Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a belgian witbier, very cloudy, sticky diminishing white head. Mysteriously enough, aroma is skunky at first, the scent fades away quickly enough though. It gets hay-ish, light, wheaty and tart. As it warms, the hoppiness becomes more evident and a very honest bitterness draws its way, it remains rather tart for a pale ale. Low-to-medium bodied. This is the golden horse that rides in between the weizen and APA. It kind of serves no purpose though. Original, but not what I expect from a brewery with such reputation.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An inception momentarily impregnated by an immature skunk...Cloudy, pale yellow Belgian wit clothing covering the full hay wallop of a bright Kolsch...Subdued, wheaty citrus from a German weizen encountering the confident late bitterness of an American pale ale...Characterful drinkability which sometimes suggests incoherence...
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium-density white head, fairly thick and long-lasting. Leaves a nice soapy lacing. Golden body with lots of yeasties floating about. Sour/funky aroma, almost like a weak gueuze. Light mouthfeel. The biggest component of the flavor is piney resin. There's some pale malt in there, but it's well hidden by the hops. Has a dry woody aftertaste. I really can't get much else out of the flavor. It's like drinking diluted grapefruit juice out of a wooden cup. The beer is pretty refreshing, but it's a little one-dimensional for me, I do like a decent malting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Hoppy aroma... little bit of pine... caught some slight sulfur. Body is a good looking gold color with some haze. Head is average but dissappears after a while. Overall flavor is bitter dry hops with a long bitter finish. The beer was good overall with not to impressive hops. I liked it better the second time around.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Highly carbonated. Hazy. Crisp light body. Moderate bitterness. Very dry. I like this beer, but I am not sure why.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beclouded yellow-gold color as it sets in my glass, with lots of little “fernies” floating around, the head is a majestic crown of white upon the gold with a satin like sheet of lace to drape the glass. Earthy malt that is somewhat sweet and crisp at the front, backed up my a hint of yeast, a splendid nose if I may take that liberty, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its acidity and the hops persistent in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a fine drinking beer and one that would be a “Hit” with us “Arizonians” when the temperature hits the 110’s, hell it would be a hit here if it hit the 10’s, “God” forbid “Snow & Ice especially here in Phoenix, cus these “Knot Heads” can keep from running into each other in bright sunshine on dry eight lane roads when we are all heading in the same direction.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, light golden with a minimal head and plenty of Bell's floaties. Aroma isn't too exciting, kind of lagerish like a Heineken. Plenty of hop flavor with a little sweet malt detected, but not much malt flavor, period. Lighter and thinner than many other APA's. Dry, bitter finish. Does go down easily, but I'd prefer to spend my money on other Bell's beers, which are all better than this one.
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured golden with an extreme amount of sediment in the glass. It made the beer look like it had spots on it. Small tight white head and nice lacing. Sour, sulfur, slightly hoppy aroma. It tasted better than it looked, with some slight spice and alittle hops. But overall this was not that enjoyable.
Frank (3846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very cloudy, very pale yellow--almost like a witbier. Nose is mostly hoppy with notes of citrus and dust. No matter how long I let this warm, the palate is still watery and weak, not very characteristic of Bell's. Lacks malt to balance the hops. Quick finish with a bit of lingering citric bitterness. In the future, I think I'll stick with Bell's Pale--it's more flavorful and better balanced.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks very much like a Wit. Cloudy pale yellow with a snow white frothy head. Lots of floaties. Aroma is yeasty like a wheat with a hint of citrus. Flavor is also like a Wit yet a very bitter finish that lingers. Somewhat of a different pale and if not for the harsh bitterness, wouldn't be too bad.