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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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very good

80 Reviews

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 281
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 59 | 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: 80 | Hads: 281
Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Good People shaker pint because I can, this is on the Top Beers - South list so that's sort of exciting.

Beer is brown and mostly clear, a little darker than expected, walnut, this tan head, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nutty, mildly roasty, a little malt.

Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet up front with a nice, mildly bitter finish, bitterness is all grain, no hops. A decent little brown, I might have it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a light shade of brown, or a dark shade of copper with a decent ivory head that dissipates to a cap and leaves spotty lace. Smells of toffee and brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and a touch of butterscotch. Very clean sweet malty aroma with a hint of earthy hops deep underneath. Taste is toffee brown sugar malts with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Sweet and malty. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium body. This is a nice little session ale. There's enough flavor here to keep it interesting and light enough to have a couple.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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 WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep briwn with crimson highlights and asmall tannish cap and light lacing

S: Some citrus on the nose with some toffee and nuts

T: Has a nice toffee flavor with a light citrus hops, some nuts in the background with a hint of caramel stickiness

M: A nice medium body with good carbonation, some toffee dominates the palate

O: I am not a fan of this style whatsoever but I found this beer tasty, drinkable and balanced

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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 harpus
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: roast, malts, caramel,

taste: caramel, malts, smooth,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: smooth "brown" ale. not sure you can call it brown when I've had dark IPA's and Amber Ale's. But hey I give them credit it's highly drinkable and I'm glad I finally tracked down an Alabama Beer.


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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pilsner glass. Stamped 01001A286.

A: A finger of creamy head tops a murkyish, red-brown beer, more red than brown. A wonderful hue in the light.

S: Nutty malts. An unfortunate metallic tinge.

T: Creamy-sweet main body, slightly nutty-bitter-dry on the endtaste. The metallic character found in the nose casts its baleful shadow over the taste as well. Fortunately, it often ignorable. Aside from that, it's really quite nice. An almost floral vanilla flavour is particularly fine.

M: Smooth, swell, and sweet.

O: Good beer. Might be a great one if bottled. I might have one again, but I won't be buying more, unlike Good People's canned IPA which I purchase by case, frequently. Recommended if you want an Alabama brown ale.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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 msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My very first secreat santa gift from 2011- 12 oz can split with my boyfriend. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A- Body is a nicely translucent light brown hue. Pours with a massive 3 finger or so foamy head. Head fades to 1/2 finger but retains perfectly from there.

S- Hoppy, lots of earthy hops, with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. A good dose of floral hops is there too.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. Slight citus and some floral with a smooth malt background. And a mild bitterness lingers.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice full oily hop body.

O- Overall this is a great brown ale. It is atypical for the style and has a very nice malt hop balance. A very good local to try!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.