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A refreshing, blond colored pale ale. Bell’s pale ale is made almost exclusively from pale malt. It expresses a spicy floral hop aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 2002 and 2003 bottles. Pours a cloudy yellow with some light lime green tints. Lots of foamy white head. Smells yeasty and slightly appley, and definitely very meaty. Begins moderately sour and definitely hoppy. Subtle citrus tones complement the usual apple/yeasty flavor of the APA. Has a decent medium body that has a doughy texture but is stretched too thin and is very yeasty. Finishes quite dry with some tinges of malt but overall leaves a slightly unbalanced sour flavor and is way too thin towards the end. It tries to be spicy on the finish, but there is nowhere near enough balance to this beer.

Batch 12388, bottled 10/3/13 drunk on 2/16/14, as Midwestern Pale
Pretty close to how I remember the pale ale, though obviously the hop profile has changed. This was a 4 month old sample and the yeast character and malts are much more subdued, with just a basic but delicious caramel and honey-like richness that dries out nicely and is balanced with spicy happiness. The texture and body are perfect and the beer is infinitely drinkable. Not much bitterness or acid, but appropriate enough to balance with spicy flavors lingering. Upping the score a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2003
Bottled. Cloudy yellow. Appley, grassy aroma. Dry and clean. Hard mouthfeel, salty bitter finish. Less distinct than how I remembered it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2003
Bottled. Sampled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy light yellow. No head. Flowery(faded) nose and flavour. Firm bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5528) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2003
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm 2003. Hazy golden, ale-ish. Some hints of fruitiness in the aroma. Soft and smooth palate. Rather sweet and pleasant, though thin flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 A hazy golden beer, very pale. A rather weak aroma with some yeast. Flavor is a little fruity, maybe some elder. Quite disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Medium sized white head, hangs, some sticky lacing. Hazy orange color, lots of chunks floating, BIG chunks. Yeasty, slightly citrusy nose. Light /med body. Citrusy flavors, slight maltiness. Lotsa yeastiness, too much so. Dry, thin finish. Not a decent representation of a pale ale at all, IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Bottle: yet another good one from Bell's. No surprise there, but what did surprise me was the spicy hops and the yeast suspended within the brew. Without looking real closely it looked like it was just really, really carbonated. I looked closer and it wasn't bubbles and they weren't moving - it was suspended! Very nice brew. Almost looked like a homebrew!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2003
another fine bells product. produces a light foamy head. crystal clear golden color, with notes of hops and maltiness. has a crisp bite that ends up pretty smooth. pour carefully though; the yeast doesn't seem to stay sedimented very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2003
A ggod pale when fresh. Golden color with minimal lace, it is difficult keeping the yeast from infiltrating the glass. Assertive hops balanced by a dry malt profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Not usually being a fan of the Bell's products, I tried this one with a negative outlook. Had it on tap at the local pub. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves little or no lace on the glass. The aroma was very wheaty - very similar to most IPA's. The taste was a little spicy, but other than that it was a fairly average IPA taste. Nothing too special in my opinion. The drinkability wasn't all that great.

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