Bell’s “Pale Ale”
This pale ale pours a large fluffy and creamy head with solid retention. It leaves patches of lacing behind. Standard.
The aroma is pleasantly floral, with lemon hop notes. Very clean and centered, with a grainy/bready quality. Simple to a point of disappointment.
This has a solid grain base, slightly chewy, and a bit earthy. Malt is slightly sweet with a honey accent. I think the grains actually come through as much as hops, if not more. Hops are herbal, spicy, and citric. There’s actually a noticeable yeast flavor too, odd for the style. Carbonation is crisp. It’s quick to decay, leaving with a very mild bitterness.
Overall, a dash too sweet, not hoppy enough, and lacks dimensionality and body. Just not enough flavor, and too much simplicity. Far too subdued for my taste. Not bad, but not something which I’d buy again. If you’re into pale ale’s, it won’t dissappoint you, but won’t impress you either.