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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

78 Reviews
THE BROS
79
okay

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 270
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | 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: 78 | Hads: 270
Photo of Lahoi
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though brown ales aren't my favorite, I thought this was an outstanding beer.

Deep, rich brown color. Creamy brown head.

Smells nutty, richly sweet (brown sugar, caramel, toffee?). Tastes similar.

Excellent feel. Medium bodied. Not too carbonated.

This is probably the best brown ale I've ever had. (307 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of T_Hass
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of funkydrumma
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a brown head. Aroma is pumpernickle, lemon zest, brown sugar, and pine. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not usually a hoppy brown fan but this one is great. (207 characters)

Photo of keptman
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of vincehayter
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 (619 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev +2.3%

I think The Bros need to take a look at this one again. Beautiful, foamy caramel head and a strong but not overpowering malty taste. Definitely one of the better brown ales I've tried recently. (194 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a mahogany colored liquid capped by an inch of foam; a few strands of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread, toffee, nuts and stone fruit

Taste: Malt forward, with a blend of toasted bread, toffee and nuts; adds a bit of stone fruit in the middle and the finish is slightly grainy and sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent brown though I would like to see a bit more balance as the sweetness started to get to me (468 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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 (640 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (618 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Mahogany brown, opaque, with a tan half finger head that turns to small bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts, nutty and grainy.

T: Those nuts slide in with a sweet caramel fullness. Smooth and malty. A slight hop bite on the finish. Reminds me a lot of southern pecan.

M: medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: Very impressed with Good People. Especially this Brown. A very sessionable ale with rich full taste that's easy going down. (473 characters)

Photo of Fuldner
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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! (884 characters)

Photo of Akfindlay
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (259 characters)

Photo of Vestlake
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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... (410 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of StuartCarter
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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! (867 characters)

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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.