Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
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Ratings: 913 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 1/28/15.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, earth, and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a lot of grain characteristics that stand out more than the hop qualities to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a balanced mix of citrusy hops and caramel malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing interesting stands out in the smell or taste. This would make for a good session beer for someone who is getting into craft beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looking into the short history of American Pale Ale, it seems that we have come a long way. What was once balanced is now malty; as our palates are shifting acutely toward the hops.But this beer ignores all that and stays true to those original American Pale Ales.

As the Midwestern Pale Ale pours it does so with a frothy intertwine of its malty body and its airy head that soon separates. Light in its hazy golden color, the beer trails with lasting retention and broken laces as the beer fades.

Its aromatics align with malty notes of fresh baking bread, light honey and thin caramel. As a skirt of hops slowly overtakes the sweeter notes, it casts a net of citrus and pine. Light yeasty notes of bread dough waft about and bleed into the beer's hoppy and malty scent.

To taste, the beer is malty, but only semi-sweet. Somewhat like the starchiness of pasta and bread- only the thin honey and caramel taste supports the strong malt structure. But the middle palate brings about the hops! Bright in its citrusy tone, grapefruit, orange zest and lime peels rise to not only balance the sweetness but ushers in a quick and crisp finish of pine shavings and light resinous bitterness.

Its medium-light body is due to its semi-dry body being lifted by carbonation and being equalized by protien-starch richness that has little taste. But its starchy middle reduces to a crisp and clean finish of mild warmth and peppery bite.

The beer's enjoyable qualities are high as its comfortable sweetness is excited by earthy and citrusy hops. Working in tandem in its balance, the beer proves to be low in offense and subtle in its appreciation. I say: "Free Midwestern Pale Ale!"

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed. Packaged 07/29/13. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name, though the label description calls it a blond ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Consistency is smooth. Complexion is decent; not particularly soft or supple. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent mango colour. Sort of a reddish orange - kind of hard to pin down. Average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks a bit off for a pale ale. Not as light or clear as I'd expect.

Sm: Honey, caramel, pale malts, fruity tones (mainly mango and vague tropical character), a hint of graham cracker, clean yeast, sweet bready malts, and some doughiness from the yeast. Not as hop-forward as you'd expect (and want) in a pale ale.

I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's far from unique or special. I'm a bit concerned at this point.

No alcohol or spices are detectable. A clean inoffensive aroma of average strength.

T: Mango fruit, light pine, and some biting grapefruit citrus notes comprise the bulk of the hop profile. Pale malts, some caramalt, and a light doughy character provide the simple foundation. Lightly resinous. Hints of lime. Decently balanced, with a cohesive but not gestalt build.senses at different points in the structure. The bitterness/sweetness is off, but in different Very simple, lacking complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy.

The doughy yeast character doesn't fit the clean feel you'd want in a good pale. There's even some (admittedly light) alcohol presence here too.

Below average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

Decently put together, but ultimately quite underwhelming. I'm not a big fan and I'm not sure what they're going for with this one.

Mf: Fairly clean. Crisp, smooth, and wet. Too filling for a pale ale. A bit too heavy on the palate, with too full a body. Doesn't suit the flavour profile or the style all that well. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, rough, or boozy.

Dr: Nowhere near as drinkable as a pale ought to be, but fairly downable. I'm glad I just got a single; I wouldn't want another and wouldn't recommend this to friends. A simple swing and a miss from Bell's. Very average.

C

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Photo of emerge077
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 10/27/12, so just under two weeks old. It pours into a large mug with a billowing head of white foam, copious tendrils of sticky lacing coating the walls of the glass. The head maintains itself for the duration of the glass. Color is a hazy gold with suspended micro sediment giving in a moderate haze.

Sulfuric aroma when first poured, pretty off putting, although when allowed to sit for a couple minutes the skunkiness dissipates. Left behind is a yeasty chalkiness, raw grain aromas, and some sweet malt presence. Can't say it appeals really.

Smooth feel, light carb and a mild astringency, mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste with some florals and grainy, nutty notes of basic barley malt in the middle. Pretty simple and straightforward as intended, though not especially exciting. The language on the back label calls it a Blonde Ale, despite it's name, which is more fitting for it's stripped down character.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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 SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 6/17/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, toast, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of spicy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of floral/spicy hops with malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and unique pale ale. Good balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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