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Brown Bird Brown Ale - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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85
very good

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Archemedies, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Photo of Zkman87
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Zkman87, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Zach136, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Keith_R, Dec 21, 2012
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
Photo of slim2043
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

slim2043, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +13%

beerman999999, Nov 21, 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 Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Gonzoillini, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Milkysunshine, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

JxExM, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

JC88, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tsm2011, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

meaghan2k, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SPRichard, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Stumpy29er, Sep 15, 2012
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
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mtnwesdew, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

alpinebryant, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

GFD400, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of tun
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tun, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

davey101, Aug 10, 2012
Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.