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4.2% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Dark brown with some red hues. Medium head.
Aroma: Nutty and earthy.
Taste: Nut, roasted malt, caramel and a bit of yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

A staple of the Mitten’s lineup at Fifth-Third Ballpark this season, Triple Crown Brown is a tasty yet easy-drinking brown ale. The flavors — consisting of nut, roasted malt, caramel and other earthy flavors — are extremely well balanced and go down very smooth. Definitely keep your eye out for this at the ballpark or at the brewery’s Leonard Street home in Grand Rapids.

5.2% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Brown with a small head.
Aroma: Nutty with some roast.
Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Bellaire Brown is exactly what you want from a brown ale — a solid, flavorful brown that has a slight hoppiness to balance everything out. Short’s Bellaire Brown is one of my favorite brown ales, as it goes down easy and isn’t over the top with any of its elements. The roasted qualities, mixed with vanilla, chocolate and caramel make for a semi-sweet brew that’s sure to please any beer lover.

5.2% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Brown with a small head.
Aroma: Nutty with some roast.
Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Bellaire Brown is exactly what you want from a brown ale — a solid, flavorful brown that has a slight hoppiness to balance everything out. Short’s Bellaire Brown is one of my favorite brown ales, as it goes down easy and isn’t over the top with any of its elements. The roasted qualities, mixed with vanilla, chocolate and caramel make for a semi-sweet brew that’s sure to please any beer lover.

5.3% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Brown with some red hues. Minimal head with a decent lacing.
Aroma: Slight nut smell.
Taste: Dark chocolate, nut, roasted malt and a burn at the end of each sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Diamond Mountain Brown is a brown ale with a bit of a twist — while it contains standard flavors, there’s a slight burn towards the finish. This makes for a surprising yet balanced taste, as the sweet, earthy flavors are balanced out towards the end.

9.5% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Red-brown hue with a medium creamy head.
Aroma: Fruity and nutty.
Taste: Maple and roasted nut. Somewhat sweet. As the beer warms, vanilla becomes present.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Short’s is the master at unique beers, and The Woodmaster certainly doesn’t disappoint. A brown ale made with pecans and maple syrup, this sweet brew is fill of flavor. I’d almost describe it as breakfast in a bottle — it reminds me of pancakes with maple syrup — yet this beer is almost too sweet for breakfast. But that doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for dessert.

9.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Red-brown hue with a medium creamy head.
Aroma: Fruity and nutty.
Taste: Maple and roasted nut. Somewhat sweet. As the beer warms, vanilla becomes present.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
Short’s is the master at unique beers, and The Woodmaster certainly doesn’t disappoint. A brown ale made with pecans and maple syrup, this sweet brew is fill of flavor. I’d almost describe it as breakfast in a bottle — it reminds me of pancakes with maple syrup — yet this beer is almost too sweet for breakfast. But that doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for dessert.

8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Brown with a small head.
Aroma: Nutty with some spices.
Taste: Some fruit, caramel, nut and roasted qualities. Very well balanced. Not as hoppy as I expected.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some decent carbonation.

Good Humans is a feel-good brown ale — by that I mean this brew all comes together in a very well balanced, cold-weather form. Featuring flavors of caramel, fruit and nut, this American Brown is easy-drinking but still hoppy enough to keep me interested. There’s no bitterness at all in this brew, rather a subtle sweetness that’s refreshing and enjoyable.

8% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Brown with a small head.
Aroma: Nutty with some spices.
Taste: Some fruit, caramel, nut and roasted qualities. Very well balanced. Not as hoppy as I expected.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some decent carbonation.
Good Humans is a feel-good brown ale — by that I mean this brew all comes together in a very well balanced, cold-weather form. Featuring flavors of caramel, fruit and nut, this American Brown is easy-drinking but still hoppy enough to keep me interested. There’s no bitterness at all in this brew, rather a subtle sweetness that’s refreshing and enjoyable.