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Bells Twentieth Anniversary Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A special ale brewed to celebrate and commemorate our 20th Anniversary. We believe it's worthy of the honor.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - JUL 18, 2006
12 oz. bottle from dilly deli. Batch 7040. Bottle conditioned. Drank on 7/10/06. Clear with some floaties. Copper in color with small light tan head. Drops very quickly. No foam, no lacing. Pretty strong aroma. Underlying sweetness with a big bouquet of florally hops. Chinookish similar to my all chinook AB clone. Citrus / grapefruit. Flavor - fairly bitter in front. Bitter, but with a swwet and substantial malt backbone on the tongue. Citrusy (mostly grapefruit) and floral hop flavor after the swallow. Palate - decent sized medium body. A little tingly on the tongue. Overall - a pretty good beer. Not sure what it is. A big IPA or american strong ale probably (I was wrong obvioiusly, but this is strange for an amber ale IMO). A little heavy on the citrus for me, but good and enjoyable just like everything else from Bells.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle. Interesting choice for an anniversary ale. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. Caramel malts dominate the aroma. The taste is caramel, floral hops, and a slight bread note. An extra plus is that it is not as watery as most ambers I have had. This one is a cut above.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Cloudy dirty orange in color with a small head. Medium body with a well balanced malt / hop ratio. Clean refreshing taste, has an initial sweet caramel malty flavor with a hop bitterness at the end. This is a great summertime brew, one of my new favorites, this is at the top of my list for ales. Tastes great with pepperoni pizza.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 16, 2006
(Bottle via trade with BBB63, thanks Mike!) Pours a cloudy fairly deep amber with about 1/2" of amber-biege head. Aroma of fruity hops and malt. No real lacing. Mouthfeel full, smooth, lightly prickly in finish. Nicely balanced fairly mild flavor of fruity hops and malt with a moderately bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy darkish amber with very little head. Malty and toasty on the nose. Caramel and coffee with hops on the palate. Too much roasted flavors and not enough hops for my liking in an amber. Thanks to Styles for the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2006
12oz bottle. Batch #7100. Hazy and cloudy. Yellowish brown and murky. Halo and web of white head. Caramel malt and citrus. Cocoa and toast. Smooth malts with a pruny, slight burn flavor. Sweet and toffee with a zesty lively crisp finish. Good hops. Fruity. This is good! Nothing over the top, but hey, itís another solid effort from Larry!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2006
Dull copper pour, small head, gone quickly. Malty, Citrus on the back of my tongue, slightly hoppy. A pretty good brew, especially for a style, that I donít seek out much. Thanks to MarkR for the brew!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
12oz. bottle. Dark orange with a small white head. Tinges of citric hops over a mellow slightly caramel maltiness in the aroma. Ruddy, singed malt flavors with some toastiness. Mild sweetness in the finish with some hop astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light, fairly smooth and somewhat dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 6, 2006
12 oz bottle: who says you have to make a big beer, an imperial whatever, for an anniversary beer? Poured cloudy orange with a medium sized beige head. Lots of floaters in this one. Aroma is of malt and yeast with a little fruity hops. Flavor is all malt- a touch of brown sugar with mild hops. Light grass finish. This is an American Amber Ale at its finest.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
Huge props to OhioDad for this bottle in a trade. Pours turbid dark coppery (crayola orange through direct light) with 1-finger white head. The aroma is heavy corn flakey roasty malt, citric and fruity, with some nuts and toffee, and a little bit of sour fruit. The taste is roasty toasty Wheaties dipped in honey, topped with pears, mangoes, honeydew, and walnuts, then given a small immersion in cacao powder. The palate is very smooth, on the dense side, and complex. I get more toffeeish nuttiness and more roasty Wheaties as it warms, plus some more tropical fruitiness, with massive complexity due to the non-filtration. This one is great. In fact, as far as Iím concerned, it might be the best damned amber ale Iíve ever quaffed.


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