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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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79 Reviews

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 30
Gots: 57 | 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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 277
Photo of stxSS07
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a local beer for me and, overall, is an outstanding brown ale. I've tasted many brown ales to compare, but this one beats them all in my opinion. The aroma is nutty with a decent tan head. A very nice malt flavor and the hops stay well hidden. This is my go-to brown ale.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Beautiful, deep brown with a reddish hue. Pours with a thick, off-white 2 finger head with poor retention and minimal lacing

S-Earthy hops in the nose are all I noticed at first, but there was a malty sweet smell in the finish

T-Sweet caramel malts with just a touch of chocolate and earthy hops. A strong malty finish that leaves a sweet aftertaste of caramel and chocolate maltiness and is really drinkable

MF-More crisp than most brown ales, probably because of the pronounced hoppiness.

O-A good brown ale. Very drinkable and unique because of the hops. The maltiness balances well in the finish with the hops and makes for a good brown ale.

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Photo of Mississipping
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of Meerkey
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though brown ales aren't my favorite, I thought this was an outstanding beer.

Deep, rich brown color. Creamy brown head.

Smells nutty, richly sweet (brown sugar, caramel, toffee?). Tastes similar.

Excellent feel. Medium bodied. Not too carbonated.

This is probably the best brown ale I've ever had.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of darkstar12
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a can into a pint glass

A: standard brown color with a one-finger tannish head that didnt last long. no real lacing to speak of.

S: hops overwhelmed any other smells

T: hops, hops, hops. some caramel and malty flavor are hidden in there, but it's bitter hops from beginning to end

M: Decent mouthfeel; not much carbonation

O: To me it was more of an IPA than a brown ale, as it came across much hoppier than I expected. Probably a good beer if you're looking for that

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Photo of vincehayter
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great malty aroma with hints of nuttiness, with modest pale tan head retention with some lacing atop a dense, deep brown. Flavor and feel are both sturdy and lingering.

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Photo of ddarden
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brown is just right in a lot of ways. So smooth but with just enough carbonation. Nice and malty but with some nice hop notes to spice it up. Lingers on the palate so I look forward to the next sip. Highly recommended for brown ale fans.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft @ J. Clyde during the FTH bill passing celebration.

A - Pours a medium brown with a nice head and good lacing.

S - Very inviting smells of Malty/caramel/light chocolate aromas just a notch above floral hops.

T - Extremely flavorful beer. A tad more balanced than the smell but still leans in the malt direction. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, slightly burnt toast, light citrus, and flowers. Flavor is sweet but finishes dry enough as to not leave a sugar coating feeling in mouth.

M - Nice full mouthfeel for a session <6% beer.

D - One could drink a one after another after another after another of this beer. I certainly did. I generally drink hoppier beers but this one is a pleasure to drink. Very nice and makes me really wish I could get their stuff in a bottle.

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Photo of nhudson
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up at highland package on Christmas day. I needed something to help pass family time, this did the trick. I have really come to love this beer. Since the new brewery opened this beer has really come into it's own, being more bold and hopped up in the nose than in the past.

a: very rocky/pillowy off white head that didn't go away, beer was very clear from what I could see. Nice light/med dark brown with ruby and copper highlights

s: smelled of hops and caramel malt. Very good balance between the two. Slight chocolate aroma comes out as the beer warms up a bit.

t: very firm bitterness which is backed up by some of the same flavors that are in the aroma. Caramel, Toasty notes, Chocolate, a little bit of toffee maybe?? Once again very well balanced.

m: I can only describe it as a smooth thickness. The beer drinks pretty good. You can almost chew on it, but then it smooths out allowing the beer to be easy drinking.

d: with the lower gravity and smoothness of the beer, you can pound these pretty easy. Very good session beer to have around. I can't wait for the cans!

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Photo of StuartCarter
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So fresh it was still in the bright tank this morning.

A: slightly murky medium-light brown with a stream of bubbles. Initially pours with a finger thick white head that recedes to a thinner covering. The bubble streams continued while I was drinking the beer, making for a very nice visual appearance.

S: citrusy hops, faint malt?

T: initial broad hop bitterness recedes to a softer bitterness with a gentle sweet note. As this is super fresh, the hops are a bit too dominant - a little age (a few weeks) will help shift the balance towards the malt, so it depends on your preference which way you prefer it.

M: smooth, silky.

O: this is a great sipping beer. I prefer it on draft with the higher level of residual sugars, but as super fresh as this batch is, hopheads will also enjoy this beer. With a little age on it, malt heads will be happier. Go buy some!

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Photo of Akfindlay
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first had this beer fresh in the Good People taproom and it was delicious. It has a nutty, almost pecan flavor, and seems like it would go great with some good southern cooking. The color was a nice amber/brown color with a thick head. Very refreshing beer!

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Photo of BenSelf
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good People tags this beer as an American Brown, and I can see what they're talking about. The first impression is caramel, rich enough to where you almost think you're going to taste sugar. There is a roasty note and maybe some dark chocolate. The brew is brightened with cascade hops, without picking up any dryness. Carbonation level is moderate, representative of the style; just enough to convey the hop aroma. Lovely chestnut color. Head pours a little thin, but does stick around for a while, leaving a pretty lace doily in my pint glass. I think I'll try it with the Pot Pie the next time I'm at J.Clyde.

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light brown pour with a finger of off-white head, which falls quickly to a small patch in the middle of the glass and leaves no lacing.
S: Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and some citrusy and floral hops up front. Some toffee and a maybe a little caramel bring up the rear. A faint bit of alcohol comes out as it warms. Smells nice but a little subdued for my taste.
T: Taste is nice and malty. Bits of roast and sweet light roast coffee mingle nicely with light hops and bitterness. Nicely balanced and fairly complex.
M: Body is moderately heavy and silky smooth. I could stand a little less carbonation though.

Overall a pretty nice malty American style brown ale. Definitely worth a try if you stumble upon it.

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Photo of Fuldner
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Good People Brewing Company's Brown ale is a perfect example of craft brewing. Although this craft brew is located in a beautiful state, which has laws against home brewing, Good People Brewing Company's Brown ale brings home a great tradition is brewing, that is taste. This beer would have to be in the top five greatest tasting Brown ales. The rich, creamy, inviting, and masterful taste of this brew can be described in dreams of all brown ale or nut brown lovers. But with everything there are always some draw backs. The appearance and smell are nothing out of the ordinary and one can see they might have not been thought of in the brewing process. If you can get past the look of this brew, then you are in for a wonderful tasty treat. Then again, the only place to enjoy this brew is in upper Alabama and if your a football fan, nothing is better when watching football, RTR!

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Photo of rushtopher
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, deep maple brown pour with a light mocha head. Nutty aroma, fantastic winter beer. Chocolate and nutty undertones work immensely well with a strong hops edge.

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