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RATINGS: 1106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re in the Brown?

A big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.

Alc. 7.83%
O.G. 1.072
64.20 I.B.U

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3.4
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Had this right after the Stone Arrogant Bastard. Similar and easier to approach - but I can’t decide if that is a plus. Smooth and sweet with a rich malt flavor and slight alcohol presence. Very good

3.9
Shag (3036) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2010
This poured a brownish red color with a white head. The aroma contains some citrus, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is bitter but also sweet at the same time. It contains some lemons, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of alcohol showing through. Overall a nice beer but WTF indeed!

4
Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2010
Tap at Sunswick. Pours a dark copper with a staunch, off-white head. Big aroma of caramel malts, toffee, and piney hops. Big flavor, and pretty well balanced. Quite sweet, with more toffee and turbinado sugar, plus some citrusy hop notes. Medium to big in body, average carbonation. Finishes sweet, hoppy, and sticky. I enjoyed this a whole bunch.

3.4
Oscbert (1319) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
~Aroma of citrusy and earthy hops, caramel malts in background. ~Pours a clear amberish brown with thick creamy head. ~More malty in flavor than in the aroma, getting chocolate malt, coffee, nuttiness with plenty of citrusy hop flavor. ~ Med body, med CO2, bitter finish. ~Could do without the citrusy style of hops. English earthy hop would have been better. The malt is great but ruined by the citrusy hops.

3.9
VertBaconStrips (2395) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAY 16, 2010
Pretty much smells and tastes like a thousand other Lagunitas.... but who cares! This is tastearific! Poured so silently that it would not be heard if it was poured inside the Get Smart Cone of Silence. Fairly dark brown and clear, thick light tan cap that lingers forever and leaves behind tons of sticky lacing. Sweet and hoppy and malty and no end of either of the three. Tangerines, lemon and ruby red grapefruit mix.. malts.....ack.. I don’t care! Gotta start drinking this asap! Caramel, light pine, ruby red gf, nectarine, maybe a light nuttty note (thx j12601), good and chewy. More pine but that mellows out quickly. I’m really digging the permanent citrus flavours from start to finish. Just a shitload of hops balanced out by a wack of malts and that makes a truly easy drinking brew. This is making me drool and I pretty much guzzled the entire bottle. It ain’t ground breaking in any means but, shit, right beer, right time. Got more and more malty as I finished it off but at the same time the hops never once backed off and let up. Very good carbonation, medium bodied, no oily feel what so ever. Good malty / bitter finish, more on the resiny and piney side, the malts give this appealing body. Enjoyability is way up there - I love this style of brew. Is 3.9 excessive? Go screw! Extra marks for making me happy. What’s not to love? Huge malts on the final swigs. 6 thumbs up.

3.6
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bomber. Pours a dark, copper color with a small off white head. Nose is piney hops and toffee/sweet malt notes. Palate is fairly heavy, with a slickness and a pretty large hop bite in the swallow. Tongue is left stinging a bit. FLavor is piney hop notes, toffee malts, caramel, some sugar notes, bit of earthiness throughout. Pretty big amount of tingle on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

3.3
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle, $3.50 @ Binny’s. Deep brown beer under a huge spongy head when poured into a shaker. Smell is malty, but not overpowering, with a good hop nose as well. Has a nice malty taste, a little darker roast, with some nut and toffee. Hearty malt taste. Hops not as prominent on the tongue. Nice light cocoa notes toward the finish.

4
pintbypint (3763) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2010
650ml brown bottle. Pours red-brown. Short creamy whitish cap on top. Piney hop aroma with grapefruits. Chewy malt flavour supplemented by grapefruity hops. Finsihes with some dry malt, medium lingering bitterness with grapefruit aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation. Tasty, super malty IPA.

4
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Fantastic fresh hoppy aroma. Auburn color with big white head. Subtle roasted maltiness with heavy pine floral bite.

3.8
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Malty, hoppy, and evergreen... Aroma sweet honey and hops, flavors of spruce, maple, grassy hops and sweet barley. For the price, it’s a real steal, making it the definitive recession ale. Well done.


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