hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very rich, heavily malty aroma. Plenty of yeast and hops as well. Interwoven notes of butterscotch, citris fruit, homemade soap, allspice and bubble gum.
Murky, deep yellow hue with small swirling particles. Large, white, rocky head. Fully lasting with excellent lacing.
The flavor is very rich and malty with a blast of caramel and heavy cream. A suggestion of grapefruit. Perfectly balanced. Not sweet. Not overly bitter.
Light-bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Medium-length, lightly bitter, dry finish.
This is a great Pale Ale for MaltHeads!!!
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For an avid Bells fan, I have to say I am not that impressed with this. Very fruity, kind of stale, and not very smooth. Good beer, but not what Iíve come to expect from Bellís.
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 itís 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 (814) - 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 (3387) - 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 (3036) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís a little paler than I was expecting from Bellís. 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 youíre expecting the huge hoppiness of a lot of the really popular APAs, this is a bit mild.
MrRomero (1974) - 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.