WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 I was really surprised by this one, being a big pale fan and a Bellís fan, as well. Surprisingly fruity and mild, with a slight hoppy finish. This is good, but not great. I expected a little more from this one, including more strength in the body.
JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful looking beer: light golden in color, lots of suspended little yeasties, great big fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty, citric, and very floral. Initial flavor is musty, yeast, a little malt, and finishes slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is of increasing hop, and somewhat smokey. A nicely balanced APA, and a very superb example of the style.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 wow, smooth and very good. My favorite pale ale so far, but it can be a little too spicy though, and the flavor changes quite a bit depending on it's temperature.
hvac4sl (30) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Straw colored with an awesome head. Aroma very floral. The taste was malty but not sweet, with nice hops thrown in. This beer took me by surprise. I have not found a bell's offering yet that I do not like, but I really didn't care for this one.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the looks of it she may have a yeast infection (particles in liquid)and the smell appears to be of distinctive perfume trying to cover it up. The smell might scare some but her taste is strong and hoppy. She gives excellent foamy head.
ElGaucho (2374) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 5/27/14: I have absolute no recollection of this beer, not only of having previously rated it, but also no recollection of having heard of it! Non-descript aroma. Murky dark gold body with a thick, creamy off-white head. Stronger flavor than the 5.3% abv would suggest. Some pepper. Some fruitiness that is mostly overpowered by the pepper. I prefer a west coast pale ale to a "midwestern pale ale". Just not very interesting. Thinking itís about time for this brew to be retired. Previous rating was 7, 5, 8, 4, 16. 4/13/04: Re-rate. Once again, I believe my lower re-rate is due to an aged beer. Of course I donít know for sure because Bells doesnít include freshness dating on their bottles. Aroma 7, Appearance 3, Flavor 6, Palate 4, Overall 12. My primary observation from this beer is that it bores me to tears. Peppery, but not much hops. This has to be old. 1/13/03: A very good Pale Ale, but not a great one. The hops are a little too perfumy. Kudos on the appearance: large, rocky, off-white head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lace. Cloudy, gold body reveals lots of sparkling carbonation and largish particles. Would drink again.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep golden color with a thick off white head. Citric nose with a touch of malt sweetness. Lots of malt and citric hops. Finishes with a hops and malt infusion.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
looks like yellow straw, smells more like a wheat beer. Quite yeasty, bitter, a little watery. Decent Pale Ale at best, there are much better choices from Kalamazoo.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent pale ale...nothing to scream over...but definitely not ordinary.
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Of all of the Bellís products, this is one of the few that I donít aggressively buy or pursue. The blend of hops is not to my liking, and it just seems to be missing a little something. Still a very good beer!