Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
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Ratings: 913 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Omnium
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Hazy gold, 1 finger soapy white head, little lacing.
S - Very little aroma, some bready malt, a little pepper.
T - Watery taste, some bread and biscuit malt, rye, pepper, some other spice, very little hop character.
M - Very thin, watery, forgettable.
O - This is a really lame APA, no good display of hops, weak flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy yellowish orange with strong fluffy white head. Smell seems off, with some citrus, sweet honey, funkyness. Very little hop influence in the flavor and aroma. A bit sweet, some honey, wheaty flavors, seems slight off, a little yeast, hay. Low to medium carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel. A bit of a miss here by Bell's.

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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 MalKen
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Bell's Midwestern Pale Ale is indeed "reminiscent of the golden fields at harvest" (who knew these guys were poets as well as brewers?!). Its clear, dazzling complexion is sullied only slightly by bottle sediment, the dotting of which is so tiny as to look like nothing more than dust particles. Not much head remains in the glass - most of it looks like it stuck to the glass.

You'd probably expect a Pale Ale from Bell's to be bursting with hoppiness but while this aroma is slightly tinged 'green' it's actually the wholesome, heavenly scent of malted barley that prevails. The beer has a 'bakery-fresh' smell that reminds one of the comforts of warm, fresh bread.

Some styles have flavours that change more often than people do their socks - not Pale Ales. Beers like this are as steady as a beating drum. From aroma to flavour, from the first sip to the last, cold to warm, nothing changes. There's no surprises. This has a hearty maltiness that tastes of grain and bread. Nothing less, nothing more.

Hops are not, however, without any influence. The finish is not sweet, and certainly not bitter either, but cut short by something more than just stiff water minerals. The aftertaste has a trace of herbal leafiness that is very faint and reminiscent of a weakly steeped chamomile tea.

When treading water you lift yourself up by pushing the water down; whereas many microbreweries promote themselves by conceitedly contrasting their products to those of commercial breweries - typically centering on extreme offerings aimed exclusively at the beer geek fringes - Bells is confident to also let their simple, workaday beers speak for themselves.

Although certainly one of the first breweries to re-write the rules, Bells has also won out, as their Midwestern Pale Ale proudly demonstrates, by beating the big guys at their own game. The fact that some brewers overlook is that craft beer doesn't have to be big, different, or rare - lowest-common-denominator beer should be good too. And this is definitely that.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mojo
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - slightly hazy medium gold with some suspended yeast particles, one and a half finger soapy head, pretty good retention, and great lacing.

S - pine, floral, and resin, weak notes all.

T - caramel malts dominate with mild citrus flavors. Finish is mild bitter.

M - great carbonation with a slight bitter aftertaste

O - okay beer if somewhat unremarkable.

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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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