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Beer Review: Lost Coast Downtown Brown

August 1, 2012

Wow…..first beer review in a while….it’s good to be back in the saddle again.  Today’s beer review is Lost Coast’s Downtown Brown.  Although it’s still summer, and I am looking forward to enjoying some great citrusy IPAs at an upcoming river party, my thoughts recently turned towards brown ales.  I hadn’t really tried any Lost Coast beers, so I chose their Downtown Brown to meet my need for a good brown ale, and I am so glad I did.

The Pour
This beer pours the way a good brown ale should: a two-finger thick, dense creamy tan head floats atop this chocolate brown colored ale.  I was somewhat surprised to see floating (yeast?) sediment in this beer, but you really don’t even notice it.

The Nose
Ahhhh….this is what a great brown ale smells like.  I pick up oak, chocolate and coffee notes with a nutty edge as well.  This beer smells great!

The Taste
A cigarette ad once proclaimed their product, “tastes good, like a cigarette should”, or something like that.  Well this brown ale tastes great, like a nut brown ale should.  It is very smooth and creamy, and nutty and oaky flavors dance on the tongue, partnering with hints of coffee and chocolate, all joining forces (Wonder Twin powers activate!) to form a great, flavorful experience.

Scoring Breakdown

Appearance: Good head, nice color, floating yeast was unexpected. 8 points out of 10

Nose: Very nice, this beer had a great aroma. 14 out of 15

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, yet dry at the same time.  Very tasty. 46 out of 55

Style: Right in line with the style of an English style brown ale,  19 out of 20

Total rating: 87 points out of 100.

In a nutshell: This is a very tasty nut brown ale indeed.  If you’re beginning to crave a darker beer, but it’s too hot for the stouts and porters of fall/winter, give this a shot!  You will definitely not be disappointed.

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Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery Brown Ale

May 6, 2009

This beer review is in honor of finishing this semester. Initially I thought I would try to find a beer whose name somehow related to school, but when I saw Brooklyn Brewery products were now available in Nashville, all bets were off! I only saw the Brown Ale and the Lager available, and being the brown ale fan I am, I went with Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale. You know what they say, “Brown will never let you down”. Well, maybe someone somewhere said it once.

On to the beer….

According to the neck of the bottle:

Richly mahogany in color, Brooklyn Brown Ale is richer and hoppier than its mild and malty English forebears. Chocolate and coffee flavors punctuate the roasty malt background.

The Pour
This pours with a light beige, two and a half finger thick head, consisting of somewhat loose bubbles and leaving, at first, only a tiny bit of lacing on the side of the pint glass. As you drink the beer, more prominent lacing is evident. It is indeed a mahogany color as the neck of the bottle mentions. Held up to the light it looks quite light bodied.

The Nose
Excellent malty notes are the first thing you notice. There are definite oak notes and roasted and smoky notes, as well as a hidden sweetness. Smells terrific.

The Taste
First reaction: there is more hop to it than I expected. (I didn’t read the neck of the bottle until I finished my first bottle.) There is definite oak in the taste, as well as a dry dusty dark chocolate profile. It seems kind of light bodied and smooth, but with a slight crispness occasionally making itself known. There is a little sweetness on the finish. The hops give it a dryness but not a bitterness or sourness. With the oak and the somewhat light body, this is sort of like a brown ale version of an dry oaky merlot.

Overall
This is an experience beer. An experience beer is what I call those beers that are unique and interesting, but not something you would drink a lot of. This is more for savoring and enjoying. It just gets drier as you drink it, and reminds you more and more of a merlot tinged with chocolate. Overall it is beginning to grow on me.

Recommended: This is not a beer for everyone. It is quite dry and is more a beer to try and to savor. I would recommend any beer connosseiur give it a shot.

Price: I paid about $1.75 per 12 oz. bottle.

ABV: 5.6%

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Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Company Lunar Ale

February 7, 2009

boulevard1A friend selected Boulevard Brewing’s Lunar Ale one night when he and his lovely wife (and young’uns) were at our house for a cook out, so I decided to review it for this blog. Thanks Chad!

