sfontain (824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slighty murky amber with a medium, white, bubbly head; a significant amount of small floating sediment toward the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is lightly sugary sweet with malts and caramel; nice floral notes in there; also, apple. Feels very rich and full in the mouth, yet clean and not sticky. Flavor is just too light, though; tastes somewhat like a watery beer even though it doesnít feel like one; fairly nondescriptly malty; light bitter hops through the finish. But please, drink this beer by itself; though it is reasonably complex, almost any food just overpowers this beer. Not a bad beer, but it pales in comparison to virtually all of the other Kalamazoo brews Iíve had.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear golden beer with a small white head. Spicey hoppy bitterness and sweet malts. Would have liked it better with a bigger mouth feel. My favorite beer type is an IPA and this was more like an IPA than I expected and truly enjoyable as a result.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours you guessed it amber!! A medium offwhite head settles to about a quarter inch and laces the glass on the way down. Slight citrus in the aroma as well as caramel malts and maybe even a touch of spice. Flavor is caramel malt with a slight hop finish. Very crisp and clean and easy to drink. This is another fine brew from Bellís. A good choice for summer. Lots of flavor and very refreshing!
JK (4752) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber ale in name only. Everything about this beer screams pale ale. Good, complex aroma. Citrus and hops, as well as dry grass. Orange, with considerable sediment in the bottle. Large, off white head. Flavor is light citrus and hops, with considerable sweetness.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Had this one bottled. Not a bad red, although different in many ways from a standard red like Killians. Certainly lacks some of the potency of hop flavor, but more nuanced, caramel like sweetness and smoothness.
Rerate 10/6/2012: I actually stand by everything I said earlier.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of dry malt in the nose and the body. Hops are subtle. Clean, crisp and smooth.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent amber with copper color and particulates in the beer. Nice head out of bottle. Terrific blend of hop and malt and sweet tea undertone that results in an excellent Bellís Beer!!! This one in my book is again underrated. Not the best but definitely a superior Amber.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a dark beige smaller head. Citrus and caramel seem to highlight the aromas. Crisp and sharp feel. Not smooth like I would prefer this style. Light milk caramel with an acidic hops backdrop. Seems to have a light sour fruit contingency as well. Different from your average amber, unfortunately different does not always mean better.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color. Mostly taste of sweet malt, not much hop here. Finishes pretty smooth though.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. I came into this beer with negativity, since Iíd heard friends rag on this flagship, but I was pleasently surprised. The aroma was a mellow caramel. The flavors had a perfect balance of malt and hops. This is something I can appreciate, as Iím not a hop head, and while I enjoy a good dose of malt, it can get old. I think this is a beer I could enjoy for some time. It finishes smooth and crisp and leaves a nice lingering flavor on the tounge. Nice!