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.
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.