Chestnut Hill - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mothman on 12-18-2009

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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 41
Photo of TCMike
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. It produced a 1 finger beige head. The color of the beer was a dark brown/amber.

The smell was nice, not over powering, and not too faint. It was of roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts, and some spice.

The taste was similar to smell. Very good. It is a little sweeter than some browns, but I like it. The carb was med-low, and it had a medium body.

Thank you Heritage liquor guy for the recommendation. This is a great brown, and locally brewed.

Photo of tmcelvain
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Muddy Pig and Groveland Tap

L: dark brown with a medium sized red head.
S: fruity malts.
T: Creamy fruit maltiness, very complex and pleasing, much sweeter than your typical brown ale.
M: Creamy, warm and thick from the cask pour. Still retains some carbonation and sweetly spicy on the back of the mouth.
D: oh, yes.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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)

Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Pint Glass

A - Deep Brownish Amber. About a finger of head

S - Not an overwhelming smell but I do detect some spices and malt.

T - It tastes like roasted malt, Cinnamon, All Spice, and some nuttiness.

M - Fairly carbonated and spicy tasting especially for a Brown Ale

D - All in ale not a bad pint. Some really interesting flavors going on but I wouldn't drink this on the reg.

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

pours a slight hazed deep brown "chestnut" color with some red striations a nice tan collar and lacing is left.smell is spicy,toasty,malty and nutty,,baked bread in the back,very nice..taste is much the same its nutty with baked bread some roasted malts a little allspice/and or cinnamon some nutmeg..mouth feel is like a winter warmer it a full taste that fill the beer buds with nice warm roasted flavor..i liked this brown alot..to me its like a winter warmer,,good and recommended,,just an all round solid good brown ale

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark, very brown, almost black in lower light. A slight cherrywood deepness is cast across the body and more so around the edges. Medium capping of dark beige crowns the top with a firm creamy foam. Lots of lacing in thick spotty globs.

Aroma is quite soft, clean and light; quite the change from the Firkin Fest earlier this year when it was amazing. Obviously tamed down big time since then...why? Couldn't say really. But what's here now after my third glass of this stuff isn't much. Typical brown ale tone of light breadishness, a breeze of nutty sweetness, and whispers of vanilla, cinnamon, and all spice. A bit of dark sweetness of raisin and dates show as it warms.

Taste is a notch better if not more so then what the aroma hints to. A bit more complexity and a surprising length in tone creates a steady, easy going, sessionable brown. A bit dusty in the front with cocoa and darkly toasted malt bitterness which slips in a bit of coffeeness. Semi tangy in breads, milding, with a bit of dark jam spread across it edges of dates, raisin, and cinnamon toast. Carries a bit more of a darker roastyness emrging as you go.

Mild medium body with a dusty bite of cocoa, roast, and feathery spices floating about. Faint dryness builds as it finishes with a pinch of complexity within the dryness. Nice meld of spices and roasty/toasty grains.

A pretty solid brown as browns go. A nice take with adding a more darker character to what usually is a plain, light, and sweeter style.
About on track for what Lift Bridge has been doing. Hopefully they'll keep building bigger, better brews and emerge as another brewery this Minnesotan can be proud of.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. This is a good looking beer. The aroma is of caramel, nuts, cream, and a hint of butterscotch. It is rather strong too. The taste is nutty like the aroma with a solid caramel backbone. There is a firm bitterness that seems to almost get in the way of all the nice malt aspects of this beer. I think I would prefer if the bitterness were a little more toned down here, but still it is pretty good. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lift Bridge. Chestnut Hill. Ale brewed with Cinnamon and Allspice. (Is that barber really giving the photographer the finger, or is it merely an illusion?)

"A rich brown ale with scant amounts of spices for unique layers of flavor. A gentlemanly salute to the pioneering days of yesteryear." So they say.

Dark brown body, crimson at edges, nice toasted tan head. Lookin' good. (Said Freddie Prinze.)

Aroma: soft, nutty, lightly fruity, and yeah, there's that spice just below. Nice stuff.

On the tongue and in the mouth, the spices loom larger. good an malty, bits of cocoa and caramel. Medium bodied, light and good drinkability. Great sessional ale, for those seeking bigger satisfaction. Mmm, nice.

Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Deep brown color with hazy amber highlights coming through on the sides. The head is a tan color rising to about a finger but looking thick and steady sitting on top of the beer. Nice lacing and retention.

S= Toasty and bready for sure. A nice malty doughyness to it. Cinnamon is in there but I get none of the allspice mentioned on the bottle. Sort of resembles a more pungent spicier fat tire to me with the amount of breadyness to it.

T= The taste is excellent. Sort of pushes on the porter teritorry with the roast flavor. The breadiness starts to ooze away a bit but is still there and the cinnamon comes through a little more. The all spice is still undetected.

M= A nice spikey carbonation to it. Zippy.

D= This is the best beer I've had from these guys I think. Everything I try from them gets a little better and with their own brewery I'm excited to see what they can produce. The profile on this beer enters the porter area a little more than brown ale I think but I'm not complaining it's great no matter what you call it.

Photo of jera1350
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber brown color with a frothy tan head that leaves some lacing.

A small amount of sweet malt, but overall, very faint smelling.

Rich and toasty malts. Light chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and a hint of allspice and cinnamon. Moderately bitter hops present as well.

Chewy and creamy mouthfeel. Medium body.

A really nice brown that I could drink several of. Makes a nice fall beer as well.

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle, producing a solid whipped top inch of off white head. Taking its time to recede, really sitting there for a long time actually. Leaving a solid cap with stick rings.
Color is a very murky non transparent unfiltered looking brown with a bit of red when held to light.

This was poured a bit colder then desired, so aroma seems muted. But some mild chocolate is present, with roasty grains and a dallop of malt.
Hops make a great appearance bittering well and throughout, lingering long on the swallow. Chocolate is modest, but bitters nicely along with hops. Its not a sweet hop either, pairing nicely with the other bitterness in flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

I cant really say I've had a beer like it. Very good, not at all what I expected.

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Lift Bridge night in Edina.

Served in a pint glass.

1 finger of fizzy tan head. Color is a hazy amber copper dark brown. Head fades down quickly. Leaves splatted lace.

Aroma: nut and caramel flavors with some sharp earthy hops and toffee.

Taste: Dry taste to it. Caramel with a bunch of roasted nuts. Bready malts and toffee as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. A little bitter. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, a decent seasonal beer. For the abv it is fairly drinkable. However, this was a one and done for me.

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Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.