Midwestern Pale Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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

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#41,088
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152
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918
pDev:
12.68%
 
 
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Photo of BWED
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tumbler.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow, with some nice debris suspended throughout the body. (Reminds me of the Bell's bumper stickers I saw back in the Midwest: "If God wanted us to filter beer he wouldn’t have given us livers.") Barely offwhite two finger head is strong and thick. It retains very well too. Lacing is fantastic, leaving a sheet of thin foam all around the glass, all the way down. This beer looks great!

S- Crisp and wheaty, a nice summer smell up front. A little bit of citrus, and a dry floral hint are in the background.

T- Wheat. Clean, light, almost lager-like. More floral than citrus. I think a good APA should have it the other way around.

M- Slightly sticky and bitter. Not in a bad way, but it leaves the mouth feeling a little dry. Almost astringent.

O- This is not a bad beer. It looks fantastic, smells great, but the taste just falls a little short. I could drink it again... but since Bell's already makes Oberon, I think I'll be passing this one up next summer.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale and hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt forward aroma that is fairly floral. Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with hints of biscuit, yeast, hay, and crackers. Lightly grassy scent with lemon zest but the hop presence is pretty light. There is a nice floral aroma mixing with the malts. Laid back but decent Blonde style aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a malty and grainy pale taste. Pale malts and wheat grains with a taste of biscuit, yeast, hay, cereal grains, and crackers. Fairly musty and grassy with some citrus lemon zest. Floral with a very laid back hop bitterness. A nice taste for a lighter wheat style beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and slightly drying.

Overall: A decent beer, but its a lot more in the Blonde wheat style than American Pale Ale. Nice floral taste.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of HarrySTruman
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy, golden, almost orange. Big, fluffy head with strong lacing.

Smells of wheat and grass. Smelled like a wheat beer from the first whiff. Smell isn't that powerful.

Tastes floral and malty, the wheat taste from the smell is there as well. Beer reminded me of some Czech Pilsners brewed in the US without the crisp finish. Certainly not what I would expect from an APA, also not a very big flavor. Lacked the citrus and hops that most APA's are going with today. Probably a bit too muchc wheat and floral flavors.

Easy drinking, smooth, not too crisp, light carb. Would be easy to put back a few too many of these, but with the low ABV I wouldn't feel too guilty of it.

Hard to describe overall. Not a great representation of the style. If I were in the mood for an APA, this wouldn't be my choice, but if I were in the mood for something a bit different, this could be a great choice. For how cheap and easy it is to get, I'll probably buy it again.

I'm reviewing this after drinking three over two weeks. It isn't quite as good as I thought it was the first time I had it.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 10/27/2012), pours a hazy golden color with tons of carbonation! Nice fluffy white head, excellent retention and lacing is left all the way down the glass. Aromas are wheaty, grassy, earthy, spicy, yeasty, lemony; smells more like an American Pale Wheat Ale. Tastes are earthy, spicy, wheat, barley, grain, yeast, grassy, lemon pith. Mouth-feel is creamy, smooth, on the fuller side of medium, plenty of carbonation, finishes more bitter than expected, but still nice balance here. Overall, this is in a different direction than most of the newer APA's on the market recently (that being hop forward with loads of 'C' hops). I like this for being different than all the rave.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of pschul4
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice hazy gold witha big white head that leaves nice lacing

S- Very light in the nose. Some floral notes along with sweet pale malts

T- Again light and floral. I prefer my pale ales with a hint of citrus or pine. This tastes more like drinking a dandelion

M- Light and drinkable. Love the mouthfeel

O- Wish the flavor wasn't so flowery. But what can ya do? I'm sure the people who like floral beers will love this one but not for me. Cheers!

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Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 918 ratings