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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A smooth and refreshing beer loaded with flavor. Specialty malts give it a roasted taste and beautiful brown color. Balanced with just the right amount of Cascade hops.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (582) - - FEB 15, 2015
Backdraft Brown is soda-like in color and head. The color is like Dr. Pepper: a dark copper brown, with dark orange highlights when held to the light. The head is a light tan, fizzy, that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer across the top of the beer. Smell is smoky, of dark roasted malts as well as some fruity yeast. Flavor is smoky as well, with just a suggestion of bitterness at the end. A thin and watery mouthfeel really detracts from the experience. Somewhat harsh carbonation. I had great expectations from the smell and flavor notes on the first sip, but the taste doesnít follow through.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
It had a tan head of average size that fades quickly leaving only a little lacing. The body has a dark brown color with some nice ruby red highlights. The aroma has a big sweet, malty, bready character. The base flavor is malty and bready with some hints of darker roasted malt and modest, slightly citrusy hops. The hops add a good balance to the mostly malty character and finish with the beer with a pleasant soft bitterness. Its texture is smooth, slightly slick and medium bodied with light to average carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrodooo5 (1212) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Easily one of the most watery browns Iíve ever had. It pours decent and has an ok aroma of chocolate malt but the flavor just isnít cutting it. There are some very subtle roasty notes up front but it finishes very bland. Just too plain to even be a decent brown. Quite disappointing!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2012
From notes. 12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Aroma of banana and roasty malt. Not a whole lot going on here. Drinkable but donít seek it out.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Brown, as you might expect. Splotchy white head. Smells like brown sugar and a bit of coffee. Flavor is brown sugar on toast. Dryish finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (374) - North Dakota, USA - APR 30, 2011
Roasted peanuts, sweet and salty aroma. Flavors of caramel, toasted bread, cherries and a hint of vanilla. Wet paper and watery finish. Plays it safe and doesnt really grab an interest.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Served in a pint glass. Color is a moderately-dark brown with a tan head that persists for a bit before falling. Nose is quite plain with a bit of caramel and bread. The taste is bready with some light sweetness. Decent body with normal carbonation levels. Really just donít have too much to say about this one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wlajwl (4531) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Too watery for the style, a slightly malty and pretty watery flavor does not do this style justice, there are way too many other examples in this style that do that.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12 oz bottle. Poured brown with a small head. Aroma was nice: malt, sweet, maybe some mild fruit. Taste really falls short: water, muddled malts, faint nut. Thinnish body. No real depth there. Overall: the nose was nice but the taste was very detached and lost.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (913) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Brown w/ off-white head. Big sweet malt and toffee aroma. Taste: Some toasty malt, caramel, chocolate and a little nutty. Not as sweet as the aroma hints at. Smooth and drinkable. Very nice brown.


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