Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Basically the same as Bells Pale. Pours cloudy yellow-orange, with a thin white head. There is quite a bit of small particulate matter floating in the ale (much like the pale ale). Flavor is dominated by hops and the characteristic yeasty mustiness (this isn't a bad thing) found in both this and Bells Pale. Overall a toned-down version of the Pale, and rated accordingly.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow with a little head, unfiltered. Lemongrass, yeast, hoppy are noticeable on the nose and palate. Very hoppy bite, more IPA than APA. Very average beer as far as Bells is concerned.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one starts off a cloudy light/medium gold, medium snowy white head, and lots of sediment. I have to say that my "appearance" rating is a mixture of my appreciation for this beer's unfiltered qualities and the fact that it's really quite ugly! The aroma is very light, almost like an American wheat, but seems refreshing. A little more strength to the aroma would have made it better. The flavor is very crisp, with a hop bite in the finish. A nice APA for the hot summer months, in that it is pretty light, and lwo in ABV. A decent APA, though not an exceptional one.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Aroma not to strong. Hoppy on the nose n=but very mellow. Pretty simple beer and not one of bells better beers. Dry finish
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hazy straw color with a white/yellow smallish head. Very yeasty aroma - graham crackers, citric zest, mild barnyard with only a hint of malt. Initial malt flavors explode on the tongue followed by a light acidity that bring everything back to the hoppy side. Nice malt exhale with a dry acidic finish. This is one of those brews that doesn't beg you to indulge, but I sure do think I want another.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly hoppy. Bright golden color with a touch of cloudiness. The last rating is right on........It has been a while since I've had a simple beer that is really good.....aside from Labatt Blue.....but that's just me.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a golden body with a slight haze and white head. Some lacing but not much.
Hoppy in the nose. Some fruity/yeastiness is going on in the nose too.
Very mellow pale ale compared to some. Very balanced and simple. The simplicity of this beer works well. It's been awhile since I had a simple beer that was really good.
Mouthfeel is bubbly which lightens the character of the beer even more.
thedm (5553) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty straightforward, tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an APA to me. Peppery hop dry finish. Will rerate during the summer months.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.