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Phil Brown Ale - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Phil Brown Ale
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named for the one and only Phil Brown. Brewed for his 75th birthday in 2009 and on tap ever since. We use peat smoked malt in this beer for our own little spin and to honor Mr. Brown's heritage. Thank you Phil!

(Beer added by: Walken on 08-17-2010)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by craft_shannie:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

craft_shannie, Sep 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a fair amount of lace.

A smoky/peaty aroma. Sweet.

It tasted like smoky maple syrup, with some late piney hops.

This was a fun beer. Nice balance between the malt and the hops.

lordofthewiens, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Aug 24, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased fresh on 11/25/11

Purchased @ Marshall Wharf brewery, Belfast ME

The appearance is a deep red amber color that's clean with amazing clarity. A thick dirty white frothy head forms quickly and slowly shrinks leaving behind a creamy film and spotty lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, nuts and smoke. Overall though the nose is somewhat faint but noticeable.

The flavor begins with roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate followed by mild caramel which adds a level of sweetness. Finishes with charred smoke and ash.

Mouthfeel is light and thin with low carbonation. Earthy hops add a mild bitterness and dryness in the end.

Overall an easy beer to put down. It has a perfect balance and taste as an introduction into some of their more complex beer lineups. As for an American Brown Ale, It's a ballsy attempt and a pretty good example. Not a style you see too many brewers attempting regularly, hats off.

05Harley, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on nitro-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly cloudy, mohagany coloring with a thin, dense, yellowish head. Aromas of coffee and hazelnut, with a touch of chocolate. Very sweet and warm. Flavors are nutty sweet and darkly roasted, with a smooth, light body. Rich, nutty aftertaste keeps the sweet, warm feeling wrapped around your tastebuds like a winter parka. Smooth, creamy finish with a sparse, watery coating left behind as proof of the tastiness you just consumed. Good, solid beer at a manageable ABV.

GarthDanielson, Aug 25, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Novare Res, thanks Matt for helping me find this place.
Comes to my table on the deck a dark reddish brown without much of a head before I set my nose atop it. Smells of caramel brown sugar and a hint of chocolate with a solid hit of smokey campfire. Lightly nutty flavor with darker sugars and caramel and a nice but never overpowering level of smoke. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Nice smokey brown ale.

johnnnniee, Jun 09, 2013
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mater, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

rderedin, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Walken
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company: Phil Brown (Filled: 08/07/10) (Tasted: 08/17/10)
64 oz. growler, poured into a dimple mug.

"A brown ale brewed with peat smoked malt."

Appearance: Dark brown, hazy beer with a nice cap of mocha foam (especially considering that this growler is over a week old) that retains relatively well, spotty sheets of lacing.
Odor: Nice range of toasted and roasted malt character with a whiff of faint smokiness in the background. Slight yeasty fruitiness and mellow caramel richness accentuate the chocolate and bread aromas. Some hints of floral hops. Laid back and pleasant.
Consistency: Medium body. Medium-low carbonation, right on the mark for style, just enough to lift some of the flavors up into focus. Palate is dominated by dry, toasty malt, slightly nutty. Awesome!
Taste: A nice mix of light chocolate flavors raw grainy sweetness and bombastic nuttiness with roast and ghostly smoke in the background. Herbal bitterness holds the line at balancing, accompanied by an earthy hop flavor. Subtle fruitiness, flashes in and out, making a showing in the dry, malty finish, fudge and roast linger.

This is a delicious beer, picked a growler up on the way to Acadia, then one on the way back. I am not sure where to put this beer stylistically, ABV and hopping suggest US style, but the depth of malt flavor and ever so subtle Scottish influence make a strong argument for UK brown, though I am leaning towards the former. Either way, delicious example of a brown ale that is complimented, rather than dominated by its aberrant ingredient.

Walken, Aug 17, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Beermaine, Aug 04, 2013
Phil Brown Ale from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.