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RATINGS: 48   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


gregwilsonstl's rating

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1169) - Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Dark brown. Nutty...pecan almond. Very strong lacing w thin head. Strange palate feel like tonic water


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brucebruce81 (277) - 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 (6751) - Los Angeles, California, 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 (2742) - 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 (3306) - 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 (163) - 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 (1580) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
pkbites (696) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Heres the problem: I’m willing to bet a lot of you will really like this. I didn’t, but that doesn’t mean it sucks. Beautiful brown pour, smoke and chocolate nose. But I don’t like the taste of cold coffee. Blech. But if you do like cold coffee with chocolate, this may be for you and I suggest you try it. For the style this is probably pretty good. it’s just not for me, that’s all. On tap at some bar in downtown St. Louis.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a mild, but pleasant caramel and toast with some smoke character and coffee. It’s a dark, opaque caramel brown color with a fluffy light brown head that reduces to a medium thin ring with a dusting of a surface layer. The lace is dense, but splotchy and only in a couple spots. The flavor is a medium malty sweet with a light coffee bitter. The medium bodied beer has fizzy carbonation and an oily thin texture. The finish is very similar to the aroma with a slight citrus peel touch in addition. The aftertaste is mostly clean and light with notes of coffee and citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of light chocolate malt, roasty, and earthy hops. Flavor is light chocolate, the roasted malt with a nice decent bitter finish. Medium bodied but a touch fizzy. a very ok beer by me

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3778) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Sample at the brewery during SRBG Bus Tour 2014. Comes reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and nuts. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, nuts, fruit, and a bit of chocolate. Nice.


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