Archive for the ‘American Brown Ale’ Category

This was the beer that Valentina ordered. According to the server, this is the most popular beer they have there, which was surprising since I can’t see it pairing all that well with food. But, peanut butter beers are all the rage now, so she wanted to give it a try.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with all the fixin’s for a sandwich in a glass kind of experience.”

Random: This comes in at 18 IBUs.

This beer poured with a finger of a slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly, but left the glass clean. The body was a cloudy, light brown color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It had brown bread, smooth peanut butter and grape jelly. The jelly characteristic was on the sweeter side. The taste started with the grape jelly sweetness and was followed up by peanut butter, but the jelly was the stronger note. The bread manifested again as a brown bread, which wasn’t surprising since the base was towards a brown ale. It had a wheat characteristic as well. The body was medium thickness with enough carbonation to throw this down without much issue. The finish was lengthy with grape jelly. I enjoyed this beer more when I started sipping on it and the novelty of it was captivating. This is a beer that I’m glad that I tried, but I wouldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val’s away for a few days, so I’m catching up on the blog at home while watching documentaries on Netflix. I also have the flu, which isn’t that fun, to say the least. Let’s get to something more fun, like this beer.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Family Values showcases the cooperation and kinship of Midwestern brewers. It features largely Midwestern-grown ingredients: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, and cocoa nibs from Illinois as well as Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown malt. This is our centrally located collaboration celebrating the best of the Midwest.”

Random: Wild rice is one of my favorite site dishes.

The beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a small crown on top of a dark brown body. There was no visible carbonation because of the color of the beer. The nose was filled with roasted malts, hazelnuts and cocoa powder. It was quite inviting. The taste had much more depth than a typical brown ale. It started with roasted malts and then went into a touch of instant coffee powder. Cocoa powder was next and then was followed up by a bit of nuttiness and brown bread. The booze was well-hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish had brown bread and cocoa powder. I don’t recall what I paid for this beer, but I remember it being on the pricier side. I enjoyed the flavors on this one and would definitely have it again, if they ever re-release it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I picked up this beer because I heard a really good review of it on one of the beer podcasts that I listened to. Hopefully, I like it as much as they did.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Sour Brown Ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!”

Random: I’m craving blood oranges for some reason. It could be because I read that Dogfish Head is putting out a blood orange beer.

When I cracked this bottle open, it exploded like crazy. I lost a decent amount of the beer before I poured it. Once I got it into the glass, there was half a finger of cream-colored head. The head dissipated quickly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy with lots of floaties. It was a bright sienna color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had a lot of tartness and funk which was followed up by cocoa and alcohol. There was a slight nuttiness from the malt. The taste had really nice tartness and some horse blanket funk. It went into a cocoa flavor that went really well with the tartness. Almonds and then a red grape note that was completely unexpected, but gave the beer profound depth like a red wine. The body with thin with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with funk and white vinegar tartness. A bottle of this was $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. Despite that being a bit expensive, it was worth every penny. This was one of the most interesting brown ales that I’ve had. If you haven’t tried it, get it immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I am not a big fan of brown ales, but when Founders come out with one, I have to try it. Their beers are ridiculously good and I have high hopes for this one.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level.”

Random: The first beer I ever homebrewed was a brown ale.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown on top of the dark brown body. The carbonation was moderate and visible despite the color of the body. The nose was filled with dark, earthy coffee. It was like cold brew coffee with roasted malts and hazelnuts. The taste had notes of strong, cold brew coffee and brown bread with hazelnuts. The booze was insanely hidden. It had an almond note as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with hazelnut coffee. A bottle of this was $2.75 ($.23 per ounce). This beer was outstanding. It could be one of the best brown ales that I’ve ever had. You need to try this immediately. It may change the way you feel about brown ales.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I love coffee and I love beer. When done right, a coffee beer can be absolutely outstanding and amplify the roasted malts. This is a beer that marries coffee into it perfectly.


ABV: 13%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With the holidays just around the corner, I’m sure everyone could use an excuse to take a step back from the chaos and relax with a beer. We took an old favorite and put a twist on it, so get ready for Coffee Okie! Okie is an imperial brown ale that we aged in bourbon barrels, and we’ve taken that barrel aged base and added our favorite blend of roasted coffee. The intense coffee flavors are complemented by notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla resulting in a boozy, sweet and aromatic experience. This beer will start hitting shelves late this week and early next week in all major markets, so check out your favorite retailer and pick up a bottle or two!”

Random: The worst coffee I had (as a whole) was in Delaware. It tasted like ashes.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. As a result of the color, I couldn’t see if there was any carbonation. The nose was filled with strong, cold press coffee. It took awhile for the beer to warm, but when it did, I picked up toasted oak. The taste was also filled with cold press coffee. It had some nuttiness with lots of hazelnuts and toasted brown bread. It also had whiskey and alcohol warmed the back of my throat. Vanilla came through at the end of the sip. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and bourbon. A bottle of this was expensive at $11.99 ($1 per ounce), but this isn’t going to be a beer you drink every day. I would bring this out on a special occasion. I loved this beer and I think you will too, especially if you like coffee and a unique take on a brown ale.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that I’ve never reviewed a beer from before. That seems to be happening less and less often, so let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with an obscenely malty backbone, Profanity Ale is a hoppy brown ale with a kicked-up hop profile that is sure to have you screamin’ the whole way down. With distinct grassy and fruity hop notes from the use of Galaxy, Mosaic and Cascade hops, Profanity is nicely balanced by a rich, roasted malt profile. Like other robust Shed offerings, this hoppy ale clocks in at 6.8% alcohol by volume. Profanity Ale will be the third offering in The Shed Brewery’s year-round lineup, which includes Mountain Ale and Shed IPA.”

Random: I have a shed in my backyard with nothing in it. I guess I should start putting my lawn tools in there.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with a lot of floaties. Because of how dark the body was, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had nutty, brown malts, baked brown bed and some pine resin. The taste was more like an IPA than a brown ale. It had pine resin, grapefruit pith and grass. As it warmed, there was brown bread and hazelnut, but these flavors were overwhelmed by the hops. The beer had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with grassy hops. A bottle of this was $1.79, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer was alright, but I think it would have benefitted from more malt balance. I wouldn’t have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

After the other half and I ran errands on Sunday, we ended up at Uno’s in Hamilton for an early dinner. This is a beer that I’ve heard a lot about and was very excited to try. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Stone brewers Drew Neldon and Steve Via won this year’s annual in-house Stone Spotlight Series brewing competition with this hefty brown ale – an impressive result considering that one of them had never encountered a brown ale he liked before tasting this one. Given layers of flavor from Vienna, Victory and Chocolate Wheat Malts, and warming, refined sweetness from Honey Malt and turbinado sugar, it’s a rich and soothing beer brewed with respect to traditional English methods and New World innovation. The British-American bulldog of the craft beer world? Perhaps. Best in Show? Absolutely.”

Random: Traffic today was insane. They closed a portion of the turnpike, which gave my commute an extra 45 minutes.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of roasted malts, smoke and milk chocolate. It smelled like a really chocolate-y brown ale. The taste was intense with roasted malts, smoke and a licorice note. As it warmed, nutty notes came through with milk chocolate, almost like Nutella. The alcohol was very well-hidden on this beer. It had a thick body with light carbonation, making it a very nice sipper. It had a long finish with roasted malts and chocolate. For someone that isn’t a fan of brown ales, this one had more depth than I am used to, which is why I think that I enjoyed it so much. Although this wouldn’t be an everyday beer for me, I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0