The Civil Life Brewing Company Reviews




vyvvy
4.1
The Civil Life Dortmunder Lager
It pours lightly hazy golden with a white head. The aroma has bready malt, mild toast, richness and a vanilla aspect. It has a medium body with light carbonation. The taste is a thing of beauty - the aroma with more of a crusty (but still doughy) bread thing, mild spicy/grassy hops and is clean as can be. Somehow civil life is just rocking some amazing beers recently - this and the Baltic Porter are just killing it.
Sunday, October 8, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life Dortmunder Lager
Pour is a hazy gold with a large white head. Aroma has plenty of bready malt and some large yeast sulfur. Flavor is a wet bready dough malt with some maybe honey malt to give this a little sweeter aftertaste. Very clean but still has a hardy mouth feel. This seems pretty spot on for the style and I could drink a lot of this. Here's hoping that this is the next beer headed for their canning line.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life India Pale Ale
Pour Is a murky copper with a large white head. Aroma is a earthy malt, not much in the way of a big hop presence but it's there ins the backround. Flavor is more of the malt then comes a nice bitter old school citrus hop. This was more of a English style IPA but Americanized with some new world hops.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.9
The Civil Life Oktoberfest
Draft served in a pint glass of a traditional Octoberfest lager. Copper in color...check. malty nose (mild) and taste (bready with light caramel)...check. Body has some heft and low bitterness...check. overall, a good example of the style. A choice option when looking for something true to the style.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

vyvvy
3.8
The Civil Life India Pale Ale
It pours slightly hazy copper with an off white head. The aroma has grapefruit, perfume, some fruit and rich malt. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. The taste has pine, grapefruit, dry caramel malt, pith and way more harshness than you'd think a civil life beer would have. Very solid American IPA.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

gregwilsonstl
3.8
The Civil Life "The Solar Eclipse" Baltic Porter
Finally listened to vyvvy and got this. Dark black. Dark roast. Chocolate. Creamy. Dry.
Sunday, September 24, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.6
The Civil Life "The Solar Eclipse" Baltic Porter
Pour is a near all black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt with some floral hops and cacao. Flavor is a nice deep roast with some cacao and bitter bakers chocolate. A very nice roasted malt is left on the tongue. Like the description says this is roasty but not burnt. Very flavorful and I hop this sticks around after the first batch is gone.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.4
The Civil Life Pale Ale
Pour is a clear copper with a large white head. Aroma is earthy malt with some grain and earthy must. Flavor is a nice hit of the maris otter with some treacle and a grassy hop. Even with the addition of some American hops this is a English style pale ale all the way. Very earthy malt forward but light enough to have more than one. This was tasty and different then the bitter pale ales I have been having lately.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bob26
2
The Civil Life American Brown

Thursday, September 7, 2017

balloonbuffoon
2.7
The Civil Life The Great Hencini
20floz draft to a dimpled mug glass. It is dark brown in color, with a thin layer of brown head. An overly roastedness is all that stands out in the aroma and taste. The body is fairly light, and contradicts the roabust flavor. Basically this comes across as what is supposed to be a session brown (if that is a thing) and a robust porter (probably more appropriate given my session description). It's ok, but the American brown and Northern brown are better options from Civil Life.
Sunday, September 3, 2017

vyvvy
3.7
The Civil Life Pale Ale
It pours lightly hazy amber with a large white head. The aroma has clean fruity yeast, toasted malt, mild earthy hops and bread. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is a drier version of the aroma, but has some American hops added with earth, spice and zest. Good, but prefer more traditional slant for myself from civil life, but could see this having a wider audience.
Sunday, September 3, 2017

orda
4.1
The Civil Life American Brown
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
Thursday, August 31, 2017

vyvvy
4.2
The Civil Life "The Solar Eclipse" Baltic Porter
Pours pretty dark with a large dense tan head. The aroma has smooth chocolatey roast, caramel, vanilla and a nice roundedness. It has a medium full rich body with gentle carbonation. The taste has the aroma notes along with some cocoa nibs, light spice from hops and is just lovely in about every way. Best beer I’ve had in a while, just spectacular.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

