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:
Amber Ale deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain & light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. This balance of flavors makes Amber Ale quite versatile as a food pairing option, not to mention being rather tasty in its own right. Whether serving as a jumping point to other styles or as a familiar standby, Amber Ale is central to the Bell’s portfolio.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

BEER STATS
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#12,407
Reviews:
993
Ratings:
3,182
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
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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Photo of shrimply_pibbles
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Foxman27
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Dark amber color with a light haze. Modest and quickly receding head leaves only a few spots for lace.

Dry caramel malt aroma. Little to no hop. I also get light perfume.

The flavor is darker with brown ale elements blended with the aforementioned dry caramel. Good body but with an even higher carbonation level. The hop is also stronger. The aftertaste is hoppy and earthy. It lasts a long time.

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

Photo of safaricook
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty for an amber ale

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Photo of johnverduin
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Thin head with effervescent bubbles over opaque honey tone; suspended sediments permeate
Smell: Fairly subtle, but a tad hoppy- not a crisp, conspicuous smell
Taste: Grainy with a touch of hops, so slightly bitter
Feel: Crisp and medium-bodied; grainy aftertaste
Overall: Very drinkable, but not exactly memorable. I love Bell's packaging, especially their animal labels and caps on this beer, Best Brown, and Two-Hearted. Really stands out

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Photo of Pav42
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Detlef90
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Amber is probably the best example of a well made American amber beer (in northern France it is quite common to come across one). Quite drinkable but also complex. Malty, roasty with a bready aftertaste. Also easy on the stomach and not too overpowering on the palate. Smooth finish. Definitely an underrated beer. I recommend trying it when you see it at a bar. Also I imagine that this style is a lot harder to make than a smack in your face hop bomb. Respect!

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Photo of Nass
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reminds me of the New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale which is not a good thing. Cheers! C (75-79) score range

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Photo of Fading2black
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice hazy copper/amber color. I recklessly poured in the middle of the glass and holy sh*t the head took up 3/4 of the glass, off white and beautiful. I had to wait to be able to pour the rest of the bottle. Head subsided to three fingers, and only slowly did it dissipate throughout the drink. There was always foam on the beer to the last drop. Prominent lacing that lasts. Smell is underwhelming. If I were blindfolded I probably wouldn't know the difference between this and a "common" grocery store beer. Taste, though, is excellent. Not a complex beer, quite simple actually. But sometimes simple is good, and this is one of those times. Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and moist. Light aftertaste that does not linger. This will definitely be a regular for me.

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Photo of RoadLizard
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a solid head and a nice copper color. Lacing is thick and stays the whole time. Smells a little like bread with some hops and light maltiness too. Great smelling beer. Tastes exactly like an Amber ale should: Nice and balanced with a little upfront ale flavor floowed by a tinge of caramel & sweetness on the back end. Perfect amount of carbonation and the mouthfeel is dead on. Just a great example of what an amber ale should look, smell and taste like. Easy to recommend this beer to anyone. Its easy to enjoy and the ABV wont kill you. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Egon0044
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGoeltz
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckpalka
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the tap in a standard pint glass, has a rich copper color with one finger of white foam that faded to a thin layer but never went away. A nice subtle malt smell and tiny bitterness in the taste. Some carbonation present with just a little touch of pine. Medium mouth feel and nice lace left on the glass. This is a very good beer.

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

12oz bottle, dated 7.24.17, poured into a Bell's tulip glass. Enjoyed on 9.28.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice amber color, opaque with some faint clarity and a two finger tall off white head that has very good retention and yields nice sticky lace. The aroma is nice, soft amber malts, lightly sweet with a bit of caramel and some light piney and citrusy hops. The flavors are good, super smooth amber grains, lightly sweet, a touch of nuttiness, bready with some caramel and a bit of earthy hops, pine, grapefruit peel, grassy with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is good, sturdy medium body, coating and creamy with some lively carbonation and an easy soft finish.

Verdict: A great amber ale from Bell's. Firing on all cylinders for the style and very well balanced. I think this might be the freshest bottle I've tried to date, and it's really a great beer. Malty for sure, but at the the moderate 5.8% ABV, it's approachable and really refreshing.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slenner
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ds53838
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,182 ratings