The Civil Life Brewing Company Reviews




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

TylerGreenDC
2.9
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Draft. Aroma of wood. Beautiful lace. Flavors of pith, malty rye, and not much else.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bif
3.7
The Civil Life Oktoberfest
On tap at Cugino’s. Poured dark amber color with a small head. Aroma of malt, some nut and bit of caramel. Taste of caramel sweetness, nut and bread. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, crisp with a nice malty character. Very nice.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life Guerrilla Street Food Blonde Ale
It pours a darker blond than expected with a sudsy white head. The aroma has lightly toasty malt, some bread, minty bright hops and a richness to it. It has a medium body that is fairly rich with semi-sharp carbonation. The taste has spicy minty hops (really like sterling in this sort of thing) biscuity malt, light caramel and a good balance to everything. Very enjoyable blonde ale.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

gregwilsonstl
3.3
The Civil Life #CarlBock
Copper amber. Thin white head. Sweet tart. Malty but light. Caramel. Nice safe beer.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

nuplastikk
3.6
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

altonbrownd
3.4
The Civil Life American Brown
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.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

jandd1983
3.6
The Civil Life Merchant Ship IPA
On tap at Cugino’s. It poured a hazy copper color with a white head. The aroma was of citrus, malts and hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, citrus, hops and some tropical fruits. Very tasty brew.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bif
3.6
The Civil Life Merchant Ship IPA
On tap at Shamrocks. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma of citrus, some malt sweetness and fruit. Taste of caramel, citrus, bit of grain and fruit. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, crisp with a subtle hop character. Enjoyable beer without being overly hoppy.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.6
The Civil Life Black Lager
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is a pretty good roasted malt with some bakers chcocolate. Flavor is wonderful with lots of chocolate, coffee and maybe some roasted peanuts or even some peanut butter. Some schwartzbeir’s can be pretty thin but this version is quite a heavy mouth feel with the nice big presence of those roasted malt. Probably one of my top 5 Civil life beers.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life Czech Pilsner
Pour is a hazy straw with a large white head. Aroma is a nice grain and biscuit mat with plenty of grassy Euro hops. Flavor is a equally nice clean pils malt with a perfectly aged lager sulfer. Very clean and refreshing. Probably the most spot on czech pils that you can get fresh without goig to the Czech rep.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

vyvvy
3.9
The Civil Life Merchant Ship IPA
Pours hazy copper with an off white head. The aroma has toasty malt, wood, caramel and a little funk. It has a medium body with light carbonation. The taste has dry caramel malt, wood, branches and bracing earthiness that really works. This strikes me as something Sierra Nevada would do on a straightforward ipa version. Solid.
Sunday, August 7, 2016

vyvvy
4.2
The Civil Life Czech Pilsner
Pours copper yellow with a white head. The aroma has smooth pils malt, hint of roast, bread, dough, soft spicy hops and smooth lager yeast. It has a medium smooth body with gentle carbonation. The taste is a slightly drier than the aroma with the same notes. The finish has spicy, grassy, sulfur and herbal hops that are very clean. Excellent in every way.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

rubbishystuff
4
The Civil Life British Best
Thanks to Grownfool. Nice to see a truer to style Bitter in the US. Full flavors for the strength. Serving: Growler
Monday, August 1, 2016

rubbishystuff
4
The Civil Life Northern English Brown
Thanks to Grownfool for the howler. Smooth, old school brown ale, easy drinking, not super robust but a nice restorative ale.
Monday, July 25, 2016

rubbishystuff
4
The Civil Life British Mild
Thanks to Grownfool for the howler. Very good mild ale. Full flavor but still low strenght, slightly roasted flavor, smooth somewhat slipper mouth feel. very drinkable.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Bif
3.2
The Civil Life English Pale Ale
On Tap. Poured a golden color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, malt sweetness, grain and trace of citrus. Taste of caramel, bit of grain and light fruit. Bitterness that lingers into a fairly dry finish. Medium body, crisp with an earthy grain feel.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

RobertDale
3.3
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale
Sample at Waldo Hopfest 2016. Comes reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is similar. Very drinkable ESB.
Monday, June 13, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Sample at Waldo Hopfest 2016. Comes a mostly clear reddish brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is malt, rye, caramel, and some citrus. Nice.
Monday, June 13, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life American Pale Ale
Pour is a hazy amber with a large white head. Aroma is a decent pine hop with some caramel malt. Flavor is more of a dry malt with a decent pine and fruity hop. The caramel malt in there but not in a chewy kind of way, it’s just there to give this some body and the beer is quite thick by today’s APA standards. They were going for the old school pale ale’s from craft beers infancy with this one. It would have been ground breaking back in 1994 and it’s still good today.
Saturday, June 11, 2016