superspak (6212) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with big citrus hop presence and light dark/bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of big citrus hops and light dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown IPA. Good complexity and robustness of big citrus hops and light dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I would have liked to see more malt presence in this for a brown IPA; but it was nicely enjoyable otherwise. rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
bottle. brown with small head. brown ale with substantial hops. hoppy browns aren’t terribly common, but this is pretty average for the style. blackflag321 (705) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle labelled Hoptown and described as a brown India pale ale. Looks like a brown ale. Tastes like a brown ale mixed with an IPA. It works. arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy dark reddish brown with off white head, aroma brought notes of dank, pine, orange, hints of caramel, toffee, hints of spice, slight grainy notes, touch of earth. Taste is a mix of grass, pine, orange peel, hints of dark caramel, toffee, some doughy notes, finishing bitter, dry. Pretty nice. bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Mahogany pour with inch of beige head, decent lacing. Creamy and malty Carmel scent, metallic and earthy hops, strong florals too. Overall scent of a red ale with carmel. Average carbonation, lighter mouthfeel, really clean finish. Tastes exactly like it’s described: big carmel flavor hidden only slightly with piney hops, taste turns resinous and bitter the into a very clean finish.
alliance100 (1187) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Draft at Twisted Rooster - pours a dark brown with tan head . Nice citrus nose . Taste is robust coffee mixed with citrusy hops . Very tasty . Glad they finally labeled this as brown IPA .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Sampled from a bottle, the label read ‘Hoptown Brown IPA’,
the Arbor brewery website lists ‘Hoptown Brown IPA’ not Hell Comes…,
this ale had a dark brown pour and presented a large, light tan colored head that receded to a cover and left a layer of lacing and a sticky ring,
the nose had a big toasted malt aroma, caramel, nut and faint chocolate with citrus fruit hops, a little malt and brown sugar sweetness,
the flavors were similar to the aroma, toasted malt with lots of hops, and a brown sugar sweetness, the finish had a good citrus hop bitterness that lingered and some malt flavor trailing,
the mouth feel was on the light side of medium, it was creamy and had average carbonation,
a nice brown ale drink with generous citrus hops. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2014
labeled simply as "Hoptown" brown India Pale Ale, nothing about Hell. but it seems to be the same beer, so here goes. in the 12 oz bottle it pours out like a brown ale but plenty of cascade and american hops alongside the toasty roasty notes. pretty much as one might envision a very hoppy brown ale. quite nice, and definitely appropriate for these dog days of summer. chucklemation (1796) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Dark brown beer with an off-white head. Very bitter for a brown ale, but pretty tasty. firstsip (752) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
On tap at brewery. Like a brown IPA! Nice dry malts with good dry hopping. One of ABC’s more bslanced beers.