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

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of TurdFurgison


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
Photo of 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
Photo of dantsbeats

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-20-2012 23:23:21 | More by dantsbeats
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-30-2012 03:33:42 | More by BeerBucks
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-14-2013 21:26:02 | More by InspectorBob
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-13-2014 02:03:15 | More by Swaino
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-06-2013 17:07:51 | More by smithj4
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-19-2014 23:11:50 | More by Sound_Explorer
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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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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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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
Photo of sulldaddy


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
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black color, non-transparent, thin head that lowered quickly to a thin ring

S- Caramel malts, sweet, citrus, light flowery hops auroma

T- Earthy, citrus hops, grassy, dark malts, brown sugar, fairly sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, clean, oily finish

D- Worth getting again

More hoppy than your average American Brown ale but still worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2009 01:26:33 | More by iceball585
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is ruby brown with a mocha brown head. Through head shrinks, the lace is magnified. Thick and murky.

The smell is heavy resiny pine of a thick IPA. Some earthy malts but the brown is overwhelmed. Dynamite. Evolves as it warms up, with more nutty malts emerging.

The taste is a major pine and oak. As it warms, that nutty brown malts peeks its head out, sweetening the pot a bit. It's really fantastic.

The feel is thick, milky and creamy, like chocolate milk. This is a rich, deep beer. When it warms up to room temp, it is world class.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:59:05 | More by williamherbert
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a pint glass at the pump station

A- a dark as midnight look with an off white head. Head was good but quickly dissolves

S- coffee and toffee. And lots of nuts. Some earthy hop scents

T- wow! An unexpected citrus hops hit! The coffee theme still dominates. This is a real unexpected blend of good themes. The flavor is still sweet

M- medium bodied and creamy

D- this is a delicious combiination of flavors in a brew. This is so yummy! Why won't they bottle this?!? A great beer to try when out here

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 01:31:59 | More by lovindahops
Photo of civicm87

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-22-2013 19:00:54 | More by civicm87
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-25-2013 16:52:54 | More by phingdong
Kick-Ass Brown from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.