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

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2,170 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 132 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored body. Great clarity, no haze or sediment noticed. Soft one and a half finger sand colored head. The head recedes fairly slowly. Spotty but thick lacing left clinging to the glass.

Warm bready Brown Ale. The warmth of the malt is really the focal point. Soft brown sugar, hints of toffee and a touch of nuttiness peak out from beneath. A pleasant grassiness from the hops compliments the warmth from the malt very well.

The flavor takes its cues from the aroma. Brown bready malt provides the base. Soft caramel sweetness peaks out from beneath providing some levity. Earthy, grassy hops very complimentary to malt. There is just enough hop flavor to be noticed and provide balance but allows the malt to stay in the forefront.

Medium bodied Brown Ale. Carbonation is moderate, texture is soft and smooth. Medium finish, very appropriate for the beer.

Best Brown is very appropriately named, just an outstanding example of the style. Brown Ales are certainly not the most exciting style but I find them a very comforting, enjoyable style when done well. I am not certain why I do not drink this one more often.

kzoobrew, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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Photo of bundy462
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Leathery brown, coffee colored head.

S: Sweet, cocoa, roasted malts, toffee, caramel.

T: Sweet caramel and chocolate hints. Toffee, roasted malts. Nutty. Hops are slight in the finish and slightly lacking.

M: Extremely smooth going down. Pretty low carbonation, the finish is very clean. It's an easy drinker for sure.

O: Good brown ale. A tad more hop would bump it toward the top of the list.

bundy462, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. bottled on 9/20/11

A: a very hazy, deep mahogany hued brew. off white head dies down to rim. however very pretty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: similar to an english bitter, lots of nutty aromas. however, more roasted and definitely more chocolate smells in there too.

T: a little bit of roast, a lotta bit of chocolate on the first sip. a slightly bitter chocolate, but not a full on dark chocolate variety. sweet malts mix with a sort of oaky woodyness.

M: a low carbonation on this medium bodied brew. wouldnt hate a touch more carbonation here.

D: great flavor on this rich brown ale. this is one that i have not had until this past fall season and i will be looking for it each season that comes.

Jimmys, Dec 11, 2011
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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.