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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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2616) - 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 (588) - 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 (8190) - , 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 (9044) - 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 (8300) - 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 (6187) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (8970) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle @ home. Deep brown/black appearance with a big brown head. Somewhat piney/earthy, lightly bitter hoppy, a touch nutty but mostly a roasty caramel malty aroma. Again, the earthy hoppiness plays a big role in the flavor along with a toasty malty, moderate caramelized taste with some earthiness on the finish. Not bad but I’m not too impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, nuttiness, grapefruit, light orange zest and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and light earthiness with a crisp dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5902) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bomber from the brewery. Pours a clear but dark brown color with a thick beige head. A sweet citrus and pine nose. The flavor is very nice; smooth brown malts with rich oranges and light bitterness, fairly dry. Very good. A clear mix of a good brown ale and lots of hops, it works great. The head is really creamy. Lingering bitterness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2012
22oz bottle (release #1) from Epic
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and piney
Taste: Roasted malts, caramel with sticky pine resin in the finish
A nice bipa inspired brown ale, good amount of hops and roasted malts.

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