ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ozzy70 (775) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma of malts and some citrus. Taste was bitter.
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle--medium, mostly clear yellow color with an average, white head. The aroma is soft malts with a touch of hops in the background. Taste was bread with some slight sweetness. Light carbonation finished the drink. Produce place 1.79 I would say this is an underrated beer.
Shot (451) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Substantially carbonated. Aromas of sweet malt and Pilsner hops. Citrusy flavors, slight herbal notes and mild hoppiness. Bready tones in the finish. Crisp and very dry. Just ok.
Maris (1382) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 355ml bottle on 22/7/2015. Pours a clear light golden with a medium white head. Has a slight lemony aroma. Flavour wise, thereís some light bready malt, and a sharp, slightly spicy lemony bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This is an odd one - it has a bit of character but doesnít real come together.
Bricks (974) - Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Unfiltered hazy golden appearance. Smells bready/malty mostly, with some hops and floral notes. Mouthfeel is more abrasive than I expected. Taste is just OK. Not in love with this one.
scottw86 (1165) - Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a stable off-white head. Lots of bread in the aroma with some hops. Taste is nice and crisp with some fruity notes, spices, and bread. Very refreshing!
radio_nowhere (1395) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into pint glass, hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma notes of toasted malt sweetness, grain, light earthiness and grass/citrus hops. Taste adds bread, light caramel, pepper, faint spices, grapefruit and pine. Light body, low-moderate carbonation, crisp, dry with citrus bitter finish. Solid refreshing pale.
hfmejias (1270) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured cloudy, golden, nice white head and little bit of spotty lacing. Aroma of floral hops and some fruits and malts. Taste is sweet, fruity and somewhat malty, however very refreshing and very drinkable.
snoworsummer (4680) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours opaque amber with a thin fizzy creamy white head. Tastes like toasted malt, grapefruit, dry citrus hops, light earth, and light caramel. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like toasted malt, earthy hops, and dry grapefruit.