Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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87
very good

77 Reviews
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79
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 31
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can; served in a nonic pint glass.

Something was definitely wacky with the carbonation on this beer. When I popped the can, foam started to come up out of the opening. A small pour of about 2 fingers of beer gave me 7 fingers of off-white foamy head. I opened another the next night and got similar results. Color is a bright, dark copper. Clear beer with lots of bubbles seen in the glass. Lacing was good.

Aromas are of caramel in the malts, plus hops smells that are floral and earthy. Taste is bitter, with a little nutty sweetness to counter. This one might seem more of an amber ale than a brown, due to the diminished malt profile.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated - not a surprise considering what was seen in the pour. Medium body, with an aftertaste that is nicely balanced, but leaning to the hoppy side.

Overall a good beer, despite the over carbonation I got in my 6-pack. Given that they have a brand new canning operation, I'm sure there are tweaks they'll be making to prevent future issues. (1,026 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 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 barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (431 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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of dnrobert24
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If there were a beer spectrum from amber to brown to porter to stout, the Good People American Brown Ale would certainly fall in the brown category, but it is probably closer to the amber than the porter side of things. It is almost a ruby brown with amber highlights. Unlike a lot of browns that are rich and roasty, it is lean, clean, and malty. It is also hop forward--just enough to balance the sweetness without detracting from the beer. Not much going on in the nose, and I find the beer a tad thin, but then, I like my brown ales on the richer side of the spectrum. Certainly it is quaffable. Another great choice for the can! (633 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (515 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (400 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (807 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 drabmuh
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of ddarden
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got to drink a pint of Good People Brown at the J. Clyde. The appearance is very nice, but the head falls fairly quickly. I spoke with someone at J. Clyde about the draft system and they have been having issues with their CO2. The carbonation did not last very long, but I am going to blame the draft system for that. The smell is very nice with a dose of hops and sweet malts. The taste is very good. I was very happy that Good People have created a unique beer. It had a nice and different sweetness to it, not overly sweet, uniquely sweet. Followed by a perfect dose of hops for bittering. Mouthfeel is very nice and the drinkability is excellent. Good People have created themselves a winner in this beer. It is different from most beers in this catagory and is worth seeking out. Cheers to our new Birmingham brewery! (832 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 mattsdenney
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into NB globe glass.

A: Dark and murky brown. Two fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving a slight lacing.

S: Black cherry, malt, grassy grains, and molasses.

T: Sweet maple syrup, chocolate, and nuttiness, some mild hop bitterness but mostly malts.

M: Medium bodied, slick and frothy, light carbonation.

O: Overall a good brown ale, hope they start distributing to Nashville soon. (434 characters)

Photo of Jcschrock
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (405 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 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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (709 characters)

Brown from Good People Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.