Beer Name :: Midwestern Pale Ale
Brew Company :: Bell’s Brewery
ABV :: 5.20%
Location :: Kalamazoo Michigan
Appearance :: Honey colored and a bit cloudy; residual head and lacing up the side of the glass
Appearance Rating :: 4/6
Smell :: earthiness and subdued floral hops. Overall scent was fairly subdued.
Smell Rating :: 16/24
Taste :: True to billing this beer has a strong bread quality indicating the selection of a strong malt backbone. This is a distinguishing trait in a hop heavy field. It finishes dry and mildly bitter.
Taste Rating :: 30/40
Mouth feel :: It’s a light bodied beer that has proper body and medium carbonation.
Mouth feel Rating :: 7/10
Overall :: This beer endeavors to be something different and in that it succeeds. Bell’s Midwestern Pale brings a lot of malt to a class dominated by the hops. Generally I look for a pale ale to have a lower malty quotient and for mainly for this reason it misses the mark for me. This beer was sampled on tap in a 16 ounce pint glass at the Kite and Key in Philadelphia, PA.
Overall Rating :: 15/20
Total :: 72/100