antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bottle. Slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin white head. Little floaties galore. Caramelly malts in the aroma with a little fruit and a "just opened a packet of brown sugar oatmeal" thing going on in the background. Letís just say sweet and grainy. Delicious fruity substantial malt flavor with enough hops for balance, but not enough for me to pick out varieties. Good. Slightly toasted "íjust dry enough to make you drink a lot" finish. Great stuff, much more character than most ambers, i.e. Fat Tire and the like. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Not the prettiest amber ale around (more of a muddy brown) with a thin, off-white head. Very American aroma with grapefruit and a sweet, caramel malt but a definite Bellís house character encompassing it all. A great balance of malt and hops. Maltiness up front with hop flavor coming in shortly after, then acidity cleaning up at mid-palate, followed by sweet, creamy, toasty caramel malt finish. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12oz bottle, no BBD. Chunky pour, big head. Sweet malty, carmel nose...grainy. Taste is more of the same. Peachy, apricot fruitiness mixes w. the big malt presence. Luscious big beer that luckily doesnít finish too sweet. If I could buy this all the time locally, I probably would. ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Was a bit generous on 1st set of numbers.
Thin head, gorgeous color, with a smattering of grains and yeast remaining in the bottle. I wowed the in-laws with this over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the simple clean fruits, slightly hopped, and the quiet background noises of amber malts and a touch of dark grains. I recommend chilled (58 F) and often. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pours to a small head and to a opaque red-orange (amber, eh?) color. Nice taste, not too hoppy, not too mild. A nice mix of sweetness and fruit. Iíd buy this again.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle. Murky amber color with a decent head that turned to nothing pretty damn quick. Aroma was fruity and yeasty. Taste is a jumbled, yeasty mess with flavors of tangerine/orange and dough. The mouthfeel is a bit subdued and the body a bit thin. Dissapointing. mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2004
Pretty good amber. A decent head and nice body. I had it on tap, so I will have to try the bottle. Not too hoppy. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
bottle. Pours a cloudy, amber with a very nice creamy white head. flavor is somewhat citrusy and slightly sweet. very smooth. it would be quite easy to knock down several of these! Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Poured orangey cloudy amber with no head and MUCHO floaties...almost like an Achel Tripel...the floaties, not the color...smell is all malt, with caramel and sweet cookie dough dominating...taste is rich and malty...sweet with nuts, biscuits, dough, an a hint of caramel...quite tasty and flavorful for an amber... pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Reminds me of several homebrews in the american ale style. Not enough hops to balance the sweetness. Not a favortite of mine but does have itís merits as an old standby. Quality ingredients make up for a lack of complexity.