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RATINGS: 1276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1710) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle. Very slight hazy, golden in color. Medium to large head with just a tad of lace. Aroma is very mild floral, grass hops, just a tad weak and watery. Taste is a nice crisp hoppy bite up front with a mild, not too bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
George999 (376) - Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2015
From the bottle the pour is cloudy with yeast present suspended in the beer, the head is white, the aroma is yeasty and a little dank, the taste is a solid pale ale and carbonation is great, the finish is a little dank

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (1344) - - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Grassy hop aroma with floral notes. Pours cloudy golden colored with one finger of white head with excellent retention and no lacing. Starts with grassy hop flavor with slight notes of floral hops. Finishes dry with the floral hops really taking control with a strong bitter finish. Started off ok but the finish was a bit harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4206) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2015
{from notes} A good looking pale ale with a hazy, yellow-golden body topped by a good head. The aroma is, perhaps lightly mild for a APA and slightly more yeasty. The flavor is mildly fruity and spicy. The hops mainly come out in the finish and aftertaste. Feel: a bit too light bodied but well set carbonation level. O: very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doofgoblin (487) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2015
A standard apa...nose is some golden hay...notes of lemon...taste is a little lemony...some grain...bitterness is spot on...appearance is exactly what youíd expect...what comes around is all around...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5518) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle in Chevy Chase, MD. Bold gold body with medium head. Nose is malty, spicy, floral. Taste is fruits, honey, malts, hops. Some pine and citrus. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (7101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Slightly hazy golden with a medium rocky white head. Earthy leafy hops on the nose with a little bit of pale ale malt crackeriness. Smooth crisp flavor with lots of cracker and pale ale malt, balanced by a smooth leafy and slightly earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Itís not resiny nor super butter but something about it is quintessentially American Pale Ale. Slightly lemony on the mid-palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin (568) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2015
bottle. Hazy orange-ish colour with small white head. Orange and citrus hops, crisp. Some bready malts. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2015
You donít see too many beers with ďMidwesternĒ in the name, since itís the two coasts that are known for certain niche styles. Judging by the packaging, Bellís Midwestern Pale Ale wants to be associated with the Midwestern grain belt and farms, which would explain why thereís a rather earthy/spicy character to this beer typically found in farmhouse ales (though itís definitely a pale ale). Tasty and easy to drink; I like it.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 5/16/15 and cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: A very hazy shade of brownish orange. No visible carbonation, but it does pour to a larger-than-average off-white foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Quite malty, almost like that of raw grain. A slight citrusy component, but otherwise a mild nose.

Taste: The pale ale is an overlooked style these days, so I really appreciate the brews that can make it work. This palette is rather unique in that itís not a citrus bomb, but actually well-balanced with light malts and some spicy hop character. Light bready notes at first with a tingling bitterness in the background. Thereís a bit of a hop bite at the apex followed by a spicy sensation of rye, peppercorn and orangepeel (though none of those ingredients are in this brew). I detect a touch of orange marmalade in the aftertaste, reminds me of a British ESB or similar style. I hope Bellís has pioneered a sub-genre with this as Iíd like to see more beers that arenít so conforming to East or West coast styles.

Drinkability: Whatís impressive about Bellís Midwestern Pale Ale is that itís only 5.2% ABV. Thatís fairly light for a craft beer these days; but it has the stronger body of a heavier brew. The mouthfeel is crisp from beginning to end with no spastic carbonation. A tad refreshing while crossing the tongue, it leaves a fairly clean finish (the hops do linger a bit). Itíd be tempting to session this in the summer, though itís also strong enough to stand up to a meal.

RATING: 8/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma of malts and some citrus. Taste was bitter.

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