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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

213 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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.

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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

09-06-2011 05:44:54 | More by KickInTheChalice
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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
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zhanson88

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

08-20-2011 20:43:22 | More by zhanson88
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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
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stxSS07

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

08-05-2011 04:48:56 | More by stxSS07
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AgentMunky

California

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
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

07-28-2011 14:26:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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THECPJ

Delaware

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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

07-08-2011 02:07:33 | More by THECPJ
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

07-05-2011 22:05:36 | More by Janderson91
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Jcschrock

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-14-2011 19:24:46 | More by Jcschrock
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.63/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

06-10-2011 22:44:37 | More by JayS2629
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-03-2011 00:35:56 | More by robwestcott
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

05-30-2011 00:36:35 | More by biglobo8971
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dcstish

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

05-28-2011 21:50:02 | More by dcstish
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9%

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.

05-28-2011 16:16:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A- Murky reddish brown. Thick head disappates down to an inch. Plenty of lacing.
S- Smell is just a touch sour, a bit of toasted malt, and a bit of nuttyness.
T- Toasted bread, roasted pecans, just a touch of green apple that's offputting. Just the ever so slightiest rum type character in the finish.
M- Slightly full, somewhat undercarbed, lending a bit too much heaviness to it given ABV.
O- A quite good brown. It's got a really nice toasty character and a relatively unique to style rum character that I liked.

05-12-2011 01:03:29 | More by jsprain1
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +3.4%

I live in the state to the left of Alabama and it's taken me this long to get my hands on a few six-packs of this.

A: Whew! No carbonation issues here. Pours a medium amber brown color with a large light khaki colored head that recedes slowly and then floats around gently on the surface for the entire duration of the glass.

S: Slightly toasty with ample bready yeast and nuttiness. Hints of caramel and chocolate, and even a subtle earthiness to it as well. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable.

T: Malty, nutty, bready, much like the smell. Again, hints of caramel and chocolate with just a touch of hops at the finish. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

M: On the thinner side of medium-bodied, but still a bit creamy. Pretty highly carbonated, but not to an off-putting degree, as others have noticed.

D: Extremely drinkable. Balanced, flavorful, and no trace of alcohol making it very easy to put these down, one after another. I'm glad I've got a couple more sixers of these.

05-05-2011 18:07:59 | More by Mississipping
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STKPICR0720

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Great beer especially from a can. Not that I discriminate can or bottle but wow I was surprised. I was also surprised to find out this is brewed in the county next to me and in Alabama. The beer has a brown suger sorta caramel taste to it. Slightly carbonated great head and steady taste that leaves a smooth mildly sweet taste that suggest you try another. I also loved the 6-pack holder which is recycled and the beer truly seems like a couple good people to their time and made a great brew.

This beer will also be at the Beer Fest in Birmingham June 3-4, 2011 at Sloss Furnace

05-05-2011 15:33:48 | More by STKPICR0720
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

A: mahogany/chestnut color is a little lighter than expected. Clear. Nice creamy tan head is lasting w good lacing.
S: brown sugar, caramel, light molasses w/some earthy piney hops.
T: medium sweet malts are almost balanced out by smooth hop bittnerness, finishing almost clean.
M: nicely carbonated and frothy. Medium body.
O: very nice brown ale...like that its canned...good stuff, nice and drinkable.

05-01-2011 22:09:11 | More by MrMcGibblets
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woosterbill

Kentucky

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.

Cheers!

04-27-2011 01:34:54 | More by woosterbill
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-27-2011 18:33:48 | More by elgiacomo
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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womencantsail

California

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
Brown from Good People Brewing Company
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