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

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Short's Bellaire Brown AleShort's Bellaire Brown Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
756
Reviews:
268
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
122
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Donovan68
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.54/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks, Short's--another infected beer. Served in a tulip. I'll say from the start, I had thought that the Short's infection issues were pretty much limited to beers with weird ingredients. Apparently this is not the case.

The beer starts off fine, pouring a moderate brown color with a pretty good off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose is slightly sweet with some dark fruits along with a bit of an acetic character in the background. The taste is just downright awful. This is essentially vinegar at this point and really disgusting. Not much else to say about it. The mouthfeel is puckering and sour, burning my throat. Drain pour to the max.

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Photo of bamadog
2.07/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I received this bottle as an extra in a trade along with some other great looking Shorts and regional mid-western brews and unfortunately, this one did not strike my fancy. I'm hoping it was actually a bad bottle or something, as I would be more than happy to try it again and edit this review. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass and split with beeerman207. Review is from notes taken on 2/13/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a deep toffee brown color and starts with a very short 1/2 finger head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is semi-opaque and looks like a thick iced tea; a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Here is where it all starts to fall apart for me -- the smell is like woody and vegetables and that's it. It comes across as very unappealing.

Taste: Much like the smell, there is a nutty woodiness and that vegetative quality that is reminiscent of cabbage. Frankly, and sadly, it's a drain pour.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a smooth and moderate thickness and weight for a brown. The mouthfeel is alright, but the unpleasant flavors make it nearly unpalatable.

Drinkability: I really can't get past the flavors and their unpleasantness. Like I said at the beginning of the review, I would gladly give it a shot again and edit this if it comes out better.

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Photo of cbbjr
2.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Brown and fairly easy to see through. A small amount of white head that disappears quickly with little lacing.

S-First thing I sense is a bit a caramel. But then I picked up a surprisingly sour smell. Not sure if it is intentional, but it could be the reason this was on sale for $6 a sixer at Whole Foods in DC (regularly $11).

T-Like the smell, a bit of caramel up front, and again like the smell, it is a bit funky. And not in a good way. Not even a trace of hops.

M-Fairly thin. Not very carbonated. Regardless of whether you swallow quickly or let it sit on your tongue and let it swish around in for a few seconds, nothing changes.

Overall-I am pretty disappointed. I have had a couple of other Short's beers and loved them. Brown ales aren't my favorite style, but I do enjoy them, and this isn't a great example. Not sure if the sourness is intentional or not. If so I will give them credit for trying something different, but it doesn't float my boat.

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Photo of BennyL1
2.18/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found a leftover single of this in the fridge so even though its a bit warm out for a brown I figure why not. No freshness date - poured into a perfect pint glass.

This brew pours a nice chestnut brown color with a thin off white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Pretty malty aroma, caramel mostly. Some other kind of odd roasty scents in there as well. Not really feeling this so far.

Taste is not what I expected at all, and that isn't a good thing. Caramel malt and dark fruits but overall a watery feeling to it. This beer just tastes off - maybe because of age but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Medium in body but watered down. Not much carbonation which leads me to think that this beer is past its prime. Oh well, that's why breweries need to put some dating info on the bottle. So it goes.

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Photo of papat444
2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A very thin head, half a finger at most but it does have a better body with an almost opaque brown body that provides a bit of a saving grace.

Smell: A bit of roasted nuts with some dark fruits tinged with a bit of sourness.

Taste: Dried fruits but the major overtone is sourness. it's not in your face but it is present and distracts a great deal from the flavor. Has a bit of harshness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Practically no carbonation to speak of and watery a bit.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this was a drain pour.

Overall: I did not enjoy this brew very much and i like brown ales. Sorry but i'll pass next time.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing, Dan.

A: The beer pours a light brown color with an off-white head.

S: Typical: sour. Lemon, lemon zest, and straw are the main aromas here. There is a bit of toast and roast to it, perhaps some bread and a bit of chocolate. But, it's mostly tart.

