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Bacon Brown Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Bacon Brown AleBacon Brown Ale

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.14
pDev: 31.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a frothy ecru head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Buckwheat pancakes topped with a hint of cane syrup

Taste: Buckwheat pancakes and cane syrup, up front, with a nutskin character developing, in the middle; very phenolic, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After a good start, the beer fell apart in the finish; if only the advertised bacon was there instead of the phenols, this might have been decent

Thanks, bytemesis (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yay, gotta love them tall-boy cans.

Pours a slightly darker colored fizzy almost 1 finger head on an aggressive pour, that starts to fade fairly quickly like it doesn't want to be there. The beer is a very dark molasses brown color with hints of ruby light sneaking through the thin points.

Nose is mostly like a brown ale, toasty brown malts, molasses, brown sugar, sweetness, light caramel and toffee, and just a hint of an earthy hop.

Taste starts with more toasty brown malts, less so on the sweeteners this time, but there is a hint of caramel, molasses, toffee, and some nutty malt flavors. Plenty of nutty malts and toasted malts. Earthy hops kick in fairly quickly with a decent bitterness, some grassy earthy almost herbal hop flavors, that ramp up and practically dominate by the end. They call this bacon, but I don't get any bacon, I get a hint of a grainy slight roasted malt flavor that brings a light bitter briny taste. Finish brings more bitterness with more of the earthy hops, a bit of a briny taste, and toasty malts, but fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but not great either, decent malts and a good hop blend, but no bacon, just a light briny bitter roasty flavor in what I believe they tried to do for "bacon".

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a cervoise at Beelow's.

Yeah, this fourth step is probably enough to keep "The Best of Me" from haunting me any further. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light rye toast, mild candied orange peel, and a hint of greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, the maple and rye really taking control. There may be a slight whiff of umami on the tongue, potentially a result of the pork addition, but it's likely a result of my expectations. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, the buckwheat lends this beer a unique character, but it's not enough to elevate this brown ale very high. It's not bad, but not great.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive amber brown in the glass with a nice cap of foam. Grainy and earthy, with plenty of bitterness. Plenty of malt. Quite sudsy in the mouth

I always like to try buckwheat in beers, but it's not an easy flavor to work with. This brew has that distinct gamey flavor that makes me first think of a slightly bacterial home brew. Aftertaste is rather bitter along with that peculiar grainy perfume. The faintest meaty flavor, but it seems like some kind of spice I can't quite place.

Really quite interesting and an alternative to the endless grapefruit peel IPAs if you like a little hoppy jolt. Poured from the tall can bought at the market and deli in Carmel.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing burps better than bacon! (movie line)

Nice looking beer. Nice nose on it too. Seems kind of oily and deep. Flavor is hearty. Nicely robust. Slightly sweet in a brown ale kind of way.

To be frank, I was ready to write this brewery off after all their other offerings just fell way too short for me. But this one works pretty well for me. I bit too thick on the feel and flavor and the carbonation could be toned down; but that's just me being picky.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
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?!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) has been in hiatus for far too long! It is time for me to get Crackin' & Gluggin' again, posthaste. This beauty was scored recently at The Fridge in Lancaster and I love that something like this is certified "Organic", so much so that I opened one for a vegetarian friend of mine. Does this mean that I will eventually be consigned to Hell?

From the CAN: "Uncommon beer for uncommon people" - that puts me in mind of Adam Ant's "Ant Music for Ant People" and the later compilation, "Rat Music for Rat People"; "Uncommon Brewers - In 2002, we set out to discover the forgotten potential of an ancient beverage all too often taken for granted. Uncommon Brewers was born out of that exploration. Our products are sourced whenever possible from local farms and growers. Some are even harvested by hand from the hills of Northern California."; "It's a simple fact of life: bacon makes everything better. From eggs to ice cream, delicious bacon is turning up just about everywhere. Our uncommon [CAN]tribution to this cured pork renaissance is the Bacon Brown Ale. This is a West Coast Nut Brown Ale brewed with toasted buckwheat and a generous serving of bacon-cured pork."; "Ale brewed with Buckwheat and Bacon"; "This uncommon beer was brewed to be enjoyed fresh. Store in a cool place and enjoy soon."

No place cooler than my reefer! And so we begin with a Crack 'n' Glug, a sound not heard 'round these parts for some time. I had to move fast as some began to burble out of the aperture as soon as I had it open. This resulted in a massive two-plus fingers of deep-tan head with reasonable retention. It began to leave behind some nice sticky lacing as it fell. Color was a deep brown with ruby/garnet highlights. Nose was malty sweet and there was no question that it was a brown ale, but where's the bacon?!? Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and I got a maple sweetness infused with minty hops on the tongue, but I still was not feeling the bacon. Finish was more hoppy than sweet and while I am not (necessarily) complaining, it seemed like a waste of hops. Rest easy, I rail against Black/Cascadian IPAs also. I poured the remainder of the CAN, hoping that, like a secret surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks, I would find a piece of bacon at the bottom. No soap, or bacon, either. No wonder my vegetarian friend didn't balk ... I think that I am still going to Hell, though. It is too bad that we CANnot rate on truth in advertising because this deserves a low score. MORE bacon is needed!

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.15/5  rDev -31.5%
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".

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium brown with a nice off-white head, good retention.

S: Quite hoppy with a lot of pine, citrus, light smoke.

T: Intriguing for sure. Dark malt, with a gamey, meaty flavour. It didn't really taste like bacon, but it was there in the background. Still quite hoppy as with the nose.

M: Medium-bodied, soft/medium carbontion, quite smooth on the tongue.

D: If you can say one thing about the Uncommon brewers is that they're interesting. Nothing I've had from them has tasted like anything I've had before.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.64/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brown color, with just a bit of a reddish tint, and had 1/2 inch of light tan head that good retention and low-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was all sweet malts, no real hop presence, sadly no bacon scent either. There was just a hint of a slight sour/funk smell though. On the tongue, The story was pretty similar, sweet malts, barely there hops, a complete lack of bacon:( , and that sour was just barely there. Maybe if I hadn't smelled, I wouldn't have even tasted it.

The body was good, though pretty typical for the style, medium-full, smooth, and even. Drinkability was good, the beer went quickly and easy enough. Overall, a pretty nice take on a basic brown ale, not special, but worth grabbing a single and giving it a test drive.

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Photo of rudzud
2.17/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Brooklyn is getting a ton of hype over their bacon beer and I've heard Cigar City is not far behind, but this is the first one out that I know of. This is also made with organic buckwheat. Sample size glass as part of a flight. Very light in color for a brown ale, actually closer to a hazy orangish gold. Nice off-white froth leaving some lacing. Aroma is lightly smokey with a citric tinge, again not very 'brown.' Flavor is citric with a hint of nuttiness (buckwheat). The bacon comes through during the finish as a smokey ashy note, sort of like the aftertaste of bacon rather than the de facto taste of bacon. Light bodied and maybe a bit thin, I would say this beer comes up short of its potential but it's still a cool concept and another solid offering in the Uncommon lineup.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.7/5  rDev -14%

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.

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