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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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very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 30
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown-ish red body with a thick, creamy, light tan head; spotty clumps of foam cling to the glass. Spicy, dark roasted malt aroma; cinnamon and mocha. Slightly charred grain flavors; burnt toast; acidic and bitter overtones. Medium body; clean and dry finish.

Nice hodge-podge of flavors with some nuttiness and chocolate tones in there as well. The mouthfeel is slightly weak in the body. Overall, a rather intriguing if slightly uneven brown ale.

Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells of cocoa and toast grain and faint coffee. Slight sour scent from the patent malt but it smells pretty tame.

Starts out sweet and strong on the patent malt with a smoky after taste. Lots of chocolate and toasted grain with a middle level of bitterness. Some coffee flavor but it is quite mild.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a very tasty brown ale /porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I found this at Court Liquors in West Long Branch, NJ. It was only $5.99 for a 22 ounce bomber. This was release #5.

It poured a deep brown almost mahogany. The foamy head was uneven and creamy colored.

The smell was faint in my bottle. When I opened it, nothing too distinctive came out except earthy/roasted malt-like scents plus a bit of something floral.

The taste was the best part of this beer. I was simply expecting a typical brown ale but this one had a hint of chocolate to go along with the roasted taste. The kicker was the hops profile that showed up as the beer warmed. A hoppy brown ale indeed. Well done.

The mouthfeel was fine. But the taste was the star of the show. This was my first Epic beer. Count me impressed.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Santa Cruz Brown Ale from Epic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.