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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Brown Bird Brown AleBrown Bird Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%


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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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:45:32 | More by TheBrewo
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socon67

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 18:41:54 | More by socon67
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First I have had of this out of a bottle, unfortunately it is way overcarbonated coming out of the bottle. I have had many growlers of this that were much smoother / less carbonated.

A: Overflowing massive light brown head coming out of the glass, body is a light chestnut brown in color.

S: Great brown malt aroma mixed with light English / Sterling hops . TIny bit of chocolate aroma coming through as well.

T: The flavors are mostly based off a gently roasted english brown malt flavor. Also with a minor hopping, to broaden the flavors coming out of here.

M: Overcarbonated and fizzy. I have had better mouthfeel on this beer off draft and growler.

O: I still enjoy this beer, but would much rather have it off draft. I am sure once the carbonation issues have been figured out, this will be just as smooth. It would be a shame if they didnt.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 18:13:00 | More by alpinebryant
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 15:52:08 | More by mdfb79
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davey101

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light brown color, somewhere between murky and clear with visible carbonation rising. Pour yielded a one finger high light tan head which fizzles away to some thin edging. No real retention to speak of.

S - Roasty and toasty. Lightly roasted malts with a nice nuttiness to it. A touch of brown sugar sweetness with no hop presence at all.

T - Really great balance of light roastiness and sweetness with a lingering nuttiness on the finish. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouth feel is thin bodied with decent carbonation.

O - Pretty simplistic and one dimensional. On one hand its a very average brown ale, on the other hand its a tasty and enjoyable session beer. 4.8% abv? Hell yeah! I enjoyed this Captain offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:21:19 | More by davey101
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Clear ruby chestnut body. Fat finger of creamy, dense, light peanut brown. Nice lacing. Toasted grains, singed caramel, nutty malts, and a bit of rummy fruit. Nice!

Nutty, toasted malt up front. Tobacco and scorched caramel figure into the middle palate, along with light roasted coffee, a little dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of hazelnut. Toasty, herbal bitterness throughout, but it doesn't get in the way of the malt. Lingering caramel and caramelized fruit malt in the finish. Moderate body with a slightly over-carbonated, gushy feel. Still, a very nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:56:03 | More by alexgash
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Gmann

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:53:46 | More by Gmann
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mrfreakybig

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Captain Lawrence is a local brewery for me, so when I saw their bottles start to appear in stores, it was an exciting discovery. So, I bought a six pack of this one, which I had never tried before. It pours a great, deep brown, sort of burned caramel color, with a fantastic aroma to match. It’s thick, it’s malty, and very, very good all in all. I figured the Brown Bird would be a good beer, but it was better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 14:00:54 | More by mrfreakybig
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 16:12:58 | More by rlee1390
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Lordquackingstic

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:25:01 | More by Lordquackingstic
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 22:17:01 | More by VelvetExtract
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 23:50:02 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:59:58 | More by cosmicevan
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:05:02 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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