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A beautiful golden-hued brew in the pale ale style. The lightest of our beers, it includes a nice hop flavor and all pale malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerKurve (509) - - APR 15, 2014
Hazy Yellow, thin head, mild carbonation and decent lacing. Aroma of pale malts, floral hops, barley and some earthiness. Flavor is pretty much the same and with a dry but grassy aftertaste. Light body and carbonation, very easy to drink. Decent beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CpyNPrnT (454) - Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2014
Light golden color. Taste is somewhat bland, slight warmth. Not much alcohol. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
bottle. pale golden with small head. light bodied pale ale, a little light on the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2355) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2014
(Midwest backlog 08/2013, Milwaukee to Traverse City, MI roadtripping 6-pack). Even more modest, but by design, than their Midwestern PA, this lean and refreshing PA is the nearest the Midwest came to offering us an indigenous sessioning brew for the road, like in parts of Franconia. Goes down easy like a premium lager, on crisp biscuit malts, some peach ice tea and a citric bite, whiff of herbal hops and a quick but clean finish. There is a mineral note, which did not disturb me and complemented the lacking saltiness of Lake Michigan, also quenching our thirsts until days after foolishly climbing Sleeping Bear. I realise this is getting less than stellar feedback here given Bells’ standing and this minimalist recipe, but staying true to my initial glee of having a 6-pack of this to come back to on and off the warm UP road, plus counting extra bonus points for the Traverse Bay map label design, appealing to any beer tourist passing through, this amounts to personally memorable. Plus I’d love an easy, affordabld late summer sessioner like this at hand this side of the Great Lakes (and the Atlantic).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mittenator (1494) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. Slowly normal ball. Not much Malta milk bit of caramel kind of multi weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chucklemation (647) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Cloudy yellow color with a small white head. Has a strong skunky aroma, but a disappointingly mild flavor. There’s a touch of dry bitterness, but not much else.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewHaMeister (222) - - JAN 22, 2014
12oz bottle pours a cloudy straw yellow with a thick white head. Faint but pleasant aroma. Light malt flavor.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jagad5 (79) - - DEC 15, 2013
A sour, bitter, and wholey unpleasant example of American pale ale. Pours yellow and cloudy with a thin head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Bought at Bell’s General Store today (bottled on 08/05/13). Looks subpar for the style; a completely transparent light gold with foamy white head. Smells of grassy hops and mild pale malt. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Very underwhelming for the style, especially considering it’s made by Bell’s.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thudstrum (18) - - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle. Closest thing to a macrobrew that bells makes. Pale ale but tastes like a light beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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