According to the Boulevard Brewing Web site, this is an unfiltered brown ale. Here is more information:

Brewed using a unique aromatic yeast, this refreshing variety is best described as a cloudy brown ale with a complex, malty aroma and flavor, and a crisp, dry finish.

SENSORY DESCRIPTION: Very versatile beer. Light sweetness complements light foods and malty/smoky flavor can stand up to some spicier dishes. Flavor hooks: fruit, cloves, roasted malt

PAIRINGS: Lightly caramelized flavors from grilling chicken or seafood, roasted chicken or pork, stews, sausages, salads, and desserts including walnuts or almonds.

Let’s get on to the tasting…

The Pour
This poured with a two-finger head consisting of small, tight bubbles that gave the head a somewhat fluffy or pillowy texture. The color seems to be that of a too weak coffee. The beer is somewhat cloudy from the yeast and appears quite carbonated.

The Nose
Wheat is the strongest scent I picked up. It’s almost the only note, as a matter of fact. There are some spice notes. It really smells like a typical wheat beer.

The Taste
The head is rich and creamy. This is medium-light bodied, not heavily carbonated and pretty smooth. This is kind of a one-note beer. You get a wheat beer flavor profile with slight teases of hop bitterness here and there. 

Overall
Before cracking this open, I had no idea it was a wheat beer. Then after taking my tasting notes, I see on their Web site that it’s a brown ale, though it does have wheat in it. There’s really nothing exceptional about this beer to make me say, “Go try this today!” but there’s nothing wrong with it either. Overall, a drinkable wheaty beer.

Recommended: I’m not really going either way on this. Try it and see if you like it, but I won’t push this as a really good selection.

Price: Unknown

ABV: 5.1%

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Beer Review: Newcastle Brown Ale

November 26, 2008

Newcastle was kind enough to send me samples of their Brown Ale, though I’ve had it many times before, and some sample tips and recipes from their Holiday MAN-ual. I’ll have posts on that Holiday MAN-ual later. For now, I’ll give you a review of Newcastle Brown Ale.

According to the Newcastle Web site:

Newcastle Brown Ale was first brewed in 1927 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, by Jim Porter after three years of developing this special brew. Almost immediately after its release, Newcastle Brown won the gold medals at the International Brewers’ Exhibition in London in 1928.

The Pour
A vigorous pour gives this a 1-finger head with a good pillowy texture that leaves minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. The color can best be described as that of a somewhat watered-down cola or a glass of iced tea. Carbonation is definitely evident and leads you to believe it will definitely be present in the mouthfeel.

The Nose
This smells like an American lager with slight hops aromas and bitterness/sourness present. Some nutty notes are there as well, and you can almost detect very, very slight hints of oak as well. The nose is not exceptional by any means.

The Taste
This is a light to light-medium bodied brew with a noticeably carbonated mouthfeel. The mouthfeel does smooth  some by the finish, though. The nuttiness is definitely there. It tastes like a mix of various nuts…you can detect almond, pecan and walnut notes there. There’s an ever-so-slight burst of hoppiness at the finish that gives it a momentary dryness and crispness. The flavor of the beer almost seems to alternate between interesting nutty flavor in one mouthful to a slightly nutty American lager in the next.

Overall
Overall I would say this is an ok bridge beer. It has a lot of the characteristic flavors of American lagers but it also has a few of the interesting flavors of a nice nut brown ale. This could be a good introduction to brown ales and nut brown ales. A good thing about this beer is that it’s widely available at restaurants, so it’s a good alternative to Bud, Coors and the other major American beers out there. This is one of the first non-Budweiser beers I ever tried, so I have a soft spot for it. Drinkable with accessible flavors. I do wish it didn’t remind you so much of a generic American lager though.

Recommended: For the beer newbie, maybe.

Price: This was a sample sent by the brewery/PR folks.

ABV: Not on the bottle. Google searches turn up 4.7% ABV.

