Monthly Archives: May 2012

Review of Bell’s Pale Ale

What’s up guys?  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to having the Bell’s Pale Ale produced by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

No introduction needed for Bell’s, so let’s get to the website,, and see what the commercial description has to say about the Pale Ale.

Pale Ale stands apart from the model of completely hop-dominated pale ales, offering a noticeable degree of malt body to counter the hop bitterness. A blend of floral & herbal hop notes provide the aromatic & flavor highlights, alongside the distinctive contribution of our house ale yeast. A crisp bitterness finishes the experience without being harsh.

Let’s drink.

This beer has an ABV of 5.2% and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

It poured a very hazy, orangish/yellow color with quite a bit of sediment present throughout.  The cap was small, soapy and white.  The retention time was weak and the lacing was thin and insignificant.

The brew smelled of toasted biscuits and grain.  A light orange citrus hint as well as a small floral component.  That’s about all I got honestly.  It was pretty straight forward for the most part.

The orange citrus came out a touch more in the flavor.  A very solid bitter “bite” accompanied the fruit.  An expressive amount of bready/biscuit malt and grain brought about a sturdy footing.  Like the aroma, mostly simple and conventional.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  It was somewhat dry, crisp, kind of refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was good and decent amount of flavor was left behind after each gulp.

Well.  This beer was ok.  Nothing crazy or special in my opinion.  All in all, just an average beer for me.  It wasn’t bad or off putting, but it didn’t really knock my socks off or provide anything to get overly excited about either.  It seems to fall a bit short when compared to some of the other Pale Ale’s that are being produced today.  I wish I had more to say, but that’s about it really.  I’d say give the Bell’s Pale Ale a try if you see it.  You may find it to be the one beer you’ve been looking for.  Be sure to leave a comment if you sample it.  I love to hear a second opinion.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.2 out of 5
Grade:  C+    


Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Bell's, Country: USA


Review of Mikkeller Hop Burn Low

Hello everyone.  Are you guys ready for another craft beer review?  Well, today I have the Hop Burn Low produced by the Mikkeller Brewery located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.

The website,, didn’t say much about this particular brew.  The only place that I could find the commercial description was from a website called,

An Imperial India Pale Pilsner brewed with: water, malt, hops and lagergær. 

Ok.  Not much to go on there, so we will just find out for ourselves I guess.

This beer comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle with an ABV of 10.0%.

It poured a slightly hazy orange color with a barely off white head.  It was sized nicely, kind of soapy and fluffy with big bubbles.  The retention time was rather good and the lacing didn’t look too bad either.  A noticeable, clear film of alcohol was left on the sides of snifter when tilted.

This brew smelled very nice in my opinion.  Very fresh and citrusy.  Hints of grapefruit and peaches with a distinct resiny and piny attribute.  Very sweet and juicy.  Light bready malts were found in the background while a sturdy caramel malt and alcohol notes really began to come forward as the brew warmed.

The taste brought forth a good dose of that citric goodness.  Savors of grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine.  The caramel malt seemed to be much more forceful in the taste than it was in the aroma I thought.  A pretty strong clear alcohol flavor stood out a touch more also.  The bitterness was pretty aggressive as was the sweetness.  Any sort of breadiness was pushed to the side by the caramel malt and hops.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, sticky, chewy and quite smooth.  The carbonation was of medium strength.  A significant burn was felt for the first few sip, but it quickly settled to a welcome warmth as I became used to it.  A lot of flavor was left behind after each sip as well.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good brew.  It was a touch sweet and bitter, and that may deter some, but for the most part I found it to be rather enjoyable.  I, personally, thought the beer smelled better than it tasted.  Now, that’s not saying that it tasted bad or anything, but simply that the aroma seemed to be a touch more balanced and even.  The drinkability was about what could be expected from a 10.0% beer.  In other words, I mostly sipped it for the duration.  All in all, I’d say that if you see the Mikkeller Hop Burn Low at your bottle shop, pick it up and give it a go and see what you think.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your opinion if you have a minute or two.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5
Grade:  B+     


Review of Weihenstephaner Original Premium

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be giving the Original Premium produced by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan located in Freising, Germany a try.

It’s been quite a long time since I last had this brew and with the abundance of hot weather we’ve been having here in Kentucky lately I thought it might hit the spot.

Let’s see what kind of information we can find out about this brew from the website,

A good beer takes time.  The long lager time makes our pale beer a matter of mild, flavourful beer enjoyment.  Brewed in accordance with a centuries-old beer tradition on Weihenstephan HIll.  

Bottoms up.

This beer has an ABV of 5.1% and it comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle.

It poured a very clear, golden/straw color with a very bright white head.  The cap was small, sudsy and soapy.  The retention time was below average and the lacing looked rather thin and meager in my opinion.

The nose revealed clean and crisp hints of fresh grain and white bread.  Grassy hops with an earthy tinge.  A very, very light lemon citrus added a touch of complexity.  Overall, well balanced and even, however somewhat relaxed.

The taste was also very clean and crisp.  Freshly cut hay and grassy hops dominated at the onset.  The lemon sweetness pulled through more as the brew warmed.  Savors of white bread, wafers and crackers helped balance everything out.  The bitterness was amiable and gave a slight tickle after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  Quite dry, crisp, snappy, refreshing and thirst quenching with a very spritzy carbonation.  A decent amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip as well.

Well, this beer isn’t too bad at all.  It’s definitely one of the better Lagers out there in my opinion.  The drinkability was outstanding and it matched up perfectly well with the hot and humid day on which I tried it.  It was gone before I even knew what had happened.  It’s pretty straight forward, but sometimes that’s all one needs when just wanting to sit back and enjoy a tasty brew on a lazy afternoon.  I would have no problem offering this to someone interested in trying a craft beer.  It has plenty of flavor without completely overwhelming a virgin palate.  If you guys have never tried the Weihenstephaner Original Premium or if it’s been a while since you last did so, pick up a bottle next time and see if you still find it worthy.  I know I did.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.75 out of 5
Grade:  B      

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