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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,497 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,497
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 80
Gots: 207 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Typical Brown Ale. Very drinkable and a definite drink again.

brentdill, Nov 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Swaino, Nov 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

siege06nd, Nov 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

lillitnn92, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

LeeEvolved, Nov 19, 2014
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Sazz9, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ordybill, Nov 19, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Look: Poured into a tulip because my pints are dirty. Pours light for a Brown ale. Still dark overall. Very dark red in color. A one finger head which fades quickly.

Smell: Right away, chocolate and caramel aromas. Brown sugar aroma.

Taste: A bit of a hop bitterness upfront, Then a touch of caramel, with a chocolate and coffee finish.

Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and easy to drink.

Overall: Not as sweet as I expected, coming from the aroma. The aroma gives off very sweet scent, and you think you're in for a very deep, roasty sweet flavor. I was surprised to see the hop flavor upfront like it is. nonetheless, it's a great beer, just not what I had expected.

EvoRich, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

A wonderfully done example of the style. Very drinkable but still full of flavor. Should be a year round for Bells.

mechamifune, Nov 18, 2014
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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,497 ratings.