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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.

BEER STATS
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#19,107
Reviews:
1,008
Ratings:
3,260
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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170
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 3,260 |  Reviews: 1,008
Reviews by jbhollis1180:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap, served in a 16 oz. American tumbler glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange hued amber with a well dispositioned tiny bubbled lace leaving several thick rings on the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet with overtones of fresh toasted grain and a subtle flowery oily hop holding a citric nose.

Taste: Well formed malt sweetness within the medium body, moderate crispness from the carbonation. Faint buttery diacetyl, toffee and toasted malt make for the base of this brew, a tamed yet multi-layered hop runs through a pungent bitterness, an oily flower and a citric flavour towards the end. After taste lingers long and hard with more toasted and citric flavours.

Notes: This is an awesome example of the American Amber Ale Style, robust and very flavourful yet still not a problem having a few or even making it a session beer. Right up there with Full Sail or Anderson Valley in greatness in this style.

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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 BishopJ
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I'm a huge fan of English bitters such as John Smith's and Burton Ale. This Amber Ale takes me right back to pubs in Leeds or Newcastle! Just superior and rare to find in a US brewer.

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Photo of Squire
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of shimmering medium amber gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is made up of rich caramel malt marching forth with floral, herbal hops singing in the background.

Flavor is rich, rounded and a bit voluptuous yet somehow restrained. Like the St. Pauli Girl, it shows just enough. A pleasant toffeeish malt taste first and building on that is a feeling as if the taste is expanding outward, yet staying on the same path. Hops join in the fun just before mid palate then grow along with the larger flavor to the end. Finish is clean with a receding richness in the aftertaste that fades quickly leaving absolutely no bitterness in it's wake.

Texture is medium and silky.

Overall this one needs no tinkering, it's just fine, leave it alone. Well rounded, old school, gold medal category everyday ale. Complex enough for comment, approachable for drinkers of any level and adaptable to any occasion that calls for a beer. Just darn good stuff.




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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 HorseheadsHophead
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy, translucent amber with a frothy off white head and decent retention and lacing. The beer has a ton of floaties, though. I don't know if that's normal, or an age thing, or what.
It smells pretty decent. Toasted bread, toffee, caramel, earthy, woody, and herbal hops. Some roasted grains and even light chocolate notes akin to a porter.
It tastes like toasted brown bread, leaning toward toward caramel and toffee but nicely balanced all along. There's some roasted grains leaning toward a milk chocolate or cacao nib note. The hops are earth, wood, and herbal, and it ends up tasting like iced black tea by the finish. There's also a subtle orange peel flavor throughout. Finishes lightly dry and superbly balanced.
Despite the disturbing amount of floaties, this smells and tastes very enjoyable. Dynamic, balanced, and flavorful, this is one of the best non-imperial/hoppy amber ales I've ever had.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: Very hazy, orange, reddish, nice creamy off white head, looks very drinkable.

A: Caramel malts, picking up some floral hop aromas, smells sweet, like a slight brown sugar aroma, smells great.

T: Caramel malts, nice balanced bitterness in the middle, dry hoppy finish, not very sweet like the nose, very drinkable, great taste.

M: Very creamy, smooth easy drinking.

O: Very impressed with the drinkability, it's balanced with a nice bitterness in the middle, slight hoppy aromas and flavors. This makes me want to revisit some amber ales as I has been awhile since I've had one, I could see this beer fitting in where I might not want an IPA or a Pale Ale, I'd reach for this. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along the lines of a malty pale ale, Bell's Amber is a fantastic balance of malt and hops. Cascadey, but milder like Willamette, the hop aroma and tongue are fleetingly bitter, floral, but without the perfume of Two Hearted. This must have been designed to be a session ale and, indeed, it is. I had a pitcher to myself with Mexican food at Fiesta Cafe in Champaign, IL (only 8.00).

Highly recommended, this is certainly unlike any bock. The opening is malty and sweet with a hop bitterness and the finish lightly crisp, bitter, and still malty. Toffee. Consistent and entirely enjoyable. This might be my favorite Bell's brew.

Drink it.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color and a tall but delicate off-white head that recedes to slippery bubbles around the glass. Smells like toasty malts, sweet malt and maybe a little plummy. The taste is a nice, round mouthful of toasted grain closing out with a bitter twinge that is a hair peppry.

Rich without feeling heavy. I could work my way through several of these without feeling overwhelmed or like I compromised for endurance sake. Welcome to the rotation, Bell's Amber.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Punkrckr281
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Photo of Eden
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Kuba
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Dewsby
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of TAisaBAlla
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous Amber Ale. The body is deep, rich, and hazy orange and the head is huge. It came up with an easy pour, showed great retention, and left some cool-looking lace on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The light, grainy notes are quite nice. They are laden with an orangy sweetness and a rather impressive hop profile.

Taste – This is about as good as American grain gets. It is husky but smooth and complimented by a nice sweetness, which I have found to be quite repugnant in most other grainy ales. The grassy hops keep this one balanced.

Mouthfeel – Closer to medium-bodied than light, this crisp American Amber goes down well and even has a bit of dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – I’m not a huge fan of the style, but this is about as good as it gets. Or, I should say, about as good as I’ve had to date.

Comments – Thanks to feloniousmonk for including this in a nice trade package.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first sip, there were some lightly caramalized malts, and a nice fresh yeasty aroma, but by the end of the bottle it had become just another decent amber ale in a sea of amber ales designed to be friendly and approachable to those who are new to craft beer. Nothing wrong with that, but I can save a buck and support my local brewer to boot by drinking regular Dominion Ale, which is more of a British Pale Ale, but has more character. So yeah, Um, I'll just go an do that I guess.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the variety pack some time ago.

A - Pours well a very nice amber brown color with an inch of bubbly head.

S - Caramel and biscuit malts dominate the nose.

T - Very smooth. Comes off sweet but simple with a caramel like sweetness and slight hops with a sweet biscuit, bready finish.

M - Light to medium body. Succession-able.

D - I can actually find six packs of this which is great but since I am more of a stout kind of guy, I really would like more for my dollar. Very nice beer for the variety pack though. Simple and delicious.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,260 ratings