SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. thanks tracy! muddy brown..of course. hoppy nose like an ipa. label states it’s a india brown ale. hardly a brown ale judging by the nose. a 2ipa with a lot of toasty caramel malt and a heap’o’hops. yep...a brown ipa...and a good one too. all the way from from a town in the state of chicago!
vyvvy (3419) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at STL Microfest 2012 - Pours murky brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of floral and fruity hops along with toasty malt, nuttiness and some funk. Medium / full body with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts like the aroma with gently hoppiness and lots of toast. Fairly dry overall as well. The finish has more earth and spice. Pretty nice one here.
dmac (3510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bobmer from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a good looking dark brown body with an average sized fomay light beige head. Aroma is rather nice with some solid chocolate notes along with big citrusy hops, brown toast, pineapple. Thd body is a touch to thin, chalky and average to stronger carbonation, quick fading aftertaste. Flavor of dry hop cones, dry chocolate, brown toast, cirtus rinds, orange flavored tootsie roll pops. This is one decent beer that is way under the radar.
wnoble (1087) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad I picked this one up! Deep red to black pour. Nose lends some roasty, smokey, and rich caramel malts. Also a fair and pleasant amount of citrus, and floral hops. Flavor is very citrusy, tropical fruits, grass, pines, and again roast and chocolate. Smooth and lightly bitter. This one is really nice!
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours a dark brown with an amber hue and medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, slight chocolate, with hints of pine and citrus. Taste is earthy roasted caramel malts, cocoa, and bitter pine on the finish.
DuffMan (5777) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Medium to darkish brown, medium tan head that shows decent retention. Aroma is equally hoppy and malty, citrus oil and chocolate. Palate is a tad thin, but the flavours are nice: chocolatey malts and slightly spicy fruity hops with a moderately bitter finish. A nice hoppy little brown.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Pours clear and brown with a shimmer of burnt-orange and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose offers fudge and floral, piney, citrusy hops. Light-bodied and watery with lively carbonation. The flavor provides medium to heavy metallic bitterness along with a solid note of unsweetened cocoa. Bitter, toasted, bone-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of KickInChalice!
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s, Plainfield. Pours a deep brown, amber tinted body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fairly hoppy with some pines, citruses, and florals as well as some caramel and a touch of cocoa. A light earth and graininess. Flavor is better. Citruses, earth, and grainy malts initially before a good amount of florals, a touch of cocoa, and a light caramel comes in. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with some roasted grains, a touch of toffee, cocoa, earthy and floral hops, and citrus. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid, easy drinking beer that borders on the hoppy Brown Ale and Black IPA line. Well hopped and dry with a good dose of citrus, some earth, florals, roasts, and a light cocoa. Not bad.
beernbourbon (1209) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in a trade, thanks Josh! Pour is deep, clear mahogany with a thin white sheet of foam on top. Aroma is pine hops, caramel malt, and faint floral notes. Flavor is also full of pine and resinous hops with a smooth, lightly roasted and lightly sweet malty backbone. Pretty well balanced and very drinkable. Solid offering.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Really a good balance here between a standard brown and ipa. Hops and bitterness are definitely there, but not overpowering as this is quite balanced in all aspects. It pours with a half-inch of tan cream colored, creamy head, some sticky lacing, and a semi-translucent chocolate brown body. The nose is fairly light and sadly doesn’t play too big a role in what is an otherwise pleasant experience. Some hazy, rich, dark grains, chocolate, earth, and light pine do come out. The feel is nice and highly drinkable. A good underlying bitterness and mixes and matches the creamy richness well. Similar to the aroma but more prominent, the flavors are fairly unimposing. More hop notes definitely come into play with herb, pine, and mixed citrus though the finish. Chocolate and rich, dark cereal grains, oat, and some estery fruit on the other side of things. The finish brings in some toffee along with citrus, and lingers well. Overall, good production and good drinking from southern Illinois. Not too bad.