MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Rerate. Dec. 2008. Pour is more transparent than in the past. I wonder if the filtration has been increased. Aromas and flavor seem a little more watery and have a bit more of a spice edge than the lemon that I remember. Cloves and pepper are more present, but the whole thing comes off as a little more thin.
Pours a nice light hazy gold. Some floaties in this one. Floral aroma with definite hops. Flavor: slight lemon up front that gives way to grain and hops, then comes back to mix nicely with hops. Finishes extremely well with strong hops note.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 bottle - 3/19/05 - had what I believe was a bad bottle, but I still didnít give it much higher on the rerate. It went from a 2.3 to a 2.7 after the rerate. The original bottle smelled and tasted very musty. Like gym socks.
Pours a cloudy yellow that is full of sediment. Aroma is lemony. The taste has a nice hoppiness with a little bitterness in the finish. I am now convinced that I just had a bad bottle when I first rated this yesterday because this one is better, but itís still not excellent. Itís refreshing and I could drink it from time to time.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Bright golden colour, cloudy, with a thin frothy white head. Honey, yeasty, citrus, and floral aroma. Light citrus and bready malt flavour with a slowly growing nutty, grapefruit, and perfumed bitter finish. Medium bodied and a bit juicy. Thanks, Slikwily!
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2005
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad for a pale ale, i would have expected more from Bellís. Very bitter , have had much better.......not a bad brew overall.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fridge Temp. Saison-like nose; pineapple, sour. Hazy pale orange with lot of particles. Light white head. Citrusy, finishes fruity and quite bitter. Slightly out of balance but enjoyable, almost wheat beerish.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Pours a ahazy orange with white fluffy head. Smells of light citrusy fruits. Taste is light and sweet.
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque yellow color. Just the right mild pine finish. BELLíS RULE. A for sure favorite for pale ale lovers
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a very good pale ale. Poured a uniquely Bells yellowish pink haze with small head and wonderful aroma. Tastes fairly decent, lots of hoppy goodness, some problems with the body, kind of thin.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 7, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a straw yellow color, with a sparse white head. Left a slight lacing down the sides. Aromas are of Ringwood yeast, sulfur, stinky gym socks, and cheesy hops. Maybe itís an old bottle, but this beer doesnít impress me much.
Thin body, weak taste, and earthy, dirt-like aftertaste. Certainly not the best pale ale I ever had, that much is sure.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jables for this beer.
Poured a murky golden with a small white head. Refreshing aroma of citrusy hops. Taste was primarily of hops and grapefruit, but felt rather thin and somewhat watered-down. A good thirst-quenching beer, but lacks the character of some of Kalamazooís richer offerings.