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

October 25, 2008

I tried three beers I had never tried before when I was in Panama City Beach recently, thanks to Chan’s Wine World, and Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale was probably my favorite of the three. Dogfish Head is a brewery out of Milton, Delaware. So here we go…

According to the bottle, this is

…a clean well-hopped brown ale with aromatic barley, caramelized brown sugar and whole leaf Liberty and Goldings hops

The Pour
This pours to a 2-3 finger thick, brown sugar colored head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a dark coffee color. It looks nice and full bodied.

The Nose
This beer smells amazing. There are nice hops in the nose, mingling and converging with coffee, roasted malt and chocolate notes and touches of nuttiness. Smells like it would be full-bodied, and the various aromas are all very well balanced. I am very excited about trying this beer!

The Taste
Excellent brew! The chocolate and coffee notes I found in the nose are also present on the palate, and there is also a nice dryness to it, almost an oakiness really. At the front of the sip the hops are mild but not hiding, and they peek through again on the finish. This beer is full-bodied and has a well rounded mouthfeel. It really just rolls smoothly around the mouth. There is a slight hint of the higher ABV…this combined with the hops and the oaky notes give it hints of whiskey in the finish.

Overall
Excellent! Very tasty brew! Aside from this one, I have only had one other IBA, but I can tell this is the one the others will have to live up to. It has a lot of character and depth, much more than you would expect. The higher ABV hit me fairly quickly, so be forewarned.

Recommended: Absolutely! Based on this one beer alone I may drink nothing but Dogfish Head for a while, if I can get it here, to try more of their products.

Price: I’ll have to find out…I lost the receipt

ABV: 7.2%

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Beer Review: Bluegrass Brewing Company Nut Brown Ale

August 9, 2007

bbcnut.jpgToday I come to you with a review of a beer I paid entirely too much for. Not that it’s an expensive beer….I think the place I bought it just has an overblown idea of the value of their products. The shop sold singles for $2.50 each, but you could mix and match a 6-pack for $12.50. I would have thought a prepackaged 6-pack would have been a normal price, but it was not to be. Needless to say, I won’t be returning there.

 Anyway, on to the beer. Bluegrass Brewing Company, as the name implies, is in the state of Kentucky, Louisville to be exact. According to their Web site, they are the largest microbrewery in Kentucky. I’ve been wanting to try their brews for some time and just finally got my chance.

According to the bottle, BBC’s Nut Brown Ale is an English-style brown ale. Here is some information on this beer from BBC’s underwhelming Web site:

Description: Brewed with a blend of six different malts to give a medium-full body and a nutty after taste.

Malts used – Special Pale, Munich, Aromatic, Biscuit, Caramnunich, and Chocolate

Hops used – UK Challenger and Willamette

Food Pairing – Chocolate desserts, Beef dishes, mildly spicy dishes

Here’s what I thought…

The Pour
This beer pours to a nice auburn brown color. Light can pass through relatively easily, showcasing the beautiful red undertones in the color. There is a respectable head with minimal lacing on the glass.

The Nose
There are definite coffee, chocolate and smoky nutty notes present in the nose. I wasn’t expecting the chocolate as I hadn’t looked into what kinds of malts they used. The smell is quite mouthwatering.

The Taste
This beer has a great mouthfeel. The beer is smooth and medium to full-bodied. Roasted malt and coffee flavors stand out from the beginning. This is a very smooth and easy drinking brew and a terrific example of how a nut brown ale should be done.  Midway through a bottle you notice your mouth is coated with nutty, coffee, chocolatey joy!

Overall
Overall, this is a great tasting nut brown ale! The nose and the taste combine in perfect harmony to deliver great flavors throughout. Very smooth and drinkable and great in any season.

Recommended: Without question!
Price: $12.50 for a 6-pack (should be cheaper for you…check the price 1st!)
ABV: Unknown

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Beer Review: Big River Grille Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale

July 10, 2007

sweetmagnolia.jpgI’ve had this beer before, many times, but decided to enjoy it again and post a review of it. Big River Grille is a chain restaurant/brewery that began in Chattanooga, TN. Here is a little about them from their Web site:

Throughout the 19th century, the great riverboats of the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers brought the freshest and finest goods from our nation’s heartland to cities along its banks. Big River Grille & Brewing Works was born out of a passion for fresh, hand crafted beer and premium, made from scratch regional cuisine. Our original location in Chattanooga, Tennessee is located in a historic trolley barn, just steps away from Ross’s Landing. Along the Tennessee River, in days gone by, it was here that fresh grains and produce were offloaded for use by local merchants including mills, markets and of course – breweries. At Big River Grille & Brewing Works, the riverboat’s heritage is echoed in our award-winning lagers and ales and innovative menu. Our onsite brewery, extraordinary regional cuisine, and warm and friendly service deliver a fun and deliciously entertaining experience you will enjoy.

The Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale is, according to Big River Grille:

Medium-bodied, brown in color with a floral hop aroma created by Mt. Hood hops. Crystal and Chocolate malts from the UK render a sweet, malty flavor. Gold medal in the 1998 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

Here’s what I think…

The Pour
I was brought a glass on tap, with very little standing head. It’s a rich dark brown color, with just a hint of light shining through. After a sip, there was some nice lacing down the glass that didn’t last very long.

The Nose
The nose is quite malty and sweet. There is a definite nuttiness and caramel present in the aroma, and hints of green apple come through as the beer warms.

The Taste
This beer is a crisp, medium-bodied ale. It is lightly carbonated, and the nuttiness and caramel carry through from the nose to the taste. There is definitely a sweet maltiness to the brew, though hoppy undertones are present and make this a crisp brew. There are also smoky undertones to the beer. As the beer warmed, I could taste the crisp green apple present in the nose after it warmed. Very interesting to taste that in the beer. The green apple helped contribute to its depth of taste.

In Summary
This is an excellent American brown ale. I don’t have much else to say about it. It’s just a great brown ale.

Recommended: Definitely
Price: $3.75 for a pint glass
ABV: 5.2%

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Beer Review: Blackstone Brewery Nut Brown Ale

January 17, 2007

Blackstone BreweryI’ve had this brew many times, but since Socialretard wanted me to do some local brews, I thought I’d review Blackstone’s Nut Brown Ale.

I cracked the bottle open and immediately poured it into my lager glass. (My pints were dirty). I didn’t pour as well as I usually do, so the head was minimal at best, with very little lacing.

The beer poured a dark brown color with ruby undertones where the light made it through the beer near the narrower parts of the glass. There was a definite hint of nuttiness on the nose, and I prepared to drink.

The carbonation was relatively light. So, unfortunately, was the nutty taste. There were hints of nuttiness, but they weren’t as pronounced as I would have liked. The mouthfeel was fairly light and soft.

I don’t really have too much to say about this one because the complexity is not really there. This seems to be something brewed to appeal to the Bud, Coors and Miller crowds, as an intro into microbrewing and nut brown ales. It’s what you could call a PC nut brown ale. It really doesn’t want to offend anyone with its character.

Recommended: As a starter nut brown, perhaps
Price: I paid $1.49 for one 12 oz. bottle
ABV: Unknown

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Beer Review: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

January 11, 2007

Rogue, as the name implies, is not your average brewery. Their beers, the ones I’ve tried at least, were as subtle as a brick upside the head. Their flavor attacks your taste buds and wrestles them to the ground until they scream like a girl. Depending on the beer, this can be a good or bad thing. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is no exception, but it’s a good thing.

On the pour, there was very little head and it did not last. It pours to a deep, rich chocolate color. The nose is slightly nutty with hints of sweetness and fruit.

I was a little hesitant to try this, because it came right on the heels of trying their chocolate stout, which I thought was way overdone. This was actually quite a tasty brew. The bulk of the flavor was the hazelnut, with the slightest bit of hoppiness, which almost emphasized the sweetness even more. This brew is so nutty you almost want to crunch as you drink it, probably because it was made with hazelnut extract. I think this is a beer best enjoyed once in a while, one 22 oz bottle only, sitting in front of a nice roaring, crackling fire and just enjoying a nice evening at home.

Now here is some info from their website (www.rogue.com):

Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is a blend of Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.

Also from their Web site, read the Hazelnut Brown Nectar brochure (pdf).

Recommended: Yes
Price: I paid $4.29 for a 650ml bottle
ABV: 6.2%

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