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Bell's Best Brown - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,162 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,162
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 129 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth, toasty brown ale with hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bldgblocks, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Sarunas7, Jan 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell: slight grain, with a decent malt character, some mild nuts are present along with some hops.

taste: decent decent balance of malt and nuts (but the nuts aren't overwhelming), there is a sweet toffee character that allows the beer to have a high drinkability. Hops come out at the end to balance out the entire brew.

i thought this was a very well balanced beer all around. you can easily down a few of these quickly. i think this would be a great recommendation for individuals just getting started in microbrews.

tut2528, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Brew33, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

MarshallMan, Jan 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

PaulMc, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

michiganbeerman3, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

WillRadar, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

KarlSpackler, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

azorie, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Rob315, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

schultzm, Jan 06, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz.bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Nice thick head & beautiful dark amber color. Not much lacing left behind.

Smell: Sweet Caramel Malts

Taste: Very similar to the smell - Caramel & malty with a slightly nutty flavor.
Well rounded, balanced & smooth
is how I describe this very drinkable ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation

Overall: A very well done & very drinkable offering from Bell's Brewery. Try one

goldennectar, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cerunincos, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

gadam33, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with decent slightly off white head that laced nicely. Smell is mild, with sweet and roast malts bolstering it with some hops being present. The taste is mild, some hops, a bit of nuttiness, bitter at the finish. Not bad but rather subdued flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

WoodBrew, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,162 ratings.