Bell’s Amber Ale is an American Amber Ale brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.
The ale pours a somewhat clear amber and is topped by a thick cap of dense, cream-colored foam that shows excellent retention. An aggressive pours yields the best head. A smattering of lace and residue cling to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is hoppy at first but as the beer warms, it becomes mostly sweet with a scent of caramel.
The palate begins with a taste of toasty bread with a hint of nut. A hoppy bite rises with notes that are mostly floral mixed with a citrus and pine. Finishes with a mild bite of lemon, undercut by a taste of tea and a flash of sweet caramel. A malty base of toasted bread ties the palate together.
The feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and a shade under moderate carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry.
Bell’s Amber Ale is well crafted and offers most everything you’d expect in the style. The bitterness runs a little high for the style and there’s a slight but odd metallic taste on the back end. But neither detracts from what is an otherwise enjoyable amber.
The Bell’s Amber Ale was originally brewed under the name Great Lakes Amber. It is the flagship beer for Bell’s Brewery and its production dates back to 1985.
Bell’s Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Amber Ale: pizza, burgers, grilled meats, barbecued pork belly. Cheeses including sharp cheddar and smoked Gouda. Salty snacks like pecans and toasted nuts. And sweets of caramel and apple pie.
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