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

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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

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

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange tinged amber with a two fingered fluffy beige head that leaves a moderate lacing on the glass. Sweet caramel malts on the nose with a spicy floral hop aroma coming through as well.

Taste follows, medium sweet body with caramel accents in the malts, accompanied by an assertive hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp. Very drinkable, and would pair well with a wide variety of foods.

Confession time: I'm from west Michigan (Grand Rapids to be specific) and this was the first local craft brewed beer available in my town. I drank a lot of it in the early to mid 90s - it was my go-to beer back then. This is the first time I've had it in years, and the taste is tinged with nostalgia - to me it's like coming home in a bottle. So my review may be a bit biased.

Bell's was one of the first craft brewers in the U.S. and the first in the Midwest (at least they claim to be), and this beer helped define the American Amber style. I think still one of the best. Like I said I haven't had it in years, but having tasted it again it will be a staple from now on. Truly exemplary.

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Appearance : Dark Rusty Color with light Brown Head

Smell : Floral, Citrus & Light Caramel

Taste: Clean Bitterness, Smooth, Could drink lots more !

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I LOVE THIS BEER. Bell's did a great job with this one. It has a beautiful copper color with a off-white, copper tinge head. The aroma smells like caramel and malts. Tastes like roasted caramel, slight maltiness, and a fun bitterness. The aftertaste is warm with roasted flavors. Extremely enjoyable for those that love a toasty, caramel flavored beer. It is by far the perfect beer for tailgating season!

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This is WAY underrated as a "very good". In aligning with another rating I had does remind me of what is called a bitter... when you order it at a pub in the UK. They "pull" it up by pumping the handle at the bar and it comes up through pipes/tubes connected to the keg/barrels from the cellar. I went there way before great American craft breweries began the revolution here, so the brew in the UK was even more special back then.

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