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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  rDev -18%

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FlyingHellfish, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

NumberNone, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

HarmonMW, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

amishbooze, Sep 08, 2013
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MJ_Szydlowski, May 03, 2013
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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%

harripat, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tommy5, Aug 31, 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Mxsluis, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Jordy777, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Doublicious, Mar 08, 2014
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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
John Ball Brown from Grand Rapids Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.