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 (1274) - 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 (8783) - Vero Beach, 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.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light hop flavor. A little fruity lemon taste as well.
Crafter99 (10) - USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my very favorite bottle-conditioned beers. But why must it be so expensive?
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like alot of guys here I had big expectations and I was very diappointed. Wouldnít buy again.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 Gold color, white head, excellent aroma and flavor. It comes off a little fruity at first but finishes crisp, hoppy hoppy joy joy.