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Bells Michigan Brewers Guild 15th Anniversary Ale

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Bells Michigan Brewers Guild 15th Anniversary Ale
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Had this on tap at Founders and Arcadia. Pours a moderate caramel color with a nice fluffy head. Nose has pretty good citrus with a bit of a malt backbone. Flavor is fairly hoppy and bitter. Easy drinking and well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2012
It seems a bit odd to call this the Bells anniversary ale when it was a collaboration brew? I had this at New Holland, listed as MBG Anniversary Ale, and they called it a Double IPA--and the Michigan Beer Blog similarly says it could be called a "strong IPA" or DIPA. Well, it was fine. Served a bit too cold but it warmed to a nice balance, though the hops seemed a bit indistinctive and left a slightly murky finish. But it was a fine DIPA--yellow, reasonably resinous, and with the alcohol well in check. (on tap at New Holland Brewing Company)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (655) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Hazy orange pour into pint glass at eccentric cafe. Lingering white head a quarter inch thick. Plentiful lacing around the glass. Citrus hop scent. Hoppy bitter mouth feel. Hop forward upon entering mouth, flavor turns maltier a moment later (slightly, not overly so). Hop flavor is pineier than citrus but both are present. Sweet piney bitter on finish. Very crisp.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2012
On tap at the eccentric cafe July 9th. The aroma is fantastic as well as the flavor. The hops profile is a bit indecernable however pine resin and fruit hit the nose right off the bat with a strong acidic flavor. Very well done as far as pale ales go.


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