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Working Man's Brown Ale - Dick's Brewing Company

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Working Man's Brown AleWorking Man's Brown Ale

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-06-2004)
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Reviews by kdoc8:
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2.1/5  rDev -39.5%

Acquired at the Friendly St Market, Eugene, OR. Pours out with a thick, white/cream foamy head which is about half an inch thick and long lasting. The color is reddish/light brown. Smell is bitter and with a whiff of alcohol to it - surprising for a 5.5% brown. The taste is really bitter and alcoholic; in the aftertaste there are hints of malt, but it's mainly dominated by the bitter hops taste. Mainly it's just bitter and acidic.

08-06-2007 00:40:11 | More by kdoc8
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Photo of RoyalT


3/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance – The orangish-brown body sported a modest head. Otherwise it looked pretty boring.

Smell – The malts here were laden with molasses and brown sugar, which were both well done. There’s a stiff NW floral hop balance to the nose as well.

Taste – This one is bitter. The molasses and brown sugar come out big at the tongue and there’s a nice, unsweetened maple syrup finish at the end.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium in the body. The mouthfeel is a nice trip of toasted malts up front, bittersweet middle, and sweet finish.

Drinkability – I could take or leave this one. I downed it well enough but probably would not buy again.

09-03-2004 16:27:27 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Thrasher


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

An attractive beer, pouring a handsome reddish-brown and a full, foamy collar of dense lace. The aroma is similarly appealing, with a strong hop element, a vague and ambiguous yeast, and lightly roasty bread-crust malts. After this auspicious beginning, the first sip is a bit disappointing, with a lame, wispy maltiness that is closer to red ale than brown, and not much of the hop spike that was evident in the smell. The yeast here is strong, with an accurate buttery English brown ale quality that nevertheless seems callow and unbalanced. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, perhaps a trifle flat, and although the yeast lingers too long in the aftertaste, the drinkability is decent, but this beer is better to be observed and sniffed than actually imbibed.

02-22-2005 01:34:32 | More by Thrasher
Photo of scootpolute


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Presentation: 12 OZs bottle poured into my 'Magic-Hat' cone pint glass...

Appearance: Thick creamy finger of head lasts most of the way down the glass, the clarity showed a stunning brassy brown hue...GREAT lacing down the glass...

Smell: Nutty toasted malt with hints of citric hop and faint roasted grain tones...Also, some nice hop pressence...

Taste: Lots of fresh toasty malt on the palate, a BIG citric hop jumps out with an ample hit of bitterness. Nice rounded malty and toasted grain finish with some sweet brown sugar and a bit of spicy warmth from the alcohol...

Mouthfeel: At first, smooth and crisp with with a good amount of carbonation in the moderate body...but dies off and gets a bit bland throughout...

Notes: OK brown, although after the first 1/2 of this beer, I got kind of bored...The beer's balance and flavor just sort of gets bland...OK though...Just a bit of a let down after it started off so good, kind of loses it's punch after awhile...Oh well...Chasin' Cheers :~)

07-30-2012 21:06:29 | More by scootpolute
Photo of Spikester


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

Working Mans Brown
Dark brown with red highlights. Very little head and lacings. Aroma is floral and sweet.
Taste is bitter at first with a strong roast malt backing. A minor cocoa flavor emerges but the dark bitter hops keep it under control. Slightly too much carbonation for my taste.
Otherwise a real nice Brown Ale. Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkabilty is pretty good for the style.

12-18-2008 04:27:02 | More by Spikester
Photo of Laklimell


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-07-2013 01:10:31 | More by Laklimell
Photo of zacharius


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer pours a light brown body with a thin white head, a little light to be a brown it is almost a dark amber. Could use more head. Nice malty smell with some fruity esters in there too. Great taste, evenly balanced malt/hop profile way better than most browns. I think this is the best brown ever as browns are not a style I frequently enjoy but I do enjoy this beer. Nice thick body makes for a great mouthfeel. I could drink quite a few of these bad boys.

