UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rock on. This brewery makes some great stuff. One of the top ten american pale ales, for sure. My only problem is that it’s so superbly balanced and tasty, I have a hard time drinking it slowly.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid american pale ale with a real malty backbone. Almost wheaty, but thick. Floral, herbal and some citrus in the hop nose and flavor. Very good.
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as I had expected or hoped based on the previous reviews on this site. Almost yellow in color, very hoppy and smooth but lacking malt balance. Fruity flavor.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pissy yellow color, very average taste at first but turned great as it warmed...epitome of a balanced pale with a nice sweet finish.
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hops in this Bells smack you right in the taste buds. Acidic citrus flavor with balanced malt flavor. Damn good Bells and best Pale Ale yet.
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this from the tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep golden color with lasting head that left great lace. Nice floral hop aroma. Very fresh, hoppy taste. Nice flavors of grapefruit and apple. On the hoppy end of APAs, at least out of the keg.
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a little paler than I was expecting from Bell’s. A lot of PAs are darker than this beer. It does have that nice wet, clingy head that I love pale ales to have, though. The aroma is mostly the hops, a bit thin and astringent, but not unpleasant. I was a little worried at the taste. Had the brewery I had come to expect for big malty beer let me down? Turns out the light color had less to do with lack of malt than with the color of the malt used. The malt flavors dominate early on. As the beer warms, the thin, bitter hops dominate the beginning finishing with the crisp malt. Not my favorite APA, but far from a mediocre example of the style. One thing, though. If you’re expecting the huge hoppiness of a lot of the really popular APAs, this is a bit mild.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent hoppy pale ale. A beer I would like to keep in stock.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden pour, big and beautiful head. Very nice spicy floral aroma that is well mixed with a slightly stale yeasty-bread smell that I found quite appealing. The taste is a little less aggressive than expected, I was thinking there would be stronger hops, but this in no way detracts from it being a great beer. Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, nice dry finish.
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden color. A good blend of hops. Nice fizzy head. Farily good pale ale.