T: The flavor is a bit watery, but unmistakably tart/sour. It's actually got a weird watermelon flavor to it as well. Very little brown ale flavor to be found here.

M: Medium bodied with a high carbonation.

O: Short's just needs to get their act together.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted malts and chocolate with some molasses.

The flavor is very sweet and sugary malts, molasses, nutty chocolates and some slightly tart fruitiness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, too sweet and thin. An OK brown.

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Photo of melissab318
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of larebear
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of amalburg
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of AnnArborJoe
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. Tumbler glass. From my notes (mar´11). Light reddish brown color. Close & lasting crown. Light aroma profile: toasted malts & herbal hop touch. Sweet upfront. Medium body, watery texture. Quite flat & boring. Smooth bitter finish. Unexpected from Short´s.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Decided to try some more Shorts while it's coming to my area. 12oz bottle...

A: A deep clear red with hints of brown. A small light off white head that fades quickly to minor bubbles atop the brew. Ok.

S: Faint hints of some chocolate malt upfront with a mild vanilla in the middle. A slight coffee on the backend. Blah...

T: Some watery chocolate malt blended with a minor hop bite. A creaminess in the middle with a faint black licorice on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A dry watery finish. Eh.

O: All in all, this beer kind of blows. This one is ok, but nothing worth buying again. Don't bother with this brew. Not a good representation of the style and not a good beer. Rethink this one Shorts.

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Photo of JustAnotherGalen
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz into a Tulip

A: Poured a transparent light brown out of the bottle. In the glass has a crystal clear brown/red color and a surprisingly white head that quickly recedes. The head formed with extremely small bubbles, leaving some thin lacing on the glass, and a thin white rim of head.

S: Hard to make much out. No hops. Some malt, more bread crust than anything else, and a little of something bright and sour.

T: Watery, sharp acidic carbonation up front, some sweet malt flavor, but overwhelmed by the carbonation. little after taste beyond a bit of lingering bitterness

M: Thin, highly carbonated.

O: Light bodied, too highly carbonated, lacking complexity. Not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

-- The wifey generously picked this sixer up at Rodman's in DC on 9/18/11 --

A: Like homemade apple cider. It's unfiltered and rustic brown. A decent pour yields a one finger head that doesn't stick around, and minor lacing rims the glass.

S: A generous amount of past-ripe plums. There's also an odd twang of rusty copper piping.

T: Absent of any hops. I mean zero humulus lupulus. Kinda funky-sweet. Something doesn't seem quite right here. Is it slightly infected? Possibly a bit oxidized? Regardless, I can't say this is something I've found in many other browns, so calling it a "classic brown" would be stretching it.

M: Thin up front. As I violently swish this around in my mouth, it begins to perk up a bit, and a tad bit of creamy froth shows up, albeit a bit too late.

O: Short's Bellaire Brown is, literally, one funky brew. Either they're intentionally brewing one off-the-wall brown ale, or this is slightly infected. Either way, this wasn't my cup of tea, and was quite happy to have shared the rest of these with unknowing friends.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of harrylee773
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of ajzy
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of thomseye
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of linnymtu
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Rodekill
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'd heard about this brewery in the past, and was impressed that their booth at Great American Beer Festival had such a long line whenever I walked past it.

They just started distributing in Colorado and their six packs are pretty expensive, coming in at one to two dollars more than most craft beers.

I picked up one bottle as part of a mixed six pack rather than plunking down $10.99 for a sixer.

I'm glad I just got one bottle. It's a decent brown ale, but nothing special, and not as good as others I could mention, but won't.

Average appearance, nose, mouthfeel. Slight diacetyl notes, which is always off-putting for my palate. Not overpowering, but there nonetheless.

The beer tastes fresh enough, so I don't think it's an old batch. I might try another of their beers in a mixed six pack, but this beer doesn't make me want to run out and get more.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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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