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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2624) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Medium sized white head, hangs, some sticky lacing. Hazy orange color, lots of chunks floating, BIG chunks. Yeasty, slightly citrusy nose. Light /med body. Citrusy flavors, slight maltiness. Lotsa yeastiness, too much so. Dry, thin finish. Not a decent representation of a pale ale at all, IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Bottle: yet another good one from Bell's. No surprise there, but what did surprise me was the spicy hops and the yeast suspended within the brew. Without looking real closely it looked like it was just really, really carbonated. I looked closer and it wasn't bubbles and they weren't moving - it was suspended! Very nice brew. Almost looked like a homebrew!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2003
another fine bells product. produces a light foamy head. crystal clear golden color, with notes of hops and maltiness. has a crisp bite that ends up pretty smooth. pour carefully though; the yeast doesn't seem to stay sedimented very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2003
A ggod pale when fresh. Golden color with minimal lace, it is difficult keeping the yeast from infiltrating the glass. Assertive hops balanced by a dry malt profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Not usually being a fan of the Bell's products, I tried this one with a negative outlook. Had it on tap at the local pub. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves little or no lace on the glass. The aroma was very wheaty - very similar to most IPA's. The taste was a little spicy, but other than that it was a fairly average IPA taste. Nothing too special in my opinion. The drinkability wasn't all that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3290) - 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.

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