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 (1506) - 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 (138) - 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
Panzuriel (1362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a very good beer. I agree that it was disappointing for a Bellís offering. A little thin and a little lean on the decent flavor. Itís okay, but not very good. Iíd pass it up unless you absolutely want to try it.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a decent pale ale. But when youíre label says Bellís, people are going to expect a little more than this one delivers. Cloudy golden-amber in color. Head was average in size but had very good retention. Aroma is less floral and has more of an orange-peel character. Taste is pretty tame for an APA. Overall it adds up to just an average brew from Bellís.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I have to give a big ditto to all of the other raters out there. For a Bellís brew, this falls towards the bottom of an excellent beer repetoire. The color is a hazy light orange or dark yellow. Excellent head retention. Some hints of citrus derived from hops and yeast. A decent brew to start a summer drinking session with, but after one or two, I would be trolling the fridge for something new.