Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfectly bright amber color, full, fresh, head of foam, soon setling. Aroma: all-malty, nutty, smooth. Taste: nice, but brief, hop buzz, then comes the rich, tasty maltiness, sweet, caramelly. Extraordinarily drinkable, an eminent candidate for a session ale if there ever was one. Medium bodied, zesty hops, a bit buttery, warm and delicious. A very nice throw'em-back kind of ale, the Bell's flagship brew, and a beer I would never refuse. Yum.
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was a good amber, all be it a weak one. I would have liked a little more robust of a taste. It was a bit too watery for me.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Hazy light amber with a medium off white head. Light aroma of caramel, honey and citrus. Medium light watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, this would make a decent session beer. Slightly fruity sweet flavor ending with a bready small hop bite. Nothing special, but decent nonetheless.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mediocre for Bells. Still a decent ale. Orange under tan head. Some hints of honey and citrus and maybe butterscotch in the nose. Fruity taste.
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bell's-- ahh I've head so many good things about Bell's, and until this point, I had only come across expensive sixers.
Appearance: golden amber, small head- nice color.
Sweet smell, maybe apple- maybe not- not quite sure. Is my nose working tonight?
Bitter and kinda plain in taste. Yea, really bitter, but not really good bitter. Yea, plain. Kinda boring.
Ehh, pass on this, go for something more adventurous.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great malty aroma. Appearance is light amber and slightly opaque. Flavor is crisp and refreshing with a good hop/malt balance, a fruit flavor is very noticeable. Surprising amount of body to this type of beer. Would definitely buy again.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid, session ale with a clean, wheaty malt aroma and flavor. Perfectly carbonated, a little more than I'd expected. Medium-light body. Lingering, fairly full palate. I'll get this again.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I generally don't like Ambers. This is a really good beer.
Pours more of a brownish color than an amber. Very cloudy with a decent head and some lacing.
Smells like a typical amber. Fruity malts with a hint of hops.
Tastes... man, this is almost more like a pale ale than Bell's Pale Ale. Very fruity with plenty of hops. Apricot? Not quite peach. Plenty sweet (although not as sweet as most ambers) but also plenty bitter. Very nice taste for an amber.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Drinkability is good as this is easily a beer I will seek out again.
Nice offering from Bell's
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A orangy amber color with a fat frothy head. Nose is sweet and malty. Flavour starts out sweet hops make their presence known and the beer balances nicely. A very good malty amber.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i had this brew to sample after a sierra nevada pale ale and find them comparable; however, this amber is nicer although it has the same head and nearly the same appearance. this is hazier and with a nice hop flavor, but it's backed up with a more pronounced smoothness, which contains caramel and fruit. it is still a small punch, but this provides a little more complexity than a sierra nevada and that's much more acceptable with me. besides, i've had this beer before and i've always liked it... yup, it's bells.