Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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79
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911 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:
911
Reviews:
150
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
162
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 911 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Strix
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden, decent initial head, some lacing.

Mostly a pilsnery smell, some grassy hops, and a bit of macro grain.

Macro grain/pilsner dominates the flavor profile as well. Subtle sweet and grassy notes in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, minimal carbonation.

This was all right, but didn't really excite me and seems to be rather atypical for an APA.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.24/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of etoimazo
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was introduced to Bell’s brews on tap about a year ago and was impressed. Since I’m partial to traditional pale ales I picked up a bottle of this to sample at home.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a moderate head, not much lace. Unusual carbonation with visible tiny bubbles or sediment suspended in solution.

Smell: More like a lager than an ale: malty yeasty sweet, little to no hops

Taste: Bready yeast with a crisp hop balance and some spicy bitterness in the aftertaste. Well crafted, nothing harsh about it. I’m particularly curious about this strain of ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sparkling – again, more like a lager than an ale

Overall: True to the pale ale style, this beer impressed me with its balance and its distinctive yeast character. I will seek it out again – especially if it’s fresher than the one I tried.

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Photo of detroitpat
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of CHickman
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours sparkled gold color with a ton of sediment floating around in it like a snow globe and a thick foamy 1 finger eggshell color that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very nice lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, light caramel, corn or wet brown rice like a macro lager, grass and mild spices; nose did not match the looks and was quite boring, which surprised me.

Tastes of malt, lemon zest, light caramel, faint piney hops, very light coriander, biscuit and then like the nose there was corn or like a macro adjunct lager, grass and herbs; easy to put down and sessionable if you’re not looking for flavor, but damnit this is a Bell’s brew and I expect it to taste very good if not great.

Mouthfeel is very light and almost watery, with mild to average carbonation, a thin, slick feel and a slightly grainy bitterness to end it. Overall it was nothing special and actually went downhill after the pour. Not sure why it’s so dull, but it is and seemed like any old lager that you could grab at a 7-11.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of slusk
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden hazy yellow with a dense white head . Very nice head retention and lacing. Appears to be an unfiltered beer or has some wheat... or both.

S: Sweet grainy almost corn like aroma with a nice balance of mild citrus, earthy hops. Has a pit of a pilsner like aroma with maybe some wheat mixed in. Ever so mild creamy caramel in the background.

T: nice sweet somewhat grainy malt up front balanced with a gentle citrusy floral hop. A little but of orange zest with a semi dry tart finish. I get a bit of wheat in there as well.

M: Medium light body with a slight oily mouthfeel followed by an ever so mild astringency. Moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This is a nice brew. It's fresh and crisp, not quite a lawnmower beer but close. Reminiscent of pilsner hybrid beer with a bit more hop presence. Goes down smooth and the aftertaste is fleeting which means session ale to me. Not the greatest beer ever, but certainly one I would not hesitate to order in a restaurant.

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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.44 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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