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Kick-Ass Brown - C.H. Evans Brewing Company

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Kick-Ass Brown
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BA SCORE
89
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
C.H. Evans Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a sample I ordered a pint. Somewhere in between the too, I got a different beer than expected. Yes it was the Kick Ass Brown, but there wasn't much brown in my glass. Hops, lots of juicy hops with a sweet malt background, but there wasnt much caramel, chocolate or coffee like I expected. A good beer nonetheless, but just a lot of hops. Almost reminds me a of a harvest ale. Go figure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 20:16:13 | More by tempest
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nyrblue2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-23-2013 19:01:03 | More by nyrblue2
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tln13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-20-2012 21:05:40 | More by tln13
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pump Station in Albany. This is apparently their flagship brew, and has numerous awards from various beer festivals. Was definitely quite good, and went well with my ribs! Very hoppy for a brown -- Americans seem to like making brown ales this way (tangy, hoppy, light bodied) instead of the more traditional English style (malty, nutty, oily). Tasted more like a slightly toasted pale ale than a brown, but I still really enjoyed it. Definitely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2007 02:17:18 | More by crwills
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-31-2014 22:07:33 | More by JKV96
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Gtreid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler poured into my bruery tulip. Thanks to naproxen for the hook up.

A: Deep brown color. Not much head comes from the pour, but it does leave a thin collar. No lacing to speak of.

A: Very hop forward nose for a brown ale. I get notes of chocolate, slight roast, and citrus hops.

T: Again, surprisingly hoppy. Chocolate malt notes and citrus. I get a bit of a metallic taste toward the back end. It finishes dry and somewhat sweet with no hint of the abv.

M: good levels of carbonation, medium body.

O: A different take on the style and one I am glad I got to try. I think I prefer the more malty browns, but this is a nice departure from what I'm used to.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2011 21:44:30 | More by Gtreid
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden brown appearence with a foamy head that only lasts a few seconds. Smells great...a very intesnse hoppy aroma.
Pretty good taste. A nutty/hoppy flavor...something different...however it has that small town microbrew undertaste...not sure what it is. Very carbonated which makes the drinkability a little lower than expected. A decent beer...hardly "kick ass".

Serving type: growler

10-10-2007 12:38:50 | More by DrinkSlurm
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-23-2013 15:25:00 | More by acurtis
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kniles38

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-16-2014 14:32:43 | More by kniles38
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scotv

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-25-2013 12:20:22 | More by scotv
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-28-2014 01:09:57 | More by jmdrpi
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mitch3114

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-21-2012 04:15:48 | More by mitch3114
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-26-2014 20:53:02 | More by NightINgale
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crisis44

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-08-2013 14:44:35 | More by crisis44
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-26-2013 19:34:57 | More by LoveStout
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Westsidethreat

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sponberg for the growler!

A: Lightly hazing (maybe from the chill) mahagony brown body. Tight oatmeal colored head stayed at 1/4 for quite a while. Its reduced to a quality thick ring around the glass and foamy patches across the top.

S: Immediately the amarillo hops jumped out at me. Nutty and slightly roasted.

T: Acorny sweetness begins but doesnt get the limelight for long. A solid bitter burst wash crosses the tongue immediately with flavors of tangerine and grapefruit. Slight tastes of powdered hot chocolate and syruped pancake with strawberries flirt with the palate. Ends with a slight rosemary sour twang.

M: Quality mouthfeel. Medium body with good carbonation. Not prickly yet not flat. Leaves a bit of a coat on the tongue.

D: Remarkable how well it held up in the growler. I was definately stoked when I popped the top. Bit bitter to be a true session beer but as it warms the sweetness begins to prevail.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2006 02:41:57 | More by Westsidethreat
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LMH88

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2014 20:05:50 | More by LMH88
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub. A better than average brown beer. Horizon, Amarillo and Crystal hops. Creamy mouthfeel, a malt richness. Served somewhat too cold. Chocolate brown colour. A sipper, and astringency from hops builds up but flvour hidden behind the malt. Intresting but Overated.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 00:57:32 | More by Sammy
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stercomm

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In Albany on a business trip and stumbled upon The Albany Pump Station. Obviously had on tap

A-Dark brown with a slight tan finger head, slight lacing

S-Getting lots of roasted malts, some spice and caramel

T-Nice taste, get lots of roasted malt along with a nice hoppiness that gives this beer a nice bitterness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

O-A very well balanced beer brewed locally. Very subtle but good

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 01:35:23 | More by stercomm
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Albany Pump Station, Albany, NY

A: The beer is hazy very dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that died down but left lots of patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the nutty malt flavors are a little stronger and seem to intensify as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice nutty flavors. It would pair very well with a meat dish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 00:24:28 | More by metter98
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UDbeernut

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from my notes, tasted at the Pump Station in Albany, poureinto a pint

a: nice tan color, nice off white head with good retention

s: nut and citrus hop, mild caramel

t: nut and caramel on the tip pierced by citrus hoppyness. Deffinatly a nice take on the brown ale

m: medium bodied, slightly drying and sticky

o: excellent beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 18:57:49 | More by UDbeernut
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown ale with amber highlights. Has a creamy tan head. There is a deliciously inviting floral hop aroma. The taste starts with a nice hop sharpness. The following interplay between the hops and malt back and forth ends in a well balanced finish. One of the best brown ales you can try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 19:47:22 | More by ybnorml
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub. Apparently a gold medal winner at the GABF, so it's got some pedigree.

The beer is a reddish shade of brown, translucent, with a fairly thin head. Roasted malts and a light citrus nose, maybe amarillo (they use it on their Quackenbush Blond too).

Cocoa and toasted malts are the main flavors, but there's pretty good hops counterbalance here as well. A rich tasting brown ale, one of the better ones I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 10:10:02 | More by TurdFurgison
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Pump Station, the beer was served in a shaker pint. Slightly hazed hazelnut color with a thin, filmy, light tan head. Clingy all over the glass. Nose of toffee rich and sweet, with a touch of roasting. Flavors reveal hints of chocolate, with a toffee backbone and hops bitterness. Very well balanced. Light bodied, with a clean, crisp finish. The aftertaste is rich, sweet, and roasted. Very good beer and very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 01:47:44 | More by GarthDanielson
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dantsbeats

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-20-2012 23:23:21 | More by dantsbeats
Kick-Ass Brown from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.