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:
#13,111
Reviews:
995
Ratings:
3,200
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Photo of psmillig
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light amber with lots of bubbles and particles. Two-finger, creamy white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, caramel, dark fruit, some hops. But, overall, it was difficult to smell anything.

T: Moderate sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Kind of a nutty, earthy hop finish, which I liked.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of creamy. Very refreshing.

O: This Amber ale is really drinkable, and I loved everything about it, but I do with it had a bit more of an aroma. Still, one of my new favorites.

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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7713, which, according to the website, was packaged on 11/1/06. Sampled on 11/29, so it doesn't get much fresher than this. It pours an unfiltered caramel/amber with high carbonation and a voluminous head that is craggy as it recedes, leaving good lacing. It smells of juicy fruits (mainly white grapefruit) along with some sweetness, but it's a bit light. On the palate there are pale and caramel/toasted malts, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, oily/perfumy, pine, and possible Curacao hops along with a touch of yeast. The caramel quality really strengthens as it warms. It is tingly, yet medium and smooth on the palate, leaving a medium finish but thinning a bit as I progress. Overall a pretty good amber that would make for a good session.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Thanks to Kidwell for loading up his trunk over Thanksgiving.

A nice cloudy orange amber. Thick hoppy looking head, that sticks around to lace the glass.

Smells a little Earthy-hoppy, with a bit on the floral side, and some citrus-fruity notes as well.

Great balance of a light citrus sweet kick and a very mild bittering hop. Not too overpowering in either direction.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker, almost chunky for a Pale Ale, but it works. It seems almost creamy.

Very drinkable, though the heavy creamy feel might get in someone's way (not mine).
As always, I find myself impressed with Bells, and wishing it were easier to get in Massachusetts.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Orange amber with a quickly forming light khaki colored head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Bready aroma with caramel and toffee (even honey-like) sweetness pushing through along with a touch of earth and grass.

Simple, bready flavors with a distinct, though light, caramel and toffee sweetness.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A good, classic amber ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,200 ratings