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A refreshing, blond colored pale ale. Bell’s pale ale is made almost exclusively from pale malt. It expresses a spicy floral hop aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very mild aroma almost non-existent. It has a light yellow orange body with no head and great lacing. It also has a bit of an after bite. I found it impossible to describe the taste. It was an OK brew, but not one of my favorites from Bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Nice sweet and hardy aroma. Flavor is also relatively sweet but still feels full and complex. Good maltly flavorand a small hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 I was really surprised by this one, being a big pale fan and a Bell’s fan, as well. Surprisingly fruity and mild, with a slight hoppy finish. This is good, but not great. I expected a little more from this one, including more strength in the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1793) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Beautiful looking beer: light golden in color, lots of suspended little yeasties, great big fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty, citric, and very floral. Initial flavor is musty, yeast, a little malt, and finishes slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is of increasing hop, and somewhat smokey. A nicely balanced APA, and a very superb example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 wow, smooth and very good. My favorite pale ale so far, but it can be a little too spicy though, and the flavor changes quite a bit depending on it's temperature.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Straw colored with an awesome head. Aroma very floral. The taste was malty but not sweet, with nice hops thrown in. This beer took me by surprise. I have not found a bell's offering yet that I do not like, but I really didn't care for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2003
From the looks of it she may have a yeast infection (particles in liquid)and the smell appears to be of distinctive perfume trying to cover it up. The smell might scare some but her taste is strong and hoppy. She gives excellent foamy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 5/27/14: I have absolute no recollection of this beer, not only of having previously rated it, but also no recollection of having heard of it! Non-descript aroma. Murky dark gold body with a thick, creamy off-white head. Stronger flavor than the 5.3% abv would suggest. Some pepper. Some fruitiness that is mostly overpowered by the pepper. I prefer a west coast pale ale to a "midwestern pale ale". Just not very interesting. Thinking it’s about time for this brew to be retired. Previous rating was 7, 5, 8, 4, 16. 4/13/04: Re-rate. Once again, I believe my lower re-rate is due to an aged beer. Of course I don’t know for sure because Bells doesn’t include freshness dating on their bottles. Aroma 7, Appearance 3, Flavor 6, Palate 4, Overall 12. My primary observation from this beer is that it bores me to tears. Peppery, but not much hops. This has to be old. 1/13/03: A very good Pale Ale, but not a great one. The hops are a little too perfumy. Kudos on the appearance: large, rocky, off-white head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lace. Cloudy, gold body reveals lots of sparkling carbonation and largish particles. Would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Draft. Deep golden color with a thick off white head. Citric nose with a touch of malt sweetness. Lots of malt and citric hops. Finishes with a hops and malt infusion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2003
looks like yellow straw, smells more like a wheat beer. Quite yeasty, bitter, a little watery. Decent Pale Ale at best, there are much better choices from Kalamazoo.

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