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Short's Bellaire Brown Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bellaire Brown AleShort's Bellaire Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exactly what it says, “Brown beer.” This is beer fermented from wort extracted from the hearty pale ale malt, toasted specialties, chocolate and Munich selections resulting in a toasted brown color. Very light hop additions from the Cascade variety allows the sweet malty and caramel notes to shine through for duration of its time on your palette.
15 I.B.U.’s
12.8 deg. Plato
5.2% A.B.V.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 706
Reviews by Roman5150:
Photo of Roman5150
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: beautiful dark amber brown with slightly off white 1 finger head with aggressive pour

smell: hay, oak, earthiness, heavy malt presence

taste: sweet oak flavors with a hint of rye, tastes like maris otter malts, very english and has that sweet funkiness to it. Earthy resinous tones throughout.

mouthfeel: not very carbonated, medium bodied

overall: A highly drinkable brown ale, probably in my top 3 for the style. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of DanGeo
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of senoreljefe
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark chocolate brown pour that is somewhat opaque along with a quarter inch of light tan creamy foam on top of the brew. Seems like a hearty brown ale from the pour. Aromas are big on toasted malt along with a nice chocolate tones that remind me of Tootsie Rolls for some strange reason. Smooth with a little nuttiness as well.

First sip brings smooth, crisp toasted malts upfront along with swirls of chocolate and caramel flavors. Nutty accents with just a touch of hops on the back end. A tasty, malty brown ale that has a nice creaminess as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sturdy malt profile. Good carbonation helps it flow down easily. A refreshing and easy drinking brown ale overall. I would enjoy a sixer of this over the course of a weekend for sure. Another solid beer from Short's.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's Westland.

A_Very dark brown with a thick khaki head. Good retention that eventually settles to a thin cap with plenty of lacing.


T_Very nutty sweet caramel malt up front. Hint of dark chocolate.Very bready with a hint of spice. Nice brown ale.

M_Thick and creamy. Coats the mouth.

D_Very drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hoppymeal, thanks man!

A- Poured into a standard Pint glass this beer appeared dark brown with an amber hue. The head dissipated quickly and there was minimal lacing.

S- I got a nice malt and roast consistency from the smell.

T- This is not my favorite style of beer but if I had to choose one this would be it. It has subtle hop characteristics that seem to balance out the malt background in the beer. I found it to be a nice mix of sweet and bitter. This is a nice brown ale.

M - The mouth feel of this beer is a little over carbonated and much like the last poster; if the mouth feel was less carbonated it would kill the drinkability of the beer.

D - I would not be able to drink a ton of these in a sitting as it is not my favorite style. However, for those that do enjoy a good brown ale I am sure that it would be an instant classic.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted malts and chocolate with some molasses.

The flavor is very sweet and sugary malts, molasses, nutty chocolates and some slightly tart fruitiness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, too sweet and thin. An OK brown.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 12 ouncer glass container has no freshness info on the bottle or label. Purchased at Spirit Haus in Amherst Ma.

Pours lightly hazed, typical brown ale brown, lite tan head, frothy and fairly loose, minor low lying and thicker blobs of lace on the glass.

Nose is of sweet and almost sugary malt.

Underwhelming, typical malting and underlying moderate sweetness. Hops well subdued.

Decent sessioner, brown ales always work as the base of a marinade..that the best I can say about this one...

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: minimal head that goes quickly, chestnut brown in color, hazy

Smell: sweet toasted malt and small chocolate

Taste: milk chocolate, toasted malt, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, light body

Overall: A solid sessionable brown ale. Nothing too over the top, but one to sit with. I would pick this up again, but there are several other Short's beers I would grab ahead of this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from bmwgirl9606.

The beer pours a medium-hazy brown with a cream-colored head. The aroma is caramel and toffee. Almost smells like an English Brown Ale. The flavor is a nice mix of nutty, caramel and toffee with some hop bitterness at the end. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of iparules
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant chestnut, 1” tan head that gradually dissipates S: a crystal malt nose with a hint of darker malts in the background. T: Malt forward with rich mildly roasted malt, subtle chocolate, nuts, bitter hop accent, lingering malt flavors. F: Creamy wuth very fine soft carbonation, medium body seems a little more due to the carbonation. O: Everything you want in a brown ale.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased from a webshop quite a while back and stored in my garage.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue with floating sediment and low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with notes of caramel, chocolate, mild roasted malt, dried fruit, faint brown sugar, tea and earthy yeast. There is also a strange sour overtone that seems out of place.

Tastes of caramel malt with a sour character and a dry finish. Notes of lactic acid/mild vinegar, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar, faint biscuity grain, mild roasted malt and earthy yeast esters. Surprisingly acidic - I assume this is infected or has deteriorated. A mild, dry quality upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with good body, but flat and undercarbonated. Lacks texture, though slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sourness and caramel malt.

Meh - not brilliant, although the aroma gives the impression that it could have been. There are some nice malty hints that suggest a decent brown ale lurks underneath the acidic off-notes. Not sure what happened here; the sourness is quite clean, almost like yoghurt. Bacteria perhaps? Or maybe it's just age - without a BB/bottled-on date it's impossible to tell. Oh well, I review it as I find it (though I'll re-review if I get a fresh one someday). Disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DurtyNellie
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of navband
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth toasted malts with good amounts of pine hop aromas. Also present are hints of nuts and lighter amounts of darker roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Toasted malt flavors with hints of sweeter caramel malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops fade a bit, allowing the malt to shine more with the addition of light chocolate and nutty flavors. The malts carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall this one smelled like it would be amazing with a very nice balance of malt and hops but the flavor profile didn't quite pull through. Still, it's a very nice beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of jmrybak
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear but dense body of brown with a creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles gliding up the glass.

S- The light aroma of roasted malt has a brown malt aroma behind it with some darker roasted notes coming through. The finish has a light tartness more from roasted malt and not funky.

T- The roasted brown malt flavor has some nice toast notes and a roasted chocolate flavor that grows as the beer warms. There is a cream flavor to it that leads to a finish of soft roasted bitterness and a light green hint to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.

D- This is a really drinkable session beer that has great malt flavor and depth to it. I would love to try his on cask but it already has great qualities in the bottle.

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Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.