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The Civil Life American Brown
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
The St. Louis locals seemed pretty enamored with this beer and for good reason. It is a great beer. It is amber to brown in the glass and the head leaves lots of lace as it slowly dissipates. The nose is earthy, herbal hops. There is a great depth to the malt character w/o being sweet, which I feel is something only very good brewers ever achieve. It is light bodied w/o being watery and finishes w/ a firm earthy bitterness. This would definitely be a regular purchase if I could make it to the brewery regularly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Draft on tap at the brewery (St. Louis, MO). RBSG 2014 Friday Bus Tour. Pours a deep chestnut brownish pour with deep darker middle, gentle orange brown glow with frothy tannish head, dies to a decent ring and laces ok. Aromas are brown malts, earthy with a touch of cocoa and earth. Gentle carmelized elements grow with touches of toast, earth and mellow soil. Initial is medium bodied, a touch lighter with some toast, gentle earthiness. Semi sweet middle is a bit of caramel, cocoa and earth. Sweeter toffee moves out to a more dry, toasty backend. Earthy hops, some dryness, lingering cocoa and faint hit of brown sugar. More dry and toasty as we finish up, running the gambit and bringing it home. While Brown Ales can be a bit boring, this one certainly hits all the checkpoints. Solid. Pretty pour.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8355) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Draft. Nice chocolatey and slightly roasty brown ale, really enjoy the sessionablilty.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2376) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Draft. Lots of toast and burnt bread with some yeasty character to it. Kind of astringent. Otherwise forgettable brown

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7374) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a murky brown with a slight red hue and a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a bit of musty grain with light roast and a touch of toffee. Flavor has earthy chocolate and dark grain with just a bit of roast.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gschrade (780) - Collinsville, USA - FEB 24, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours brown with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, nutty. I thought this was so so. I would not drink this again, not a fan of brown ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdskinns (204) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On tap. Murky brown color with tan head. Nice roasty aroma. Taste is roasty, nutty, with some chocolate. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1260) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
A hazy brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma has raisin and molasses with some lightly roasted coffee. It has a medium body with smooth texture and lively carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with some roasted dark chocolate in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1505) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear cola color with a thin head that hugs the rim. Chestnut and coffee aroma. Chocolate and coffee taste, roasted malt and nuts. Quite good, but not my idea of a brown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1537) - Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Tap - good size foamy head, dark brown color, nice roasty and nutty malt aroma and flavor, pretty fair hop balance - very good for this style ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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