efdejesus (88) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden color. Aromas of some hops- citrus. Hops apparent but not overpowering. Very creamy mouthfeel which is interesting. Good balance. Not bad
Alextricity (177) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Super hazy, gold appearance. Very nice head that amounts to about 4oz of foam, and it stays for a long time. As nice as the head is though, it doesnít seem to like clinging to the glass much.
Smell: Something about it is quite strange... I think itís the heavy amount of grass and dirt I pick up in it, but the traces of spice and malt bring it up.
Taste: First sip was very good, but then the reality came in ... Midwestern Pale Ale is unfortunately only an average beer. I get that nice mouthfeel on the beginning of each sip, and then the malt. As youíd expect from a pale ale, pretty muted. The finish is kind of putting me off with this one the more I drink it... thereís more bitterness than anything, and seemingly grass in place of hops in the flavor department. As some other reviewers have said and as the bottle says... "BLONDE ALE" is what comes to mind with this beer more than anything.
Midwestern Pale Ale is a respectable pale ale. Many people find pale ales to be on the boring/uninteresting side, and I agree... but I like a good one every now and then. If you like pale ales that are more on the bitter side, try this one from Bellís ... though be expecting to drink more of an American Blonde Pale Ale.
DeliveryDriver (103) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a slightly cloudy, golden color with a finger of off white head and a lot of carbonation. Had earthy aromas, and a lot of grain and hay. Had a sour taste, and a bit of a lingering hop bite. Not a good example of an APA, but not undrinkable.
VoodooBear (31) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - MAR 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, bottling date on the back label. Served in a seidel.
Appearance: Rich gold color, fairly cloudy, but not too much. One finger of head that leaves strong thick lacing all over the glass even at the bottom when you finish up, itís beautiful. Very much alive, when swirled it brings up the aromas and a strong amount of foam to the top.The strongest point of this beer.
Smell: Not much smell from this one. Just a plain scent, mostly of grain with a bit of hops and a floral hint.
Taste: Very strong in the hop department. Some floral taste can be perceived and a certain spiciness as well. Itís quite bitter, a bit too much from what Iíve perceived in this style (APA). It leaves a spicy taste in the back of the tongue after every sip.
Mouthfeel: Itís full and strong, not what Iíve grown accustomed to with Pale Ales. I wish I could say itís a "nice" surprise but itís not. Thereís a good amount of carbonation and the finish is smooth.
Overall: Itís a decent beer, but not a very good American Pale Ale. I canít say I disliked it, but it didnít blow me away either. Iíd recommend this to people that find most Pale Ales lacking a certain "kick", but not to the average beer drinker.
BeerBeforeH20 (46) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My least favorite offering from bells, almost no hop character in this pale ale. Bells almost always impresses me with how close they stick to style, or even improve upon it. Very malty for a pale in both aroma and taste, I wont drink this again but certainly will continue to buy two hearted, Kalamazoo, and expedition.
Libeertas (5) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on tap, pale golden (I think! dark tap room) and a little hazy. No head, light carbonation. Subtle sweet malt aroma... donít notice any hops. Smooth but slippery on the palate. Sweet maltly moves onto mild hoppy then pleasant bitter finish.
queenholly (1849) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Yeasty bready malt and light orange aroma. Cloudy golden yellow with a small white head, heavy suspended sediment. Sweet bready malt and harsh herbal hops flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Rather disappointing offering from Bells.
impaleyou (24) - Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a great pale ale. Aroma is mediocre. Light transparent color. Generic choppy flavor. Twohearted kicks this beers butt.
novels (332) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Man, what a huge disappointment. Weíve all had great brews from Bells, but this certainly isnít one of them. Pours way too blond for my taste, with almost no hop presence or flavor. Tastes like a poorly made craft lager, and it might as well be in my book. Extreme fizziness, and unpleasant flavor.
gabbama (201) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy golden with a quickly fading white head. Bread, floral/grassy, and slightly musty aroma. Pale malt flavor is dominated by the floral hops. Slightly fizzy carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Tasty, but nothing special.