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Chestnut Hill - Lift Bridge Brewery

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81
good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 12-18-2009)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown body with a moderate tan head that is well-retained.

S: Sweet and very malty aroma. Toffee, chocolate malt, and spices.

T: Raisins, allspice, and vanilla, with a light sweetness. Plenty of flavors here, followed by a strong roasted bitterness that is a bit excessive. Malt gives the impression of more of a chocolaty brown than a nutty brown. Finish is long, bitter and slightly cloying.

M: Medium bodied with large, somewhat harsh carbonation.

While I liked Crosscut, as someone who likes brown ales I’m not too impressed with this one. Mouthfeel is off-putting and I don’t think the spices add much. Have given this one a few chances and am not a fan.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut Hill pours a dark brown color, with a nice tan head. The aroma has just a very slight nutty sweetness to it. The taste is lacking, just hints of a roasted malt, mostly flavorless, but not bad tasting. Easy to drink, but weak flavors. Overall a pretty average brown, weak in flavors, but its certainly not a bad beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with unremarkable label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minneapolis, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. "Ale brewed with cinnamon and allspice."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of light khaki colour. Head retention is average at best - about 1 minute. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a very dark cola with vague amber hues. Nontransparent/opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it doesn't look much like a brown ale. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here.

Sm: Caramel. Brown malt. Toffee. Cinnamon. Chocolate malt. Allspice. An aroma of light strength.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable. An inoffensive aroma of light strength.

T: Brown malts, vague nuts - almond, walnut, etc. Limited cream. Pecan. Light caramelization. Build is loosely cohesive, but certainly not gestalt. Decently balanced. Probably too sweet. Clean.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Okay complexity. Not much subtlety. No intricacy or nuance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, approachable, unrefreshing, and decently thick. Decent body. A biteen syrupy. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Not oily, boozy, hot, gushed, astringent, harsh, syrupy, or thin/watery.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. I wouldn't get it again. A decent little brown ale, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Not Lift Bridge's strongest work. I'll easily finish this glass, but I don't want another. I've had far better.

Low C+

Photo of lurpy1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with my wife last night. This is our first Lift Bridge beer other than Farm Girl, which I like and my wife adores.

Pour a solid, opaque brown, with very little head. No head to speak of.

The smell is classic brown ale smell, a little deep, not overly hoppy, a nice mix of spices coming through.

A very good tasting beer, with hoppiness which is pronounced but not overbearing. I'm picking up undertones of nutmeg, cinnamon, and strangely enough, Dr. Pepper. This is why I don't taste for a living.

Good mouthfeel, reasonable carbonation.

Lift Bridge lives in the considerable shadow of Surly here, but they are now 2-for-2 in my book. This is an underrated beer, I might even like it better than Bender. I'll keep my eye on Lift Bridge.

EDIT 1/11. Upon further review, this beer is far too muted for the grades I gave it. Decent start, bland finish. Changing grade from B+ (old style) to C+ (old style)

Photo of Chaz
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one arrived a deep-amber in color, or perhaps a "cola brown", topped with a minimal off-white head and very minimal lacing.

Nose is cold and wet, but apart from that I am not picking anything up, here.

The taste is bitter/bittersweet on the first sip.VERY bitter for the style, obliterating, palate-annihilating bitterness. Aside from this bitterness, there's a nuttiness that emerges, alongside a hazelnut/vanilla/cocoa melange. Extract, or raw beans and nuts? Alcohol is warming . . .

This one is somewhat interesting I guess, but I am not really diggin' it *cold*. Might have to give it ten minutes to warm up . . . Yep, warm it is certainly a more interesting brew, but this strikes me as an "edgy" homebrew recipe made on a bigger scale, and it's not one I'd go out of my way for.

Still, points for effort and all

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Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.