02-02-2004 00:44:32 | More by zacharius
Photo of yankeepride

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -18.4%

Traded across the country for a six of this, and was pleasantly surprised. It has a slightly reddish tint to the brown pour. There was a distinct nuttiness to the malt, and if I was a homebrewer, I'm sure I could pick it up quickly. It wasn't strong, but it was clear what was inside. Flavor-wise, I was a little disappointed in that I was expecting more of a traditional English brown nuttiness, but instead got a very mild tone with a little bit of a saison-like back end and a very, very slightly hop aftertaste. Overall, it's a solid session beer, but if you're looking for flavor that packs a punch, this isn't it. Good, not great.

04-30-2013 22:36:50 | More by yankeepride
Photo of Smurf2055


3/5  rDev -13.5%

08-03-2013 05:45:27 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Braz


3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-22-2013 02:27:35 | More by Braz
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-11-2013 16:09:28 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
Photo of froghop


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

pours a clear dark brown with a red tint, thin tanish head, not much lacing.

smell is of spice, brown sugar, caramel, some nuts.

taste is of spice, brown sugar, molasses, roasted nuts, touch of cocoa.

overall doesnt look that great, but taste is good.

08-12-2008 23:42:43 | More by froghop
Photo of flagmantho


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent medium amber-brown with a single-finger head which dissipated quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: caramel malt and citrusey hops.

Taste: light caramel malty flavor, some nice bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: medium with the right amount of carbonation. Works well for this style.

Drinkability: quite good. I'd have another pint.

08-05-2009 00:20:46 | More by flagmantho
Photo of loren01


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Pours a reddish brown color, 2 finger width tight bubbly head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Smell is nutty, yeasty as well as some spicy/grassy hop scents
T: Lightly sweet up front. Nice bitter grassy hop aftertaste. There is also some spiciness toward the end...maybe nutmeg?? Was expecting more of a nutty flavor but I didnt get that at all.
M: Light bodied beer, was expecting it to be a little thicker judging by the color... carbonation is a little on the high side but not bad
O: Interesting beer...I kinda dig it. Would get this one again.

07-27-2011 00:28:59 | More by loren01
Photo of DaveRinn


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-09-2014 21:00:41 | More by DaveRinn
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3.08/5  rDev -11.2%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.69. No freshness date.

Poured a clear, dark amber color. Definitely never seen a brown ale look like this. Big, light tan head that hung around for a while and left globs of lace here and there on the sides of a Sam Adams "New Model" pintglass.

The nose was of malty, brown sugary sweetness, but there was a floral hop scent in the background that stood out a bit much for the style - not to an unpleasant degree, but it's just not right for the style.

Starts off with a brown sugary sweetness, like in the nose. It's not very dominant, though. While there's a slight, dry hoppiness, it doesn't do much in the flavor, and this winds up tasting rather bland.

Thin, watery mouthfeel.

A very mediocre beer. If this was a cheap pitcher deal on a night where I was light in the wallet, I might session this, but I can't devise any other plausible scenario in which I might drink this again.

10-17-2008 05:46:28 | More by woemad
Photo of drinkAK


4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-11-2014 00:58:17 | More by drinkAK
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.4/5  rDev -2%

The Working Man's Brown was a good looking ale as it poured into the glass. It was clear reddish brown with a solid 1 finger foam head that looked good enough to put your head on to take a nap. It had some sweet looking wave like lacing.

The aroma was malty but not much else was going on except a brown sugar smell. The taste had a light maltiness with caramel.

It was highly carbonated which worked well. It left its mark on the tip of the tongue. This brew was not overly complex but enjoyable. I would buy the crisp guy again.

06-07-2008 03:22:02 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of SitkaSteve


4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-01-2014 06:55:55 | More by SitkaSteve
Photo of beertunes


3.78/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear brown with just a slight reddish tint. The just off-white head was thin, with very little retention and no lacing.

