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Chestnut Hill - Lift Bridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-09-2013 05:05:32 | More by XmnwildX12
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 21:51:56 | More by ChopperSmith
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz Pint Tumbler

Appearance - Dark Brown/Black with slight Crimson tinge around the edges. Pours a half finger head and leaves behind some good sticky lacing

Smell - Chocolate mixed in with coffee, toffee, and some cinnamon. There's also a slight earthy hop smell present as well.

Taste - Dark Chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of cinnamon and spices. Really warms you up thanks to the mixture of cinnamon and spices, which gives the flavor a distinct zing.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is light, but the overall feel is a bit more intense thanks to the spices at work. Overall body is fairly moderate and not overtly thin.

Overall - This is one of the stranger brown ales I've had. It has enough distinct flavoring to make things interesting, but the chocolate and cinnamon combination does seem to be a bit out of place. It's certainly not a bad thing, it just seems out of place for a beer that traditionally has chocolate and coffee notes. If a winter warmer and a brown ale were to have a baby, this beer would be the closest thing I've had so far to being that child

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:57:52 | More by NuclearDolphin
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no info other than "cinnamon and clove added"

Look is a very dark cola, nice fluffy mocha head. Smell is light, malty, nutty. Taste is light and pleasant, definitely picking up that chestnut... chocolate, toffee, caramel mat, toasted grain

...i don't know. it's not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 20:54:51 | More by jimmah120
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CooperEllis

New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

(47th)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:55:08 | More by CooperEllis
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warnerry

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:26:37 | More by warnerry
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-30-2012 01:35:06 | More by acurtis
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HardWater

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-08-2013 13:35:26 | More by HardWater
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dizztracted

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-01-2012 23:13:31 | More by dizztracted
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-03-2013 23:01:29 | More by Rick778
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-29-2012 18:12:36 | More by doucmehu
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joh02034

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-10-2014 01:25:56 | More by joh02034
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-19-2012 16:46:07 | More by zenwatts
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BeerDazed

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-02-2014 19:55:33 | More by BeerDazed
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-12-2012 01:37:59 | More by millelacsmark
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-25-2014 21:13:31 | More by MNBeerGeek
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-05-2014 08:24:50 | More by zestar
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bhayle

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-06-2012 03:22:04 | More by bhayle
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-31-2013 21:23:40 | More by AnalogErik
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-29-2013 00:19:10 | More by Dactrius
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-14-2014 21:45:05 | More by mmulebarn
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-19-2013 17:11:50 | More by plumcrazyfx
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with orange hue and 1 finger off white head

smell: spices, caramel, malts,

taste: nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: intersting beer. just wasn't really into this beer.

cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:14:38 | More by THECPJ
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vikinghorn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-27-2013 15:54:42 | More by vikinghorn
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-26-2013 02:01:40 | More by capuchinpilates
Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.