BrewBoxer (2207) - New York, New York, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the growler NYC. Deep dark brown color. Very full bodies and flavorful like a quad but without the booze
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madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
29th June 2012
Opaque dark brown beer. Big pale tan head. Tangy fruit nose. Smooth palate with fine carbonation. Rich malt base, not bitter or roasty. Nice hops - piney and mildly bitter. Mild red berry fruits. The malt has soft chocolate and very mild coffee. Finishes smooth and semi dry with pretty bitter pine that provides a robust and lengthy bitter linger. Reminded me a lot of Kernel Indian Brown Ale but not quite as good as that stellar beer.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL growler sent by Tucker and shared with my father, George (of course).
Pours a clear, dark mahogany with ruby tinged color with a massive frothy cream colored head. Finger thick bubbly head throughout with thin sticky sheets of lacing. Pleasant aroma of brown sugar, molasses, roast malt, earthy hops and light coffee. Strong roast malt flavor in the body with brown sugar and cocoa but the sweetness is well balanced by pine and grassy hops. Dry and bitter finish with a silky light medium body and soft carbonation. A brown ale is a brown ale is a brown ale (generally), but I enjoyed this compared to most and thought the mild bitterness of the hops added a unique turn to this.
cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml growler, shared thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Most clear deep mocha brown. A nice two fingers of foamy tan head form, and leave great lacing. Head sticks around.
Smell: Big floral grassy hop presence up front, followed by lots of roasted malt and coffee grounds. Some milk chocolate.
Taste: Follows the nose, with a bitter hoppiness. Some floral flavor to the hops, but only just. Lots of roast, and some caramel. Finishes bitter with coffee.
Mouthfeel: A much more substantial body than I was expecting out of a brown ale, and it is very welcome. Velvety carbonation.
Overall: Probably the first brown ale I’ve ever enjoyed.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great brown ale! Lovely use of the C hops, chocolate, slightly stronger roast, cookie, carbonation is spot on, bit milky in feeling. Yum yum.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Fitz. Pours brown with a small off white head. Aroma is very simple, basic, some malt and doughiness, herbal and a touch piney and citric hop note. Flavor is much more sweet, strong malt character, bready and caramel before a stronger hop finish. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Good for a style that Im not too big on.
changeup45 (1718) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flip top bottle courtesy of chouffe. Well, it finally took one of my least favorite styles for me to be less than thrilled with a Hill Farmstead beer. With that said, this is still a good beer and probably blows most Brown Ales out of the water. The pour is a dark brown with some ruby red sneaking through and on top is a medium sized tan foam. The aroma mixes chocolate, toasted grains, caramel, and mild soot. The initial flavors are of bakers chocolate and sweet caramel, that give way to some roasted coffee, and finally, a bitter hoppy and dry finish. There’s underlying nutty and vanilla notes throughout. Carbonation is spot on and there’s a pretty good firm body to this. This is really well crafted and I bet exactly what the master Shaun Hill was going for. But in the end, it’s still a Brown Ale.
radarsock (1031) - Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the source. Pours a deep brownish mahogany with an off-tan frothy head. Tastes and smells of hop extract, caramel, rust, and earth. I don’t typically enjoy Brown Ales, but this is as close to Brown Ale perfection that I’ve come across. Very drinkable.
johnnnniee (2515) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the source.
Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts a healthy shot of earthy citrus and pine to provide some balance. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet caramel, bread and chocolate maltiness with a solid shot of citrus and earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness provides nice balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. This is a damn fine brown ale right here. Its tough to get a great brown ale because the style is a bit on the boring side, but this is an exceptional example.
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at home with my dad. Thanks Adam!! Pour is pitch black in appearance with a big khaki head and great lacing. Roasty chocolate aroma, with notes of marshmallows, graham crackers, a touch of earth, and grass. Taste is very roasty, dark chocolates, light spice, bread, pine, honey and a touch of maple syrup. Sticky mouth-coating body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Definitely the best "brown" I have ever had but really more of a porter/light stout to me. Delicious, nonetheless, and another winner from Hill Farmstead.