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Willimantic Be Happy Brown

Willimantic Be Happy Brown
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
An unfiltered light Brown ale brewed with Northern Brewer hops, molasses and lactose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Cloudy brown, 1cm off-white collar that lasts. Earthy, quite yeasty nose. Cherry-like fruity nuances. Quite soft in roastiness. This is more of a leafy brown ale, though it also offers a more appealing perfumey hoppiness. Interesting take on the style, rather complex, but limited by its attempts to remain true to style before a whisper of lemon takes you aback.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Hazy dark brown body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some caramel, sourness, faint earthy. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours brown with an off white thin head. Smells of tea, some earth, some oranges, hints of caramel. Tastes spicy and peppery with some sweet malt and a layered raisin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 In short: Fizzy and slim brewpub Brown Ale. Basic session beer.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Brown body with a medium tan head
In long: Creamy malts. Attack of crusty bread leading to a light citric hoppy finish. Very light nutty flavour and distant earthy fruity notes. The beer is rather fizzy and would have benefited from a smoother carbonation. Very drinkable but nothing spectacular. Be Relatively Satisfied Brown Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Growler, courtesy of my sister-in-law. Thanks! Pours a bold, slightly murky cola-brown color; light tan head with lacing that coats the glass. Somewhat light aroma, showing brown sugar and chocolatey malts; a touch of citrus acidity. Medium mouthfeel: mostly brown sugar and biscuity malts; a bit lifeless in the mouth; some red fruits and sugar, though not a lot of density or depth; reasonably sessionable. Medium finish showing a bit of chocolate and basic maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
My Bottom Line:
A balanced interplay of nutty sweetness, roasted maltiness and earthy hoppiness builds this quenching and smooth Brown Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the ochre-tinged brown.
-The body is lean and helps towards drinkability; still, I would have preferred a better developed nutty sweetness.
-Some nondescript fruitiness seeps out of the caramel malts.
-Carbonation is delicate and serves the mouthfeel quite well.

On tap at the brewpub.

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