Brown - Good People Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
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
06-30-2014 22:23:46 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-20-2011 23:02:08 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-29-2011 02:04:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-07-2012 13:50:17 | More by drabmuh
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
03-20-2011 23:36:16 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
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
03-11-2012 00:01:49 | More by barleywinefiend
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
04-09-2011 03:02:55 | More by Georgiabeer
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-29-2009 23:33:34 | More by glid02
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-19-2011 01:18:55 | More by johnnnniee
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
07-08-2011 02:07:33 | More by THECPJ
4.65/5 rDev +20.2%
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
08-29-2010 21:00:55 | More by harpus
4.22/5 rDev +9%
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.
10-02-2011 21:55:10 | More by WoodBrew
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-09-2011 14:25:40 | More by tone77
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
04-27-2011 01:34:54 | More by woosterbill
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-04-2011 03:15:06 | More by AgentMunky
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
12-16-2011 00:45:42 | More by msubulldog25
Brown from Good People Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.