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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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85
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Matt_Felix:
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Matt_Felix, Mar 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, May 12, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film, a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of roasted malts with some light hints of chocolate and brown sugar.

T: The flavors start with toasted malts and some nuttiness. There is a light earthy flavor from the hops. This beer is well balanced and not overly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light smoothness.

O: Easy to drink and quite sessionable, this is a very enjoyable beer and one that I would enjoy having again. Nice complexity and balance.

dbrauneis, May 13, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MadScientist, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Fcip78, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tigg924, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Milkysunshine, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SPRichard, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JMS1512, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CloudStrife, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Griffith, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of socon67
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

socon67, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Gonzoillini, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +13%

beerman999999, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gmann, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Keith_R, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -20.2%

sunofneurot, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

rlee1390, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of fx20736
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

fx20736, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DrDemento456, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
4.25/5  rDev +13%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ConorGolden
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ConorGolden, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Fahz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Fahz, Jul 16, 2012
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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.