ineedbeer (215) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has some bread and caramel qualities. A nice toasted bread note along with light caramel and toffee. A light nuttiness and chocolate is also present. Clean yeast character with little to no esters and no diacetyl. No hops or alcohol present in the aroma.
Pours a somewhat cloudy brown with a thin, slightly off white head that recedes to the edges fairly quickly. Light lacing with no legs.
Flavor is all malt. Lots of caramel and toffee as well as nice toasted bread crust. Hints of chocolate and a nice nuttiness. A faint resinous hop flavor helps balance the malt, but the finish is mostly dark caramel and toasted bread. This has quite a bit of a Munich and Vienna malt flavor. Medium low bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation. Finishes with some sticky sweetness to it. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall this is an interesting take on a brown ale. It doesn't have the hop character that one would expect from an American Brown Ale. Some of the malt character is nice but it is also a bit muddled with a bit too much going on.
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jrgerstn (2) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a session beer, plain and simple. Good aroma, nice color, moderate taste, on a balanced palate. Low hop which is what you expect and want for the style. Very drinkable, but not memorable. A good beer to keep coming and enjoy during a long conversation
mattyb83 (733) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Hazy mahogany color with a small, off white head. I donít know what this is upon first look and sip. Adam tells me this is a brown.
Smells like old caramels. I know many people are thinking "what do old caramels mell like?" Dust and caramel.
Iím missing the rich aspects of a brown ale with this beer. Thin, and watery, body. Hoppier hn most browns. Just not enthused.
Atom (1007) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can shared by mattyb83, pours copper/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of scotch tape hops, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste earthy, watery bitter hops, and caramel. Has drinkability down, not much of a brown.
hockeybeerguy (212) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a nice brown color and yields the same color body. A great one inch white foamy head appears and lasts for a good two minutes. Nice spider-web foamy lacing appears and lasts practically forever. The smell has the hops in front of the malts. A slight nuttiness comes through as the beer warms. The taste has pretty much the same smells in the tastes combining and eventually yielding a slight enjoyable sweetness that I really like. The palate is about a light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. Overall, this is good. Iíd have it again.
vmilaxer29 (365) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep dark brown into a shaker. Off-white head with good retention recedes to hug rim leaving spot lacing. Toffee and caramel aromas. Soft with bitter dark toffee upfront turning to a lasting bitter nut finish.
JDBaker11058 (932) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear coppery brown with ruby highlights and a nearly white, creamy, bubbly froth of a head, and tons of lacing. Aroma: hops first--grapefruit and pine; under that is a hint of graham cracker pie crust and ginger snaps; it gets maltier as it warms. Taste: bitter pine, with golden grahams cereal, caramel, and floral bitterness at the back of the swallow. Finish: burnt toast, bitter citrus, floral/piney dryness and, at the very end, a hint of roasty chocolate. Notes: So far, the best offering Iíve had from these guys. Itís good, but not great. Brown ales are an under-appreciated style, and it seems theyíve really made an effort here. Nicely balanced.
AirForceHops (1922) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz. can from The Beer Store, Nashua, NH. $2.75. Perfect looking Ale in a mug. Dark brown with large lasting head that produced lace all the way down. The aroma is an Earthy hop covered in rich, deep malts. Flavor shows me toasted malty grains, a bit of coffee and some nuttiness. The body is lighter then you expect after smelling and tasting this. Great drinkability. Nice, moderate bitterness to balance the malts. Finely crafted Brown ale.
1pintatatime (10) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep caramel red from the can. Heavy bread aroma. Medium sweetness, medium body with a slightly hoppy finish.
Beerenberger (824) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet malt and hints of citrus hops on the nose. Pours a clear dark amber with a quickly diminishing off-white head. The taste is sweet up front with some hoppiness on the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, not quite a brown but a very enjoyable variation that I will drink again.