Chestnut Hill - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 131
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 5.41%
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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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge's Chestnut Hill is a rich brown color with only a wisp of foam, served in this instance from the tap. The mild aroma conjures wintery, spicy chocolate concoctions. The flavor follows the aroma with a bigger dose of cocoa chocolate and plenty of sweetness. Spice is certainly detected, but the sweetness dominates. The spice provides the balance here since very little hops presence is detected at the finish. This brew is a little sweeter than others in this category, but still solid and drinkable. (511 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (828 characters)

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

A: pours a transparent deep brown color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen continuing to rise to the top.

S: Bready malt aroma, allspice, cocoa. The nose is a little sweet but there is some balancing

T: Strong roasted bready flavor, hints of cinnamon and all spice.

M: medium bodied beer with nice carbonation.

This is a very nice brew that I am sure I will pick up atleast one six pack of (528 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first full review. Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown. Just a little bit of lacing, and relatively poor head retention.

Smell: Nutty, with some hints of chocolate.

Taste: As indicated by the smell, a blend of chocolate and nuttiness. Not as much chocolate in the taste. A little bit of sweetness. Overall, the taste is a little muted, but still a surprisingly pleasant balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, and a little syrupy. Although I did not initially taste much carbonation, the more I had the more I noticed....the carbonation is a little on the heavy side.

Overall: A solid, but still underwhelming beer. Easy to drink, but not too much in the way of extreme flavor. (716 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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) (923 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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 (1,092 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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) (1,239 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This roasty, nutty smelling brew pours a clear, dark brown with a finger and a half of lacy, off-white, rocky foam that dissipates to a fine lacing on the glass and ring around the edge of the beer.

The taste follows the aroma with lots of nutty, toasted malt on the palate and a nicely balanced, hoppy bitterness beneath. The toasted malt is definitely the backbone throughout the beer.

The moderate body on this brew is smooth to creamy.

I fully enjoyed this offering from Liftbridge and it complimented my flatbread pizza with chicken, tomatoes, feta, herbs and balsamic dressing nicely. Would I have it again? Oh, yes, most certainly. (641 characters)

Photo of tmcelvain
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of juanny
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely an enjoyable brown ale from Stillwater!

Good dark brown color, but with little to no foam. The odor was subtle with nutty and malted notes. I enjoyed the taste, very malty, but with a nutty and almost chocolatey taste as well. Not sweet and a gentle hop background to round out the malty ale well. The beer was creamy, with a full-bodied feel, yet, not too much even on a warm summer day on a patio where I had it. Overall, a good brown ale, worth getting again. Not my favorite brew ever, but a good example of the style. (534 characters)

Photo of msjacilynn
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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) (391 characters)

Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (405 characters)

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Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.