Santa Cruz Brown Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Santa Cruz Brown AleSanta Cruz Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 122
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 3.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 122
Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #1.

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Deep brown color with thick off white head. It settles slowly leaving thick spotty lacing.

Aroma is rich in malt but not as hoppy as expected. Still very nicely done for an American brown ale.

Flavor is beautifully balanced with caramel/toffee malts and mildly bitter earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and softly carbonated.

Overall a really enjoyable hop-forward brown ale. (436 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Release #2.

Wonderful forming pinhead sized bubbles for the head on formation, very uniform and a nice light off white whispy cream brown, and settles to three fingers. Body is classic dark walnut brown, with a little bit of clarity looking upward. Beer clumps heavily, with lots of islands and valleys, hanging lacing and all. This beer looks real inviting and delicious. Top ups make the head almost nitro in character.. heck with this I gave it 4.5 it gets 5 now.

Nose is a wonderful milk chocolate, nice great toasty aroma of whole wheat bread, maybe even feeling like a little spicy rye bread, it smells great. Not a particular sense of hop coming though but who cares.

First palate riches with a faint sour but luckily never returns, then rolls to a sugar malt, hinting at light brown sugar. Texture is quite velvety and rich and silky. A real nice controlled mellow citrus hop on this, grapefruit just barely peaking out but noticeable, however the malt gets into almost classic char and porter roast territory, but dials down enough to stay like a brown. Toasty, charring, grapefruit hop juice, dialed brown goodness, really balanced.

Overall this is a very impressive brew here, I love the mix and balance here it's just practically perfect. (1,302 characters)

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

Pours a murky chocolate looking color with a tan head. Very hop forward aroma of pungent pine, hop resin and grapefruit peel. Toasty malt aromas blend in with cocoa, kola nut and mocha tones. Finishes with a woody hop character. Very nice nose. Toasty malt hit the palate up front with bakers chocolate, cola and creamy mocha coffee with cream. Pine and woody hop flavor blends in with a great balancing bitterness that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick and bready with a medium body and average carbonation. Good drinkability. Overall a wonderful example of what the American brown ale can be. (614 characters)

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

Poured from tap into std pint glass at Fireworks pizza Leesburg, VA. Pours a deep hazy brown, slight amber. Little head but sticky lacing.
Smells very hoppy, sweet, and malty.
Taste is fantastic. Chocolatey, coffee, hoppy, and malty. Very unique and well balanced. Really a great brown and very unique of the style. (317 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at Bier Thirty for $6.50ish... poured into my small Cigar City snifter... creamy looking tannish head atop a clear walnut brown.... nice lacing and retention.

Wow... the nose is pretty damn hoppy... citrus and pine elements play well with a fair amount of crisp brown toast.... light cocoa/roast shows with warmth... a bit of EtOH too.. alcohol is evident.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a pronounced caramel element.... a surprising roasty component that never outweighs the other flavors.. lingering pithy citrus hoppiness.... the sweetness seems magnified by a surprisingly thick body for a beer with this low of an ABV... still finishes sorta dry and lingering.

Nice brew.... Don't know if I will buy another... but certainly respectable.

4.5/3.5/4/3.5/3.5 (780 characters)

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Santa Cruz Brown Ale from Epic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.