The Civil Life Brewing Company Reviews




tia
3.5
The Civil Life Big American Stout
Tap at Metzger. Dark with huge head. Roasty, lemony, milk chocolate. Milky lightly roasty.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.2
The Civil Life Scottish 70 Shilling
$5 full draft into a dimpled mug glass. Ruddy-brown in color much like mud and clay together. Foam is slight, much like rusty aroma. This all ties into the taste that is pretty good considering it best can be described as rocky earth, with some salt, and metal. In all, this is a full flavored light session ale to be considered again.
Sunday, May 21, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.5
The Civil Life Scottish Ale
Growler to pint glass, where it appears an opaque brown with little head - the above commercial description seems off. Peat and caramel exude sweetness in the nose. Taste follows with strong toasted character and burnt caramel. The body is medium and is best suited as beer I’d have when all I want are a couple.
Sunday, May 21, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.6
The Civil Life British Best
This is a review of British Bitter, I contend it is more of a true bitter and not the same beer as Civil Life’s English Pale Ale (4.2% ABV). Cask on draft poured into an imperial nonic glass.It appears bright copper in color and possesses a softbeige head that leaves it markings on the glass. Aroma is of straw, but with =out the greeniness often associated with it. Body is light, texture is somewhat creamy juxtaposed with mineral qualities. Tastes like gently baked biscuits. The non-cask version seems to have more oomph, which I prefer a little more.
Sunday, May 21, 2017

coachd
3.1
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Not enough pale ale characteristics show through in this one. The rye completely takes over. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, May 21, 2017

balloonbuffoon
4.1
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Friday, May 19, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.4
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy
Draft served in a dimpled mug glass. Appears reddish-brown with a light tan head. Nose is of toffee, and flavor exudes buttery-caramel bread, and miscellaneous nuts. Body is medium-full, wet, and perhaps light for the style. Satisfying overall.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.1
The Civil Life Mike’s Ordinarily Bitter
Draft, listed on the blackboard just as "Ordinary Bitter," served in an imperial nonic glass. Its a rusty color, which pretty much sums this beer up. Anyway, the aroma is mild, and consists of dirt and light grains. Oddly the rusty biscuit flavor is fairly appealing. Thin in body and soft fizzles that equates to a decent session beer.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

balloonbuffoon
4.5
The Civil Life Scottish Export Ale
Growler to imperial nonic glass. I consider this to be a great rendition of a traditional pub ale, be it English or Scottish in style. This beer is deliciously medium in body, low in carbonation, and presents lightly toasted bread maltiness ideal for sessioning. When consuming my nose senses rich caramel malt aromas as the red body lowers. Not a whole lot of head, so I guess a ding or two there point wise. Yet, other than that there is not much more that I could want from a highly drinkable ale (that is malty, but not overly so, and not a hop bomb).
Thursday, May 11, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
3.4
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Draft at brewery. Pours dark brown with a white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Solid rye and citrus notes on the nose. Solid rye on the tongue though not as pungent as I was hoping. Finished clean.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
3.8
The Civil Life American Session Ale
Draft at brewery. Pours golden with an inch of white foam. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Solid citrus hip notes on the nose. Pretty hip forward for such a small abv beer. Finished clean. Nice.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
3.4
The Civil Life German Wheat
Draft at brewery. Pours yellow with a white head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Has some solid clove and banana on the nose. Finished clean. Solid example of style.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
3.8
The Civil Life Northern English Brown
Draft at Bailey’s range. Looks brown with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Lots of roasted nutty goodness on the nose. Fairly nutty and malty on the tongue as well. Finished clean. Pretty much as advertised.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TylerGreenDC
3.8
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Strykzone
3.8
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy
Pint at Global Brew Edw. Murky, even muddy dark brown. Cool looking. A beige head is thick and rich. Heavy lacing. Earthy aroma and flavor. Some light cocoa, oats, and rich malts. Nicely brewed. Oranges and more citrus underneath. Hops add just a little zing. Alcohol begins to step to the front and I wish it didn’t. This is smooth and very drinkable. Well done.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Headbanger
3.5
The Civil Life ESB
Draft 2/16 (Sports Bar Stl)-Pours goldenish amber with a small head. Aroma of hops, malt, and caramel. Taste of the same. This light to medium bodied brew was a great example of the style.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

