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RATINGS: 1328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at the brewery. A solid brown ale, comparable with Brooklyn and Ithaca.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2008
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a light reddish glow. Not much head, but what is there is ivory. Smells of toasted malts, a little coffee-like. Very inviting. Has a bit of an initial bite to it, fills the mouth with the taste of the toasted malts that were present in the scent. Carbonation level might be a little high, but not enough to detract from the impact the beer makes on the palate. Goes down relatively smoothly, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. I don’t know that I would actively seek this brew out, but this is certainly not a bad beer. Serving type: bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Excellent representation of the style. Deep slightly fogged mahogany color with not much head. Aroma is toasted nuts and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is so creamy caramel with hints of roasted nuts and malts with sweet chocolate. Slightly bitter hop finish for some balance. Sticks to your tongue despite the medium body. Another Bells winner and my favorite Brown Ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12 oz bottle, opaque brown with half a finger of tan head. Light chocolate aroma, light chocolate and caramel taste, light quick finish. Solid beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CP (124) - USA - FEB 18, 2008
Decent, but rather bland and quite light.. Not much to the aroma. The taste has a bit of twang to the end that I didn’t care for. That is about all I could detect in this beer. It is an ok drinkable beer, but has about as much going on with it as Newcastle. Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale is comparable, but better. So check that out!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Ludacris to say that Newcastle is better or even as good as this brown. It truly is the best.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours with a finger high creamy head that dissipates into a khaki lacing. Smells of pears in heavy syrup. Taste is caramel, pears, cashews and then widens into a mildly hoppy finish that leaves your mouth a little dry. Way good. Best I have had in this style.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours a reddish, amber brown with small white head. Serious malt background on this brown ale, slightly sweet. Really tasty and hoppy... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep, but translucent brown with a very slight head which quickly turns to a thin ring. Smells a bit chocolatey. Tastes of coffee and a little chocolate. A little bit of lacing going on. In general, I love Bells, but this didn’t really do it for me. Maybe I’m just not a brown ale kind of guy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
A good brown ale that pours dark and murky with a small head. You can taste the hops and there sweet nutty notes as well.


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