hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paid $1.39 for a single 12-oz.
Very pale yellow in color, decent head.
Very beer tent smelling. Nothing great here.
Not overly impressed here. Tastes too close to a few macros I can think of.
Nice mouthfeel, that's for sure!! Perfect amount of carbonation...
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was pretty bitter. I found myself actually starting with some MGD just to take the edge off. Coming from the Bell's IPA, somewhat of a dissapointment.
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Once again I appear to be in the minority. I thought this beer was not balanced well. Weak malt backbone. Watery, light body and not particulary remarkable even in the hopps department. Weak, bitter beer. Aroma was a little floral but light as well. Not on my repurchase list
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first experience with Bell's. I know it's going to get better.
Poured a cloudy straw color with a decent head and nice lace.
Taste is...missing something. It definately needs hops for my taste, but it's missing something more. It reminds me of my first attempt at brewing a PA and it turned out just okay, too.
Mouthfeel is full and not quite creamy. Drinkability is pretty good as there's nothing offensive going on. It could just be a lot better, IMO.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, not much head but with a lot going on in the taste. A little cluttered perhaps, but I'll always have a soft spot for this beer. I was 17 years old, eager to check out this whole beer thing I and picked up a few bottles of Bells. I figured that I wouldn't get carded buying 'the good stuff' and I was right. I hid them in my room and had one every night for 3 nights in a row and I savored every drop. Bells: thank you for a wonderful first impression of what beer is all about.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Weak. Cloudy golden color, little white head. Smells of stale spice. What is this trying to be?
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rocky, frothy head. Hazy, golden, almost honey-like. Mild carbonation. Some sediment/haziness. Hoppy aroma, sweet. Not as impressive as I would have suspected. The flavors were a little muddled at first. Not very crisp.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a somewhat lacking pale ale,bland smell, very non descript taste, firm body, and decent head.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Very light, fizzy decaying head. Sour grapefruit nose, very hoppy; hints of pine. buttery, nicely hoppy throughout, well-controlled, slightly thin on the finish. It's good, but what's all the fuss about?
jgb9348 (4776) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy white head having TONS of suspended particles. Light aroma of citrusey and floral hops-pretty standard for good-quality APA's. Light to Medium-bodied; Nice spicey hoppiness well balanced with malt. Aftertaste left clean, hardly any hop bitterness. Overall, an APA that can be drunk any day of the year-it's well balanced and very nice for the style! Nothing majorly wrong with this one! I got this twelve ounce bottle purchased by my mom from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan and sampled it on 21-December-2003.