The Civil Life Brewing Company Reviews


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

Bif
The Civil Life Extra "Stagger" Bitter 3.6
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
The Civil Life Porano Ale 4.2
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
The Civil Life Prairie Pils 3.2
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
The Civil Life Big Year Brown 3.6
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
The Civil Life Porter 3.6
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

solidfunk
The Civil Life Big Year Brown 3.8
Very nicely done brown ale. Roasty, with some light caramel and musk. Pours brown with great head and lacing. Bittersweet finish. Very easy drinking. Tap at churchkey.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

GenDV138
The Civil Life Big Year Brown 4.1
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Dark cola brown with beige head. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate. Tastes of caramel, roast, light licorice, dark chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish. Very tasty roasty chocolatey brown ale.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

vyvvy
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt 4
On tap at the brewpub - Pours tawny brown with an off white head. The aroma has rich malt, caramel, doughy bread, mild hops and some toffee. It has a medium / full lush body with some soft carbonation. The flavor starts with dry caramel, toffee, British ESB yeast, bread and some herbs. There is also some spice and earthy hops. The finish is more bitter, but is still fairly malt forward.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

seymour
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt 4
Tasted on tap at the brewpub and brought a growler home. It poured a clear deep reddish amber colour with off-white foam and lace. Very malty, nutty, biscuity, caramelly, dark fruity, strong toffee and chocolate flavours. Definite hop presence too: orange marmalade and Earl Grey tea, earthy, herbal. So very English. Medium body and carbonation. Full mouthfeel and great mineral water essence. Starts sweet and finishes dry, as stated. If your idea of Burton Ale is pale like Bass, this will seem quite dark and complex. This is the brown-coloured Burton Ale of Charles Dickensí writings, similar to Fullers 1845 nowadays. Delicious.
Friday, December 18, 2015

seymour
The Civil Life Extra "Stagger" Bitter 4
Tasted on tap at their pub, it poured a deep reddish amber, mostly clear with persistent white foam and lace. Husky grains, biscuits, dark toast, caramel, hint of molasses with great hoppy balance: earthy, floral, resiny, some berry and citrus fruit notes. Delicious fruity English ale esters, light residual candy sweetness. Medium body and carbonation, big round mouthfeel. Balanced malty AND hoppy aftertastes, a perfect use of dry-hopping. Fantastic beer.
Monday, December 14, 2015

thegreenrooster
The Civil Life Extra "Stagger" Bitter 3.4
Pour is a hazy brown with a large white head. Aroma is of rich earthy malt with a pretty suprising fresh hop presence. Flavor is pretty much on par with the aroma. Rich earthy British malt with a equally nice hops presence. Quite hoppy for an ESB but the malts and hops copliment each other well. Very soft mouthfeel and pretty solid and flavorful.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

vyvvy
The Civil Life Extra "Stagger" Bitter 4
The beer pours copper brownish with an off white head. The aroma has English earth, mild fruit, smooth toasty malt and some herbal British hops. It has a smooth rich body with carbonation a little more aggressive than most cask beers. The flavor starts like the aroma, but drier and more earthy hops. The finish adds dry caramel and fruitiness and leaves. Really nice ESB.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bif
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale 3.6
On tap. Served a nice reddish Amber color with a nice foamy head. Aroma of grains, rye and malt sweetness. Taste of rye and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth with a nice malty feel. Enjoyable beer that is good for a few.
Sunday, December 06, 2015

nimbleprop
The Civil Life American Brown 2.9
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.
Friday, December 04, 2015

Brigadier
The Civil Life The Great Hencini 3.3
On tap at GTMW 2015
A decent American attempt at a classic English style doesnít quite get it right. While it does not have any glaring flaws this pour fades quickly into the crowd of run of the mill session drafts. Iíd give Civil Life another chance but not for this release.

Aroma / Appearance - A roasted brown base sits idly with a mild head. Chestnuts, malt, and delicate hops float upwards before they fade with a quick burst of flavor. The brief experience makes it hard to get much definition.

