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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Named after a true Michigan pioneer, John Ball was instrumental in the development of downtown Grand Rapids.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (3019) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft @ brewery. Caramel malt aroma. Deep amber with a moderate beige head. Buttery caramel malt and earthy roasty flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Clean copper brown pour with a ruby tan hint and sandy tan head. Malty aroma with grainy notes and a touch of caramel sweetness and toast/cracker. Flavor is, again, malt forward with caramel and toasted malt at the forefront. Very very light smokey notes and medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (804) - - JUL 24, 2014
Draft. Pours a light brown. Aroma and taste are nutty, almost like peanuts, and slightly sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
The waitress at HopCat (Stephanie) recommended this beer if I were to go to GRBC... well, as it turned out, it was my favorite of the paddle I got. A simple copper brown sort of color with basically no head or lacing. Not a very attractive looking beer, but the rest of it is. The smell is slightly nutty with a bit of roastiness... now you’re talking. The taste is like the smell, but it just seems elevated on the taste buds. Roasted nuts is kind of the flavor I get. Maybe a coffee essence because of the roast. Some caramel. A nice sweetness even. A surprising depth of flavor for a style of beer I tend to deem as boring. Medium-ish feel and carbonation make this easy to drink a decent bit of. After a slew of less than impressive brews, I was glad to have tasted this one. An proverbial diamond in the rough at GRBC.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2013
On tap at Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Clear mahogany with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel/toffee, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet and nutty with caramel and a metallic and zippy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1991) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Rated this with another app and BeerBuddy unfortunately won't let me import comments.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Tap. Light brown with small head. Decent brown ale. Fairly light bodied. Quite nutty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Had a draft at their brewery. Brown with crazy white foamy head. Smells like peanuts. Tastes great. Chocolate and cocoa

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
njager246 (366) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap at brew pub... nut aroma with a dark brow appearance... good brown not as much flavor as bells

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (567) - - APR 2, 2013
Not my favorite style, but tasty. Like my benchmark Bells Best Brown, but with more sweetness and less of a pleasant bite.


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