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

Short's Bellaire Brown AleShort's Bellaire Brown Ale
768 Ratings
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adam's pint glass

A: Couldn't get much head on the pour, but what was there was white and quick to fade. Brown and clear in color, which has lots of lighter brown and ruby accents in bright light.

S: Toasty, bready, and caramely malts work together and actually give a much better nose than I was expecting on this brown.

T: Bready maltiness, slightly sweet, with some toastiness in there somewhere. Aftertaste shows a little sweet caramel maltiness.

M: Perhaps just a little too thin. Nothing wrong here, just not exactly what I wanted.

O: A good brown ale, but nothing that really blew me away. Enjoyable overall.

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

Bottle to pint glass; color is impressive, solid head that quickly dissipated, decent lacing. Smell is sweeter than I'd prefer but is certainly prominent in respect to the style and overall quite pleasant.

Malt heavy flavor. Toffee on the nose but once it's in the mouth the flavor becomes less refined - a more lightly burnt caramel swallow. While mentioning those flavors, however, the beer is arguably more drinkable and a bit more clean than the standard brown. The sweetness, which is prominent, is not overpowering. And while my personal taste favors a stronger hop presence (especially in the finish), this beer is a favorable version of a malt heavy brew. Overall, and particularly if you're a fan of browns, try this beer! (As always, Life is Short's.)

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

Mmmm. Man, this is one nice brown ale. Maybe I don't try enough brown ales, but I just don't seem to find many that are on this level. Excellent and oh so smooth levels of earthy wood and leafy stuff, in that brown ale kind of way. Lingering flavor just sits with you and never wavers. This, to me, is what a brown ale should be.

All these beers I've had by Shorts keep advertising all the wide variety of ingredients they are putting in each beer. The label on this one reads: "A classic American brown ale." There's nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional, but there's nothing wrong with making it better through your skill and know how.

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

I got this a while ago (thanks michibrew) and just found it. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with just a halo of almond colored head. Some lace left on the glass.

S - Black coffee, chocolate malts, a little bit of pine, and mud. The aroma is decent, but faint.

T - Starts with bitter coffee and some pine. Some bready malts in the middle. Finishes with a sweet milk chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good.

M - Active carbonation and a pretty thin body.

O - A solid, easy drinking brown. If you are in the distribution area, I recommend grabbing a six pack for a full flavored session beer.

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Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 768 ratings
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