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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

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

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.

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Photo of nickadams2

New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:46:41 | More by nickadams2
Photo of lackenhauser


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent enough chestnut brown color. Nutty and caramel like aroma. Flavor is just like the aroma-very nutty with a definate caramel flavor to it. Nice solid malty flavor. Decent hop bite in the end. Good mouthfeel-very smooth. An enjoyable beer all around, maybe a hair away from being really "good".

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 00:02:13 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of morimech


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color that is slightly translucent. Two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Good aroma of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. There is a little acidity lingering in the background but it is barely percepatable. The flavor follows the aroma but does not pack the same power. It is nutty with some caramel. The chocolate seems to have disappeared. Again there is a little acidity. Bitterness is very low and hops are not detectable. This could be an English Brown with what I can taste. The body feels a little thin but carbonation keeps things positive. Very easy to drink and I guess that was the Brewer's objective. I would like a little more flavor and body but otherwise a good brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:27:53 | More by morimech
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy brown with two fingers of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Giant whiff of chocolate, malted milk, a little bit of raisin, faint char. Quite aromatic.

Taste -- Follows the nose moreover: big milk chocolate flavor, roast malt, coffee grounds, char, mild minty hop finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, a bit chewy and viscous, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- Rich and roasty with good balance and phenomenal mouthfeel. This may give Flossmoor's Pullman Brown a run for my favorite brown ale. In any case, this is a brown ale that cannot be missed.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:38:19 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of king75


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is not overly impressive, quickly dissipating head. Very little lacing.

Smell is of crisp malt and caramel.

Taste is smooth a smooth malty color. Not bitter at all but not overly impressive.

I could drink a couple easily.

Notes: Not the best brown ale I've had but is worth trying, I'll probably drink it again, but there is nothing that separates it from the pack and makes it great.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 22:55:37 | More by king75
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A very thin head, half a finger at most but it does have a better body with an almost opaque brown body that provides a bit of a saving grace.

Smell: A bit of roasted nuts with some dark fruits tinged with a bit of sourness.

Taste: Dried fruits but the major overtone is sourness. it's not in your face but it is present and distracts a great deal from the flavor. Has a bit of harshness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Practically no carbonation to speak of and watery a bit.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this was a drain pour.

Overall: I did not enjoy this brew very much and i like brown ales. Sorry but i'll pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 12:04:19 | More by papat444
Photo of nerdrocker101


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


Pours dark brown with half a finger's worth of foamy head. Moderate lacing.

It smells like a lightly smoked milk chocolate with just a touch of vanilla and ripe fruit.

Sweet malts, chocolate, roasted malts with maybe just a hint of tart cherry.

Medium body and just a tab chewy.

A pretty drinkable brown ale overall. I could easily kick back a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:30:45 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to a nonic pint.

A: Pour dark opaque mahogany that formed a large bubble 2-finger cream colored head. The head receded quickly leaving little web-like lace.

S: Strong aroma of caramel and roasted malt, exactly what I expect and love from an American brown.

T: Follows nose mostly, roasted malt and toast with sweet sweet caramel. Slight hop bittering on finish that balances the sweetness quite well. Throughout the drink however, the sweetness becomes a little overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation lending to a low creamy slightly watery texture.

D: More lightly hopped than some American Brown Ale's I've had but wonderful toasted malt character throughout. Another impressive brew from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 23:25:27 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
Photo of silentjay


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours brown, but its not opaque. a khaki colored head raises to the top of the glass but quickly settles to a 1 cm layer that stays for a while and laces well.

some nutty roasted malts hit the nose first as well as a bit of chocolate and caramel.

less roast than the aroma indicated comes through in the flavor. a bit light flavored with nuts, caramel, and toffee providing some sweetness. lots of doughy bread flavor and citrusy hops come unexpectedly but dont provide much to help this average taste.

mouthfeel is a bit light and finishes watery with low carbonation.

goes down ok. a bit subdued all around, but without much enticing subtleties to keep me looking forward to the next sip. not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:22:02 | More by silentjay
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/4 finger of light brown head that fades down quicky. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Toasted malts and nut flavors. Some chocolate and light coffee notes. Has a distinguised English malt profile it seems like.

