Golden brown texture like sun
Lays me down with my mind she runs
Throughout the night
No need to fight
Never a frown with golden brown
- The Stranglers
Love the song, and I’m quite partial to the beer. Not as ‘Golden’ Brown as I had first envisioned (I went a bit ape shit with the chocolate malt, which happens at times) but the end product is not unpleasing. Lots of rich, juicy malt character, some nice citrus hop notes from a good dose of Columbus, Cascade and Ahtanum, 6.2% abv and a robust 55bu’s to top it all off.
Jimthechap (1195) - Christchurch, - OCT 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was told that this was a cock-up this beer. I colossal, beautiful cock-up. It wasn’t golden or brown, being a good amber colour and having an off-white head that lasted longer than the gas-flow pourage would otherwise have permitted. The aroma was American hops all over with redwood and amber malt. I was thinking "Hang on, someone has dropped a bollock. It doesn’t look like brown ale, it doesn’t smell like brown ale." and then I caught a whiff of caramel and chocolaty malt that you usually get in Brown Ale. The flavours were sweetish, without overwhelming carbonation but with plenty of silky mouthfeel. It was a warm, amber ale with a good nod to American hops and flavours of the same chocolate and caramalt. The finish owes a lot to those hops.
I’d call this a happy accident, a tasty fuck up. I’d also call it lucky to be got away with (brown ale, my arse).
Arowin (5) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An overall nice session beer. One of my favourites from the Project. The beer was on tap both at Hashigo Zake and at our work. An easy to drink beer.
petergaynor (100) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Pours hazy dark amber with a thick off white head. Smell is orangey citrus hops. Taste is some spice and coriander, fairly bitter.
ciaranc (369) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy light brown, creamy head which doesn’t last. Dusty malts on the nose, along with some caramel, bread and nuts. Light roasty maltiness in the middle, offset by surprisingly big hops. Flat carbonation and quite light bodied. Astringent bitterness in the finish. Doesn’t taste the abv. Not my favorite style but im a fan of this!
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