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Bacon Brown Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Bacon Brown AleBacon Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
72
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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 02-12-2010)
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Reviews by wl0307:
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

02-25-2014 12:25:10 | More by wl0307
More User Reviews:
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mctizzz

California

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

11-13-2013 01:04:32 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +11%

Had on tap at BBC-Cedarville

Appearance: amber in color with minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: faint toasted malt and bacon

Taste: toasted malt, light bacon, and fall spices like allspice and perhaps cinnamon

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness at the end

Drinkability: An ok beer. I actually would like a bit more of the bacon smokiness it here. Semms very autumn seasonal. Not a bad beer, but one I will likely not get again.

09-07-2012 14:31:43 | More by tigg924
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aquazr1

California

3/5  rDev -2.9%

08-03-2014 00:54:37 | More by aquazr1
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

10-22-2012 03:55:34 | More by chickenm
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +22.3%

473ml can. I am not an adherent of the 'bacon makes everything better' camp. Bacon is just fine all by itself.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark brassy amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of teeming, foamy, and yet still densely caked beige head, which leaves some random droopy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of toasted grainy malt, and a rather biscuity one at that, a dry oily nuttiness, wet ash, a musty, vegetal character, some faint fruit salad sweetness, and flat earthy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, somewhat pithy, weedy grain, semi-sweet generic nut butter, a certain sense of umami, that could be meaty, but I'm not wholly convinced, with a very subtle fruity, leafy hoppiness. The 6.8% alcohol is deftly integrated, not a trace is overtly perceptible.

The carbonation is pretty laid-back, a wee bit frothy, and duly supportive, the body a decent medium weight, with a late-arriving metallic edge taking its pound of flesh out of the overall smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the nutty caramel malt reasserting itself, as the vegetal and fruity notes diminish without fading, amongst a softly lingering ashy bitterness.

Judged solely on its glass-borne merits, this is an agreeable brown ale - toasted biscuits, caramel, nuts, and a fairly reserved hoppiness. However, in terms of the proclaimed guest ingredients (and especially the one that made into the name), if their mention weren't so splattered all over the label, I wouldn't have noticed them in the beer. Wait, I didn't - ok, maybe the buckwheat, but that was tenuous at best.

03-22-2013 01:00:28 | More by biboergosum
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dertyd

California

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-26-2013 03:37:13 | More by dertyd
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Clamwacker

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev +14.9%

My girlfriend brought this home as a surprise, and I must admit I didn't have much hope for a "bacon brown ale", but I must admit it was a lot better than I expected.

The appearance is decent, perhaps more amber than brown, with a rather short-lived head and no lacing. This may be attributed to the growler it came in.

The smell is fairly light, with hints of almond or hazelnut, and a faint bit of malt. It's a nice introduction to the beer, and manages to remain inviting throughout the glass.

The taste is also rather light, a surprise considering the 7.8% ABV. If there is bacon in this brew, it's hard to detect. I feel like I get the faintest hint of it in the aftertaste, but otherwise the flavor is dominated by malt, with almost no hop balance to speak of.

The mouthfeel is rather boring. Again, this may be due to the growler. Whatever carbonation there is does not translate onto the back of the palate. After refilling my glass with a more vigorous pour to try again, it didn't improve, making this the most disappointing part of the brew. By no means is it bad, but I am just spoiled by all the great beer lately.

In general, this is worth trying if you find it. I can't help but wonder if some oils from the bacon are responsible for killing the head and mouthfeel, or if it is because of the growler, but otherwise it's a tasty novelty.

04-14-2011 02:01:20 | More by Clamwacker
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

03-31-2013 00:17:11 | More by Gonzoillini
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2.9%

08-18-2013 02:55:19 | More by timjim1327
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rowbow

California

3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-06-2014 17:44:48 | More by rowbow
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GoGators

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +29.4%

02-18-2012 14:31:04 | More by GoGators
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NRo

California

3/5  rDev -2.9%

05-29-2014 17:42:27 | More by NRo
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -10%

Ale brewed with buckwheat and bacon.

A: Candy apple red through strong backlighting reveals a heavy sense of visible effervesce. A 2 finger porous foam structure is light tan in color with a good sense of retention while leaving clumpy thick patches of foam work on the vessel’s sides. Great sticky foam head is a plus.

