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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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An Epic interpretation of the recent American trend of brewing Black IPAs, our Santa Cruz Brown is a true hybrid. Inspired by our brewer Kyle’s desire to have it all!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (657) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bomber bottle poured a dark brown hue w/ a creamy tan hue. Moderate to bold nutty aromas. Initial flavor is light to moderate sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are almond bark, brown sugar, light grass, and walnut. Medium bodied and balanced body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2014
10 oz at the brewery. Pours a rich brown with a small head. Aroma is pretty hoppy, not crazy enough to raise eyebrows. Probably not enough to consider it another style than brown ale. There is some citrus bite and nuttiness, caramel and earth. The body is pretty solid. Good clean malty flavors of nuts, earth, toffee and a dryish bitterness from the American hops. Balanced and clean.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bomber - they call this beer a "hybrid," but I call it a beer with an identity crisis - it’s not really hoppy enough to be a black/brown IPA, but at the same time, there is enough woody, citric hop presence to make it hard to enjoy as a brown ale, despite the nutty malt richness, notes of tobacco, and light toffee notes - the hop acids just taste weird on top of these qualities - the finish is really where it gets the most bitter, and once the malt subsides and the hops are all that remain on the palate, the beer is okay - this just doesn’t come together well for me.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bomber, Release #8. Poured deeper brown with a well-retained, toasted beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up fresh herbal and spicy citrus hoppage over biscuity malts and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate.. well-balanced and inviting. The flavor found bitter, green citrus notes on the tip of the tongue, with biscuit notes, baker’s chocolate, and burnt roasty malts behind.. bitter and very tasty on the long, spicy finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.. great balance.. loved it!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
onceblind (3675) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Hazy amberish brown with a foamy light tan head, with loads of sticky lace. Nose is very full and large with whole cone semi-bitter leafy hops, lots of lupulin and resin, with a sweet toast malt undertone. Smells a bit caustic. Taste is large and toasty with some light notes of cocoa and dark toast malts, but there is an overriding flavor of resinous leafy hops throughout, and more strongly so on the finish. Not my kinda brown at all.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (396) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Poured as a taster at Denver taproom. aroma of choc and caramel, malt, bile maybe, round notes of choc, dark coffee, malt. This is a very nice brown.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (2693) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear light cola Brian with a thick tan head. Feint malty nose. Flavors of toasted nuts and grassy hops. Medium bodied. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3164) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a dark brown with a light tan head. Very nice lacing. Nose of roasted malts, pine, and nuts Soft medium mouth feel. Flavor is earthy with chocolate, some pine and floral hops, and a lightly bitter finish. Complex flavors and very drinkable. Very nice beer and an excellent brown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4483) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This pours with a huge beige head that slowly fades with a big mesa in the middle. Very cool lacing. A dark brown beer. The aroma was cocoa with some grass. Despite all of the foam it feels flat. There is also cocoa in the flavor that dominates. Airish hops that are floral and perhaps noble. Some grass and earth. Also bitterness that is quite dry. Earth grows as the beer warms and fruity hops are noted. This is not a style I usually like and I am not sure why. This had some complexity along with big sweetness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (743) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a two finger tab head with nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, earthy pine hops, caramel, some nuttyness and some molasses. Taste is pine, citrus, toasted sweet malts, burnt caramel, molasses, grass, nuts, and some earthy hops. Has a medium body wih a creamy mouthfeel and a slighty dry, semi bitter, medium long finish. Overall, a hoppy and tasty brown ale that almost tastes like a black IPA.


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