Flavor / Palate - Light malt and iced tea tickle the air. The fast fading finish offers a quick bitterness of earth. Unfortunately it does not deliver on its promises. If given the choice I would see what theyíve done with some of their other styles instead.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Maverick34
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale 3.4
Draft in old town at Paradiso brown pour, fairly muted hopscand malts. Ok unspectacular. .
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

phaleslu
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale 3.7
On cask at the Side Project Cellar, served in a nonic glass. Pours a clear reddish amber wth a centimeter or so of off-white head that forms a small, lasting cap. Great slate of malts in here - caramel, toast, amber, cereal - with leafy and earthy hops to balance things out. But itís really all about the malts here, which is fine. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Right on the money. Could sip this all damn day.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

thegreenrooster
The Civil Life Mentor English Golden Rye 3.6
Pour is a bright golden with a large white head. Aroma is a nice amount of spicy rye and earthy malt. Flavor is a lovely mix of British malts and a nice spicy rye. Finish is bready and earthy with a slight fruity hop bite. The rye really makes a appearance here and it really give you an eye opening pop with every swallow. This was a really nice beer and one of my new favorites from the Civil Life.
Sunday, November 01, 2015

thegreenrooster
The Civil Life Common 3.2
Pour is a hazy copper with a large white head. Aroma is a grainy, chewy malt. Flavor is again a dry malt with some caramel sweetness. Finish has a herbal hop to it along with some more dry biscuit like malt. Pretty decent beer. Mild flavors with a decent refreshing like quality. I would love to do a side by side with this and Anchor Steam.
Sunday, November 01, 2015

vyvvy
The Civil Life Mentor English Golden Rye 3.9
On tap at the brewpub - Pours pale golden / yellow with a white head. The aroma has bready pale malt, some rye spiciness, graininess and smoothness. It has a medium smooth body with very soft carbonation from the cask, but more aggresive with the tap version. The flavor starts with pale malt, light bread, mild hops, some rye spice, and light spice / earth / pine hops. The finish has clean, but mushy, malt, rye and some astringency. Another winner from civil life.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

seymour
The Civil Life Mentor English Golden Rye 3.8
Tasted on tap at the pub and brought a growler home. It poured a mostly clear golden colour, some chill haze, with white foam, lasting with nice lace. Has a great, crisp, bright sparkle to it. Light and refreshing, like your favourite lawn-mower beer but better, like Bells Smitten and Third Coast Beer but more British. Grassy/citrusy/peppery hops like Centennial except British-ier. Rye bread, hint of nutmeg, subtle weedy character. Just downright tasty.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

seymour
The Civil Life Common 3.8
Tasted on tap at their pub (both keg and dry-hopped cask version) and at the St Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Fest. It poured a deep golden amber colour with thin but persistent off-white foam, some lace. Malty, bready, hoppier than expected, some caramel and honey sweetness. Great chalky, mineral water mouthfeel like a good Oktoberfest lager, except a bit fruitier like an ale. Medium body and carbonation, well-balanced with a delicious, long-lasting aftertaste. Like Anchor Steam but better.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

vyvvy
The Civil Life Common 3.7
On tap at the brewpub - pours amber with an off-white head. The aroma is bready and toasty with lager smoothness and dry caramel. It has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with drier malt, crackers, earthy hoppiness, some woodiness and finishes with a floral touch. Really nice.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MadRobin
The Civil Life The Great Hencini 3.2
On tap at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Opaque, black-brown with no real head and scarce lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, milk, caramel and nuts. Taste of toffee, milk chocolate, nuts, toast, a little roastiness, plums, orange, mild berries and lactose. Medium body and low/medium carbonization. Comes up short on appearance and somewhat on mouthfeel, but it is rather tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, October 26, 2015

wxman
The Civil Life Common 3.6
On tap at the source. Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange with a nice white head that laces. Earthy aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, buttery maple syrup and mild hops, but with a crisp bite. Quite good.
Monday, October 26, 2015

wxman
The Civil Life Goal!den Ale 3.6
On tap at the source. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a nice white head that laces the glass. Aroma is mild, sweet and bready. Taste is sweet pale malt, yeasty bread dough and a nice crisp floral hoppiness that is rather subdued. I have to agree with the beerís deScription, this is very much like a Kolsch. It captures the essential character of a German style lager or pilsner, but with the sweetness and fruitiness of ale fermentation.
Monday, October 26, 2015

Iphonephan
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale 3.3
On draft at Spacebar. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Grainy nose. Flavors of toast and dank grass. Very bitter finish.
Friday, October 23, 2015

coachd
The Civil Life American Brown 3.6
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.
Friday, October 16, 2015

coachd
The Civil Life English Pale Ale 3.5
Good balance, hoppy but still mild enough. Smells and tastes earthy with just enough hop presence ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, October 16, 2015

thegreenrooster
The Civil Life Vienna Lager 3.2
Pour is a clear copper with a large white head. Aroma is a decent caramel with a clean grain. Flavor is more of a slight dark bread grain with a bit of caramel and toffee. Finish is a clean lager refreshing. This was a decent beer and something you could knock back a few of while relaxing outdoors.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

argo0
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale 3.2
Draft. Medium beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, molasses, orange, some maple. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, bread, some molasses/caramel, light earthy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

