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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 70
Gots: 182 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

C2H5, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colored body with an inch of head.

Bready toasted caramel aroma. Bit of biscuity pale malt blending in. Ok.

Pretty standard flavor profile with a slight emphasis on a less nutty/more estery yeast. Some hints of apricot and some citrus happiness backing the toasted malts. Not bad.

Feels appropriate for the style. My only complaint is actually detecting the alcohol in this one.

Verdict: not my style of choice, although it was in the past. I'd say this one's decent, but not as good as, say, Dogfish Head Indian Brown.

thecheapies, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bldgblocks, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sarunas7, Jan 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +17.5%

Brew33, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MarshallMan, Jan 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

PaulMc, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

michiganbeerman3, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

WillRadar, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

KarlSpackler, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

azorie, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rob315, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

schultzm, Jan 06, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -21.7%

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gadam33, Dec 30, 2011
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.