The Civil Life Brewing Company Reviews




jandd1983
3.6
The Civil Life Merchant Ship IPA
On tap at Cuginoís. It poured a hazy copper color with a white head. The aroma was of citrus, malts and hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, citrus, hops and some tropical fruits. Very tasty brew.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bif
3.6
The Civil Life Merchant Ship IPA
On tap at Shamrocks. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma of citrus, some malt sweetness and fruit. Taste of caramel, citrus, bit of grain and fruit. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, crisp with a subtle hop character. Enjoyable beer without being overly hoppy.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.6
The Civil Life Black Lager
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is a pretty good roasted malt with some bakers chcocolate. Flavor is wonderful with lots of chocolate, coffee and maybe some roasted peanuts or even some peanut butter. Some schwartzbeirís can be pretty thin but this version is quite a heavy mouth feel with the nice big presence of those roasted malt. Probably one of my top 5 Civil life beers.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life Czech Pilsner
Pour is a hazy straw with a large white head. Aroma is a nice grain and biscuit mat with plenty of grassy Euro hops. Flavor is a equally nice clean pils malt with a perfectly aged lager sulfer. Very clean and refreshing. Probably the most spot on czech pils that you can get fresh without goig to the Czech rep.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

vyvvy
3.9
The Civil Life Merchant Ship IPA
Pours hazy copper with an off white head. The aroma has toasty malt, wood, caramel and a little funk. It has a medium body with light carbonation. The taste has dry caramel malt, wood, branches and bracing earthiness that really works. This strikes me as something Sierra Nevada would do on a straightforward ipa version. Solid.
Sunday, August 07, 2016

vyvvy
4.2
The Civil Life Czech Pilsner
Pours copper yellow with a white head. The aroma has smooth pils malt, hint of roast, bread, dough, soft spicy hops and smooth lager yeast. It has a medium smooth body with gentle carbonation. The taste is a slightly drier than the aroma with the same notes. The finish has spicy, grassy, sulfur and herbal hops that are very clean. Excellent in every way.
Saturday, August 06, 2016

rubbishystuff
3.5
The Civil Life British Best
Thanks to Grownfool. Nice to see a truer to style Bitter in the US. Full flavors for the strength. Serving: Growler
Monday, August 01, 2016

rubbishystuff
4
The Civil Life Northern English Brown
Thanks to Grownfool for the howler. Smooth, old school brown ale, easy drinking, not super robust but a nice restorative ale.
Monday, July 25, 2016

rubbishystuff
4
The Civil Life British Mild
Thanks to Grownfool for the howler. Very good mild ale. Full flavor but still low strenght, slightly roasted flavor, smooth somewhat slipper mouth feel. very drinkable.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Bif
3.2
The Civil Life English Pale Ale
On Tap. Poured a golden color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, malt sweetness, grain and trace of citrus. Taste of caramel, bit of grain and light fruit. Bitterness that lingers into a fairly dry finish. Medium body, crisp with an earthy grain feel.
Saturday, July 02, 2016

RobertDale
3.3
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale
Sample at Waldo Hopfest 2016. Comes reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is similar. Very drinkable ESB.
Monday, June 13, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Sample at Waldo Hopfest 2016. Comes a mostly clear reddish brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is malt, rye, caramel, and some citrus. Nice.
Monday, June 13, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life American Pale Ale
Pour is a hazy amber with a large white head. Aroma is a decent pine hop with some caramel malt. Flavor is more of a dry malt with a decent pine and fruity hop. The caramel malt in there but not in a chewy kind of way, itís just there to give this some body and the beer is quite thick by todayís APA standards. They were going for the old school pale aleís from craft beers infancy with this one. It would have been ground breaking back in 1994 and itís still good today.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life "The Block" Roggenbier
Pour is a murky brown with a large tan head. Aroma is caramel malt some dark fruit and some cloves. Flavor is kind of a dull caramel malt with some chocolate notes but I did get and odd soapiness in the aftertaste. Not much rye comes off the beer. Not one of Civil lifeís best beers but this was still decent.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