A rich, malty aroma greeted the nose, not too sweet and a slight spicy undertone was present. That slight spicy scent? It was very prominent on the tongue. Not as malty-sweet at first as the aroma had led me to expect. After a few sips (OK, maybe they were gulps) the malt seemed to balance nicely with the sharpness.

Body was typical for the style, not light nor heavy, and smooth. The drinkabilty is well above average for the style.

Overall, a very well done beer. I wish I had tried this beer a long time ago. I'm a big fan of this brewery and I hope that the recent loss of namesake Dick Young won't stop his family and friends from carrying on with the excellent work they've done up to this point.

11-27-2009 11:44:02 | More by beertunes
Photo of RedDiamond


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Served on draught at Dick's Deli in Chehalis.

Clear with low carbonation and obviously brown. The plush caramel aroma is at first quite striking for the style though it disperses in short time. Head and lace are afterthoughts, but there’s no shortage of flavor from biscuit malts enhanced by Mt. Hood hops – a curious choice for a brown ale though very successful here.

Dick’s Brown is charismatic and well-conceived. Just the thing to enhance a plate of Dick’s bangers.

07-15-2006 06:06:02 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of jtfest


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

Thin looking in color, more like a dark red than a brown, with a small cola colored head. The aroma is sweet and almost root beery, with a bit of a rainy day smell. The mouthfeel is good, but not great -- somewhat substantial with a nice palate coating effect and just a bit of carbonation tingle. The taste, however, was quite lacking. It wasn't bad, but it was weak in almost every category. It tasted like a standard brown ale that's been watered down. I like brown ales and I like Dick's Brewing, but a working man deserves more than this at the end of his shift. It was highly drinkable, just disappointing.

04-07-2004 03:34:16 | More by jtfest
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Equal parts dark orange and brick red with bright tangerine trim. The head is a beautiful shade of pastel gold and is sticky enough to leave the glass almost completely covered with cheese grater-like lace. A good start.

Like the color of the beer, the nose isn't very 'brown'. I have no idea what the malt bill consists of, but I'll bet it favors the paler end of the spectrum. Having said that, there is a mild earthiness (a wee bit of Munich malt perhaps) and a pleasing fruitiness that must be coming from the ale yeast. It could be hops too, I guess.

As anticipated, Working Man's flavor profile is almost as much dark amber as it is brown ale. That doesn't mean that I don't like it, just that it isn't one of the bolder members of the style. It's still a well-crafted beer that has its own subtle charms.

Lightly toasted, lightly sweet, lightly buttery and lightly nutty are front and center. In some ways, this beer reminds me of a light bock as much as an English brown. The fruitiness that I picked up in the nose is still present, as is a mild hoppiness that keeps things from becoming too one-dimensional. There's a wee bit of English toffee that appears as the beer warms, making me feel better about things in general.

The mouthfeel is entirely appropriate for the niche that this beer finds itself occupying. It's on the light side of medium, but doesn't even begin to break down on the finish. Either too much or too little carbonation would have pulled a few of the other attributes down with it. Thankfully, a 'just right' amount is present.

Dick's Working Man's Brown Ale is a solid little brew that isn't flashy in the least, but gets the job done with skill and efficiency. In that respect, I'd say the name is a perfect match for the beer. To working men everywhere... cheers!

05-23-2007 12:18:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of henrysunset


3.85/5  rDev +11%

brown/amber color, no sediment, clear but dark. big head of foamy tan. scent is a bit floral, a bit bitter and ever so slightly nutty.

taste is much stronger than the smell, sorta sweet with a nice malty finish. chocolate and nut and roast flavors. nicely balanced and very enjoyable. ever so slightly acidic but not a problem.

01-27-2007 23:26:36 | More by henrysunset
Photo of magnusdave

New York

3/5  rDev -13.5%

06-01-2013 03:54:09 | More by magnusdave
Working Man's Brown Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
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