Best Brown Ale

American Brown Ale Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Best Brown Ale, an American Brown Ale by Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Best Brown Ale is an American Brown Ale brewed by Bellcs Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours a murky, auburn brown capped by a tall stack of dense, cream-colored foam that exhibits wonderful retention. A soapy ring of residue collects at the collar while small patches of sticky lace cling to the glass. As the beer is consumed those patches become a lovely lattice.

Aroma

The aroma is pleasantly sweet with a scent of hazelnut, toffee, and a slight roast. Nut and floral hops appear in the nose as the beer warms.

Flavor

The palate exhibits more bite, beginning with a taste of toasty bread that transitions to a complementary bite of floral and herbal hops. The taste finishes with a squeeze of lemon and bottoms out with chocolaty sweetness.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with its a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Bell’s ticks all the boxes you’d expect for the style. Its appearance and feel are spot on. The aroma is quite nice. And it brings a ton of flavor. Is it really the Best Brown Ale? Maybe. Maybe not. But it certainly is a surefire hit for the fall season.

Recommended Pairings

The brewery recommends the following food pairings for this brown ale: meats of sausage, steak, lamb and pork chops; aged Gouda, toasted almonds or walnuts. Also sweets of pear, maple syrup, caramel, and sweetbreads.

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About the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. But it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. The darker malt is more robust than an Amber but doesn’t reach the level of a Porter.