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The Civil Life American Brown
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Yeah Brown! Guess what? Brown Malt. Cascade does it. Cascade will always have spot near my heart – over by my liver. This brown was modestly structured to bring roastiness/chocolatism/and coffeeonics into divine harmony and make S&P upgrade the USA’s credit rating. Time will tell.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9108) - 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 (2108) - 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 (1092) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 04/09/2012 I tried this again on tap at a bar, and it was much, much better this time. Very malty, strong earthy and flowery hops, no longer overwhelmingly grapefruity. Nice deep color, creamy and persistent off-white head with lace and chill haze. Caramel malt and kettle caramelization, toasty and roasty grain bitterness, raisin bread, plums, smooth and tart at the same time, long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Deliciously chocolatey. Civil Life obviously amended their early issues on this bad boy. 02/04/2012 Tasted at the 1st annual Urban Chestnut - Wolpertinger festival in St. Louis, MO, USA from tap into sampler beer boot. Poured a clear dark brown color with moderate white foam. I’m glad they called it "American Brown" because grapefruity hops dominate the aroma and flavor, which isn’t necessarily bad, but definitely not a typical English Brown Ale. Fermentation seems a bit off. Something weird and tart, more like a Dunkelweiss, perhaps due to the particular chocolate malt or roasted barley used, maybe even a mild infection. Good not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
(sample at Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger festival) brown with tan head. Nutty caramel aroma. Flavor is caramel malt, some nuttiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Pat brought a growler. Opaque brown with a light tan head. I taste chocolate, citrus, more subtle malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
growler... really solid brown, roasted coffee with a hint of nuts and hops, easy to drink

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tasted 10/29/11. Pint from the Brewpub. Pours filtered with a deep amber, brown hue. Thick dense finger width of light khaki head. Aromas of cocoa dust and chocolate, with slight nutty and coffee nuances. Medium bodied with a really nice flavor. A ton of chocolate malts with a sweet fudge and caramel flavor. A bright and slightly bitter effervescence offsets the sweet malts and amps up the diverse palate. Doughy yet crisp with a mild hop profile. The palate is sticky, dry and tangy. Good roll. Mildly spicy and peppery. Mild coffee acidity and the slightest dried, dark fruit nuance. Solid brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Pours dark brown with a mahogany hue and a tan head. The aroma has lots of nuttiness, dark caramel and a brown sugar aspect that has a dryness to it. Medium body with light carbonation. The flavor starts with nuttiness, toasty smooth malt, spicy hops and some chocolate. The finish is smooth and rich without being sweet. Nicely done brown ale.


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