Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
79
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913 Ratings
Midwestern Pale AleMidwestern Pale Ale
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
Ratings:
913
Reviews:
150
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
162
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 913 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Gvtaylorp
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of psmith161
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Nyskizy
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of rmcnamee
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of LukeK
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber body with a thick, creamy head; loads of foam rings on the glass. Fully roasted grain smell with a pinch of ripe apricot floating about. Mild grain flavors carrying a soft, sweet maltiness with a dirty hop bitterness underneath it all; cardboard. Soft and smooth feel with a medium-light body; dry.

A fair brew with an overall weird (if not disagreeable) flavor. The malt sweetness is underwhelming while the hop bitterness is too sharp and the overall feel seems overly dry. In many ways it comes across like an astringent slice of semi-dessicated tangerine. I'd give it a second shot, but I'm in no hurry to revisit this beer anytime soon.

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Photo of hackmann
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy golden orange body that has tons of plankton (super fine sediment) floating around – that is from all the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Two finger white head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Tons of lacing on the glass during the first ¼ of the beverage – spotty thereafter.

Aroma: light bouquet overall; light spice, hint of floral, not much else

Flavors: spicy, semi-sweet grains, earthy, little bitterness, mineral water around the edges

Mouthfeel: light carbonation feel, spicy, light to moderate bittering on the mid palate, medium body, light aftertaste – just a touch of spice … nothing special

Overall: average to slightly above average; doesn’t have character – missing distinct notes and depth; easy to drink

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of utopiajane
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours golden with an orange blush on it. It has quite a bit of sediment and it's very cloudy. The head is fat and off white and fell slowly to a ring and film on top. Left soapy lace. Nose is citrus and a sweet malt. The citrus is faded a bit but it's orange peel and stone fruits. The malt is biscuit and honey on the nose. The taste is muddled. It's got a body that is a bit thick and it travels the palate slowly because of that. It's not crisp or light. The carbonation is prickly and that's a good thing and adds to the drinkability. The fruits combine for an all over citric taste that has a bit of pith and hop floral . The cracker malt starts out strong but then that taste flattens out in the drink and there's hardly any finish. Spice doesn't come forward until mid glass and by then there is a bit of hop oil to add to the slow body. Has a some herbal in the finish. It's just ok.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/26/12

Pours a hazy bright golden orange body with a white head that leaves lace sticking around.

The aroma is malt with floral and spicy hops.

The taste mimics the aroma with those same three components.

A little watery, light bodied, refreshing, and hits with a little hop bitterness.

An enjoyable beer. Not much to write home about though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is golden hued with a half inch or so of head. Scents of bread, grain, mild hops. Pretty clean and easy drinking, though a bit bland. Not a lot of hop character here, though perhaps that is intentional. A bready, grainy beer that may be a nice counterbalance to some chili or spicy wings. Middle of the road.

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Photo of Beejay
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Nunya
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mchegash
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Date: 8/10/2014

Appearance - 3.5/5
A delightful orange-gold color. A small amount of head. Fairly hazy.

Smell - 3/5
Orange, small hops prescence

Taste - 3/5
A mild sweetness. Flavors consist of orange, hops, tart,

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Medium body. Quite crisp, good level of carbonation

Overall - 3.25/5
Not bad, just nothing in particular stands out as being outstanding

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy gold color when you pour almost brown like caramel, has almost no head at the top and very minimal lacing.

S: Slight hints of corn, and the malts come through.

T: Nothing special at all with this beer, smells like a normal pilsner and taste like one too, was not impressed with the taste on this one. The taste is bland with corn and malts throughout slight hop notes.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Overall I would have to say this was the worst beer I have had from Bell's, there was nothing good about it.

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3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of phishfoolme
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.44 out of 5 based on 913 ratings.
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