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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

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012)
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Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-01-2013 06:59:22 | More by Glibber
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-15-2013 00:04:20 | More by JandJMD
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-13-2013 06:44:02 | More by rkarimi
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PGVG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-13-2013 06:16:07 | More by PGVG
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Denoas

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-11-2013 23:19:34 | More by Denoas
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark, chestnut brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass. Fine two finger light brown head with great retention and chunky lacing. Aroma of light caramel and toasted malt and fresh piney hops. Flavor starts with fresh piney and floral hops with mild toasted malt developing to back up the hops. Finishes with distinctly floral hops and a fruit flavor probably most similar to melons and moderate hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A rather distincly flavored brown ale that leans towards light fruit and floral herbal hops. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:27:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brown and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has flavors of roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and seems to be a little happier compared to other beers in the style.

Note: Release #5

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:00:21 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-28-2013 23:48:08 | More by smithj4
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Liondiscs

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-23-2013 06:51:34 | More by Liondiscs
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

07-15-2013 15:32:51 | More by brez8791
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release no. 3; 7.2% ABV (which is slightly bigger than the record for it here on BA.

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Saturated brown color, pretty much chocolate milk-like, with a slight off-white head and lots of lacing.

S: Sort of a CO2/rye cracker composite. I got a bit of brown sugar, but not much. Is there rye in this?

T: Good stuff. This is definitely not dessert-like, quite the contrary. Lots of hops in this thing, but it never claimed anything to the contrary.

M: Pretty bitter, but not too. The lacing was ridiculous.

O: The best non-dessert brown I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:51:11 | More by Chaney
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-07-2013 06:06:16 | More by Zbeetleman
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-30-2013 13:42:47 | More by alysmith4
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-15-2013 01:23:56 | More by MN_Beerticker
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KohlbeckM

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-14-2013 01:32:07 | More by KohlbeckM
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-12-2013 20:00:46 | More by JMUbrewz
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KlayWey

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-04-2013 04:35:36 | More by KlayWey
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-03-2013 00:16:20 | More by Chugs13
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-31-2013 03:35:08 | More by Lukass
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-28-2013 20:47:50 | More by drewone
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Release #5

A: Pours a clear almost opaque medium to dark brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thick patch of medium sized bubbles, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts along with light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a lot of malt flavors - moderate amounts of caramel malts as well as slightly less amounts of toasted malts. There is a light amount of upfront sweetness that is followed by moderate flavors of pine hops that contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a touch of creaminess in the finish.

O: Overall this is a nice and enjoyable hoppy brown ale that is easy to drink and available at a reasonable price - I would definitely have this one again... Well constructed with the hops mostly balancing out the sweetness of the malts and being quite complementary to the flavors/aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:21:27 | More by dbrauneis
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brewski09

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release # 3 poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head standard pint glass.

A - a deep, dark mahogany colored brown ale. This looks kinda like a Newcastle Old Stock Ale portion of the recipe. The head pours a tight 1.5cm beige color. the head fades quickly, but maintains a thin covering of foam over the entire surface with heavy foam lacing left on the side of the glass from each sip.

S - This is where the beer really got me. I got a hop forward aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. The aroma is solidly hoppy, but with a curious earthy tone to it. There is some roast that is pretty unique too (reminiscent of a mild cedar), but its really the earthiness that I keep coming back too. maybe a little black pepper too.

T - sharp earthiness like a good french cheese that's been aged several years. That sharp earthiness melds into a unique hop combination with a firm bitterness that is balancing with the high residual sugar. The roast is more developed here. I am picking up some chocolate notes with light caramel sweetness too. There is some specialty malts here too, but I can't tell which ones. The hops are reminiscent of Bravo.

M - this is a very full mouthfeel. Quite probably the most pleasing quality of the whole beer. the carbonation is fine on the tongue and the oils and sugars coat the palate as well.

O - a surprising smash hit for me. One of those beers where you are done with the first half a pint before even noticing it and pouring the rest of the bomber trying to remember where you found it so you can get more. Not a beer that really tastes like anything I've ever had before, which is really why I find myself liking it so much. If this tasted like other stuff on the market, it would be unremarkable. its uniqueness elevates it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:34:04 | More by brewski09
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-23-2013 23:20:51 | More by wonothesane42
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #5

Pours a cloudy, dark chestnut brown color that's nearly opaque with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind. Nice looking beer.

Slightly smokey, robust aroma with floral hops, lactic cream and sweeter malt notes rounding things out. Some lightly roasted coffee bean along with burnt toast, roasted nut and oatmeal followed by caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Subtle resinous, earthy hops but they don't get in the way of the complex malt presence.

Full bodied and surprisingly hop forward. Much stronger than the nose suggested with a nice balance of dry, earthy hops and light roasted malt notes. Actually not as complex as the aroma because the hop flavors are really strong and the malt presence is slightly one dimensional. Dank, earthy and bitter with lots of dry, grassy pine flavor that lingers throughout into a dry, roasty finish. As it warms, the malt flavors really come through with hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut, chocolate and subtle roast. There's also some subtle lactic creaminess balancing things out. Aggressively hoppy for the style but is decently balanced after the palate adjusts. Could use a bit more roast and is hop pier than I prefer for the style, but this beer is enjoyable and easy to drink. A solid beer in an under appreciated style.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 05:40:59 | More by corby112
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jamesDaExMoBeerGuy

Utah

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-03-2013 02:43:52 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
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