Short's Bellaire Brown Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bellaire Brown AleShort's Bellaire Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bellaire Brown is our flagship Brown Ale. Full-flavored with notes of sweet caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt, Bellaire Brown is balanced with a mild and earthy hop quality. This ale is dark and rich with a medium body. It’s hardly classifiable as a brown, but is certainly considered a delicious masterpiece.

Bellaire Brown was originally created to appeal to people who enjoyed drinking coffee, and to beer drinkers who are not interested in hoppy options. When Joe Short was creating the Bellaire Brown recipe, he desired a beer that was meatier and burlier than most browns. Bellaire Brown is a great gate-way beer for drinkers to be introduced to darker beer varieties.

19 IBU

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Ratings: 791 |  Reviews: 279
Reviews by nickadams2:
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If brown ales were little children in a swimming pool, this one would bob at the comfy, safe shallow end, afraid to move for fear of... of... I don't have any idea. It just seemed like a good metaphor for this beer. It's nice and safe, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too smelly, not too tasty, not too much of anything; yet it still manages to be pleasant to drink. It has the round non-grapefruity citrus zing of a good UK ale, which I find appealing, but it doesn't have much else. Brown ales need not be as dense as a stout or a porter, but they ought to have more umph than this.

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Photo of sjroseen
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light ruby brown color with two fingers of foamy off white head.

Scent of brown sugar, nuts, a hint of cinnamon, and some chocolate. Pretty full and robust considering the strength, balanced well.

Taste is malty, brown sugar, a bit of earth, and chocolate. Nice full and balanced flavor, a quality Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, refreshing.

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Photo of tmcarter23
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Loudog1411
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A simple creamy head is made that is a nice off light tan, sitting on a simple dark brown chestnut body, with some lighter rust hues on the bottom and the sides. Really dig this head color it's almost picking up some of the body color and coming out a little red.

Sweet malt a hint of nut and that grainy husk quality in the nose. Smells like a simple solid brown ale, a little sense of wet body coming and clean.

Taste is strangely slightly sour with a great chew finish of malt brown goodness. Sour at first with a very nice almost slight syrup feel then brings some good roasted malt and some slight brown sugar sweetness on the finish.

Overall pretty good for the style, but strangely not drawn to it compared to other makers of this style. Can drink no problem no complaints.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into freshly washed trusty ol' tulip glass. Pours and amber brown, with some head. No lacing to write home about. Some khaki head that dissolves to nothing. Smell is sweet caramel malt. Taste follows, with some roasted nut/coffee flavor. Smooth, great finish, clean.
This was my first brown ale years ago and the one that I measure others by. Great example of the style, highly recommended, along with Bell's Best Brown.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of super sweet malt and raisins. Flavor of very sweet malt, almost juice-like due to the sweetness, with a thin palate. It was a pretty disappointing brown ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Gear54
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is medium brown with 1/2 in of kaki foam. On tap at Johnnys pour house in Flushing MI

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, Carmel, and a bit of burnt toast.

Taste follows the smell well with nice nutty roasted malt flavor and an underlying sweetness. Very sight hop bitterness helps to give near perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick with medium carbonation. Good middle ground between a sipping beer and a beer you drink several of.

Overall one of my favorite brown ales available in my area.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LupulinDevil
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my classic favorites from Joe. Rich malty american brown style with a bit of a larger body than you might expect. Great hop bite with a wonderful balance. Poured a nice dark malty body. Beautiful head and a nice lacing. This is one of those beers that I could enjoy any time!! If you haven't had the chance, search out this or any of the Shorts beers and try them!!

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Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slipperysoup
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most exciting of styles, but this was an above average brown ale for sure. A great nuttiness and toffee taste, medium bodied, with nice dark brown color.. this been finished clean and smooth and was more tasty than most for the pretty generic style. Won't knock your pants off, but definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of redleg64
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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