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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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3.9
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
translucent medium brown. malty/nutty with a medium-light body. toasty finish. a tasty one

3.7
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2008
This beer pours a bright copper color with a foamy, off-white head. It has nice head retention and lacing. It has a light citrus hoppy aroma with a hint of toasted malts. The taste is malty and bready with a nice hop finish. Very enjoyable and refreshing. It is lightly carbonated, the body leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s still quite delicious. I would serve this with a mushroom swiss burger or a meatloaf-yum!

3.4
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Hazy dark amber pour with moderate bubbly light tan head. Nutty aroma with some caramel and bread present. Taste is light roasted malt and with some nuttiness and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes on a very slight bitter note. A fairly tasty brown ale, although a touch more hops on the nose and palate would have been welcome.

3.6
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Easter tasting @ jbean’s. Only brown ale that I have liked nearly as much as the Pullman. Sweet honey, bready (surprisingly!), chocolate, very rich malt. Lip-smackingly delicious.

3.8
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beautiful dark brown cocoa color with an amazing fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Tastes extremely smooth with hints of chocolate and malt. Only lacking feature was aroma.

3.8
dunn4040 (129) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a slight red tint too it when held up to light. Has a one finger cream color head that seems to be holding up pretty well. Smells like toasted malts. Aroma is slightly earthy as well. Palate is very smooth. Toasted nuts, baked bread, toasted malts, a little bitterness that gives it a nice balance. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is coming through as the beer warms up a bit. Overall a very well balanced, easy to drink beer. I’m not a huge brown ale fan but when they are as good as this I can’t help but enjoy them.

4.3
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale.

4
partchapol (128) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2014 Earthy, clove; leftover coke color with less bubble; very well balanced taste & bitterness; just right texture; may drink this again

3.6
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
A very good brown ale from one of my favorite micros. An aroma of roasted and caramel malts. A flavor to match. Somtimes cloudly if not poured or stored properly. Only major drawback is the slightly thin palate. A very good brown.

3.3
GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at the brewery. A solid brown ale, comparable with Brooklyn and Ithaca.


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