Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of Dufus
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
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 SABERG
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +17%
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

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Photo of Gajo74
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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;

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of gestyr
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is initially a muted grass and grain with a touch of stone fruit (underripe apricot?) which later emits more distinct grapefruit and lemon notes combined with crusty bread. It’s a clear and dull gold color with noticeable sediment suspended in the liquid. It’s topped by a white dense soap head that has moderate retention and lace. It’s texture is oily with an active fizziness and a medium body. Roasted flavors of grain and toffee are initially noted with a citrus sweetness. The finish is crisp and long and is initially a spike of bright citrus but turns waxy bitter with a hint of marmalade that leaves behind a wax and bread crust aftertaste.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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 MUTINY
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
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 smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, green hued gold color. Modest head that settles to a thin film of bubbles. Some spots for lace.

Pale ale malt base with a bit of sourness.

Well-balanced with a relatively dry pale malt start. Good hop kick in the swallow. Moderate aftertaste. Very pleasant. Appropriate body and carbonation. A classic tasting APA.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.34/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Too much hop in this one for me, but then again, this is a style I'm not a huge fan of; this is Bell's first loser in my book after three marvelous offerings (Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, and Mercury, respectively).

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Photo of EvoRich
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark yellow to orange in color. Pours with one finger of head which fades.

Smell: The smell seems very weak. It's very difficult to pick up much other than maltiness.

Taste: Very crisp and citrus like. A bit of malty goodness.

Feel: Refreshing. Nice carbonation and thirst quenching.

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