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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Pretty straightforward, tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an APA to me. Peppery hop dry finish. Will rerate during the summer months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Nice light hop flavor. A little fruity lemon taste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crafter99 (10) - USA - DEC 12, 2002
One of my very favorite bottle-conditioned beers. But why must it be so expensive?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
I like alot of guys here I had big expectations and I was very diappointed. Wouldnít buy again.

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