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Brown - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 32 | 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.

(Beer added by: everetends on 06-29-2008)
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e30todamax

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-19-2013 23:45:30 | More by e30todamax
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-14-2012 02:11:34 | More by grumpygerman
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-01-2013 22:46:33 | More by NooseJustice
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-02-2012 00:31:57 | More by justinm4bama
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2012 23:32:00 | More by RuckusDu
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jettjon

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 00:43:58 | More by jettjon
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-16-2012 16:27:15 | More by Beer21
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-12-2014 18:56:59 | More by swgwilt
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everetends

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 23:56:56 | More by everetends
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 15:20:57 | More by brewskifan55
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zhanson88

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 20:43:22 | More by zhanson88
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Bill235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-20-2013 17:15:51 | More by Bill235
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mverity

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-08-2013 23:11:06 | More by mverity
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-15-2014 21:14:02 | More by RyanAU
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-07-2014 05:07:33 | More by HeadyTheElder
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richj1970

Alabama

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 01:46:23 | More by richj1970
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Mojo

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!!

Serving type: can

09-17-2012 03:03:21 | More by Mojo
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 16:15:23 | More by slowdaddy
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-20-2013 01:42:20 | More by firstlighthiker
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-17-2013 17:50:43 | More by BeerZack
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 02:11:14 | More by theghost3
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jlindsey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2012 16:56:47 | More by jlindsey
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Brinks

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-11-2014 18:30:45 | More by Brinks
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sneth019

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-02-2013 15:10:40 | More by sneth019
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can in pint glass
no date

A: Dark copper/light brown color, with a very light tan head, the head is a little thin, but leaves a bit of lace.
S: Caramel sweetness
T: Caramel, toast, a definite shot of bittering hops, something that makes me think of a light roast coffee in the background. There seems to be a metallic taste by the end of the beer, not unpleasant, but I could do without.
M: A little too much carbonation, but not terrible. The hops seem to linger on the tongue, borders on astringent.
O: A nice, easy drinking brown ale. There is nothing truly exciting going on, but that is more the style vs. this beer. I would definitely recommend it to a BA who likes more malt driven beers vs. hops driven. Glad I got a chance to try, thanks JC. Worth trying.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 20:21:17 | More by wspscott
Brown from Good People Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.