Hooligan Brown Ale - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
Super aggressive pour yields a two finger head into my english pint glass. The head is just slightly off white and is mostly medium sized bubbles (do to the height of my bottle when I poured the beer). Now that the initial foam has settled down it is showing the smaller, creamier bubbles underneath. Head retention isn't bad, there is still about one finger of head left in the glass. Lacing looks ok right now, not amazing, but we'll see how it goes to the bottom of the glass. The body is pretty classic brown look, it has hints of dark red, but for the most part it's brown in color. Do to the darkness of the beer I can see very little on the other side of this beer, but I can see a few tiny things. Maybe the darkest beer that I can still barely see through. Carbonation looks extremely low, but I can't quite tell because of the darkness of the beer. Overall the look is pretty standard, but also pretty nice, the head and lacing now remind me of a nitro beer, very creamy looking, and the head has left a pretty nice layer of foam on top of the body. We'll see about the lacing throughout the glass, but for now I like the look of the beer. The smell is pretty one dimensional, super malty, super super malty. It smells like a pretty standard english brown, almost no hops to be found and a huge malt smell. There is also a pretty big caramel smell, probably from the malts, but that is also pretty dang standard for english brown ales. I wish I had more to talk about on the smell, but I really don't, kinda disappointed. I know english ales aren't supposed to be super hoppy or anything, but a more complex smell or something would have been nice. The smell isn't small, it's medium, but it's just way too ordinary, it smells almost like a Newcastle. Maybe some toffee here too? I dunno. Overall an ok smelling beer, not bad, I'm sure it'll be tasty, but very ordinary overall. Yeah, the taste is no different from the smell, very ordinary, nothing exciting going on here at all. If you got tired of Newcastle in the clear glass, then buy this, otherwise, there isn't much appeal that this beer has to offer when compared to a really awesome english brown. I get a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe a tiny tiny bit of toffee, and a little bit of hops. I'm getting more hops on the taste than I did on the smell, and frankly, they got that part right. A brown ale shouldn't have to much hops, but it should have some, and I think they got the hop amount just perfect on this beer. With that because said, it's still very ordinary, and nothing too great. Also, the hops really aren't giving a bite at all, which I suppose they shouldn't because this beer is a smoother style, but still, it's just a little irritating that all I'm getting from the hops is bitter, nothing crisp or anything like that. It is a pretty smooth ale, even with the hops in there to disrupt everything, it goes down pretty smooth and there aren't any real problems with it, it's just really boring and ordinary. Anyways, I'm rambling, it's a good taste, but nothing more. The mouthfeel is very interesting, it's a very smooth feeling beer when you first drink it, but upon further analyzation I realize that is it a little watery and the hops make it bitter and a tiny bit rough around the edges for the style. When thinking about past experiences with brown ales, I remember them being a little watery, but not quite like this, this beer is pretty watery. I know the style is a little lighter in the mouth, but I would still rather have a thicker brown than a waterier one. As far as the bitterness, it's not a huge problem, and it's good that they put noticeable hops in the beer, it's just a little unwanted on some sips. Overall not a bad mouthfeel, it's smooth, but it has some noticeable problems. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a light beer and like I said it's pretty smooth, I wont have any problem drinking the rest of my 22oz. Overall this is a good beer, but absolutely nothing more than that, super standard and ordinary overall, and a little boring, nothing super wrong with it, but nothing that great about it either.
The lacing turned out to be ok, it was extremely patchy, like ridiculously patchy, but at least I got lacing out of the beer. The rim of foam hung around the outside of the body for quite some time, and that was good, and the body looked good from the beginning. I'll give it a 4 for looks, but it only barely mad that grade. Also, I forgot to mention when talking about the mouthfeel, there is almost no carbonation in this beer. It works for the style, but it may be the lowest carbonated beer I have ever had.
08-23-2011 07:05:39 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
The Hooligan Brown Ale is tasty. The beer poured a nice rich brown with thin white head that is lacing. The smell is powered by caramel malt. The taste starts with good caramel malty notes, but the finish has a bitterness that clings on the pallet. The mouthfeel is ok, lighter in body...i would prefer a heavier brown. The carbonation is decent. Overall it is a good beer and for all you Brown lovers....it is worth a taste.
