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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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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -41.3%

A - Fizzy yellow beer? Well this this is fizzy brown beer by the looks. Spritzy carbonation, no retention, no lacing.

S/T - I'm having a hard time picking up more flavors other than brown sugar, some breadiness, and a mess of pine hops and metallic notes in the finish.

M - Overcarbonated, not smooth, finishes messy with a little astringency.

O - Needs some work. The overcarbonation was probably the worst part of it.

09-08-2012 18:37:51 | More by garuda
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slim2043

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

11-22-2012 14:13:16 | More by slim2043
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

04-20-2014 13:57:38 | More by Fcip78
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sunofneurot

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

06-30-2014 00:31:21 | More by sunofneurot
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

04-08-2013 00:13:29 | More by nzerbe
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petermethot

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%

06-25-2013 22:47:28 | More by petermethot
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bsimms

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%

05-14-2012 03:48:45 | More by bsimms
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blmar311

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20%

05-19-2012 06:51:03 | More by blmar311
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

We pour a brew of reddish, orange amber coloring. It holds a three finger head of cakey tan bubbles. Retention is nice, leaving sheets, patterns, and pockets of equally as cakey lacing down the sides of the glass. There is a definite chill haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears medium. The nose shows chalky, partially roasty caramel malts, and light adjuncts. Baker’s yeast adds bite and sourness, while white flour adds dryness. Otherwise there are light metallics, cooling vanillas, and nutmeg to add spice and round things out. Our first impression is that there is nice sweetness and twang of tannins, but otherwise things are relatively mute. As we sip, the flavoring opens with a souring roasted grain, light caramels, hints of lemon rind, and baker’s yeast. The middle peaks with metallic, slightly adjuncty grain, more roasty caramels, and saltiness. The finish comes as more of the same, with salt, toffee sugars, lemon tea-like tannins, and a far off wood barreling. The aftertaste breathes of lemon rind, drying tannins, caramel malts, musk, yellow mustard bite, and more adjuncty twang. The body is medium, and the carbonation is lighter end. The mouth is cooled and lightly coated with froth, and a very faint astringency down the tongue. There is nice slurp, sip, froth, and glug to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the rich coloring. The hues were beautiful, and seemed to perfectly capture the seasonal imagery laid forth by the brewery’s description. The nose and flavoring, however, were comparatively weak. While they lacked a general robustness, they gave generous adjuncty grain throughout, making for a cheaper, quicker-seeming brew.

11-21-2012 01:45:32 | More by TheBrewo
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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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markgugs

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-20-2014 13:42:23 | More by markgugs
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JC88


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-15-2012 14:38:56 | More by JC88
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kjrod20

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-18-2014 19:04:00 | More by kjrod20
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12%

a nice clean deep amber/brown with 2 fingers of head. smells of grapes, caramel, toffee (roasty smell overall). a sour flavor hits you up front. getting a sour grape taste with a light chocolate finish. not sure if this is an old bottle or infected, but it's not very enjoyable. medium body (light side) with a good amount of carbonation and a chalky finish.

the aftertaste is a lot better than the actual taste of this beer. this is one of their few bad beers.

11-29-2012 02:22:41 | More by facundoCNB
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2012 11:48:38 | More by acurtis
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ConorGolden

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-05-2013 01:34:57 | More by JTomczak
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tsm2011

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-29-2012 21:02:12 | More by tsm2011
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-15-2013 10:51:56 | More by jaxon53
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-15-2013 00:52:05 | More by jkane101
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-15-2013 21:06:31 | More by waiting4lunch
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-10-2013 16:17:31 | More by twenty5
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timmy2b

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-10-2014 12:42:57 | More by timmy2b
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-05-2014 17:46:57 | More by LoveStout
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Lordquackingstic

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: At first when I poured it, it looked like a stout, but when I moved it into better lighting the dark brown, almost mahogany colors came out. Huge off-white head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Clean roasted malt and freshly ground coffee aroma.

T: Very malty with a roasted coffee flavor. Slight chocolate tones.

M: So light for such a malty brew. Low to medium carbonation. Nice long toasty finish.

O: A very nice, easy drinking brown from CL. Sadly, this tastes a little watery. If it had more concentrated flavors it would be awesome.

06-07-2012 01:25:01 | More by Lordquackingstic
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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.