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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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 17/20
iguanodon (103) - 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. Iím not a big fan of brown ales so this was a pleasant surprise, glad I tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5251) - 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 (1013) - San Diego, California, 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 (8798) - 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 (6463) - 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 (4219) - 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

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