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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!


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (628) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Release #9:Citrus hops, caramel, light roast aroma. Light citrus, spicy hops and light roasted, bread crust malt flavors. Moderate bitterness.

Release #6, w/ Apollo and Mosaic hops: Citrus, nectarine, berry, herbal/earthy hop aroma and flavor. Nice balance of sweet, bready, and roasted malt flavors.

Fruity, herbal, sort of minty hop aroma, with some bready malt. Similar hop flavor: nice apple-ish fruit and spiciness, plus some floral flavor. bread/bread crust, sweet, light caramel/sweet and light roasted malt flavors. A little of the weird herbal/acrid character that "Black IPAs" can have--but not much. Pretty heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitterness and a little astringency in aftertaste. (Release #3)


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (264) - - AUG 31, 2014
Pours a clear maroon brown. Hardly any head or lacing. Oak earthiness on the nose. Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, decent hoppy bitterness (for a brown ale). Overall, pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3142) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
SLC bottle from release #10. Fairly dark brown color with a big, foamy chocolate milk head that lasts a long time. Aroma is mostly hops with a hint of chocolate malt in the end. Big hops in the flavor but it does include some dark malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Pretty much a "brown ale" in name only for me because this seems like a black IPA. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (550) - Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
My bottle was release two, two years old at the the time I opened it. This bottle of beer was fantastic. It poured dark brown with creamy foam, and the aroma was rich malt, apple-butter, caramel, mild coffee. The flavor added bready and nutty notes, and kind of a burnt-popcorn thing in the background, with some hoppy tingle on the finish. This was delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2619) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Release #8. DEN# 1426. Pours a medium, well retained light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 25) body....nose is cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, light herbal tones, no esters, balance to the roasted malts.....taste is moderate cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, dry throughout, light pine, citrus peel, no esters, finishing with a moderate bitterness, balance to the malts....mouth feel, light of medium body, slightly astringent, no alcohol, carbonation makes slight creaminess. This lacks the mid roasted malt tones often found in Brown Ales. The correction would be to add back more caramel/crystal malts. The hops while obviously present are not quite "American" enough in presentation, so perhaps a bit of rejiggering of the recipe would lead to improvement. This is NOT a bad beer, it just can be made better. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a huge tan head that lingers. Aroma is malty with citrus hops, wood, burnt toast. Taste is a bit weak, of roasted malt, wood, and a hint of citrus hops. Lingering light toast. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - JUN 6, 2014
Wow nice full bodied brown with some big pine resin. A real hybrid beer. Brown ipa? Quality stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (171) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Coffee-brown beer with a thin beige head that has little retention--disappears almost as quickly as it forms. Semi-dry nose of roasted nuts, unsweetened cocoa, and a hint of spruce. Flavor is nice and malty with some bitter chocolate, light coffee, and brown sugar which then subsides into a mellow bitterness on the piney/woody side. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (794) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bomber bottle poured a dark brown hue w/ a creamy tan hue. Moderate to bold nutty aromas. Initial flavor is light to moderate sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are almond bark, brown sugar, light grass, and walnut. Medium bodied and balanced body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2758) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2014
10 oz at the brewery. Pours a rich brown with a small head. Aroma is pretty hoppy, not crazy enough to raise eyebrows. Probably not enough to consider it another style than brown ale. There is some citrus bite and nuttiness, caramel and earth. The body is pretty solid. Good clean malty flavors of nuts, earth, toffee and a dryish bitterness from the American hops. Balanced and clean.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bomber - they call this beer a "hybrid," but I call it a beer with an identity crisis - it’s not really hoppy enough to be a black/brown IPA, but at the same time, there is enough woody, citric hop presence to make it hard to enjoy as a brown ale, despite the nutty malt richness, notes of tobacco, and light toffee notes - the hop acids just taste weird on top of these qualities - the finish is really where it gets the most bitter, and once the malt subsides and the hops are all that remain on the palate, the beer is okay - this just doesn’t come together well for me.


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