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 (4848) - 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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured hazy and pale amber with lots of little floaties - kind of unsettling until I read that it's bottle conditioned (they should mention that on the label somewhere). Aroma of fruity malts with lots of floral and citrus hops. Brief sweet malty and pear flavors up front, giving way quickly to lots of tart and bitter hoppiness. Lingering grapefruit peel bite. Medium-light body and nice carbonation. Pretty good, but if I'm going to drink Bells, I'd rather go for one of the stouts.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light hazy staw color (i got some of the sediment), not much head and light lacing. The aroma is lightly citrusy with a touch of hops and wheat. The flavor is a tad on the malty side with a light sweet body. Finishes rather straight forward, nothing jumping out. A well balanced APA that deserves to be in everyone's list, but not necessarily at the top. Thanks Ed!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale gold with a light layer of thin head. Malts, floral hops, and a bready or biscuit aroma. Flavors start out malty that spreads throughout the mouth, some more of the bread coming out in the flavor. Spicy palate that finishes bitter. Nice pale ale. Thanks Ed!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the dryest, toastiest APA i've ever had. not as fruity and hoppy as i desired. a bit one dimensional.