Bacon Brown Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: illidurit on 02-12-2010

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.18/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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! (350 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.51/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Canned 09NOV12

It's a light brown on amber with a near solid sheet of fine light tan foam. Brilliant clarity. Smells of some urine, a little tallow and some sweet malts. Really unappealing nose. Flavor is grain, bitter, some bread, some biscuit and toasted malts with a hint of coffee. No real bacon flavor. Medium on thin for the style with moderate carb. Really nothing I can find particularly appealing about this beer, poor execution. (439 characters)

Photo of tasteegood
1.95/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Booo. On tap at twisted spoke, served in a tulip glass. No bacon odor detected. :( no smokiness. Looks like a brown, taste like a brown bit does not live up to its description. If u order it ask for a sample and decide if u want to move forward with this beer. NOT a, bad tasting brown, just doesn't live to what I was expecting. (329 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
2.07/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pour / Appearance: Actually ends up much more ruby red than brown, with very high clarity. Nice head but no real lacing or any retention. The head that is there is a light mocha color and is appealing. There’s not much else to talk about here; it’s pretty but run of the mill. Eh.

Aroma: Oddly, it smells very artificial for an organic beer. Caramel notes and wisps of smoke are there, but there is this lingering touch of plastic that is just very off-putting. Maybe a little bacon? Smells more like burnt hog flavored liquid smoke.

Taste: The taste is the same as the note. Perhaps more caramel than I expected, and the smoke starts to come up in the back. No bacon to speak of; peat or oak smoked wheat would probably have been just as interesting. The gimmick is, very sadly, a gimmick.

Overall: A run of the mill brown ale for a higher price. Smells and tastes somewhat artificial, and the “specialty” ingredient doesn’t have a real place.

Bottom Line: No real reason to bother with this one. If you’re ticking off brown ales to try, go ahead, or if you’re one of those “le epic bacon” jackasses from the internet. (1,141 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.15/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Uncommon Brewers has jumped on the Baconmania trend with its bacon brown ale. They also take it a step further by adding buckwheat. I have a 16 ounce can to be consumed.On to the beer:

A good looking mulata. Maple wood brown with dark red hues and long lasting head of foam. And it is possible for a canned beer to be infected? My first greeting at the nose was an aroma like heated plastic, and it continues to dominate. I am able to get very subtle hints of that delicious pork belly and a berry note underneath, but the very low intensity isn't going to win me.

Some resemblance of a brown ale is tasted. Given what I smelled, this is a good thing. Note that I didn't say the taste of plastic was nill. Seems 50/50 brown ale/plastic. Little smoked meat is sensed. The body is medium full with a sweet aftertaste, which is a decent finish,but overall an underwhelming bacon brown ale with a plastic problem. Let's hope this isn't persistent in thier batches, otherwise we may as well rename this "Plastic Brown Ale". (1,021 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.17/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's to compare it with Rogue's Voodoo Donut. Poured into my Duvel tulip tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - This is the best part of the beer, the pour. Pours a nice dark clear mahogany hue with a one finger mocha off white head that fades to leave a light creamy blanket.

S - Light malty sweetness and slight metallicness. No bacon or smoke.

T - Wtf. Sweetness from malt and slight smokeyness. There is a slight meatiness, really sweet. This is just uhh, well, really, really bad.

O - Yeah, this was drain poured. It was really, really unpleasant. Just awful.
M - Nice carbonation, a bit sweet for me and slight metallic. (653 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap in a fine plastic compostable cup at the NAOBF.

appearance - poured a fairly flat brown, some carbonation

smell - some combination of smoke and malt

taste - smoke, bacon, malt

mouthfeel - medium, low carbonation, soft, smooth

drinkability - this beer is disgusting, it's barely to style and the bacon/smokiness is hard to stomach (345 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a decent looking brown ale, fairly nice looking color with a good head on top too. The smell of the beer was a bit on the hoppy side to me, I was expecting way more smoked aromas from this brew. The taste of the beer has a hint of smoked flavors but it's mostly over loaded with a bitterness that I couldn't understand why it was like that. The mouthfeel of the beer was heavily carbonated too and dry. Overall I was just not impressed with this beer at really. I'm not even a fan of some of the smokey beers but I felt that this one should have been a little stronger in that category. (605 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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?! (776 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours two and half fingers of tan head on a brown body.
The aroma is mild: toasted malt and lemon.
The taste is fairly lemon hoppy, sharp bitter, slightly metallic and just a little nutty.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
An okay brown ale. (240 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.94/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-An aggressive pour births a huge mound of tan fluff. Head is semi-solid in texture and refuses to die down. Body is a murky brown color. Deep and pretty dark. Chunky lacing bits hang along the glass.

