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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 32
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: everetends on 06-29-2008

36 IBU

Brewed with 2-Row Pale and 5 Specialty malts, it's malty in both flavor and smell. A heap of Cascade and Willamette add balance to this easy drinking ale. Hole up, have a few, and tell us what you think. We’re bettin’ it’s the best Brown Ale you’ll ever have.
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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by Vestlake:
Photo of Vestlake
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a local beer for me and, overall, is an outstanding brown ale. I've tasted many brown ales to compare, but this one beats them all in my opinion. The aroma is nutty with a decent tan head. A very nice malt flavor and the hops stay well hidden. This is my go-to brown ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This does a lot right. The dark bread and toasty malt flavors are right where they need to be, with hint of cocoa and ground coffee. The slightly bigger than average kicks in for a bitter finish with a bit of hops spice. It's a touch thin for flavor (I like the weight) at times, but that's my only complaint in an otherwise tasty brown ale. Give it a try.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly murky copper-ish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of orange + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of toasted and toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness and a light note of nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and dark malts with a moderate amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of nuts. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty interesting to have the sweetness, toffee, and nuttiness in the brown ale... and I like it. Pretty easy to drink and it kind of reminds me of a smaller barleywine or old ale in flavor but with a much lower ABV.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Dissipating, light tan head lands a thin lacing; hazed rusty brown color. Aromas of light toffee, salt water, maraschino cherry, toasty bread and a vague yeast. Lightish but very creamy mouthfeel. Gritty, biscuity, with toasted husk, chicory and a hint of fermented molasses. Hop bitterness struggles to get through this maze of malt flavor for some balance but prevails eventually. Kiss of ripe fruit. Pretty dry finish, huskiness sort of dominates with a dried hay-like flavor, though does not go overboard. Bit of a toasted malt bomb here—a cleaner finish and perhaps we’d have a stellar beer in our glass. Aside from that, it ends up being a good drink.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strongly toasted - though not quite roasted - malts with good amounts of milk chocolate aromas. As the beer warms very light hints of herbal hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust toasted malt flavors up front with more roastedness than the smell would intimate are followed by good amounts of milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip faint hop flavors enter into things but give way to the malt flavors before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass(es) and could easily have more.

Overall this is a very good American Brown and I wish I could have more access to Good People as I've yet to have even a subpar beer from them. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunday....cooler October day....just finished mowing having a Brown Ale fro the Good People Brewing Co of Birmingham. The appearance is good. Deep clear rich amber with finger thick off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is mostly maple with hints of roast. The taste is very good, nice sweet malt with hints of roast. It is a dry beer....wonder if rye was used??? comes off pallet nice and clean. The mouthfeel is good as well...can session this with ease. over all it is probably one of the best brown ales I have tried.

Photo of nhudson
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up at highland package on Christmas day. I needed something to help pass family time, this did the trick. I have really come to love this beer. Since the new brewery opened this beer has really come into it's own, being more bold and hopped up in the nose than in the past.

a: very rocky/pillowy off white head that didn't go away, beer was very clear from what I could see. Nice light/med dark brown with ruby and copper highlights

s: smelled of hops and caramel malt. Very good balance between the two. Slight chocolate aroma comes out as the beer warms up a bit.

t: very firm bitterness which is backed up by some of the same flavors that are in the aroma. Caramel, Toasty notes, Chocolate, a little bit of toffee maybe?? Once again very well balanced.

m: I can only describe it as a smooth thickness. The beer drinks pretty good. You can almost chew on it, but then it smooths out allowing the beer to be easy drinking.

d: with the lower gravity and smoothness of the beer, you can pound these pretty easy. Very good session beer to have around. I can't wait for the cans!

Photo of wspscott
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can in pint glass
no date

A: Dark copper/light brown color, with a very light tan head, the head is a little thin, but leaves a bit of lace.
S: Caramel sweetness
T: Caramel, toast, a definite shot of bittering hops, something that makes me think of a light roast coffee in the background. There seems to be a metallic taste by the end of the beer, not unpleasant, but I could do without.
M: A little too much carbonation, but not terrible. The hops seem to linger on the tongue, borders on astringent.
O: A nice, easy drinking brown ale. There is nothing truly exciting going on, but that is more the style vs. this beer. I would definitely recommend it to a BA who likes more malt driven beers vs. hops driven. Glad I got a chance to try, thanks JC. Worth trying.

Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into Founder's Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Medium brown with slight red tint. Nice 2-3 finger white head with lots of lacing.

