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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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 277
Photo of darkstar12
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from Adam from trade. Pours dark reddish to brown color with a little light showing through and a one finger off white to light khaki head. Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, some light grassy hops, smells like a malty pale ale. Flavor is some bock late, dark fruit, a bit of lightly biting hop at the end. Then there's a strange heavy metallic finish that ruins what seems to be otherwise very nice flavors. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Huge, light beige foamy head. Bright amber, lots of bubbles.

S: Nutty and malty. Grainy. Alright, but nothing spectacular.

T: Lots of grains, nutty malts. Not much to say.

M: Kind of flat, actually. Thinish, disappointing.

O: It's ok, but it's very meh to me. I like it better on tap, but it's not my favorite Good People beer.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured maybe a half finger of light tan head. Some larger bubbles that sticks around. The body is an odd brown with slight red. Somewhat cloudy, but the color makes it look even more so.

S - Such a sweet cherry fruit leather that comes out strong and up front. It's a very nice aroma that I was not expecting. Almost some oak. Good.

T - Here is it much more of that brown ale flavor. Nice bitterness that comes quick and then ends with an earthy malt.

M - Very strong carbonation and decent body. Maybe a little over carbonated for this style.

O - The aroma was so great but then fell off with the first sip. The sweetness went away and it was just an average brown.

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Photo of jettjon
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 5 Points Grill, into a pint glass a nearly opaque chestnut color with a light brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap with some pretty solid sheeting. Nose of faint malts and hints of chocolate. Not a whole lot on the nose; too bad. Taste is of pleasing, sweet toasted malt with hints of chocolate and cocoa. Again, nothing spectacular. On the palate, it's somewhat thin and seems a bit flat. Drinkability is decent; it's easygoing with good flavor. I would probably have another.

Overall: A decent brown ale, though a bit watery and flat. Worth a try, especially since it's from a true "micro" brewery in an area not historically known for beer (Birmingham, AL).

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Photo of T_Hass
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a beautiful chocolate brown with a frothy mocha head. The smell was lack luster with a slight nutty scent. The taste had a slight roasty quality to it but overall not very flavorful. In the end I probably should have let it warm up a bit instead of drinking it right out of the fridge. All and all not my favorite brown ale.

Poured from a can into a mason jar.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another fine Southern treat from unclejedi; this arrives in a 12 oz. can (no date) and gets poured to a standard pint glass.

'Legally Brewed Since 2008'. Label shows some faux weathering; thought my can was old and abused before a closer look reveals that those 'scuffs' are just part of the design.

A: Very 'light' for a 'brown ale' - I've seen ambers/reds with darker coloring. This is a ruddy caramel, pretty foggy clarity-wise. Pretty well-structured carbonation; some streams steady and regular, others more lazy and meandering. Makes me think of The Matrix. Healthy head, over a finger of khaki froth... but not long-lasting. Stripes of foam try admirably to hold to the glass. So what if it's a paler shade of 'brown'? - it's nice-looking otherwise.

S: Hmmm... really not much here. I let the can sit 15 minutes out of the fridge and waited another 5 minutes after the pour to take an initial sniff and... well... it's vaguely malty, nutty. A tiny cocoa sweetness, waning spice and jammy fruit. Just not much else. Not bad, just so weak.

T: Earthy, crusty bread, dark and nutty. A funn(k)y yeast that has a vague tanginess - not the 'tinniness' that sometimes comes with the style, more like 'vinous tart'. That tang makes this a little different and memorable, lending some citrus rind and a little sour grape. Enough caramel and cereal grain otherwise - a bolder and pretty balanced version of the style.

M: Light-medium body, a good carbonation prickle. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish, both from latent hops and dark/dry maltiness.

O: Pretty tasty, but falls short in aroma and (somewhat) in appearance. It's nice to have a canned brown ale (a style I've had plenty over the years, but not one I turn to much of late). Worth a try.

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Photo of wspscott
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany with a frothy tan head.

Not a lot in the nose other than some malt and sour yeast.

