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RATINGS: 1288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
c_lee_burton (167) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pint Can. Delicious brown ale that goes down easy. Balanced with caramel malt and hops. A little chocolate and brown sugar as well. Great Fall beer!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
i like bells, bells are good. they make sounds. blah blah blah. i like reading reviews cus they are funny.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle purchased from Sicilianoís Market in Grand Rapids, Mich., and poured into a pint glass. This beer was consumed at the end of the night, following many different FFF beers. Itís hard to compare. Anyway, Iíve drank this many, many times, just havent gotten around to rating it yet. For a brown ale, itís definitely enjoyable and well-balanced. Not too shabby.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
very good, Im drinking it yet again. A fall favorite. Theres nothing like taking as 6 pack of Bells Best Brown to the woods in the fall, making a fire, and drinking them with your buds.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours.. well umm brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is strange.. like a mix of grapes and asparagus. Flavor is mild with some small hints of chocolate, malty and has a nutty finish. Palate is tingly, and leaves a lasting impression on the tongue. Good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours an Amber brown with head. I had a hard time detecting an aroma(roasts)? Shallow and malty bitter balance make for an interesting ale but its not exactly a great brown ale. Then again my expectations are high for this brewery.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Had this on tap. I was disapointed, the beer looked good, but was just a little lackluster for Bells. Nice and malty, but somewhat dry for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agent_511 (157) - - OCT 19, 2012
Very good Brown! Pours light brown color with a thick foamy white head with very good retention. Slight caramel aroma, slight burnt roast as well. Similar caramel and burnt roast apparent in the flavor some piney hop flavor also noted. Finishes with a moderate bitter hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2004
nice dark orange color with a tan head that didn't last for too long. aroma of malt and carmel...nice malty flavor that is a bit roasty with a nice smooth texture and a bit of a bite on the finish...very good brown ale...one of the best i've had.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2007
Bottle. Batch number 7738 bottled on 11-21-06, found this one in the celler, I am reading my notes from 12-26-06 and also I will note if the age has any role on this one. Pours a large off-white frothy and yet fizzy head. The lacing is fair and spotty with the head diminishing to a small white film. It pours nice and brown, as a brown ale should pour. Looking at it through the light it is hazy with tiny particals floating around in the glass. This one was bottle conditioned. The malts play a role in this one, the aroma is on the moderate side, but the flavor is deep toasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The hops are light, maybe "flowery". The first taste is on the medium side which stays sweet as a very slight bitterness shines through. The finish lastes for a little while. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy texture and a soft carbination. (notes as of 12-26-06) After finding this one in the celler 3 1/2 months later, there isnt much change to it, the hop bitterness did fade. But it did develope a metallic finish to it. Overall, this is a good beer, but there isnt anything that makes it stand out from the rest. A good session beer.


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