1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours to a fizzy white head that quickly but not fully dispapates. The body is a liquid caramel color. There are tiny brown particles in the opaque body. The aroma is kinda weak. Light caramel malts and some apple peel with light nuts. The flavor is malty and lightly floral with an ever so slight nuttiness. I can’t say that this is very good. Perhaps an old bottle? The palate is velvety and has decent carbonation. Medium light mouthfeel, yet it still seems watery. This one falls way short of being a good beer.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
a nice carmel malt smell w/ a bit of a sugary smell too a bit of a wheat smell to it as well
pours a nice copper color w/ a good sized fluffy white very well lascing head and some decent carbonation a little cloudy.
Palate is well coating medium bodied fairly smooth.
Flavor is an odd lightly carmel malt and a bit of bubble gum.
Overall a decent beer but i’m not a big fan of the bubble gum piece.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) hazy amber with very little head. Malt aroma with caramel and hints of green apple. Well balanced-mostly malt in the body but enough hops for balance. A little grassy.
sfontain (851) - 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 doesn’t 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 I’ve had.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - 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 Bell’s. A good choice for summer. Lots of flavor and very refreshing!
JK (5625) - 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 Bell’s Beer!!! This one in my book is again underrated. Not the best but definitely a superior Amber.