jazz88 (2560) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap & Bottle. A light pale yellow-orange hazy appearance with rising bubbles. The aroma has true character which is fruity with peach and citrus. The flavor is more straightforward and typical of the style with a nice dry hoppy finish.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2003 Now: Malty and bisuity, with a lot of hops, but not the same type of beer as many pac NW APAs - refreshing in that regard and well made, but I have detected recipe changes and added yeastiness in the past year. Downgraded from 4.4. ----- One of my original ratings from Novemeberish, 2001: Basically, one of my favorite beers. Yes, I drink a lot of Bell's, but I don't like every beer they make. This one has an earthy body from the malts that sticks with you. Excellent with many kinds of foods. Beautiful golden cloudiness, and the head is wonderful.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a fluffy white head. Biscuit/peach aroma, light fruity taste that is backed up by very nice hops character. A different take on the American Pale Ale style that really works. Thanks PsychProf!
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice head out of the bottle. Quite carbonated and hoppy. Very crisp and refreshing, but retains that hardy ale quality. Itís somewhat recommeded, but seemed heavy for a PA and it is certainly hoppy. Strangely, I likened the sharp aftertaste to Sam Adams Boston Ale.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pale in color, but rich in flavor. While I could get almost no head, I enjoyed flavor. Very doughy/bready nature to the flavor.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More flavor than most pale ales and not overdone. I canít remember a Bells beer which I didnít like. Three Floyds is the only pale ale which I enjoy more and itís more of an IPA.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
**Original rate 4/11/02.** Re-rate - first sixer was not premium freshness. This brew pours a murky light amber with a thick cloud of tiny particles. The large white creamy rocky head is dense, fully lasting and has excellent lacing. The fresh hoppy nose is mostly citrus and resin with straw, flowers, grass, dough, and earth. The straightforward flavor and long bitter finish is sure to be a favorite of hopheads. The low level of acidity makes this brew a good session offering. The palate is excellent with a medium creamy soft body finishes very clean. Not as good as the Alpha King, but what APA is?
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoyed this pale ale. The opaque golden-yellow appearance reminded me of a whiskey sour. The taste has a big hop presence with a little balancing sweetness. simply good stuff.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, light caramel color. Decent white head that lasted a good while. Hoppy flavor, not too bitter. Not quite as good as the summer Oberon Ale.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
As good as Bells ales are, Iíve had plenty of better Pales, but still worth drinking.