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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,206 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 145 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jplopez21, Apr 15, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Fall 2012

A: Looks like your typical brown ale. Dark brown body with lighter brown highlights, and a thin and light brown head sitting on top.

S: The toasty malt is about all that shows up in the nose. I wouldnt expect much else, although some sort of hoppiness could be there.

T: Toasted malts, graininess, slight nuttiness in the background, and earthy bittering hops to balance the whole thing out. Some chocolate flavors become apparent with warming.

M: Smooth, oily slickness, lighter side of medium bodied, drying finish.

O: Solid brown ale. Not too bold, but not lacking any desired qualities.

CMUbrew, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Skott1123, Apr 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Fossilhunter, Apr 12, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass

A - Chestnut brown and very clear with a pale tan head that isn't very large despite an aggressive pour.

S - Malty sweet with toasted marshmallow prevalent.

T - Caramel and marshmallow balanced well with a great combination of tannic and hop bitterness.

M - Smooth medium body with a prevalent carbonation that tingles the tongue.

O - A great easy drinking beer that is fairly sessionable despite the alcohol content.

smalenberg, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

DuffDaddy, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bhunt201, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Shagator, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Fusion7777, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MNBeer1017, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jzdecourcy, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bmoney, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

slay, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ChrisKayler, Mar 24, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “PKGD” date printed on the back label is “01/07/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is medium caramel. One finger of lightly tanned head left a skim and thin ring around the edge.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, milk chocolate, cherry syrup, brown sugar, maybe a little toffee and molasses. It reminds me of a Cadbury Creme Egg.

Taste: Very thick mouthfeel. The toasted malts from the smell are much more prominent in the flavor. Earthy hops add a nice bitterness to accompany minor flavors of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and cherry syrup.

Drinkability: This is a very good, heavy winter ale. It is flavorful but not overpowering.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

lufkina, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

AaronHomoya, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jlindsey, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JMUbrew, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

menacho1, Mar 19, 2013
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,206 ratings.