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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, 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 (1399) - 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 (5409) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Red brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is nutty, a little earth, and almost sappy. Taste is light toast, roasted nuts, a little caramel, and a little chocolate and fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (591) - Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Aroma: light roasted coffee, nutty, hint of cocoa, floral and citrus hops. Pours a fairly dark and murky brown, thick tan head with good retention and light lacing. Flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops. Toasty malts, coffee, pecan, and caramel combine nicely with earthy, spicy, and citrus hop flavors, moderately high bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9882) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours dark brown - almost black - with tan brown head. Nose/taste of hops, resin, pine, nuts and roasted caramel coffee. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Brownn pour, light beige head. Nuts, chocolate, roasted malt, and some very light coffee notes in the nose. Flavor is up front malty with nuts and coffee hints...finishes with the perfect bitterness. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9618) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bomber from Bottle Revolution in Raleigh. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, nutty notes, peppery hops. The taste is citrus, herbal and peppery hops, chocolate, stone fruits. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, average carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6489) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2014 Bottle (batch 8, brewed in Denver, CO, 6.5%). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Blech...even worse than batch #1 was. It’s quite sour now and a bit dirty tasting. Aroma is still just as one-dimensional. Drain pour.

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