Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I wasnít overly impressed by this one. Perhaps itís because itís a Bellís beer, and I expect a lot from them, but this was disappointing. The aroma is hop-dominate, but very faint. Flavor is quite hoppy and sort of unbalanced. Unfortunately, it didnít do much for me.
jaymobrown (1708) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at the brewery. Light, but not clear. A true golden cloudy look, with a small but lasting head. Good nose with fresh clean hops. The fresh hops also dominate the taste.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was an alright bells. Its pretty clear with a crisp bite to it. I kinda like more hops though. I think Iíll stick with Their Oberon in the summer, Two hearted in the winter, and the Pale ale in between. Its still worth trying though.
WEEKAPAUG99 (2) - GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
STRONG AROMA AND A GOOD KICK IN THE CHECK FOR A GOOD ALE...SOME HEAD...OUTSTANDING PALE ALE ONE OF MY FAVORITES...TOO BAD I CAN ONLY GET IT MICHIGAN!
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light golden color with plenty of carbonation. not much of a head...some hop character in the aroma, but a decent amount in the flavor...fairly citrus and slightly bitter...certainly an acceptable APA.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ehh? Why would Bells go with a beer that is subpar compared to all of the Bellís brands. I bought it because of the label and drank it because it was all I had left in the fridge (except for the Arcadia crap)
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THhis was quite good for an APA, which is normally not my style. Of course I first had third coast old ale, so this couldnít even compete. It had the wonderful craftsmanship of a Bellís beer...gotta love those crazy kids.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 12 oz bottle, sampled 4 JAN 2006: Fairly clear light yellow with a creamy and fluffy white head. Sweet mild hop aroma with a strange sour twag and pineapple zest. Sour, light palate with bitter, grapefruit citrus qualities and a lingering fresh hop note. The bitterness of the hops is much more noticeable as the beer warms and actually becomes the star of the show, rounding out the strangeness that is evident at the beginning. Not at all what I remember, but just as tasty and equally surprising. 7/3/7/4/14 Ė 3.5
12 oz bottle, sampled 8 SEP 2002: Very surprising beer for me - from the looks the bottle screams a second rate Bellís beer, but this APA has a great hop flavour that is perfect on a hot summer day. 7/4/8/3/15 Ė 3.7
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 The aroma is absolutely clean with notes of bread, cookie, graham, crisp hops, Bell's signature yeast, and quite airy. The mouthfeel has a tonic side. Lemony notes and pale malt foundation here remind me of a crisp Pilsner. This is a great example of a delicately balanced APA. Mine has been sitting on the shelf for quite some time. Some age has done this some some good in comparison with other ratings. A perfect Summer drinker.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent APA, but there are so many others that eclipse this version. I know Bells can do better. I think I enjoyed reading the label more than the drink itself