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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 Kyleís desire to have it all!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2012
The pour is a very deep mahogany color with an average, beige, pillowy, creamy head which settles to a rocky, creamy layer and leaves scattered, soapy lace. The nose is decisively hoppy with herbal, floral, spicy, and grapefruit notes to match caramels and brown sugar. The flavor is even more hoppy with a dominant green hop note, spicy, herbal, some light grapefruit, slight roast, and faint dry cocoa. The palate is medium, nearly lively, drying, and oily. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness, still green hops, spicy, and dry cocoa. Just way too dominant with the green hop notes. Not much else going on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1900) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Poured from 22 ounce bottle. A hazy and nearly opaque mahogany brown. An aggressive pour yields a three-finger tan head. Very good lacing. Aroma is very hoppy for a brown ale. Pine and grapefruit gradually yield to toasted malt, cocoa and coffee flavors as the beer warms. Taste is very hop forward--again, pine and grapefruit. There is a little sweetness here too. A strong flavor of toast or even charred wood follows, along with coffee and cocoa flavors. Not so much a balance here as it is of hops and malt playing off of each other and alternating in prominence. Medium body and slightly above average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Surprisingly hoppy aroma of whole orange. Cloudy brown, medium cream colored head, good lacing. Ripe whole orange flavor, lots of orange peel. Soil finish. Itís very difficult to tell that is a brown ale by the flavor alone. In fact, were I blindfolded, I would guess this is an IPA, given the absence of roasted malt on the palate. Delicious beer, but for the style, Iím looking for more malt character. Better identified as an IDA than ABA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Draft sample. Poured a clear brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee, citrus and floral aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted coffee sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

1.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2012
Good looking brown. Red brown body. Actually looks like a great Cape Red. Good malty aroma. No flavour, no finish, no body. Could be storage, but as was served at cool room temperature, I doubt it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2012
Serving: Draft at Tuskies. It pours a deep brown color with a thick head of very small, tan bubbles. The nose is light with a bit of bread and caramel. The flavor is smooth and slightly sweet with a nice bitter touch on the back end. Some bread, caramel, earthy hops, and slight floral notes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a medium, bitter finish. Seems to be a solid session brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2012
Draft. Cola-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some nut, light chocolate. Light-medium body, some resin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5002) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2012
Hazed brown pour with creamy head. Aroma of light chocolate, roasted malt, and a hinto nutty. Medium body with good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Tap at Smoke and Barrel. Hazy, deep brown pour. Rockier, off-white foma. Decent, webby lacing. Nose is piney and fairly dank aromatic hops. Taste is essentially Black IPA, overhopped with loads of pine resin, sap, and roast. Grapefruit+toasted malt bitterness. Hop forward. Should be moved to Black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4826) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
brown with ruby highlights and a cream head. nose is citrusy hops, pine, and bitter chocolate. great on the palate, big hops, smooth finish.


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