Best Brown Ale

American Brown Ale Bell’s Brewery, Inc.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.