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Growler American Brown Ale - 2 Brothers Brewery

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Growler American Brown AleGrowler American Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 09-23-2008)
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Reviews by Hoptron_3000:
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dense long lasting thick head. A bit of lacing. Super clear reddy brown colour.
S: Sweet toffee. A bit of citrus.
T: Sweet toffee. Smooth bitterness with a tiny bit of candied grapefruit. Toasty bready malt. A little on the sweet side.
M: Medium mouthfeel.
O: A nice beer. A little on the sweet side but could easily drink a couple.

Hoptron_3000, Jun 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a small head.
Aroma shows lots of toasty, nutty and roasted malt as well as some oats. Behind this is some light piney hops. I was expecting more hops for an American brown ale, but this is still enjoyable.
Flavours are very similar, but very sweet, with very little bitterness. Again, not very American, more of an English brown.
Carbonation is low, which suits the beer well.

CrazyDavros, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed on tap at mrs. parmas.
quite a nice beer this one. since becoming such a big fan of moo brew dark, i thought i was pretty set for a favorite american brown ale. until now.
the two beers take different approaches to the style. the moo brew much more hop focused while mr growler here is much more balanced and shows off the merits and variety of the malt flavor.
starts off with some hop bitterness which clears the way for several layers of malt sweetness and flavor. light crystal malt sweetness is followed by a darker meatier malt character.
pints of this stuff would disappear quickly if it was available near by. such a simple beer you would think, but to pull it off with such complexity and approachability really takes some doing. i also had a taste of 2 brothers voodoo porter which was also very tasty beer. watch out for these guys.

joecast, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with a generous beige head.

The nose is dominated by milk chocolate aromas. I don't know why but that surprised me.

Again the milk chocolate dominates the palate. Yum. Maybe a bit of dark fruit as well.

Not a lot of hoppiness going on but there is some bitterness to balance out the chocolate. Low carbonation which helps with the drinkability.

Macca, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of DocDownUnder
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just moved to OZ and was pleased to get an introduction to the beer here thanks to Paul at Purvis Cellars.

330ml bottle into pub glass.

A-Beautiful brownish red color, dense foam (2cm).

S-Wonderful roasty malts and fresh wort sweetness.

T-Pretty much just roasted malts. Minimal bitterness. Doesn't linger much on the palate which leads to drinking it a bit faster to keep the taste present.

M-Thin and smooth. Not overly carbonation, and almost drinks as though it were from a cask--not an unpleasant feel.

O-This was a pretty good brown ale. Light enough to drink several, with nothing overly impressive. This is a good warm-up beer.

DocDownUnder, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Forgot I had this in the fridge for a while. OOPS

330 ML poured into a middy glass

A-- Light colored cola pour, settled to dark cola in glass. Very thin, short lived light brown head. Mostly thin off white circle that clings to the sides of the glass. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles erupt up.

S-- Sweet smelling biscuit, Carmel, chocolate, coffee, and some hops in the nose.

T-- Sweet, rolled oats followed by acidic coffee and splashes of Carmel. Nothing too interesting.

M-- Medium carbonation. Prickly and active in a lot of ways. A lot of sweetness to this. Tastes a lot like a home brew in a lot of ways. Needs a bit more to really excite the palate.

D-- Have had this a few times and think this is generally too sweet for the style. Very drinkable but gets a bit bland. Two would be enough. This is an older bottle and enjoyed the fresher stuff so hard to be real critical. Mostly thought too sweet for me.

mulder1010, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Mendicant
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mendicant, May 15, 2013
Photo of maddux91
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on-tap at a bar called "Bar None" in Camberwell, Melbourne. Was served in a large tall pint glass, and according to the tasting notes at between 6-8 degrees celsius.

A - Beer poured a dark rich black colour, but still able to be seen through, small amounts of sediment visible. Very impressive, looks like black velvet.

S - Notes of coffee and chocolate in abundance, very appetizing.

T - Chocolate and coffee once again, my nose does not deceive me. Perhaps traces of some sort of cherry flavour.

