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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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79 Reviews

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 30
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of rushtopher
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, deep maple brown pour with a light mocha head. Nutty aroma, fantastic winter beer. Chocolate and nutty undertones work immensely well with a strong hops edge.

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Photo of harpus
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark brown with hints of red.

S - sweet caramel and hops.

T - caramel sweetness is beautifully balanced with a soothing blast of hops in the aftertaste, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed and happy.

M - Rich and filling in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable easy to have more then one

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Photo of BeerGreek
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer. Nice balance of toasted malt and crisp hops. On the low side of carbonation, as it should be. Sweet, just right. I enjoyed the caramel chocolate flavor after each taste. Dark brown with slight hints of red in the color. Medium body. Looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of dcstish
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale is very smooth and enjoyable from the can or pour into a pint glass. It taste great and smells wonderful. Awesome packaging and very original. This is a wonderful choice for all times of year whether it is hot outside or your sitting in front of a fire.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque mahogany body under a solid inch of creamy tan foam. Great retention and a strong covering of sticky lace. The total lack of clarity is the only thing keeping it from an even higher score.

S: Mmmm. Luscious. Richly toasty, nutty malts are front and center, with some vanilla sweetness and a solid dose of American hops - I'm getting plenty of grapefruit from the Cascade, as well as some grassier, herbal notes from the Willamette. The aroma is round, smooth, complex, and spot on for the style. Amazing job, Good People.

T: Grainy, nutty malts open things up, followed by some caramel sweetness. Bitter, dry, herbal hops finish things off. It's not quite as jaw-droppingly perfect as the aroma (the bitterness comes on without warning, and isn't as well-integrated as the fruity hops in the nose would have suggested), but it's still damn tasty.

M: A little thin and prickly at first, but the ample carbonation provides some nice smoothness after a moment.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales, generally, but this one manages to be both highly drinkable and highly interesting. The malt/hops balance works well, and the aroma is really spectacular. I'll be picking up another couple six-packs before I leave the state.


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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft @ J. Clyde during the FTH bill passing celebration.

A - Pours a medium brown with a nice head and good lacing.

S - Very inviting smells of Malty/caramel/light chocolate aromas just a notch above floral hops.

T - Extremely flavorful beer. A tad more balanced than the smell but still leans in the malt direction. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, slightly burnt toast, light citrus, and flowers. Flavor is sweet but finishes dry enough as to not leave a sugar coating feeling in mouth.

M - Nice full mouthfeel for a session <6% beer.

D - One could drink a one after another after another after another of this beer. I certainly did. I generally drink hoppier beers but this one is a pleasure to drink. Very nice and makes me really wish I could get their stuff in a bottle.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light brown with light cherry tint. Thick head for a brown ale that retains very well. Great foamy patterns of lace on the glass. Well done.

S: A smooth and inviting aroma of cocoa, nuts, caramel, and some hoppiness.

T&M: Wonderful taste for a brown. Full flavored with a smooth caramel and chocolate malt flavors. A kind of nuttiness stood out to me, as well. Hops on the finish. It's robust and full, but still within the confines of the style. The body is medium with a very silky-smooth mouthfeel.

D: Flavorful yet drinkable. The best session brown I've had, bar-none. I hope this gets over to Tuscaloosa soon.

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown copper, with some ruby red in the light.

The aroma hits of stewed apples, some candy and caramel sweetness.

The flavor hits of the earthy hops up front, then that apple flavor. Then there's a robust sweetness and toasted quality of Tootsie Roll, toast, candy sugar. Then the finish is that lingering bitterness and hints of toffee.

A wonderful balance of hops, sweetness, and fruity esters. Great flavor for an under 6% ABV beer.

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Photo of BenSelf
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good People tags this beer as an American Brown, and I can see what they're talking about. The first impression is caramel, rich enough to where you almost think you're going to taste sugar. There is a roasty note and maybe some dark chocolate. The brew is brightened with cascade hops, without picking up any dryness. Carbonation level is moderate, representative of the style; just enough to convey the hop aroma. Lovely chestnut color. Head pours a little thin, but does stick around for a while, leaving a pretty lace doily in my pint glass. I think I'll try it with the Pot Pie the next time I'm at J.Clyde.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger light tan head into an english pub glasss that left good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a bright brown with red tints.
s - nutty, chocolate, caramel, bread with a hint of hop bite.
t - bready and caramel with a more hop punch than the aroma.
m - medium thickness and slick, carbonation level is dialed in now.
o - great beer and one of my favorite browns.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mahogany/chestnut color is a little lighter than expected. Clear. Nice creamy tan head is lasting w good lacing.
S: brown sugar, caramel, light molasses w/some earthy piney hops.
T: medium sweet malts are almost balanced out by smooth hop bittnerness, finishing almost clean.
M: nicely carbonated and frothy. Medium body.
O: very nice brown ale...like that its canned...good stuff, nice and drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12ox can.