theisti
3.8
The Civil Life British Mild
Imperial Pint at the Brewery in St Louis, Missouri. The pour is a hazed brown golden copper with a small off white head. Pretty lace coats the glass as the beer drinks down. The aroma is toasty caramel, nut malt and soft floral. The taste is the fresh clean nut and malt sweetness of the nose, along with a pleasant bit of caramel upfront and finishes dry with clean floral. Very clear expressions of the flavors and nice integration. The palate is light bodied with soft natural carbonation and the clean finish. Super drinkable, this was really good.
Monday, June 06, 2016

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life "The Block" Roggenbier
It pours brown with a small tan head that pretty much turns into a ring. The aroma has candied bananas, clove, spice, bread and toffee. It has a pretty full rich body with gentle carbonation. The taste starts with the aroma aspects with more spiciness and finishes very bready. Pretty nice, but not what Iíve normally had as a roggen
Thursday, May 26, 2016

jandd1983
3.5
The Civil Life Stevieís 5 Star Amber Ale
Pint at Five Star Burgers in Creve Coeur. It poured a copper color with a white head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, toasted malts and a light tart fruity note. The taste was similar to the aroma with some bitter hops, tart fruits and caramel. Quite good.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Leighton
3.6
The Civil Life American Brown
Keg st BBís - 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.
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Terminus
3.9
The Civil Life Porano Ale
Tap at brewpub Pours hazy orange hue with a small soapy white head and some nice lacing. Nose is spicy hops tart yeasty twang qualities. Some lite minerals. Flavors of spicy hops minerals lite yeasty bright sourness. Long finish of lite citrus minerals and some spicy hops. Great little session wheat!
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Terminus
3.8
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Tap at brewery Pours mild amber hue with a small soapy white head and great lacing. Flavors are bright citrus and herbal hops big rye dryness. Nice little session pale.
Sunday, May 01, 2016

kathouse
3.5
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Cloudy brown with a thick coarse head. Rye is very pronounced in the aroma. Good balance of bitterness and spice.
Monday, April 11, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life Black Ale
Pour is a complete black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt with some coffee and chccolate notes. Flavor is the same, with a nice roasted mouthfeel with some coffee and chccolate with a miniscule hop on the back end. I would not consider this a black IPA but this is a pretty solid beer with some great roasted notes.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Northern English Brown
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a nutty and chocolaty. Flavor is the same as the aroma but this has a richness that I did not get from the aroma. Nutty and more of a bakers chocolate lay on the tongue as this goes down. This is a decent brown ale.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

wxman
3.6
The Civil Life English Pale Ale
On cask at the source. Pours a very hazy dark golden with a thin cask head that stays throughout. Aroma is deliciously bready. Taste is sweet pale malt, fresh bread dough, biscuits, and some mild hops to round it all out. Simple, and simply delicious.
Sunday, April 03, 2016

csaso
3.5
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale
Tap - good size foamy head, beautiful medium Amber color, very good balanced aroma and flavor, some fruity/piney hops and caramel malts, smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, April 02, 2016

JonLaRue
4.1
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Friday, April 01, 2016

Finhead
3.4
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale
A cloudy, brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma has bread and caramel with faint hops. It has a medium body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a semi-dry finish.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

phaleslu
3.7
The Civil Life Belgian Dubbel
Draft at the brewery, served in a half pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a moderate off-white head that settles into a thick film and ring, leaving heavy lace in the glass. Notes of caramel and toasted malts, banana, residual sugars, dark dried fruits, leaves, earth, and subtle esters. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, sweet, smooth, estery mouthfeel. Good dubbel.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

phaleslu
3.7
The Civil Life Belgian Table Beer
Draft at the brewery, served in a half pint glass. Pous a cloudy gold, somewhat deepish in hue, with a small white head that leaves a sheet of lace in the glass and film atop the beer. Notes of banana, apricot, and other lesser fruity esters, doughy malts, hay, grass, and faint spice. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Really nice low-boost sipper thatís fun for the whole family!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

