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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2015 Draft at the brewery. 4.8% ABV. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with an inch-thick beige head that leaves some sloppy lace in the glass. Aroma of huge toasted malts, pecans, toasted brown sugar, wheat, and earth. Flavor of toasted malts- more subtle than in the nose- along with earth, nuts, and cola. Medium-bodied, with a toasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very much an American-style brown ale, and a damn good one at that. This really hit the spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2014
tap@ brewery during RBSG 2014: Slightly hazy brown with a firm white head and okay lace. Nutty, caramel, faint chocolate and roasted coffee along with light handed but noticeable resiny fruity hop juxtaposition. Yep it is indeed an American Brown Ale in all it’s glory. Tossup between this and the Milk Stout for my carry out... the Milk Stout won in extra time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6487) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5953) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Light roast with some hops. Good all around package and easy to drink. Pours chestnut brown with good head and lacing on cask. Light bittersweet finish. Cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5899) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5594) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5010) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4902) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Draft listed as "Downtown Julie Brown": Coffee and soil nose. Brown, thin head. Soild flavor, somewhat astringent. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Easily sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4599) - 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

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