hansvf (269) - - APR 6, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ruikt niet zo lekker uit de fles.smaakt droppig, niet vies maar ook niet echt lekker...
superspak (3236) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/20/2015. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, plum, apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, light apple/plum, herbal, and yeast toasted earthiness. Light-moderate earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and some light earthy hop astringency lingering after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice English brown ale. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. If it lacked the hop astringency it would have scored higher. A nicely enjoyable offering.
bpreo (1984) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It has a nice bready aroma. The flavor is bland, but the aftertaste is immediately rich and toasty/roasty, followed by some unwelcome tartness. But what the hell do I know?
monk191 (1241) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a great brown, pretty boring. Pours a very light amber, not how a brown should be. Smells slightly of macadamia nuts. Taste is a bit malty, creamy, with a slight nuttiness. Had on tap at the Brewery for SF Beer Week.
dlihcsnatas (428) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown brew with decent head. Smells and tastes of toasted malts with a small bit of sweetness and nuttiness. Nicely balanced to make it an easy drinking brew. Got this in a sampler but would be willing to buy this one in 12 packs by itself.
mintzmeet (320) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty malty, pours light brown. Could be a brown lager. Slightly nutty nose. Nice inside mouth feel.
Darkmagus82 (1957) - - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light brown/deep amber color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweeter caramel smell mixed with some toffee and brown sugar smells. With these aromas are some lightly toasted malt smells and a bit of a nutty aroma. A hint of an earthy smell is there as well creating a rather pleasant smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with toasted bready flavor mixed with a caramel and toffee sweetness. Upfront the taste is very smooth due to the moderate toastiness and sweet flavors. As the taste advances however, it bitters some, even though the sweetness remains constant, and even gets some notes of a light dark fruit (cherry and plum) more toward the middle of the taste. This increase in bitterness comes from a mix of added toast, as well as an arrival of a nuttiness and some earthy and herbal tastes. The resulting mix of flavors that is left at the end of the taste, ends up leaving a toasty and lightly bittered brown ale flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average for a brown ale, but a bit thicker for its 4.8 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style, the slightly thicker body was actually very nice for the toasted and slightly nutty and herbal tastes of the brew.
Overall – A pretty decent brown overall with a nice blend of toasted and bittered flavors that has enough sweetness to balance it all out.
DMLINAZ (317) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the winter variety pack. Mild, not unpleasant, easy to drink brown ale. Not bad, but a little thin. Some toffee, malt, typical brown ale flavors.
maxwelldeux (4137) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a mix pack. Pours a very clear brown color with a moderate light brown head on there. Nose is heavily laden with toffee, and just a hint of roasting underneath. Taste is pretty light, slightly bitter with a bit of a bite, and has a bit more roasting coming through. Easy pleasant drink.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pyramid Ales--Best Brown Ale 1997-8 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.75 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Best of the Browns. Light rich clear red brown color. Hop fruit nose. Estery diacytyl butterfruit body. Nice finish. Sampled 12/30/1998.
Pyramid Ales--Best Brown Ale--Bright Brown 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.75 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Light clear brown color. Hop fruit nose. Light butter fruit flavored body with hints of chocolate. Hoppy tinge to finish. Very Good! 11/24/1998.