5.2% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Hazy gold with a lively, full white head.
Aroma: An earthy cocktail of pale malt aroma with some herbal hoppy smells and hints of sweet honey.
Taste: Biscuity, bready and a bit metallic to begin, with a moderately bitter, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated from bottle conditioning.
If you’re thinking of a beer in the mold of Sierra Nevada or Founders, forget it. Bell’s Pale Ale charted its own course years ago and offers an easy drinking but substantial balance of bready pale malt and floral, spicy hop bitterness. Not one of Bell’s most celebrated beers, but there’s a reason it’s a venerable mainstay in Michigan’s largest brewer’s portfolio.