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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

agreenman19, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

vonnegut21, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JTomczak, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Lirhetoricfe
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lirhetoricfe, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of argock
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by Aug notched on label. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (ALbany, NY).

A: Chestnut brown with 1-finger of beige head with decent retention but only spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate and prune-raisin aromas are strongest with some herbal and soft citrus and floral aromas.

T: THe flavor is malty with a fairly sharp but not overwhelming bitterness. The floral hops come through in the finish. The chocolate maltiness grows through the drink with some soft coffee as well. Dark malt flavors of caramel and raisin build through the middle. Low-moderate bitterness.

M: A little too spritzy on the carbonation but good medium body.

O: An inobtrusive brown ale with a light AMerican hops kick. Nothing spectacular but solid and very drinkable.

argock, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -20.2%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BKBassist, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaxon53, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to cosmicevan for the extra. Served in a standard pint. Pours a reddish-brown with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head that sizzles and pops and recedes into a broken oily slick and a tight band around the edges. Nose is light and malty with a touch of sweetness as well as a slight nutty quality. There's also a trace of something metallic as well in the background. Taste consistent with nose - sweetness is not readily apparent; however a roasted coffee/earthy quality comes out in the flavor profile with a bit of noble hops and char the lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation. A solid brown ale but nothing really stands out per se. That said, if you are a fan of the style, it's worth trying out.

Jwale73, May 18, 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%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -20.2%

nzerbe, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

luddy83, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

HoistinBrews, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of fx20736
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

gshackles, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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 CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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
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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a very light haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a very thin layer of ivory foam, but this dissipated quite quickly.

Smell: rich aroma which is nutty, chocolatey, caramelly and overall very brown ale-y. Quite good.

Taste: flavor is a little bit more subdued on the lovely chocolate from the aroma, but there's still a caramel and nutty quality to it. Hops come in here but are also subdued, and bitterness is low but balanced. There's a little bit of a tartness as well. Not bad, in general, but I would like to see this beer with a taste more like its aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a good level of carbonation developing a respectably creamy texture. Pretty good!

Overall: a tasty enough and quite drinkable brown ale. I could see myself having this again; I'd like to try it on draft.

flagmantho, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

sirsteve42, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Archemedies, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -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
Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.