Naptown Brown India Brown Ale - Sun King Brewing Company
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by salvo:
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Looks good out of the growler and at the brewery tasting. Head on the growler pour is fluffy, and a bubbles a little puffy: a substantial tan soapy head over a lovely bitter brown beer. Brown matches Newcastle, but there the similarities stop. Little sweetness and lots of hops.
Smell is roasty and toasty with nuts and roasted barley over the molasses sweetness, herbal hops, and yes, a little bit of uric acid. Yeah, that cat pee smell much discussed on the lists. No denying it: it's there in the background.
Taste is roasty coffee, smoky, bitter. Bitter ending, like a good English session ale, with astringency and a lingering sour finish.
Medium body; smooth and drinkable. English-style IPA over a brown ale base, but without the sharpness or intensity of the "black" IPAs. Can we come up with some better names for innovative styles?
Naptown Brown is back! Sunking seems to be running on a three-times-a-year schedule on its specialty brews, so we don't have to wait too long between growlers of Naptown, Grapefruit Jungle, Timmie (their version of Russian Imperial Stout), and others.
03-20-2011 19:46:02 | More by salvo
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3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
64oz growler filled at the brewery. Fittingly served in a Sun King shaped pint glass. Brewed in honor of the Naptown Roller Girls. Keep it real ladies and step up to a banked track!
A: Pours a very clean looking mahogany. Over a finger of light brown marshmallow foam fades into a nice slick. Lacing is solid, leaving numerous splotches remaining on the inside of the glass.
S: Bready malts mixed with some musty, earthy hops. There's also a small amount of sweetness present.
T: Malty backbone typical of an American Brown, with the accompanying breadiness and slight sweetness mentioned above. The hops come into play, bringing a decent amount of bitterness and some pine. Finish is s nice mix of bitter hops and malty sweetness.
M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is just how it should be, letting what could be a sticky beer come off fairly smooth.
D: 7% and 70 IBU's puts this right up there with many IPA's. The Brown Ale aspects help offset the fatigue on your palate, but the hop bitterness still sneaks through somewhat. That being said, I'm finishing this review and I'm on my second pint, with probably another to follow.
I've had this hybrid style a few times now and I must say, I quite enjoy it. I would have liked a little more Brown ale aspects, and maybe another hop variant used. With a little tweaking though, this could be a real kick ass brew. In the end it's still a very nice drinkable brew from Clay and Dave.
02-21-2010 21:27:56 | More by heliosphann
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from 32oz growler. Thanks to Lukafer for bringing this to the tasting.
A- Pours a nice brown with coppery highlights to it. One finger light tan head shows good retention. Thicker web style lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Bready caramel malts in the front of the beer. Light toasted aroma follows the bready aroma. Hints of a sweetness I can't place my figner on and then ends with earthy grassy hops. A little stale I thought with the hop profile but who am I to say what they were going for. Also, light alcohol in the ending doesn't make itself too known.
T- Light roasted coffee in the front of this beer with a light caramel malts base to it. This comes about a little more with a underlying sweetness that doesn't come from the caramel malts. Earthy hops come in next with a nice bitterness and hint of pine. Alcohol doesn't really show up at all in this beer until the ending which is a quick flash and then it is gone. Ending of the beer is a mix of the malts and hops with the sweetness of the malts taking top flavor with the bitter hops acting as a secondary flavor.
M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts, molasses like sweetness, piney hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is caramel malts, piney hops, alcohol, and light roast. Flavors were put together well but a little underblended I thought in the ending. No off flavors were present when I drank this. Light alcohol drying on the palate.
O- This was a easy drinking beer. I would give it more of hoppy ending if I was Sun King and this would give it a little more depth that it was lacking. A nice try for this brewery but I could have passed all the same. But never the less thank you Luke for bringing it with you!
03-27-2011 18:26:40 | More by alleykatking
4.75/5 rDev +32.3%
Pours a great deep coppery brown with excellent head and lacing. Huge deep malty scent with a nice earthy hop tone underneath. Huge deep and thick malt flavor with slight coffee/toffee tones and a great earthy and slightly floral hop finish. A wonderful deep and satisfying ent draught that goes down smooth enough to hide its relatively high abv.
02-22-2011 20:53:03 | More by JamesS
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
pours a transparent brown, with a quickly dissipating off white head. appears a tad watery. smell is very nice. Lemon grass, citrus hops, with a very nice and strong caramel malt backround. tastes roast malt, toffee, with a slight tart finish. after my growler was a day old, the alcohol was very appartent in a not so pleasant manner. this is still a very drinkable beer, just not bold enough flavors for my taste.
02-11-2010 21:58:26 | More by backfat
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Goodness, do I love a strong, firmly hopped brown ale. This review is from notes, which are sorrowfully sparse:
Pours brown, surprisingly opaque but also definitely brown, not black.
Smells lightly nutty, small kiss of toffee, big dose of American hops.
Tastes nuttier and hoppier with not all that much toffee or sweeter bread nodes, just regular barley. Nice balance between the two dominant flavors, but the aroma had me anticipating something more variegated. The best, most dangerous part is that absolutely nothing betrays its fairly high ABV.
05-25-2012 03:09:05 | More by mynie
Naptown Brown India Brown Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.