hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 RBSG2003 (extended)
(On tap at the brewery)
Crystal clear, deep amber ale. Small, off-white, creamy head. Partially retaining with good lacing.
The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, toffee... everything MALT!
The flavor is ridiculously rich, buttery and malty... with balance. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, semi-sweet, buttery finish. Reminiscent of Lake Tahoe Red and European Zebra Lager (which is no longer brewed). nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2007
12oz bottle. Murky brown color. Rich and creamy brown ale. Very well balanced, a perfect mix of the sweet nutty brown malt/yeast and mild hoppy flavors. Real depth of flavor. Great beer. gdh8888 (5) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2007 does not count
One of my favorites and easy to find around here. If you like ales, please do yourself a favor and try this one. Slightly bitter, but very balanced, almost sweet finish. jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a rich brown with a cream colored silky head. Aroma smells of chocolate. Nice balance of smokey chocolate malts and subtle bitterness. Dry finish without being sour with the aftertaste. Good example of a brown. kenter2000 (74) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2012
One of the best Brown Ales I have ever tasted. No surprise with the title then. Smooth Carmel, deep calm, pleasant tone, warm body. Hard to drink just one.
MetalNHopHead (1981) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Bell’s Best Brown does for me what a lot of Brown Ales don’t. It’s true to its English roots yet distinctly American. Brown/darkened amber coloring topped with a thick layer of tan foam. Rich, malty nose. Flavors start of with caramel and chocolate notes then finish with a spicy hop character. The toasted notes seem deeper than the light roasted quality of many Browns, and the feel is heartier too. Many American representations of this style tend to fall into a lighter viscosity. While Bell’s Best Brown can’t quite be described as full-bodied it’s a notch past medium. This Autumn brew is easy-drinking but not at all boring. 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. BRiddoch (11) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
12 Oz. Bottle poured. Reddish brown with a nice tan head. I could smell the fruit and caramel while I poured. Nice solid taste of plum with a hint of chocolate. Nice smooth aftertaste. Great fall beer. Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured from bottle to pub glass. Pours rich brown. Nice thick head that goes away rather soon. Light sweet taste. Almost creamy on the palate. Overall is a great beer. Has some awesome malt flavor. A great brown beer. EvanFriend (595) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2014
One of my favorite brown ales. Not too thin, well balanced - not overly sweet or overly hoppy like many brown ales can be. An excellent beer in a style that is all too rarely done well.