First off, let me just say that I love Bell’s beer. It is one amazing brewery. Their ability to put out so many different beers of such high quality is something to be respected. Ratebeer has 12 of their beers (not marked as retired) above the 90th percentile. Now that I’ve said what I love, let me say what I don’t love: the beer distribution system of this country, but that’s another post.
My buddy, Hophound, brought this (and several other Bell’s beers) back from a trip to the Midwest. God bless him for that. I’ll be posting about the other beers as they are consumed.
Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden. This beer is noticibly unfiltered, so there’s lots of little floaties (which, in my opinion, is a good thing here). Decent carbonation. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a little ring around the glass.
Smell: Pale malt, hops, clean, spicy, classic midwest beer smell (don’t know how else to say it).
Taste: Pronounced hop bitterness and spice against malt sweetness. A bit of nuttiness and melon in the background. Lingering bitterness after the spice and malt die off.
Mouthfeel: Not too crisp, good solid carbonation. Good medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Very tasty. The balanced bitterness and malt sweetness make this such an enjoyable beer to drink. I like it a lot. I wish that we could get Bell’s here.
Ratebeer: 3.35/5 [74 percentile]
Beeradvocate: 3.59/5 [82 percentile]