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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 My original rating for this stuff was from over ten years ago. Goddamn it, I am old! I find it more grapefruit-like now and it pits very cloudy rather than hazed. Still a dam find new though. <be /><be />Original rating (4.1) Pale golden yellow. Carbonation and a slight haze are suspended and seem almost frozen in time. Great lacing--big chunks with an intricate flourish around the edges. Nose is hoppy, dusty with a floral honey note. A crisp bite on the front of the tongue with building sweetness. A nice touch of bitterness in the finish. Perfectly balanced. The good folks at Bell’s are master brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Cloudy straw color,small head that dissipated quickly leaving little behind.Nice sweet wheat aroma with a mild fruit and spice presence and decent hopping,along with a mild grassy smell as well.The flavor was bitter up front but changed to a semi-sweet wheat and hops taste.maybe a mild spie note to it,but little else as far as flavor goes.The after taste was mildly bitter hops with a grassy taste and mild lemony flavor.nice mellow feel in the mouth.Very drinkable brew and well worth having around.Thanks go to Hopscotch for this nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
(sapled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden) Hazy amber with a small white head. Soapy, malty and citric aroma. I thought this one would be hoppier. Some citric bitterness but the malt just tasted soapy and dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2003
This reminds me of the more austere pale ales out there, like Dogfish Head Shelter. Not a lot of malt flavor, but plenty of blunt hop bitterness. I warmed up to it as it warmed, for some malt did begin to show, but alas not enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2003
The beer poured a hazy golden color with nice white head. Taste was not overwhelming, balanced, with medium amounts of malt and hops. Nice finish. Clearly not a leader in the Pale Ale markets. This confirms for me that Bell's is predominately a stout and Barley wine brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4576) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Aroma is bland to slightly doggy with coconut. Good label, somewhat Grant Wood-esque. Foggy, maple colored brew. Briny, simple hopping and malting. Starchy, paper bag finish with a hop zip. This isn’t a wheat beer? New Leaf Market. Original rating - Original comments from 2003 - Fun label, hazy, peachy colored brew with beady white head. Light Cascade aroma, over good malt. Enough hops to make it interesting, not too much. Some plum and toffee, good CO2. Hops build to a tangy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 Rerate Still a solid pale ale and the flavors and impression the same, the newbie enthusiasm for Bell’s that I had 9 years ago has worn off a bit though Original 3.9 Very clean aroma - detect a bit of honey mixed with fresh cut grass. Thick, white head with good lacing. Very cloudy appearance with specks of sediment dancing about - light hazy golden in color. Very tart flavor with a hint of spice. Good thick mouthfeel, wakes up your tastebuds.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2003
My first disappointment from Bell's. It had a weird taste that I just did not enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Not as much hops as expected, but good. Floral tangy aroma with a sweet and sour start and nice hops flavor at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUL 14, 2003
Looks like a wheat, not as hoppy as I would like it. A session beer I suppose, but there are better ones. This one just didn't impress. I need to find some of those really good Bell's brews, this one isn't the one for me.

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