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John Ball Brown - Grand Rapids Brewing Company

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John Ball Brown
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Rapids Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 04-01-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The waitress at HopCat (Stephanie) recommended this beer if I were to go to GRBC... well, as it turned out, it was my favorite of the paddle I got.

A simple copper brown sort of color with basically no head or lacing. Not a very attractive looking beer, but the rest of it is. The smell is slightly nutty with a bit of roastiness... now you're talking. The taste is like the smell, but it just seems elevated on the taste buds. Roasted nuts is kind of the flavor I get. Maybe a coffee essence because of the roast. Some caramel. A nice sweetness even. A surprising depth of flavor for a style of beer I tend to deem as boring. Medium-ish feel and carbonation make this easy to drink a decent bit of.

After a slew of less than impressive brews, I was glad to have tasted this one. An proverbial diamond in the rough at GRBC.

Alextricity, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

dfillius, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

GRFounder, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tommy5, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Mxsluis, Aug 05, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap a few times, if their dry stout isn't available this is my go to beer. Everyone I've brought here who's sampled a flight will drink at least 2 of these browns, it's good stuff.

Appearance- A darker brown than you might expect. A moderate head, a little bit of suds stick to the side of the glass.
Taste- Strikes me as dry, which I like. Not too sweet. Very nice nuttiness, toasty caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- the bit of dryness makes this brown very drinkable. It doesn't feel like you're drinking diabetes. It goes great with a meal. Uniform carbonation throughout, this ain't swill.

This brown convinced me that session ales have a place in my beer preferences. The sun doesn't rise and set on crazy high gravity barrel aged hop bombs.

PincheNorteno, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MJ_Szydlowski, May 03, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewpub. Served in pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Roast, nuttiness, caramel.

T - A big nuttiness with caramel, roast and hints of chocolate. Fairly sweet overall with a light bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Fairly average for a nut brown but still easy drinking and enjoyable.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 01, 2013
John Ball Brown from Grand Rapids Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.