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RATINGS: 1342   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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3.6
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Bought a six pack of bottles Thanksgiving ’06. Pours dark brown, with light head. I found this beer to be quite drinkable.

3.5
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Pours a very deep brown with complex-for-a-brown smell of autumn. Good malt flavor and texture. Quality beer.

3.5
Holtguy (178) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
I was lured into purchasing a 12 pack of this because of an alluring price ($15) and the gorgeous new packaging and label. You see they still have the great horned owl, but now it’s fall, not winter. The owl sits on a tree limb in a forest of autumnal orange splendor. This artwork was very appealing to me, thus the purchase. The beer itself is very good. Malty with a hint if bitterness. Dry mouthfeel. Pretty satisfying.

3.8
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours a mahogony brown with some cloudiness from yeast. Pillowy head presents a slighty weak nose of nutty sweetness and light smoke. Flavor is a procession of malty goodness, evoking hazelnut and pecan, followed by a building dryness characterized mostly by a smoky smooth finish. I am not partial at all to brown ales, but this is an excellent achievement for the type.

3.9
melvin980 (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Very good. Has a really nice hoppy flavor. One of the best Browndaddies I’ve had.

4
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Thick head when poured. Aroma was smooth. Brown, mahogany in color. Lightly sweet, medium bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and a nice bitter finish. I greatly enjoyed this beer.

3.5
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle, Pours brown amber with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet eathy malty caramel, coffee, faint chocolate and light hops. Taste is oak woody caramel, toffee, chocolate with a light hoppy finish. Medium bodied beer with good carbonation. Not my favorite style of beer of this is a decent brew.

3.5
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pour was a cloudy dull red color with 3+ fingers of head. Brown sugar and malt is the dominate flavor, with hints of carmel, slightly bitter hops, and toffee. Very enjoyable brown ale.

3.7
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Mini Keg aroma- caramel roasted malts, sugar, some yeast, grass. pours ruby amber, nice resilient head. taste is rich roasted malt, sugar, brown sugar, some coffee hints, rye, dry malty finish.

3.1
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber in color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is bland--slight notes of malts. Malty in flavor with a slightly Belgian taste. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden, but it’s not that noticeable. Overall, good for a brown ale, but not quite up to the standards that I’ve set for Bells.


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