carbonation, with a nice clean finish that balances.
As one wrote: "great with or after fish / shellfish".
o) Full flavored, special, classic.

Overall: One of the more full flavored amber ales and very drinkable.

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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dave_ackbar
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,241 ratings