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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A special ale brewed to celebrate and commemorate our 20th Anniversary. We believe it's worthy of the honor.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2006
for starters... this beer is a little weak to be an anniverasy ale. and i donít mean just in alcohol content. donít get me wrong... itís a good solid beer... but nothing that iím convinced is legendary. Aroma is kinda fruity, sugary - almost apricot notes. Has almost a Belgium-style aroma to it. Tastes of toasted malt (which is a high point for this beer), but has a very limited hop profile... in all truth, i think a bit more hops in the flavor would have balanced this out nicely; and leveled out the sweetness w/ some crisp bitter notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1993) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 2, 2006
Poured a dark red-orange with minimale tan head. Has a sweet aroma of caramel, a little fruit and malt. Tastes of malt with some sweet caramel background with a nice hop flavor to end it. Another quality brew from Bellís.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Nicely brewed amber, if unexciting. Very competent session type brew. Obvious sweet caramel maltiness, niceley balanced hop bite. Bit of sweet fruitiness in the lingering finish. I like this just fine...but I hoped for something more in the way of a special occasion-type beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Pour is a dark red with a small tan head. Aroma is of slight malts and hops. Flavor is much of the same. Strong malt flavor is overwhelming and there is a hop flavor which helps bring the brew to a finsh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Poured a cloudy amber with aromaís of dough, yeast and carmel. flavors are sweet with sugar, carmel and fruit. Mouthfeel is crreamy and sweet. Very nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Dark honey-bronze with thin head, lots of rising bubbles, strong fruity-sweet butterscotchy aroma, nice balance of rich fruit, smooth full creamy mouthfeel, lots of toffee and yeast but light enough (and with enough balanced hop bitterness) to be recognizable as a basic amber.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2006
12-oz. bottle batch 7040. Pours amber with a small rocky off-white head and lined lacing. Yeast (dough) and light fruity hop aroma, sweet caramel malt and buttery, some sour DMS notes. Medium bitter and acidic, slightly astringent hoppy and earthy yeast flavor, caramel malt and butterscotch, DMS notes. Medium bodied and slightly dry, spicy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Cloudy orange, with a hint of brown - call it bronze, maybe?Lotsa bubbles, almost no head. Aroma is floral, sweet, with hints of melon and green tea. Heavy bodied, bready, peppery, with a spicy, herbal hop bite. The Imperial Amber? Jcapriotti for the trade!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
bottle. Slightly hazy orange with lacy white head. Doughy aroma with a light floral back ground some caramal. Bread dough with some smoked malt light caramel in the background. Well balanced with the just right amount of bitterness. Solid, well rounded brew. Many thanks to Hopscotch for the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2608) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
12oz. bottle. Sweet, predominantly malty aroma, toasty and full of caramel with an underlying mild fruitiness and hints of doughy yeast. Deep amber color, hazy and lightly sedimented with a fine, slight but lasting head. Very gently bitter up front, quickly becoming sweet and sugary before the toasty malt finish, also some lingering dried fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is medium. Really not a bad Amber, but I was certainly expecting something besides this for their 20th Anniversary beer. I actually greatly prefer the standard Bellís Amber.


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