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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 Kyle’s desire to have it all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (562) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Draft at MOTR Pub on June 1, 2012. Small tan head, very dark brown hue, nice sweet malty aroma with some assertive fruitiness like a pale ale or IPA, very good bittersweet flavor that somewhat favors the hops over the malt. This brew is like a brown ale/IPA hybrid, or Epic’s take on a black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3603) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; batch #2 bottled 3/1/2012, 6.8%. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee, and molasses on the forefront; with grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, and grassy hops in the background. Very nice aromas with a great balance of maltiness with a nice amount of balanced hop aromas; very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, earth, and grassy hops. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, citrus, pine, herbal, and earthy hops on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic malt balance with the hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy brown ale! Great malty flavor balance with hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable stuff, I would easily get this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6400) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle:   Deep brown, sandy head, nice and frothy, sticky lacing.   Earthy malt like nose, a little soil and pasture, some cocoa and carob notes.   Hmmm... not too big on the pasture aspect.   Very smooth on the tongue.   Pasture isn’t as heavy, but it is still there.   Nice malty background, almost silky.   Still has that slight grainy/soily/earthy background.   This is a very good Brown in all aspects except for the aroma.   I could do without the stronger pasture notes, but other than that its nice and smooth, with low hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4/26/12 bomber. Dark red tinted brown w a creamy sticky pale tan head. Nutty,dry caramel,grassy,spicy hops,choco,a touch of smoke. Dry hoppy finish. Crisp,tingly spicy. 7/3/7/3/15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: May 14, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: creamy tan head, scattered icy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, light caramel sweetness, citrus hops
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, plenty of hops, lots of citrus, earthy, piney hops is the only sign of sweetness, big long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2436) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4767) - 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. It’s 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, I’m looking for more malt character. Better identified as an IDA than ABA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12213) - 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.

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