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

Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,873
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
78
Ranked #47,340
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 12.65%
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
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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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.34/5  rDev -31.2%
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
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Quackershnoc from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Gavage from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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monkist from Hungary

4.7/5  rDev +38.2%
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
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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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chinchill from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
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
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MemphisSooner from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
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
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Dufus from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
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
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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JLaw55 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't count out the old classics. Tried and true, this is delicious. Orange/copper, fruity, malty, slight bitterness to pull it together.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

Mar 16, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look- hazy light copper, visible carbonation and some sediment. The head quickly disapates and the lace is ultra thin and broken.
Smell- this was my favorite thing about this brew. Sweet caramel malts followed by citrus.
Taste- in comparison to the sweetness of the aroma, the taste is mostly hops forwards with a moderate to high bitterness. Grapefruit zest, resiny, herbal and peppery. Dry finish. I would have liked a little more malt sweetness and some of the caramel evident in the aroma for balance.
Feel- medium bodied and crisply carbonated.
I am a big fan of Bell's Brewery. This one is not bad but certainly not their best.

Dec 29, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/17...pours lighter copper orange, some white foam that settles down. Very plain grainy nose. Hay, earth. Simple straightforward chewy malt, some citrus, and then a firm to close bitter. Simple yet beautiful. All American.

Dec 25, 2015
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Golden light blond with moderate haze and medium carbonation.

O: You get a light barley and bready smell with no hop aroma.

T: Crisp and light, similar to the smell you get a light bread character, but this beer is one dimensional and you don't get many different notes or a lot of character.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium to light body does not get your taste buds a complex experience.

O: Certainly a decent lawn mower beer and one that's easy drinking, but it pales in comparison to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and some of the others.

Dec 21, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; burnished gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; sheets of lace;

S: bready; some yeast; pilsner malt?; a little sweet;

T: follows the nose; it's like I'm drinking a pilsner; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I would never guess that this is an APA;

Dec 20, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled also last night on 10/28/15. 12-ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Brew pours a hazy deep copper-orange in color with a 2-finger creamy white head. Lots of sheet-like lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of grains and hops. Pretty much is also said for the taste that ends with a bitter citrus-zest flavor, again a bit more than I like. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Oct 29, 2015
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear yellowish-orange color. The white head is long lasting and leaves lacing. Smells of grain and a slight tease of hops. Tastes slightly sweet and grainy. There is a residual bitterness and the flavor of hops is there in the background. It is light bodied and would go well on a hot summer day. Overall, I liked this brew and would buy it again.

Oct 29, 2015
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours straw yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and grassiness. Tastes of grassy grain with very slight citrus. Beer is light bodied and very drinkable, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Oct 25, 2015
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GilGarp from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 14745 bottled 8/26/2015.

Served cold into a Pilsner glass, Midwestern Pale is a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. The head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of spicy hops. Similar to a Pilsner.

Flavor is sweet up front with mild pale malts. The hops add a peppery spice note and a good dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. A balanced and drinkable pale ale.

Overall not a bad beer but not a homerun either.

Oct 20, 2015
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jeswasgui from Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poors with a moderate to thick head with plenty of lace retention. The color is a transparant orange. Had a hard time detecting any flavor, there is a hint of malt more than hops I thought. It seemed very tasteless but did have a decent ale feel to it with plenty of carbonation. Overall it is a beer anyone can drink.

Sep 04, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really mild aroma, with only a little bit of sweetness to it. It has a bit of a rind bitterness to it, which I'm not a big fan of. It's fine, but it's not amazing.

Aug 29, 2015
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GeorgiaFunkadelic from Indiana

3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This bottled beer was on sale for a six-pack as a featured craft ale. Boasting of Michigan barley, this is a decent American pale ale. Nice dark gold color with an aroma of delicious hops, the citrusy taste actually lacks the happiness I desired. The taste is not light, and not bad, but will keep me on a search for amazing American Pale Ales.

Aug 18, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: A pale yellow color, hazy with a large white head.

S: Light pale malts, grainy. There is almost a little bit of a lager thing going on. Not getting a whole lot of the hop aroma.

T: Grainy, a touch tart, and a little tannic. Some mild citrus, but not a lot.

M: Medium light, with high carbonation.

O: Overall this was a big miss for me.. I was expecting more from this brewery.

Aug 05, 2015
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-07-17 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and mild lace.

S - Bread and very floral. Not much citrus. No pine.

T - Quite a bit of lightly-toasted malt, some orange, pepper. mineral, light earthy spice with good finishing bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Fairly crisp and refreshing.

O - A nice Blonde ale. Simple and tasty.

Jul 17, 2015
Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 919 ratings