JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, golden, thick looking body. I am drinking it from a glass that is shaped like an hourglass, which shows slow rising bubbles at the bottom half and a darker hue on top, absolutely beautiful. Nose is bread and light hops with some banana notes, almost fruity... like Oberon without the spiciness! First very cold sips were disappointingly bland and doughy, but a few minutes later this beer came alive with thick caramel maltiness followed by an amazingly smooth hoppiness. Not a big hoppy "bite", but more of a hoppy "yawn" that lingers a bit before fading away.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another Bells classic. Their Pale is a yellow hazey beer. Kinda like the Oberon but not as good.
igneous1 (1477) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very hazy orange/golden with a thin mostly lasting head. bit of a yeasty and malty aroma. flavor has a decent hop character. easy drinking fairly simple APA
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This here is one of the greatest beers that i have tasted, it has a great taste of hops, however they don’t mix well with the malt flavor of the beer. It has a fruity aroma to it. A great beer for anyone
Scotsman99 (7) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2002 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus +. This is a wonderfully balanced brew with a hint of maltiness and a nice hop "zing" for a finish. Great sunny afternoon sipper...
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge grapefruit-passion fruit aroma and flavor. Hops don’t really meld with malt flavor at all, which feels good in the mouth but doesn’t really assert itself. Decent, but not very distinguished. I’d probably get hit if I said it ’pales’ in comparison to the two-hearted ale, so I won’t say it.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I appreciate the firm, meaty body of this beer and do notice the malt, but the clash with the hops turns me the other direction, looking for something else to try.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus/orange nose, with hints of malt. A fine, refreshing APA - great amount of hops for a hot, humid day.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden color. Some floral, citrus and spice notes. I really like this APA’s balance. Hop bitterness is there, it’s just right for the style. Overall, a very good pale ale.
Re-rate 8/25/02 I just had to bump the numbers up on this one a little, it’s a potent pale for sure.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate 8/19/02 - Still a damn fine beer. Bell’s version of a pale is what other breweries put out as an IPA. Floral, hoppy and delicious. Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells. This is a real Pale Ale. No doubt about it. Bells brews full tasting beer. This rocks.