RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Long enough ago, all beer wouldve been brownish because of the difficulty of drying the malted grain without darkening it. Same was true in America until the fancy-pants German immigrant brewers started brewing pale lagers which eventually took over. Thankfully, American homebrewers and a few bold craft brewers like us have revived American Brown Ale for your pleasure. Malty, caramelly, tart and toasty, earthy and citrusy, with delicious hints of bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Yknow that story about the hypocrite who tattled to President Abraham Lincoln about General Grants drinking? Ol Abe answered, Well, find out what hes drinking so I can send a barrel to every general in the army. Were pretty sure Grant was drinking The Civil Life American Brown.

For those who want to know:
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 35
COLOUR: Nice deep brown colour with creamy, long-lasting off-white foam and lace. BJCP STYLE: 10C. American Brown Ale, one of our all-time favourites
INGREDIENTS: US pale malt, UK Maris Otter pale malt, Crystal, Brown and Carafa dark malts, Cascade hops, American ale yeast

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (2413) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Dark brown. Nutty...pecan almond. Very strong lacing w thin head. Strange palate feel like tonic water

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
balloonbuffoon (205) - - MAY 19, 2017
Draft pint that Ive had several times as this is apparently Civil Lifes flagship brew. Appears brown with small head that retains some character. Aroma senses nuttiness and a caramel-earthy blend. The palate is a tad heavy for the style, but still medium in body and not overly carbonated. Soil and unsweetened brown sugar (if this description makes sense) flavors are prominent to let you know this aint no watered down brown ale. This is not quite a session brown for me, but it is very good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC (901) - - APR 16, 2017
Draft. Rich ruby red color, soapy and wet lace. Flavors of chocolate cake batter and raisins, but with out sweetness. Nor is it ever bitter, more a bit pithy. Finishes with some vaguely bitter, cleansing chalk. An almost impossible amount of flavor and layering for a 4.8 ABV ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (378) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Draft at Marriott STL. Light malty aroma. Dark brown color, opaque. White head, little lacing. Great malty taste, brown malts. Low bitterness. Very appropriate body, a little thin. Overall, a very good brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13492) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Slightly hazy brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, bitter and herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, bitter herbal hops. Medium bodied, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (2164) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 16, 2016
On tap while in STL for vacation visiting family. Pours clear brown. Has a very nice roast aspect to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2016
12oz can. Unfiltered burgundy-brown body. Foamy, steady, beige head. Medium bodied, very true to style. Sweet, some serious malt depth. Pretty straight down the middle. Well executed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2016
On tap at Pi Pizzeria. Hazy orange body with slight head. Nose is malty, spice. Taste malty, sweet with plenty of hop and citrus in there too. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Keg st BBs - St. Louis. Pours mostly clear brown with a frothy, off-white head. The aroma holds lightly toasty brown bread, chocolate malts, faint roast. Medium sweet flavor with nice brown bread character, impressions of cocoa, mellow earthy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Great balance on the finish, with further toasty cocoa, some earthy bitterness, dried berries, faint burnt toffee. Overall, a very tasty and accessible brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonLaRue (59) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2016
Served to me in a pint glass. Asked the waitress to check the beer I thought it was a porter. Its a good porter a bad brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (8178) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2015
On tap at Burger Tap Shake at Washington Circle, pours a murky dark orange with some creamy, white head. Nose is OK, gristy, some bread crust, a little brown sugar, some yeast, a little vinous hop. Flavor is fine, a bit hoppier than a standard brown with some lemon and a little soap, but then mostly malt, a little whole wheat flour, bread crust, mild dough. Dry finish. Just OK.

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