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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 160   ABV: 5.35%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Brown Ale is a traditional beer related to the first beers ever brewed commercially. Brewed with an interesting blend of malts, including pale two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Maris Otter malt, Caramel, Munich, and roasted Carafa malts, the Brown Ale shines with a deep mahogany luster. The malt flavor is complex and deep as well, with notes of biscuit, nut, and caramel. With moderate hop bitterness, a deep malt body, and a fruity ale fermentation character, the Samuel Adams Brown Ale satisfies the soul and doesn’t overwhelm the tongue.

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3.8
ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 If you know me you know I love brown ales and I’m also a big fan of the Samuel Adams line of beers. Therefore Sam Adams Brown Ale must be the best beer ever, right? I wouldn’t go that far, but it definitely is good and is probably one of the better American takes on this unique English style.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

Brown ales have a tendency to pour very smoothly and the Sam Adams take on the style fell right in line. It has a brownish-red, cloudy complexion. I was surprised to see how much carbonation action was evident. Brown ales are traditionally lightly carbonated and eventually become totally tepid, yet this beer was quite lively throughout the life of the drink.

The beer formed an average-sized, tan, soapy head which never completely dissipated and left some lacing on the glass. It certainly smelled like a traditional English brown ale with a roasty, malty character, but the aroma was restrained.

TASTE

I cannot stress this enough: the darker the beer, the warmer the temperature it should be drunk. A lot of Americans have a tendency to be turned off by dark beers because they mistakenly drink them too cold and miss out on the flavor. I noticed this was absolutely true of Sam Adams Brown Ale as I drank the first one cold but the second one significantly warmer (although it was still good even at the wrong temperature).

This is a tasty beer at the right temperature. It has a nutty, roasty, very malty palate that is quite sweet. Caramel seems to be a significant component to flavor with the slightest amount of toffee also noticeable. Brown ales are often so sweet they drink like soda, but Sam Adams isn’t quite that flavorful, it’s much more subdued.

FINISH

I know a lot of people who are turned off by the Sam Adams line because their beers tend to be so full of flavor they’re actually difficult to drink for the non-connoisseur. In the case of Samuel Adams Brown Ale the everyday drinker has no reason to be intimidated because it is extremely smooth and goes down like water or juice.

BODY

Surprisingly, the alcohol content and amount of calories to this beer are not listed on the Samuel Adams website. However, I would take and educated guess and say that both are lower than you would think they would be (probably 5% ABV and 150 calories). This is not a heavy beer by any means and does not fill you up nor overwhelm you. It would be an ideal drink to accompany even the heaviest of meals.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have a feeling a lot of American beer drinkers will be underwhelmed by this beer because they’ll mistakenly drink it too cold. If you just let it sit for about 10 or 15 minutes the improvement in taste will be significant. It’s not as flavorful as Newcastle, but for an American brown ale, it’ll do.

3.2
WVHouseofBeer (1068) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Poured a vibrant reddish-brown color with a slight tan head that left a little bit of lacing. Aromas of biscuit and roasted nuts. Good, rich flavors of caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts and tiny bit of citrus. Finish is crisp though a bit thin, but besides that it is a solid example of the style.

3.8
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Brown Ale--Brewmaster’s Collection--Mixed Pack Sampler. 2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV--20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Brown Ale. Rich lacy off white head. Clear bright amber red brown hint color. Mellow chocolate nut mild hop front. Mellow toasted biscuit caramel doughy mild sweet light chocolate hot body. Sampled 9/10/2008.

2.8
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
12 oz brown pour from bottle. I like this one. Equal parts caramel, nuts and hops, it holds its own against other well known, yet higher rated browns. Very drinkable, one I would buy again. Another solid offering from Samuel Adams.

2.9
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Aroma of toasted malts with a touch of nuttiness. Pours dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is standard toasted malts and biscuit. Palate is sticky.

3.7
jovy1097 (14) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint. Appearance: Brown and clear with a small, 1 cm head that diminishes to a film very quickly. Leaves cream on the sides of the glass as you drink. Smell: Bread, caramel, dates, and butter. Not very strong. Taste: Extremely malty and almost no hop flavor. Mild in flavor, but you can definitely taste the caramel and butter. Maybe even a hint of vanilla and dates. I think it’s delectable. Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. Slick and smooth with a texture that sticks to the mouth. Almost thick. Drinkability: Very mild and nice - one that I’ll be coming back to. A perfect quaff for a mild spring or fall day. Sweeter than normal, but not cloying at all. You still want more after you finish. Comments: Call me boring, but I love brown ales. They are never out of season and they go with anything. This one is a perfect match for the style. Such a mild-mannered and comfortable beer. This is the "girl next door" of brews. I recently also had an Abita Turbodog, which is also classified as an English Brown Ale. It was atrocious! The offering by Sam Adams is much more like it.

2.6
Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany. Small white head, the lacing sticks to the glass okay. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is light caramel, malts, nuts. light sweetness. Medium body, fizzy, quickk slightly bitter finish. Really nothing special.

3.1
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Dark bronze with thin, creamy, light-tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with ripe fruit notes. Semi-sweet with bready, caramelized malts as well as toasted nuts. Fruit flavor isn’t as dominant as the aroma would suggest. Clean finish, easy drinking.

2.5
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
This one is okay, but I just do not like it that much. I buy it when I want a Brown Ale and the place is out of New Castle Brown Ale. I wish they’d sell their seasonal Old Fezziwig Ale year round instead of this and put this one in the seasonal sampler.

3.5
SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
(br-btl or/br-lbl, mix pack, 5.35%, 10¢/oz)

lct-cpr, creamy-tan-head, ^co2, med-body, patchy-lace.

aroma: §sweet-malt bready fresh-earthy-piney-hop.

flavor: §bready §earthy-hop T1, §mnrl piney-flrl-hop T2, nutty-pale-malt hop-leaf short T3Tf.

simple, crisp for style, T2T3 very similar to the boston ale.


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