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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,159
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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I have had this one before. I wanted to give it more time and give it a review. I love that they are now including it in the 16 oz cans. This is a nice brown ale, really the best, no pun of the brown ales I have had. Sweet, but it has enough bitterness in there to balance it out. I love Bell's I have had just about every beer they have made and liked almost all of them. This one is a great beer and worth seeking out. Its reasonably priced and made with quality.

humuloner22, Wednesday at 04:37 AM
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second I popped the cap, a big earthy aroma started to pour out from the bottle. Lots of roasted malts and very nutty. Nice appearance as well. Medium brown color which I could surprisngly see my fingers thru on the other side of the glass. Great light-tan head. Lively carbonation keeps the head in tact for the duration of the beer. A simple swirl of the beer brings it back to life instantly. The taste is very nutty. After taking a sip, my mouth feels and tastes like I just ate a peanut. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste, yet very drinkable for a brown ale. True to the style and certainly unique, worth a try for any brown ale fan.

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Caramel appearance with a slight head which dissipated upon drinking...smell too of caramel, definite toasted malts and a slight chocolate...tough to decipher much more...smooth taste but a tad of bitterness which i wasn't expecting (not sure if it's supposed to be there)...great drinkability with slight characters...nothing too dominating...

Great choice for a fall day...i could imagine myself buying again on a 60 degree night...

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,159 ratings.