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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1210) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
The aroma of this beer is a fairly simple yet nice blend of roasted and caramel malts, and the color is a cloudy brown color with a medium off-white head. The taste is very pleasing due to the mild umami, slight sweetness, and touch of sourness, and the palate complements this nicely with the medium body, slick texture, malty finish, and soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2154) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Somewhat metallic and tinny. Had this at their tap room in saint Louis Fall 2012. Everything I tasted was good to great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (678) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft. Pours a brown, mahogany color with an extremely thin light tan head. Aroma is very nutty, with roasted malts and a mild sweetness. Taste is similar, with a mild nutty sweetness. Light in body for a brown ale, with a lingering roasted flavor. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
Draft at PI Pizzeria.purs dark brown with a half inch of khaki foam that leaves a lot of lacing. Slight malty note on the nose which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. . Big malt, roasts, nutty notes on the tongue. Finishes clean. Very tasty!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2363) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2013
pours a reddish copper color with a one finger off white head. SLight roasted malt flavor. Very simple, straight forward, and clean flavor. Slighlty sweet up front with a nice balance of subtle hops. Slight caramel flavor. Medium mouthfeel

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArrogantDusty (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Brown sugar, slight coffee, some chocolate, toasted malts. Really nice slight roast. Similar to the nose. Perfect amount of malts and sweetness. Brown sugar, chocolate, toasted malts, hint of roast. All very well done and put together nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9629) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Tap @ The Civil Life. Pours a hazy deep reddish/maroon appearance with a light brown head. Quite nutty, toasty malty, caramel, light toffee, nice aroma. Burnt caramel malty, burnt sugar, toffee, light char, earthy, fairly well balanced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2364) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
On tap at The Civil Life. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Nutty, malty, chocolate malts flavors. Nice, drinkable brown.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1189) - Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Dark brown. Nutty...pecan almond. Very strong lacing w thin head. Strange palate feel like tonic water

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Tap from a bar here in Jeff. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller tan head. Aroma was nutty, malts, mild chocolate and coffee. Burnt notes in the flavor. Finish was drier. Nutty finish as well. Medium body. Good beer all around.


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