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

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kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2008
The hops are a little stinky here. It has an amber brown appearance. Good malt character followed by dry hop. More of a Belgian brown. This one is not a real hooter.

3.5
PaperKnife (82) - - MAY 12, 2012
Draft. Rich O's. Reddish brown, disappearing tan head. Sweet malty aroma, earthy and nutty. Dry, nutty, slight fruitiness, bitter finish.

3.2
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Pours bright mahogany. Aroma is nutty and bready. Taste is much the same with some caramel sweetness. Very little to no hops present. Decent beer. Not my favorite style though.

3.6
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Reached for one of these guys again after an extended period of being bells free.... Alot better this time around than i remember it...good stuff

3.3
rollsrace (81) - - AUG 31, 2014
Tasted on 12/20/2013. a decent brown ale, slightly bitter. it’s pretty dark for a brown ale.

3.9
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Beutiful maple syrup poor. Not much head to speak of. Nice nutty roasted flavor I really like this style especially for a late nivember football session.

4.2
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Brown pour, small tan head. Slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned, so not surprising). Great english malt aroma paired with nutty, malt, and maybe a bit of coffee. Taste is much the same. Some toasty bread as well. Very dry and smooth finisher. A new favorite brown...

3.8
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12 oz. -> dimpled mug. Pours a hazy brown, with red-orange undertones; soft, pillow-y head of a lightly toasted marshmallow hue; occasional fisheyes, that turn into deep craters as the head settles. Smells spicy, like pumpkin pie - cloves, allspice - with lightly roasted malts, cocoa, and a subtle banana-ness. Tastes spicy, too: the clove/pumpkin pie is there, as is the roasted malt, with a nice nutty toffee quality. Maybe a tiny bit too sweet; more pronounced hops to add some balance would be appreciated. Is it truly the best brown ale? No, but it is the Best Brown Ale, dig?

4
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
An excellent brew from an excellent brewer. The head was gone before the glass reached my lips, but the aroma and taste are fantastic. Good color and finish, not too heavy and finishes with a firm malty flavor. Leaves you ready for another, a great example of a brown ale.


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