bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy straw colored body with a thin white head. First pour had a ton of yeast due to not noticing the sediment in the bottle.
Biscuit malt really sticks out in the nose. Some hops, but malt is the main aroma.
Well balanced pale ale. Malts and hops, 50/50.
Very smooth palate with minimal carbonation.
I like the Two Hearted better.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good take on the style..not overly impressed though
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is kind of a more pale version of Debs’ Red. A little lighter in hopping and body, though. Nice and light with the usual Bells yeast present. Quite carbonated too. To me this beer is a solid representation of a typical Bells beer: Good body, yeasty carbonation, good hop-malt balance, but a little off kilter (in an above average way). These beers have a way of creeping up on you too.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very rich, heavily malty aroma. Plenty of yeast and hops as well. Interwoven notes of butterscotch, citris fruit, homemade soap, allspice and bubble gum.
Murky, deep yellow hue with small swirling particles. Large, white, rocky head. Fully lasting with excellent lacing.
The flavor is very rich and malty with a blast of caramel and heavy cream. A suggestion of grapefruit. Perfectly balanced. Not sweet. Not overly bitter.
Light-bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Medium-length, lightly bitter, dry finish.
This is a great Pale Ale for MaltHeads!!!
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For an avid Bells fan, I have to say I am not that impressed with this. Very fruity, kind of stale, and not very smooth. Good beer, but not what I’ve come to expect from Bell’s.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rock on. This brewery makes some great stuff. One of the top ten american pale ales, for sure. My only problem is that it’s so superbly balanced and tasty, I have a hard time drinking it slowly.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid american pale ale with a real malty backbone. Almost wheaty, but thick. Floral, herbal and some citrus in the hop nose and flavor. Very good.
fraternie (947) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as I had expected or hoped based on the previous reviews on this site. Almost yellow in color, very hoppy and smooth but lacking malt balance. Fruity flavor.
Andrew196 (1155) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pissy yellow color, very average taste at first but turned great as it warmed...epitome of a balanced pale with a nice sweet finish.
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hops in this Bells smack you right in the taste buds. Acidic citrus flavor with balanced malt flavor. Damn good Bells and best Pale Ale yet.