MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As with all of Bells beers, this was very ’meaty’. Wonderful mouthfeel! I almost want to say ’thick’ to describe it.. This beer is not overly hopped and balances out nicely with the malt. The best pale ale I have had. IMHO every brewer needs to keep all that yeast in the bottle. Wonderful job K-Zoo.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a light golden color and formed a white head that left some lace. Some carbonation to it. The aroma was of hops, malt and some citrus. The taste was of hops and malt. The finish was a bit odd, with some bitterness and elements of hops and citrus. Not the best style from them.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hop aroma. Cloudy yellow color, very little head. Well balanced flavor. Heavier body than most pale ales.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Add comment 6/28/02: Like the ’commercial description’ says, there is a lot of floral hop aroma and character in this one. I might have tinkered with a point or two here and there in a re-rate, but a 4/5 is accurate enough that I’ll leave it unchanged. Actually quite well-balanced. Original comments 3/30/02: Pretty standard for a Pale, meaning I think it’s pretty much above average (4 out of 5 or so). Appearance gold -- Pilsnery. Rising bubbles and nice bubbly head that turns into a pleasing thin foam layer that stays throughout. Sweetness in the aroma (sorta smells like a Wheat beer), but more bitterness in the taste. More hoppy and less sweet than the other APA’s like Sierra and Anchor Liberty. Carbonationy. Finish is dry and sharp, with slightly piney aftertaste. Enjoyable like the other Pales.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
First of all, let me comment on the sheer abundance of pale ales in West Michigan. Two days there and I was tired of pale ales. Although Kalamazoo is a great brewery, this is not a great beer. Slightly cloudy yellow appearance. Dusty, light hop aroma. Long bitter hop palate. Unbalance.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice full flavor. Not too hoppy. I still prefer Sierra, tho.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Cloudy and hazy light orange color, has a decent white creamy head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, light citrus and bready aroma. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, flavors of bread, butterscotch and grapefruit, finishes clean with a light bitterness.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was expecting a hop juggernaut (knowing what Bell’s usually churns out) and wasn’t as mowed over with bitterness as I’d expected. The hops show up more in the aftertaste than in the body. This looks very nice in the glass! Well done.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap & Bottle. A light pale yellow-orange hazy appearance with rising bubbles. The aroma has true character which is fruity with peach and citrus. The flavor is more straightforward and typical of the style with a nice dry hoppy finish.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2003 Now: Malty and bisuity, with a lot of hops, but not the same type of beer as many pac NW APAs - refreshing in that regard and well made, but I have detected recipe changes and added yeastiness in the past year. Downgraded from 4.4. ----- One of my original ratings from Novemeberish, 2001: Basically, one of my favorite beers. Yes, I drink a lot of Bell's, but I don't like every beer they make. This one has an earthy body from the malts that sticks with you. Excellent with many kinds of foods. Beautiful golden cloudiness, and the head is wonderful.