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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 Kyleís desire to have it all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5035) - 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (974) - 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 doesnít mean this is bad ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bomber from Beer Seller, VA. Pours translucent chestnut w off-khaki head. Nose is huge hops, vienna malt, nuts, earthy notes. Tastes of earthy vienna malt, nuts, big hops, and brown sugar. This is a very good brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Mahogany color with light tan sheen. Dank, hoppy spicy weed, grass, cat spray aromas. medium body. Dank, spicy hop flavors with wet grass, cat spray, on a medium roast malt base brew--good hoppy brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Dark copper-brown pour, well carbonated and some very faint sediment visible. Nose was sweet and nutty initially, but then opened up to reveal considerable dry hops, a touch of molasses and tobacco even. Starts off quite potent and roasty to taste, perhaps like Sublimely SR on some level, but then dials it back to recall that old Drakeís hoppy brown a bit. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thick head. With the head, I canít get a lot of aroma off this, but itís fairly pleasant what Iím getting - I just canít place it. A little malty with some hints of roasting in the flavor. Interesting, but not one of my faves by Epic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dthuntley (5) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2012 does not count
Solid, but was hoping for more on the finish. Searching for a little more kick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with pine hops with a bit of citrus hops, and some molasses and brown sugar. T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar and touch of grapefruit hop. Through the middle, some pine hop and bitterness come through with some molasses and more bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some brown sugar and pine hops. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy brown ale. Good overall balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Very hop forward aroma of pungent pine, hop resin and grapefruit peel. Toasty malt aromas blend in with cocoa, kola nut and mocha tones. Finishes with a woody hop character. Very nice nose. Toasty malt hit the palate up front with bakers chocolate, cola and creamy mocha coffee with cream. Pine and woody hop flavor blends in with a great balancing bitterness that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick and bready with a medium body and average carbonation. Good drinkability. Overall a wonderful example of what the American brown ale can be.

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