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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,265
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
3,102
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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105
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Ratings: 3,102 |  Reviews: 916
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear red-brown color with a small head of tiny off white bubbles that didn't stick around for long at all. There are only a few bubbles rising, but they don't maintain the head.

Aroma: I get a nice mix of malt and hops that is so balanced that I hesitate to pick the dominant aromatic. I get a little sweet caramel and a tad of toast from the malt side of the equation, and there is a soft noble-like floral hop contribution weighing in on the hop side. There is a slight metallic note noticeable as you get deeper into the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is really pleasant and also reflects a nice mix of malt and hops. The malt starts out the profile with some sweet caramel, a hint of toast, and a slight roasty edge. It isn't long before the hops show up and make their way to the foreground. The hops keep up the pace until the finish where the malt, a slight mineral flavor, and the alcohol share the lead for the finish. The alcohol is the flavor that sticks with you the longest after the sip.

Opinion: Like all of Bells beers, I am not disappointed in this one. It has a good clean flavor that isn't too bold as to be annoying one way or the other. In flavor, it may have more American ingredients, but retains the British balance of flavor...except in the finish where the water is clean enough to leave the palate fresh rather than dry and chalky. This is a pretty good beer, and I wouldn't mind trying it again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stored this bottle in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before pouring into a proper pub glass. It poured dark amber and slightly cloudy with a perfect 2-finger head. The beer had a nice aroma of nuts

Nice beer starts out sweet and malty. You get a solid hit of nutty, spicy flavor with a very creamy mouthfeel. The beer then gets slightly dry as it moves across your palate. Finally, the flavor kind of softens and vanishes. I detected no off-flavors or offensive characteristics.

Beers of this style don't really stand up and draw attention to themselves. The good ones are meant to be tame, mild, and well-behaved (like this one). This is a great beer to drink on a chilly, rainy afternoon (like this one).

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Wildman
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy, reddish brown color and formed a huge nice light tan bubbly head that left some nice latticed lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. A slight aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of hops and caramel. A farily light finish but dry finish with a touch of caramel sweetness. Another good beer from Bell's.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Batch 10708, bottled 09/20/11.

Appearance: Despite a careful pour some sediment got in. I could see that it was a clear brown/orange, but now when held up to the light it is a hazy to cloudy brown/orange. Some coppery notes as well when held up to the light. Off-white to light tan head very thin across the top, but persistent. Some sheets and strands of lacing noted. With a swirl the foam really comes back to 1/8" and sticks around.

Smell: Toasted malt with just a hint of burnt sugar.

Taste: Wonderful toasted malt, with some mocha notes thrown in for good measure. Finish is piney and bitter, with the bitterness taking on some black coffee flavor. just right against that sweeter malt flavor. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - a little spicy on the tongue. Past the carbonation it's just a hair thicker than water. A little bit of cling to the teeth noted.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite a tasty beer. Simple in flavor profile and very drinkable. I could easily have another. A little weak in aroma, but this is made up for in taste. Went well with chili and cornbread, and I'm sure it would be good with a lot of other food as well, and of course, by itself after the meal.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a dark chestnut body capped with a finger of fine ecru foam with ivory highlights. The foam reduces to a ring that deposits thin swatches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is earthy, with soft buttered caramels and oily notes of nutty brown bread.

Taste is toasty and hazelnut-oily smooth with savory biscuity malt and semi-sweet toffee and cocoa, all rolled together in a wonderfully mellow package. A light, crisp note of bitter citrus zest provides a contrasting edge in a juicy finish that leaves the palate clean.

Smooth and soft with a fullish medium body, the drink is nicely carbonated with superb drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear brown body that had some ruby highlights...the head was tan in color and creamy...it held up pretty well and left some patches of lace on the mug

S - Very malt forward with hints of caramel, toffee, nuts, and some faint fruits...pretty solid for a brown

T - Again, being a brown ale this is very malt forward...the toffee and caramel flavors reign supreme...the nuttiness and fruity flavors are in the middle of the beer and they help to add some character...I would have liked some more nutty nuances...there is a surprisingly high hop presence at the end of the beer...it's earthy and goes well with the other flavors

M - Medium bodied...a little thin and not enough lingering on the palate

O - I would not turn down another one of these...I feel Bell's did a nice job making a classic English Brown Ale

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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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