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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by pschul4 on 11-06-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
904
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
31.2%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
160
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 904
Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -5%
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 -9%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 +3.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.1%
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 -5%
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 -10.5%
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 +7.6%
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 -4.7%
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 +23.9%
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 +24.2%
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%
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 -31.8%
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%
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Brewed with barley from their own farm, it has a noticeable terroir of sorts—a trend that we hope sticks, as it’s adding dimension to the beer world. Balance and dryness amp up the drinkability to 10. The Earth doesn’t shake, but we’d make this a mainstay in our beer fridge. You can’t get much more American than this.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale amber, amazing lacing

SMELL: Orange pith, Asian pears, cracker graininess, mineral, floral, grassy

TASTE: Crispness pops; smooth, grainy, medium body, ample hop bitterness, herbal, dried hay, nutty, dried apricots, peppercorn, very dry finish

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Photo of pkalix
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a single file of "bubbly" easing from the floor of my glass....
smells like 'adjunct and cheap crap.....
taste is.... yeah, adjunct and cheap crap.... especially while tasting with this Pappy burnt onto my tongue. not great. not even really good..... Bell's just came to SOCAL and, okay, it's alright. but this one is not great by any yardstick.... but I supoose it is "okay"...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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 KillerJigger
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Kinda reminds me of a Heinekin. Skunky sort of. More lager than pale ale maybe. Not sure to tell lyou the truth... Bottled Jan. 16th so not old per se. Reminds me of a farmhouse beer a bit as well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok beer...nothing to rave about. Probably would be better as a mid summer beer than mid winter. It poured clear gold with thin white head and not much lace. The scent was more grainy with tinge of citrus. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Overall...ok

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Photo of hophugger
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, semi-cloudy. Nice head and very nice lacing all around. Aroma is slightly piney and citrus, with a touch of malt. Taste is well balanced between the hop bitterness and citrus and the malt takes a background position as you drink. Carbonation is good and mouthfeel is pleasant and crisp. A touch of grapefruit with this one, nice !!

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Photo of mchegash
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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 dacrza1
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

DATE REVIEWED: August 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: O’s avoiding a sweep? (NO)...APPEARANCE: fizzy, fuzzy, pocked white head sits atop a noticeably hazy orange-yellow head; lacing is tangible but random... AROMA: funky lemon grass and some resin; bready malts balance the aroma... PALATE:medium-bodied, reasonably lively, and balanced in its mouthfeel--certainly a pale ale... TASTE: a rather straight-forward pale, with enough malt and hop resin to be noticed; beyond that, a rather flat profile that whispers floral notes ...OVERALL: the dude from Pletcher’s suggested this was the weakest of the four casemates, and though this is true, its fourth-place finish is nothing to be ashamed of; a sessionable pale ale that would compliment a variety of foods, seasons or settings...

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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.43 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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