MadRobin
The Civil Life Oktoberfest 3.4
On tap at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Very hazy, dark amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of toast, caramel and a touch of spiciness. Taste of toast, nuts, spices, pumpernickel and biscuits. Medium body and medium/high carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, October 05, 2015

argo0
The Civil Life The Great Hencini 3.3
Draft. Medium off-white head atop clear cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some nut, light salt, orange, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange, nut, light leafy. Light-medium body, low carbonation.
Monday, October 05, 2015

gschrade
The Civil Life #CarlBock 3.6
I had this at Global Brew. Pours Amber with off white head. Taste lightly sweet, buttery biscuit, caramel. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, September 25, 2015

Drake
The Civil Life The Great Hencini 3.1
Keg at Sedona Charlottesville. Clear dark brown, thin foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of caramel, nuts, milk chocolate. The taste is nuts, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate. Thin.
Monday, September 21, 2015

TylerGreenDC
The Civil Life Oktoberfest 3.6
Draft. No discernable aroma. Cloudy copper color. Flavors of caramel, then butterscotch. Malts come in as chewy pumpernickel in a way that fills the back of the mouth for a while. Smashing marzen.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

GenDV138
The Civil Life Oktoberfest 3.6
4 oz pour on draft at Smoke & Barrel. Hazy amber with off-white head. Aromas of sweet malt, spices, biscuit. Tastes of malt, spices, light toast, biscuit. Medium body with a dry finish.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Travlr
The Civil Life The Great Hencini 3.9
Draft. Hazy brownish amber color, tan head with solid lacing. Aroma of nutty lightly burnt toast. Taste has maltomeal and more nits. Very tasty. Who says a beer has to be hi abv to have lots of flavor?
Monday, September 14, 2015

coachd
The Civil Life Oktoberfest 3.5
On tap at standard brewing company. This was a good and distinct Oktoberfest because it has a unique nutty character and is not overly sweet. The aroma should have been stronger, but the finish is extraordinary. You should try this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Goodgrief
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale 3.7
Chestnut brown pour with two finger frothy head. Cereal grainy aroma. Man, this is grainy. Tons of sweet rye, lots of piney and earthy hops. Moderate bitterness. Thick on the tongue. Pretty good.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

deyholla
The Civil Life The Great Hencini 3.3
Sampled from the tap at GTMW 2015. Pours a dark amber brown with a brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has light roast, dark bread and a touch of dark grains. Flavor has lots of dark grains with a good amount of bread and a hint of roast.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

deyholla
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale 3.1
Sampled from the tap at GTMW 2015. Pours a near clear deep amber with a slight orange hue and a bubbly tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is very bread and biscuit forward with a sweetness underlying. Flavor has a good amount of bread and biscuit notes with a bit of sweetness in the finish.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Travlr
The Civil Life English Pale Ale 3.6
Draft at GTMW. hazy amber color, off white head. Aroma of light fruit, raw bread dough. Taste has light toast, subtle fruit. Easy drinking.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

GenDV138
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy 3.8
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brown with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, red wine, light caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, biscuit. Medium body with a dry finish. Nicely executed scotch ale.
Friday, July 10, 2015

solidfunk
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy 3.1
Dark brown pour without much head. Some light peat malt. Not a lot of character here other than a lightly interesting malt. Tap at brewpub. Tap at Churchkey.
Friday, July 10, 2015

MadRobin
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy 3.6
On tap at Jackpot in Washington, DC, where it was listed as "Big Scottish Wee Heavy" at 4.8% ABV--rather low for a wee heavy. Very hazy, nearly opaque dark brown with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, dark malt and dark fruit. Taste of toffee, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. A lot going on here for a 4.8% brew. But then, a "big Scottish wee heavy" should have something to back up the name. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Travlr
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy 3.8
Draft. Hazy to cloudy amber briwn color, tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate biscuit. Taste is bready burnt caramel, light spice. Tasty.
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Bif
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale 3.2
On tap. Served a dark amber color with a fair head and some lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, bit of malt sweetness and bread. Taste of dark fruit, malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, quite smooth with a clean feel. Nice beer but not quite a true ESB.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

vyvvy
The Civil Life American ESB 3.7
On tap at the brewpub - Pours hazy amber with a beige head. The aroma has stone fruit, English yeast, toast, red berries, mild nuttiness and spicy . fruity hops. It has a medium body with soft carbonation. The flavor starts with dry crusty bread, toasty malt and mild earth. The finish has light dry berries, crackers and earthy / spicy hops. Nicely made ESB.
Saturday, June 27, 2015