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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Long enough ago, all beer would’ve 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.

Y’know that story about the hypocrite who tattled to President Abraham Lincoln about General Grant’s drinking? Ol’ Abe answered, “Well, find out what he’s drinking so I can send a barrel to every general in the army.” We’re 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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4.3
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2015 Draft at the brewery. 4.8% ABV. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with an inch-thick beige head that leaves some sloppy lace in the glass. Aroma of huge toasted malts, pecans, toasted brown sugar, wheat, and earth. Flavor of toasted malts- more subtle than in the nose- along with earth, nuts, and cola. Medium-bodied, with a toasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very much an American-style brown ale, and a damn good one at that. This really hit the spot.

4.2
seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2015 I order this whenever I see it, more times than I can recall: at the brewpub and throughout the area. Complex dark grainbill, strong citrusy/earthy/flowery hops. Nice deep color, creamy and persistent off-white head with lace and chill haze. Caramel malt and kettle caramelization, toasty and roasty grain bitterness, raisin bread, plums, smooth and tart at the same time, deliciously chocolatey. Medium body and carbonation, ideal alcoholic strength, long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Perfect fusion of American and English brewing traits, a masterpiece.

4.1
JonLaRue (68) - 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.

4.1
balloonbuffoon (598) - - MAY 19, 2017
Draft pint that I’ve had several times as this is apparently Civil Life’s 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 ain’t no watered down brown ale. This is not quite a session brown for me, but it is very good stuff.

4.1
orda (44) - - AUG 31, 2017
Appearance: dark brown; slight head Taste: hint of chocolate; no sour after taste 8/31/17 - Pi Pizzeria (Wash. D.C.) $6.50 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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twothumbs (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011 does not count
Very nice brown with good malt. I felt this was less hoppy than many American Brown’s I’ve had and more English in taste, but overall a very nice offering from a promising start-up.

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BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Somewhat metallic and tinny. Had this at their tap room in saint Louis Fall 2012. Everything I tasted was good to great.


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