Santa Cruz Brown Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3%
Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early June for $6.99. Release #9 was bottled 1-6-2014.
Beer poured cola brown with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.
Nose has hints of chocolate and citrus.
Taste is chocolate, pine, and citrus all working in a harmonious fashion. Hops and malts balance each other quite well.
Mouthfeel is smoother than expected for a hoppy brown.
Overall this is a delicious brew. Definitely try it if you come across it fresh - good luck with that as release 11 was bottled in early March.
08-24-2014 22:24:23 | More by arizcards
3.91/5 rDev -1.8%
Beer pours very dark brown, almost black in color. White head that turns into a nice foam rim around the glass. Some stickiness in the head.
Aroma is fairly simple, malt and pine. Despite its simplicity it has depth and is enjoyable.
Lots of roasted flavors, well balanced between malt hops. Crisp finish with a chocolate aftertaste.
Great body, well carbonated, full mouthfeel.
Too bitter for style, but I don't mind that one bit. This is a very enjoyable beer. I am very pleased with the selection. It would be great with meat on a cold night.
06-01-2014 00:32:41 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
3.9/5 rDev -2%
a kick butt hoppy brown ale with the hops falling squarely into that pine family we know and love. dark pour, thick too, more like a porter than a brown ale with loads of dark malt, some cloudiness, and only a small off white head. the nose here is real hop forward, like green pine cones, sappy and fresh. the malt is less chocolate than expected and much more towards that dark bitterness of unmalted roast barley. the hops trump the malt bitterness with a unique bitterness of their own very much sprucy and pine forward. the full body may be a little filling for the style, as this is quite a hearty drink, but one that probably works well in three seasons and is nothing short of beautifully executed. we need more india brown ales on the market, especially in this price range. if epic did 6 packs i would nominate this one.
01-24-2014 05:14:06 | More by StonedTrippin
Santa Cruz Brown Ale from Epic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.