Bell’s Amber Ale

American Amber Ale Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

3.5

Bell’s Amber Ale, an American Amber Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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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.

Appearance

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.

Aroma

The aroma is hoppy at first but as the beer warms, it becomes mostly sweet with a scent of caramel.

Flavor

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.

Mouthfeel

The feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and a shade under moderate carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry.

Overall

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.

Brewing History

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.

Recommended Pairings

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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One Comment

MARK ALLEN

I LOVE YOUR AMBER ALE, BUT I HAVE AN ONGOING ARGUMENT ABOUT THE BIRD
I SAY IBIS MY FRIND SAYS CRANE…. PLEEEASE SETTLE THIS FOR US

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About the American Amber Ale

The American Amber Ale is similar to the American Pale Ale and American IPA styles but has a more pronounced malt backbone (caramel malt, typically) and it has less bitterness than the similar American Red Ale. The ale is amber in color with moderate alcohol strength. The style typically has a medium body or a bit over with matching carbonation.