ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty much what you’d expect. Some nice toffee in the nose, maybe just a hint of herbal hops. Taste is a bit astringent, some ice tea and toffee.
mike67 (926) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber from Trader Joe’s. Pours dark red with practically no head. Aroma of piney hops, bread and hints of coffee. Light-medium crisp body. Flavor of light coffee, brown sugar and some light earthy hops. Medium bitter finish. Quite boring brew.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) medium brown with light brown head. Nutty malt aroma. Flavor is sweet slightly malt with hints of molasses.Bitter finish.
popery (1667) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good brown ale, nutty, malty and smooth. I rather like this beer and am tempted to push my scores up even higher. This beer pours a nice ruby color with a creamy, ecru head. Transparent. The aroma is molasses, caramel, nutty malt, mild prunes, cocoa and a faint citrus hop note. The flavor is nutty and moderately sweet, quite appropriate for the style, in my opinion. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, nearing oatmeal stout territory. For my money, Firestone nailed these two new Mission St. beers. These bottles are excellent values for good, fresh hefe and good, malty brown ale.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really heavily malted brown ale. Pours deep brown and clear. Flavor just isn’t there in this one compared to others. A fair brew but nothing special.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark molasses grain aroma, reminds me of feeding horses. Dark ruby body, light tan head. Very robust toasty sweet grain, burnt on the edges, seems to defy gravity and resists the temptation to ooze on the tongue. Little chewy midpalate, fades away slowly, gently. People have run from brown ales so fast they’ve created a vacuum. and at 3 bucks a bomber, this fills that void spectacularly.
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark brown with a decent tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a smoked malt flavor that is a bit thin, and a dry bitter finish.
joeneugs (4218) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am happy to report that this is a more than competent brown ale at $1.99 a bomber!! It pours a deep red with a one finger tan head that settles down quickly. The aroma is lager yeast - some berries, nuts, and toasted malt. The flavor is very toasted with hints of berry sweetness, chocolate, and a nutty finish. I definitely wouldn’t mind picking up a case of this.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served Lightly Chilled (mid 50s degrees F / ~ 13°C; Sampled June 2010
A solid pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with red notes to it around the edges. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, dark cranberry color. The aroma smells of a nice mix of toasted malt, bright fruit notes and touches of caramelized malts. The fruit character produces berry like aromatics that reminds me of a mix of cranberries, currants and perhaps a hint of orange zest; these aromas seem to come from a mix of hop character and ale fermentation character, but are fairly light overall, i.e. I would not describe this as a hoppy Brown Ale. The malt plays the more dominant role here with a chewy, though dry seeming, light roast / ample toasted grain character
A firm bitterness couples with a light malt sweetness that has a full caramelized malt character as well as some browned / lightly roasted malt flavors and bitterness. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, though it does have some residual malt body that makes this just chewy enough. There is a touch of herbal hop character that contributes a touch of menthol and some pine, but there is actually more fruity hop character here than I was expecting, despite my noticing it in the aroma; flavors of orange zest, citrus oil, a touch of tangelo as well as some smooth lychee like hop flavors and even some peach like flavors are all noticeable. The caramelized malt character that is typical of the style, when combined with the hop notes, brings out flavors of currants and berries. There is really just enough malt sweetness here to accentuate the fruit flavors, but not so much that this beer isn’t able to finish dry and drinkable. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts the malt character becomes more dominant and nicely nutty.
The malt and the hops end up being quite balanced in there contributions here. This will obviously get more malt oriented as it ages, but I like the hop character (especially the fruity notes) that this has right now; it nicely compliments the toasted malt and helps to balance the caramelized malt character. This beer is quite clean tasting with no real noticeable off flavors; I like that the malt character isn’t muddled or overly harsh (which can happen in some roast influenced beers). I also like that the nose is a touch more malt focused, while the flavor is a touch more hop focused, it keeps things interesting somehow. This is definitely very enjoyable and the 22oz serving size is perfect for a nice session.
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Dark translucent brown with a moderate, frothy, light tan head. Aroma somewhat nondescriptly sweet; very light touches of toffee and dark fruits. Flavor mirrors aroma with the very slight addition of roast Medium-thick body, moderately sticky. Perfectly adequate and forgettable brown ale.