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John Ball Brown | Grand Rapids Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
grbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheSevenDuffs on 04-01-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
35
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
41.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 35
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewpub. Served in pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Roast, nuttiness, caramel.

T - A big nuttiness with caramel, roast and hints of chocolate. Fairly sweet overall with a light bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Fairly average for a nut brown but still easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The waitress at HopCat (Stephanie) recommended this beer if I were to go to GRBC... well, as it turned out, it was my favorite of the paddle I got.

A simple copper brown sort of color with basically no head or lacing. Not a very attractive looking beer, but the rest of it is. The smell is slightly nutty with a bit of roastiness... now you're talking. The taste is like the smell, but it just seems elevated on the taste buds. Roasted nuts is kind of the flavor I get. Maybe a coffee essence because of the roast. Some caramel. A nice sweetness even. A surprising depth of flavor for a style of beer I tend to deem as boring. Medium-ish feel and carbonation make this easy to drink a decent bit of.

After a slew of less than impressive brews, I was glad to have tasted this one. An proverbial diamond in the rough at GRBC.

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Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed on draft at GRBC on 1/18/14
A: Slightly cloudy reddish-brown. Decent off-white head
S: Similar to a scotch ale. Smoky, malty, sweet. Very slight chocolate and coffee.
T: Delicate malty open with slight caramel and possibly peat smoke. Nice rich chocolatey vibe overall.
M: Delicate but full feeling.
O: Easy drinking, I'd order another.

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Photo of PincheNorteno
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap a few times, if their dry stout isn't available this is my go to beer. Everyone I've brought here who's sampled a flight will drink at least 2 of these browns, it's good stuff.

Appearance- A darker brown than you might expect. A moderate head, a little bit of suds stick to the side of the glass.
Taste- Strikes me as dry, which I like. Not too sweet. Very nice nuttiness, toasty caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- the bit of dryness makes this brown very drinkable. It doesn't feel like you're drinking diabetes. It goes great with a meal. Uniform carbonation throughout, this ain't swill.

This brown convinced me that session ales have a place in my beer preferences. The sun doesn't rise and set on crazy high gravity barrel aged hop bombs.

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John Ball Brown from Grand Rapids Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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