vyvvy
3.7
The Civil Life Big Belgian Blond Ale
Pours orangish blond with an off white head. The aroma has bready malt, Belgian Abbey yeast, caramel and a bit of cloves. It has a fairly thick body with lots of soft carbonation. The taste starts like the aroma with some spice and drier malt. The finish gets drier and shows some alcohol, a first for a civil life beer. Nice.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.6
The Civil Life Belgian Dubbel
Pour is a murky brown with a small white head. Aroma is a decent Belgian yeast esters with a toffee malt. Flavor is a nice dark fruit with a nice earthy malt mixed with a pleasant by treacle and anise. Maybe not as rich and ester laiden as some dubbleís but plenty flavorful nonetheless.
Saturday, March 05, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.8
The Civil Life Big Belgian Blond Ale
Pour is a hazy blonde with a large white head. Aroma has a huge stone fruit with a dry bready malt and a bit of spice I canít quite put my finger on. Flavor is a nice fruity start then comes equally nice almost biscuit like dry malt that cleanses the palate for the next sip. I was a bit skeptical about the Civil Life getting into Belgian beers but the Civil Life rarely lets me down. This is a very flavorful beer.
Saturday, March 05, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life Big Year Brown
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice rich roasted nutty creamy malt. Flavor in a big chewy and chccolate malt with a very minor bitterness toward the end of the swallow. A decadently rich and flavorful malt puts this one over the top. If more brown ales were made like this I would drink more brown ales.
Saturday, March 05, 2016

seymour
4.2
The Civil Life Belgian Table Beer
On tap at the brewpub, and brought a growler home (I wish it was a full barrel!) Itís true, this is a beer I could have at the table every single day for years to come, and never tire of it. Hazy gold with soapy white foam, long-lasting with lace. Crisp and grainy, deliriously floral French aroma hops, hints of banana, black pepper, clove, nutmeg. Just the right amount of malty sweetness, just the right kinda dry finish. Faint tartness, limestone well water, sulfur in a good way. Not pristine clean, not quite dirty. Light body, slightly bready mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Perfectly balanced beer-flavoured-beer aftertaste. Ticks all the boxes for me. Keep íem coming.
Monday, February 29, 2016

seymour
4
The Civil Life Belgian Dubbel
Tasted on tap at the brewpub in a nonic pint glass. It poured a pretty reddish colour with deep, lasting white foam and lace. Very malty, layered and complex: fruity, chocolatey, toffee, bready, toasty, boozy, earthy, flowery, spicy. Hoppier and heavier than most, but mainly true-to-style. Belgian yeast traits were noticeable but not overpowering. Great bittersweet aftertaste. Timeless. Delicious. Moreish.
Monday, February 29, 2016

seymour
3.6
The Civil Life Big Belgian Blond Ale
Tasted on tap at the 2016 Centennial Fest in a mini snifter glass. It poured a hazy golden colour with deep white head, everlasting with lace. Very aromatic, husky whole grain flavour with light malt sweetness, biscuity, nice combination of hop and yeast spice, some fennel and anise, ever-so-slight citrus sourness. Medium body and carbonation, complex aftertaste. Sorta Chimay white-ish, but a tiny bit more vegetal and funky.
Monday, February 29, 2016

vyvvy
3.9
The Civil Life Belgian Dubbel
The beer pours cloudy brown with a dense of white head. The aroma has toasted nuttiness, Abbey rounded yeast, dark fruit and toffee. It has a medium body with a lot of soft carbonation. The taste starts with dry toasted malt, light licorice, Belgian yeast and singer apple. The finish has a touch of sulfur and earthy hops. Really solid. Civil lifeís first attempts at Belgian beers are impressive.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Strykzone
3.9
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt
Draft at Bigelos. Murky brown with a creamy layer of foam. This is rich and malt forward. Bread and yeast with cocoa and gentle fruit later. Caramel throughout. Decent complexity. Really a pleasant beer to drink and it is kind of in my wheelhouse of preferences.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

