Cobra (1100) - - FEB 7, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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 itís an old bottle, but this beer doesnít 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.
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 Kalamazooís richer offerings.
NaturalIce (149) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sweet at first, followed by a sense of bitterness; rather yeasty overall. This beer has a beautiful pour, color is foggy gold with bright white head, I wouldnít expect anything else from Bellís. The flavor is amazing, Iíd say Sierra Nevada tastes better, but it has a nice blend of citrus and banana taste to it. Overall, still a great beer!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Banana peel, vanilla and loads of sweet malts make up the aroma. This beer seems closer to a hefe than an APA to me - absolutely lacks any hop character. Dry finish. I think the sixer I picked may have sat around for a while.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 Tap at Cafe: Crystal clear pale yellow color with small white head. Aroma of corn, toasted malts, faint whiff of herbal hops. FLavor is acidic, touch of malt, faintly bitter in the finish. Nothing special.
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to csbosox for the brew.it poured a dirty yellow with some floaties in the bottom.aroma of hay,hops,lemons,and carbonation.much is the same in the flavor.this is a very good pale ale for sure.once again bells brings the pain!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A brief preamble to this beer: This is truely one of my favorite pale ales. It is one of those beers that makes me salivate when I think about it. It is complex and at the same time quenching. Its pale color makes me want to be outside on a warm, summerís evening enjoying the company of friends. I could go on...dark gold in color with a thin, white head. Aroma is mildly woody, black curranty hops with just a hint of citrus (it lost its íhair permí aroma a few years ago). Malt aroma is mild but I appreciate how unique this aroma is considering I am a fan of the four íCí hops. Flavor is much the same as the aroma but there is also a funky, unique character that is the ultimate signature to this pale ale. Good acidity, an overall dry character, but a firm, silky malt body. It is as though Bells brewed a beer for me.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
120z bottle, no BBD. Slight hops in nose, along with an oaty/wheaty/ barley touch of honey. Chuncky blond pour, thick lacing. Crisp, light, spicy ale. bitter hop finish. Maltladen middle. nicely balanced light ale. solid and almost charming.
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not too bitter, (or biter enough). Medium body, medium malt, not exceptional in any regard.
Beats the pants off of sierra nevada, if you consider that a pale (and I do, barely)
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Absolutely no aroma (well, almost). Hazy, not much of a head, but itís a pale ale. Not much taste, a little sweet. Not as hoppy as I prefer my pale ales. Iím having trouble finding microbrews here in UP Michigan for the holidays...