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Bootlegger Brown Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Bootlegger Brown AleBootlegger Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: Xadoor on 10-13-2004

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Photo of garyford
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of BigRedEye
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of cpetrone84
2/5  rDev -43%
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.

Photo of Clonies720
2.2/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
2.27/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of Slaw
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of bisonkron
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
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

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Djenx
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Robo
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of NeverSettle
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SuperSpy
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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...

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of sholbert
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.