smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: I'm really not a big fan of Ambers, but does Bell's make anything that is not just terrific? Malty sweet nose. Pale amber color and just full of floaties. Thick for the style. Nice caramel flavor. Beautiful!
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange/Bronze colour with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Pale, malty, slightly hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour more than makes up for the lack of aroma. Slight astringinent flavour with a ever-present hoppiness and even the smallest of sweetnesses. Aftertaste definately bittered from the malt and suffers from the Astringent characteristics, but is not bad at all. Overall, this is fairly good for an amber, worth a try if you can find it. I was lucky enough to get this twelve ounce bottle in a local trade with Jah_noth, thanks again Dan!
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 2003 Tap.
Hazy orange, with some darker amber/brown tinges. Moderate amount of white head. Smells slightly fruity and hoppy. . .
Opens up with a big punch of. . .cascade hops? If not cascades, it’s quite similar. Hmm, citrus on an amber ale? This is interesting. Dries out and texture becomes papery and astringent (mildly). Body is medium to light at best. Malt is not strong, and body tastes soapy. Finishes with some grainy malt texture. Beer is completely lacking of any sweetness. Way to dry and the medium-light body does not ameliorate this. Thought they had given me a bells pale ale after the first sip. 2004 bottle. Tastes like a completely different beer. Quite good, tastes like belgian yeast, light caramel flavor and almost spicey hops as well. Very nice spritzy mouthfeel dosent get boring.
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky orange with big floaties (and I poured pretty carefully) with a small white head. Some nutty maltiness, but mostly bitter citrus hop flavors. I wouldn't have identified this as an amber.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange. Smells slightly fruity, hoppy. Different. A little lighter than other Bell's beers. Slightly bitter but not that long of a finish. Sweet. Not bad at all for a Bell's product.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty good. A little sweet, some hops flavor, but nothing outstanding.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical amber ale---well, typically good. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing stands out as better than the rest out there. Good balance of malt and hops, no bitterness, smooth finish, cloudy appearance makes it somewhat different....
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma with a hint of marshmallow. Thick, cloudy,copper appearance with tiny bubbles. Fluffy head that dissipates and leaves no acing. Rich flavor with a unique sweetness that is not too cloying. Balanced nicely with a hop spice. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden cloudy color with thin head. Malty aroma with a touch of wheat.Nice hoppy finish with no aftertaste. Feels smooth in the mouth.
drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at the Horn Bar on Mackinac Island while on a family trip. It had a long lasting head in the glass, had a nice amber color, with just the right amount of carbonation, and a sweet malt taste with grassy hops. A good drinker during a session.