RATINGS: 1257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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onceblind (11113) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Slightly hazy golden with a medium rocky white head. Earthy leafy hops on the nose with a little bit of pale ale malt crackeriness. Smooth crisp flavor with lots of cracker and pale ale malt, balanced by a smooth leafy and slightly earthy hop flavor and bitterness. It’s not resiny nor super butter but something about it is quintessentially American Pale Ale. Slightly lemony on the mid-palate.

lukin (672) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2015
bottle. Hazy orange-ish colour with small white head. Orange and citrus hops, crisp. Some bready malts. Decent.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2015
You don’t see too many beers with “Midwestern” in the name, since it’s the two coasts that are known for certain niche styles. Judging by the packaging, Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale wants to be associated with the Midwestern grain belt and farms, which would explain why there’s a rather earthy/spicy character to this beer typically found in farmhouse ales (though it’s definitely a pale ale). Tasty and easy to drink; I like it.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 5/16/15 and cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: A very hazy shade of brownish orange. No visible carbonation, but it does pour to a larger-than-average off-white foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Quite malty, almost like that of raw grain. A slight citrusy component, but otherwise a mild nose.

Taste: The pale ale is an overlooked style these days, so I really appreciate the brews that can make it work. This palette is rather unique in that it’s not a citrus bomb, but actually well-balanced with light malts and some spicy hop character. Light bready notes at first with a tingling bitterness in the background. There’s a bit of a hop bite at the apex followed by a spicy sensation of rye, peppercorn and orangepeel (though none of those ingredients are in this brew). I detect a touch of orange marmalade in the aftertaste, reminds me of a British ESB or similar style. I hope Bell’s has pioneered a sub-genre with this as I’d like to see more beers that aren’t so conforming to East or West coast styles.

Drinkability: What’s impressive about Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale is that it’s only 5.2% ABV. That’s fairly light for a craft beer these days; but it has the stronger body of a heavier brew. The mouthfeel is crisp from beginning to end with no spastic carbonation. A tad refreshing while crossing the tongue, it leaves a fairly clean finish (the hops do linger a bit). It’d be tempting to session this in the summer, though it’s also strong enough to stand up to a meal.

RATING: 8/10

ozzy70 (1357) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma of malts and some citrus. Taste was bitter.

jhliesen (836) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle--medium, mostly clear yellow color with an average, white head. The aroma is soft malts with a touch of hops in the background. Taste was bread with some slight sweetness. Light carbonation finished the drink. Produce place 1.79 I would say this is an underrated beer.

Shot (575) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Substantially carbonated. Aromas of sweet malt and Pilsner hops. Citrusy flavors, slight herbal notes and mild hoppiness. Bready tones in the finish. Crisp and very dry. Just ok.

Maris (1626) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2015
From a 355ml bottle on 22/7/2015. Pours a clear light golden with a medium white head. Has a slight lemony aroma. Flavour wise, there’s some light bready malt, and a sharp, slightly spicy lemony bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This is an odd one - it has a bit of character but doesn’t real come together.

Bricks (1166) - Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Unfiltered hazy golden appearance. Smells bready/malty mostly, with some hops and floral notes. Mouthfeel is more abrasive than I expected. Taste is just OK. Not in love with this one.

scottw86 (1180) - Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a stable off-white head. Lots of bread in the aroma with some hops. Taste is nice and crisp with some fruity notes, spices, and bread. Very refreshing!

radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle into pint glass, hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma notes of toasted malt sweetness, grain, light earthiness and grass/citrus hops. Taste adds bread, light caramel, pepper, faint spices, grapefruit and pine. Light body, low-moderate carbonation, crisp, dry with citrus bitter finish. Solid refreshing pale.

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