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Chestnut Hill - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 23.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 12-18-2009

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 137
Reviews by msjacilynn:
Photo of msjacilynn
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brown with sudsy tan head. decent lacing throughout.

S: hard to pick this one up. some sweet malts perhaps a bit nutty.

T: a tad sweeter than I expected. roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts and light bite of hops at the end. nice beer, especially if you are in the mood for a sweet brown.

M: medium in body and carbonation.

D: good drinkability...we decided it tasted like Christmas. :o)

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown with a tinge of amber. One finger of tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Quite nutty with some brown sugar, spices

T - Spice is quite apparent initially, with cinnamon, allspice and faint cloves. Malt quickly catches up and is mostly nutty, but a bit of bread i the taste as well. Finish is a mix of sweet, dry and somewhat bitter. The bitterness detracts from the taste slightly, but this is still pretty good.

M - Medium mouthfeel, starting a bit sticky sweet, changing to bitter and semi-dry.

O - Pretty good spiced brown ale, but doesn't stand out in any particular way.

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Photo of ryancl
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Murky orangish-brown with thin off-white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel and fruity malts, some coffee accented roasted malts, English hops and a touch of cinnamon.

Taste: Caramel and fruity malts at the forefront, but fairly dried out compared to the aroma. Some nut flavors underneath. Becomes bitter and spicy toward the end, with nice English hops augmented by the cinnamon and allspice. The spices are a nice subtle addition.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, pretty dry finish for a Brown Ale.

Drinkability: Great traditional Brown Ale with a nice addition of spices to add to the complexity of the finish. Very nice job overall. Lift Bridge does well with adding spices and other flavors to traditional beers to make them their own.

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Photo of deebo
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-tight foam (Guiness like) dark and clear
S-Roasted malt with sweet prune like aroma
T-Dark heavily roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Heavy sweet bread yeast with smooth light hop flavor
D-Too heavy for more than a couple but good for dessert.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from the taproom.

Poured dark brown with a tan head.

Smelled light, malty, and nutty.

The taste was nutty, grainy (in a good way), and sweet-malts. Overall pretty clean and very drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

Had it mixed with their Farmgirl and the sweetness paired very nicely with it.

Also had a special brew with pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon.
A = 3.25
S = 4
T = 4
MF = 3.25
OA = 4

The additional spices blended very well with this brew. The pumpkin was more apparent than the other spices, but very balanced.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Bright dark brown with a 2” cream colored foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Toast, light roast and caramel.
T: Nuts, toast, caramel, and light roast flavors. Starts slightly sweet and gradually dries out.
F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A dependable, easy to drink brown ale.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and somewhat cloudy brown with tints of amber red and lots of bubbles. Big three finger light tan head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee with big hints of cinnamon and dark berries from the allspice. The spices make themselves known well and are not overbearing.

Taste: Sweet kick from the roasted malts and chocolate with a bit of cinnamon spice from the allspice. Spices are followed by more roasted malt sweetness and light hints of earthy hops in the finish. Well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a brown ale. The allspice ads a nice kick of spice.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of 4four4
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small head upon pouring, but it was gone very fast and left behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: Very nutty with some chocolate. It is on the sweet side with a little bit of spice and no sign of hops. Lightly roasted malt.

T: Opens up with some caramel and roasted nuts. This is followed by a bit of sweetness and a bit of dark fruit and a bit of cocoa.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A nice little brown ale, relatively high in abv, but you can't tell at all. Nice nutty flavor with a bit of cocoa. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium brown color. One finger of beige foam that faded quick and left minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a little spice and some barely noticeable hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet and malty with a little caramel and brown sugar. Very little hops, so it's fairly smooth. Finishes semi-dry. Not much hops for balance.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with a bit too much carbonation. Finishes a little dry.

Overall: Not one of my favorite styles, and this one really isn't very exceptional or unique. So, I probably won't seek this one out again.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer from Zipps Liquors to split with friends. Poured into a wine glass, it was dark brown with a tall tan head. This was sort of a classic craft version of the American brown. It was big, thick and full of chocolate and toast flavor. Nothing really jumps out or defines the beers, it's just a big smooth blend of cocoa and barley. It makes a fine dessert beer, but not something I'd have more than a couple bottles of. It's on par with Lift Bridge's pale ale and a totally respectable brew.

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3.45/5  rDev -6%

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with two fingers of dense head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. An attractive enough looking brown ale. Nice malty aroma with hints of nuts, graham crackers, and molassas. I do pick up on some cinnamon but it is subdued. Solid brown ale flavor as well. Good malt flavor with hints of nuts again. Hops make an appearance giving some grassy elements. The added spices are detectable in the finish but let the malt and hops do most of the playing. Surprising amount of alcohol is also detectaed. Quite dry overall. Not the largest body for a brown but has good carbonation and texture. A humble brown ale turned out to be my favorite Lift Bridge beer to date.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into .3l. From chixdighops, thanks very much.

The pour is very nice, 1/3" head of dirty tan over a deep brown. Given the name "Chestnut" I was expecting something a bit lighter, but this is a pretty ale more remenescent of included cinnamon.

There is a malt/roast aroma but little evidence of either the cinnamon or alspice that the label boasts.

The taste is malt forward, there is a stong flavor of cinnamon initially, but the malts take over. Truly very little allspice. I write it that way because the back label proclaims "a rich brown ale with scant amounts of spices for unique layers of flavor..." There are several layers, especially if you take the time to roll the ale around your tounge. A gentle cinnamon flavor is the most evident.

Really nicely balanced mouth, the lacing and carbonation are present in the full body.

I can't see drinking a whole lot of these. It is very good, and I'm certainly enjoying this but the longer I drink it the more the 'ale' fades and the 'spices' come to the front. If you're looking for ONE great spiced beer, grab this. If you're looking for a brown ale that you can 'session' (apologies to the purists as this is well over 'session' at 7%) than I'd look elsewhere.


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Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.