olympian (107) - USA - APR 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Larry Bell plays fast and loose with the terminology sometimes, and this is such a time. Strictly speaking, this isnít a beer, itís an India Pale Ale (or more properly,
an American Pale Ale). I agree with the other reviewers that the hops climb all over the malt in this, but I love that in an PA copy!!
There is a distinct íorange peelí flavor in this that I love, too.
Near the bottom of my Top Ten list (it will probably be displaced someday), but still a favorite of mine.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Even though you can tell it is a Bells product, this ale has a very unique flavor that is a very nice change of pace and will keep you coming back.
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A better than average APA, a bit bitter. I feel kind of burned on this one as I first bought it at Binnyís in Chicago thinking that it was a beer I would be unable to buy in Ohio. Lo and Behold I saw it today in the local beer shop, including a 6-er chilled in a cooler. Good stuff from Bellís... Great label on the bottle, I can almost see my house from here!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
not much there. yes, hops, but not much there...thin; tasted like something the brewer would make for a baseball park... it just didnít do much for me at all
Schroppfy (2353) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Weird marks on this one. The hop flavor is all there, and all quality...but it doesnít have the malt backup as so many of Bellís other brews do, as my friends below have repeatedly pointed out. Mmmm, and Bellís biscuity malts are so good! Still, on a super hot day mowing the lawn, blow through 3 in a row and tell me itís not satisfying! Ah, Larry Bell, you have us all hooked here in Michigan!
tourette (200) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer. It was a bitter for my tastes. At least bitter in the sense that the other tastes didnít offset the bitterness. I donít know what others are talking about when they say there isnít much flavor though. Its got tons of flavors, they just donít mesh as well as Iíd like.
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Contrary to popular opinion, I thought this stuff was pretty decent. Not every beer should require a knife and fork. Where are you guys seeing the íBellísí logo on the bottle?
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Of all the Bells brews this one ranks at the bottom in my book. Which isnít a particulary bad thing considering in what high esteem I hold itís brethren. The flavor seemed to be missing, however this might be the intent as Kalamazoo Brewing calls this their ílightestí. All in all it comes across as pretty average.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iíve come to expect amazing stuff from Bells, but the last two beers I tried disappointed me, and this one was particularly lackluster. The labels are really cool, but the beer is strange and thin and rather off balance with the hops providing an unfortunate note left so naked and alone.