Bell's Amber Ale. 'Nuff said?
A Review of Bell's Amber Ale by Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Posted on 6/7/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
Its gotten to the point that when it comes to a Bell's product, I actually find myself torn when it's time to review it. On one hand, I feel like I should be able to say ''Hey, its Bell's. It's awesome. Drink it. 'Nuff said''. And in all honesty, that would be spot on. Bell's Brewery seems to be THE hammer in a beer world of nails. Now on the other hand, just saying that their products are awesome wouldn't be nearly enough to do them proper justice. I find myself constantly trying to think of new and better ways to describe the awesomeness that they continue to put in my glass. This leads me to the Bell's Amber Ale. This beer has taken me to new heights of frustration in the quest for worthy adjectives.

This beer has a beautiful copper color that most resembles a slightly aged penny. When you hold it to the light, you can see a few floaties seeming to levitate in the glass. The head rises creamy and white, and evades quickly down to nothing more than a thin layer sitting on top. Now is when things get interesting and tricky. When you try to pick out dominant aromas, it becomes an exercise in patience. Moving slowly with it, you pick up some sweet malts and rich caramel notes. Going a little deeper, you notice a warm sense of buttered bread. And to me, one of the best parts of this beers aromas is the lack of a certain one. No hops. I can't find them in there anywhere. I gave the glass a good swirl to try to open it up some, and still no hops. I almost did a little dance. Could it be that I have found a great amber with a total absence of hops flavor?

I had to get in there to see if I was right. That first sip was nothing short of beer heaven. Your mouth is instantly filled with a creamy, malty, caramel delight. It could not be more smooth and enjoyable. The flavors are well balanced and they match the nose perfectly. Nothing in this beer is aggressive or overpowering. Again, here is where I struggle. I am having a hard time finding the right way to describe how incredibly good this beer is. There is only the slightest bite from the hops on the back end of this beer, and luckily for the drinker, its more on the sweet citrus end. The mouthfeel is right where you want it to be. Its creamy enough to lightly coat your mouth with all of its flavors, and the carbonation just helps add to the experience. The best word overall for this beer is ''balanced''. Everything ingredient seems to work perfectly with all the other components to come together in an amazingly great beer.

I can't say enough good things, or GREAT things about this beer. Its probably the easiest drinking beer Ive ever had. You didn't misread that. It is literally that good. I think that everyone should go out and try this beer. Anyone who is in the ''better beer'' game needs to experience it. Beginners should try it because its amazing. Experts should try it because its amazing. I need another one because its amazing. Once again Bell's has shown why they are the hammer, and everything else is the nail.

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