nimbleprop
2.2
The Civil Life Big Year Brown
On tap at City Taphouse. Pours a watery brown with a ring of white head. Nose is standard for the style, some wet malts, caramel, toffee, a little detritus. Flavor is just flabby with malt, a little cocoa powder, some caramel, dirt. Watery finish. Uninspired.
Friday, March 3, 2017

vyvvy
3.7
The Civil Life American Session Ale
It pours murky golden with an off white head. The aroma has floral and citrusy hops with pale semi rich malt. It has a medium body with soft carbonation. It has more of a full mantra taste than most of the style, but nicely balanced with the hops spice, citrus and floral notes. There’s a touch of woodiness as well. Civil life just keeps the hours coming.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

vyvvy
3.9
The Civil Life Scottish Export Ale
Cask - it pours reddish amber with a beige head. The aroma has caramel, doughy malt, rich smoothness and some toffee. It has a Smith body with light carbonation. The taste has the aroma notes with some light astringency and a light touch of spice and earthy hops. Really well done.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt
Pour is a murky brown with a large tan head. Aroma is some brown ale malt with some sweet molasses. Flavor is a better toffee and caramel with some earthy essence and I get a tobacco after the swallow. Decent English strong without being overly strong. The Civil Life has a way with malts and this beer is no different.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

vyvvy
3.7
The Civil Life Scottish 70 Shilling
It pours muddy between with an off white head. The aroma has dry toffee, bread, Scottish ale yeast and a bit of caramel. Nailed the smell, that’s for sure. It has a medium light body with fairly Shari carbonation. The taste is drier than the aroma with similar notes, but also added spicy/herbal hops and some woodiness. As it warms there is an apple taste in there as well. A lot going on here for a 3.5% beer. Another winner from civil life.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

TylerGreenDC
3.8
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale
Draft. Classic toffee and licorice aroma. Flavor is full-bodied, lots of Scotchy toffee some grapefruit sweetness and then a bread crust finish. Outstanding.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

wxman
3.4
The Civil Life Premium Bitter
On cask at the source. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that remains and rings the glass. Grassy, doughy aroma. Taste is sweet pale malt, biscuits, a bit of rock candy, and some grassiness along with mild tartness and mild hop bitterness.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

wxman
3.7
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt
On tap at the source. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin off white head that laces the glass. Aroma is iron well water and caramel. Taste is smooth, delicious sweet roasted malt, caramel, a bit of molasses and buttered crackers. Very nice!
Saturday, February 4, 2017

ibrubeer
3.9
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life UK IPA
Pour is a bright golden with a large white head. Aroma is a herbal hop with a slight honey malt. Flavor is a herbal almost tea like hop with a lot of lemon notes. Not a lot of the maris otter malt shows up but it only leaves more room for those herbal lemony hops. Probably not exactly spot on for the style but a good showcase of the English hop varieties.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life UK IPA
The beer pours a hazy dull peach color with an off white head. The aroma has stone fruit, British earthiness, lightly toasted malt and herbs. The apricot and peach aspects being this hazy surprised me. It has a medium body with fairly soft carbonation. The taste is closer to what I expected. It starts with lots of herbs, woodiness, English earth, dry caramel and soft chalky spices. The finish adds that stone fruit from the aroma, but there is a nice balance to it. The further down the glass you go, the more it has a leafy rustic character. Really well done. Could drink a lot of this one.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