Taste is a nice malty punch with caramel and bread notes. If has a nice nutty finish that is left bouncing around your mouth. A very nice brown ale with good flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Fuldner
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Good People Brewing Company's Brown ale is a perfect example of craft brewing. Although this craft brew is located in a beautiful state, which has laws against home brewing, Good People Brewing Company's Brown ale brings home a great tradition is brewing, that is taste. This beer would have to be in the top five greatest tasting Brown ales. The rich, creamy, inviting, and masterful taste of this brew can be described in dreams of all brown ale or nut brown lovers. But with everything there are always some draw backs. The appearance and smell are nothing out of the ordinary and one can see they might have not been thought of in the brewing process. If you can get past the look of this brew, then you are in for a wonderful tasty treat. Then again, the only place to enjoy this brew is in upper Alabama and if your a football fan, nothing is better when watching football, RTR!

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Photo of stxSS07
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a murky, muddy brown with a 2 finger tan head that sticks around and leaves excellent lacing. Looks like muddy river water.

S- Grainy and bready, big nutty character, and maybe some sugary toffee/caramel?

T- Sweet and malty. A little bit of the bready character from the nose carries over, but I'm not getting much else. Maybe a hint of chocolate on the back. Also has a bit of a metallic twinge on the end.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O- Not a bad beer by any means, but it's a bit one dimensional. Looks great, but the nose and taste fall flat for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Good People canning their product now. This one pours a murky brown with a very short head. Smells slightly roasty, with some gentle malt, and a clean bready aroma, as well as just a whiff of earthy bitterness. The taste has more of the same as well as a hint of bubblegum and a bit of a slightly grain sour finish. The hope are more prominent up front and fades toward the end. Could use a little more body and/or hops for an American Brown. Lots of breadiness throughout, and a lingering touch of malty sweetness. A fairly gentle brown, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of StuartCarter
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber reddish brown with a huge 3.5 finger dark tan head with excelant retention and lacing. The beer is cloudy in appearance

S - Very sweet smelling aroma. Slight caramel and raisins are present with maybe even a slight hint of coffee

T - Not nearly as sweet as it smells. It is actually even slightly bitter on the front. Has a nice caramel and nutty kick to it. Slight roasted coffee bean taste as well

M - On the lighter side of medium. Slick drinking. Very very very smooth. No burn whatsoever

O - extremely enjoyable brown. Great flavor and plenty of it. Sessionable for sure. Ready for another!

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Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brown is just right in a lot of ways. So smooth but with just enough carbonation. Nice and malty but with some nice hop notes to spice it up. Lingers on the palate so I look forward to the next sip. Highly recommended for brown ale fans.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Beautiful, deep brown with a reddish hue. Pours with a thick, off-white 2 finger head with poor retention and minimal lacing

S-Earthy hops in the nose are all I noticed at first, but there was a malty sweet smell in the finish

T-Sweet caramel malts with just a touch of chocolate and earthy hops. A strong malty finish that leaves a sweet aftertaste of caramel and chocolate maltiness and is really drinkable

MF-More crisp than most brown ales, probably because of the pronounced hoppiness.

O-A good brown ale. Very drinkable and unique because of the hops. The maltiness balances well in the finish with the hops and makes for a good brown ale.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a hazy maple brown, eggshell head retains as a lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, biscuit, and woody and piney hops.

Tastes of brown sugar, biscuit, caramel, and hints of maple. Hoppy finish on the side of piney and dry bitter.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty great brown ale, nice flavor and body. Very drinkable and something worth a try.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this back for me.

Appearance: This pours a full brown color, hazy with a creamy white head. The head retains nicely and leaves a little bit of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate malt, a bit of coffee, nutty malts, and a bit of peat as well.

Taste: The flavor is very malt forward. Cocoa, hazelnut, and toffee malt up front. A bit of peat and then a soft earthy hop presence. The light bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light tingling carbonation turns creamy for most of each sip. Fairly clean with a soft grainy texture. A mild stickiness is noticeable at the beginning of the sip and a mild oiliness is noticeable at the end.

Overall: To me this is just not that exciting of a style, but I think it was executed well and I am glad to have tried a beer from Good People in Alabama.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date, but a fresh batch. This is WAYYY over-carbonated!!! Pour took forever and the head kept growing and growing. I hear this is just isolated to one batch. Eventually settles down to a light brown cap on a reddish brown body.

Aroma is pretty mild, featuring light bread and toast, some yeast, nutty, grass, hint of caramel, a little fruit. Low to moderate strength at best. Improves slightly as it warms.

Flavor is quite nice, fairly sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bread & toast, nutty, hint of chocolate. Quite a flavorful Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel, after the carbonation bomb settles down, is quite smooth, almost creamy.

Carbonation issues aside, this is a very tasty Brown Ale. Weak aroma hurts, though.

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