GenDV138
4
The Civil Life Czech Pilsner
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Mostly clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of malt, toasty notes. Tastes of malt, toasty notes, citrus, light biscuit. Medium body with a dry finish. Nice pils.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.5
The Civil Life "The Solar Eclipse" Baltic Porter
6.5% ABV listed on Civil Life’s board, from a growler to a pint glass, where on the pour a small head recedes quickly atop a dark-brown body with garnet hues along the bottom edge. Basic roasted malt aroma, and smooth dark malt flavor with a touch of sweetness. Simple, straight forward palate lends to a very drinkable beer. No overt complexities here.
Sunday, August 20, 2017

radagast83
3.5
The Civil Life Czech Pilsner
Draft at Spacebar. Poured a hazy straw color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was a little grassy, light corn. Flavor had some light malts, grassy and some light corn. Pretty solid pils.
Sunday, August 20, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.5
The Civil Life Rye Pale Ale
Draft consumed from a pint glass, where it appears copper in color and a half finger head quickly dissipates. Mildly aromatic, and the flavor reflects its light caramel, toast qualities with some black pepper thrown in. Body is firmly medium, sessionable ale with a decent palate.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

jandd1983
3.4
The Civil Life UK IPA
On tap at Friendship. It poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma was of hops, bread, malts and florals. The taste was similar to the aroma with more hops, bread, malts, florals, some honey and a touch of citrus. Really good.
Sunday, July 23, 2017

beastiefan2k
3.5
The Civil Life Prairie Pils
Draft at Bridge. Clean, metallic lager finish, a little grainy malt, some noble hos with a bit more bitterness than I want but fine. A little sweet biscuit finish. Long bitter finish for style. Fine and doable.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

beastiefan2k
3.8
The Civil Life Wee Bit Heavy
Draft at Lukas Liquors. On the money with earthy, deep malty leaves and light malt soggy sweetness. Low bitterness and low hops. Smooth feel with cheek tickling carbonation. Delightful for the style.
Sunday, July 9, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.7
The Civil Life #CarlBock
Draft served in a dimpled mug glass. The body appears UT ’Longhorn’ orange in color with some haze, and is topped with a slight head. Aroma can be described simply as honey malt, which translates to a honey biscuit flavor over a medium body. Not cloying, nor feels heavy, so it is quite quaffable given the board listed 6.6% ABV for this particular batch. I enjoyed it as I do love how Civil Life does even keel beers well.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.3
The Civil Life American Pale Ale
Growler to a pint glass. Appears burnt amber in color and little head that is fairly characteristic for the brewer. Apricot aroma seems to naturally come about, and flavor is mild compared to most APAs. Overall, it is very drinkable, and the subdued bitterness is easy on the palate. Session APA!
Thursday, July 6, 2017

balloonbuffoon
4
The Civil Life The Angel And The Sword Ale
12floz can, COD: 03.21.2017, paid $32 (normally $36) as part of a case of beer from brew HQ, website indicates an IBU of 32, poured contents into a pint glass. Good rich almond and caramel aroma exudes from the medium-dark amber body. Tastes like lightly toasted biscuits The brewer indicates this beer is not pigeon holed to a particular style, and it is thoroughly an amalgamation of sessionable English styles. Tastes better from the can than experienced on draft in the past as a side note.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

balloonbuffoon
3.1
The Civil Life Prairie Pils
From a 12floz can (COD: 06.13.2017, $32 for a case (normally $36, or $10 for a six-pack). This is the "German Pilsner" that I assume is very similar. Copy and pasted details: ABV: 5.1% IBU: 56 Colour: clear golden with long-lasting bone white foam BJCP Style: 5D. German Pilsner, with aspects of German, Bohemian, and American types Notable Ingredients: light Plisner malt, no adjuncts, Magnum and Tradition hops, German lager yeast. Appears in my pint glass with a slight haze, straw in color, and a white head that clings. Sweaty sock and lemon peel nose translates to earthy hop and gritty grain flavors. It finishes with long metallic (astringent) finish as hop bitterness override what otherwise is a fairly traditional base. This is unusual for a brewery that typical sticks to tradition. It is ok, but would be better without the aftertaste.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Strykzone
3.8
The Civil Life Mike's Ordinarily Bitter
Half pint at the source with John and Holly. I love that there is so much going on in a beer of this ABV. I taste bitter melon zesty hops first. Flavors tend to come in waves. Almost butterscotch like something, then grass and flowers, herbal notes, biscuits, etc. Everything worked well and it kept me guessing. A winner in so many ways.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Strykzone
3.4
The Civil Life Cream Ale
Pint at the source along with John and Holly. A pleasant beer. Gentle fruit and soft yeast notes. A bit of caramel and earth. Nothing fancy here but nicely done.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

kambei70
3.8
The Civil Life American Brown
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
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

thegreenrooster
3.2
The Civil Life Cream Ale
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is more of a wet dough bready malt. Flavor is more of a rich malt and little to no bitterness. There has to be some English malt in here somewhere, you get that spice earthy richness from some thing like maris otter. Not one of my go to styles but this was fine for afternoon drinking.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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