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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 78
Gots: 203 | 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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Photo of nosurrender23
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Group grade = C.
"Damn good Brown Ale -- At least it's a beer."

The beer pours a dark iced tea color like the ruffled feathers of a brown barn owl.

The smell is light with little to no smell that some compared to an olfactory nightmare, wet cardboard, a frat floor, and bathroom stall number 3 at Dixie Stampede.

The beer had a low carbonated, smooth feel.

Drinking wise, the beer had a smoothness with minimal complexity. "Your average Brown Ale."

nosurrender23, Feb 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

tfsimpkins, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

hoppedup82, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

NonicPanic, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

DuffBrew85, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

leadahmer, Dec 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Klif, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

parkwood, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

danielp215, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of terrabyte
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While pouring, the color is medium brown. However, once the the glass is filled, it seems a quite dark brown, and very cloudy. The trick of swirling the bottom tenth of the bottle before pouring the last out worked in this case, as large white yeasty sediments poured out. Has a very large, white, frothy head.

Aroma is quite mute. Nothing distinctive I could pick up except a normal 'beer' smell.

Flavor is also quite mute. I found this to be a pretty boring brown ale.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium carbonation. Actually, would have been the perfect base for a better beer.

Drinkability is difficult to describe. Is one bottled water more drinkable than another?

I found this beer to be quite lacking in flavor, a completely worthless review by me (sorry!) and at a loss for words. It'll score better than other (bad) beers I've had, but only because those beers actively sucked for one reason or another. This one had nothing discernibly bad to make it repugnant. Average, average, average.

terrabyte, Jan 21, 2007
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Navalartichoke, Apr 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

LanceRobbins24, Oct 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Novabrewer, Oct 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

greggy1972, May 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

fvoegtlin, Mar 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

shiguy16, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Roze, Nov 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jharkins07, Feb 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

json83, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

micropale, Monday at 02:53 PM
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.