Friday, March 2, 2012

Bell's Best Brown

Today's post comes to you from a great American brewery, Bell's (Michigan). This is by no means their flagship beer. It is probably not even in the top 5 beer that they are known for. This is more of a testament to the brewery than anything else. 

It is an English Brown Ale style and has a 5.9% ABV. It has a nice medium body and good malt (as a brown should have). It is just a really pleasant beer to drink. Smooth and simple, yet really full of flavor. 

This is an example of what I like to call "everyday beers". They aren't overly fancy or complex. Straightforward and delicious is what you want on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, there are wonderful nuances in this beer. Think about your beer or you are missing the point, but if you want something that isn't overwhelming, tastes delicious and reasonably priced, this is a great beer. 

The nice part about this beer is that it has all of the characteristics that would be expected of a brown ale, but it uses American hops, rather than English hops. In general, American hops are a little more upfront, so it is a little hoppier than standard brown ales. Sometimes I am looking for a very malty brown, but this was a pleasant change. In general I have only had good experiences with Bell's. My only issue with them is that they don't distribute to NY (Bell's, please start distributing to NY). More on them to come, I am getting my hands on some of the most sought-after beer in the Northeast: Hopslam (also a Bell's, if you didn't get that). 

Glassware: Pint Glass, Tulip, Goblet.

Synonym Beer: Brooklyn Brown (Big complement, I love Brooklyn Brown)

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