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The Civil Life American Brown
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RATINGS: 50   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4471) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1239) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdskinns (204) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Caramel malt, tart fruit and Roasty coffee and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1557) - Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Tap - good size foamy head, dark brown color, nice roasty and nutty malt aroma and flavor, pretty fair hop balance - very good for this style ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Draft. Nice chocolatey and slightly roasty brown ale, really enjoy the sessionablilty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6346) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Tap from a bar here in Jeff. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller tan head. Aroma was nutty, malts, mild chocolate and coffee. Burnt notes in the flavor. Finish was drier. Nutty finish as well. Medium body. Good beer all around.


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