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Bootlegger Brown Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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 bmwats
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours a large, foamy, brown-white head. Slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, and licorice. A bit of a soapy character though, too.

T: Malt is very roasty, very nutty, with a little hop bite, and some caramel.

M: Earthy, crisp, and hearty.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Large head, yet only slight lacing. Nose it roasty, malty, nutty, with a bit of bitter scent. Hearty roasted grains with a very distinct nut character, offset with a bit of hop bite, and a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of StevenLaValley
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

StevenLaValley, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

MattBreight, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

attometer00, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Wamba
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Wamba, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Bootlegger has a good deal of golden-amber clarity but it can only be appreciated at odd angles into the light. Otherwise it looks more or less opaque, a deep cocoa brown colour with a brush of charcoal overtones. Its head all but disappears although remnants remain on the glass.

I've long felt Brown Ales to be perfectly flavoured for fall-time: toasted pecans, baking spices, toffee apples, chocolate and coffee roast. Even in an aroma as bashful as this one, it's enough to make a comforting treat; it's almost warming despite the beer's chilled temperature.

The taste fortunately turns the volume up a notch, though its flavours are still a little subtle for my tastes. The impressions of coffee, pumpkin pie, nearly burnt toast and roasted nuts are made more vivid, at least temporarily as they fade out almost instantly on the finish.

Despite its rather mild disposition, Bootlegger offers a kind of barbecue-y, almost mesquite roast and maybe a just wisp of smoke. It makes up for the lack of rich maltiness; it has texture despite not much body. The result is a beer that can appease both simple and sophisticated palates.

It may have a rebellious name but Bootlegger Brown Ale is a bit too temperate for me; it has the appropriate (and a very pleasant) profile for the style, but it falls squarely on the mild side. This won't be an issue for most beer drinkers, but craft devotees might be a little dissatisfied.

biegaman, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

harpus, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

JohnBender, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

valkyre65, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of matthewwarner
3/5  rDev -14.3%

matthewwarner, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Abe_Froman, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

canders0927, May 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

tubeyes, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

tastymug, May 06, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%

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 Pesci
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Pesci, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

johnnyb4, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

jik18, Jan 19, 2013
Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.