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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Long enough ago, all beer would’ve been brownish because of the difficulty of drying the malted grain without darkening it. Same was true in America until the fancy-pants German immigrant brewers started brewing pale lagers which eventually took over. Thankfully, American homebrewers and a few bold craft brewers like us have revived American Brown Ale for your pleasure. Malty, caramelly, tart and toasty, earthy and citrusy, with delicious hints of bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Y’know that story about the hypocrite who tattled to President Abraham Lincoln about General Grant’s drinking? Ol’ Abe answered, “Well, find out what he’s drinking so I can send a barrel to every general in the army.” We’re pretty sure Grant was drinking The Civil Life American Brown.

For those who want to know:
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 35
COLOUR: Nice deep brown colour with creamy, long-lasting off-white foam and lace. BJCP STYLE: 10C. American Brown Ale, one of our all-time favourites
INGREDIENTS: US pale malt, UK Maris Otter pale malt, Crystal, Brown and Carafa dark malts, Cascade hops, American ale yeast


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2542) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft sampler pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts, chocolate and nutty. Taste is malts, cocoa and grains.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (916) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
Draft at church key. Dark brown. Cocoa and nutty malts. Semi rich with average carb that fades quickly after an initial punch. Sweet finish. Pretty tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Cask at Churchkey dry hopped with Promise hops. Cloudy amber brown color, tan head. Aroma of lightly herbal cocoa. Taste has citrus and cocoa in an interesting combo. Tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3417) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted notes with some chocolate. Flavor is a bigger chocolate with a nice roast and finishes a bit sweet. Decent brown ale here, almost boarding on a porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brucebruce81 (282) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 6, 2015
This beer is really smooth not to bad of a bite. The Malts are a little strong up front with a mild hint of hops. It poured a deep brown color. It's good for one or two beer night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, nuts, grass, herbal hops into a bit of earthy notes, some red fruits. Taste is a mix of earth, grass, into some caramel, toast, some yeast with a hint of red fruit, slight nutty note, finishing bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Caramel malt, tart fruit and Roasty coffee and chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Smooth creamy and tasty. Brown pour from draft at their brewery. White head. Maple and brown sugar flavor. I like

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryrpat (169) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Nice darker color but light taste. Reminded me of a more flavorful Newcastle. Would definitely drink this again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1613) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2014
On tap. Served a dark brown color with a small head that faded quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and bit of chocolate in the background. Taste of coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth with a bit too much of a coffee feel. Decent beer but nothing out of the ordinary.


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