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American Brown Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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American Brown AleAmerican Brown Ale

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: asabreed on 01-19-2006

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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 32
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights.A thin creamy tan head forms and recedes. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a very pleasing toasted nuttiness with nice caramel and cocoa tones.

Toasted nutty taste upfront leading into a nice blend of caramel and cocoa flavors. Very mild bitterness midway as all of the complimentary flavors combine and lead into a satisfying finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

A very solid brown ale, a good example for what the style should be. Quite effortless to finish the bottle, and completely redeems this brewery for that poor golden ale.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost entirely opaque brown. Sweet molasses aroma. Toasted grain, caramel and some nice bitter burnt coffee notes. Whatever hop flavor might be in there is drowned out by burnt bitterness.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with their Nut Brown. The American Brown was much roastier with more assertive burnt notes. The Nut Brown featured a lighter overall flavor (though not by a whole lot) with much more reserved toasted notes and a sweeter caramel malt flavor. I recommend both of them!

Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chestnut brown into my Imperial Pint leaving a nice 1/2 inch head to slowly settle down. Aroma is nice and rich and malty with a some nice hops shining through. Definitely has that Brown Ale nose.

A slight hint of hops with a roast toasty malty beginning. A hint of sweetness in the middle with some moderate carbonation and finishing with the hops, slightly drying out the mouth. Every single sip is wonderful.

I will definitely drink this again when the opportunity arises. Thanks to Santa for this one.

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

Pours a color almost the same as the pour bottle into my glass. The beer is probably a touch darker than the bottle. Nice dark tan creamy head.

The taste is mostly a good hop bite with little hop flavor. This is backed with some very rich (slightly) roasted malts. Overall a medium body and not very sweet. Hint of roasted malts. Dark, astringent side of brown ales.

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this felt like almost a cross over between the porter/stouts and browns. Definitely in style, however. Pretty good. Straight 4s pretty much.

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A - Rich caramel colored head. Mild carbonation - bubbles moving up throughout the liquid. Reddish/brown cola-colored appearance.

S - Flavors of roasted malt, with a mild coffee undertone.

T - Big, bitter flavor from start to finish. Dark malt, coffee are there big time, with some light hoppyness on the way down. Outstanding.

M - Heavy and full bodied - definitely chewy. Delicate on the tongue.

D - A great beer, very representative of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, nearly black body with no real head to speak of and very little lacing.

S: Toasty malt and coffee notes, not very powerful. Little bit of a chocolatey and clean profile.

T: Smooth toasted malt flavors with a mocha and slightly hopped tinge for a decent finish. Not extremely robust, but flavorful nonetheless.

M: Light on the palate, almost a bit watery. Adequate carbonation level, not too much.

D: Would have another, and more if used as a session beer. It's not an incredible brown ale, but definitely above average. It does the job in the smoothness department, which enhances its drinkability.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep dark brown color, almost black but not quite. The head formed a creamy one finger thick and faded into a thick lace.

Aroma: Roasted malts dominate throughout. There's just a hint of some floral hops but barely.

Taste: The roasted barley is the first thing I got from this, along with some caramel and coffee flavors. Some hoppy bitterness gradually materialized in the middle, and strengthened towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, almost chewy. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: This is a pretty good American brown ale. I'd like it to be a little more sweet, but even with that it's definitely worth trying if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass. The head was cream colored and about 1/4th of an inch tall, and it left a significant bubbly lace.

The smell was of sweet roasted barley, and this was predominant. I was able to smell some hops, but they were very well masked by the roasty scent.

Taste, The body was very big roasted flavor, but the hops kick in for a nice long lasting bitter finish....this finish toward the end turns slightly sweet and a subtle but present coffee flavor reveals itself.

M/D: This was pretty heavy for a brown ale, and had an almost chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation was on par for what I was expecting from a American brown. I was a little heavier on the stomach than I was expecting as well.

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

Also found this in the Dragon Pack - Poured into a teardrop - Nice dark color - not much head but nice lacing - Nose of dark chocolate carries into the palate and continues with a nice finish - OK so its an American English Brown but it is quite acceptable - I just might have another

Photo of AlexJ
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in the mixed Dragon Pack, this was the second best brew in there next to the Porter. Dark mahogany brown with a densely knit cap of wheat hued froth that retains well and leaves some patchy lace.

Aroma is dark, roasty malts, toasted nuts, caramel, cocoa, hints of leather, and some piney hops.

Flavor is well balanced between roasty, caramel malt, chocolate, and a pleasantly bitter nip of pine and floral hops.

Body is between light and medium, with a slick, creamy texture and fizzy mouthfeel from the high level of carbonation. Definately easy to drink and quite a solid offering.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam not sure if this is the same as the brown ale listed here but it says American Brown Ale on the label so I went with it,poured a deep chesnut brown with a thin somewhat fizzy light brown head,aromas of bitter chocolate and raw earthy nut keeping with the American hop profile.Pretty smooth and easy going down lightly sweet up front caramel and roasted nut becomes more raw and earthy in to the finish.A nice brown like I said not sure if it is under the already mentione brown ale review but this is no English brown and says American right on the label.

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Dragon Pack, labeled "American Brown Ale," into a pint glass (though yes it's the English style -- I think? Unless I'm wrong this review is for this beer, but we shall see I suppose).

Appearance: Lots of darkness, bubbles, and, again, dark a huge dark amber hue permeating the brew. A vigourous pour but the head dissipates quickly but quietly. Lacing's splotchy, spotty, from the top to the middle, and makes some kickass and crazy patterns. Why is this so damn red? Liking it a lot.

Smell: Some dark malt, slightly toasted, dark bread, yeast, and heavy nuttiness without the sweetness.

Taste: Starts out at a nice and somewhat unexpected meld between malt and hops. Lingering malt sweetness, yeastiness, nuttiness, breadiness, finishing with a fainting hop tinge on the tongue. Quite a balanced but not going out-there-for-the-complexity-and-getting-too-crazy Brown.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation seems just right, but there's a little too much slickness going on, taking away from what I wish was a more full brew in the mouth. Body is medium, and again that makes sense with the carbonation being not overpowering but nearly just right. But the overall slickness factor just seems to take a bit away from it.

Drinkability: Definitely a tasty brown ale. This is personally not my favorite style, but I could surely drink one of these again. And though the complexity's nothing astounding, it's balanced enough to be tasty for what I imagine many people would deem as a session-worthy brew.

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American Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.