Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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910 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by pschul4 on 11-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
910
Reviews:
149
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
12.54%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
161
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 910 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice, even though it is cloudy. Nose is like hay and grass. Normally, I may be okay with that. But this is a pale ale, and I feel like there should be some sort of hop presence around. It drinks okay, but it's so earthy and grassy, that it just doesn't strike me as a pale ale. I expect a lot from Bell's, and rightfully so considering all of their releases. The people that make Expedition Stout should be able to do better than this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain - touch of honey - hint of hay. Pretty clean. Very mild.

The taste is of sweet grain with a honey-like character - a touch of light caramel weaves in and out. Sweetness is balanced by grassy, drying, bitter hop touch in the finish.

It is pretty creamy. Smooth. It has a nice, refreshing lingering dryness.

A sweet, becoming bitter-ish, basic American Pale Ale. It is on the mild/light side of the style spectrum. An easy-drinking, balanced ale.

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Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Duff27
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, golden/copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, hop oils, slight floral hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of citrus (grapefruit?), hint of nuts, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, not complex, but good appearance and session-able.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a rastal teku glass from a 12 bottle on January 18, 2016.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clouded golden hue, snowy white head, settles to a slim collar.

Aroma: Large citric notes, some spice, plenty of yeast. Hops and yeast, that's what we've got.

Taste: Full-bodied, full of yeast-y goodness, with plenty of vibrant, citric hop notes bouncing on the palate. Much maltier than the average pale ale, and as it's unfiltered, so much more yeast-ier. I have to wonder, though, if this is different that the other Bell's Pale Ale? Is that retired, and this is it's replacement? Good questions. I'm searching for answers.

Without those, I'm still enjoying it for what it is. Hey, there's gobbledygook on the label, and as it's Bell's, it's probably terse, mysterious, perhaps poetic? Here it comes: "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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Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer seems to be slightly trapped in the past. It doesn't stand out compared to really any good pale ales out there. Balanced piney hops and caramel malts, but not a whole lot of complexity. Nothing incredibly interesting with this one. A little bit of a metallic finish, too.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some caramel, a bit of hops. Taste is malts, a bit of hops, balanced and easy drinking but not overly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop and soft sweetness.

The taste consisted of a moderate hop spice, offering notes of pine and grass, atop a light grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent pale ale. Certainly easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty straw color, with a chill haze. Frothy white head forms and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma of floral and citrus inducing hops. There is also a small grainy smell. In the taste, mild grass, resin, grapefruit and orange citrus going against a sturdy biscuity malt character, and an even finish. Bitterness is dialed in and the malts provide enough caramelization and breadyness to balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated, but a bit loose on the feel. Overall, this is a decent east coast style pale, and a good session beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.43 out of 5 based on 910 ratings.
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