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RATINGS: 1366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Made from mostly pale malt and some Munich and caramel malts. These add a little sweetness, which is balanced by more hops. The result is a rich color and fruity flavor.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours a lighter amber color with a medium sized off white head and a lot of fish food floaties. Butt loads of butter in the aroma and the flavor, so much that it was kind of hard to get past. Lighter caramel as well. Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Nice to try but too much butter toffee to actually enjoy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thanks to atpayne for this. I always salivate at the appearance of a new (or old, for that matter) Bells beer. Slight turbid dark straw pour, with tons of floaties. Aroma of malt, corn flakes, some hops, slight toffee and brown sugar. Malty taste, with a corn flakey, slight caramel finish. A top notch amber ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bottle. Slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin white head. Little floaties galore. Caramelly malts in the aroma with a little fruit and a "just opened a packet of brown sugar oatmeal" thing going on in the background. Let’s just say sweet and grainy. Delicious fruity substantial malt flavor with enough hops for balance, but not enough for me to pick out varieties. Good. Slightly toasted "’just dry enough to make you drink a lot" finish. Great stuff, much more character than most ambers, i.e. Fat Tire and the like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Not the prettiest amber ale around (more of a muddy brown) with a thin, off-white head. Very American aroma with grapefruit and a sweet, caramel malt but a definite Bell’s house character encompassing it all. A great balance of malt and hops. Maltiness up front with hop flavor coming in shortly after, then acidity cleaning up at mid-palate, followed by sweet, creamy, toasty caramel malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12oz bottle, no BBD. Chunky pour, big head. Sweet malty, carmel nose...grainy. Taste is more of the same. Peachy, apricot fruitiness mixes w. the big malt presence. Luscious big beer that luckily doesn’t finish too sweet. If I could buy this all the time locally, I probably would.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Was a bit generous on 1st set of numbers. Thin head, gorgeous color, with a smattering of grains and yeast remaining in the bottle. I wowed the in-laws with this over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the simple clean fruits, slightly hopped, and the quiet background noises of amber malts and a touch of dark grains. I recommend chilled (58 F) and often.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pours to a small head and to a opaque red-orange (amber, eh?) color. Nice taste, not too hoppy, not too mild. A nice mix of sweetness and fruit. I’d buy this again.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle. Murky amber color with a decent head that turned to nothing pretty damn quick. Aroma was fruity and yeasty. Taste is a jumbled, yeasty mess with flavors of tangerine/orange and dough. The mouthfeel is a bit subdued and the body a bit thin. Dissapointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2004
Pretty good amber. A decent head and nice body. I had it on tap, so I will have to try the bottle. Not too hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
bottle. Pours a cloudy, amber with a very nice creamy white head. flavor is somewhat citrusy and slightly sweet. very smooth. it would be quite easy to knock down several of these!


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