Bell’s Amber Ale

Posted: February 19, 2012 in American Amber/Red Ale, Bell's Brewery, Reviews

Here’s the second review of the night. This came from a day trip to Pennsylvania. I picked up a mixed six-pack of Bell’s Brewery beers, which I can’t get in New Jersey. I’ve only had a few Bell’s brews, but what I’ve had from them, I’ve tended to really like. Given that this is a style that I usually can’t get into, I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised by this one.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber Ale deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain & light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. This balance of flavors makes Amber Ale quite versatile as a food pairing option, not to mention being rather tasty in its own right. Whether serving as a jumping point to other styles or as a familiar standby, Amber Ale is central to the Bell’s portfolio.”

Random: I’m now watching “Worst Cooks In America.” Really Food Network? You couldn’t come up with a better show than this? Ugh…

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated relatively slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body  was a clear burnt orange color with a huge amount of visible floaties and low carbonation. The nose started with sweet, biscuity malts and then went into some hop bitterness. The taste started with some light and toasted malts, transitioned into a hint of grapefruit and quickly went into this unpleasant caramel sweetness. The body was towards the thicker side with low carbonation and low booze. It finished relatively quickly and unremarkably. Honestly, this amber was pretty bad. I don’t know if this one was just old, but it was pretty rough to drink. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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