The Civil Life American Brown
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RATINGS: 64   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5888) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArrogantDusty (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Brown sugar, slight coffee, some chocolate, toasted malts. Really nice slight roast. Similar to the nose. Perfect amount of malts and sweetness. Brown sugar, chocolate, toasted malts, hint of roast. All very well done and put together nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
The aroma of this beer is a fairly simple yet nice blend of roasted and caramel malts, and the color is a cloudy brown color with a medium off-white head. The taste is very pleasing due to the mild umami, slight sweetness, and touch of sourness, and the palate complements this nicely with the medium body, slick texture, malty finish, and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On tap. Murky brown color with tan head. Nice roasty aroma. Taste is roasty, nutty, with some chocolate. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Caramel malt, tart fruit and Roasty coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft sampler pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts, chocolate and nutty. Taste is malts, cocoa and grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2829) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7701) - 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
Leighton (18714) - 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.

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