11-25-2011 21:50:12 | More by WoodBrew
3.3/5 rDev -9.8%
1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.
A - Pours cloudy light, dark amber, with thick cream-colored head...- some great lacing.
S - Mocha-like with some hopiness- some hints of creaminess.
T - Very smooth start, following by an immediate richness from the coffee like flavor...Some hopiness ending with sweet & some spicy-like flavours...
M - The carbonation appears more than what you actually get, There's a realative fullness . A bit too sharp of a bitter 'punch' after the initial smooth tones...
D - This good brown...I appreciate the unfiltered...Also, the full-head was impressive. A bit sharp and over-bitter in the second half of flavors...but not bad.
07-25-2011 20:57:19 | More by scootpolute
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
Had on tap today... had it a long time ago, but had to give it a shot again...
- Dark slightly cloudy brown/amber color... not as black as I was expecting... Fluffy eggshell head..
- Roasted Caramel.. the place smelled of the grains/malts used.. same taste in the belch.. slight roasty chocolate malt.. grainy..
- Creamy and roasty taste.. a nice complex caramel and sweet grain... and very light and rather refreshing actually..
- Slightly chewy and dry, but not too much..
- Super sessionable porter, smooth, light, and creamy.
04-21-2009 20:49:11 | More by Docer
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
22 oz bottle from N.Salem Fred Meyer. $4.59 Slightly murky,chesnut brown ale, with a very nice thick and bubbly light tan head Malty aroma of course..bread,caramel a little coffee..all fine and dandy Taste is more bitter than i thought..though its the bitterness of roasted malts..the hops are present near the end. Darker coffee, chocolate,nuts very nice. OK palate..nice for style. Overall a nice beer..actually quite complex for a brown ale.
06-12-2011 17:20:36 | More by Reidrover
2.93/5 rDev -19.9%
First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR
Poured a light brown with a small cap of off-white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles. Roasty malts on the nose, toasted bread and coffee notes. More of the same in the taste: roasty brown malts, coffee grounds, biscuity, nutty, mild grassy hops. Not too impressed, but then again, it is a brown ale, so I didn't expect much. Medium body, and fairly drinkable, but I wouldn't get it again.
01-04-2012 03:27:00 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
22oz bottle into tulip pint.
Pours an amber brown with a bubbly off-white tan head.
It is quite malty, with notes of very light roast, a pleasant nutty earthiness and just enough of a caramel sweetness to the finish to help balance it all out.
Has a creamy full body, with just the right amount of carbonation.
Despite the poor quality of this review, I really was quite impressed with this beer and would definitely enjoy it again. Just a well balanced and easy drinking beer. Definitely a nice pub beer.
05-07-2011 04:30:42 | More by vkv822
3.2/5 rDev -12.6%
A: The pour is a light brown color with a thin off-white head.
S: A nice bit of nuttiness on the aroma along with sweet toasted and bready malts. Light hop aromas that are earthy in nature. A touch of tea on the nose, making it truly English.
T: Strangely grassy on the flavor. Moderately bitter, which isn't really appropriate for this kind of beer. Slightly nutty with some floral notes and a touch of toffee sweetness.
M: Medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation.
O: Not a terribly good brown ale, especially not an English one. Would pass on this one.
08-12-2011 03:51:19 | More by womencantsail
3.3/5 rDev -9.8%
At the airport, again.
A - Served a dark, almos amber brown with a light tan head. Good retention that fades to half it hangs on thought. Good lacing left on the glass.
S - Very nutty an roasted malts. Not much here.
T - Ahh, roasted malts, sweet roasts nuts an some light hop grass.
D - Good carbonation and a thin body.
O - decent all around. Not sure how I feel about the hop presence in a nut brown.
01-30-2012 20:41:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
This had a very strong, earthy aroma that came across in the flavour as well. The marris otter malt is apparent, with a little cocoa in the background. Certainly more Bitterness than its British counterpart. It's interesting, but the earthy hops just aren't my thing.
10-15-2009 05:37:08 | More by Derek
3/5 rDev -18%
Bottle ~9 months old, so age may play a factor.
Pours a clear, deep mahoganny red-brown. Two fingers of pillowy cream-colored head, nice retention, and sticky rings of lacing.
