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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:
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(Beer added by: illidurit on 02-12-2010)
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2/5  rDev -35.3%

JustinQ, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -2.9%

schopenhauerale, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
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".

DoubleJ, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

jmdrpi, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

dansmcd, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Mick-e-d
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Mick-e-d, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

tigg924, Sep 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -67.6%
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!

B967ierhunter177, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

bacher468, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

ADZA, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Chou
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Chou, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Gehrig13, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of codon2004
3/5  rDev -2.9%

codon2004, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of dmasuda
2.75/5  rDev -11%

dmasuda, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

JustinMatthew, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
2.75/5  rDev -11%

BeerOps, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of rudzud
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

rudzud, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

facundoCNB, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

PeterIngemi, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

ppoitras, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of pschul4
1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

pschul4, May 20, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev -10%
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.

beerthulhu, May 16, 2012
Bacon Brown Ale from Uncommon Brewers
72 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.