JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hazy straw color with a white/yellow smallish head. Very yeasty aroma - graham crackers, citric zest, mild barnyard with only a hint of malt. Initial malt flavors explode on the tongue followed by a light acidity that bring everything back to the hoppy side. Nice malt exhale with a dry acidic finish. This is one of those brews that doesn't beg you to indulge, but I sure do think I want another.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly hoppy. Bright golden color with a touch of cloudiness. The last rating is right on........It has been a while since I've had a simple beer that is really good.....aside from Labatt Blue.....but that's just me.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a golden body with a slight haze and white head. Some lacing but not much.
Hoppy in the nose. Some fruity/yeastiness is going on in the nose too.
Very mellow pale ale compared to some. Very balanced and simple. The simplicity of this beer works well. It's been awhile since I had a simple beer that was really good.
Mouthfeel is bubbly which lightens the character of the beer even more.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 29, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew had a fruity aroma, a large white head of small to medium bubbles and a cloudy yellow orange body. Initial bitter taste followed by a dislike for the taste. It got a little better with time, but still not high on my list.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty straightforward, tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an APA to me. Peppery hop dry finish. Will rerate during the summer months.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Frothy, white, slowly diminishing head. Ultra carbonated. Hazy golden color. Lots of floating sediment, presumably left over yeast floaties. A little unappetizing, but I'll make an allowance because it is Bells. Pretty simple yeasty, hoppy aroma, not what I've come to expect from Bells. Fairly bitter to the tongue. Not really as complex as the other Bells beers I've had, but still better than lots of other breweries.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big reasonably long-lasting head atop a clear deep golden body; a beaut. Nose sour, grapefruity, acidic, yeasty. Flavor quite hoppy, not much else. It has a decent body, but you canít get much malt, sweetness, anything beyond the hop power. Too hoppy even for an IPA as far as Iím concerned, and certainly Bellís poorest that Iíve tried. Iíll try letting the rest of my six sit as TRAP mentions, couldnít hurt.
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Breight golden with a nice head. Bright, juicy, hop aroma. Malt is moderately bready with a decent finish. A subdued version of the pale ale, I expect is intended as a gateway beer for bells.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow color with a stable, rocky head. Aroma is butterscotch and a confused hop aroma. Not as solid as some of the other Bellís beers Iíve had, but refreshing. Pleasant bitterness and hop profile in the taste. A different American PA for me.
hopscotch (9115) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Rating #400... Rich, malty aroma. Heavy cream, butter and toffee.
Hazy golden hue. Small, white, creamy head. Fully lasting with excellent lacing.
The flavor is lightly to moderately malty up front with bitterness to match. Nicely acetic and pleasantly bitter on the backside.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. A medium-length, bone dry, lightly bitter and acetic finish. Excellent pale ale. More like an American pale ale than the Bells Pale Ale. Iím used to an APA having more of a hop bite like this one.