Bell’s Best Brown Ale
Brewery: Bell’s Brewing (Comstock, Michigan)
Name: “Best Brown”
Type: Brown Ale
Beer Advocate: 86
I’ll be frank, I’m not wild about Bell’s Brewery. I’ve been to their brewery in Michigan, I like their Two Hearted Ale, they really impressed me with their Oracle DIPA and their Porter is one of the best in Michigan. Unfortunately, many of their other flagships have fallen flat for me (such as their Stout, Lager of the Lakes, and Oberon). Regardless of the quality of their beer, they must have some really great reps because Bells is everywhere now. So tread lightly, finding the home runs are tricky but they’re out there. So lets check out their Fall Seasonal offering, the “Best Brown.”
Eyes and Nose: Deep, dark reddish brown with a thick tan head that slowly dissipates. Somewhat nutty on the nose.
Mouth: Subtle maple, cinnamon, caramel and apples. Slightly roasted but all around a very muddled flavor that feels somewhat murky. Slightly tart and sweet, while also burnt and smoky with a touch of almond.
Rating: Ultimately this beer’s complexity is its undoing. The earthy bitterness of the malt clashes with the caramel/toffee amber notes. It’s not a bad beer, but it needs more refining and perhaps a touch of either sweetness or hops.
Zim Score: 2.5/5