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:
759
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
122
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 759 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of oldvines
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, nut, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, nut, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of wood. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this brown off the Binnys single shelf. It is probably the best beer I've had from Shorts. It poured a clear deep mahogany with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has bread. The taste is a nice balance of bread and caramel hints. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer....really liked this one.

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Photo of Benish
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely in the top 5 of the brown ales I have tried. It poured a dark brown color with a brown head. Aromas were mild, mostly malt and a bit of caramel and toffee. The flavors were very sweet yet not overwhelming. Picked up caramel, some toffee and a rich sweet malt throughout. Loved every sip of it. The mouthfeel was smooth and the rich. An awesome brown ale, maybe more like an imperial version. It stood out being one of the sweeter ones I've tasted.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of K-Dog
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at a local beer store which had a shorts tasting event with 3 free samples so I decided to try beers I haven't had from shorts yet. This was a pretty tasty solid all round brown ale. I might actually pick a a sixer of this in the future

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Eric_Smith
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJWalker
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok flavor but falls flat and nothing pops.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A beady and somewhat sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, toast, and caramel. Toasted barley malt with a scent of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuts with yeast. Subtle hints of earthy hops and brown sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, toast, and caramel. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and nuts along with some yeast. Light earthy hop notes of grass. Sweet notes of brown sugar. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A very solid version of a Brown Ale. Nice toasty malt flavors.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Junior
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/17/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa, light berry/fruits, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa, light berry/fruits, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa. and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English brown ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lobos62
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron197
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 759 ratings.
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