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RATINGS: 1332   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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3.5
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a little bit of amber to it too, with a half finger high white head. Smells of caramel, malt, tiny bit of hops, and maybe a little coffee. Tastes of caramel and malt, a little hop, but is kind of boring and subtle. Goes down fairly smooth, but the after-taste is only so-so. Overall a decent beer, but not Bells best. Also had this on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, which was better than bottle.

4
StoutBeerReviews (225) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2017
Very nice balance and flavor. Looks pretttttyyyyy in a glass. Love bells, love browns.

3.6
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Aroma is roast malts. Taste roast malt, light cocoa, some bitterness, nutty medium body, sticky finish

3.6
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light, well, brown, with a fair amount of yeast sediment and head. Nice, malty aroma, with strong notes of nuts and caramel. The flavor has similar notes, with some added hints of coffee and fruit, and a touch of hops. "Solid" comes to mind when describing this beer - it’s very well-made and a great example of the style, but not particularly interesting.

3.6
CJ_Pain (221) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Good solid fall beer. Leave the pumpkin this and the pumpkin that for the pumpkin heads and settle in with an original fall beer style. An excellent interpretation of a brown and an easy drinking one at that. A little bit hoppier and a little less maltier than a lot of browns makes this very smooth, though I would have preferred a lil more malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 Another great Bells offering. Nice balance. Medium brown pour and medium head. If you don’t know what yo want - choose Bells

3.4
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Dark brown pour with a nice tan head. This stuff is so easy to drink! Very nice hints of roasted malts, toffee, nutty and a mild sweetness. it sits so well on the palate. This is soooo good...I have been on such a brown ale and porter kick lately.

3.4
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Sweet malty aroma with woody notes.Light brown in color with a small but persistant white head. Nutty malty flavor on a thick body.

3.6
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
JohnC, jcalabre, does this guy KNOW who he is??? Well, he’s one damn fine trader -- threw this in as an "extra." Very nice brown ale: brown (duh) mild, yet fairly complex (for the style) flavors that consisted of roasted malts, caramel, and nuts. Thanks, John!

4.1
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
I don't like brown ales. But this is the genius of Bell's - if you make nearly perfect product, how can someone not like it. A little richer and creamier than most brown, this is so beautiful in both the throat and mouth that it is bringing a tear to my eye! Enjoy!


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