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Hook and Ladder Backdraft Brown Ale



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RATINGS: 225   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrodooo5 (807) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Easily one of the most watery browns I’ve ever had. It pours decent and has an ok aroma of chocolate malt but the flavor just isn’t 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - 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 don’t seek it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (4908) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (350) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5007) - , 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 don’t have too much to say about this one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wlajwl (3565) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (761) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2342) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Decent sized light brown head of fine bubbles. Strange sweet vegetal aroma. Some light roasted malts, bananas and bread. Color is a medium brown with a hint of red. Rather bland flavor with more sweet malts and a milky mouthfeel. Not very positive on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cazort (500) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
This beer struck me as odd, even for this style. Unusually sour, unusually heavily-carbonated, and unusually thin. Besides these three qualities, which caught me off guard, I found this to be a pleasing beer. It’s a bit sweet for my tastes, but typically I dislike sweetness most when it’s paired with heaviness, and this beer’s thin body made the sweetness less unpleasant. One thing I really like about this beer is that it has a more bitter finish; there’s a little more roast in the finish as well. Bottom line? Average overall, although with many non-average characteristics, just that the good and the bad balance out.

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