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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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

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   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17469) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Keg st BB’s - St. Louis. Pours mostly clear brown with a frothy, off-white head. The aroma holds lightly toasty brown bread, chocolate malts, faint roast. Medium sweet flavor with nice brown bread character, impressions of cocoa, mellow earthy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Great balance on the finish, with further toasty cocoa, some earthy bitterness, dried berries, faint burnt toffee. Overall, a very tasty and accessible brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonLaRue (57) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2016
Served to me in a pint glass. Asked the waitress to check the beer I thought it was a porter. Its a good porter a bad brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (6996) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2015
On tap at Burger Tap Shake at Washington Circle, pours a murky dark orange with some creamy, white head. Nose is OK, gristy, some bread crust, a little brown sugar, some yeast, a little vinous hop. Flavor is fine, a bit hoppier than a standard brown with some lemon and a little soap, but then mostly malt, a little whole wheat flour, bread crust, mild dough. Dry finish. Just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (490) - Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Tastes bold and roasty, yet creamy with a bit of hops at the end. Looks great, palate is surprisingly substantial for such a low ABV beer. I would definitely drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubblehouse (1171) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2015
A descent brown ale which is saying something since I generally don’t like browns. Has a good coffee flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2015
On tap. Pours murky brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate, toasty malt, and grass. Taste is of nutmeg, chocolate, and grass. Has a toasty malt backbone. Lingering nutty taste. Mouthfeel is light, almost thin. Body is very light. It’s not bad, but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewBoxer (2528) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Draft at cardinals nation, pours a brown muddy color with malty flavor. Taste is interesting. Forgettable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5311) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6843) - 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 16/20
MadRobin (2691) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2015
On tap at Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Opaque, dark brown with fine khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, cocoa, coffee and a hint of orange. Taste of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, orange, toffee and nuts. Just sweet enough to temper the intense roasty flavors. Medium body and medium carbonation. This has a lot of intense flavor and complexity for a 4.8% beer. It’s quite contrast to those timid American brown ales you find all too often. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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