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Bells Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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We started in 1985 with a soup pot, a dream, and quite honestly a prayer. Thank God we made it! Please enjoy this special ale made with Michigan-grown barley malt and celebrate with us.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2010
I purchased one of these at the local grocer a half of a block from my house. I immediately went back and bought them out of stock (the other 3). What a wonderful beer. Low carbonation like most of Bells Beer. Beautiful color, a hazy/frosted golden orange color that resonates a glow when in the sunlight. Mouth feel is slightly watery which makes it smooth going down and a wonderful drinkability for something very close to an IPA. Taste of toffee and runs the citrus gamete but gravitates toward pineapple. Quite sweet, and a good punch of hops. Nothing ground breaking here just an excellently crafted brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thorongil2 (1393) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
(bottle) clear deep amber with small tan head; aromas of longan, citrus, candy, bubble gum; balanced big flavour, very good

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Darker amber brew with one finger of head that settles down to a steady froth. Aroma dominated with IPA-esque hops. At the start of the first swallow this reminded me of Two Hearted Ale, but it burst into an even more complex and aromatic hoppy finish, with a somewhat sweeter flavor throughout. A little bit of an ethanol taste comes forth at times, but it is well restrained. Overall, a really fine ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Aroma- caramel, bread, brown sugar, citrus hints. pours ruby amber orange color with 3/4 in of tan head. taste is floral, brown sugar, caramel, spicy hop notes, light pine and wood. leaves a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. palate is full and refreshing. one of the best beers i have tasted.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2348) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 6, 2010
On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI, pours a clear amber color with a nice white head, has a great aroma of malt with a mixture of bittering hops, the taste has a perfect balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness with a touch of fruit, man this stuff is awesome, a must have!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Copper color with a beige head. Aroma of citrus hops, berries and caramel. Taste of medium bitterness and medium sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Strange. Malty to start, but finishes very dry. Smells better than it tastes. It is Bells, so it must be good and it needs to be rated highly. Eh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2010 poured a nice rich amber with tan head that didn’t last. aroma caramel, citrus(grapefruit), alcohol, floral, a nice sweetness comes out after it warms a bit. Flavor a nice blend of sweetness and bitter with a hit of alcohol, nutty, than got some sour citrus . Good Beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MINIC (1) - Oak Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
The beer pours a deep copper - orange with a big two finger lasting off white head. The aroma is citrus and grassy hop along with a bready malt which balances nicely. Some hints of caramel as well. its a medium body beer with ample carbonation. This is a well balanced beer that has a nice hop aroma but not overly hoppy. As it warmed I picked up fain aroma of dried dark fruits, vanilla and toffee. The beer is enjoyable from first to last sip.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Poured a amber with a 2 finger head which dissapated quickly. Reminds me of a belgian ale. Easily drinkable. Sweet, sticky. I would of guessed it to be more than the 8.5%. some toffee notes. I would of thought this would get better ratings. I can drink this all day.


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