S-Yeasty and malty with just a slight tickle of salt. No actual bacon meat aroma. Mostly toasted and bready. It says its a Nut Brown Ale on the can. Where's the nuttiness?

T-Flavor is a bit astringent and medicinal. Still yeasty and grainy. The bacon flavor can only be even barely noticeable on the very back end of the flavor. Light smoke. Disappointing.

M-Light but still rather creamy. Carbonation is fairly soft. Alcohol becomes more of an issue as the beer quickly warms on a hotter day.

O/D-A gimmick beer that doesn't deliver the goods. Not only is there no serious bacon flavor, the beer's base is weak. Too medicinal and lacking those nice nutty and roasty flavors. Uncommon Brewers may have been blacklisted with me. (933 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark brown that is almost rubyish around the sides when held to the light.... About a finger of slightly khaki colored head. Leavs some spots of lacing.

S: no bacon.... Don't even really get anything suggesting bacon in the nose either. The toasted buckwheat is their lightly along with a slight nuttiness and earthyness in the nose.... The nose is not pungent or smoky, not a bad smelling beer though.

T: I clearly taste the toasted buckwheat. There is a blast of sweetness in there as well, I'm still not getting any bacon here, some nuttyness and grainy earthyness, along with a very bitter blast on the finish, which seems to throw off the end of this beer or me a bit.

M: medium bodied, dry, bitter, and grainy ... With high medium effervescent carbonation, which deffinatly seems a hit much for this brew.... A bitter lingerin after taste....

O: I'm really not a fan.... First off I expected more bacon flavor, considering its name.... Then after that I didn't find it to be a particularly pleasing brown ale either. Probably would have been more suitable if they left the bacon out of the brew completely here and just made the brown ale on its own. (1,217 characters)

Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Love the idea of a big can especially one with bacon in it and it pours a hazy ruby brown with a fluffy white two finger head that settles to a massive island in the middle and clingy lacing here and there,the smell is a touch of smoked bacon,cherries,metallic malts and raisin toast,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and very carbonated has tastes of raisin toast,brown sugar,cherries,toffee and finished with a herbal bittersweetness and overall for a brew with this name and in a can i was hoping for way more but unfortnately it needs alot of work and am glad i only bought the one of cheers. (591 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the can, the ale had a murky brown appearance and produced a massive mocha colored head. The aroma was a bubbley beer scent that could come from any macrobrew. In other words, it was nothing special. Despite the fascinating name, the ale tasted like pretty much any brown ale except with extra carbonation. A push of sour flavor existed in the middle and continued through the aftertaste. There were some hints of saltiness in the initial if a drinker pays close attention. Despite the promise of the name, I could detect no hint of beautiful, wonderful bacon.

After being impressed with Siamese Twins by Uncommon Brewers, I was disappointed with this one. (687 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a semi-opaque hazy brown in color with reddish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a three finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a thick film over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Not the strongest smelling beer but there is a definite underlying sweetness along with earthy yeasts. There is a definite nutty malts along with a slight metallic hint.

T: The taste follows the smell with a definite earthiness. I find there to be a slightly metallic element as well. There is slight sweetness upfront and an almost unpleasant lingering bitterness in the finish. Also I get a lot of nutty notes in the taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. This beer is very airy.

O: I was disappointed that there was really no flavor or aroma of bacon in this beer considering the name. I find this beer to be very average with a slightly unpleasant lingering bitterness that does not seem to go away. Not the easiest beer to drink and not one that I am sure that I would get again. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

no way to tell when this was brewed... but I trust my local beer place.

eyes...
2 big fingers of foam rise up in my dfh bubble glass, the head does a good job of hanging around, lacing is also very nice with a clean sheet of micro bubbles clinging to the sides for dear life, dark brown hue with moderate carbonation floating around, a pretty good looking beer

nose...
kind of a flat cola scent, some underlying dry sweetness, some notes of birch beer, maybe a faint hint of the smokiness from the bacon.. but not much, is this bad? well, I think if you are gonna bring the bacon... bring the damn bacon ! or at least add in some liquid smoke to fool me....

taste etc...
drinks alot like it smells, kind of like old cola (including the lack of carbonation), there is some notes in the back of bacon but nothing nearly as carnal as a good Bamberg Rauchbier offering, the body is pretty spot on for a brown ale.

verdict?
I'm a sucker for bacon propaganda. This beer isn't bad but there are beers with such better meat/smoke flavor that it is almost a crime that this calls itself "bacon" anything. It's more like Bacon Bits (imitation) Brown Ale. Not a terrible beer, just don't get your hopes up (you know, like being a Jets fan) (1,232 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Canned 9/18/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and smoked meat aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, smoke, and slight bacon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a pretty subdued bacon presence in both the aroma and flavor. (586 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A huge frothy light tan head perches on a dark brown body with red hues. Sticky spot lacing.

