Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ring Neck Braun AleRing Neck Braun Ale

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very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chaz on 10-14-2007

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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by beesy:
Photo of beesy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders snifter.

A - pours a clean, clear medium brown with a finger and a half of creamy light khaki head.

S - malty, nutty, slight sweet, slightly caramel.

T - toasty with a slightly nutty sweet combintion. Very tasty for a brown ale. Fairly malty but not overly sweet. Sweet bread. A slight drying affect on the palate, most likely from some biscuit malts.

M - medium to medium light bodied. Slightly creamy and dry at the same time.

D - easy drinking for me. Modest ABV and a great taste makes this a fntastic drink on a cool Ohio evening.

Overall, a beer I am surprisingly digging. Brown Ales aren't the most sexy beer of all times, but this one comes across with a fantastic mix of sweet, malt, bread and grain to make an exceptional beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of peoplewithhands
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slightly reddish tint. half finger of off white head that fades to almost nothing. Light lacing. I would prefer more retention.

Smell: pleasantly deep, but sweet with notes of Apricot and maple. a tad Boozy.

Taste: caramel flavor that slowly builds in depth and complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fizzy.

Overall: I am often dissapointed with brown ales because they will deliver a simple maple sweetness without depth or complexity. This brown ale, however, has scrumptuous depth to its sweet complex flavor. I would definitely have more of this. In fact I think I'll have more now!

Photo of blackearth
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark reddish copper body with an off white head that caps the beer. Aroma of milk chocolate, toasted bread and nutty toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of chocolate covered dried cherries first greet you then transition to a smooth and sweet finish. Great drinkability.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich, somewhat dark brown with an orange-red hue. Small off-white head forms with spotty lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Very nice malty smell overall.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt backbone of caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. A nice nut flavor helps cut the sweetness which turns slightly drying at the end.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium smooth body, slight dry finish. Just a nice pub ale feel overall.

Drinkability: Both full flavored and easy drinking at the same time. Maybe the best English Brown Ale I have had.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Light chocolate, caramel, toast and a hint of plum on the nose. Pours brilliant brown under a 1” off-white foam cap with a slight brown tint. The palate follows the nose with traces of nuts and chocolate over lightly toasted grain and bright fruit. A semi-sweet beginning leads to a drying finish. Very creamy with slightly above average carbonation and a medium body.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of six styles included in a Brau Brothers Brewing sampler 12-pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy brown color. A one finger tan foam head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet, malty and dark fruits. Caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet malts with underlying flavors of creamy caramel and some raspberry and blackberry. Very little hops, this one is all about the malts, and it is very good.

Mouth Feel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Malty, flavorful, sweet and smooth. A good malty brown ale to session with. The dark fruit flavors are nice as well. This is a good one from Brau Brothers Brewing.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty brown, pours brown with initial white foamy head. Some bitterness apparent, but well washed over with malt, making it easy drinkable but essentially another malt. Some chocolate malt. nothing really roasty came through, but did come to a fruit finish.

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Auburn body with a creamy beige collar and surface slick. Pasty lacing, average retention.

The aromatics bring the fruit flies running: tea biscuits, golden raisins, and a mild hop spiciness.

Powerful malt depth with chocolate covered raspberries, orange seeds, and a tangy spicy earthy finish. Mild bitterness offsets the sweet notes. Very good and surprisingly complex.

Smooth light bodied, creamy yet crisp.

Unique, well crafted example of the style.

Photo of alphagnome
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Medium brown body, which is incredibly clear, has a slight ruby tint. Thin, cream colored head leaves no lacing. Carbonation is dismal.

Aroma:
Simpe and a bit boring. Sweet caramel presense and a bit of grain and maybe sweet corn. Very light hop chracter lend a citrusy tinge. Interesting cola character also comes and goes.

Taste:
Again, simple is the theme here. Great balance with a very light bitterness right up front that disappears quickly revealing a moderately sweet, caramel malt. Slight doughiness.

Mouthfeel:
It's a fairly smooth, medium-bodied brown. Decent carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall:
This is a good brown ale, but there is nothing about it that screams at you for attention. Brown ales are far from my favorite style, but I try and review to the style, so keep that in mind. Easy to drink and inoffensive, worthy of consideration, but their are better browns avaiable.

Photo of Snow81
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red amber

Head: Dark tan head

Smell: Caramel with Smokey malts and a hint of nuttiness

Taste: Heavy bread with some caramel and toffee, grass notes and hops are subtle

Weight: Medium body with little carbonation

Finish: Grass notes hover with a very small about of hops in the background

Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown with a golden tint; a thin head that dissipates to a very thin film

S: Roasted grainy malts with a sweet candied sugar and caramel aroma; also a biscuity smell to complement the sweetness

T: Alcohol is prevalent; nutty and bready with a caramel undertone; surprisingly complex

F: Pretty good mouth feel--though carbonation seems a bit much

D: A nice offering from Brau Bros. Alcoholy but pleasant and nice for sipping

Photo of Double06
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes: 2/13/11
12oz bottle poured into nonic pint.
Received: Generous extra in trade

A: Deep amber / light brown; Hints of mahogany around the edges; 1/4 inch very light tan head

S: Nutty; Maybe a little nutmeg or clove; Bready; Hints of vanilla

T: Solid brown ale; Nutty and sweet; Mellow drying finish; Hints of bread and vanilla again

M: Medium, lingering finish; not overpower or coating

D: Well done brown ale and well hidden ABV

Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty dark amber/brown with a thin off white head, mild lacing and minor retention.

