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20" Brown - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
20" Brown20" Brown

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BA SCORE
81
good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is nutty and fruity. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and caramel, with a slight hint of chocolate. Hops are spicy and a touch floral. A touch harsh and a little too crisp for a brown ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

beerguy101, Oct 08, 2003
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my ol' roomate SurlyDuff who's now living in the PacNW he's within miles in any direction of fine craft brews. I guess he felt bad for me living in the somewhat desolate region for beer I live in the Ohio Valley. Anyway thanks Geoff and your beers are on the way. Appears a crystal clear mahogany brown hue with a very nicely formed beige head that forms thick and rises above the rim of my Fathead's pint glass. leaves even lacing all the way around with a nice collar of head as it dwindles down. Aromatics roasted malts bringing chocolate, caramel, and roasted mixed nuts to mind. A touch of metallic character with subtle earthy lingering hops. Flavor provides robust roasted malt, nutty dryness in the finish with pronounced hops that come off mildly piney and more so earthy or tobacco leaf like in nature. This would be a great cigar beer, that smokiness would be a great combo with these flavors. Mouthfeel carbonation very natural smooth yet ample in every way, medium bodied dry finish leaves the palate wanting another sip. Drinkability is solid although I'm never a huge fan of brown ales but this one is so textbook that you can't not like it, if I had session beers like this around me I would be a happy camper it might be time to relocate.

WVbeergeek, Feb 23, 2008
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 Glibber
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Glibber, Nov 16, 2013
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
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
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a somewhat murky mahogany color with the head Bunyanesque in size, creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan in color, as it slowly erodes the lace that forms becomes a thick and clinging sheet upon the glass. Nose is nutty sweet, fresh and crisp, hints of caramel and the start sweet with a personable malt presence, the top middling in feel. Finish is delightfully acidic, and the hops abundant but not overly so, a fine drinking beer, a nice thirst quenching beer on a hot Arizona afternoon.

Gusler, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of ademotte89
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

ademotte89, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20" Brown, named for Brown Trout, a popular fish around here I guess.

Having it on-tap at the CL Lodge in Bend.

Strong tan head and dark umbar body.

Roasty carmel and nuts. A coffee/porter twang in there too.

Very clean and almost watery, definitly aimed more towards the mainstream beer drinker. I would recommend this for someone just getting into craft beer.

I coincidently have had Bear Republic's Brown the other day too, and I must say I do not get enough browns these days! Keep em coming!

SurlyDuff, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light chesnut coloured ale, tan head.Some nice lacing. not much of an aroma. quite a thin taste even for a brown,very sweet..then some hoppy bitterness catches me by surprise near the end. very thin and sweetish on the palate. it drinkable but boring

Reidrover, May 16, 2004
Photo of bluckbeyes
3/5  rDev -14.8%

bluckbeyes, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brown color with a large, light brown head. Lots of smaller floaters. Aromas of nuttiness and caramel. Tastes of the same; nutty with caramel. Creamy body. Nothing special...just your typical and drinkable brown ale.

Notes from and tasted on: 10/18/04

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of KlayWey
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

KlayWey, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Beerasaurus, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Photo of flexabull
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear brown color with a nice head.

Aromas are of sweet malts, bread, and a bit biscuit like. Smells a bit "off".

Flavors are muted, a bit of a roasted malt quality, a bit sweet, and with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is about average. A bit lean in the mouth, but the finish is good.

Session worthy beer. Nothing special, but it is certainly drinkable.

flexabull, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Frankieteardrop, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DerwinWentworth, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with an awesome hop aroma. It has excellent citrous hop notes. The taste is good. It has a complex malt palate and a smooth refreshing finish. It has a sweet, nutty flavor; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brown ale. It has a complex flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

johnnyboy76, Jan 25, 2014
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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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 casapy
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

casapy, Apr 08, 2013
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20" Brown from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.