Best Brown Ale

Michigan
United States
Bell's Best Brown Ale Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall 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.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
Judges Review 
Graham L. Barron's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This ale pours from the can with a frothy and persistent off-white head that covers the hazy, dark brown nectar underneath. Chocolate malt jumps out in the nose, complemented by a toasty, nutty and slightly caramelly aroma. A light, woody hop character hides in the background along with a faint metallic note. The taste is predominantly sweet malt and toffee followed by a mild but noticeable earthy, woody hop flavor. Bitterness, while restrained, is sufficient enough to provide balance to the rich malt keeping the beer from being overly sweet. Despite a medium body, the finish is dry enough to leave you asking for another gulp. Bell’s suggests this beer is “best enjoyed with the changing of the seasons.” This is not mere advertising speak, and in fact, perfectly describes this beer. This rich, flavorful brown ale is ideal for relaxing on a cool fall afternoon.

 

Popular Reviews

Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
94
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
19/ 20
This beer is consistently brewed to near perfection, right down to the spritzy effervescence, which complements the flavor balance. It's fairly light for a brown ale, but it certainly doesn't lack in the flavor department, with chocolate at the forefront, and subsequent notes of mild roast, caramel, and even a bit of wood. Am I partial? Yes. Even looking at the seductive owl gets my mouth watering, but I consider this the perfect Autumnal companion. Not a "winter warmer" per say, but perfectly refreshing, and able to conjure a childlike "covered in leaves" feeling like no other beer.