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

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3.83/5
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3,094 Ratings
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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:
#11,968
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
3,094
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Date on bottle 9/24/12.

Appearance - Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a little light tan head that quickly settles to a persistent film. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell - Nothing strikes me about this. It just smells like an average brown beer. 3/5

Taste - Nothing strikes me here either. Honestly it tastes more like an Amber than a brown. I hardly taste any of the sweet roasted malts I was hoping for. There is also no nutty character. Nothing offensive. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel - It's very easy to drink. You could pound several of these if you weren't paying attention. Again, nothing special, but nothing offensive. 3.5/5

Overall - Nothing about this beer really stands out. It's just an average beer. I don't see any need to seek it out, but if you see it around and want to try something different you won't be disappointed. I personally want more sweetness or nuttiness out of a brown ale. 3.5/5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-brown, nice head with good retention and lacing.

Malty nutty smell.

Toasted malts, roastiness, nuts, molasses, and a grassy hop finish. Well balanced.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

A very good example of the style - nice balance and highly drinkable.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too dark or sinister for Halloween night, just a nice brown ale. Here’s hoping it’s really the “best.”

Brewed six weeks before the date of this tasting (“PKGD 09/11/12”).

A: Dark red-brown body with a thin beige cream; intricate lacing is a nice touch, but the low retention makes it look pretty light on the head density.

S: Gummy molasses and caramel complexity, all the best of a brown ale and more. Oak and vanilla, butterscotch and cream; lots of chocolaty sweets and earthy, English malts. As the malts subside, a syrupy toffee and raspberry undertone rises – even more sweetness to be found, I guess.

T: A sweet English ale, with a brown, chocolaty malt backbone and spicy vanilla accents. Good smoke quality to it, as well, playing off a rindy, herbal hop element in a natural bitterness. Flavors of caramel and wood fill out the remainder of the palate, with that raspberry underpinning from the nose coming up here and there. Aftertaste is dry and slickly fruity, a little cough syrup-like with its lingering cherry effect.

M: As smooth as you’d expect from the tap, but with the astringency of any true British brown. Moderate body with a very, very drinkable nature.

O: There’s something about this beer that just satisfies my palate: everything from a sweet tooth to a need for complexity. Full flavor, drinkability, and memorable character. It reminds me of an oatmeal raisin cookie – there’s just something so sweet and savory about it.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,094 ratings
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