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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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3.7
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Not a big fan of the style. Light brown with a thin head. Very roasty (seems like victory or biscuit malt). Lightly hopped and very drinkable. Not bad

3.4
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle - Pours hazy dark brown with quite a bit of visible sediment and a thin white head. Smell is malty sweet with a touch of cocoa and caramel. Palate is somewhat watery and thin with a good amount of carbonation. A touch of malty sweetness in the upfront taste. Follow through is somewhat sour, bitter hops. A touch of dried fruit and alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Overall, an okay brown ale, but I will definitely be exploring more in this style before giving it another try.

3.1
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
i like bells, bells are good. they make sounds. blah blah blah. i like reading reviews cus they are funny.

3.6
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle purchased from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, Mich., and poured into a pint glass. This beer was consumed at the end of the night, following many different FFF beers. It’s hard to compare. Anyway, I’ve drank this many, many times, just havent gotten around to rating it yet. For a brown ale, it’s definitely enjoyable and well-balanced. Not too shabby.

3.5
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours.. well umm brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is strange.. like a mix of grapes and asparagus. Flavor is mild with some small hints of chocolate, malty and has a nutty finish. Palate is tingly, and leaves a lasting impression on the tongue. Good brew.

4.2
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
very good, Im drinking it yet again. A fall favorite. Theres nothing like taking as 6 pack of Bells Best Brown to the woods in the fall, making a fire, and drinking them with your buds.

2.5
DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Poured from a can that they were selling dirt cheap 4pks at the store today. Extremely foamy when I poured into a glass. Dark amber to mahagony hue with tan/vanilla colored head, once it went down. Smells a bit stale but still pick up some nut, caramel and coffee tones. Weird type of bitterness on the finish, almost acidic. Not the greatest brown ale, probably not the freshest either.

3.1
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours an Amber brown with head. I had a hard time detecting an aroma(roasts)? Shallow and malty bitter balance make for an interesting ale but its not exactly a great brown ale. Then again my expectations are high for this brewery.

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jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Had this on tap. I was disapointed, the beer looked good, but was just a little lackluster for Bells. Nice and malty, but somewhat dry for the style.

3.5
hopbag (159) - - NOV 3, 2014
Nutty, toasty, caramel. Dark crystal malt. Not too sweet. Lots of English yeast character, with that fruity estery thing, is not my favorite. Spicy hops are nice. Well balanced brown ale, good body, but not really my style.


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