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.
JK (4522) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of toast, not in a good way. Cloudy. Flavor is also of toast. This beer is very dry.
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 I have to admit a biad to Bells since I live in Kalamazoo, but they brew some bloody briliant beer. The pale ale is no exception. A cloudy and highly floral beer with lots of spice and hops. This is deffinately not a session beer and the taste sits on the stomach.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A unique beer, that is for sure. Very cloudy, that is for sure, slightly spicy aroma and flavor. Citrus zest along with a biscuit malt flavor. Mildly tingly, crisp finish. Interesting.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange color, with a floral nose. Wonderful balance to this delicious brew. An excellent session beer
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of mild citrus and floral hops. It tastes just like it smells.Average good american pale ale.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Bells stouts are definitely their forte'. This pale is all right but I have certainly had better. Pours an orangey/yellow color with a thin and foamy white head. Floral, citrus and hoppy aroma, with a decent crisp finish.