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RATINGS: 1325   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.

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Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Brown, with a slight orangey tinge and a beige head. Cloudy, because I poured it quicker than I should have poured a bottle-conditioned beer. Faint malty/bready aroma. Malt, nuttiness, toastiness, some dried fruit. Nice subtle hop bitterness and leafy flavor. The level of carbonation is actually quite nice; refreshing but not schpritzy. On the full side of medium-bodied. I just noticed this: Holy hell, that's a lot of yeast in the bottle, even for something bottle-conditioned. There's almost as much at the bottom of my glass.

2.1
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Kind of a flat brown ale. I was disappointed, ’cause the Kalamazoo folk turn out some fine ales. The coloring was a clear light brown, but there was little carbonation and almost no head. The aroma was neligible and the flavor was dull and uninteresting.

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humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Nice brown color with a subtle cloudiness. Aroma is perfumy and toasted with mature hops. Pillowy carbonation and great flavor. The most flavorful and exciting brown I’ve yet encountered. Nice bitter-hoppy finish.

3.7
jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
2003 bottle (i think). yeasty, malty, spicy (cloves?) aroma . big long-lived tan head. nutty and malty body, extremely well-balanced. several complex flavors; the finish is almost like chewing on some caramel or carapils malt.

3.5
drywallman (367) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This one was indeed brown and had the big tan head mentioned below in other ratings. I also noticed the significant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. This contributed to smooth mellow taste I think. Not very significant on the hops. I could drink a lot of this.

3.7
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Thanks to Adam (Lumpy) for this one also. Pours with a big tan head that appears to be think and lasting. Wacky floaties settle to the bottom that look like meteors. The taste is a bit yeasty and the mellow hops flavor takes over from what I usually find in brown ales, too much malt. the "best" brown ale? Probably not, but a fine product from a brewer I respect more and more every time I try another of their beers.

3.2
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Bottle from Kevin42. Good pour with a deep brown color. Nuty and a little sweet. Notes of molasses and roasted nuts abound. Not bad.

3.5
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
thick brown with sediment gently floating, creamy head, good bitter finish.

3.9
walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
poured reddish brown with little head.aroma malts ,choc. caramel. flavor dark chocolate like the kind that covers a chocolate covered cherry, molasses. got a nice sweetness and a little bit of a bite at the end. bells does it again for me

3.8
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Light brown color,small light tan head that faded slowly leaving a small lace behind.Malty yeasty aroma with a side of caramel.Very nice flavor,malty and caramel with a nice but mild hop presence,Slightly sweet at first then turning to a mild bitter in the middle and finishing up on the dry side.Nicely done brew and easy to drink.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.


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