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
Ranking:
#12,426
Reviews:
993
Ratings:
3,184
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Ratings: 3,184 |  Reviews: 993
Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate stepwise lacing remains on the glass and profuse solids hang suspended throughout the column.

S: Bready, with mild caramel and crystal malt.

T: Begins dry, with refined bread, mild herbaceous hop aromatics, and a whiff of caramel. Acidity is of minor presence into the middle where grain becomes maltier before earthy flavors step up to dominate in the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber ale is satisfactory in its ability to capture some English plae ale qualities while remaining clean and versatile. Hopping is light but appropriate, while malt components are varied and interesting without being challenging.

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Photo of vinny21bal
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@Betty's:
Okay, it has a nice gold/amber color and creates a nice bubbly off white head. A little light for this style, but I beginning to feel this is what this company aims for. An aroma of malt and cirtrus. A flavor of malt, hops and citrus. A good beer, just lighter than I think this style should be.

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Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of antoines15
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fishguyac
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a golden amber body capped by a finger of milky white froth with big soapy bubbles that are left scattered when the head settles into a fine film that leaves the merest of fine-bubbled lacing.

Smelling the beer leaves it a mystery...perhaps a little malt and a faint earthiness, but not much here at all.

Taste is pale malty and sweet, with snappy carbonation, a tame minerally bitterness, and a little caramel in the finish. Underwhelming, but light and refreshing.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a semi vigorous pour, the brew makes about two fingers of off white cranium, and has a hazy copper colored body.

In the aroma the bready malts arve very detectable, somewhat in the way of a sweet style bread, and there is a slight herbal fragrance too.

Taste wise it's also very much in the way of a sweet bready flavor. Thre is a slight metallic flavor along with an herbal finish.

This is crispy yet a little chewy along with a slight oily slickness. This makes for a good standby to go to for the American Red Ale genre IMO.

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Photo of victory4me
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy amber body...a solid one inch off white head...great lacing

S - Not too impressive here...just some sweet citrus smells

T - I was surprised here...right off the bat I tasted the citrus hops...they were present throughout my entire palate...now towards the end of my glass the malts started shining through...the taste then produced a caramel covered hop...delicious

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth

D - Another solid brew from Bell's...I really liked how well rounded this beer was...I could drink this beer all day

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber, copper colored beer with a nice thick white head that fades fast but leaves ok lace. Teh smell is of biscuits, caramel, and earthy hops. The balance is very well done. Hops make theirself known with some grassy, earthy notes and a hint of spice but dominated with caramel malts and a touch of cocoa. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a creamy edge. Overall, a nice, easy to drink, crisp and refreshing amber ale. Simple, but great.

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Photo of hoosier222002
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,184 ratings