JulienHuxley
3.9
The Civil Life Belgian Table Beer
On tap at Baileys Range. Hazy gold pour with very thin veil of white head. Aroma is really grassy, light spiciness, light citrusy notes, grainy, very fresh, baguette crust. Taste is lightly bitter, grassy, fresh malt, not sweet. Palate is light and dry with fluffy carbonation. Delicious.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

JulienHuxley
3.3
The Civil Life Prairie Pils
On tap at the bridge, as free range Pils (same style and abv). Clear gold pour with thick white head. Aroma is very grainy, light honey, floral notes, grassy. Taste is bitter, grassy, light metallic notes, lingering bitterness. Palate is light bodied with good carbonation, dry. Decent pils.
Monday, February 22, 2016

gschrade
3.6
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
I had this at Global Brew. Pours Amber with a white head. Taste lightly spices, caramel, citrus. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, February 22, 2016

gschrade
3.7
The Civil Life Porter
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, chocolate, mild. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, February 22, 2016

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life Porano Ale
The beer pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma has floral and perfurmy hops with a rich caramel like maltiness thatís kinda odd for a wheat ale. It has a medium crisp body with a decent amount of sharp carbonation. The taste starts with lots of peppery spice, sulfur, grass, wheat with a mushiness to it and some dry malt. The finish of very dry, woody and the sulfur and grass aspects that are with some pilsners. Pretty solid.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

vyvvy
4
The Civil Life Belgian Table Beer
The beer pours yellow orange with a white head. The aroma has dry bread, Belgian blonde yeast with less fruit and lots of grains. The beer has a fairly light body with good amount of carbonation. The taste starts with crackery, dry earthiness, sulfur and dry some fruit. The finish is rustic and woody with some dry spices. Really fantastic especially for 3.5% alcohol.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

drfabulous
3.7
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt
Growler opened at Kevinís. Malty hoppy some caramel. I wonder if this would be better fresher.
Monday, February 08, 2016

Bif
3.6
The Civil Life Extra "Stagger" Bitter
On Tap. Served a slightly hazy copper color with a fair head. Aroma of malt, bit earthy with a trace of fruit. Taste of malt and mild fruit. Mild bitterness with a fairly dry finish. Medium body, smooth nicely balanced with a bit of an English ESB feel to it. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

seymour
4.2
The Civil Life Porano Ale
Tasted on tap at the brewpub and brought a growler home. It pours a nice reddish amber, just a little wheat haze, with sudsy white foam, great head retention and lace. Malty, rich caramel flavour without being sticky-sweet. Fruity, citrusy, floral, earthy, pine resin and a hint of dank ganja. Stone fruit ale yeast esters. Familiar and fantastic. It tastes like an early 1990ís craft brewery flagship, except more masterfully executed. Sierra Nevada Pale Aleís wet-dream. Boulevard Wheatís movie girlfriend. Medium body and carbonation, well-rounded bready mouthfeel, mineral water essence, awesome bittersweet aftertaste. This one ticks all my boxes, canít get enough of it. This is a crazy high rating for a session style, but it earned it. I wonder if Gerard Craft loves this beer as much as I do?
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

jandd1983
3.2
The Civil Life Prairie Pils
On tap at Baileyís. It poured a yellow color with a white head. The aroma was of malts, yeast and hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more pale malts, some bread, hops and a little bitterness. Good stuff.
Sunday, January 24, 2016

DCLawyer
3.6
The Civil Life Big Year Brown
4oz draft at Spacebar. Dark brown with small tan head. Lots of roasted malt with some caramel and chocolate. Good balance, easy drinking. Good.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.6
The Civil Life Porter
Pour is a near black with a small white head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt and a bakers chocolate. Flavor is an even better roasted malt and a good amount of chocolate. This was a fine example of an old world porter. Really flavoful with plenty of roasted and chewy malt without being overly heavy.
Sunday, January 17, 2016