S: Weak aroma of bran, brown bread and dry multi-grain toast. Failed to pick up on any bacon indication or any nuttiness.

T: Spicy sweet honey brown malt, light peppercorns, dried cola with a yeasty starch touch. Toasty multi-grain bread and some strong nutty tones appear with a weird brown sugar coated sweetened bacon flavor. Nut toasted flavor, flour and some dry grains conclude things with a starchy finish.

M: frothy, again starchy and chalky.

O: Unusual combination, one that works better left to the imagination unfortunately. Sounds more intriguing then it actually is, which is a mundane run of the mill brown with a gimmicky marketing attachment. And due to contrary belief, bacon doesn’t always make everything better. I like pizza too, when complimenting my beer, but not in it. Starchy, and not an easy one to consume nor finish even in a single serving can. Tastes better cold, when it warms it is starchy, dry and blah all the way to the finish. Avoid unless to satisfy your curiosity.

05-16-2012 00:40:43 | More by beerthulhu
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leprakhan

California

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

12-05-2013 08:32:03 | More by leprakhan
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -67.6%

This beer pours a deep, clear brown with nice ruby tones under light. There's a one finger tan head and lasting lace. The aroma is a strange acidic, alcoholic smell with faint bacon and smoke undertones. The flavor is acidic and mild bitterness with a hint of bacon. It's mouthfeel is light. Uncommon Bacon Brown Ale is a nasty brew. Not recommended!

08-27-2012 03:08:28 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-26-2013 20:19:01 | More by Hopmodium
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a russet coppery amber with a two finger cream colored head that dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet bready malt, light nuts and a faint boiled vegetable component; hint of brown sugar. Flavor is muted toasted and bready malt, lightly nutty with a somewhat astringent bitterness that may or may not have been hops. Finishes with mild bitterness, dark bread and brown bready malt. Medium bodied. Hmm, different, but subdued and not very interesting. Flavors are pleasant enough, but not balanced or interesting. No bacon is evident. I finished the glass without regret, but his is a one-and-done. An uncommon beer indeed.

05-06-2013 04:14:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

12-28-2012 03:04:51 | More by IdrinkGas
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metter98

New York

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of earthy yeast and nutty malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of brown and nutty malts, earthy yeast and a slight amount of bitterness. No bacon or smoky flavors are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very airy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is also some chalky dryness in the finish.
O: The name of this beer seems deceptive—there’s no bacon flavors and it is light and bubbly.

05-06-2012 12:27:00 | More by metter98
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -17.5%

16 oz pounder can
Poured into a pint glass

A: Mahogany/reddish colored body with an overall brown tone to it. Fairly clear topped by a huge bubbly beige head. A bit lighter overall than normal for a Brown Ale. Decent retention cap and sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts, nuts, slight smoke, salt and perhaps a hint of maple syrup. Not overly aromatic, and nothing in the way of an actual bacon aroma or even a generic meat for that matter.

T: Smoke, a hint of sweet maple and then the Brown Ale base takes over the palate. A quick bitter hop note comes and goes mid-palate, ending with plenty of nuts and even salt in the finish.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated but not thin or watery. Very solid medium body while still remaining quite drinkable.

Decent, but where's the bacon?!

03-18-2012 20:20:37 | More by ShanePB
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -2.9%

02-12-2012 15:00:10 | More by oline73
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bespin15

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

03-28-2013 13:12:45 | More by bespin15
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-12-2013 19:16:35 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from a 16oz can into 3 glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn & HollyAnn for the assist!

Canned 02/22/2012

A: Pours a deep ruby brown. One finger of light brown head forms on top and leaves quite a bit of lace in the glass.

S: Interesting aroma. Slightly sweet grain...or cocoa. Not too much roast or bacon to be found, but likable none the less.

T: Like above but with more sweet grain and some caramel. Slight aspirin-y hop flavor comes late in the game.

M: Starts sweet and relatively full with a nice bit of drying bitterness at the end of every sip. Lingering finish drys the tongue.

O: Good, but we were a little let down by the lack of the advertised bacon.

04-19-2012 02:22:45 | More by GbVDave
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Bacon Brown Ale from Uncommon Brewers
72 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.