Kick-Ass Brown - C.H. Evans Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
I used to enjoy Brown Ales quite a bit, but found they were getting much too bland lately. Well, this bier makes up for all the past bland browns. Poured a clear, deep copper/mahogany color. Great color! Head was thin, fine and had tightly-packed bubbles, with nice lacing in the glass. Upon taking a whiff I was smacked with loads of robust, floral hops (Horizon/Amarillo and Crystal, according to the bier-menu). Great nose! Mouthfeel, in general, was medium. A touch of malt sweetness is initially present but is soon overwhelmed by lots o' hops. It is a great melange of hops, providing a luscious, longlasting aftertaste. A superb bier, which DOES kick-ass! My travelling Bro, Artied2, a big-time HopHead, concurred wholely! Zum Wohl!!
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
02-03-2003 06:20:31 | More by Bierman9
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Pours a really deep and rich brown color. Little bit of brownish head that fades fairly quickly, but keeps good lacing.
S - Earth hops and nutty aroma. A bit of coffee smell alongside.
T - Nice and full hoppy flavor throughout. Dark brown malty and nutty flavors join alongside the hops. The flavor overall stays fairly sweet and well balanced even with many elements.
M - Medium carbonation, and really smooth and crisp. The feeling of the beer is also fairly creamy without feeling too heavy,
D - This is a really complex but well balanced beer throughout which allows for a fairly drinkable and enjoyable beer.
10-27-2010 01:36:16 | More by ngeunit1
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
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".
10-10-2007 12:38:50 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Deep brown body with a sticky creamy head. Big head with great retention.
S - The nose holds all you would want from a brown ale. A robust nose with scents of bitter, toasted, roasted, a nutty components.
T - A big deep flavor profile with tons of roasted nut. Bitter yeasty brown bread. Toasted nuts again with a faint mocha addition.
M - Robust, deep and drying. Finishes like an Irish dry stout.
O - This beer has depth and complexity and is very well rounded. Closer to a solid porter in my opnion.
09-04-2011 22:43:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
09-05-2006 01:19:31 | More by sulldaddy
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
10-26-2011 04:26:56 | More by rlee1390
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
Off tap this award-winning beer was nearly opaque, almost as dark as a porter with a mahogany meniscus. The head was one finger of tan foam; the retention was good and the lacing solid. The aroma was of sweet malt, roasted malt, nuts and a background of hops. The flavors were truly enjoyable with a great balance of sweet and bitter elements. I tasted caramel malt and toffee sweetness first followed by a dry middle composed of coffee with hints of wood. The finish was long and hoppy but not overly bitter, clearly reflective of an excellent use of Amarillo hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. Sessionable yet complex, balanced and it even nailed the landing with a clean finish. Truly a great American Brown Ale and appropriately named.
02-24-2010 00:11:01 | More by thekevlarkid
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
this beer drinks like a dark pale ale with an intense hoppiness in the nose and great grain character. It's quite sweet with loads of hop bitterness to complement. The carbonation really pushes this beer into a light, drinkable brown ale. Very effing tasty beer
03-31-2012 23:32:35 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
Have had this many times over the last 10 years or so. Finally a review.
A: Fairly dark brown color. Looks almost like cola when held up to the light. A finger of slightly brownish head with very impressive lacing and good head retention.
S: The nose on this beer is a nice balance of dry hopping and malt. The hops smell very fresh and work quite well with the malt. Even before all the hops this was an above average brown ale.
T: Malt up front. Nice malt complexity. Very fresh tasting. Very rich tasting. A little touch of chocolate. The hops are always there and the citrus works really well with the malt. It is everything you want in a beer at once.
M: Medium body that can feel a little heavy at times.
D: This has won quite a few GABF medals and I can see why. Personally this is much better than Bender and that is a good beer. This is the best american brown ale out there hands down.
01-15-2011 21:52:10 | More by aerozeppl
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Got it at the brewpub on 4/23/11.
A: Served in a pint glass. The body is brownish-red (or maybe reddish-brown is more accurate), with a small off-white head. Leaves behind real good lace.
S: Sweet malt - caramel, toffee - and roasted malt. Touch of citric hops.
T: Very nice - good malt foundation that follows the nose (caramel, toffee, some brown sugar). This is followed by a nice citrusy, bitter finish that leaves a clean, drying impression.
M: Just about medium in heft, carbonation is appropriate.
O: This is probably the "flagship" ale at the Pump Station, and for good reason. I could easily quaff this one for awhile and not get bored with it. . . .
04-27-2011 18:09:52 | More by Kendo
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
06-08-2006 02:41:57 | More by Westsidethreat
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
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
05-09-2010 01:31:59 | More by lovindahops
Kick-Ass Brown from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.