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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 32
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: everetends on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of Meerkey
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Meerkey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

whartontallboy, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bmohead
5/5  rDev +29.9%

bmohead, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bdwilk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bdwilk, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of mklinger
5/5  rDev +29.9%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

CrookedStill, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of rjacobs6
5/5  rDev +29.9%

rjacobs6, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

theghost3, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

WoodBrew, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Rbald42 for hooking me up with this. I really enjoyed this beer.

Appearance: Pours out a very murky brown color, but I can detect some very high carbonation in there. About an inch of light khaki colored head forms. Very good head retention, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Very malty. Toasty and bready malts, and a great deal of nuttiness comes through. Faint hops as well, but this brown ale is definitely malt driven.

Taste: Once again, very bready and sweet malts. Very nutty as well....a nice hazelnut flavor. Some hops peek out on the back end. Very smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied, but the high carbonation makes this beer extremely smooth and creamy. Overall, I was a pretty big fan of this beer. A nice solid brown that really hits the spot when you're looking for smooth malts.

zhanson88, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

stxSS07, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

AgentMunky, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Janderson91, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Jcschrock
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell of hops dominating the aroma. Not the most complex beer I've had but the straight forward flavor of hops and brown sugar make for a smooth refreshing taste that won't overwhelm you. Think of Guiness with less of a bitter taste, not as much carbonation, and easier to draw on. Over all I would drink it again if it was the only craft brew on tap.

Jcschrock, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

JayS2629, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to kirkpjr for this fine alabama beer.

poured cold from the can a semi-opaque deep nutty copper brown to a sun king shaped pint with a nice, big bubbled, foamy tan head with nice retention that leaves a thick film of slowly receding lace after each sip.

aroma of sweet, melted, buttery brown sugars, graham crackers.

nice, nutty, sweet sugars, toffee.

medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet.

drinkable - way.

overall - great american brown.

robwestcott, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a pint glass. Nice light mahogany color with a slight head that cascaded slightly for most of the glass. The smell is mostly of malt and yeast, the most prominent is a "bread" smell. Taste is solid, a very good brown. Not my favorite style, but this is a very drinkable beer. Taste mostly malt, with a faint chocolate after taste. Mouthfeel is really easy on the tongue. I could see myself drinking this all year long. My overall impression is that this is a very solid beer in a style that is not my favorite. But I would not have a problem enjoying this beer in the future.

biglobo8971, May 30, 2011
Photo of dcstish
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

dcstish, May 28, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

JoEBoBpr, May 28, 2011
Brown from Good People Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.