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

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled 9/07/11.

Appearance: Deep and slightly cloudy brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big five finger light tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Some bready, lightly toasted caramel malts with lots of toffee. Hints of nuts throughout. Also a light hint of earthy hops in the background. Mostly malt forward in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and bready caramel malts and toffee up front with a little roasted character. A solid presence of nuts throughout. Light hints of dark fruit. A noticeable presence of grassy hops adds a little balancing bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid brown ale. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

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12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. Didn't check the batch but it's from this recent release(late 2007).

A: Pours a deep bronze with some ruby tinting in the light. 1 1/2 fingers of light tan fluffy head. Very good retention and some patchy lacing.

S: Toasted malts and sweet caramel. a slight crisp hop character but very subtle. Smell is pretty subtle, overall.

T/M: Medium body, average carbonation and a creamy finish. Toasted malts aren't as strong as in the nose but a slightly less sweet caramel is much stronger and enjoyable. Some dark fruit, like undersweetened plums.

D: Good brew and very drinkable. An easy choice for a session beer.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,102 ratings
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