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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 21, 2002
fantastic APA. golden color with a rich whipped cream head. grapefruit and wheatgrass in the herbal aroma. taste strikes a great bakance between malt and hops but the hops predominate in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2002
Holy cow! Dry, hoppy and ’meaty’, as MOboy says. A top notch APA with huge grassy and citric aromas followed by solid astringent hop flavors. Pretty malty up front and finishes exceptionally dry and moderately bitter. Pale golden color with a moderate to large head. Very, very good. Thanks proc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2002
As with all of Bells beers, this was very ’meaty’. Wonderful mouthfeel! I almost want to say ’thick’ to describe it.. This beer is not overly hopped and balances out nicely with the malt. The best pale ale I have had. IMHO every brewer needs to keep all that yeast in the bottle. Wonderful job K-Zoo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
This beer poured a light golden color and formed a white head that left some lace. Some carbonation to it. The aroma was of hops, malt and some citrus. The taste was of hops and malt. The finish was a bit odd, with some bitterness and elements of hops and citrus. Not the best style from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2002
Nice hop aroma. Cloudy yellow color, very little head. Well balanced flavor. Heavier body than most pale ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Add comment 6/28/02: Like the ’commercial description’ says, there is a lot of floral hop aroma and character in this one. I might have tinkered with a point or two here and there in a re-rate, but a 4/5 is accurate enough that I’ll leave it unchanged. Actually quite well-balanced. Original comments 3/30/02: Pretty standard for a Pale, meaning I think it’s pretty much above average (4 out of 5 or so). Appearance gold -- Pilsnery. Rising bubbles and nice bubbly head that turns into a pleasing thin foam layer that stays throughout. Sweetness in the aroma (sorta smells like a Wheat beer), but more bitterness in the taste. More hoppy and less sweet than the other APA’s like Sierra and Anchor Liberty. Carbonationy. Finish is dry and sharp, with slightly piney aftertaste. Enjoyable like the other Pales.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
First of all, let me comment on the sheer abundance of pale ales in West Michigan. Two days there and I was tired of pale ales. Although Kalamazoo is a great brewery, this is not a great beer. Slightly cloudy yellow appearance. Dusty, light hop aroma. Long bitter hop palate. Unbalance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2002
Nice full flavor. Not too hoppy. I still prefer Sierra, tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Cloudy and hazy light orange color, has a decent white creamy head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, light citrus and bready aroma. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, flavors of bread, butterscotch and grapefruit, finishes clean with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
I was expecting a hop juggernaut (knowing what Bell’s usually churns out) and wasn’t as mowed over with bitterness as I’d expected. The hops show up more in the aftertaste than in the body. This looks very nice in the glass! Well done.

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