Midwestern Pale Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale
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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,276
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
77
Ranked #29,138
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 12.68%
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
766
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 07, 2022
Added:
Nov 06, 2012
Wants:
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Gots:
  159
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Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale
Notes: A blond ale reminiscent of the golden fields at harvest - made with Michigan-grown barley and a delicious blend of pale malts with a distinctive spicy, floral aroma and taste. We invite you to reap what we've sown.
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Rated: 3.38 by Mavigo from Michigan

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Murky orange/yellow color.

Nice off-white head; decent lace.

Lemon & bread malt nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Bread and bitterness in the flavor, in an uncomfortable mix.

I'll never have another.
May 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Quackershnoc from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: pale, golden straw color; thin white head that becomes a film

Aroma: citrus-lemon; hops; malt; slightly buttery

Taste: very mild; a little orange off the bat; moves into some malt and barley flavors; finishes with some lemon, a little pine, and bigger hops than anticipated

Mouthfeel: a little juicy; light-bodied; prickly carbonation

Overall Impression: I like this more than I thought I would; really nice flavors throughout; well balanced; nice hop bite, but not into IPA range; if I’m going for a pale ale, I want something like this; I could easily drink these all night

From notes taken on 10/26/2013
Mar 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: lightly hzay golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: a little orange and fruit sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, bitter pear, and a moderate floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish, Refreshing.

Overall: an easy to drink but middle of the road APA.
Jan 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Aug 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.56 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.7/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A classic pale ale! Or at least, this is how a good ol' American Pale Ale should be like for me. Fruity and floral in the nose and the taste is just enough hoppy and refreshing with a subtle bitter aftertaste - just perfect. "A blond ale reminiscent of the golden fields at harvest" - this is where you travel by drinking this beet, right to the vast fields of Michigan in the Midwest, where all of its ingredients were harvested. This is as close as you could get to liquid America(na).
Jul 25, 2017
 
Rated: 2.78 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by 94rocker1 from Michigan

Mar 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by cliff1066 from Virginia

Feb 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Gtg642 from Michigan

Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Almost clear golden color with white head. Aroma has a clean malt profile, like pilsener malt, ripe oranges and tangerines and a slight dank hop note. Taste starts with the same citrus fruits but is immediately followed by grapefruit pith bitterness. Aftertaste lingers with earthy hops. Medium body and carbonation, quite smooth on the palate. Overall it's a well made, classic pale ale.
Nov 29, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
{from notes}
A good looking pale ale with a hazy, yellow-golden body topped by a good head. The aroma is, perhaps lightly mild for a APA and slightly more yeasty. The flavor is mildly fruity and spicy. The hops mainly come out in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: a bit too light bodied but well set carbonation level.

O: very good.
Nov 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.49 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 13, 2016
 
Rated: 2.02 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by DanGeo from Michigan

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Aug 25, 2016
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Reviewed by MeanMotaScootah from California

3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This reminds me of Lager of the Lake. I am guessing if I did a side by side blind taste test this beer would taste very similar. Aroma is a bit earthy, grassy, and almost like a nondescript bitterness. I think this is a good beer but definitely on the light side of the pale ale scale.
Aug 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by Drewvel from South Carolina

Aug 05, 2016
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Reviewed by MemphisSooner from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Just a solid, standard pale ale. Not overly hoppy. Not too malty. Good balance, great nose, easy drinking session pale. If you have a football game to watch and some nachos to eat, a sixer of these would be quite nice.
Jul 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by jkonte from Ohio

Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Jul 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by scmtim from Michigan

Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: A nice bubble show creates a three finger head with the slightly hazy amber liquid underneath; impressive retention and splashy lacing

Smell: Bread and caramel; earthy, floral and grassy

Taste: Malt forward, with the bread and caramel tones laying the groundwork; pear flavors make an appearance; grassy, floral and somewhat earthy through the middle, with a crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate bitterness

Overall: A nice everyday beer; a visit to the past with respect to its style
Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by jkermitj from Mississippi

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

May 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Freeman132 from North Carolina

May 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Junior from Michigan

May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Dufus from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Light, flavorful, aromatic IPA rounded with maltiness. Not much grapefruit, more floral. Prominent carbonation without being fizzy. I like different kinds of beer but if I had to pick just one this might be it. A very balanced flavorful beer without being especially strong. It's been $7.99 a six for a while now, a great value in good beer.
May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.89 by Erichb411 from Michigan

Apr 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by gamblebc from Georgia

Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 2.68 by mitrandil from Illinois

Mar 17, 2016
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a modified pilsner glass.
A - Hazy deep yellow, super carbonation relentless in support of a modest cap. Lacing is delicate and thorough.
S - Light grains, a bit of pines, and rather muted all around.
T - Toast, with a bit of orange jam, lightly roasted red wheat, and a hop bite.
M - Thin on the palate, delicate in its presence. Dry finish is a welcome attribute.
O - A fine pale ale, with neither highs nor lows, quite drinkable.
Cheers
Mar 16, 2016
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 919 ratings