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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Reportedly the widest and heaviest double-decked lift bridge in the world, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock here in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. So get a lift from this American Brown Ale; a rich, dark brown color, complex malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel and a mild hop finish.

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3.1
dekester1 (365) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2012
On tap at the Keweenaw Brewery Pub in Houghton. Served a clear light brown with a moderate head and lacing. Aroma was of slightly sweet malts with some slight roasting hints. Taste was of a slightly roasted malts with a moderate hop finish. Palate was average. Overall, a decent brown.


3.6
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 4, 2017
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark amber close to brown color with a finger’s worth of sustaining white foamy head. Some lace. The aroma had some toast, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, light grassiness. Ends with a little bit of woodiness. The flavor mildly leaned towards the malts trying to pull in some light sweetness. But some light roast and some bitterness came in for a decent balance. Nice malty aftertaste. Some wood dryness and earthy hops in the finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt right. Overall, pretty good brown ale to me. I’d have again if I could get it.

2.7
alexsdad06 (10284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2016
12 oz can from family. Pours a hazy reddish amber brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have lightly toasted malts, caramel, mild earthy notes, thin, watery, not very good.

2.9
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Can: Poured a murky orange brown with fluffy beige head. Strong malty nose. Taste is soft caramel malt with watery finish.

3.6
superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/2/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. A lot of perceived malt sweetness in the aromas. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; very a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid brown ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

2.5
czar (9009) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
can. pours hazy and almost cloudy golden-orange, barely brown, with a small light beige cap showing little retention and lacing. plain caramel, some fruitiness - faint peaches, some sweetness - molasses and brown sugar, maple syrup too, almsot artificial, light spicy and earthy notes, hint of metal and fusel. light carbonation, light body - bit sticky, short and bland herbal-grassy finish. weak brown ale.

2.8
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Not much to this one malt and caramel flavors are very light....not fantastic but i could pound a sixer no problem.

2.5
stevoj (4966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Could barely tell the difference between their brown, amber and Scottish. All had the same hue, same body, same aroma, same consistency (watery). Nothing memorable here, folks.

2.5
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2014
12oz single can picked up from Woodstock Wine & Cheese in Michigan for something like $2.50. Split with callipalegic. Mostly clear red orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Leaves some bits of lace. Caramel malt, mild toastiness. Mostly just caramel musty malt in the aroma. Moderate sweet taste, mild bitter. Mild overall. Tastes like it’s bordering an amber ale, rather than a brown. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Slick texture. Pretty average. Not great at all, but not terrible.

3.5
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Ap - 4 - brown beer with a small head on it. Ar - 7 - nutty, chocolaty, very light coffee smell Taste - 8 - nutty, chocolatey, bready, somewhat bland but very smooth taste Mouth/palate - 3 - light, bland, alc covered, aftertaste is slight nuttiness Overall - 13/20 - good beer, pretty light brown ale

3.2
mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2014
pretty nutty. almost a maple flavor on the back. an old beer.poetry light for a brown ale. smooth and flat


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