fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bottle. Does not look like something called an India Brown Ale should. Aroma remarkable bland, no hops to speak of, just weak caramel malt. Flavor has some halfway decent nutty notes and maybe just a sprinkling of bitterness, but nothing to write home about either. Pending the Belgian ale, easily my least favorite of the 12 Beers of Winter. MrBeerFanatic (1059) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours dark brown with a frothy off white head. Aromas of (medium in strength) piney hops,
caramel, and brown sugar. The flavor is about 75 % hop and 25% malt with the piney/little citrusy
hops, then the malts of caramel, brown sugar, and a dash of burnt malts come in. Not bad all around.
Could be a little more sweet and a little more bitter.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Typical brown ale but seemed to have more of a swwetercaramel note and more of a nutty quality. Some carbonation,but not too much. A nice smooth finish. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle - part of a winter variety pack. Medium copper pour, spritzy white head. Sprucey aroma with some brief malty hints. Flavor is decidely bitter with some citrus notes, a hint of mint, brief nuttiness. Pretty full-bodied - probably my favorite of the variety pack. Mouthfeel is a bit on the spritzy side. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Saranac India Brown Ale is a very clear amber-brown ale with a thin, frothy, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a fresh aroma of citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and pine: the three C’s! It has a medium body that’s pretty smooth with a very dry finish. It is simply flavored with juicy hops. The malt seems almost biscuity. It seems like a well balanced IPA, but I guess it’s a brown ale. Good stuff.
arventresca (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with white head. Smell of hops. The brown didn’t really balance the hoppyness of the IPA like in the description. I was hoping for more that this. The local brewpub has this style coming out soon and I anticipate it will be better than this. Still this was drinkable and probably the best offering in the holiday pack. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, but clear reddish-brown body with an airy, frothy, off-white head. Fair bits of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Earthy, nutty aroma with a spicy, citrusy, even floral hop blend.
Taste: Toasty, nutty malts with only a meager amount of malt sweetness. Spicy, floral, muted citrus hop character with a medium amount of bitterness present. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and charred nut dust flavor.
Mouthfeel: Oh, Matt Brewing always straddles that line between medium-thin and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: So sorry, but after the local Terrapin India Brown Ale, this just doesn’t make the grade. That said, it’s still pleasant enough and drinkable enough to make it the entire twelve ounces. LinusStick (3462) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
A nice and different brown ale. Aroma was so so, too bad because it smells delicious just not very strong. Rich roasted malt with a little hoppiness. Pour was a nice deep brown with amber hues and a one finger off white head. Taste was malty, but thin with a strong hoppiness throughout. It does taste a little muddled, but it’s a decent beer. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle from a sampler pack. Pours a brownish amber with a medium bubbly creamy off white head. Aroma of floral/citrus hops, light chocolate notes, caramel and biscuity. Flavor of fresh hops, pine, citrus, caramel toffee and light choc notes. Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2008
12 ounce bottle from a sampler. Pours a brownish bronze with a large head. Average retention and lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma. Taste is nutty malts with some weak citrus and pine hops. A bit off balance. Medium bodied.