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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 31
Gots: 35 | 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 elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

elgiacomo, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

sommersb, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev +3.6%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

a - poured a one finger light tan head into an english pub glasss that left good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a bright brown with red tints.
s - nutty, chocolate, caramel, bread with a hint of hop bite.
t - bready and caramel with a more hop punch than the aroma.
m - medium thickness and slick, carbonation level is dialed in now.
o - great beer and one of my favorite browns.

GPHarris, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

served on-tap @ Wilhagan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a color that is more red than brown: ochre tones throughout a cherry cola base. More than two fingers of head sat heavy on top of the body. Light creme in color. Lacing was spectacular; notchy all through the drink. Really nice looking.

The aromas seemed pretty much on-par for the style. Nothing stood out as being original or particularly strong. Some browned malt: tiny degrees of chocolate and coffee grounds with a nice roasted nut sort of smell. A faint flourish of steely hops comes across every few whiffs. Nothing poor by any means but pretty average for the style. The score is affected by the diacetyl aromas that become heavy as the beer warms.

The flavors are certainly above average, however. This is a pretty unique brown ale. It tastes mostly like bread crusts with some Cocoa Puffs cereal sprinkled on them. Like the bread chips in a bag of Chex Mix, but specifically the chocolate variety of pre-packaged Chex Mix. Some earthy hops clean up the finish and compel further sips. It is all pretty darn good. As the beer warms, though, I get a stronger sense of diacetyl. The buttery flavor sort of goes with the flavor profile at first, but let this beer get up to room temperature and you will regret it. The diacetyl is the only reason this doesn't get a 4.0 in taste.

Good mouthfeel. The carbonation level seems on-point and the body size is just about perfect. This is a comfortable session candidate in terms of mouthfeel. Also in terms of drinkability; before the diacetyl starts spreading is butter taste over everything this is a nicely quaffable brown ale.

I am sure that this keg is old or that the lines aren't run enough or something. Surely the heavy diacetyl wasn't a mistake made at the brewery. Still, it was present in the aroma and taste of the beer, so I have to account for it. If I find a fresher batch on-tap here in Tuscaloosa then I'll re-review if necessary. For now, my experience with this brown ale is that it is still one of the better brown ales I've ever had. Even despite the diacetyl.

Reaper16, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

e30todamax, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

justinm4bama, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

A - This beer poured maybe a half finger of light tan head. Some larger bubbles that sticks around. The body is an odd brown with slight red. Somewhat cloudy, but the color makes it look even more so.

S - Such a sweet cherry fruit leather that comes out strong and up front. It's a very nice aroma that I was not expecting. Almost some oak. Good.

T - Here is it much more of that brown ale flavor. Nice bitterness that comes quick and then ends with an earthy malt.

M - Very strong carbonation and decent body. Maybe a little over carbonated for this style.

O - The aroma was so great but then fell off with the first sip. The sweetness went away and it was just an average brown.

RuckusDu, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Beer21, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of jettjon
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

On tap at 5 Points Grill, into a pint glass a nearly opaque chestnut color with a light brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap with some pretty solid sheeting. Nose of faint malts and hints of chocolate. Not a whole lot on the nose; too bad. Taste is of pleasing, sweet toasted malt with hints of chocolate and cocoa. Again, nothing spectacular. On the palate, it's somewhat thin and seems a bit flat. Drinkability is decent; it's easygoing with good flavor. I would probably have another.

Overall: A decent brown ale, though a bit watery and flat. Worth a try, especially since it's from a true "micro" brewery in an area not historically known for beer (Birmingham, AL).

jettjon, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of brewskifan55
3.86/5  rDev 0%

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.

brewskifan55, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of swgwilt
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

swgwilt, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of everetends
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Had this initially on tap while I was hanging out with the guys from Good People at the Magic City Brewfest and I have also had a few pints at the J. Clyde.

A: Poured a nice, clear, medium brown. Had a touch of head but I was drinking out of a sampling glass. Edit: having had more of this at the J. Clyde, I have to say that this shows up far better in a pint (of course). Has a good amount of thick and long lasting head, lightly brown in color and this beer throws up some nice lace for a Brown Ale. Pretty damn good looking if you ask me.

S: Smells of nice, varying malts and has some floral and spicy hop notes in the nose. Just a lingering scent of caramel in there. Edit: further inspection over time has left me with notes of nuts and very light but present cocoa aroma. Just enough to add a touch of sweetness to a good Brown Ale.

T: Tastes a lot like the nose. There is some heavy malt presence but it is easily balance with the hop notes. Caramel comes in on the back end and it also has some nutty undertones to it as well. Edit: Glad I picked up on the nutty flavor in the first review because it was absolutely there. Maybe a touch of pecan. Little bit of milk chocolate presence but nothing too sweet or over the top.

M: A good, crisp brew that is not to heavy and not too light. Finishes pretty clean and can still be used as a nice thirst quenching brew. Edit: Carbonation falls into a light side of medium. Not too much carbonation to take over the feel of the beer, still allowing it to be a little heavier and creamier. Aftertaste is mostly the caramel and chocolate malts.

D: Very much so. This is a fine representation of the style and a great first brew to come out of a new brewery. Very happy with it and can't wait to try some of their newer offerings. Edit: Now I know I should not have based a review off a sample in the past. Bit of ashamed of myself and my noob presence at that time. Still this beer proves to be better than I remembered from that day. Just a very nice and hefty Brown Ale that really shows some dynamics and wieght in the flavor department. A very good brew.

everetends, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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 richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

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...

richj1970, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bill235, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of HeadyTheElder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

HeadyTheElder, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mverity, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of RyanAU
3/5  rDev -22.3%

RyanAU, May 15, 2014
Photo of Mojo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

This is my first offering from Good People. Their brown ale pours a deep caramel with a ruby tinge. Not much head to speak of and no lacing. Smell is not overpowering. I mainly pick up notes of honey. Mouthfeel is awesome. It just feels "right." Not really sure how to describe it better. Taste is well balanced. Upfront there are some very sweet notes of malt and syrup. The finish is well balanced with some bitter hops, but in both cases they are mild. This would make a great session beer. very drinkable, and very tasty. Good People: you done good!!!!

Mojo, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

firstlighthiker, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of sneth019
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

sneth019, Jul 02, 2013
Brown from Good People Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.