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RATINGS: 84   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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2361) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 11, 2013
On tap at the Yokohama Brewer’s Cup. It pour a dark slightly muddy brown with an off-white head which left good lacing behind. A somewhat hoppy brown, fairly well balanced. A nice everyday bitter brown beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2013
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head that falls quickly to a flat disc, which then sticks around for a while. Lots of eggy lace. Mild molasses nose, soft pine and herbal hop notes. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Brown bread crust and molasses mid palate with a mild herbal hop finish. Very well made, but they’re overselling it by calling it "hoppy" on the label.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5035) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Brown in color clear with a thin tan head. Dark roasty malt flavor and aroma. Good hops addition that gives off a good bitter flavor and finish. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4209) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bomber from EZ. Poured a super dark brown with an unimpressive beige head that originally looked frothy than changed to a more creamy style. Aroma is a bit to sweet with lots of sugary chocolate along with cream, well done brown toast, Tootsie Roll and some vanilla. The body is full and creamy along with stronger carbonation and a bitter finish. Flavor is far les sweet than the aroma with notes of dry chocolate, brown toast, hint of coffee beans, vanilla and some chocolate malts. Tasty for a brown ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strongpieman (1539) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bomber. Cloudy medium brown, tall tan head. Comes off like a hoppy brown, medium full body, lots of flavor. Very good brown

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iguanodon (81) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bomber, release #3, 7.25 ABV. Pours dark brown with a bit of red in the light. Thick light brown head that recedes leaving nice lacing. Aroma is grass and pine, a hint of molasses. Taste is bitter hops, pine, juniper. Nice sweetness in the finish to balance it out. I’m not a big fan of brown ales so this was a pleasant surprise, glad I tried it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (672) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Release #9:Citrus hops, caramel, light roast aroma. Light citrus, spicy hops and light roasted, bread crust malt flavors. Moderate bitterness.

Release #6, w/ Apollo and Mosaic hops: Citrus, nectarine, berry, herbal/earthy hop aroma and flavor. Nice balance of sweet, bready, and roasted malt flavors.

Fruity, herbal, sort of minty hop aroma, with some bready malt. Similar hop flavor: nice apple-ish fruit and spiciness, plus some floral flavor. bread/bread crust, sweet, light caramel/sweet and light roasted malt flavors. A little of the weird herbal/acrid character that "Black IPAs" can have--but not much. Pretty heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitterness and a little astringency in aftertaste. (Release #3)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2013
22oz bomber. Batch #2, 6.8% ABV. Deep brown-black body, with a massive, lacy beige head. Deep, chocolaty brown ale, with a nice steady hop backbone..approaches Black IPA sometimes in it’s slick specialty malt tones, but has enough of a nutty, caramel taste to keep it grounded in Brown. Unfiltered and yeasty, creamy and mellow for the ABV. Really good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2013
22oz. bomber of the Release #2. Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Curious aroma, starts with the typical malt but mixes in a dash of chocolate and a good bit of piney hops. I really like this beer, the flavor is a great mix of a solid caramel/chocolaty brown ale with a nice pine hoppy bite.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (939) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Poured this bomber into tulip glass - Nice aroma, though a tad medicinal and herbal. Aggressively hoppy ale! Aggressive alcohol as well. This thing has some odd herbaceous and astringent qualities that are not exactly appealing. Overall, it is enjoyable, but too hop-forward for me. It certainly doesn’t mean this is bad ale.


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