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 (4422) - 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 (4993) - 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.
JK (4845) - 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.