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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure if this is the same as the captain lawrence brown ale, but this is the newly bottled brown bird ale, enjoyed out of a captain lawrence taster tulip. based on appearance descriptions alone, i'd imagine that this is different from the brown ale since i really don't get the clarity called out in the brown ale reviews.

a - brew poured deep brown with a generous head that left a finger worth and sticky chunky lacing. the beer is opaque but shows signs of amber along the side of the glass when held to the light.

s - really nice. brown ales aren't always this pleasing, but plenty of brown sugar and sweet malts. nutmeg and holidays. really pleasant. the sweetness offsets the malt dominance and makes it really nice. very appetizing.

t - wow, paint me impressed. possibly one of the best brown ales to cross my palette. extremely well balanced if not offset by sweetness...the malt presence is strong, but the sweetness comes in hardcore to take what could be a marzen and slams it cleanly into a brown ale. i LOVE this brown ale. far superior to smuttynose which is one of my favs.

m - medium bodied, a bit fizzy, but even carbonation. really unassuming and enjoyable.

o - overall, i really thought that the capt had found my 6 pack sweetspot with liquid gold or freshchester, but this one takes the cake. one of, if not THE best brown ale i've ever had. i am a fan of this style when done right and the captain done knocked it out of the park. i will 100% be revisiting this beer time and time again. i'm extremely impressed.

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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/13/12 notes. Had on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. Poured in a 14 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a medium nut brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, toffee, and some burnt malts. Nice and malty; really nice mix of caramel and nuts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, nuts, vanilla, toasted malts, bready malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, and toffee. Even better than the nose thanks to a tiny bit of wood and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smootha dn easy to drink at 4.8% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice brown ale. Aside from the Frangelic Mountain Brown I had last week, one of the better brown ales I've had in a while. nice caramel and nuts in the nose, and than some vanilla mixed into the taste. Very easy to drink and something I would like to have again.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard (CL) pint glass.

L - clear deep amber color with a beige head that settled as a thin layer leaving streaks of lacing.

S - delightfully rich and roasty malt aroma.

T - the roasted malt is the star of this show.

F - medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a good example of the style.

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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks beautiful. Illuminated brown body.When held up to a light source, the body almost looks crimson. Body is transparent. Head is massive and sticky. It laces incredibly well and retains throughout.

S-Very roasty and nutty. Quite a rich nose. One of the better smelling Brown Ales I have come across. Nice brown sugar and caramel along with bread crust and some light happiness in the finality of the aroma.

T-A very quaffable Brown Ale with many dimensions. It starts off very roasty and almost smoky. Then after is a mixture of bread and smooth, rich sweetness. A brief splat of mixed nuts. It ends out in a lightly bitter grassy hop flavor. You can actually taste the beer's flavor changing and shifting towards different flavor directions.

M-Light bodied and very sessionable. Perfect six-pack brew. A bit creamy with excellent carbonation levels.

O/D-Rarely am I impressed by a Brown Ale. This one is not epic, but it is incredibly tasty and very, very solid. This is one of the better Brown Ales I have come across. Happy with my purchase.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.