Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 This rerate is because the old one was for the ale of the previous brewer. Current braumeister Tim Marshall has conjured up a brown ale to this hop-head’s liking. And it’s been boosted to a 6.8% ABV, to boot. Sturdy PNW hops greet the nose overlaying a solid malty sweetness, lightly roasted. There’s an increased hop bitterness - pine, grapefruit, zest - to the flavor that wasn’t here before. Good bitter finish. A whole new brew, and a welcomed one at that.kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Original Rating - 4/24/2007 - 6/4/7/3/15 - 3.0
-------- />Like my friend Drnk_McDermott, I insist on an unfrosted mug! Very dark brown body, nearly black, with a creamy beige head that does some thick lacing. The aroma is heavy with lightly roasted dark malts, a hint of chocolate, and a mild grassy & nutty bitterness. Smooth & creamy to drink, it’s very malty without getting too sweet and finished on a light, hoppy bitter note. Nice.
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Slightly preferred to its barrel aged brother this beer pours a nice nearly opaque brown with a thin light tan head that laces the glass nicely. Nice piney mixture of hops and nutty malt in the nose. Flavors are well blended, nutty, hops, and quite quaffable with a medium body. Good beer! User29624 (1683) - - SEP 23, 2008
On tap @ the pub. Pours a dark brown. Actually has a decent hoppy nose for a brown ale. Nice malt and nut flavor as well. A very solid beer, and slightly better than the Bourbon Barrel Aged version. Worth a shot. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
rockfest 09... dark amber brown with a thin tan head....citrusy hoppy nose with a bit of roasted and nutty malt.... nice citrus hop accents with a lighter malt undertone. really enjoyable creamy mouthfeel. this was a very decent brown ale. Driftwood6 (214) - USA - FEB 9, 2008
On tap at brewpub. Thought it had a nice body with a good malt backbone. Nothing too complex in flavor-- a hint of nut, but not like as much as many other nut brown ales. Better than the barrel aged version, IMHO.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 on tap at Rock Fest ’08. pours brown with no head. surprisingly hoppy nose. nice! toffee and PNW hops in the flavor. undercarbonated but this was a nice hoppy brown.3.7. tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Mug Club served at the 3/18 tapping party. Poured into the mug a cloudy, dark brown tone with a light tan, foamy to bubbly head, and some solid, clinging lace. The aroma initially presented a slight touch of citrus and resiny nose before exposing roasted notes, and malty hints of caramel, maple syrup, and chocolate. The flavor added to these a medium bitterness that lasted well past the finish. In fact It’s still on my tongue an hour later, as I’m rating! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a hazy dark brown hue, a bit murky, a decent offwhite head that films and laces fairly well. Aromas are a decent citrusy and floral hopping, grapefruit and sticky caramel malts, with some biscuits, vanilla, and citrus rind. Initial is fairly bitter, big grapefruit rind citrus coupled with florals and lemon, some juiciness, with biscuits and caramel giving a sticky coat beneath. Drinks warm, yet well hopped and a good balance. Florals and citrus coat the mouth, malts fall back behind. This is a very well hopped brown, not overly sweet or malty, but a sturdy moderate body to support the hops. Finish is lingering citus and florals and an ever presence yet kept at bay malt backbone. DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Mug Club glass, unfrosted, thank you! Quarter-inch creamy, tiny head but for a crop of bubbles on top. Fresh and spicy hop smell backed by a large malt bill. Solid brown body. My server said the brewmaster is big on Simcoe hops, as is this beer. My impression was it’s more toward the English version of IPA hops. No real PNW hop smack here, but grassy, bitter hop with a little citrus and spice, and a suggestion of dry hopping. Malts are clean, more of a chicory roast than coffee or chocolate. This bastard child of many styles is a nice twist and worth a hophead’s time.stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Oct. 2007. No re-rate here, but just as a tempting update, I notice "IBA" marked on one of the barrels scattered around the premises.
On tap at Yorktown. Delivered in a small tulip glass. A bit disappointed - I suppose it was 12 oz. - would’ve appreciated 16 - esp. for the price. But that doesn’t really effect all the rest here. Nice Aroma, sharp yet malty. Nice bark brown with a very thin cream colored head - good lacing. I haven’t found the "India" Brown Ale designation used before - as one would expect from that title there was a good amount of hops in the flavor, but also a lot of malt. A little nutty as you would expect for a brown. A nice mouthfeel, but it went a bit flat as the brew warmed. Overall however, very enjoyable. Can anyone tell me if this "India" Brown Ale designation is an actual category or is it just something Rock Bottom’s brewmeisters cooked up?