S - Roasty, earthy and a bit stale. Cough medicine comes through.

T - Yeah, OK there is some charred bacon in there, but outdone by billows of smoke. Roasted coffee beans on the side. Slight bitterness.

M - Thin disappointing body, moderate carbonation.

O - I won't be reaching for this one again. (398 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bacon brown ales are always welcome. I found the other beers from this company to be a bit unbalanced with their additions.

A- Snifter fills with a brown colored ale. Light tan head forms with a bubbly and foamy texture. Good retention. Nice webs of creamy lace.

S- Not much going on here, kind of have to strain my nose to get much. Slight sweet brown malts, caramel and some nuttiness.

T- Kind of tastes like a homebrew brown ale I made once, just not right in ways. The malt isn't as rich as I would expect and lends a lot of nutty and slight sweet caramel hints. I'm not getting any smoke or bacon at all. Some dark fruit, raisin, spice and bread as well.

MF- Bubbly high carbonated body. Silky and somewhat creamy.

Takes like an OK brown, not getting any smokiness or bacon that I might expect. Very nutty and sort of raisin spicy, hard to explain. (858 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer twice (4 oz. pours) at the recent North American Organic Beer Fest and jotted a few notes to start as a foundation of a review, but what follows is primarily based on 10 oz. at Bailey's Taproom.

A: Dirty/murky chestnut/auburn pour with a weird head that mimics a fizzy soda topping: a single layer of fat, ivory-colored bubbles clumped at the rim in a skewed ring. No visible carbonation, no lace.

S: Malt-fueled 'brown ale' aroma, filled with dark roasted grain (baked bread) and singed nutshells. An ambitious huskiness that dances around the 'smokiness', concealing then releasing as it warms.

T: Hmmm...after trying this at a fest (first pour both days) and now at Bailey's, I (surprisingly) liked the fest pours better. My notes from then: "Smoky and nutty with ground spice in the finish. Growing dryness and bitterness, but balanced by caramel. 'Bacon' hard to find, more black pepper". From yesterday: "Burnt nuts, spices but more sooty/ashy, dark bread crust. Very dry finish and long-lasting bitterness". I gave it a 4 at the fest and a 2.5 yesterday - will generously round up for an average score.

M: Drab feel, smooth but grainy texture, low carbonation (makes the feel seem thinner). Latent alcohol warms a little and a dull metallic weight rests heavily on the tongue. Building thickness, chewiness.

D: 'Bacon' is the hook that'll garner attention, but ultimately this doesn't seem like a 'sustainable' beer once the gimmick wears off. A fun experiment though and a curiosity worth trying, but ultimately the 4+4+10 oz. consumed were enough to form the opinion that I really never need to have this beer again.

[Aside] I've tried a couple others from Uncommon (Baltic, Siamese Twin) and found them to be good/better than this one. (1,770 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (680 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy can bought somewhere localish as part of a 4-pack.

Poured into 2008 Pioneer Stein #42, formed a 2 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Root beer float-style head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is effervescent and soapy, no bacon or smoke like I had expected.

Taste starts with worty brown sweetness, which carries through to the lightly bitter close. No bacon or smoke here either. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. Not a bad beer, but certainly doesn't live up to it's name and/or hype. (561 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a reddish brown pour with tons of foamy tan head, excellent lacing. smells smokey, slight hint of chocolate, roasted nuts. taste has an initial bitterness (grassy) that immediately turns sweet (maple syrup/caramel) and finishes with a roasted/smoked flavor (dark chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, smoked well done bacon). also has a bit of a metallic taste. light to medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit of a weird flavor combination causes for some fun on the palate.

overall this is an alright brown ale/rauchbier. the only other "bacon" beer i've had (aside from a batch of homebrew that turned vinegary) is rogue's and this is better, or at least more drinkable. i'm not sold on the bacon flavor, and for a brown ale - it isn't all that impressive. good for the one try, but at about $4 a can, this will be the only time i purchase this beer. (850 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can, poured into glass.

the beer appears light brown in color, with some amber highlights. Basically no head. Aroma is slightly smokey. Same with the taste, perhaps a little salty. The bacon is there, but not overpowering. the normal rich malt flavor of a brown ale is subdued. thin to medium body, medium carbonation.

overall - an interesting beer, but one is enough to satisfy my curiousity. (403 characters)

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Bacon Brown Ale from Uncommon Brewers
75 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.