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Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by pschul4 on 11-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,032
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
914
pDev:
12.68%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
161
Trade:
0
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Photo of Erichb411
4.89/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of RJB66
4.71/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All around great tasting beer

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Photo of monkist
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).

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Photo of carlborch
4.51/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-amber. Brilliant but with significant amounts of sediment, despite pouring with care. Yeasty film sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three-quarter inch , off-white, creamy head formed. The heads dissipated quicker than desired but retained 1/8 inch after a few minutes. Fresh malt and hop nose. Crisp palate and delicious modestly bitter lingering. Certainly moreish! Rather modest carbonation. Highly developed Belgian lace. A delicious ale!

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of dazerofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of blazinworm
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Drewvel
4.49/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of firkingroovin
4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrianPlatz
4.44/5  rDev +31%

Photo of Dufus
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.

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Photo of 94rocker1
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of entenduintransit
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, smooth, easy drinking. Not too bitter and full of flavor. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw this at Save On and it looked new-to-me so I grabbed one. I'll cut to the conclusion - I would gladly grab some any time.

This pale ale comes out mirky. Very mirky, in fact. That was unexpected and interesting. It has great head and lace. The aroma hits you pretty quickly after opening - great finishing hops. Truly a first rate aroma for the style.

Next you taste it and you are treated to a dry, hoppy, mildly bitter (not over the top). It is extremely well balanced - perfect for the style. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter but fresh.

I could see this as an outstanding session beer. I want more!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.2% ABV, 11511 PKGD 10/27/12

A - I have a Bell's bumper sticker which I've since turned into a magnet that reads, "If God wanted us to filer our beer, he wouldn't have given us livers." It comes as no surprise to me, then, for this bright pale goldenrod beer to be filled, bottom to top, with suspended particles. After all, I did dump the whole beer in the pint which produced a loose, tall white head. Plenty of lace coats the glass after said head disappeared.

S - Deliciously grainy pale malt does well to whisk one away to the scene of the painting; an open field of grain and light fall breeze. Notes of pilsner sweetness are tucked behind providing good balance to the light hop experience. Subtle floral attributes brush against the bigger herbal earthy notes for a laid-back, Midwestern aroma.

T - Malts and hops come together in mutual matrimony, celebrating each others presence without ever becoming dominant. Grainy pale malt gives this beer a nice farm feel, again, and the herbal, earthy hops mimic that notion while subtle pilsner malt sweetness and smoothness frolics with gentle floral attributes in the background.

M - Smooth feeling with a light carbonation prickle, this pale has a sturdy malty body but isn't sweet per se. It's also not bitter or hoppy, though it leans slightly in that direction, finishing with a kiss of dryness that brings you back for another sip.

O - A lawnmower beer at it's finest, Bell's Midwest Pale Ale perfectly captures the Midwest mindset in regards to drinkability and hop usage; easy going and balanced. The label captures the spirit of the beer equally as well; simple, steadfast, and free. This pale has nice flavor and nuances if you're looking for a "lighter" beer to kick back with and enjoy but it will also work tremendously well with a number of foods. Well done, very well done.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very tasty unfiltered dry hopped ipa.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.26/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. One of my all-time APAs. I love the slight haze, the subtle hops on the nose & the perfect malt bill to play off of the hops. I will say that a lot of the more individual flavor components tend to blend together, so it lacks complexity through the palate - for me this is not a problem (at least for this brew).

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Photo of ValpoExpo
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first bottle of this was 4 and a half weeks old and reeked of skunk. The second, purchased from a different store, was 3 months old and not light struck.
L: It pours hazy gold with a slight orange tint under a 2” cream colored finely bubbled foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: The nose is a little muted due to age but clean rich malt aromas join with light caramel and a slightly sharp hop aroma.
T: Starts off like a liquid baguette with a light caramelly background sweetness and finishes with a big bitter emphasis that balances well with the well developed malt flavors.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a well balanced, big flavorful midrange beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of elBecko
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Mxschmitty
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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