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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brown Bird Brown AleBrown Bird Brown Ale

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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:
Photo of garuda
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

garuda, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of slim2043
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

slim2043, Nov 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Fcip78, Apr 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

sunofneurot, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

nzerbe, Apr 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

bsimms, May 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

blmar311, May 19, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

TheBrewo, Nov 21, 2012
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 LeahM
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%

LeahM, Sep 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

JC88, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

kjrod20, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

facundoCNB, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ConorGolden, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JTomczak, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tsm2011, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaxon53, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jkane101, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

waiting4lunch, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

timmy2b, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

LoveStout, Jan 05, 2014
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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.