A - Pours a nice light mahogany brown with some slight copper and amber edges. There is a nice light cream colored head that is about 0.5 inch tall and has some nice dense bubbles to it.

S - Hints of walnuts and almonds with some nice fresh baked bread and some toasty malts. There is some nice roasty malts perceived with some chocolate notes as well.

T & M - Taste starts out with some nice grainy malt and some freshly baked toasty bread. Nice grain profile to this beer. There is some slight nutty notes to it with almonds and some oat notes as well. Slight chocolate sweetness and bitterness is perceived. As the beer warms the nut and roasted malt bread character comes out. It is quite delicious. Awesome brown ale. Good carbonation and some nice hop grassy bitterness on the back end makes this a delicious brew.

O - Delicious brew that was very surprising. Well crafted overall with some great roast and some perfect malt grain profiles. Yum.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reaper16 for the extra!

A- Deep mahogany body with no transparency. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

S- Nice blend of sweet caramel malt and a faint aroma of hazelnut. Just enough sweet aroma in the nose, but not overwhelming.

T- Nice deep caramel malt taste with a sweetness mixed through. Almost tastes like hazelnut coffee mixed in.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth with a sweet residual aftertaste.

O- Very impressed by this brown ale. Personally I think brown ales are typically underrated, and this one is a great subtle representation of the style.

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Photo of Akfindlay
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first had this beer fresh in the Good People taproom and it was delicious. It has a nutty, almost pecan flavor, and seems like it would go great with some good southern cooking. The color was a nice amber/brown color with a thick head. Very refreshing beer!

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Photo of nhudson
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light brown pour with a finger of off-white head, which falls quickly to a small patch in the middle of the glass and leaves no lacing.
S: Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and some citrusy and floral hops up front. Some toffee and a maybe a little caramel bring up the rear. A faint bit of alcohol comes out as it warms. Smells nice but a little subdued for my taste.
T: Taste is nice and malty. Bits of roast and sweet light roast coffee mingle nicely with light hops and bitterness. Nicely balanced and fairly complex.
M: Body is moderately heavy and silky smooth. I could stand a little less carbonation though.

Overall a pretty nice malty American style brown ale. Definitely worth a try if you stumble upon it.

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Dogfish Head signature glass.

Pours a very deep mahogany with a two finger off-white head that leaves a nice lacing as it falls.

Aroma of roasted and caramel malts and a slight nuttiness in the background.

Coffee & toffee flavor upfront. Roasted malts are really present along with a slight smokiness that's in the background. Mildly bitter but very well balanced against the sweeter elements.

Medium about of carbonation with a body that's just a touch short of full. Really coats the palate. Very enjoyable.

Some surprising elements but really just a solid brew. Nice sweetness that isn't cloying paired nicely with a slight earthy bitterness.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first offering from Good People. Their brown ale pours a deep caramel with a ruby tinge. Not much head to speak of and no lacing. Smell is not overpowering. I mainly pick up notes of honey. Mouthfeel is awesome. It just feels "right." Not really sure how to describe it better. Taste is well balanced. Upfront there are some very sweet notes of malt and syrup. The finish is well balanced with some bitter hops, but in both cases they are mild. This would make a great session beer. very drinkable, and very tasty. Good People: you done good!!!!

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Photo of everetends
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this initially on tap while I was hanging out with the guys from Good People at the Magic City Brewfest and I have also had a few pints at the J. Clyde.

A: Poured a nice, clear, medium brown. Had a touch of head but I was drinking out of a sampling glass. Edit: having had more of this at the J. Clyde, I have to say that this shows up far better in a pint (of course). Has a good amount of thick and long lasting head, lightly brown in color and this beer throws up some nice lace for a Brown Ale. Pretty damn good looking if you ask me.

S: Smells of nice, varying malts and has some floral and spicy hop notes in the nose. Just a lingering scent of caramel in there. Edit: further inspection over time has left me with notes of nuts and very light but present cocoa aroma. Just enough to add a touch of sweetness to a good Brown Ale.

T: Tastes a lot like the nose. There is some heavy malt presence but it is easily balance with the hop notes. Caramel comes in on the back end and it also has some nutty undertones to it as well. Edit: Glad I picked up on the nutty flavor in the first review because it was absolutely there. Maybe a touch of pecan. Little bit of milk chocolate presence but nothing too sweet or over the top.

M: A good, crisp brew that is not to heavy and not too light. Finishes pretty clean and can still be used as a nice thirst quenching brew. Edit: Carbonation falls into a light side of medium. Not too much carbonation to take over the feel of the beer, still allowing it to be a little heavier and creamier. Aftertaste is mostly the caramel and chocolate malts.

D: Very much so. This is a fine representation of the style and a great first brew to come out of a new brewery. Very happy with it and can't wait to try some of their newer offerings. Edit: Now I know I should not have based a review off a sample in the past. Bit of ashamed of myself and my noob presence at that time. Still this beer proves to be better than I remembered from that day. Just a very nice and hefty Brown Ale that really shows some dynamics and wieght in the flavor department. A very good brew.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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