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

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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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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
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chrishiker1409

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-21-2013 20:26:04 | More by chrishiker1409
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-30-2012 03:33:42 | More by BeerBucks
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-05-2011 14:45:13 | More by nathanjohnson
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-14-2013 21:26:02 | More by InspectorBob
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-19-2013 17:26:45 | More by nquigley16
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AdamElb

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-25-2013 22:30:34 | More by AdamElb
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Swaino

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-13-2014 02:03:15 | More by Swaino
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-07-2012 22:11:58 | More by sliverX
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-06-2013 17:07:51 | More by smithj4
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Sound_Explorer

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-19-2014 23:11:50 | More by Sound_Explorer
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is advertised as a two time winner for best brown in the Great American Beer Festival. It certainly is excellent. It was a pretty dark red-brown with a fairly thick head and some decent lacing. A sweet, raosted grain aroma. Taste was coffee, a little chocolate, bread, with a nice hops presence. Good, comfortable mouthfeel, very drinkable. One of the better browns I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 11:41:47 | More by lordofthewiens
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oldpinecone

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap..

: Poured into pint glass it was a nice brown accorn color with subpar head. It smelled a bit nutty with mild undertone of a citrus for some reason. The taste was great it a nutty, earthy and delicious. It was a bit too carbonated, not what i expected. A drinkable beer to throw back with your buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 17:28:21 | More by oldpinecone
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PBoegel

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear favorite of mine from the core line of ales on tap at the Pump Station. Big malt flavors mingle with an intense American hop profile, with notes of grapefruit, light pine, pineapple and hints of lemon zest.

Mix it up with the nachos w/jalapeños or some chili and then a pump station burger.

Then finish up with a second pint and let those zesty American hops clean the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2008 13:46:37 | More by PBoegel
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown with a one finger head that leaves behind some lacing

S-Roasted malts, spice, caramel and brown sugar.

T-Tastes more like a Black IPA almost. Lots of roasted malt and spices. Wonderful bitterness in the finish as well. Great balance.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, smooth.

O-A wonderful beer by a local brewery. One of their best, along with the Hefe IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 04:26:56 | More by rlee1390
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this brew on a visit to the pub. I was driving so really had to only drink the smaller beers. The brew is served in an english pint glass chilled. Brew exhibits a chestnut brown color with a thin beige layer of head resting on surface creating sparse islands of bubbles.
Aroma is some brown sugar and surprisingly so a bit of citrus rind and grassy hops as well.
First sip reveals an average body and mild fine carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and some dark chocolate and then rolls to the rindy and grassy hops again.

This is an easy drinker easy to see why it is a previous GABF winner!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 01:19:31 | More by sulldaddy
Kick-Ass Brown from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.