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Bacon Brown Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Bacon Brown AleBacon Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
73
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of gleemonger
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of PeterIngemi
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of pschul4
1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of rtaps
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour – fills the glass with a deep, dark, chestnut color. A very rich brown with a nice fluffy off-white head on top. Great looking pour coming out of the can.

Aroma – fairly sweet with a toasted brown bread and doughy aroma along with some slight hints of smokiness as well as dark fruits like red grapes, plums and ripe apples.

Taste – the first sip is a definite mix of flavors. Plenty of those fruit flavors come into play at first, its sweet and malty but in the end there is a lingering smokiness. This is a beer that you'll want to sip many times and let warm up to really allow for the flavors to come out. As my glass warms the flavor profile shifts and the smokiness of the bacon begins to manifest itself slowly and surely. Wow, is this good. Not over the top smokey which is key. You don't want to drink this too quick or too cold or you're liable to miss out on the main attraction.

Overall - I'm a big supporter of brewers doing what they want to do and Alec at Uncommon Brewers is a great example of this. His Bacon Brown Ale is an altogether unique and "uncommon" ale with an ingrediant that many of us never thought they'd find in their beer - but it works. The smokey undertones of bacon in this brown ale really work well and to the unassuming imbiber they might not even realize there is bacon in their beer - organic bacon at that! Cheers Alec! Keep on being uncommon!

Photo of KalH
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +39.6%
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!

Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color that has a reddish hue. There is a fingers worth of off-white head. Spaced out lacing.

The nose has some roasty malts, light smokiness, some sweetness.

The taste is similar and pretty much lacks the bacon characteristics described on the label. There is some nuttiness, roast, sweet malt and a subtle smoke taste.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a creamy feel. Light carbonation.

Overall, this was a tasty brown ale but where's the bacon?

Photo of redliner8
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of gkatsoris
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear oaky brown. Thin whispy head.

S: MMmmm, yum! Malty mostly. Slight alcohol. Slim Jim. Wheat bread. A BLT sandwich. Doughy.

T: No bacon really. Very malty, slight smoke, and slight slight salt. Slight hops.

M: Way too thin. For a bacon beer, it should be thick and greasy and oily. Good coat on the tongue.

O: A little disappointed in the bacon part of the brew. But not a bad brown ale.

NEED MORE BACON!!!

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
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".

Photo of Ego
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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)

Bacon Brown Ale from Uncommon Brewers
73 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.