S: Lots of hops. A bit of caramel and malts

T: Mostly hops with some caramel and malts at the end. Following the nose...

M: Fair amount of carbonation. A bit dry.

O: Decent American Brown Ale. A solid choice, but I would tend towards a nice stout, Saison, or Belgium...

Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good Alabama beer, good times ahead for our state! No freshness info on the can. Enjoyed on 07/05/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. A very very dark red color with a one finger off-white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Just slightly above average here.

S - Nutty malts, milk chocolate, soda, floral hoppiness. It's good but just a little hoppy for my taste.

T - Begins pretty balanced. A nutty, chocolatey sweetness and a light hoppiness. This taste remains through the middle. Finishes with a very nice milk chocolate sweetness. This is good stuff. Could be a little more complex.

M - Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Pretty creamy with good carbonation on the back end.

O - Overall, this is another good one from Good People. I enjoyed it just as much or more as their IPA. Keep em coming Good People!

Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No freshness date, poured into a pint

A- pours a murky brown creek water color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to just a bit floating on top

S- husky malt with sweet notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and raisin. Light fruity & herbal hop aroma

T- sweet earthy malt with flavors of toffee & chocolate, grainy and husky, light herbal hops with a medicinal-like bitterness that lingers, somewhat unorthodox for a brown ale

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- middle of the road brown, would like to see more of the chocolate/toffee, and the strange medicinal bitterness leaves a strange linger

Photo of StuartCarter
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So fresh it was still in the bright tank this morning.

A: slightly murky medium-light brown with a stream of bubbles. Initially pours with a finger thick white head that recedes to a thinner covering. The bubble streams continued while I was drinking the beer, making for a very nice visual appearance.

S: citrusy hops, faint malt?

T: initial broad hop bitterness recedes to a softer bitterness with a gentle sweet note. As this is super fresh, the hops are a bit too dominant - a little age (a few weeks) will help shift the balance towards the malt, so it depends on your preference which way you prefer it.

M: smooth, silky.

O: this is a great sipping beer. I prefer it on draft with the higher level of residual sugars, but as super fresh as this batch is, hopheads will also enjoy this beer. With a little age on it, malt heads will be happier. Go buy some!

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this can. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer exploded out of the can resulting with a brown/amberish color with several inches of head. Smell has a bit of malts and hops. Taste is hops up front, some malts kicking in later, just a touch of sweetness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper with a thick 4-finger tan head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is nutty, spicy with some tobacco. The flavor is roasted malts and earthy with a surprising spicy character--allspice, black pepper & cloves. Mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied, carbonated & dry.

This is an OK American Brown. It's spicy character is just a little too much, and the carbonation could be toned down some. I like the earthy and caramel flavors, and it does go well with a variety of meats and desserts from apple pie to chocolate cake. Just a note: the six-pack rings used by Good People are ridiculously hard to pop off the cans.

Photo of darkstar12
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a can into a pint glass

A: standard brown color with a one-finger tannish head that didnt last long. no real lacing to speak of.

S: hops overwhelmed any other smells

T: hops, hops, hops. some caramel and malty flavor are hidden in there, but it's bitter hops from beginning to end

M: Decent mouthfeel; not much carbonation

O: To me it was more of an IPA than a brown ale, as it came across much hoppier than I expected. Probably a good beer if you're looking for that

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer especially from a can. Not that I discriminate can or bottle but wow I was surprised. I was also surprised to find out this is brewed in the county next to me and in Alabama. The beer has a brown suger sorta caramel taste to it. Slightly carbonated great head and steady taste that leaves a smooth mildly sweet taste that suggest you try another. I also loved the 6-pack holder which is recycled and the beer truly seems like a couple good people to their time and made a great brew.

This beer will also be at the Beer Fest in Birmingham June 3-4, 2011 at Sloss Furnace

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of toffee and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty malts along with notes of toffee. Hints of malty sweetness try to peak out towards the finish, but these are overshadowed by the nutty malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the nuttiness and apparent sweetness in this brown ale, which made it unique for the style.

Serving type: can

Photo of keptman
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours out with nice head that disipatates easily. Has a nice medium brown tint.

S: Mild smell has slight floral hints with a little spice.

T: Carries a nice hint of nuts, toffee, spice flavor from hops. Gives a easy finish with little after taste. The bitters carry a citrus flavor through the end.

F: Nice medium body. Not overly carbonated.

O: After going through some different browns lately. This one has the best body of them. Taste was a little better then others. For being a brown ale it has my vote for another sixer.

