neongolden (377) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500mL bottle from brewery) Pours a murky med-dark brown with a big bubbly off-white head that lingers and leaves a bunch of lace. Aroma citrus, ripe fruit, a little grass/fresh pine, some slightly nutty/dark bread malt character, sweet. On the palate, sweet and hoppy at first, ripe fruit and citrus, caramel and lightly roasted malts. Drier in the middle, light toast, slight nuts, fresh evergreen, but those ripe fruity hops persist and take over again in the finish. Fruit makes the finish seem sweeter than it is, slightly bitter, slight roast but mostly leafy, fruity hops. Body is fairly light, carb soft. I wanted to like this more than I do, not bad but it just doesn’t quite come together for me. I like the hop-heavy approach but I think this is a bit in-between styles I like. Not quite an IPA, not quite a black IPA. Ergo good, not great.
Marheb (1967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un style qui fonctionne souvent pour moi et pas de mauvaise surprise pour celle-là. Un nez de brown malt et verdure résineuse somme toute modérément aromatique, pas une bombe houblonnée. Le liquide est bien équilibré avec une pointe sapineuse qui se marie bien au chocolat noisette.
lukin (430) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Dark brown colour, fizzy head. Hoppy citrus and pine. Not much malt at all. Its decent, but not balanced or really indicative of the style.
rejtable (1234) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from brewery. Really like this! Pours murky brown with a quickly fading tan head and no lacing. Nose is sweet and grassy. Notes of roasted nuts, plums, Cheerios, fresh cut grass and maybe some pine. Taste is light/med sweet and medium bitter. Medium body somewhat sticky with an abrupt dry finish and a long lasting bitterness.
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Brown, tan head. Aroma is spicey/herbal Columbus, pine, petrol. Taste is spice, petrol, not much malt, even for a hoppy American brown. Good, though.
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brown ale poured a slightly cloudy, deep amber colour with a minimal , tan coloured head. Scents include ripe fruit, grassy hops, hay and leaves. First swig was quite hoppy off the start but tapers quickly. Flavours of spruce hops and ripe fruit, along with roasted malts. Finish was hoppy and had a medium bitterness lingering.
Freaky_tiki (481) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 You can call this a brown ale if you want but it ain’t. It pours more like a porter: deep black with a thin milky off white cap. Tastes more like an American pale ale or mid-America ipa: pine, citrus & a brisk after taste. For some, it may not add up. For others -- hop heads, beer geeks & me -- it’s good stuff. Was expecting a boring brown ales that’d been hip in the ’90s. Instead I get a stealth hop bomb that is tasty, adventurous & quaffable.
Ferris (3039) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Big pine nose and some toasted malts. Deep clear brown with a light brown head. Piney hop bomb with a tiny bit of roast but not much. Way off balance, just a brown IPA. Style is way off bit still enjoyable.
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours clear brown with a fine light tan head. Aroma of citrus, chocolate malt, some fruity esters. Taste is fairly sweet up front from chocolate or caramel malt, with a medium body, and a sticky, citrusy hop finish.
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish pour. Nutty roastiness, great bitterness. Big flavor, active mouthfeel. Very impressive. Canadian Indian brown ale???