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20" Brown - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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20" Brown20" Brown

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38 Ratings

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Named after the enormous Brown Trout found in Northwest streams, this beer lives up to the legend. 20" Brown is medium bodied and has an extremely complex malty character. Using 6 varieties of Northwest grown malt, we created a masterpiece of color, aroma and flavor. Set your hook in one of these and you won't be disappointed!"

Grains: 2-Row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate, Victory
Hops: Willamette, Centennial
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.013
I.B.U.'s: 35
Alcohol: 5.3

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2003)
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

MikeDAdams, Sep 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Beerasaurus, Aug 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

johnnyboy76, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Glibber, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium tawny-brown hue with no haze and a light-to-moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam which is not particularly impressive. Color is nice, though.

Smell: nice and malty with a caramel, biscuity and lightly nutty character. Kind of like a very nice mild; I like it because it's not over the top.

Taste: lightly sweet caramel character with a fair amount of biscuit and bread character. Usually I'm not a big fan of the biscuit but it works well enough here. Very little hop character, if any, but a light bitterness which rounds things out a little bit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty nice creaminess.

Overall: tasty and drinkable enough. Maybe not my favorite brown ale, but this would do in a pinch.

flagmantho, Sep 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +42%

XRAIG, Aug 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

casapy, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

KlayWey, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

ademotte89, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

CoryR, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

vfgccp, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

fishguyac, Sep 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DerwinWentworth, Jul 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

Frankieteardrop, Apr 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

bluckbeyes, Mar 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from very friendly Boise, ID.

This beer pours a clear, medium reddish brown colour, with one finger of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves some low-ridin' painted lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of toasted nutty malt, and acerbic, zesty, yet nondescript hops. The taste is more roasted nutty malt, dark rye bread, mild sugary chocolate, and dry earthy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, a bit astringent, generally in the drying sense, so fairly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the nutty malt holding sway over the less prevalent hop signature.

An agreeable enough brown ale, well-flavoured, balanced too, with the leaning to the nutty side, and if that's your thing, then, have at 'er.

biboergosum, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of isualum12
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NEW LABEL this year from the one shown here....

My first crack at this beer and I am impressed. Lots of chocolate on this one.

Poured with zero head for me. No fingers, no ring even. Odd... Color is a dark brown but not even close to black yet (that’s a good thing for me)
Smell was light but cocoa was the only thing I could pick up on it.

Taste- smooth wit a mild transition to the aftertaste which loses it's flavor a little. after my first taste the appeal for this beer really went from high to really high for me.

mouthfeel- no carbonization to get in the way.

I really enjoyed this beer and damn it I wish I would have bought more than one beer.

Thanks Cascade for the good beer....

isualum12, Jun 18, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a two inch head that leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Toasted grain, brown sugar and pecans, with a hint of honey and powdered cocoa

Taste: Toasted brown bread and pecans, up front, with brown sugar and bitter nutskins moving to the front; after the swallow, the brown sugar and cocoa powder elements move to the fore; the finish has a little too much raw grain and residual sweetness, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Kudos to the brewery for producing a flavorful English Brown as, most of the time, this is a rather boring style (to me); a little rough around the edges but still worth seeking out

Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a nice little 6'er of this out in the boonies of PDX..

- Dark clear molasses brown... quick fizzing brown head down to only a couple of active spots on top... and quite honestly... all the good browns share this characteristic.

- Robust grain, roasted barley.. sweet malt... all present with a sharp hop bitterness.... pine, zesty...

- Taste is as it smells... large doses of grain, malt, barley... roastiness and a woodiness.. with a sharp hop punch of bitetr goodness... and a touch of earthy pine.

- Medium bodied, bubbly carbonation which lead to some massive belches.. little sharp and watering.

- Overall this is a great representation of the style... all things are balanced very well... but there isn't much that stands out other than the healthy dose of grain... reminds me of a Full Sail brew..

Docer, May 10, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty sessionable brown ale from Cascade Lakes Brwewing does almost everything right yet doesn't do anything exceptionally. It is a great beer to introduce someone into craft brewing due to its drinkability.

The aroma is pleasing and characteristic of a brown ale. Light chocolate malt, a touch of coco and brown sugar. There is also caramel and a mild toasted grain aroma.

A small to medium light brown head foams up and then quickly recedes. Lacing is minimal. This attractive brownish ruby colored beer is bright but not star bright, the slight haze lending a bit of mystery to the look of the beer.

Nothing much hits you up front but the middle has a very pleasing malt sweetness that stays around until the end. It's followed by a slight bitterness that urges you to take another sip of this medium bodied smooth example of the Brown Ale. Hops take a back seat, as they should in this style.

Just a bit watery towards the end with a very light lingering bitterness. Very drinkable.

birdypowder, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BA Mag Aug 2007

Brewed from a blend of six different malts, this beer is named after the legendary brown trout that live in many of the streams of the Northwest.

Light tan chunky head crowns the inside of the glass with a sticky lace. The deep amber color gleams from the light. Huge malty aroma, quite amazing with hints of toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar and dark raw honey. The medium body dons a thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, a bit more body than expected, which is fine by us. Robust toasted grain flavor that almost borders on roasted, with layers of unsweetened chocolate within. Big on malt, though not so much with the hops; they only lend a reserved bitterness and little flavor. Rustic toasted grain flavor goes from front to back and lingers long after with a semi-dry finish.

This gets a big thumbs-up from us; it's a sure pick for anyone who's into Brown Ales. This is a big fat one with loads of flavor--almost a meal in a bottle! But if you still feel hungry, try a rack of dry-rubbed baby back ribs with a side of slaw and beans.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 30, 2009
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20" Brown from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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