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A refreshing, blond colored pale ale. Bellís pale ale is made almost exclusively from pale malt. It expresses a spicy floral hop aroma and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2002
Hazy golden color. Some floral, citrus and spice notes. I really like this APAís balance. Hop bitterness is there, itís just right for the style. Overall, a very good pale ale. Re-rate 8/25/02 I just had to bump the numbers up on this one a little, itís a potent pale for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Re-rate 8/19/02 - Still a damn fine beer. Bellís version of a pale is what other breweries put out as an IPA. Floral, hoppy and delicious. Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells. This is a real Pale Ale. No doubt about it. Bells brews full tasting beer. This rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Nice hoppy tropical fruit nose. Good hop bite in the beginning but not overpowering.Full mouthfeel. Does this brewery put out any bad beers?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
damn this beer is hoppy, and that is the truth. reminds me of ann arbor... sigh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
So Iím sitting here with a Bellís Pale, considering that APAs are my ímost sampledí brew (47), and trying to defend this one as the third wing of my personal top APA triumvirate: Burning River, Alpha King, and this one. Part of this is nostalgia and loyalty for Bells and what it has meant to me and to brewing in Michigan. Yeah, subjectivity plays a role in these ratings, or havenít you realized that yet? But more than that, Bells Pale expresses an Artistic use of hops. So many brewers just hop the hell out of a pale, clumsily. Larry reveals a defter touch, allowing just enough honeysweet and substantial malt to last into the swelling Cascade. He makes a pretty beer, too, with a fine lasting lace around its pale gold. Damn fine beer, boys, damn fine beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Citrusy and zesty, almost the aroma and taste of coriander. A good balance of bitterness, with lemons and malty notes to taste. I like the usage of hops other than the overwhelming Cascade, as great as they are.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2002
Pleasant, sweetish aroma. Opens with firm hoppiness. The middle is more malty. Finishes with lingering hoppy bitterness and a final sweet maltiness. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerWolf99 (1) - USA - AUG 1, 2002 does not count
I was recommended this beer by a gourmet grocer. This has to be the best beer Iíve ever tasted. Quite bitter for a pale ale. Dry with complex fuity flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2002
This is an extremely spicey pale ale. Beautiful hazy straw color ... with a thin white head. The hops are zesty and complemented well with the maltiness of the beer. A delicious beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Good stuff. Super soft, creamy head, nice amount of unfiltration, super smooth body and pleasant, hoppy flavor and aroma. Enough maltiness to provide a framework with which the hops can really shine. Nicely done.

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