The Civil Life American Brown
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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20429) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel aroma with weak hints of citrus. Slightly roasted malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (17662) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap @ The Civil Life. Brown in color with an off-white head. Nose of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee. Quite earthy and a touch spicy. Sort of bittersweet on the palate. Roast, burnt nuts, chocolate, and earthy hops. A little bit of grass. Good toffee and molasses as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11785) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Draft. Pours dark reddish brown with white head. Nose/taste of toasty nuts, toffee and light roasty chocolate. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Draft… RBSG 2014... Hazy dark-brown pour with mahogany highlights and a brief, white head. The aroma is loaded with coffee and provides just enough chocolate to create an excellent mocha character. Full-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is rich and roasty with heaps of hearty mocha and a slight caramel component. Lengthy coffee finish with a light kiss of butterscotch in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10199) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9983) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Draft. Nice chocolatey and slightly roasty brown ale, really enjoy the sessionablilty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Taster on tap at the brewery during RBSG. Kind of a hazy red brown color. Nice thin khaki head. Leaves decent bits of lace. Good toasty nutty chocolatey malt bill. Light spiciness, some toasty english style character. Light to moderate bitter, moderate sweet. Light to medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Solid, sessionable brown. I couldn’t help but think it tasted pretty english-style, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8939) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
Draft - Toasted malts, light grain and a some caramel. Cloudy brown with a decent white head. Toasted malts and caramel. Very drinkable and true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8868) - 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.

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