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RATINGS: 1257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A refreshing, blond colored pale ale. Bell’s pale ale is made almost exclusively from pale malt. It expresses a spicy floral hop aroma and taste.

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3.4
MrBunn (2844) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Rerate. Dec. 2008. Pour is more transparent than in the past. I wonder if the filtration has been increased. Aromas and flavor seem a little more watery and have a bit more of a spice edge than the lemon that I remember. Cloves and pepper are more present, but the whole thing comes off as a little more thin. Pours a nice light hazy gold. Some floaties in this one. Floral aroma with definite hops. Flavor: slight lemon up front that gives way to grain and hops, then comes back to mix nicely with hops. Finishes extremely well with strong hops note.

2.9
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 bottle - 3/19/05 - had what I believe was a bad bottle, but I still didn’t give it much higher on the rerate. It went from a 2.3 to a 2.7 after the rerate. The original bottle smelled and tasted very musty. Like gym socks. Re-rate: Pours a cloudy yellow that is full of sediment. Aroma is lemony. The taste has a nice hoppiness with a little bitterness in the finish. I am now convinced that I just had a bad bottle when I first rated this yesterday because this one is better, but it’s still not excellent. It’s refreshing and I could drink it from time to time.

3.2
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Bright golden colour, cloudy, with a thin frothy white head. Honey, yeasty, citrus, and floral aroma. Light citrus and bready malt flavour with a slowly growing nutty, grapefruit, and perfumed bitter finish. Medium bodied and a bit juicy. Thanks, Slikwily!

1.9
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Not bad for a pale ale, i would have expected more from Bell’s. Very bitter , have had much better.......not a bad brew overall.

3.7
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Fridge Temp. Saison-like nose; pineapple, sour. Hazy pale orange with lot of particles. Light white head. Citrusy, finishes fruity and quite bitter. Slightly out of balance but enjoyable, almost wheat beerish.

3.4
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Pours a ahazy orange with white fluffy head. Smells of light citrusy fruits. Taste is light and sweet.

3.9
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Opaque yellow color. Just the right mild pine finish. BELL’S RULE. A for sure favorite for pale ale lovers

3.5
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
This was a very good pale ale. Poured a uniquely Bells yellowish pink haze with small head and wonderful aroma. Tastes fairly decent, lots of hoppy goodness, some problems with the body, kind of thin.

2.2
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 7, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a straw yellow color, with a sparse white head. Left a slight lacing down the sides. Aromas are of Ringwood yeast, sulfur, stinky gym socks, and cheesy hops. Maybe it’s an old bottle, but this beer doesn’t impress me much. Thin body, weak taste, and earthy, dirt-like aftertaste. Certainly not the best pale ale I ever had, that much is sure.

3.4
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Thanks to jables for this beer.

Poured a murky golden with a small white head. Refreshing aroma of citrusy hops. Taste was primarily of hops and grapefruit, but felt rather thin and somewhat watered-down. A good thirst-quenching beer, but lacks the character of some of Kalamazoo’s richer offerings.


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