M - This is where the beer really wins it for me. Perfectly hopped, honestly when I had this I thought it was going to by similar to other American Brown's such as Sierra Nevada Brown Ale, far less hoppy than those and much to my liking. Very nice chocolaty aftertaste, great smoothness.

D - I would quite happily have a few of these that night, but as the place has many other premium local and imported beers on the 125 page drink menu (yikes), decided to try something a bit different.

I would love to try this on-tap at the brewery in Moorabbin to compare.

Plain and simple, buy this beer.

maddux91, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of PolarBear3
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown colour with good tanned frothy head that retains fairly well

S - Toffee, nutty aromas, sweet candied sugar with a hint of spice

T - Similiar in taste but not as full, earthy, slight toffee with some spice although a little metallic and bitter at the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Great beer in appearance and aromas but lacks in full flavour. Not bad and worth a try.

PolarBear3, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of sammiles
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this at the brewery.

Love the colour. Must admit I have a weak spot for Newky Brown & love Samuel Smiths, and always try as many Brown Ales as I can. Normally with this one I find I do get a pretty average head which dissipates rather quickly. I get a few nutty notes of the nose which smells great, but not much else. I think it tastes, as others have mentioned, more English than American brown. This is fine by me cause it is a little complex while remaining simple and drinkable. Seriously sessional, I can normally do about 6 or more pints in under two hours. Defiantly in my top 5 Australian beers.

sammiles, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Bottle conditioned, reviewed with the yeast left in the bottle.

Pours a pleasant dark brown with good clarity to it. Head is a bubbly shock of beige that wears itself out pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring and a slight stream of lace. Body is very light. Looks pretty decent.

Pleasant toasty brown notes on the aroma, complemented with a pleasant muted hop fragrance. Raisin toast and weetbix with a green, but slightly earthy note of vegetation and herbs. Very nice.

Taste follows similar lines, with toasty flavours providing the bulk, and the hop flavours just providing a little spice and punctuation. It has an odd savoury character towards the back reminiscent of tamari. The carbonation is a little aggressive, providing a broad, airy character on the back the blocks the later flavours.

Feel is light and relatively clean, but also suffers a tad from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty brown ale. The flavours are pleasant, and well balanced. The carbonation could be toned down a little bit, but otherwise it's a solid package.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

tbeckett, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of dansmcd
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola colour with a brown tint, a thin film of head with some retention and a few streaks of lacing.

S - Malty. Toffee, caramel and some coffee.

T - Brown bread, fudge, smoke, brown sugar, chocolate and wood chips.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Nice wintery sessioner.

dansmcd, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep burgundy hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is a mixture of aromas of blackcurrant,dark fruits,boiled candy and sweet brown sugar,it has a medium bodied averagely carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of cherries,brown sugar,dark plums,light toffee and finishes with a blackcurrant bittersweetness and overall not a bad drop and would drink again if offered cheers.

ADZA, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep mahogany brown. The one finger head subsides quickly. Very dark overall.

Malts on the nose, malts in the taste.... almost into chocolaty brown sugar sweetness, but very very more-ish. As another reviewer notes, lack of hops means I am slamming it down. Sensational mouth-filling early flavours on this one.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbed, medium bodied.

Overall, a great ale for the first half, then the sweetness catches up.

heygeebee, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

DrNo, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark brown with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls fairly fast. Light touch of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Sweet milk chocolate is the first noticeable aroma followed by some very light floral and herbal notes & a touch of dark fruit.
T - Milk chocolate in the taste as well as a biscuity character and some dark fruit hints.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.
D - Not many brown ales brewed in Australia so it's good to see something like this. A good beer when you want some chocolate maltiness without the heavyness of stout or porter.

brendan13, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, mahogany brown colour with a small, short lasted light tan head.

Dull, dusty aroma. Slightly nutty but not all that appealing.

Sweet, nutty malt flavour. Slightly biscuity. Mild earthy hop bitterness and a touch of citrus. Moderate bitterness. Fair.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. There's just a touch too much carbonation here.

A reasonable ABA but it's a much better beer on tap. Here is just seems a bit lifeless.

dgilks, Oct 10, 2010
Growler American Brown Ale from 2 Brothers Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.