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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named after the little birds that fly by the brewery looking for grain after the weather turns cold, this was originally to be a Fall/Winter seasonal. Clearly we underestimated the market for this smooth and malty brown ale, and we have decided to keep it for year round enjoyment.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 05-02-2012)
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Reviews by Huffs:
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New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-08-2013 18:31:46 | More by Huffs
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

A: A medium brown beer with good clarity. The head has decent retention with a light-tan creamy foam.

S: Moderately nutty and toasty with a light bit of carmel. Moderately-light citrus hops aroma.

T: A medium amount of malt flavors with some roastiness, toast and light caramel and chocolate flavors. There is a light hops flavor and moderate hops bitterness. The balance is slightly malty with a medium-dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation and a some creaminess.

O: A malt driven American Brown with less hops flavor and aroma than most, that seems to borrow a bit from the English browns in style.

02-18-2013 22:02:22 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Fcip78


3/5  rDev -20%

04-20-2014 13:57:38 | More by Fcip78
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel and coffee

Taste: nut, light toasted malt, caramel, and coffee

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall:Nice and malty. The nut comes through in places and it drinks like an English Brown Ale at times. Above average to good and certainly sessionable. There are others I would choose first in the style, but this is a quality brew.

12-26-2012 15:53:25 | More by tigg924
Photo of Milkysunshine

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-07-2012 02:35:27 | More by Milkysunshine
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-16-2012 19:16:37 | More by SPRichard
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2012 11:48:38 | More by acurtis
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-05-2013 20:30:27 | More by JMS1512
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a one finger off white head. Not very much visbile carbonation. Head dissipates in a minute or so and leaves no lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate and a nuttiness dominate the aroma. Dark fruits, hazelnut and a hint of vanilla.

T: Pretty balanced brew, not overwhelming with flavor but certainly enjoyable. Chocolate malts take the lead, slight bitterness. Rounded out with a roasted malt aftertaste. Good english brown characteristics.

M: Fairly light on the tongue, on the lower end in the carbonation department. Pretty easy drinking with the low abv. Something to session with.

Overall another tasty brew from this impressive brewery. The aroma is the best and I wish the flavor was kicked up a notch or so to match.

02-02-2013 22:19:40 | More by CloudStrife
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-27-2014 01:29:19 | More by Griffith
Photo of socon67

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16%

A - Light brown pour with a caramel color foam. Strong carbonation; could have passed for soda when I got the glass. Not sure I like that.

S - Smells of light malts, some toffee, and fresh grain. As it warmed there was a bit of caramel in the scent.

T - Seemed a bit bland to me. Sure, there were some flavors of caramel & toffee but they were pretty tame and an otherwise "generic" brown ale. Not much better than a Newcastle, which isn't a horrible thing but not what you want your flagship brown ale to taste like.

M - Okay if you don't mind the heavy carbonation feel. It is a very sessionable ale that is easy to drink and does have plenty of flavor.

O - I can't separate this from many of the easy to get brown ales out there. I'd probably pass on trying this again.

11-14-2012 18:41:54 | More by socon67
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

11-10-2012 04:30:09 | More by Gonzoillini
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-21-2012 23:59:26 | More by beerman999999
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Not sure if this is the same beer that I had on draught earlier this year.

Pours a clear brown color, some ruby highlights. The head is dense but short settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma has a nice nutty wood aroma. Some brown sugar and a raisin bread (minus the raisins) scent. Sweet and earthy.

The taste is bright for a brown ale. Honey and brown sugar sweetness are forefront. Good bready brown malt base with some light woody and nut notes. Some tea flavors but not strong enough to make this brown dry. No real evidence of a hop presence, which is ok.

Moderate feel with airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Finishes slightly dry.

This is a very flavorful brown, exactly what I think a brown should taste like. Not very hoppy like most American brown ales but I rather have this malty flavor that Brown Bird brings. Go get some.

07-29-2012 02:53:46 | More by Gmann
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-21-2012 02:37:39 | More by Keith_R
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New York

3/5  rDev -20%

06-30-2014 00:31:21 | More by sunofneurot
Photo of metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

A: When held up to the light, this beer appears clear very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually died down that gradually died down, leaving large wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose; smells of chocolate also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate, nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a flavorful brown ale that is easy to drink and would probably make a good accompaniment to a burger.

05-12-2012 19:53:47 | More by metter98
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-16-2014 23:48:51 | More by Matt_Felix
Photo of rlee1390


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

A-Clear brown with a two finger white head, good deal of carbonation as well.

S-Roasted malt, nuts, caramel with some spice.

T-Starts with roasted malt, some nuts and a tad bit of caramel, not much bitterness though.

M-Light, a little watery, some carbonation.

O-A decent brown ale but not upper echelon, a tad too watery and could use some bitterness.

06-11-2012 16:12:58 | More by rlee1390
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temp.

appearance: transparent cola brown with 1 finger offwhite head. hardly any lacing.

aroma: is that a cinnamon like aroma I detect. toasted malt and some earthy hops.

mouthfeel: a little better average.

taste: toasted malt with just a kiss of sweetness and some hoppy bitterness.

notes: very tasty. enough sweetness to balance the toasted malt and hops.

03-16-2013 00:19:43 | More by fx20736
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New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-24-2013 17:14:36 | More by bsm80x
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Pours a pretty dark brown quite clear with a 1/2 inch of sticky head that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Ah yea brown malts, toasted almond, and a touch of roast.
T - Sweet and rather balanced with toasted almonds, toasted breads, chocolate cococa, and some roasty twang.
M - Medium bodied and chewy very on par with the style.
Overall again I am impressed with Captain Lawrence they make very good beers, on the cheap. This one is a great brown ale.

03-05-2013 22:09:56 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ThatsThatDude

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-09-2014 03:30:04 | More by ThatsThatDude
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-07-2014 02:47:03 | More by ConorGolden
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-16-2012 20:09:57 | More by Fahz
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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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