Smell is nutty (hazelnut) and soft, with some hay-like hops and a touch of graham cracker. Once the head dies down, there's some nice brown sugar. Overall, the smell is pleasant but rather faint.
Taste is quite a bit sharper, with a kind of twang that I can't place. A mid-level hop bitterness comes on pretty early and lasts throughout. There's really not much flavor to it, at least not much that recalls a brown ale. Pretty weird, actually.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium-light body, carbonation a little on the low side. Watery finish.
An okay beer, but the taste falls flat, and I find it generally uninspiring. Don't think I'll be finishing this bomber. There are better beers to drink.
02-25-2012 04:26:06 | More by zeledonia
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: nice amber-brown hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of frothy light-tan foam. An attractive beer.
Smell: nutty, biscuity and somewhat yeasty aroma. Pretty well put-together, although a little bit biscuity for me.
Taste: nice malt flavor with caramel notes and a little bit of bicuity nuttiness, less than the aroma. It's also got a bit of an unwelcome tartness, though, which offsets the better malt character.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not perfect, but reasonably good.
Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. It has some flavor imperfections but overall I find myself rather enjoying this brew.
08-28-2011 19:45:31 | More by flagmantho
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
Enjoyed in a shaker pint.
Cranberry-brown, very clear. A thin head of silky, mocha cappuccino foam is sticky, leaving nice spatters of lace.
Nutty aroma. Peanuts and pecans, lightly roasted; sweet caramel and brown sugar, balanced with a subtle earthy note.
The flavor leads with apple cider notes — bright red apples and earthy hops. The swallow brings waves of hazelnuts and toasted biscuits before a dry finish.
Body just a notch under medium. Moderate, pinching carbonation. Smooth fizz.
Decent. Good, nutty flavor. Very drinkable.
07-23-2012 20:49:21 | More by Phelps
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
A: Pours a reddish brown color, good sized head with not too much lacing
S: Sweet, nutty earthy smell
T: Sweet and nutty up front with a nice earthy spicy hop flavor in the aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Goes down real smooth.
D: Usually brown ales arent my thing but this is a real easy drinking tasty brew...would buy this again for sure.
05-07-2011 03:32:17 | More by loren01
3.23/5 rDev -11.7%
On tap at the 23rd st pub, served in an imperial pint. Hooligan Brown (5.3%, 31 IBUs) is a brownish amber with a small off-white head.
Smell is muted, lightly toasted bread, a touch of sweetness as it warmed up, but was served much to cold for the style.
Taste is bready but kind of bland, more of a generic amber/ESB, with little to none of the caramel sweetness I like in a brown, even as it warmed. Some leafy hop notes and above average bitterness. Mish-mashy style wise, and ultimately boring.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with nice carbonation.
Drinkability is ok, more like a hoppy (bittered much more then flavored) amber, not what I expected, was in the mood for, or would revisit.
05-04-2009 13:23:38 | More by ccrida
4.2/5 rDev +14.8%
Waiting for a jet-plane to whisk me off to parts south of Portland, a pint grabbed with lunch at the Concourse A Laurelwood at PDX.
A: A bit milder-looking than some English Browns, this one is more of a rusty-amber. Fairly vigorous carbonation rising to a thin, scarcely-covering head; bubbles do a great job keeping a ringing taupe cream replenished. A few lace speckles.
S: Light 'nut-brown' fragrance, sweet and mild. Good dose of caramel and a smattering of spice...yeah, it's that pleasant Marris Otter aroma!
T: Terrific roast malt, dry toast/biscuit/spice flavor...bold & nutty, then darker roast malt, a bit smoky. Vital sweetness (like grassy honey) balances that creeping dry bitterness, somewhat mineral/borderline chalky. It all works, and works well.
M: Effortlessly smooth, creamy carbonation, dancing spices and bitter greens in the finish...not quite clean since the flavors seem to last an eternity.
D: Enormously drinkable/sessionable...true to the style, but a fine version of it that's even more appealing. Wonderful 'pub style' brown; was reminded of having this before at first sip...glad to see it's now a member of LW's regular rotation - a keeper I'll be having again!
01-13-2010 22:39:00 | More by msubulldog25
Hooligan Brown Ale from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.