Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted grain, slightly floral nose. Billowing tan head. Deep ruddy brown hue. Sweet, good mouthfeel, very nice bitter finish. This is some good stuff. Ipswich always impresses me.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok, guess I’m spoiler on this one. Have to say upfront that I didn’t have a whole bottle or pint, just part of my brother’s. I found it nice and malty-sweet, and yes it gets tougher at the end and has a nice color; but all in all it just didn’t seem to have a lot of character to me, sorry. Perhaps I’ll try it again if I can get an Ipswich sampler, though.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One thing guys can’t do well is describe color - I write, shaking my head at the attempts below - this beer is burnt umber, gentlemen, and the remarkable thing is that the flavor mtaches the color nicely - warm, deep, maybe slightly astringent. The best thing about the beer is its remarkable mouthfeel - wonderful on the tongue. Thanks Michael!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the one Michael saved for us ... and we’re so glad he did! Big, warming, earthy brown - chewy even - reminds me of my wife’s rich homemade granola. Fine accompaniment of hops, too.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gusler once called El Toro’s Poppy Jasper ’marzeny’, and the description befits this one even better. On the front side, the malt handling here is world class; sweet, challenging, slight lemon oaty kind of flavor. A tiny bit thick in the mouth detracts oh just a bit. Nicely smoky at the front as well. Like the Sudwerk Marzen pumped up on steroids. Then the finish; beautifully bitter, nicely hopped, but not quite as clean as some American west coast browns like the Jasper. Must be the English style brown, I guess. This beer, contrasted with Boyne and El Toro’s offerings, showcases the incredible range found in America’s best breweries within the Brown ale style. Highly recommended, and thanks Volgon. Top 3 Brown. Hennes and Brownalegirl -- I already have one saved for ya.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep cloudy brown color, the head beige and frothy, the lace is in sheets. Nose is malt, earthy, the front is malt sweet, the top light, the finish is quite hoppy. A good drinkable beer from one of my favorite East coast breweries.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bitter, cloudy brown ale. Odd color. Very malty.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best beers that I have had. Wonderful malty taste. I wish it was sold in more stores.
Davhgbrew (886) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange brown appearance, with a huge creamy head that lasted very long. Bitter for a brown, smooth finish, but not a beer I would want again.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! What a great beer! Deep red / mahogany with a light tan head. Richly malted, roasty, and hoppily bitter. Rather complex... very balanced. Mouthwatering flavors. ’Homebrew-like’ aroma smells very fresh and inviting. Loved the roasty & bitter finish; quite a lingering aftertaste too. Somewhat throat warming. Good stuff!