Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2000
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Adequte, Nice hop and malt balance, has a nice bite to it, but ’Hop Fest’? Adequate as brown ales go.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Frederick Brewing Company--Blue Ridge Hopfest Brown Ale--1998 Release--12 oz. Bottle.--4.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Cloudy brownish amber red color. Hoppy aroma exudes from bottle. Light body. Unique blend of IPA hopping with a touch of chocolate Malt.
Frederick Brewing Company--Blue Ridge Hopfest Brown Ale--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV--40 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Hazy laced golden brown color. Rich earthy floral hop front on semi thin citrus hop body with light doughy toasted caramel notes. Spicy hop citrus finish is refreshing and clean. Sampled 9/30/1999.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Blue Ridge Hop Fest
Source: Chevy Chase, DC
dark amber, lots of suspended sediment, whispy head, strong fresh floral hop aroma, strong hop flavor, good dose of bitterness, a hop fest
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle drank at the Brickskeller during RBSG 06 DC Weekend
Amber color, light head and lacing. Nose is lightly tart with a bit of roast and fruity hops. The flavor is lightly bitter, nice sweet malts and a tangy finish. It’s good, not very brown ale. Add a bit of hops and you’ve got an amber.
Ungstrup (27687) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A slighlty pale amber beer with a dying orange head. The aroma is sweet hop juice like - with notes of alfa acids, fruit, and citrus. The flavor has a good hoppiness combined with lighter notes of toffee and brown sugar, the hops gives it an OK bitter end, but the body is thin.
3fourths (7529) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Meedium dark cracker brown colored body, with a toasty hued head. Nose is fairly good, lively, rich toffee, some leafy hops and light bourbon, toasty and rich smelling. Sweet flavor, with just a bit of sourness in the finish, lactic. Overall very good stuff, one of the better brown ales but certainly non-traditional. I usually pass these up but this one is a good reason to keep trying new beer.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Solid beer. Poured a medium brown color with nice size head which left good lacing. Aroma was nutty and malty some hops. Flavor had a hop bit to it but was mostly roated malts and nuttyness. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but still a good beer."
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another fine Blue Ridge showing for only 1.40 per single. Poured a somewhat clear brown color with a very nice head and great lacing. The aroma was nutty and light roasted malts with some hop presence. The flavor was hoppy, reminded me a little bit of Moose Drool, and balanced by nutty and roasted malts (some light chocolate in there). Mouthfeel was thinner than it could have been to match the flavor. It was also slightly acidic.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hopfest Brown Ale? OK, here goes... Pours deep brown almost black with a creamy tan head. Lasting cover, nice lacing. The aroma is roasted, chocolates, some light citrus. The flavor is lightly sweet, milk chocolates, nuts, roasted, some pine. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Verdict: Hopfest? no. Decent Brown? yes.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 30/09/2005
Amber coloured and slightly rich on the palate with a fruit aroma. Nutty flavoured finish with some bitterness.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What is this beer hopped, like fifteen times? Exceedingly bitter brown ale with a dry, lasting finish. Moderately tempered by a brown sugar sweetness. So many brews are listed “Brown Ales” and so many have remarkably different characteristics that it may be time to start breaking down the category into more specific segments. It’s a long way between this and Newcastle.