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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle from Batch #2. Pours with a hazed deeper brown hued body with a large tan head. Aromas are of hops and coffee. Lots of tangerine, pine, grapefruit, citrusy hops and decent fruity esters. Macaroons, roasty, leather, grassy dry hops. Flavors are bitter, surprisingly mild roast yet strong coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, citrus and grassy hops. Pretty much a black IPA with a touch less body and a bit more roast. Bready malt, carbonic bite and a hint of smoke. Very lively bubbles, dry, medium bodied. Very similar in roast to a Black IPA I’ve brewed a few times. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (10035) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2012
Draft. Hazy dark brown color, bright white head. Aroma of grass and hay. Taste is very roasty coffee grounds. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5974) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Cig citric hoppy aroma, with pine and a light malty sweetness. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, and citric and floral hops. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of grass, pine, nuts, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, caramel, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2012
Nutty aromas. Citrusy nutty flavors. Overall a very good brown ale with a good amount of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pint on tap at Jackie-Os brewpub, for $5. Really nice super foamy tan head. Nice chocolatey malt and light bitter hop balance. Really tasty light bitterness, some sweet, good roastiness. Nearly opaquely dark brown red color. Decent lace. Nice, light carbonation. Kind of bigger body. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Draft at Fireworks. Pours brown with a khaki head. Not a ton of aroma on the nose. Lots of hoppiness on the tongue. Finishes clean. Interesting brown but feels more like a pale ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1199) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Pours a rich, dark brown (not quite black as night) with a fleeting tan head. Big aroma that has a nice balance of hops citrus and malt toastiness. Smoky, malty taste with a nice hop back that all fades together into a bit of nuttiness. Overall very nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
On cask at Firkin Fest. Nice chocolate brown color with off white head. Malty and rich aroma as is the flavor. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle - Release #2 6.3% ABV. Dark brown body with a short, dense tan head. Aroma is strong spicy and earthy hops atop caramel, roasted nuts, chocolate and toasted malt. Chocolate covered nuts are up front in the flavor profile followed by toasted malt, spicy hops, light pine, a touch of citrus, and caramel. Body is medium and rather chewy with a strong bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more spicy hops, pine notes, chocolate covers nuts, caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt, and citrus.

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