Photo of JayS2629
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brown. Medium brown color with a thick white head, nice retention, and sticky seafoam lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar, toffee, and light chocolate with earthy back tones. The taste is full and balanced with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and light chocolate notes. Earthy hops in the background. Very awesome balance and great taste. Nutty notes balance this into a nice malty, chocolate toned drink that has a good sweetness but nowhere near cloying. Excellent beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from barefootbrewer, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are better brown ales available but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good person sent me some Good People in CANs in support of The CANQuest (TM)! It stands to remind me that I need to renew my FTH membership.

From the CAN: "Legally brewed since 2008". Ha!

The Crack immediately resulted in a mini-eruption of light brown head that just kept fizzing away until I could begin the Glug phase. It was like a puppy that is so excited to see its master that it CANnot calm down. A colleague at work mentioned that he has given up carbonated beverages for Lent and this would top his list if he knew about it. Man, it did not take much coaxing before I had three-plus fingers of rocky light-brown head with decent retention. Beer drinkers get more head, indeed, but this was ridiculous! Once things settled into reasonableness, it looked like fluffy meringue atop the deep-brown ale with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty-sweet up front underlain by some grassy hops. Mouthfeel was kind of abrasive thanks to all of the carbonation, but it had a pleasant dark chocolate roastiness to its flavor, which I prefer to sweet, especially in this style. Finish was likewise dark chocolaty with a mild smokiness to boot. Not bad, but not quite my cup of tea, either.

Photo of vincehayter
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great malty aroma with hints of nuttiness, with modest pale tan head retention with some lacing atop a dense, deep brown. Flavor and feel are both sturdy and lingering.

Photo of Reaper16
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Wilhagan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a color that is more red than brown: ochre tones throughout a cherry cola base. More than two fingers of head sat heavy on top of the body. Light creme in color. Lacing was spectacular; notchy all through the drink. Really nice looking.

The aromas seemed pretty much on-par for the style. Nothing stood out as being original or particularly strong. Some browned malt: tiny degrees of chocolate and coffee grounds with a nice roasted nut sort of smell. A faint flourish of steely hops comes across every few whiffs. Nothing poor by any means but pretty average for the style. The score is affected by the diacetyl aromas that become heavy as the beer warms.

The flavors are certainly above average, however. This is a pretty unique brown ale. It tastes mostly like bread crusts with some Cocoa Puffs cereal sprinkled on them. Like the bread chips in a bag of Chex Mix, but specifically the chocolate variety of pre-packaged Chex Mix. Some earthy hops clean up the finish and compel further sips. It is all pretty darn good. As the beer warms, though, I get a stronger sense of diacetyl. The buttery flavor sort of goes with the flavor profile at first, but let this beer get up to room temperature and you will regret it. The diacetyl is the only reason this doesn't get a 4.0 in taste.

Good mouthfeel. The carbonation level seems on-point and the body size is just about perfect. This is a comfortable session candidate in terms of mouthfeel. Also in terms of drinkability; before the diacetyl starts spreading is butter taste over everything this is a nicely quaffable brown ale.

I am sure that this keg is old or that the lines aren't run enough or something. Surely the heavy diacetyl wasn't a mistake made at the brewery. Still, it was present in the aroma and taste of the beer, so I have to account for it. If I find a fresher batch on-tap here in Tuscaloosa then I'll re-review if necessary. For now, my experience with this brown ale is that it is still one of the better brown ales I've ever had. Even despite the diacetyl.

Photo of Jcschrock
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell of hops dominating the aroma. Not the most complex beer I've had but the straight forward flavor of hops and brown sugar make for a smooth refreshing taste that won't overwhelm you. Think of Guiness with less of a bitter taste, not as much carbonation, and easier to draw on. Over all I would drink it again if it was the only craft brew on tap.

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can handed off by Jim to Bobby at the Bruery and opened by Bobby shortly after.

A: The can was amazingly carbonated, but that could easily have been our fault. Eventually the beer appears under the massive off-white head and is brown in color.

S: There is an underlying green apple note to the beer which sort of mars the experience, but otherwise the nose is good. Chocolate and nutty malts with a nice toffee note to it. Plenty of bread and just a bit of roast.

T: The flavor is (luckily) less affected by the green apple, and the rich maltiness and chocolate flavors are quite good. A touch of roast and coffee, and a really pleasant nuttiness.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: My first beer from Alabama and it was a good one. I look forward to trying more from these guys.

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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.