05-31-2016, The BeerVibe Crew

BeerVibe Beer Tastings in Miami

Vol. 1

The BeerVibe crew was graciously invited to host a beer tasting soiree at the private home of close friends. It was a refreshing treat to crack open 5 bottles of specially selected beers to critique with pals. As the lively evening progressed, our buddies chimed in with their individual opinions. For this series of reviews, we selected a guest taster from the group.

The complete list of beers which were sampled:

Bell’s Amber Ale

Bimini Twist IPA

Orabelle Belgium Ale

Hop Nosh IPA

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale


Bell’s Amber Ale

Our first beer to sit in the hot seat is Bell’s Amber Ale with an ABV of 5.8%. Brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Our guest taster ALE-Jandro, weighed in and contributed a solid review of this beer.

These are our thoughts.

The Pour: Superb pour.

Ms. Hopologist: “Beautiful pour.”

Once Upon a German: “Thick Head, clingy lace.”

ALE-Jandro: “Balanced head, looks good.”

Score: 3.5/5


The Smell: Slightly off, with rusty metal.

Ms. Hopologist: “Musty, acetone, metallic, medicinal.”

Once Upon a German: “Something is slightly off.”

ALE-Jandro: “Metallic, rusty, bitter.”

Score: 1.75/5


The Color: Coppery amber.

Ms. Hopologist: “Beautiful medium amber.”

Once Upon a German: “Nice amber.”

ALE-Jandro: “Amber, pretty.”

Score: 3.5/5


The Flavor: Somewhat off with the flavor.

Ms. Hopologist: “Acetone, harsh, acidic on the stomach, medicinal.”

Once Upon a German: “Hmm, not sure, hops with something metallic.”

ALE-Jandro: “Rusty metal, bitter.”

Score: 2/5


The Mouthfeel: Full body but not savory finish.

Ms. Hopologist: “Full, thick mouthfeel.”

Once Upon a German: “Full, lingering feel.”

ALE-Jandro: “Dry, light.”

Score: 1.75/5


Total Score: 2.5/5

Ending Comments

Bell’s Amber Ale rates high with some craft beer drinkers. Our panel unanimously agreed, this one certainly requires an acquired taste. The overall consensus was, “It’s alright.” It’s quite simple. We’ll have to fine tune our taste buds to appreciate heavy metal more. Period.

Come back in a few days for a new beer tasting review. NEXT UP: Bimini Twist IPA. Will it please the palettes of these picky taster’s. Stay Tuned.

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