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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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4.1
orda (31) - - 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

3.8
kambei70 (1091) - - MAY 31, 2017
Opaque, dark brown with fine khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, cocoa, coffee and a hint of orange. Taste of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, orange, toffee and nuts. Just sweet enough to temper the intense roasty flavors. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
balloonbuffoon (471) - - 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.

3.8
TylerGreenDC (1012) - - 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.

3.9
ibrubeer (397) - 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.

3.7
Drake (14033) - 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.

3.6
Zymurgeist2 (2317) - 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.

3.6
nuplastikk (6358) - 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.

3.4
altonbrownd (5897) - 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.


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