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

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89
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.75%
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 BeerForMuscle
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.

BeerForMuscle, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of UDbeernut
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

UDbeernut, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of renegadeburger
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

first beer i get to try while visiting the albany pump station heard great things about this place decided to take a slight detour while spending time upstate

poured out deep red almost like a chestnut brown into my sample glass i asked for a small sampler glass so i could inspect the beer better

aroma was really awesome i smelt lots of burnt or roasted malts in there also some coffee smell and even almonds and cherries too

same in the taste the beer has wonderful balance but you could not get any hops in the nose but now you get the hops in force in the taste this is a really great brown ale

great creamy mouthfeel this beer is really good i think i need to get a growler of it to go for the weekend

renegadeburger, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Kendo
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. . . .

Kendo, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

Sammy, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
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

lovindahops, May 09, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of oldpinecone
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

oldpinecone, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

williamherbert, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +5%

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.

iceball585, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

PBoegel, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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".

DrinkSlurm, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a beautifully rich deep brown with a two-finger fluffy light tan head that slowly descends to a lasting, thick cover. Thin rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is citric hops blended with brown sugar and toffee. Unusual for style, but works amazingly well here.

Hops abound here...Never had a brown ale like this before! Aggressive citric and floral hops rounded out by brown sugar and toffee. Bitter with a candy sweetness in the finish.

Medium to full, creamy almost chewy body. Complex but very smooth. Nice aftertaste and carbonation level.

One of the best brown ales I've ever had - very unique. This is very hoppy - somehow it works well here - hops in a brown ale. If you are looking for a hoppy, well-done brown ale, definately get this! If you are looking for a traditional brown ale...well..this isn't it...
A great beer - "Kick Ass" is right!

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing me a growler of this work of art!

jwc215, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

crwills, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -15%

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.

tempest, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
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!

sulldaddy, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

A chocolate color, darker than mahogany. Small off-white head, tight lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet candy malt, and chocolate. The flavor is a grand balance of malt and hops. Strong toasty munich malt flavor, chico-ish neutral yeast, and high alpha American hops. Lingering earthy toasty grain. Clean yet present bitterness. Very medium body = good drinkability and good feel.

Definitely one of the best brown ales that I have had. The only thing lacking in this one is some yeast character. Great beer!

waughbrew, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%

I picked up a growler of this on my way through town on the wasy to Saratoga Springs. I had it earlier in the year when I was in Albany and it was awesome. Made the stopover this time just for this beer.

Pours a murky reddish brown with an inch of head. Leaves sheets of blotchy lacing all over the glass.

The smell is piny hops and sweet, malty molasses. The hops smell great and caught me off guard the first time I had this because you don't expect that from a brown ale.

The taste is malty brown sugar, piny hops, there is some kind of a woody quality and it leaves me with a maple aftertaste. The sweeter typical bown ale flavors are great and all, but it's the huge helping (relatively) of hops that make this beer. This is friggin' tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. The hops give it a prickly quality in the mouth.

This is far and away the best brown ale I've ever had. Awesome session beer. Perfect balance.

johnniemarg, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

Sampled 06/30/06. Review from notes.

Rated best American Brown Ale at the Great American Beer Fest 2002, 2002.

A: Pours a reddish dark brown color with a half finger off white head. Decent lace.
S: Huge floral hop presence, which I was not expecting, but definitely liked. Slight maltyness behind the hops. This is one odd Brown Ale.
T/M: Huge grapefruit and pine hop notes up front. Only huge because this is a brown ale and I wasn’t expecting it. Good caramel malt backbone to compliment the hops—As I wrote that I though, shouldn’t this be the other way around? Smooth mouthfeel that bites a tad as its going down. Good bitterness. Well balanced and medium bodied. A tad more hops than malts--who am I kidding, a lot more hops than malts..
D: Highly drinkable beer, but beware if you’re looking for your ordinary brown ale. This is not your ordinary brown ale. I was very pleased that I ordered this as I don’t usually like browns, but it surpassed it’s billing as one “Kick Ass Brown.”

bjohnson, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of soultrain
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Sampled on-tap in a very, very dimly lit beer bar in the middle of nowhere (Krumville, NY.) Pint glass. Notes would have been better but I feel funny writing when people are lookin' at me as I do so...

A-I can barely see this beer, but it's a reddish dark amber? Excellent looking 1/2" beige head, lace is excellent...all down my pint glass.
S-This is a brown ale? Most IPA-ish scents leap into my nostrils. Maybe they brought me the wrong beer. Nope, it's correct; and it's CORRECT. Hop extravaganza for a brown ale, damn, I feel lucky to have stumbled into this beer...Hops are either tons of cascade or amarillo....maybe both.
T-MMM...lip smackingly delicious. Kick-ass brown is right. Tons of hops here, and I picked this beer by blind luck. Real nice bitterness cut through my burger with gorgonzola like a ginsu knife. I really like this beer.
Good malts flavor as well, though I keep lovin' the hops. I can't say it's balanced for most people, but for me it's perfect.
M-Perfect for the style. Light medium mouthfeel. In a beer bar with 500 choices, I had 3 of these....I couldn't help it!
D-Supreme drinkability. After one of these there is only one option: more, please! I'd love to have this beer in bottled form chilled in the DBF right now; it'd be a definate go-to beer for all occasions for me, the IPA lover!

CRUX: BEST BROWN ALE I EVER HAD. KICK-ASS INDEED! Highly recommended. Please bottle this soon! !

soultrain, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
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.

Westsidethreat, Jun 08, 2006
Kick-Ass Brown from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.