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Bootlegger Brown Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Xadoor on 10-13-2004)
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Photo of garyford
1/5  rDev -71.4%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BigRedEye
2/5  rDev -42.9%

BigRedEye, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Independence brewing bootlegger brown ale - starts by gushing, reddish brown with thin brown ring. Bad start. Rubber band and acetone, tons of plastic, notes of a brown ale very hidden. The taste is less plasticy but that still dominates. Seems to be infected or just plain bad. Notes of chocolate malt, light brown malt, and coffee. Burning carbonation and thin body. Not enjoyable.

cpetrone84, May 10, 2012
Photo of Clonies720
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Independence Brewing Co out of Austin, TX. Always happy and eager to support Texas breweries. I believe I read somewhere that this beer is 6%ABV.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, .5 inch head from an aggressive pour, it's kind of murky.

Smell - Smells nutty, toasty, and bready/biscuity.

Taste - Same as the smell. Tastes watered down really. Like they seriously need to up the malt backbone or use more specialty grains.

Mouthfeel - Skipped due to lack of continued interest.

Overall - I could create a better brown ale than this at home.

Clonies720, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours reddish brown with a thin, barely existent khaki head. Smells like some chocolate and light roast coffee. Nothing much to it. Starts off with some roasty and chocolate flavors but then it becomes cloyingly sweet with an artificial sweetener taste. What is it with these beers I've been having lately? Mouthfeel is pretty syrupy with weak carbonation. Eh. At least it doesn't have any off-flavors like some of the beers from several batches from this brewery.

goochpunch, May 11, 2007
Photo of Slaw
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Slaw, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bisonkron
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - The beer looked great, a little lighter than your average brown ale. Poured a great head that stuck around till the end. It was not cloudy. Carbonation was a little low but ok. The appearance got me excited to drink it.

Smell - smells that stuck out to me; slightly smokey, and a hint of nuttyness.

Taste -
the taste mirrored the smell except slightly weaker. I found drinking straight out of the bottle to yield the most taste.

Mouthfeel -
Carbonation was adequate. the body was light and somewhat watery.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, but I would not have another.

Glass: Pint Glass

bisonkron, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark amber-brown body with a huge, airy, monstrously expansive head.

Smell: Nutty malts, lackluster hints of chocolate and dark caramel. Sprinkling of top soil with soured fruit and a peculiar spice accent.

Taste: A sweet taste of dark caramel over coarsely chopped nuts with a bit of cocoa powder. Spoiled dark fruits. Zilch hop character or bitterness. Flash of acrid character. A pinch of smoked paprika. Dry, nutty, effervescent finish. Unclean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High level of carbonation.

Overall: It's at best an odd duck and at worst flat-out strange. Tastes like an early attempt from a new homebrewer, so maybe the bootlegger name is fairly apt.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Robo
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Robo, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

drewone, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of NeverSettle
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

NeverSettle, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of SuperSpy
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - As I pour this I start to wonder if I'm pouring a beer or a coke. It's nearly opaque with some ruby highlights. The head is no more than a fizzy cola like collection of thick bubbles that die almost as quickly as they appear. No lacing to speak of.

S - A nice but subtle nuttiness and some dark fruits. No hops.

T/M - Medium bodied with absolutely no carbonation. The flavor is nutty and a bit smoky. No hop flavor, no real bitterness.

D - Drinkable but not really memorable.

SuperSpy, Dec 20, 2006
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2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Crown & Anchor pub.

Pours into the pint glass a standard, coffee brown body with hints of dark mahogany at the edge. A scant head of custard-colored bubbles floats atop, fueled by an uppity carbonation level. Not much in the aroma; some roasted java beans, a faint hint of caramel and no hops at all. Average at best.

Flavor mimics the aroma largely, with a bit more roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Starts sweetly, but spirals into a slightly sourish finish of acrid roast and a hint of hops. Body is water-thin and the hefty carbonation dries out the finish so much that it detracts from the experience. Not a great brew, and one I'll likely avoid in the future. Thankfully I wasn't paying for this pitcher...

wagenvolks, Jun 19, 2009
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2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to MUSHROOMCLOUD

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Light aroma. Some light nuttiness and cocoa scents. Fairly bland.

Light flavor. Some lightly roasted and nutty flavors with a touch of cocoa. Falls flat and finishes bland.

Light body, low carbonation.

Not offensive, just rather bland all around.

MaltyGoodness, May 26, 2006
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle!

A - The most ridiculously huge head I've seen lately. It's a dark cloudy brown with what I consider to be far too much off-white head.

S - Nice roasted malts, some dark fruit sweetness, chocolate. I think this smells quite good.

T - this tastes like a bad cola. I have no clue how a beer can smell as good as this and taste as bad. Nor do I understand how so much foam can come from the pour, but so much carbonation can be left in the beer. This doesn't really taste like much, and what it does taste like is simply not good. Maybe some of the fruit and a bit of the malt comes out, but its mostly a funny cola taste that is just awful.

M - Not too good, too much carbonation. Feels like thousands of needle pricks on my tongue. It is a pretty light and thin mouthfeel, which I suppose could be related to the huge amount of carbonation.

D - It's not too bad here. It's easy going, but just odd. If the carbonation were less, I think this might be an ok beer.

I think that the problem with the taste and mouthfeel stems from the fact that it all turns to foam in my mouth. Even after getting a ton of head on the pour, with leaves quite a bit in the bottle, I still get all foam and carbonation in the mouth.

ColdPoncho, Feb 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A small beige head forms, and recedes to nothing. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted grain, cereal, and sweet malt. That is it. Nothing bad, but there is nothing really here.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted grains and sweet malt. I really don't get anything else.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation, though thin and watery. Easy enough to drink, but pretty boring.

This is huh hum and bland. Inoffensive and not very interesting. Not the worst thing ever, but saying this is mediocre is generous.

champ103, Jun 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

sholbert, Jun 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -14.3%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
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Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.