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!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big bitter, earthy hops. The taste is earthy hops and toffee. Medium bodied.
DuffMan (5790) - 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.
Strykzone (4198) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a bomber at Randalls. This pours a dark brown with a nice little foamy head that never leaves. The aroma and flavor are pretty much the same. Roasted nuts and caramel and spicy, fruity hops. It is generally sour with some sweetness. This was pretty decent and not all that far from being very good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to my Summer Secret Santa for the hookup! Ruddy copper brown pour, with nice carbonation throughout. Nose is soft and lush, with equal parts sweet malts, semi-sticky molasses, and bright hops. Smooth mouthfeel, just a bit prickly on the palate. Flavors are fairly understated and it’s a nice, well-hopped brown.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Dark reddish brown with a thin off-white crown. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, light chocolate and light maple. A tad thin with chocolate, nuts, roasted malt and a bit of citrus. Semi bitter with a little nuttiness on the finish.
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!
dmac (3525) - 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.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Plainfield MWBF. I was not too keen on this one. Pours a deep brown red with an offwhite head. Nose is a bit odd. Resiny and leather notes dominate, though some sweet cocoa disrupts the party. On tasting, the bitterness is a bit odd and the hop note seem to clash somewhat. Also get some grainy astringency as well. Just seems a bit muddled to me. A shame.
vyvvy (3421) - 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.