01 November 2008

Beer Review, Bell's Big Porch Ale

Bell's Big Porch Ale

Appearance: Hazy reddish-orange body, thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. 3.0/5

Smell: Dry, malty, hints of fruit. Smells basically like a generic "amber" beer, but no flaws are easily detectable. Perhaps a touch sweeter and fuller-bodied than most. 3.5/5

Taste: Again, a pretty standard amber. Heavily malty starter, dry finish, leaves a bit of a sickly sweet aftertaste. No real complexity here, but it's well-executed and, again, there are no real flaws here to speak of, besides a bit of tartness to the finish. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Thin-to-moderate. Slightly grainy, light carbonation. 3.0/5

Drinkability: The American Amber Style isn't the most impressive style to begin with, but the folks from Bell's have made a perfectly serviceable example of one. Fairs better when not being scrutinized -- this makes a really nice beer with which to sit and have a meal or to have while watching TV, hence the relatively high marks for drinkability. 4.0/5

Overall: 3.4/5

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