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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours a dark orangeish-brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, nuts and a surprising amount of alcohol. Flavor is also malty, with roasted nuts, mild chocolate, and balancing hop dryness later in the sip. The beer finishes drier, with more yeasty bread and mild alcohol flavor. Not bad at all, but could have a tad more hops. An easy drinker.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2012 An quality Brown. Smell originally was almost all malt, on second whiff I caught the generous addition of hops. I usually do not care for American xtra hopping in my Brown Ale and prefer the English variety; however, Bells did well as it balances. Thicker than the avg brown. A tad of dark hops limits this from rating of a 4.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle poured a thin brown with nutty, malty aroma. Taste was similar, semi-sweet with some bitterness. Pretty good beer, but I would need to try it again.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evocatus (72) - USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a dark red amber, looks almost like tea. Head was tan and about a cm in thickness though it dwindled to a little more than a ring. Aroma was pretty feint, although I could pick up hints of caramel and alcohol. Taste was pretty good and strong though. A mix of caramel sweetness, nuts, and alcohol. For some reason the taste is a bit too strong for me, at least the alcohol part, so I wouldn’t call it too drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 roasty malt aroma with a similar taste. Alot of things going on in this one for a brown ale. Very sweat,which I liked. This beer was great on cool late summer day. I’ll buy another 6 in the fall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
steindds (70) - - APR 3, 2012
Pours a brown color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is of toasted malts, dough and butterscotch. Medium to light mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
A classic brown ale: Sweet, fruity aroma; good brown color. Initial taste of fruity caramel. Aftertaste of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, otherwise simply terrific.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Bottle Clear, medium reddish-brown with a thick and full tan head that holds well. Rich, malty aroma with a fair amount of spiciness from the use of Belgian malts, as well as some faint nuttiness, roasted malt, and celery salt. Creamy and reasonably full on the palate, it starts out with a flowery hop bite, then settles to a smooth maltiness, along with some rounded spiciness, pale chocolate, dry nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Lethargic carbonation aids in it’s easy going drinkability. Lengthy, slightly dry finish. The late-2003 bottles from the new brewery have much less yeast sediment than before, so adding the dregs doesn’t turn it into the muddy mess it once did. Overall, a session-worthy brown ale that Bell’s should turn into a year-round brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickomosa (68) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Nice reddish brown color that lights the let through. Nuts, yeast, hops in the aroma. Inviting. Sweet malts, nuts, a little citrus flavor. Thin bodied. Finishes dry, reminiscent of good belgians.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours pretty dark, with an off white half inch head. The nose is a little sweet with caramel, but a lot of hoppy freshness breaks through. I really like it. The taste is more mild than I thought. I get some malt, bread, and a small kiss of hop bitterness at the end. Carbonation was very low, crisp finish. This has been in my fridge for over a month so it could have lost some of its kick. Very mellow but I like it. Id like to try a fresh one.


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