Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ring Neck Braun AleRing Neck Braun Ale

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85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaz on 10-14-2007)
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Photo of TheSpider
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of CRichardsMN
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Pours a light amber orange with absolutely no head but a small amount of spotty lace.

Smell:
Very nutty and malty with hints of caramel, hops and alcohol. Nice nose made my mouth water.

Taste:
The nose did not disappoint me. There is a powerful combination of sweet malts, smooth caramel, bits of chocolate and a smooth grain and alcohol finish. Nicely balanced and very good.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and smooth / creamy with very light carbonation.

Drinkability:
This reminds me of a milder version of an American Strong Ale; all of the same notes with not as much intensity. Also, since the alcohol is much lower, I can enjoy them for longer. This is very good.

Comment:
I happened across this at a beer tasting event for 3M. I had never heard of the Brau Bros. and even at the end of the night (12 Breweries, 60 Labels - Many samples), this one stuck out as the clear best while the rest just faded together. I knew that I had to try this one again with a clear head and it turned out even better. For the price and the quality ($7.99 / 6 x 12oz), this is likely to become my fridge beer of choice. Who says you have to go all the way to England for a good nut brown?!

Photo of ZAP
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first foray into this breweries beers was a slight disappointment. I'm excited to see if this single batch series effort is any different than the basics they offer. This is billed as a double nut brown ale.

Appearance: Nice looking bottle. Pours an impressive dark brown/maroon color....minimal head...

Smell: I like the aroma....big chocolate/caramel malt notes...some doppelbock like sticky sweetness is evident on the nose...rich and sweet smelling....VERY inviting....a mild yeasty note as well.

Taste: As expected (from the aroma) this features a boatload of sweet malt flavors...while this is certainly not a lager it does remind me flavor wise of a mild doppelbock....toffee...caramel...milk chocolate...even some dark fruits...

Mouthfeel: I do not know if they used oats in this but it sure feels velvety and creamy as if they did. Medium bodied....not an enormous beer but its big enough and the velvety texture really amps up the drinkability.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer. I was going to save the remaining two for another night but they are going down the hatch tonight. To me that is drinkability. When you can't wait to drink it again. My overall score may seem high but to me this is a dandy. I wish I could buy more. About the only drawback is the yeasty aroma I noted and which is evident in most of the beers I have tried....in this one it blends with things nicer and does not bother me as much as say in their Pilsner or Pale Ale...

Photo of blingice
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown beer. Pour leaves a pretty thick head which dissipates relatively quickly into a thinner head, looks pretty good but definitely darker than I expected for a brown ale. Maybe that's my lack of experience with this style.

S: Smells exactly like chocolate ice cream. In fact, the only beer where I'm so sure of what I'm smelling is Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat/Fruity Pebbles. Lots of caramel/candy type flavors to it. I'm quite surprised at how sweet it smells and it's gotta be up there in terms of the best smelling beers I've encountered, even though it smells nothing like beer.

T: A nice warm taste of alcohol is immediately noticeable right up front. There are definitely chocolate-y flavors coming through too. Pretty earthy, woody tasting beer overall, I don't detect any fruit/citrus. Maybe almost a bit of grilled meat taste as well, but I could be imagining that. All of this gives way to a very mellow coffee taste that is quite pleasant. Aftertaste is mild and also quite pleasant.

M: Very smooth beer, just right amount of carbonation. Finish is almost creamy, like I'm drinking coffee or Kahlua.

O: I might have a new favorite beer. Very approachable dark beer. Something you could have at the end of dinner for dessert or in the afternoon sitting in the sun.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is very strong. Caramel, nuts, toffee, a hint of butter. The taste is as bold as the aroma. Caramel and toffee round dominate the flavor, with a slight yeasty note that seems to be common to Brau Brothers beers. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with nice carbonation and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. I would drink this on a regular basis, and can only hope it is brewed again someday.

Photo of lauran24
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn/scarlet red. Thin light brown head. Lacing is more than adequate. Really nice aroma. Kind of dusty, yet quite meaty as well. Thick with malts and nutty goodness. Flavor starts with nice maltiness. Very smooth. Nuttiness is quite prevalent throughout. This flavor has some substance to it. Hops provide balance. Finishes chalky with grain dust coming to mind. The mouthfeel is quite good. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Just enough carbonation. Very good ale. Very good all around.