hershiser2
3.3
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Draft taproom pours golden with a soft off white to beige head. Aroma of rye, light citrus. Flavor is eye, dishrag, toast, citrus peel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, January 9, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Altbier
Pour is a clear amber with a large white head. Aroma is a neutral malt grain with not a lot of bitterness. Flavor is a nice earthy malt with some dark fruit like plum. A very sessionable lager with just enough flavor to keep things interesting.
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Drake
3.7
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Keg at Draft Taproom, 12/21/16. Hazy copper, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toasted malt and rye. The taste is bitter hops, toasted malt, rye in the finish. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Drake
3.9
The Civil Life Porter
Cask at the brewery, 12/17/16. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, hints of smoke, mild lactic twang. Thin, refreshing.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
4
The Civil Life Oatmeal Stout
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, oats. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oats, mild lactic twang. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
4
The Civil Life Milk Stout
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of lactose, chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, mild tart twang. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.9
The Civil Life Burton-on-Holt
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Hazy copper, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toasted malt, yeast, bitter hops. The taste is caramel, toffee, cherries, mild herbal hops. Medium bodied, refreshing.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.7
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.8
The Civil Life Premium Bitter
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Hazy brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Weak aroma of caramel and mild hops. The taste is caramel, toffee, bitter herbal hops. Medium bodied, refreshing.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.6
The Civil Life ESB
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Clear amber, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toasted malts and mild floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, bitter hops. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness, dry.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
4
The Civil Life Dressel’s Hoppy Wheat
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Hazy yellow, large foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of lemon and pale malt. The taste is bright lemon and wheat. Medium bodied, crisp.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.6
The Civil Life German Wheat
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Hazy yellow, large creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of wheat and citrus. The taste is citrus, wheat, lime. Medium bodied.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.5
The Civil Life Altbier
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, raisin. The taste is raisin, bitter hops, caramel. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drake
3.3
The Civil Life Kölsch
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Clear golden, large frothy white head, good retention. Aroma of toasted malt, Noble and grassy hops. The taste is grassy, citrus hops, bready malt. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Zymurgeist2
3.6
The Civil Life American Brown
On tap while in STL for vacation visiting family. Pours clear brown. Has a very nice roast aspect to it.
Friday, December 16, 2016

deyholla
3
The Civil Life #CarlBock
Sampled from the tap at GTMW 2016. Pours a near clear copper amber with a near white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and biscuit with some bread supporting. Flavor has notes of sweet grains, bread and toffee with some biscuits underlying.
Sunday, December 11, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Premium Bitter
Pour is a amber with a large white head. Aroma is a earthy malt with something like the filling of a whoppers candy. Flavor is a sweet but earthy dry malt with a little molasses. This was a fine easy drinking English ale.
Sunday, November 13, 2016

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life Düsseldorf Altbier
The beer pours brown with a beige head. The aroma had toffee, bread, toasty malt, mild nuttiness and apples. Everything is very rounded and smooth. It has a medium crisp body with semi sharp carbonation. The taste is quite a bit drier and has light woodiness, grass and spicy hops added to the mix. Nice alt that packs a lots of flavor into a less than 5% alcohol package.
Sunday, October 16, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Kölsch
Pour is a clear golden with a large white head. Aroma is lager malt with a little euro hop. Flavor is again a nice dry crackerlike malt but a bit more floral hop is found. A beer you could drink many of and not get tired of it.
Sunday, October 16, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Düsseldorf Altbier
Pour is a dark brown with a large white head. Aroma is a bit of sweet toffee malt with some brown sugar. Flavor is more of a toasted, almost roasted malt with a little sweetness after the swallow. I don’t get many of this style but this seemed spot on with a nice malty backbone a little to no bitterness.
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ratman197
3.8
The Civil Life Porter
Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bakers cocoa finish.
Monday, October 10, 2016

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life Kölsch
Pours copper with an off white head. A bit darker than you’d think for a Kolsch. The songs had a bready character. It has a soft medium body with gentle carbonation. The taste has a bit toasty malt along with grassy/spicy/herbal hops. Very well done.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

TylerGreenDC
3.3
The Civil Life Black Lager
Draft. Flavors of chocolate, maybe some peanut brittle and some roastiness, but not so much it lingers on the finish. Nice.
Sunday, October 2, 2016