crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Brown pour, small white head. Aroma is nutty and roasty. Flavor is caramel, and light roasted malts with a toasted touch. Sweet and nutty but with light dark malts to balance it. Not bad but nothing exciting. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2007
On tap @ the brew pub 9/19/07, served in a shaker pint glass: Coppery brown, clear, w/ a light beige lasting medium sized head. Very light roasted barley note w/ strong toasty and bready a subdued caramel and light floral hop aroma. Very balanced aroma, malty and very pleasing. Flavor is well balanced overall! Caramel, bready, toasted malts, clean, not terribly estery, and hints of roasted barley in the flavor. Vague earthy hop in the semi dry finish, malty aftertaste. Ligher medium carbonation, medium body, smooth m/f. Overall a very palate pleasing, easy drinking beer. Could be a session beer if not for the 6% ABV. Definitely malty, but well balanced all around w/ great malt complexity. No offfense to Great Lakes, a really highly enjoyable beer, but maybe not worth 10.00/ bomber. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
I love the Fall, it has to be one of my favorite times of the year, and football season is a big part of that. And what goes better with watching football than a good beer? Nothing in my opinion, beer and football go hand and hand. The good people of Cleveland Ohio are truly blessed. While their football team may not be so hot these days, the city of Cleveland does have a brown they can be proud of. That brown would be Cleveland Brown Ale, from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. This is a delicious, malty, nutty, hoppy brown ale. This would be an American brown ale by style vrs a tradition British one such as New Castle. American brown ales have a more assertive hop character in flavor and aroma, and have a bit more roast than their British inspirations.
Cleveland Brown Ale pours to a deep brown chestnut color with a nice white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose has some nice nutty malt aromas, a touch of roast, and really fragrant, piney, citric hop aromatics. The palate starts with a bit of sweet malt flavor and a touch of fruit, then leads into some nice nuttiness, and a little roast. This beer finishes with more sweet and nutty malt character, then explodes into a long, dry, citric, bitter, hop bite. Really a well done beer, and flavorful beer. Plenty of good malt and hop character in this beer. Cleveland Browns fans, don’t despair, here is one brown that will always score a touch down!!
JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
On Tap @ GLBC. I’d never had this before, and since it was a pub exclusive only, I figured I’d give it a whirl. Served to me in the much hated shaker glass, it was a dark brown, yet still very clear color, with a slightly tannish head that went away quick. Probably would have lasted longer, except the schlub who poured it served it out of a pitcher instead of from the tap - not sure what that was all about. Anyway, not much of an aroma except for a slightly sickly sweet smell. Goes down very smooth - I’d say that this was almost flat if you ask me. The taste leaves much to be desired - basically a very very overly sweet taste that by the midpoint in the glass, I was sick of it. This only became more apparent as the beer warmed. The last 1/4 of the glass was more or less undrinkable, but I threw it down anyway. Overall, a very disappointing beer. TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2005
This is a fabulous beer. It is darker in color than most brown ales, with a nice lasting tan head. The aroma shouts roasted malts, and alot of malt. But the flavor has more hops than expected. The malt is very smooth, and may have some coffee involved. The aftertaste is very sharp but not bitter. This is a great fall time beer.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Oooh. Malty. I had this one when I worked at a local grocery in high school (shh! don’t tell) and again more recently. My palate’s been developed since then so I appreciate the brew more, but that only goes so far. OK, but nothing special. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Not your normal Brown Ale, more Hoppy than Malty. Citrus, and A little Nutty finish, Pours An Amber Brown color,a lasting head, Not 1 of my favorites, but I will buy again. NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Chesnut color. Sticky head with nice lacing. Aroma is primarily of citrusy hops and a little touch of roast malt. Balanced flavors. Malt flavors are a bit nutty and roasty while the hops are leaning a little to the piney side. Hop flavors echo on the finish. This is perfect for sitting outside on Market St. on a fall evening. Cheers! Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
On tap: Very hoppy aroma. Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head. Great lacing. Great grapefruit hoppy flavor with some nuttiness and roastiness. Much hoppier than I would expect in a brown ale. Moderate hop aftertaste. Panzuriel (2238) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Tasted and smelled reminiscent of spoiling milk. I could not drink it fast enough to get it out of my mind. Terrible. Mildy creamy in texture. Decent brown color with a okay head. I can only hope that they do not make any more of this crap so no one else has to experience this horror.