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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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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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Photo of slim2043


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

11-22-2012 14:13:16 | More by slim2043
Photo of beerman999999

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-21-2012 23:59:26 | More by beerman999999
Photo of TheBrewo


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Gonzoillini


4.5/5  rDev +20%

11-10-2012 04:30:09 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Milkysunshine

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-07-2012 02:35:27 | More by Milkysunshine
Photo of JxExM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

10-21-2012 17:35:06 | More by JxExM
Photo of JC88

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-15-2012 14:38:56 | More by JC88
Photo of tsm2011


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-29-2012 21:02:12 | More by tsm2011
Photo of meaghan2k

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-27-2012 17:53:20 | More by meaghan2k
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-16-2012 19:16:37 | More by SPRichard
Photo of Stumpy29er

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

09-15-2012 15:12:13 | More by Stumpy29er
Photo of garuda


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
Photo of mtnwesdew

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-04-2012 20:52:53 | More by mtnwesdew
Photo of alpinebryant


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

09-01-2012 18:13:00 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of GFD400

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-30-2012 18:44:31 | More by GFD400
Photo of tun

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-25-2012 00:19:24 | More by tun
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

07-25-2012 14:00:54 | More by mrfreakybig
Photo of Gww1864

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-22-2012 23:33:08 | More by Gww1864
Photo of Fahz

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-16-2012 20:09:57 | More by Fahz
Photo of KornWallace

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2012 01:40:08 | More by KornWallace
Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.