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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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
At best quite unenjoyable. Very hazy light gold. Nose has banana but smells medicinal, a bit off. Taste is bitter and slightly tart, but finishes harsh and off-bitter. Perhaps I got a bad one, but this simply wasn't good.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: Very musky yellow looking. Something about this beer seemed very "off." Hard to describe, but not hard to taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2003
Cloudy golden yellow with a good sized beige head that lasted. Flowery malty aroma. Hoppy and malty flavour. Nice mild bitters and slight citrus and tang. Creamy palate quite decent and enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Pours yellow/golden with littel chucks of what I assume are yeasties. Not very attractive in such a lite colored beer. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of aroma going on, almost smells like a commerical macro. Body is good though with a nice tingy mouthfeel. Slightly hoppy flavor, some spice and hints of citrus. I expected a little more boldness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Hazy golden hue with large fluffy head and good lace. Fruity (apple, orange, and banana) aroma with a hint of biscuit, twangy yeast, and wheatfield. Sharp bitter taste with a coating of mild malt and twang. Somewhat short on the finish but not fully clean either, some spice detected. The body is a bit heavier than many pale. Fizzy with a metallic feel. Overall, a better than average pale ale, very quaffable and I liked the character.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Floaties made this look like peach preserves. Cloudy orange with a diminished white head. Citrus smell, hops evident. Hoppy taste with maybe a little bit of lemon peel. Very bitter finish. Not really too good. Lots of sediment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19333) - 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.

2.7
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5596) - 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.


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