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

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756 Ratings
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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 nstygles
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomNevala
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must have brown ale for us when we stop at "The Buck" in St. Joe, Michigan.

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Photo of madelf66
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nutty malts, toffee and slight sweetness. The flavor is nutty malts, toffee, light berries/fruit and a slightly sweet/tart finish. Old school brown ale, well-made.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwgduke
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RAFH
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plumberman63
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a local bar MIMI's Retreat.
Poured a nice dark brown with a creamy tan head
Very good aroma, toasted malt with a hint of chocolate.
Taste smooth malty, touch of caramel sweet, but also coffee which I don't like.
Edit: Drinking straight from the bottle seem to get rid of the coffee taste, makes it very drinkable
Good feel not watery or thick, no after taste.

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Photo of Chris7482
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of slipperysoup
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We recently began getting distro of Short's B.C. beers here in south-central PA & I am pretty excited about it! I have known those guys for years, between BA fests in BOS & my (usually) annual excursion to Madison, WI for the GTMW. I don't care if they are in bottles since I never expected them to come to me!

From the bottle: "A Classic American Brown Ale"; "Handmade by people who care. (tm)"

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly with an aggro pour since it was a very fresh bottle. In fact, I blushed at some of the things that it was saying! This action produced two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like liquefied milk chocolate with caramel! I usually hold sweet beers in disregard, but this smelled pretty enticing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sweet, all right, but pleasant. It was like a ROLO candy or even a Twix bar with its biscuity maltiness! As I said, I am not usually a fan of such things, but this really was a nice change of pace. Finish was semi-sweet, restrained thanks to the malts & whichever hops they used. It had a real potential to be cloying & they managed to avoid that. Bravo! Send some more of your beers our way!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 02/12/2016. Another new one to me from Short's Brewing, acquired a single bottle from the local beer store. "A classic American Brown Ale". No abv listed on the bottle, and BeerAdvocate lists two different ones.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A nice brown colored body with huges of red when held to the light. One finger of frothy khaki-tan / off-white head that leaves lots of good spotty lacing. A nice look.

S - Good classical brown ale nose: very toasty, roasty, nutty, & malty. Notes of toast, roasted nuttiness, and brown bread. A clean, traditional aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, creamy, nutty, malty, toasty. Minor alcohol bite on the finish. Smooth, creamy, & nutty above all else. A very delicious and traditional example of the style.

M - Feel is crisp, creamy, nutty, & malty. Minor alcohol, medium-bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, exactly what it advertises itself as - a classic example of the style, to be damn sure. Very enjoyable stuff, and highly recommended per the style.

Short's Brew Bellaire Brown -----4/5.

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Photo of MatthiasGP
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scmtim
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quafftastic
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 756 ratings.
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