The smell is very grainy and malty, lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate.

The balance is nice with a bit of toasted grain, hints of chocolate and toffee and a nice bit of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, a bit on the thin side though.

Easy to drink solid English Brown.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin, tan head that quickly disipates to just a ring. Leaves just a little lacing.

The smell is of milk chocolate and nuts. Maybe just a hint of sour. I don't get a big nosefull of many aromas.

The chocolate malt really comes through with some nuttiness and nice hop bitterness to balance everything out. I would say it is medium bodied but the fizzyness of the carbonation makes it seem lighter. This is a really good beer. Just needs to be more active on pour with better head retention.

Photo of kbeck001
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can taste a hint of chocolate! Awesome ale!

Photo of Thegoodguy111
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a brown that has been very well done. Living in Wisconsin makes it hard to find, thankfully Minnesota is just an hour away. Worth the drive to pick up a few cases of this beer. Caramel and chocolate with a nice malt flavor that has me wanting more and more. It feels a little grainy in the mouth, but has a great finish, not to bitter.

Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Happy Gnome, this pours a clear dark brown color. The smell is sweet and nutty. The taste is sweet and malty with a nutty caramel flavor, with minimal hops. There's nothing overly complicated about this beer-it just tastes good, in the style of an English brown ale. The mouthfeel is smooth and tasty. It's easily drinkable and satisfyling. Recommended!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Pours a dark crimson color with some clarity. Head fades fast and only leaves a few spots of lace.

Nose is a nice melange of roasty, chocolate and Rice Krispy-esque maltiness. Decent amount of fruit and bready yeast. Very good smelling beer.

Taste is pretty simplistic in its maltiness, but what is there is extremely deliciouss. Cocoa Kripies keep coming to mind as it is very smooth and chocolaty. I could easily sit down and drink 2 or 3 pints of this in a row, no problem. My first Brau Brothers beer has impressed, I look forward to trying some more!

Photo of oline73
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit with some brown sugar and slightly sweet grain. Definitely a malt forward beer.

Taste: The taste doesn't live up to the smell if you ask me. The bitterness is a bit too strong and overpowers the sweeter notes. There is a slightly tart dark fruit note in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a dry finish.

Overall: This one was a bit too bitter for me. Smells quite nice, but I don't think I'd look this way again if I want a brown.

Photo of Misfit138
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Brown in color with a massive creamy tan head

S- Mostly a sweet sent of nuts, but mild

T- Sweet caramel, chocolate and hints of nuts with a roasty finish.

M- Medium bodied and mile carbonation

D- I like this. Pretty solid brown ale, so far best beer from the sampler.

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the style, this is a really enjoyable beer.

A - nice coloring, nothing out of the ordinary.

S - again, nothing out of the ordinary. Biscuity malts are remindful of Fat Tire.

T - I taste the chocolate, I tasty the nutty flavor, I taste the raspberry, I taste the biscuity maltiness, but there's a nice little hop kick. A very drinkable beverage.

M - nice carbonation. Very smooth.

D - this beverage is one of my favorites. Normally the browns are fall beverages, but this one is good anytime of the year.

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On first impressions whilst sat at the airport Surdyks bar. I enjoyed this Braun / Brown Ale. It was a bit on the lighter end of the color spectrum for what I've come to expect with an Americanized Brown Ale. I'd guess this is going for a more traditional English take on it, except for it's been Americanized for abv's. I also noticed that it was quite a bit more interested in acidity than being nutty and caramel-ish. So, I think I probably should've paired it with some kind of noshable to provide contrast.
All that said. This would probably make for a gentle lover of a cool weather beer if it was served as a Real Ale.
Would definitely try it again, and maybe get a session in with it to really test drive it if I would get the opportunity.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to BJ for this great brew!!!!

A- Pours a nice deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a thin off white 1 finger head.

S- Nice roasted malts with a slight nuttiness and a hint of raspberries. Maybe some milk chocolate as well.

T- Not to much there. Roasted barley with a nice nutty background and a slight sweetness from the raspberries but not in your face. Also leaves a nice bitter chocolate hint in the finish. Surprising but good. Like you just ate a chocolate covered nut

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a pretty wet finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to morimech!

Pours light to medium brown with a thin tan head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of toffee/caramel, raspberries, nuts and toast. Pretty complex - malty, nutty, fruity. Sweet with a sour edge.

The taste is of sweet maltiness - caramel, toffee, nuts - balanced by toasty bread and a tart raspberry fruitiness.

It has a smooth medium body with mild to moderate carbonation.

An interesting twist on an English-style Brown. According to label, Fuggles hops used - It is an English-style brown with a tart raspberry undertone and is higher in alcohol (that shows somewhat) than is typical. It's a creative take on a traditional style. Nice!

Photo of mrseano
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium-dark brown with slight lacing and quickly vanishing head.

S: Nutty. Nice overall, balanced smell.

T: Excellent chocolate-nutty taste. Well balanced with a hint of raspberry. Very peasurable to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, creamier than expected mouthfeel.

Overall, a quality example of a brown ale with great nutty smell/taste and a balanced load of chocolate supporting flavors. Will definitely drink again. Well-hidden ABV at 6.80% as alcohol does not come through on taste.

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.