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BELL’S SONG OF MYSELF GERMAN-INSPIRED IPA

Frustratingly unspecific Euro-bent IPA lacks true stylistic allure as German hops and malts never coalesce into anything uniquely exciting. Instead, sharp grapefruit-orange-pineapple tang and wispy banana daiquiri boozing lost in a sea of subdued floral, herbal and vegetal notions. Musky turnip dankness and delicate lemongrass riffs reach lingered grassy hop astringency.

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BELL’S SPARKLEBERRY BELGIAN-STYLED ALE

On tap at Ambulance, sparkling raspberry ale with enough lactic Belgian Framboise thrust, sour cherry tartness and sulfuric green grape esters to denounce its teasing tripel tag. Subtle champagne spritz, delicate Chardonnay buttering and dry rosé wining detail its multi-berry midst. An elegant sweetly soured Framboise with ample raspberry-pureed fruit juicing securing savory affluence.

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BELL’S HOPSLAM ALE

On tap at Ambulance, wonderful dry-hopped Imperial India Pale Ale with a ‘dollop of honey’ spreads its complexities all over the place. Floral grapefruit-peeled orange tang, zesty lemon briskness and sticky pine resin of a sharp-toned IPA spark the front end while dried-fruited apricot, plum and fig illusions plus tertiary pineapple-peach-tangerine snips soak into the dewy earthen mustiness ransacked by rummy vodka-licked Scotch malt assertiveness (leaving a boozy alcohol astringency upon the expansive finish).

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BELL’S BOURBON BARREL AGED THIRD COAST OLD ALE

On tap at Ambulance, supersized bourbon-barreled barleywine segues syrupy caramelized bourbon vanilla warmth into molasses-sapped chocolate dalliance, leaving tingly cognac, brandy, burgundy, port and sherry tones in the deep recess. Spruce-hopped mineral graining and leathery dried fruiting of original Third Coast base hidden far beneath the surefire cherry-bruised bourbon vanilla resonance.

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BELL’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CHERRY STOUT RESERVE

On tap at Growler & Gill, luscious 30th Anniversary dessert treat circa 2018. Bold oak-chipped stout enriches syrupy black chocolate malting with tart red cherry bluster. Subtle wood-charred hop bittering underscores viscous mocha cherry beauty. Black Forest cake, creamed coffee, bruised cherry, dark cocoa, chocolate truffle and raspberry puree illusions fill out the busy full body.

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