Taste: Nut flavors and cocoa with grassy hops. Light coffee and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Toasted and crisp. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry with cocoa flavors.

Overall, not the best brown I have had. It seems to have an off flavor to it. Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:37:03 | More by mothman
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, warm, dark brown with an average light tan head. Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of molasses and is somewhat sweet. Lip-smacking flavor is malty with a strong molasses component, and sweet without being cloying. Texture is smooth and lightly fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 00:51:55 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jwinship83


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle brought into chicago for the CBC. drank from a standard american pint glass. no freshness information can be found on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a chestnut brown colored body with a moderate beige colored head. the head falls after a minute or two, leaving behind random spots of lacing.

S- roasted malts and sweet caramel are the first things i notice coming from my glass. a little bit chocolate also.

T- like the nose, the taste on this one is malt dominated. lightly roasted malts and sweet caramel take the reins here. some chocolate and a bit of coffee at the end.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- easy to drink and a great example of a brown ale. something i wish i could buy more consistently in my area. shorts rarely disappoints, and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 19:41:07 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this from gratefulbeerhead so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a nice chestnut brown, hints of red hues with a 1/4-1/2 inch of off white head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving a few spots here and there of lacing.

S: Nose is light - roasted malts, hints of coffee, some nuttiness, and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Taste starts with a brown sugar sweetness before moving in to a touch of toffee and nuttiness. Caramel malts mingled with a touch of bitter chocolate hit the middle, and the finish has a mild lingering spicey hop mixed with coffee.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily body, somewhat sticky feeling.

D: This goes down ridiculously easy. Nice flavoring, nice kick, well balanced. This is most definitely a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:24:12 | More by Jayli
Photo of scruffwhor


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt sienna color with a one finger, tan head and ok bubbling. Only a thin half circle of foam remains after a few sips.

The aroma is sweet caramelized sugar with dark bread, muffins and some bitter citrus peel for a balanced aroma.

The taste starts with drak bredas and a grainy mouthfeel. The middle has some earthen citrus hops balancing the flavors out. Then the malts take on a soft toasted toffee and bread flavor with a more syrupy palate. The finish is caramel and toffee lingering on the tongue after the swallow.

This beer is sweet, but drinkable. I wouldn't put this on my top ten session beers though.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:35:02 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of drewba


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shorts just started distributing near me and I'm a sucker for a good brown, so here goes!

A - Pours a beautiful light brown with a light tan half inch head.

S - Smells of roasted and nutty malts with a little piney hop afterthought.

T - I love the malts here, I detect molasses, brown sugar, tobacco. Hops are a bit citrusy, the bitter that is left is your mouth doesn't hang around due to the beautiful balance of this guy.

M - Nice and creamy, with perfectly crisp carbonation.

D - I could drink this all night long (and probably will very soon). I'd recommend this to someone who loves fat tire and wants a beer with more body and a richer malt character.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 03:26:10 | More by drewba
Photo of emmasdad


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra; my first Short's beer. Pours a nice nutty brown color, with a decent amount of off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, chestnuts and maybe gingerbread? On the palate, this one is nice and malty, with brown sugar, cocoa powder and milk chocolate. A nice introduction to an interesting brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:54:44 | More by emmasdad
Photo of pasdachuri


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, about par for the style.

A rather mild aroma, with hints of toast and nuts.

Stong roasted malt flavor followed by hints of smoke, cocoa, and a surprising dose of citrus hops to finish

Light/medium body with a very smooth finish

Average sessionability

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 21:37:43 | More by pasdachuri
Photo of Florida9


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown. Pours with a 1/4" of whitish head that fades rather quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass.

S: Roasty, toasty malts. Caramel.

T: Caramel. Sweet malts. Maybe a faint note of peat. A mild bitterness on the sides of the tongue.

