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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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3839) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Firkin pout at alefort. Pours out a muddy brown topped with a tan head. Nose is whole hop leaf roast malts and a nice floral. Taste is light roast heavy hops and a nice finish. This was very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1769) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Not much hop aroma but grain nose. Hop bit and grain on the tongue. Malty more than sweet. Hoppy and malty hand in hand. Very nice head. Okay overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3748) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2015
On tap at the Denver brewery. Deep, dark brown appearance with a tan head. Aroma of roast, dark malts, nuts, earthy hops, chocolate, coffee, caramel and toffee. Similar flavor, rich with mild sweetness and medium resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied, a nice hoppy brown ale/black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Epic taproom, GABF week 2014. Good malt flavor with some nuts. Dry and earthy. One of the better brown ales, but there is only so much that can be done with this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1314) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours a depp brown color with a roasted malt aroma. Taste is of heavy burnt malt with a tiny sweet caramel flavor. this beer tasted unfinished and was thin at the end of the beer. okay overall but underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3456) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (670) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3032) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dalekliz (901) - 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.

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