Photo of mrseano
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of ovaltine
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn brown with a dull glow moderately capped by a light tan foam. Lacing creeps around with some psotty stringyness and spots.

Aroma is well rounded with deeply sweet nuttyness, malted well with a light, delicate touch of dark fruity tang that seeps raisin and date, has some soft toasted bread, buttercream, and a hint to some nice dry grain husks.

Taste is super soild and yummy for a Brown ale. Great tone and length of nutty warmth and sweetness work together well with a light and soft mapley touch. Breathy vanilla hints, bready, butterey, bold, mildly tangy with a solid malt girth and weight behind it. Nuanced with a remarkably soft, nearly ghostly hint to dry grain husks and a bit of herbal hoppyness as it trails thru to the finish. Which is simple, but lasting.

Has a nice solid medium body with excellent length of malty flavors and mildly sweet tones that keep on giving a firmness of wholesome breadyness and low ended tangy sweetness. Most Browns are short on the tone factors and length of flavors provided. Ring Neck surpasses that and goes to whole nother level of boldness and weight thats just ample enough to give it its wonderful length yet lightly eager enough on the back end to allow for some superb drinking ease. Nearly Porter/Bock like in a number of manners but does keep to its overall Brown ale nature.

By far Brau Brothers finest offering. An American Brown ale(English?, not bloody likely) that is quite possibly one of the top Browns I've enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, in quite a long time. Right up there with New Glarus Fat Squirrel, Surly Bender, and Rogue Hazelnut.

Photo of slyke
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ring Neck Braun Ale is an opaque red-brown color with very little off-white head. Very little lacing. The lack of the head and lacing brought the score down for me.

The aroma of the beer is great. A mixture of malt, nuts, dark fruit, and toastiness. very inviting.

The taste is also great for this beer. Toasty, nutty, malty, and that dark fruit seeps in there again.

Mouthfeel is nice on this beer. Slightly coating.

Drinkability is very good on this beer. It is a shame this is party of their single-batch series. I wouldn't mind adding this to my regular line up in the fridge. Grab it if you can!

Photo of Wer34truh
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very respectable 1 1/2 finger head. Perfectly clear with a really nice amber-brown color. Orange/ochre tones. Spotty lace.

S: Clovey, sweet malt. A little alcohol and a bready aroma.

T: Caramel, coffee, cocoa, raspberry...wow! This is a big brown ale with little downside. Alcohol is ever-present.

M: For the style, nearly perfect. Richness is balanced by carbonation level. Nice viscosity & texture.

D: Awesome. Could session in nearly any circumstance.

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

I was surprised at how dark this poured out of the bottle. Head was minimal. Initial nose was malty, indicating that this wouldn't be some Newcastle knockoff. Indeed, this thing is full of delicious malt! It's well balanced with its hops and very drinkable. Th final.is just like the start - malty. All in all, a surprisingly good beer. Will bring a couple more six packs home when I'm in MN.

Photo of edbeered
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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 MostlyNorwegian
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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 shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brau Brother's Ringneck Braun Ale, the first of their single batch series,
pours a finger of dense tan foam over a black brew. The nose is nutty
mocha with notes of dark fruit. Carbonation seems pretty low, though
it's hard to tell considering the opacity of the beer. The flavor is rich bakers
chocolate with rummy and fruity notes and a mellow herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is round, creamy and silky. This is pretty much a must-have.
This Minnesota brewer made one batch- and once it's gone, it's gone,
so get your ass over to Westside (in the Brainerd Lakes area) to try about
the best brown ale you can get in this state.

Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown, with a thin finger of light khaki head. Rich, nutty, toasted malt on the nose, with rummy fruit, and hints of chocolate. Toasted grain and nutty malt flavors up front. Caramel and light chocolate mix with hazelnut and dark fruit. Hints of alcohol in a chocolaty, mildly bitter finish. Very nice. Medium-bodied with a smooth, evenly carbonated feel. A nice surprise and glad to find another great MN brew!

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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 vlodko62
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Misfit138
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 lilsmizzul1225
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of hurdjg
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.