M: Medium in body, but with a good viscous feel to it. Appropriate carbonation.

D: A well thought out brown beer. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 01:28:12 | More by Florida9
Photo of dougofthefuture


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Shockingly, brown. Actually darker than expected, but still brown. Very little head, and it's gone quick.

S - The first thing I get is a stale, plastic-like smell. There are some burnt malt notes under that, but overall, I don't like it.

T&M - Bitter burnt malt flavor up front, with a kind of sickly sweet stale sugary aftertaste. That sounds awful, but it comes across as average. I do like the intensity of the roasted flavor, but the complete package just isn't my style.

D - I bought a single, and I'll drink it. I won't be sad I don't have more, and I won't seek it out any time soon.

Granted, bitter dark beers are not my favorite style, but this one really let me down considering the reputation that Short's has. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of their lineup soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:59:20 | More by dougofthefuture
Photo of sidetracked


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown with a cream colored head.

Smells of roasted malts with a little brown sugar. Some earthy hops come through at times too.

Tastes is a little sweet at first, but then lends way to bitter roasted malts. A watered-down roasted coffee flavor comes through at the finish occasionally.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

Easy to drink with some nice roasted flavor, but the flavor is really lacking at times too. Not a bad brown ale, but nothing spectacular either.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:12:00 | More by sidetracked
Photo of Vonerichs


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mohagany color with a small but persistant off white head. No lacing.

At first the nose is sweet brown sugar and a little nutty, then turns to root beer. A very pleasant smell.

This is a sweet brown ale- brown sugar, caramel, and a dash of chocolate. There is a slight hop presence to cut the malt slightly and it leaves a short dry finish.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. This goes down easy and is a very sessionable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 04:46:41 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up from Binny's after Short's stop at the Craft Brewers Conference.

A: Pours out a clear and deep ruby brown with a two inch, tight and foamy sandy white head. Head manages to hold itself up for a few moments until subsiding into a cap while at the same time leaving behind traces of sticky tan lacing.

S: Rich and toasty with a nice balance of sweet brown sugary and caramel maltiness, but beyond the first few sips and sniffs I'm really not getting any more out of this beer. Pound for pound Bell's Best Brown has got this one beat in the aroma department.

T/MF: Opens smooth and sweet with only edges of bitterness. Beer is sort of buttery and bits of dusty of espresso. Finish is soft and sweet with a touch of tobacco, molasses, and walnuts. Mouthfeel is, didn't I say it already? Smooth. Slick almost greasy on the tongue as is slides ever so easily to my stomach.

D: Pretty solid beer. Really like what is going in with the sweet and toastiness of the malt bill on this beer, well balanced in the hop department but malty enough to keep from drying you out but hoppy enough to keep things from getting too slick and sloppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 02:28:24 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of tubacharlie


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faint aroma of malt and yeast is detected when deeply inhaled.

It pours a decent cream-colored head with good retention and rejuvenation from the hazy, reddish-brown brew. Medium hopped with a mild, burnt-toast malt balance and a warm, bitter yeast aftertaste, especially after swirling and draining the light sediment from the bottle.

All right as a session beer, or something to drink with a game of 8-ball (I'm stripes).

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 03:48:13 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came from sarcastro a few months ago. I figured I'd been procrastinating long enough with this one.

This one pours a friendly and very non-threatening brown color with a rather nice head. It looks oddly apropriate in the Newcastle pint glass I happened to grab.

The smell is also a bit unassuming. A little caramel, fairly typical, but nice.

The taste is pretty good. There are some nice caramel and chocolate notes in there. It's a nice step up from a typical brown. There is, however, a rather disturbing melted plastic taste that I seem to remember vividly from Short's Soft Parade. Thankfully it's only hanging around when I'm looking for it and it's not enough to take much away from this above average beer. Nice nutty aftertaste.

The feel on this one is nice and creamy.

Ok, this is pretty good. I wish I had gotten to it sooner.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 04:00:30 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:10:50 | More by Mora2000
Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.